(Closed) Birth Control pill issues!

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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827 posts
Busy bee

Implanon?

There’s always condoms, too (though no hormones)…

Post # 4
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707 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

There are lots of generic combo pills available for you in the pharmacy which are less expensive and also work great. The Orthos are generic, as well as yasmin. I also get nervous at the doctors office. Go into a pharmacy and take your blood pressure a couple of times, after sitting for about 10 minutes. The machines are pretty accurate. 

Your body adjusts to birth control after 3 months, so you have to give a new birth control time to really see how it works for you. I think that PP would be helpful in making another choice for you. 

Post # 5
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726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Does your doctor know about your blood pressure problem? Like, you get anxious and then it goes up? If not, let them know and ask if you can track your own for a certain period of time and if they will accept it. 

I would also reiterate to them that you have had no issues with other BCP and you want to go back to them. Personally, I like the Loestrins and the generic for it at Kroger is about 19-22 bucks with no insurance. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I am on the pill and I am convinced that it has caused my headaches. My periods are all out of whack too. When I go for my annual with my ob-gyn I am going to ask her about going off of it. Ughhh… I hate the pill!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Just one thought — you said you were slim and pretty healthy, but one factor to consider is your sodium intake. That can really affect blood pressure. If you do consume higher-sodium foods, try to cut way back. That might help and get you back to normal. I, too, recently went through the BP switch for some other issues and it was the worst two months ever. I’m back to the old one and slowly returning to normal.

Post # 9
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Once you get the BP stuff figured out, I would look to see if you can get a generic version of a current pill.  Those might be even cheaper than the payment plan from PP.

Post # 10
Hostess
16217 posts
Honey Beekeeper

So, I have the same issue with “white coat syndrome” where my blood pressure spikes when I get to the doctor’s office. They wanted to take me off BC, which I wasn’t a huge fan of because I didn’t want to mess with my body more.

Our solution (recommended by my doctor) was for me to purchase a blood pressure monitor and monitor my own BP from home, where I am more comfortable. I share my BP logs with my doctor, which helps with the problem of being able to get an accurate reading.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Taking your BP at home is a good idea.  When you go in could you maybe get a slightly longer appoitment and bring something you find relaxing (music, a book, etc) to help?

I get the high BP and being on the pill.  For me it’s a little easier though, it’s when a nurse takes my BP it is slightly high.  When a doctor retakes it, it’s lower.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m more settled by the time I see the doctor or what it is.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Lots of local pharmacies (and grocery stores with pharmacies) have the little station where you can put your arm in the cuff and take your blood pressure there. 

However… if your BP is high at the doctor’s, and your BP is high at work… maybe it is just high. A low blood pressure when relaxed at home doesn’t make up for a high blood pressure all day at work in a stressy environment. Even 40/hrs a week of high blood pressure is not healthy.

My doc took me off BC altogether because my BP was too high (I was 150s/120s for awhile!) and with the help of some Nifedipine XL, the pressure has gone down. I could go back on BC if I wanted, but I’ve chosen not to do that yet for various reasons. I also track my BP in an app and share the logs with my doctor.

Just something to think about – good luck!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I went through this SAME PROBLEM..and with planned parenthood. I had great blood pressure, and then it started reading high at PP. They made me come in once a month for 3 months at 30 bucks a pop just to get my BP rechecked. Finally decided it was too high for BP and put me on micronor. It totally ruined my sex life, my hormone balance, I was a complete wreck.

I ended up going to my PCP while this was all going down because I allegedly had high BP, which PP didn’t care about..they just refused to refill my normal pills. Well my PCP goes..um..your BP is totally normal. You’re fine. They rechecked me, and yeah I was fine. So either PP was doing it wrong, or I just responded poorly to the gyn.

Either way, I’d been on the same BCP for like 12 years..and if my bp was going up then it was unrelated to my BCP. They gave me my pap and gave me back my normal BCP and I went on my merry way. It made me super angry though how I’d been treated at PP.

I’d get a second opinion.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

Hormonal birth control can really wreak havoc for some people, and in my opinion isn’t as safe as we all believe. I don’t say that to be rude or cause drama, but if it’s causing you problems (high bp) it might be time to rethink being on anything hormonal.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have high BP as well, mainly caused by my birth control. Create a log, with the same machine, at different points of the day, and bring it to your doctor. I had to do a 10 day log, with BP readings 3 times a day to get my doctor to realize there was a problem in the first place! While I know the pill helps clear your skin up, etc, it really is dangerous to have high bp for an extended period of time. My FI and I really only use condoms now, because we know that the pill could compromise my health. 

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