Post # 1
I’m currently on Ocella which is the generic form of Yaz. You’ve probably heard that it’s absolutely awful (contains drospirenone)–causes clotting, deep vein thrombosis, spotting, low sex drive, weight gain, etc.
I am going to switch. What kind of birth control pill do you guys suggest for low side-effects? (both brand and hormone name please!)
Post # 3
I’m on Seasonique, but I don’t know the hormone name. It’s the one where you only get 4 periods a year. I love it now, though the first pack was definitely an adjustment.
Post # 4
i don’t think anyone can really give a recommendation for this. everyone’s body reacts differently to different pills.
loestrin 24 fe (which i think doesnt exist anymore? or has changed to a chewable or something) worked well for me & nuvaring. then again, yaz worked well for me as well so……….
Post # 5
@mepayne: 4, that would be nice. What are the side effects? I’m pretty freaked out that these pills are gonna cause infertility or something crazy..
Post # 6
@MrsBtoBe14: The first pack, I spotted a lot, and I’m still prone to doing so if I’m not extra careful about taking it in the 3rd month. Other than that, I haven’t had any side effects. My periods are about 4 days long, minimal cramping for maybe 1-2 of those days (and I had bad, skipping school-worthy cramps beforehand). The list of possible side effects is the same as every other pill I’ve seen.
Post # 7
@mepayne: Okay, thanks. Are you able to predict when your periods will come or are they just 4 random times of the month? Because right now, i can predict mine (monthly) to the day (wednesday)
Post # 8
@MrsBtoBe14: It’s a 13-week cycle. Mine almost always comes on Tuesday of the 13th week.
Post # 9
@MrsBtoBe14: I’m on Yaz and I love it. I’ve been on it for about 3.5 years and never had any side effects – no weight gain, clotting, low sex drive, spotting, etc. The stories about Yaz in the media are not necessarily telling the whole story. For example many girls who are put on Yaz have underlying problems that put them at a higher risk of side effects anyway. I just switched to a new doctor any he told me the same thing – don’t listen to everything you hear in the media. He wrote me a new Yaz prescription. Also, so you know, a huge percent of people who are going to get clotting get it in the first 3 months. If you don’t get it by then, you probably won’t. This was told to me by a doctor as well.
Are you personally having any negative side effects with Ocella? If not, there isn’t really a reason to switch.
Post # 10
The best one I had with low side effects was Lybrel (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel). I used it because of problems that make my doctor want me to not have periods. Better than that for me was Nuvaring (etonogestrel and ethinyl estradiol) but not everyone is comfortable with that. Now I’m on Mirena (levonorgestrel) because pretty much everything is causing me side effects.
Post # 11
I took generic Ortho-Tri Cyclen and I was happy with it. I didn’t really have any side effects, I was on it for 16 years. But I think you just have to experiment until you find something that works well for you, because different things work well for different women.
Post # 12
@MrsBtoBe14: Hi! I just switched from the generic of Yaz ( I was on Zarah but was on Ocella before that they are the same) to Microgestin FE ( Generic of Loestrin Fe)
So far so good! My mood has been better (less anxiety) and my sex drive is way up…like I had barely any drive whatsoever on Ocella/Zarah and I def noticed the difference.
I havent had a period yet on Microgestin but my doc said it should be shorter ( on Ocella I would spot for like 2-3 days after I started my active pills)
Post # 13
@MrsBtoBe14: your body will definitely react differently to any pills, especially if you switch.
I’m on a single low dose generic called “apri” but its different every pharmacy I go to.
However before obamacare came along and it wasn’t free, I tried switching to my sisters which was a cheaper generic, but it was cyclic instead of a constant hormone stream. It COMPLETELY messed with my body. I was crying all the time for no reason (like ‘what do you want to eat for dinner?’ ‘I DONT KNOW *sobs*’), and made me moody as hell. I think it contributed to the reason my boyfriend at the time left me, lol. I switched back after 3 months because thats how long they tell you to get accostomed to it.
If you switch, try staying as close as possible so you dont completely destroy your hormone cycle and freak your body out.
Post # 14
I was on Loestrin 24 FE for about 7 years before they discontinued it (jerks!) and it worked really well for me. I heard bad things about the chewable replacement not working the same. (Also they didn’t do separate drug trials for the new delivery system! They just used the same trials that they did for the original loestrin 24!! Can you say unethical?!) Since I was a bit fed up with Warner-Chilcott I did some research and switched to Mirena a week and a half ago. Since the switch I’ve noticed that my skin is better and my sex drive is up, so I think this is going to work for me.
Post # 15
@Boxerlover24: I’m on the same!
OP, I’ve been on Microgestin Fe 1/20 for about 5 years now and I have zero complaints. My periods are super light and only last about 3 days, and they come like clockwork every month. Zero side effects whatsoever. I used to be on something with higher levels of estrogen and I was waking up every day with headaches, it sucked. This low dose works much better for me. It’s generic for Loestrin.
Post # 16
I’m on Gildess Fe 1/20. I was on Microgestin but the pharmacies I go to stop carrying it for awhile. They swtiched me to Junel Fe for 1 month and it was horrible! But I have had no problems with Gildess, very happy with it.