Post # 1
Has anyone else had a really hard time findin the right birth control pill? im getting so frustated! i try to stay on each pill i try for at least 2 or 3 months so i can give it a fair shot. I am on at least my 4th different pill in the last year. This is the only pill ive been on that gives me a sex drive, but its killing me with nasaua, stomach cramps and tired all the time with no motivation to do anything.
How long did it take you to find a pill that worked well for you? And what did you end with and why do you like it?
Thanks for your answers- maybe it will help me to find one that works! I go next week to my doc, and i will be talkin to her then about changing again, but in the meanwhile i want to do my own research.
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@Jen51287: I’m on Previfem, the generic for Ortho Cyclen. I never have a problem or notice a difference.
Post # 4
I know how you feel, I’m one of those few people in the world who cannot be on any kind of pill at all! I tried 2 kinds, before I was even sexually active because my doctor thought it would help with my super painful periods. The first one I tried made me retain water so much it was silly and I felt tired and sick to my stomach all the time, much like you described, while the second kind I tried seemed to be fine… UNTIL I was diagnosed with mononucleosis and had to undergo liver tests. My results were terrible, too terrible for just mono so my doctor figured out it had to be the pill. She strongly advised me against ever using hormonal contraceptives. I don’t want to scare you because the chances of the same thing happening to you are really tiny, but just in case it happens, I want you to know it’s not the end of the world. Even when you have to use condoms, you can still have a very nice sex life – or better, since you don’t feel like you have the flu all the time!
Post # 5
I tried a million of them, and also the nuva ring, I’m now just off completely. The side effects varied on everything. The ring gave me the least side effects but the ONE it did give me was a non-existent sex drive 🙁 🙁
Post # 6
Ortho Cyclen was the best for me. Never had any side effects
Post # 7
I really liked the Nuva Ring.. have you thought of trying something other then a pill?
Post # 8
I can’t take any hormonal birth control. I had a lot of serious side effects from it, and it’s not worth ruining my health over.
Post # 9
@Jen51287: you name it I’ve been on it or at least prescribed it.ive been on most except for seasonal bc
orrho tricyclin low
this is just off the top of my head. i have/they think I have PCOS (I say think because I don’t fit most of the criteria). I have been trying very hard to find a bc pill that works- most seem to be working month 1-2 and then it all goes down hill. The higher doses tend to work better for me but other certainly are not for everyone. I go to a horomones specialist and he explained that you just have to keep trying-
its annoying advicbc because by the time I find something that works- I probably won’t need it! Loto but there really isn’t much you can do but keep trying.
Post # 10
I’m on the mini pill (Camila) because I get migraines. The only down side is that you have to remember to take it at the same time everyday, I think there is only a 3 hour window.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I tried a few different pills and like you, wasn’t able to find one that worked well for me. My first one, I didn’t realize that the side effects (depression, anxiety) were from the pill and it totally wrecked my college experience/GPA. The others gave me such bad anxiety I couldn’t take them longer than a few weeks because it was just too much to deal with, to the point that condoms and pregnancy tests were much less of a headache.
I ended up with Mirena, the localized hormone IUD. I can keep it for 5 years, and so far no side effects because the hormones are a much lower dose and aren’t depending on my bloodstream to get to where they need to go.
Post # 12
It took me about 5 or 6 pills to find the right one. There was the fat-and-bitchy pill, the I’m-super-depressed, the I-get-my-period-all-month-long pill. I was able to work with my doctor to find one that worked. I think you should start narrowing down what you know – see how you react to monophasic and triphasic pills, see how you react to strong/weak hormone levels, see how you react to different synthetic hormones.
You’ll have to do some work on your own to monitor your reactions, and I would say work closely with your doctor to help you along the way. What ended up working for me was a low dose, triphasic pill. Right now I’m on triquilar or triphasil I think.. can’t quite remember (they stopped making one so I changed over to the equivalent.. I just can’t remember which is which).
Post # 13
I’m on the generic for Seasonale. I’ve tried a few others but I just got sick of having a period every month so I switched to Seasonale. The first pill I was on made my periods disappear and I thought I was pregnant!! Holy shit that was scary! Haven’t had any problems with Seasonale though…didn’t even really have spotting at first either.
Post # 14
I’m STILL trying to find the right one. I’ve been on 4 different ones already and they’re no good for me.
Post # 15
I’m another person who loves the NuvaRing. It’s a different delivery system and gives me no problems at all.
Post # 16
I took Lutera (generic for Aleese I believe) for about 3 years, no problems. I went to the gyno this morning actually looking for a pill that could help with chest and back breakouts (uh, definitely don’t want those in my wedding dress!!). She prescribed Yaz to help with the acne. I’m really hoping it helps but doesn’t give me any other side effects. I’m kind of worried about changing and experiencing side effects, but I guess it’s worth a shot. At least I know I can go back to the Lutera if this one messes me up.