My first time on BC

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MissAly:  I can tell you that I personally didn’t do well on a birth control pill. I tried a few, one being Ortho Tricyclen Lo (forget the others). They always made me gain weight and killed my desire. Just not for me, I tried the ring and had less effects, but ultimately went with an IUD for about 4 years and switched to Fertility Awareness Method (charting) earlier this year. Honestly, I’m happiest with FAM and don’t intend to do another hormonal birth control after babies as of right now. 

Honestly, I would say to just see how you feel on it after about 3-6 months, but the fact that your insurance doesn’t cover it is nonsense. I’d definitely call back and have them write you a perscription for something else that your insurance DOES cover. There’s no reason you should shell out of pocket for it when there are many options out there that your insurance probably does cover. (Odds are the only reason you were written that particular script anyway was because a drug rep sold the doctor on it with kickbacks and gifts. It’s messed up, but it’s super common). 

Good luck! Wish I could be more helpful, but every woman is really different and birth control experiences seem to vary a lot. I will also add, though, that people are more likely to post a review of a negative experience than a positive one, so that might account for some of the huge imbalance of negative reviews you’re seeing for that particular brand. 

Post # 4
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Just remember that everyone is going to react differently to different birth control pills. I didn’t do well on LoEsterin24FE or Yaz, but I know PLENTY of people who LOVE them. I’m currently on Lutera, which has lower counts of estrogen, and I think I’m about to switch again – solely becuase my skin doesn’t seem to agree with it anymore. It makes my periods SO much better though!! It takes some time and experimenting to figure out what works with your body. Just remember, you can always stop it, or switch!

Post # 5
22124 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was on Loestrin 24 Fe (so just one “Lo” haha). I loved it. They stopped making it so now I’m on the new verison of it, Minastrin 24 Fe.

However, if this is your first time on BC and you’re not partial to anything yet, I agree that I’d try to get a prescription for something covered by your insurance. You don’t want to get attached to a BC pill that you’re eventually unable to afford and then have to switch. I mean, if you have to switch to find something your body reacts better to, that’s one thing. But having to switch because of the cost is just silly.

Once you’re on one, it will take a few months for your body to adjust. Try not to freak out. You’ll always hear horror stories, but for every horror story, there’s a good story like mine. Loestrin 24 Fe was the first and only pill I was on for several years. I had almost no problems at all, aside from just having to get used to it at first.

Good luck!

Post # 6
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MissAly:  girl, I am on this now and I LOVE IT!! I have been on it since May and have had no bad side effects, no PMS symptoms and NO PERIOD. No spotting or anything. I will never take another BC pill again, this is by far my favorite that I’ve tried. 

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