Post # 1
I’ve spent the last few months in talks with my GYN about birth control. As a new user, she strongly recommended I use NuvaRing. I tried but no matter what, the ring caused irritation and pain and woke me in the middle of the night as it was slipping out. She switched me to junel fe & within a couple of weeks I had such severe bouts of tearfulness that the doc said to stop immediately. So most recently, GYN has switched me to Ortho Tri Cyclen lo. My mood is more or less okay, but I’ve had (within the first week) such terrible constipation and water weight gain that my wedding dress didn’t even fit! I’m very worried as the wedding is a month away and I can’t keep putting my body throught this. Anyone else go thru this?? Can I expect these side effects to pass, am I being impatient? I really wanted to be on BC during honeymoon.:-/
Post # 3
I had very severe side effects to Ortho Tri.. I began bruising within two weeks. Dinner plate size bruises all over my body. It literally looked like I was a domestic abuse victim and I was afraid to go out without lots of makeup and long sleeves/long pants.
For me, they didn’t pass. I stopped it immediately when I realized my bruises weren’t going away and within a month they started to clear up (I am now on Cryselle, a generic of Lo’Ovral with zero side effects whatsoever).
If a birth control isn’t working for you, or is making you feel badly in any way, stop using it.
Birth control is not a “one size fits all” deal. Every body is different and you need to find what works for you. Don’t get disheartened, I know it’s frustrating! If you keep on chugging you’ll find something that works for you.
Do what is right for your body. Don’t settle out of frustration.
Post # 4
I know this is frustrating – I went through at least a dozen brands of birth control before I found one that works for me. Slightly different reasons – I had my tubes tied, but I use the pill to stop my periods altogether (they’re my worst migraine trigger). Ironically, being on the wrong pill can also be a trigger. It was a long process, but we finally got to one that works and doesn’t have horrible side effects! Barring any seriously scary side effects (like the hysterical crying, severe bruising, etc), my doc actually advised me to be on each one for three months because that’s how long it takes for the hormone levels to balance out. So I would talk to your doctor about the side effects and see if she thinks it’s something that may clear up for you in a month or two.
Post # 5
Birth control pills (and other types of hormonal birth control) have wildly varying side effects from woman to woman. For example, I have zero side effects on ortho tri cyclin lo, and a PP has crazy bruises (I’ve never heard of that as a side effect before, crazy!). On Seasonale, I gained 30 pounds in a month, and lost it in a month when I switched back to Ortho Tri Cyclin Lo.
Some people just have bad reactions to hormonal birth control and shouldn’t be on it. Severe side effects really are the exception not the rule, so listen to your body if it is rejecting the medicaine.
Post # 6
@Daintyring2013: EEK! You are having the same reaction to hormonal BC I had. Given the miserable constipation (oh, I know it well, and I am so sorry that you are having this problem!), I would just get off the hormonal stuff right away and go for an IUD. That’s what I did– the Paragard IUD is nonhormonal, lasts 10 years, and copper IUDs are the best form of birth control I’ve found.
I don’t know if you would consider this, though; I was on BC pills (a couple different kinds) for about 2 months. I encountered constipation and bloating about 2 weeks after starting the first one, thought I could stick it out, and ended up giving up after about 5 weeks. I took about a week’s break, when I began feeling better and everything started going back to normal, then got another kind. The constipation started again within a few days, and I took that stuff for 2 weeks and then couldn’t stand it anymore. I have had issues with my digestive system as a result of the birth control experiment, compounded by stress, for a few months and it is just now starting to go away. I gave myself a break from all birth control I had to deal with (we used condoms, carefully) for a few months, and then I got a copper IUD.
Can’t emphasize enough– get off the stuff that is causing you problems right away. If you feel you can take it, try another kind of pill, but I do highly recommend nonhormonal IUDs. They are over 99% effective, and the copper, nonhormonal ones do not cause any of the problems hormonal birth control does, though they can make your periods heavier and crampier. . . though my experience has been that it’s made my periods far less crampy, and I know of a few other people who say the same thing. Here’s a forum on Livejournal that is an amazing source of information and personal experiences, many very positive, with IUDs: (ETA: my link didn’t work. Let’s see if I can give you one that will work properly. Here: http://iud-divas.livejournal.com
Good luck finding whatever birth control is right for you! 🙂 Hope you feel better soon.
Post # 7
@Daintyring2013: Good post! I am not on anything because I had simliar issues and couldn’t take the hormone changes. I tried all the Orthos – depo made me gain serious weight and so did a few others. Hormone issues on everything I tried.
@Hyperventilate: I am literally booking an appointment to ask about this ‘Cryselle’ – If it seriously has zero side-effects I will be in heaven and so will FI!
Post # 8
Oh man, what a time for you to be having problems with Birth Control! My doc recently changed me to NuvaRing and I’m not in love with it, but trying to give it a chance. I’ve been there before – birth control misadventures until you find the one that works best for you. My advice to you is to keep trying the low-hormone variaties. Good luck, I hope it works out for you.
Post # 9
@suburbian: It has no side effects for me. My periods went from 7 days to 3, my cramps went from excruciating (Miss days from work/school sort of bad, vomiting, can’t get out of bed sort of thing) to “meh”. My libido has increased and my face has cleared up as well.
I’ve been on it a year this month, but I’ve been on it before. I was on it for two years before this time, and it’s always worked well for me. Like I said, birth control is not a one size fits all, it works great for me, and I hope it does for you, too!
It’s also a second generation birth control, which is generally considered “safer” than third generation (newer) birth controls. Third generation birth controls have been linked to higher risk of blood clots than second and first generations.