Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
This is going to be a graphic post, so beware!
I have a question for seasonique users — I just finished my first month of it after switching from ortho tri cyclen. I’ve had pretty consistent break-through bleeding the entire month (tmi: I needed to wear panty liners). I take it every day at the same exact time. I missed one pill this month by 4 hours.
Today I’ve started to experience cramping that’s on the same level as period cramping and the bleeding has increased.
So how much breakthrough bleeding do you all have? I have endometriosis, which generally puts me behind the eight ball for anything period-related, anyways.
Post # 3
i had some bleeding, but not much. and as time went on, it went away. now i don’t have any. it’s pretty awesome. three months without a period!
Post # 4
I had significant breakthrough for a long time. I’ve been on Seasonique about a year. At first I could only make it every 2 months with a period. I would start breaking through after 8 weeks of the pill but every 8 weeks it got lighter and lighter. I had to wear liners, too. And sometimes i’d get little clots so I knew it was my body TRYING to start a period. The doc said my hormones were out of whack (i switched from a post-menopausal lupron depo provera, not regular depo) and my uterine lining was so thin it was constantly shedding. She said it happens if you change your BCs a lot. Meh, whatev. Anyways, after being on it for like a year (maybe longer…yeah…maybe more like 1.5 years, haha), I was JUST able to do 4 months without a period. No period came after 2 months. No period came after a 3-month pack. So i just keep taking it. I don’t like my period (it is pretty evil but in general, more bleeding=more scarring so I try not to bleed if i can help it) so I’m staving it off. I’ll still cramp and get cyclical every month. Sore boobs, kinda bitchy, sore lower back, some lower cramping, but all really mild. i just know it’s when I *should* be PMSing even if nothing happens.
I had endo so bad i was told my fertility was likely killed by age 22, but i just went back and got a clean bill of health. my specialist found absolutely nothing and said to keep on what i’m taking. i’ve tried SO many birth controls to stop the bleeding (at one time i was taking a BC PLUS a supplemental hormonal tablet. Ridiculous amounts of BC) and it still wouldn’t stop it. But this has. And no more vicodin, either! I know BC is different for every person, but PM me if you have any questions.
Have they put you on that lupron shot yet? It’s pretty much the worst thing I”ve ever had in my body. I can safely say I know what menopause will be like. I woke up naked a few times after stripping in my sleep from the hot flashes
Post # 5
I’m on a different 3 month bcp (though I usually just take 8 weeks of pills, then a week off and repeat–I avoid breakthough bleeding that way). I find that if I try to go longer than normal (like if I’m travelling and don’t want a period and take an extra week of pills), I often start to bleed when my period was “supposed” to come. So, if you’ve taken a month of the seasonique, it could be that your body is remembering what it usually does, and thinking it should bleed.
I’d give it a few cycles to see if your body adjusts, I think alot of people take some time to adjust. On the other hand, some pills just don’t work for some people, so if you aren’t happy, try something else.
Post # 6
I use a generic version of Sesonale (I think they’re all the same thing) called Jolessa. It took a while for my body to get used to it, and even now, I can only make it two months before my body screams, “I WANT MY PERIOD NOW!” It’s still nice to have two months between periods. 🙂
Post # 7
Miss Biner–I’m on Jolessa as well!
I looked up seasonique, and it looks like the “sugar” pills (which I never actually take) actually have some hormone in them. Other than that, seasonique looks to be the same as Jolessa/Seasonale. I’m not sure what the difference is with the hormones in the period week.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
Hm okay, glad to see this is basically normal.
@ejs4y8, my doctor wants to do lupron if this doesn’t improve things, so I REALLY want this to work 🙂
Post # 9
I’m on Quasense (generic of seasonale. or seasonique. I forget.) and usually make it 6 or 7 weeks before I get breakthrough bleeding. Figure while it might not be the whole 3 monts, almost 2 months between is not bad!
Post # 10
Have any of you seen the SNL skit about this med?
They do a fake ad for what they call Annual. It’s so funny!!
Post # 11
I was on it for 9 months or so and my breakthrough bleeding never went away. I decided I’d rather have a light period for 3 or 4 day a month on another pill (I’m on Loestrin Fe 24 now) than have to wear panty liners all the time and never know when the bleeding will happen. Hopefully it’ll go away for you, but if you look at the stats that come in the insert breakthrough bleeding is pretty common, even a year into it.
Post # 12
I have been on Jolessa for a few years now and have never had any breakthrough bleeding. Not even on the first round.
Not having my period every month is awesome. I’ve been thinking about going off of it soon so we can work on babies after the wedding, but I just love not having that hassle every month. I think I may wait until after the wedding so I don’t have to add PMS to the already hectic wedding planning. LOL
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2011 - The Tribute Golf Club
I’ve been on the generic version for a couple of years now and have had maybe two breakthroughs in all that time. Hopefully it gets better for you!
Post # 14
wow, i didn’t know breakthrough bleeding was so common on this, i feel very lucky that i’m not dealing with that!
@ jolessa. we are going to ttc soon after the wedding too, but i’m not getting off the pill until after the wedding, mainly because it’s easier to control my period when i’m on it and i don’t want a surprise period on wedding day or honeymoon!
Post # 15
Everyone is obviously going to have different results. I went on continous BCP before Seasonale was intrduced in the US – My doctor prescribed a regular BCP pill with a consistent hormonal dosageand I treated the pills the same way. For me, the first two times through, I spotted a bit but afterwards no issues.
Last summer, I knew we were getting close to being engaged and has the panicked “It is so close and I don’t want an unplanned pregnancy” freak out and chose to get the Mirena IUD. Most people experience some bleeding on it, and usually for the first 6-12 months have regular periods. For me, I got mine right before my period, had my period about 5 days into it, never stopped spotting afterward and did that continuously for about 6 weeks. And now? It has been nearly 4 months and I’ve not had spotting or a period yet.
With everyone’s bodies reacting so differently, I would advise that you stick it out with your Seasonique for at least a year – It takes a bit for the body to adjust.
Post # 16
I didn’t have any breakthrough bleeding for the first two 3 months cycles. For the next two cycles, I would spot from month 2 onward. After a year, I decided to switch back to a monthly pill. I’m actually still using the Seasonique, but only taking it three weeks at a time.