Post # 1
My wedding is a little over 4 mos away and I’ve been debating about starting birth control pills. Stress always tends to effect 1) my skin and 2) my period. I guess the stress is already getting to me from wedding planning and it looks like I’m going to be skipping a whole visit from my Aunt Flo. So i’ve got an appointment this week with the gyn to get a Rx. However, I was on Loestrin for about a month and my fiancee dreaded every day of it. He doesn’t want me to go on the pill at all for fear of my emotional swings. I’m ignoring his plea at the moment and still keeping the hope alive that it will regulate my 2 main problems listed above. My question is for those who have had side effects while taking bcps – which brand would you recommend as giving the least amount of side effects? Thank you!!!
Post # 3
hey i recently started taking the pill again too since im getting married in 4 weeks and dont want aunt flo crashing the wedding or honeymoon. i was also taking the pill before and it cleared up my acne and regulated my period, plus i had less bleeding and no cramping. im taking orthotricyclen lo. its worked great for me, no side effects, no nausea, no mood swings. hope this helps!
Post # 4
I’m on Alesse and I love it. You do have some problems with breakthrough bleeding the first couple of months tho.
Post # 5
Yaz.. no side effects. For me at least… no moodswings, breakthru bleeding, and it has given me shorter, lighter periods, and I will say it has eased my cramps…
Post # 6
Seasonale – clears me up, keeps me not quite as bitchy, and only 4 PERIODS A YEAR! I think it might be my best friend.
Post # 7
i love nuvaring. I don’t have to take a pill everyday and I never notice it. No mood swings either (except 1 day midperiod in the beginning)
Post # 8
I started using the Nuvaring back in September and LOVE IT. I was on the pill for about 6 years but my lifestyle has been pretty hectic with my new job and the wedding so rather than have to worry about taking a pill I had my doctor put me on this. It’s great because I put it in once a month (as in inside me) and forget it until I have to take it out three weeks later. Exactly 3 days after I take it out I get my period and it always lasts 4-5 days at most. I was a little weirded out by putting something inside me but you really dont feel it at all. Its a little flexible clear rubber band that is maybe 2 inches around and just bends to fit in place. (It looks alot like those jelly braclets you used to wear as a kid.) I would definatly recommend this since the hormone dose is pretty low and consistant so you dont have highs and lows throughout the day (thus possibly alivating some of your FI concerns). Plus it’s one less thing for me as a busy bride to worry about.
Post # 9
I use Yaz and I love it! It definitely makes a difference what brand of pill you go with – I was on Ortho Cyclen for years and would always go crazy the week before my period. Yaz has already lost me the 5 pounds I gained with Ortho, gives me a shorter period, AND no mood swings! It’s a bit pricey (tier 3 drug) but worth it!
Post # 10
Every hormone acts a little different on each system. Tell your doctor about your experiences with your other one, and they will prescribe a different pill.
I use Estrostep, which is one of those that has varying levels ("stepping") of estrogen. It’s supposed to mimic the body’s natural processes a little better.
Post # 11
Okay, I have bipolar disorder, so my doctors were really cautious when I wanted to go on birth control (extremely painful periods) and suggested NuvaRing since it’s a very low dose constantly. So far (over a year and a half), so good without moodswings.
Though I will say that levels and types of mucus (a bit gross, I know) changed after starting NuvaRing and I had to get used to that over a period of time.
Post # 12
I’m on the ortho-evra patch and absolutely love it. But you can’t be a smoker and take it. I just put my patch on once a week and don’t have to worry about anything. I was always one of those girls who had to take the pill at the same hour every day or I would start.
I really like the patch and haven’t seen any side effects in the past two years. My only complaint is that sometimes the outer part of the patch gets little fibers from my underwear/jeans rubbing up against it. Oh, and I have to be careful exactly where I place it if I’m going to be in a bikini anytime soon.
Post # 13
The pill definitely affects everyone differently, it’s important to talk to your doctor if you get mood swings or other extreme side effects. I’m currently taking orthotricyclen and I’ve been happy with it, less acne and more regularity. But I was originally on Marvelon before that and I noticed I was more moody, and uh less in the mood, and I gained weight. But whether the weight gain was due to the pills or just my own doing I’m not sure. But after switching to orthotricyclen everything has been much better/back to normal.
I hope you find one that works for you!
Post # 14
nuvaring is great for those who want to forget about bc, be discreet aka not carry around a pack of pills, and have a constant low dose. but you HAVE to keep a calendar w a reminder pop up or something- bc after 3 weeks you wont remember how long it’s been there. the patch was fine until ~18 months-2 yrs after starting it my skin was a disaster. you only have a few choices of where to put it on your body and even non-sensitive skin will get sensitive, even if u rotate where you put it. It also tends to slide around if you work out a lot, swim or hot tub, bathe in general: water= not a friend of the patch. Also consider wedding dress/summer/ honeymoon clothing into this equation… I’ve seen girls wearing it on their arms/ back in broad daylight but i prefer to be a little more discreet about my bc methods so i usually had it on my "ovary" area.
Post # 15
I had the ring and I loved it. Though after 4 months I got irregular flows from it and I stoppd and went back to the pill. I had less mood swings on it then the pills, and trust me mine are bad somedays!
I plan to stop taking mine, with the calendar working like it is now…I’ll have my Flow most of my honeymoon and thats not ok…..lol.
Post # 16
I’ve had a history of irregular periods, so I’ve tried all types of birth controls over the years. First of all, I would NEVER recommend Seasonale. 4 periods a year sounds too good to be true, and for me it was. After being on the pill for a month, I began to bleed… and didn’t stop for 6 weeks. I still decided to stay on Seasonal and keep waiting it out. A few months later, the excessive bleeding had stopped but I was really sick, all the time. And I’m not a crier, but I would always cry that I didn’t feel like myself. Finally went to the gyno, who said the Seasonale was toxic to my system and was creating chemical imbalances and actually making me physically sick beyond normal birth control side effects. That said, I also tried ortho. Lots of weight gain, few mood swings. Yasmin, not too bad–really liked it, but after a few months it started to give me a little bit of morning sickness almost. The best one out there in my opinion is the Nuvaring. If you can get over the initial weirdness of putting a jelly bracelet inside you and taking it out three weeks later, it’s great and has extremely minimal side effects.