Post # 1
Ok…I’ve been on the pill for over 10 years now. I quit taking it back in December because I wanted to see what I was like off of the pill. I didn’t really see any difference. Periods aren’t that bad, no change in skin, no weight loss (bummer) I was really hoping to drop a few pounds with going off the pill and diet and excerise but I’m really not seeing a difference! I go to the gym and do cardio and a mix of weights and changed my eating habits. Ugh so frusterating. Ok back to the pill part…..
i want to go back on the pill but I want something that I can take back to back so I can skip periods. I did this with Ocella and my doctor was completely ok with it. I just don’t want to go back on Ocella. I want to try something different. Low hormone preferably. What do you bees suggest I ask my dr about? And what are your experiences with good BC pills? I’d like to hear the good and bad.
Post # 4
I am on the Depo Provera injection. I havn’t had any periods except for some light spotting at first. No side effects to report. I am breastfeeding and it was one of the birth control options that was safe for nursing mothers.
People complain of weight gain and losing their hair when on Depo Provera but I havn’t experienced that. Something to consider though.
Post # 5
I used to take a european brand (I assume it was, so said my obgyn) called Mercillon for that very purpose. I loved it- I had no side effects and no weight gain (yay!) I know that seasonel and seasonique are designed to give you periods every 4 months if I remember correctly. The FDA also recently approved Lybrel which is desinged to take 365 days a year and give you no period at all. I have heard good things about Lybrel but haven’t tried it personally- I hear it is a bit expensive though.
I personally went from taking the pill, to haveing an IUD implanted. (Mirena) It took about 5 months but no periods now, and it is effective for up to 5 years! I did have some weight gain (5lbs, not too bad) but it fits my lifestyle much better than the pill does.
Post # 6
Copper IUD all the way. Best decision I ever made. No hormones, extremely effective, and after insertion, you don’t have to think about it or do anything for 10 years.
ETA: I combine the IUD with or tho novum which helps clear up my skin, and I often use it to skip periods. Like any hormonal method that you use to skip over a period, there is some spotting. I’ve also heard good things about the implant.
Post # 7
I take reclipsen, and my dr told me to just take the active pills indefinitely and skip the inactives alltogether, so no periods pretty much ever. Its the only birth control pill I’ve ever really liked.
I loved the nuva ring, and my dr at that time told me to do the samething, put one in for 4 weeks, then switch right away to the next without a break for a period. It just didn’t work, the periods eventually came anyway and they were absolutely hell to endure.
In the future I plan to get mirena, after ttc, etc.
Post # 8
My doctor told me to just take whatever I was already taking (generic of desogen) as it was working and I wasn’t having any issues. I’d only take the active pills for 3 months then have my period – so 4 a year. I did this for about 2 years and it was great!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I’ve used the Nuva Ring for 6 years. It doesn’t make my stomach hurt and skin clears up nice. I get a little “rage” though.
I wwish SO MUCH my stupid ob/.gyn would have let me try the hormone-free Paragard IUD. Still mad about that.
Post # 10
I’m on the nuvaring now for maybe 3 years? ive been on atleast 10 different bc pills over past 10 yrs had horrible experiences. If i didnt take on time .. Literally 5;02 instead lf 5:00 id spot for weeks. i havent had any bad experience with nuvaring.. Im usualy over sensitive anyway so that dIdnt chNge. I love not havig to stop what im doig and take a pill. Andd theres a great nuvaring app that reminds you when to take it out and put it in lol!
Post # 11
@KJA00: Have you thought about a non-hormonal IUD? I have one and I love it. No hormonal weirdness from pills, and no concerns about heightened risks of any illnesses later.
Check out IUD Divas, a wonderful forum full of useful info about IUDs.
I know some people are freaked out by IUDs. I was at first, but have found it to be the only thing that works for me (I tried almost everything that’s out there and came back to an IUD).
Post # 12
Another NuvaRing user here. I absolutely love it!
Post # 13
@Alumisiren: I love Mercilon. I got a year’s supply before I left Asia, because it was only $6 a pack there, and I heard it wasn’t available in the States. Is it available here?
Post # 14
@everyheart: I used to take it in Asia, and took it for a long time when I got back to the states because I bought it in bulk haha My pharmacy here in the states said they could order it- but my OBGYN at the time when I came home (who I hated) refused to give me a prescription for anything but one specific brand- kick backs anyone? I moved to California a year ago and when I moved I met my new doc and she recommended the IUD. I would look around- I know that there are pharmacies in canada you can order it from if you get a prescription for it.