Post # 1
I was on BCPs a couple of years ago and want to start back only to go on a trip at the end of this month (in 22 days) and next month.
I am SO scared that taking any pill continuously will not work this quickly. My gyno says it should. I want a low dose pill, but strong enough to suppress my cycle at the end of this month and next. She prescribed LoEstrin24, when I said that, but I’ve read a lot of negative things about that one. Now I am thinking of maybe Seasonique/Seasonale or Ortho Tricyclin Lo.
I think I took booth Yaz, Ocella, and Ortho Tri Cyclin Lo in the past, but do not recall which worked best for me. I just know now, not being on anything, I’m emotional a week before my period, and I am working on that. In a pill, I want NO or minimal weight gain, NO breakthrough bleeding, and NO drying up of my lady parts or libido. Please any and all thoughts are welcome, whatever I take, I will have to do so on this coming Sunday. I feel so lost, please help.
Post # 3
I think only an OB/GYN can help you here, because different women react to different pills in different ways. Have you thought about other birth control methods, such as the patch, nuva ring, depo shot, IUD, etc.? I think you just need to talk with your doctor about your different options.
Post # 4
I liked ortho tri because it varies the levels during the month…..but when i went on that one I never took my pills continuously through 2 months (skip a period) because I didn’t know how that would work with the different levels per week.
I had breakthrough bleeding on Alesse
I took marvalon for years, but it did affect my libedo and I needed lube if you know what I mean
This is my first month off the pill in 8 years. Yahoo!
Post # 5
it can take a few months for pills to even out your cycle so remember that and if you skip your inactive pills its very possible you will have break through bleeding the next week, the doctor has always told me not to do that more then one month at a time, if you want to avoid periods you might want to try Seasonique that way you only have 4 periods a year. I am on tri sprintec (generic of Ortho Tri-Cyclen) I would take Seasonique if it was as afordable as my tri sprintec ($9 dollars at wal mart without health insurance cant beat that), I suggest talking to the doctor again
Post # 6
Thanks Ladies! Keep them coming. I know everyone is different, stories of some messing up their cycle as opposed to delaying it, freighten me. My doctor is very conservative, so she doesn’t really recommend it anyway but says the three months I want to do it should be fine.
Ugghhh!! What a gamble…the Aleve tactic seems to work (with making it end a couple of days early), so maybe pray that it works again next cycle or that BCPs won’t cause my cycle to come on early and that there is no breakthrough bleeding
Post # 7
Start your pills ASAP.
If you’re looking to not have a period in 22 days, your loestrin will probably do fine. BCP doesn’t work by “suppressing” a period. It’s not overcoming a hormone surge or anything, so a low-dosage BCP will do the job just as well. What it’s doing is tricking your body into thinking your pregnant. So you won’t have any monthly spike in hormones like a woman usually does.
For the other things you’re looking for in a pill (no side effects, basically), you’ll probably have to do it by trial and error with your doctor since every woman responds differently to different pills. But you can deal with the brand of your BCP when you get back from your trip. You can talk to your OBGYN sooner if you like, but you might end up with breakthrough bleeding when you switch pills, which may coincide with your trip.
Post # 8
I dont know how much Aleve you are taking or how often but remember to be careful taking too much too often could cause very serious problems
Post # 9
@dontlikered: Loestrin24fe made me a complete mood-swingin’-halfway to violent-psycho. It also made me spot the week before and after I was supposed to have my period. But like pp’s have said every woman is different.
I’m currently on Ortho TriCyclin Lo and LOVE it. The difference is amazing. I actually eel in control of myself and my emotions and it only took a month of taking them for my cycle to fall right back into it’s normal routine.
Post # 10
It’s true – everyone is different. But I’d expect a little breakthrough bleeding – I think that’s a very common side effect to doing pretty much anything with BCPs. Start them – breakthrough bleed. Skip a couple of periods – breakthrough bleed. Pop them like tic tacs – breakthrough bleed. Look at them the wrong way – breakthrough bleed.