(Closed) Birth control- favorite generics?

posted 8 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve was on Necon 1/35 for like 3 years before I decided that I was too irresponsible to take pills, lol. Its a generic of Ortho-Novum.

I had some weight gain, but I did lose it all again. I didnt have many bad side effects. Periods were light, my boobs got bigger and stayed bigger, didnt make me break out. No complaints really.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@faye0314: I was on ortho tri cyclen low for about 3 months and it made me CRAZY! I am not even kidding you. I was a bag of emotions and it was not fun cause I was up and then down up and then down. I am on Ocella now a generic of Yasmin and I really like it. I haven’t really had any difficulties with it

ETA: It is only $10 with my insurance

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am not on a generic right now, but I go to our community clinic (similar to Planned Parenthood I think) and get my prescriptions for free. Is it possible for you to do something like that? I have insurance too– I just didn’t tell them about it (that might be illegal but I don’t really care. I can’t afford $40-$50 per month and I definitely can’t afford to have a baby right now).

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’ve been using Alesse for years and it’s always worked great for me. No side effects or anything. I was offered the generic version by my doctor, but I’d rather not switch from what I know lol.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

No suggestions…but Ocella was horrible for me!  Yasmin was great (no side effects or anything) and then Ocella really messed me up. (including making my hair fall out right before my wedding!!!)

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

I’ve been on birth control of one brand or another for a decade and haven’t ever had any real crazy side effects (i’m fortunate, I know). Currently on tri-sprintec 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was on Yaz, but found that I was either spotting for months at a time, or skipping periods all together.  I switched to Portia, and so far it’s been good.

I don’t know if either of those are cheaper brands…

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I take Sprintec (ortho tri cyclen generic) – have been on it almost 3 years.  I love it! My periods used to be horrible and painful and now they are super light and I barely even get cramps.  I don’t have health insurance right now (ugh) and even so I can get it for $10 a month at the grocery story pharmacy.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m on a generic of ortho cyclen – without the tri. no clue what that means, but it’s been working fine for me…except for the first 4 months, i broke out like crazy annnnnd i think it decreases your sex drive. :X i’m afraid to switch because i don’t want to have zit-face for another 4-month period!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@faye0314: Interesting. Do you know why it’s the worst generic? I’ve used the brand name version of Ortho Tri-Cyclen for the good part of the last 18 years and have been very happy with it. Once I changed to Allese and after getting some weird skin rash that I could never find the culprit for, I switched back. I always thought the brand name and generic were the exact same for all drugs, but something still made me nervous about getting the generic after that experience and all these years I’ve been paying the extra $$$ to stay on the brand name. My husband thinks I’m being silly for it, and I’d love it if you could share your research so I can tell him that maybe I’m actually doing the right thing 🙂

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Okay, I know it’s not a generic pill, but I just LOVE my IUD. I don’t have to remember to do anything! My insurance covered all but about $50 of the $400 for the actual IUD and insertion process, so it was more than reasonable. I’m on the paraguard, since I can’t do the hormone thing without going CRAZY!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@faye0314: Well with the income, I am a part time worker (still in college), so they did ask me about it, but I was under the cut off, I believe. I think that even if you’re not under the cut off, you can get things on a sliding scale. Also, for the insurance, I always said that because I am under my parents insurance, I don’t want them to know that I am on birth control, so for them not to go through my insurance. Since they have to keep things confidential (even from parents, even if you’re under 18), I got approved. Even now, I use that as my excuse, so I get it for free. Though not quite sure what will happen when I’m not under my parents’ insurance anymore (after we get married)– maybe I’ll forget to tell them…

So now that I think about it, it may not work out for you. But you could try if you want.

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