Post # 1
I’m waiting till after the wedding to have sex for the first time. But I’m told I should start taking birth control 3 months prior to the wedding to make sure it has time to take effect. I dont want to gain weight or break out before my wedding but I’ve never taken birth control before. Could you give me suggestions on what would be a “safe” first try? I dont want to try the IUD or Implanon (I have sensitive skin and dont want to risk a skin infection)
Post # 3
@envisage2: Honestly, your best bet would probably just be a birth control pill. In most cases, they clear up your skin and very few cause weight gain. There are a ton of different options with different benefits so your doctor could help you choose the one that is right for you.
Post # 4
I’m on lo loestrin (pill) and would recommend it! Its the lowest dose of daily estrogen available in a pill, so I didn’t get sick when I started taking it like I did with other pills. I think that would probably mean less chance of weight gain, but someone correct me if I’m wrong. Usually, BC actually helps your skin and doesn’t cause breakouts. I get a few bumps around that time of month, but less than I did before starting BC.
I’ve tried all kinds of BC and I like Lo Loestrin the best. Nuvaring did not do great things for my sex drive. I took the depo shot too, but thats not recommended for long periods of time and I think it made me kind of moody.
Post # 5
If you have a metal allergy then an IUD would not be for you, but when I was researching them I didn’t find any warnings for sensitive skin besides that. Then can cause an infection if you have an STD, which you likely do not having waited for marriage to have sex. I have a copper IUD, it’s the first birth control I’ve ever been on so I can’t compare, but it’s really easy to use and almost nothing about ‘me’ had changed due to it.
Post # 6
I’m on the ring and I totally love it. I’ve been on two different pills before and the first made me really depressed. The second was yasmin and I loved it but the ring is super easy and there was no need to take it every day.
No matter what you decide to use, give it a few weeks before deciding if you like it. Also, listen to yourself and your body. My dr. at the time told me the pill wasn’t making me depressed. It totally was.
Post # 7
I wasn’t a fan of the ring. Lowered my libido a LOT. I tried a generic at one time too and it made me crazy and depressed. I’m on Ortho try cyclin lo and have never had a problem with it. I realize every woman is different and I guess you just don’t know until you try it. But if you feel any drastic changes in mood I would switch immediately. Although generics are supposed to have the same active ingredients I think those inactive ingredients can really mess with your hormones.
Post # 8
I would try a low dose BC pill. The lower dose has less risk of side effects like weight gain and such which would be bad right before the wedding.
Post # 9
I’ve been on 10 different pills in the past 8 years. I’ve never gained weight and they helped my skin. However, they can make you moody for the first month. Whenever I switch I will cry so easily for the first week.
Post # 10
@envisage2: I will be getting married at the end of December and went ahead and began taking my first pack of birth control (ever) at the beginning of August. I was extremely nervous about weight gain, mood swings, etc. and almost decided not to go on it all together. I have always had a very normal cycle and really never needed the pill for any reason until now (I’m 24). My doctor recommended a low hormone pill, Lo Loestrin Fe, and I honestly could not be more happy with it so far. I was instructed to take mine at 8:00 every night and if there are any side effects they either occur while I’m sleeping or not at all! I also began my wedding diet and BC at the same time and i have lost at least 5lbs already! It really is a breeze. I would ask for a sample from your doctor and give it a shot!
Post # 11
3 months is the best bet. After that long, the side effects and you’ve gotten into the routine of taking it. You shouldnt gain weight (just watch your diet and drink lots of water!), and your skin will probley get better! I would go with the pill, alesse is a good one. A lot of people I know (and myself) who took it barely had any side effects.
Post # 12
The new low hormone pills are not for everyone. They did not agree with me at all. I missed periods completely and had random weird spotting. And crazy bloating.
The good news was almost instantly after switching to an old formulation pill I felt better.
So I hope it works the same for you – get on a pill now. If you think it’s not going well after 2 months, switch and you’ll be fine by the wedding.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
I’ve had great success with Nuva Ring. I have actually done nothing but drop weight since I’ve been on it (that I was purposly trying to lose) and my skin is about as perfect as it’s ever been.