(Closed) Birth Control

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My experience with BC for the first time actually went pretty well. It cleared up my acne, I gained a little weight but not a lot and no mood swings. Sometimes it is hit or miss for some people.

Post # 4
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I began birth control three weeks before my wedding. I, too, was worried about side effects and because I have heart problems, many doctors were hesitant in putting me on anything. But, so far, so good!

I’m on Levora, which I got from PP. And the doctor said to take 100mg of vitamin B6 a day to help with water weight gain.

Post # 5
3968 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My periods were lighter.. I felt no different when I started my first pack. and here I am, 5 years later… no major problems.

Post # 6
8096 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@christmasbride13:  Good for you for being responsible and pro-active!

Most women I know had no problems with BC. For the sake of honesty and the big picture though, I have to say I never did find one that worked well for me. I would take one brand for 3-6 months and my doctor would switch me to another because of side effects including weight gain, worsening PMS, and 2 week periods that were not even during the placebo days. I tried the tri-phasil ones, and my doctor even tried a combination of BC and Premarin (extra estrogen). The theory was that I was previously some sort of super-estrogen-producing she-ra and the BC was suppressing my own production of it but not providing as much as my body was used to for normal functioning. I loved my awesome new boobs, but it didn’t fix the issues. After 5 or 6 years and countless brands, I finally made an appointment to get an IUD, but I quit the BC before the appointment…. and uh…. yeah, don’t do that. Because for all the side effects, the pills apparently were preventing pregnancy, since the second I quit taking them BAM — zygote implanted. 

I’m sure I’m just a freak and you’ll have a better experience, like dozens of my friends and family. Most women have shorter, lighter periods, less PMS, and less acne while on the pill. If you do have side effects, give it several months to regulate before trying a new brand. And on the off chance you decide it’s not for you, make sure to have your backup method in place before stopping! (But don’t tell my kids I said that)

Post # 7
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I started taking BC when I was 16, I threw up like 18 hours after I took the first pill and haven’t had any problems since.  My periods became more regular and lighter, my cramps went away.  I don’t bloat anymore.  Really BC was the best thing I could have done for myself.  It hasn’t affected me negativly at all.  You are going to hear some horror stories and some like mine, the best thing is to discuss options and don’t be afraid to change methods or brands if one isn’t working for you.  I hope everything works out for you!!!

Post # 8
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve only ever had good results with taking BC. I started taking it really young because I was having horrible menstrual cramps. It did the trick and other than relieving the cramping the only other thing I notice is that my periods are super light. No other issues whatsoever.


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