(Closed) Any doctor bees out there who can advise on birth control?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
Hostess
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

Not an MD, but I’ve always heard that a triphasic pill is best for acne, something like Ortho Tri Cyclin. I know this doesn’t help you, because I don’t believe any of those fall under this category…

Post # 3
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Busy bee

Not am MD either but I get really bad hyperpigmentation in the summer. When I talked to my ob/gyn she said that it really doesn’t matter which BC pill you are on, it can still develop. I would use a retinol serum or cream at night to lighten it. Mario Badescu also has a whitening mask which helps to even out skin tone. Sunscreens with zinc can help as well. I am currently on Trinessa, and I find the melasma is much lighter than when I have used other BC pills in the past.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - Dracut, Massachusetts

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skibeeire :  I’m not an MD, but I do read their dictations……all day long haha. What about the Paraguard IUD? I know it’s not a pill, but it might be more convenient.  My friend had some serious issues on horomonal birth control pills (acne, depression, irratibility..etc) and switched to that and she absolutely LOVES it. She said it lasts 10 years! I think the only thing she said is that it can make you cramp a little more and make your period a little heavier but she said its no big deal.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I recently abandoned hormonal birth control and am waiting to get a copper IUD fitted. It does mean I’ll have periods but I’d rather have periods and a sex drive than no periods and no sex drive.

It’s not an easy decision to make, by any stretch. It took me months to take the plunge and stop taking my pill, then I decided that I don’t like condoms. OH could get the snip, but I do want kids in the future and I’d rather try the coil first than put him through the procedure and then a reversal. If the coil doesn’t work out, we can talk about alternatives.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

What about an IUD such as Jaydess? Your period doesn’t get heavier and it’s only good for 3 years. You can always just take it out in two years if you are ready before it expires.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - Dracut, Massachusetts

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skibeeire :  I hear you on that! That’s why I’m not picking that one, I’m going with the Kyleena on the 31st! Hoping it calms down my angry uterus haha! I used to take Estrostep which I think is in the same family of Orthro Tri – but I don’t know if that affects your skin. Hope you find a physician who can help you out! It’s so frustrating sometimes.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

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skibeeire :  I have Retin A too! Makes my skin peel so bad I look crazy, and it doesn’t seem to remove the ‘BC mustache’ as I call it… I think Trinessa is low hormone… It is also used to treat acne and my skin has never looked better!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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skibeeire :  If you are planning on TTC in a couple years, then an IUD might actually be the best choice. Once you remove it, you can technically become pregnant immediately. There might be a longer delay with other forms of BC.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Have always used the Nuvaring and have no complaints. I do not like taking pills, nor wanted to worry about taking one daily. With the Nuvaring, you insert it and forget about it for 3 weeks. Its super easy and I havent experienced any side effects.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

Skyla is a hormonal birth control (iud) that lasts 3 years (you can take it out earlier than that if you want to with no ill effects). There’s a new lower dose version of this same iud called Kyleena which might have fewer effects on your body. These are both the ‘little sister’ of Mirena which is a 5 year hormonal iud (also can be taken out earlier if needed).

Hormonal iuds work well because the hormones don’t get into your blood stream. Any side effects people have are typically contained in the region that the iud sits in (so your uterus and lower abdomen). Some people don’t react well to them and get bloating, cramps, or ovarian cysts. If you have them, these side effects go away when you remove the iud. The newest one would probably have the lowest chance of side effects because I think it’s the lowest dose. One of the benefits is that it probably won’t increase any melasma because it doesn’t really move through your blood stream like the pill does.

 

ETA: I’m not a doctor, I just spent a really long time looking things up when I was deciding.

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