(Closed) Birth control w/out the bad side effects?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Everyone reacts differently to bc pills (Yaz was a nightmare for me). Honestly I wouldn’t go on the pill this close to the wedding, I wouldn’t want to chance the weight gain/mood swings/acne.

Post # 4
1285 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Each person is different, what killed your libido may drive mine up. I completely gave up on hormones and went with the Paraguard (hormone free IUD), but the side effects are pretty awful (very oainful and heavy periods). It also doesn’t help that without the hormones, I’m not as regular as I thought (due to work, family and wedding stress this month I was 3 weeks late, I was taking pregnancy tests daily!)

If you really don’t want to deal with any side effects, consider using a barrier method (condom, diaphragm, sponge) and spermicide.

On a side note, I’ve been reading Macolm Gladwell and am strongly considering going back on hormones (after the wedding) to do the 4 periods a year thing.


Post # 5
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Yaz was a nightmare for me too… I really liked Seasonique but it was just too expensive (even with insurance).  I really like Ortho-Tri lo!

Post # 7
26 posts

I had similar experiences with Seasonique, and decided to stop hormonal birth control altogether due to various side effects, including melasma. 

KH: I’m so sorry the Paragard is not working well for you!  I went with the Paragard IUD, but have had an entirely different experience.  While insertion was very painful (apparently it’s more painful for women who have never had children), I’ve experienced almost no side effects.  I had more cramping with my period for the first couple months, but it’s now five months since I had the Paragard inserted and my periods are pretty much what they were before I ever used hormonal birth control.  Same levels of cramping and bleeding.  The cramping and bleeding is worse than while I was on hormonal birth control (it seemed to reduce, but not by much, and I’m just glad not to have to worry about spotting, the worsening melasma, or the weight gain any more.  

Post # 8
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve been on some form of hormonal bc for the 6 years or so. I’ve been on the patch and on a pill (fem con fe … it’s chewable) and other than some spotting here and there, I’ve never had any issues or side effects really.

You could try one of the low-dose pills and see what happens. I would definitely start as soon as possible so that you can get used to it before the wedding.

Post # 9
3255 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I started blood clotting from Yaz and have been hesitant to try birth control ever since. I know there are pills out there that are safer than Yaz, but that experience really scared me.

Post # 10
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I did Paragard for 2 years… the pain I experienced having it inserted was incomparable (I’ve never had children), but was worth it in the long run. Paragard didn’t work out for me as I ended up getting a recurring infection that didn’t subside until it was removed. However, I think that was just a fluke. I would seriously recommend it to anyone. Yeah, I would bleed a lot more and cramps were a LOT more painful, but what is 6 days of shitiness per month compared to the round the clock side effects of hormonal birth control?

Since having it taken out, I follow ‘the Justisse method’ of birth control which is counting and basal body temperature. 2 years of it going strong with no pregnancy and no side effects! However, if you’re two months out from your wedding you’d probably want to get on that right away if you’re considering it because you need a good 2-3 months of measuring your cycle before you can rely on it as birth control.

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