(Closed) Birth Control

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have ben on bc for years and it made my skin better, my cramps less and my period regular. I didnt gain one pound on it and that makse me happy since I was worried about that aspect the most. I also have very bad stomach problems and was afraid the pill would aggervate it more but I have been fine 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Everyone’s reaction is different, some people get more pimples and some it clears their skin completely. It CAN make you gain weight but usually not more than 2-5lbs which is barely noticeable, again depends on the person. I think the most important thing, atleast for me and my friends, was to get tested for blood clotting problems, if you have a predisposition to blood clots then you have to stay away from anything with estrogen. Also, are you good at remembering to do something at the same time everyday? If not you may want something other than the pill. The doc should be able to go through all your options, the risks/side effects and benefits of each option.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m on Ortho Tricyclen Lo, and didn’t gain any weight, break out, or have crazy mood swings. I do cramp much less now, though!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

BC actually helped with  my skin except for period breakouts but I didn’t have terrible skin to begin with. I did not gain any weight but it really varies from person to person since everyone is different. You could ask your doctor those questions and any other concerns you have. If you have any issues with your period you can ask about how it will effect that, too.

Post # 8
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139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I am now ttc and off birth control and I MISS IT SO MUCH!  Echo everything @sweetchiquita12 said and adding that I think it made me LOSE weight and kept it stable.  I was on Yaz and never had any issues with it – highly recoomend NuvaRing as well if that’s up your alley.  I had to swtich form nuvaring to Yaz because my body developed some sort of allergy to it 5 months in.  If not for that I’d have used it longer.  GOOD LUCK!  Cool

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hormonal BC affects everyone differently.  I went through 6-7 different types of pills before i found something that didn’t:

1) Make me feel like a crazy bitch

2) induce severe mood swings

3) make me not have a period at all, then start bleeding halfway through the month.

 

Four years ago I started the Nuvaring, and have never looked back.  The hormones are more localized to your reproductive parts, and are in a smaller quantity than traditional BC. I’ve been off of it for a couple months at a time and have discovered that it does keep an extra 5 lbs or so on me, but half of that is in my boobs and tummy.  I’m naturally curvy with a small waist, so this amount of extra padding doesn’t bother me.  I think when people gain TONS of weight on BC it has more to do with increased cravings due to the hormones, so it’s the stuff they’re eating, not just the hormones.  

I think Dr’s like to have you on one type for 2-3 months to get a feel for how you do.  If I could have started on the Nuvaring instead of all of the other stuff, I’d have done it in a heartbeat. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@hopefloats:  My best friend ended up in the hospital with a blood clot in her lung from the novo ring (sp?). I went on Depo Provera (progestrone only) right away because my doc had me tested for clotting and almost everyone on my mom’s side has had a clot at some point.

ETA: I guess she was on NuvaRing from what the pp’s are saying. Wasn’t sure of brand spelling.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

Everyone’s experiences are a little different.  I was on Orthotricyclene for over 10 years.  I gained a few pounds, but nothing serious.  My skin was MUCH better on BCP’s than off.  I didn’t feel overly moody and I didn’t feel ovulation cramps.  Hoping your experience is a good one, if that is what you decide upon. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am on Nuvaring. It didn’t make me gain any weight at all. Also, it completely cleared up my skin, shortened my periods and made it so I rarely get cramps. It has been WONDERFUL.

It does effect everyone differently, though. I’m sure your doctor will be able to help point you in the right direction!

Post # 14
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1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with the PPs that everyone is different in their response to different pills.  I was only Ortho Tri Cylcen Lo for years (also tried Nuva Ring, but it killed my sex drive… sorry if TMI!), with no problems.  I recently switched because my insurance wouldn’t cover it and there’s no generic and I got tired of paying so much for it. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’ve had amazing luck with the new mini pill Cerazette. It’s a very low dose and oral, and it’s a good way to see if your body might react well to a more permanent non-estrogen BC like the implanon. I had a terrible time with estrogen-based BC (HATED Nuva–weight gain, terrible mood swings, 2.5-week periods, and I could constantly feel the dumb thing–eew), so my doctor put me on Cerazette and it’s the best thing ever for me. I don’t have any side effects like weight gain or mood swings, and I have a full 12-hour window before I’m not ‘safe’ if I forget. Even then, if I do forget, it only requires 2 days of a barrier method before I’m in the clear again. Zero side effects except that my period has stopped, which isn’t really that bad and isn’t any more ‘unnatural’ than other BC methods because with them, the week you’re off to have a ‘period’, you’re really just having a withdrawal bleed. The only drawback I can think of is that I have to remember to take it daily. Not too hard.

I agree with pps, though, that everyone reacts differently to BC. You may just have to try a few (and stay on them for a few months to give your body time to adjust) to find the right one. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@hopefloats:  It depends. There are some where you get it every three months. On my pill I still get it every month. Before I was on BC mine got super irregular and they were ridiculously heavy and the cramps were so bad that I usually had to call out of work or skip class. Since I got on my pill I’ve gotten my period at the same time every month with the exception of one month and my periods have been much lighter and I never have cramps anymore. The pill is something you have to remember to take around the same time everyday though in order for it to be effective

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