- 4 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
Good afternoon, bees! This might end up a little bit long, but I very much want some help with BC issues. I have placed a call to my doc and am waiting for a response. In the mean time, I wanted to get some of your recommendations on what may be a good pill?
I have been on BC on and off for the last 6 years. I was on Yaz at the beginning, but over time my body didn’t like it and I was spotting the entire month that I wasn’t having my period. I did the depo shot once, but after researching it and finding the risks associated with it and cancer, I didn’t do it again. Not only that, but it caused me to not have a period for more than a year. Just that one shot. o_O
I have always had problems with my hormones, but as a young developing teenager nobody ever put that together. I have had severe anxiety for a long time and though it has gotten better, I still get a panic attack here and there (this will be relevant soon).
When I met and started dating my FI, I tried the copper IUD. I really liked it except for the fact that my body hated it and it left me unable to walk and with awful cramps for a few days, and then changed my body chemistry just enough that the balance was always off down yonder and I had constant recurring infections, so I had it removed.
I tried the Nuva Ring after that, same thing, my body hated the foreign object and I was having constant infections, so I switched to Junel.
Junel worked well for about a year on the lowest dose until I started having breakthrough bleeding and bleeding every couple weeks. It also killed my sex drive and made me super dry down there (I haven’t really been that interested since the IUD; And the pain caused by the constant infections made me even more fearful of sex, so I hadn’t really put together that it was also the pill contributing to that). SO I tried a higher dose, which worked for a couple of months until I started getting a period every other week.
I switched to Seasonique and I HATE it. I am on my fourth week and I am getting severe anxiety like I had a long time ago, I’m depressed, I don’t want to do anything, I will cry at the drop of a dime, or rage at my FI and hate his guts, my stomach is sick all the time, I don’t want to eat, I am cramping, I have had a daily headache, and my hair is coming out in big handfulls of strands at a time. After researching, I find that this has happened to a lot of people. After nearly bursting into tears at work for absolutely no reason, I left for the day and came home and here I am.
I am sure that a lot of this is just the hormones talking, but I am really starting to feel like I may not find the right solution for me, and I am terribly frustrated at the constant mood swings and adjustment times for these hormonal methods. I wish my body had not reacted so poorly to the IUD, it was the only time I really felt like “me.” I feel super guilty because FI has suffered too, from the mood swings and the anger that leads to stupid, pointless fights, and our sex life has taken a huge hit over the last year. FI actually told me a little while ago when we were discussing me switching again that he thought I didn’t want him anymore because he wasn’t good in bed or something. I felt terrible and I still do.
FI and I are not in a place right now financially or mentally where we are ready to start a family (though we hope to someday), so BC is an essential *must* for us.
Does anyone have any recommendations on something that is low impact that might help, or has anyone experienced this kind of issue before? If so, how did you handle it and what did you do?