(Closed) Birth Control Dilemma

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Are you currently on a generic? I have personally had a really hard time on generic birth control with bleeding and general shittiness. Maybe you should let your body have at least one full birth control free cycle then try a new name brand pill.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have to say that brand name birth control is DEFINITELY worth it.  I was on Nuva Ring for 1 1/2 years in college and never had any problems.  Once I entered the workforce and was using insurance rather than the cheap university plan, I was put on a generic, TriNessa (generic of Ortho Tri Cyclen).  I didn’t realize it at first, but I was having lots of weird symptoms- I was extremely tired, had terrible stomach issues, etc.  I attributed them to other things for a few years.  This year my sex drive pretty much died.  I could be ‘convinced’ to do things so my husband didn’t suffer, but I never had any desire (which is not normal for a newlywed!)   I got fed up, started reading some reviews and realized that the generic I had been taking was most likely causing all of the issues that I’ve been having.  I’ve been off it for a month now (switched back to Nuva Ring) and I feel like a different person already- so much better.

Maybe it would be best to go back to Yaz- who knows, by now the breakthrough bleeding issue might be gone or take awhile to come back after switching again.   I know everyone reacts differently, but I LOVE Nuva Ring- I don’t have any horrible side effects AND I only have to think about it 2 days / month.  

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Try nuvaring or getting the depo shot. Both are once monthly options and have a lot less side effects associated with them than the pill.

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

@jennifera There is a generic brand of LoEstrin 24 Fe, I take it. It’s called Junel Fe. The only side effect I’ve seemed to experience was weight gain. Although there are other factors in my situation that could have contributed to it. If weight gain is a problem, you can look into getting the IUD that has no hormones.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i dont know much about BC. I was on the pill and it made me crazy but my cramps were so bad that my doc put me on Depo… bad idea. if i had to do it all over again i would just deal with my cramps. i got the shot in septemeber, have had two periods since october with break through bleeding the whole time (UGH) and my sex drive is nowhere to be found so really whats the point of the shot right… oh and the biggest thing about it… i’ve gained so much weight that THE DRESS i bought in september does not even come close to fitting me anymore… and i have heard that it is hard to lose weight while on the shot.. great.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

You could try the brand name Yazmin, which it sounds like you haven’t tried.  For the vast majority of patients, generic works just as well.  But not for everyone, and it sounds like you’re in that group.  Just tell your doctor to write DAW (dispense as written) and the pharmacist will give you the brand name pill.  Good luck, it’s such a bummer that you’re having so much trouble.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

This must be so frustrating for you, and I’m sorry. I know what it feels like – for a while there was a generic for Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo called Tri-Lo Sprintec. I was on it for about 4 months and you would have thought I belonged in a looney bin. It made my mood swings so terrible – I would lash out and all the time be thinking “What in the world am I doing” but be powerless to stop it. That pill was horrible. Poor Fiance. Thankfully it was taken off the market and I’m back on the brand name, which I have no problems with. I’d just give your doctor a call, explain the situation, and ask them to call you in a brand name BC. A lot of people can’t handle generics, so don’t worry! They probably hear it all the time. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Honestly after so many bad experiences with birthcontrol (weight gain, depression, no sex drive, cramps) I just stopped taking it and have never looked back. Condoms are a small price to pay for having myself back. We just don’t mind them although I know some people do.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

And I would be careful with Yaz/Yasmin (idk which?). My coworker had her gallbladder burst because of taking it and is currently in some class action lawsuit.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

not all generics are bad, it just depends on your body. the only difference between generics and brand name is that they use slightly different binding agents (or something like that). different people react in different ways to each rx. unfortunately you have to keep trying.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

honestly, i have the mirana and love, love, love it! its a 5 year plan, but you can decide to take it out at any time and wait 3 months to start trying for babies. some women lose their period all together, some it shorts and lightens, and others no change at all (i got that lucky)!

good luck to you!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I can totally relate to this. I’m on Loestrin 24Fe have been for about 2 years and I have gained 40 pounds. I hate it. I don’t know what to do though. I’m not ready for a kid, but it’s seriously depressing gaining this much weight.

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