- Mrs. Wizard
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012 - Glades Pike Winery, Somerset, PA
I just wanted to chime in — I seriously could have written this post a month ago. Hell, even last week, honestly. I went to the gyn for the first time last month with the intentions of talking about an IUD, and after a long conversation with her, I walked out with a prescription for Micronor, which is a progestin-only pill. I NEVER wanted to take hormones, like you, because I’m extremely careful with what I put into my body and I find the side effects appalling. If I have a crippling migraine for 3 days I won’t even take one Advil. But progestin-only pills (POPs) are basically birth control pills without all the shitty side effects and contraindications, because most of that comes from estrogen.
The risks for weight gain, mood swings, blood clot, stroke, heart attack, etc. etc. all of that stuff, is way smaller on POPs. The only thing that makes you unable to take it is if you have a failing liver, and your doc will check for that before he/she prescribes anything. (They just press on your belly for about 2 seconds to feel if it’s enlarged or not.)
I just took my 3rd pill ever a few minutes ago and I can honestly say, I have zero side effects 3 days in. I’m really pleased so far. And you mentioned cost — I have the generic Micronor, which cost me exactly $4.10 per pack, without insurance. (I offered my insurance card to the pharmacist and she says, “Uhh…this only costs $4.10…if you really want me to use the insurance I can, but…”. I told her not to bother, haha.)
One suggestion, DO NOT look up the info (for side effects etc.) for POPs online, because most of what I’ve found is copied directly from the info for combined pills (with estrogen in them), which is NOT correct for POPs, because they’re different pills. Talk to your doc about them, the info that comes with the pill pamphlet will be the correct info. Or if you have any more questions feel free to PM me 🙂