Birth control advice

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve never used Minastrin 24 Fe, so I can’t give any advice about that. I used Orth Tricyclin who a couple years in college when I first went on birth control but I had trouble remembering to take it at the same time every day. I now use Nuva Ring and I love it! It’s a small flexible ring that you place in the vagina, leave in for 3 weeks and then take out for a week. It’s super easy and effective. And it’s low dose since it’s so close to the source! 

Post # 3
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

When I first went on as a young teen, I also suffered wth unusual depression as a result of the pill. I was just using it to regulate though, so after a few months of feeling in a fog, I went off and felt way better.

Usually you need to give yourself a good 3 months to adjust to a new pill. After that time it may sort itself out and you won’t have so many symptoms. But after that time if it’s still bad, then you would want to change to a different pill. Since it’s only been a week, I’d stick it out, though you’re welcome to speak with your doctor.

As far as mild symptoms go, such as general moodiness and breakouts – mine begin a week before my period. I always begin my period later Thursday or early Friday. I usually get a little moody the weekend before. I usually get some acne in the few days before I begin. I think it’s typical to get symptoms in the week prior.

Post # 4
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

When I was on the pill, I had constant spotting for almost 3 months. I was on NuvaRing before that and didn’t have any issues. Both of those didn’t end up working for me (NuvaRing was uncomfortable for FI and me, and birth control pill gave me a Deep Vein Thrombosis which hospitalized me for 3 days), so I now have the Skyla IUD (and pretty much recommend IUDs to everyone just because of the risks with estrogen-based BC but that’s a different post!)

Most doctors will tell you 3-4 months is a good timeframe for adjusting to a new birth control method. When I was on NuvaRing/BC Pills, I got supremely moody 1-2 days after my placebo week started.

ETA it’s perfectly fine to skip your placebo week with BC pills if the timing happens that you’d be on it for your wedding/honeymoon. Since it’s not an actual period, there’s not any harm in skipping it for a month (or 3 or 12 or whatever!)

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