Seasonique/Amethia/Camrese Extended Cycle Birthcontrol Concern

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: What was your experience with extended cycle birth control?
    Good : (8 votes)
    57 %
    Bad : (6 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    10495 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I just do it with my current monophasic BCPs that have the typical 21 pills/pack.  Love it!  My doctor said if I got any spotting to stop and have a withdrawal bleed.  Slowly, over time I was able to go longer and longer without stopping the pills.

    Post # 3
    Member
    2915 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i was on seasonique for a short time and i didn’t care for it. i had a lot of cramping while i was on it. it wasn’t severe, but it was definitely uncomfortable.

    Post # 4
    Member
    349 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m on the generic Jolessa and LOVE IT. No breakthrough bleeding for me. I do get a little crampy right as I go to the placebo pills, but for that only happening 4x a year, I’ll take it.

    Post # 5
    Member
    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’ve been on Saeaonique forever.  I love it.  I barely have periods now.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I’m on Loestrin and just skip the inactive pills. Before that I was on seasonique, and it was too expensive for me to maintain, but it was great. No problems.

    Post # 7
    Hostess
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    MrsVMT:  I was on seasonique for exactly three months and I am sorry I ever tried it. At the end of the first pack/cycle I went to the doctor and my blood pressure was so incredibly high. Considering I had always had perfect blood pressure and hadn’t changed my diet or anything else my doctor was concerned and took me off it immediately.

    Shortly after that I lost 140 pounds, started exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet and yet my blood pressure never went down the typical 120/70 that it had always been. I was taken off all forms of the BCP about 18 months ago and it dropped a little lower to the “normal” range but still not what it was before.

    All my doctors have told me that seasonique was the direct cause due to the estrogen and hormones. It changed the way my body reacts to the BCP. I am pregnant now and when I go back to a BC method I am not recommended to use a BCP thanks to those changes. Despite all the postive health steps it hasn’t reversed the damage done. So for me I definitely voted bad.

    Post # 8
    Member
    2114 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I was on seasonale (which is basically the same thing) for 6 months and ended up in the hospital with a blood clot that ran from my knee to up by my kidney, so my experience was bad. I liked it a lot until then! No period was great. I spotted for about 2.5 months (which is apparently pretty normal according to my gynecologist) then it was normal through the second pack until I woke up with a leg twice the size of my other one and was in the hospital 4 days. Needless to say, I am a proud IUD user now which is great because I’m super lazy and not having to do anything for 3 years is right up my alley!

    Post # 9
    Member
    320 posts
    Helper bee

    I’ve only been on amethia for a little over a month now, but so far no side effects, and I actually have stopped having migraines that I had almost daily while I had my mirena IUD. 

     

    Apparently my body needed the estrogen that the progesterone only IUD wasn’t giving me 🙂

    Post # 11
    Member
    812 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

    MrsVMT:  I did that for a long time with my previous BC pills, and it was ok. I would still get unbelievably heavy (like bled thru pants over a week after it started) periods and cramping. I switched to the Mirena IUD in September and it’s been amazing. Every couple months I pee, wipe, there’s a little blood, and that’s my period. No cramping, headaches, etc. My nipples get really tender for a couple days before that, but it’s manageable and definitely better than any pill I have ever tried… and I’ve been on a bunch. Just another option to think about. Some women don’t have the problems with heavy periods on the longer cycle pills, so it’s not guaranteed. I just found that mine just made the same problems less frequent. 

    Post # 12
    Member
    753 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’ve been on seasonique and I loved it! I thought it was absolutely wonderful. When I got on it my doctor told me I might have some spotting at first while my body got used to it and that it was normal. I never had problems with it and thought it was great. I was worried that it would take longer for my cycles to regulate than a typical birth control pill when we ready to TTC. But after one cycle off the pill my cycle regulated into a 28 day cycle and I immediately got pregnant. After I have the baby I plan to get back on it. 

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