(Closed) Birth Control. Pill suggestions??

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I, too, got mid-cycle spotting after 7+ years on the pill. I was on Sprintec (generic of OrthoCyclen) and switched to Tri-Sprintec (generic of Ortho Tri-Cyclen, similar to what you’re on). Six months after the switch, I was still spotting. ๐Ÿ™ I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer, I just want you to be aware that switching pills may not be an instant fix. I ended up just going off the pill since we wanted to TTC in a few months anyway.

Aside from the eventual spotting, I had clear skin and no nasty side effects with either pill. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I used to be an ortho girl and it did help with my face.  I eventually went off because I had been on them for years and my blood pressure started inching up.  About 2 years ago my gyno recommended the Mirena IUD and I will never look back.  I’ve had no problems whatsoever.  ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve been on Ocella for a few months now (was on Yasmin for years, came off for like four years, got back on to control my period around the wedding), and I’m happy with it. It’s a generic, so it’s cheap (my co-pay is $3 a month).  I’ve noticed my boobs got a little bigger (not something I was happy about, but I could see a smaller-chested girl having a woohoo moment).  My skin’s mostly cleared up outside of major stress events, and I haven’t had spotting issues or any weird mood swings or anything.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

I’ve had really good luck with Lo Loestrin Fe so far. I’ve been on a few different pills and on Ortho-Cyclen I gained a ton of weight and on Apri I bled for moths straight. Not just spotting, it was months and months of bleeding. I’ve only had one small spotting incident on Lo Loestrin Fe so far. The only side effect I’ve had is a lower sex drive but I haven’t found a pill that doesn’t do that to me.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I was on Trinessa for a while but my doctor decided to switch me over to Loestrin. Worst mistake ever. She neglected to tell me that some women experience NO PERIOD while on Loestrin.. DH and I freaked after my first missed period and decided to take a pregnancy test after the second missed period.. all clear. I ended up googling the pill and came across many forums started by women who were freaked out by missed periods as well. I went back and saw a different doctor and she started me on the Nuvaring. I know you’re asking about pills, but I definitely recommend the Nuvaring if you’re ever interested in something different. It’s so simple to put in and forget about! No more daily reminders to take the pill! I will say that DH thinks that I get pissy on the days that I have to put a new ring in, but I’m pretty sure it’s in his head and he’s telling himself I’m a bitch that day because he knows I’m putting a new ring in. Pfft.. men. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Loestrin FE!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am so anti Loestrin it’s crazy. That stuff made me NUTS! One minute I’d be bawling, and the next I’d be screaming at Fi for no reason. 

Levora remainds to be the BEST I have ever been on. No cramps, no breakouts, no weight gain, etc. It’s great. But obviously what is best for us won’t be best for you. Good luck hon!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@keo290:  Do you take it at the same time every day? Most spotting is caused by that. I took trinessa for years and loved it! But, mine started causing spotting too plus it wasn’t working anymore for my skin. We must be twins ๐Ÿ˜‰

 I’d say try to take it at the exact same time every day (if you haven’t already). If that doesn’t work maybe try beyaz? My WHNP prescribed it for me last week, and supposedly its the new face clearing birth control. I don’t start till Sunday though, so we’ll see.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I started on Jolessa (the generic for Seasonique) and I was spotting the entire second month of stacked pills >_< switched to Loestrin 24Fe and haven’t looked back.

Post # 12
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Honey bee

I’m on Seasonique and LOVE it. You spot a lot in the first pack as your body adjusts, but it’s worth it to get 4 periods a year afterwards. 

I was on it for a while, went off, and then went back on it… but the first time, my boobs got HUGE! I went from a B-cup to at least a D (but probably a DD) in a matter of weeks. They shrunk a bit when I went off it and didn’t grow again the second time, but I’m still a 32D. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

I am on Generess FE. I love it. It has taken a while for my acne to go down but it is great now. the only downside is my boobs are getting bigger. Going into a 32DD and im very petite so I look weird.

Post # 14
Hostess
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am on Amethyst (which is a generic of Lybrel) and I love it!  I get no period (it’s 28 continuous pill), and I have had no issues with moodiness, weight gain, tons of breakouts, etc.  It’s been great for me, but, everyone’s body is different.  You may have to experiment to find something new that really works for you.  I would def have a convo with you OBGYN about this.  She might be able to steer you in the right direction – remember she sees tons of women daily who are taking BC!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Im also on Loestrin (as are 2 other girls in my office).  Based on the other posts, maybe THATS why Im crazy! Yell

Edit: on the generic called Microgestin

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Stay away from anything “tri.” women tend to spot more with triphasic birth controls. Consider a pill with more progestin as it will help with the spotting. And as always… Remember women will have different side effects to each OCP. Also give it three months for you to decide if it’s not for you. 

 

I recommend LEvora, microgestin 24e, loryna and nuva ring to my patients when they are first starting out. 

 

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