Possibly Switching BCPs. Recommendations?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was on Seasonique for a while and Lybrel (a continuous pill with no placebos for a period week).  Both of them had side effects of a decrease in sex drive for me and didn’t really help for my headaches.

I have been on Mirena for about 2 years now (the one with hormones).  It has the least amount of side effects for me than anything.  I have had more headache problems lately but I have a lot of headache issues in general so I don’t blame that on medications usually.  I have not had a period at all with Mirena which is awesome to me.

There is a smaller version now available but it only lasts for 3 years instead of 5 that you get out of the Mirena.  The Paraguard has no hormones which will help you to avoid a lot of the side effects but some people say that it causes their periods to be heavier.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

s2bmrscook:  I just got Skyla a couple of months ago after being on birth control pills for many years. I wish I had made the switch to an IUD sooner…my experience has been so much better than on BCP. It’s a shame more physicians don’t suggest IUDs as a good option to patients

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I was on NuvaRing, hated it, then switched to Seasonale. I loved Seasonale – had some spotting for the first pack, then was fine in the next pack. No problems with weight gain or moodiness, and no period for 3 months so I thought I’d be set….until I got a blood clot in my leg and had to spend 3 days in the hospital. Tons of tests later and no clotting disorders, so it was definitely the combination birth control pill that caused it.

Since I can’t take that anymore, I have the Skyla IUD and absolutely love it. I’ve only had it about 5 months, but I have no complaints (other than the inseriton being pretty uncomfortable). I spotted for the first 3 months, but my periods are much lighter, and I don’t have to worry about taking a pill daily or changing a ring. I’m childless, and this IUD was specifically tested on women who haven’t been preggo, although any IUD can be used really. Skyla is smaller and has less hormones, so it’s only good for 3 years, but that’s totally ok with me, I’ll probably be ready to try for kids in about 3 years.

I really recommend IUDs. They’re a great “lazy girl’s” option to birth control, and completely covered by the affordable care act if you live in the US (you just pay the office visit copay). Plus no chance of a blood clot.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I am surprised to hear someone say the loved Yaz… I was on it and it’s destroyed my body.

 

But as for a recommendation, I liekd Alesse when I was younger but it wasnt’ strong enough as time went on to actualyl regulate my period.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

this isn’t one that you mentioned, but I’m on Lo Loestrin Fe and it’s the first birth control i’ve been completely happy with.  it has only 2 inactive pills, so i usually have a 1-2 day period. i also sometimes just skip the inactive pills and have no spotting or anything. the hormones just work great with my body.  i’d throw it into the mix to ask your ob/gyn about- everyone is different!  i think i’ve maybe gained 2 lbs of water weight only because of my lack of periods some months, definitely nothing significant though! i’m also prone to headaches and haven’t noticed an increase.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

First I’d like to preface my suggestion by saying that, I’m very sensitive to side effects of prescription medications. Okie, moving on…

I’m on the pill Velivet (Ethinyl estradiol, Desogestrel) (generic name: Caziant) and have noticed absolutely zero negative side effects. I’ve been on it for 5 years, and love it. 

Post # 11
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2114 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

 

s2bmrscook:  According to everything I’ve read and my own personal experience, birth control (whether it’s a pill or an IUD) is covered without a copay. Your deductible wouldn’t apply unless you have to exhaust your deductible before any prescription copays? which would be really weird. Basically the mandate says that plans must cover ALL FDA-approved methods of BC with no out of pocket expense.  I only had to pay the copay I normally pay for going in for an office visit. It’s definitely something I would consider (seriously there is so little upkeep to this thing it’s ridiculous), and speak to your doctor about. You can also call your insurance provider to verify that it’s covered.  I can PM you a link about the mandate and what questions to ask your insurance company if you want.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

s2bmrscook:  I’m CBC, I used to be on the same pills as you! Loryna and Gavani or w/e … I’ve now had the mirena IUD for over a year. No complaints!

I think the side effects of the pill were much worse because the dose of hormone was greater and with an IUD the hormones are localized. And the pill has two hormones, the IUD has one but I forget which.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

stephncollins:  Yes, I was absolutely floored when I realized I didn’t have to pay out of pocket for my IUD! I was prepared to though. I actually thought they made a mistake and let me leave without paying haha (but back then it was still pretty new to me)

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