- 3 months ago
- Wedding: May 2017
TL;DR version at the end.
Several months ago I started a board about birth control, specifically wanting to hear experiences of those of you who had taken Lo Loestrin FE, as I was switching to it, hoping for it to help with some of the side effects of my previous BC (Tri Nessa).
I stayed on Lo Loestrin for 3 months, and honestly it didn’t change anything about the side effects – the only change I noticed was that I had absolutely no period, just random light spotting. It was a weird adjustment, but really didn’t bother me. Starting this new calendar year, my insurance no longer covers Lo Loestrin FE, and I really didn’t want to spend $150+ a month on birth control, so I had my doctor switch me back to Tri Nessa. Ever since then, my body seems to be out of control. My acne has gotten so much worse, my moods have been off, I’ve been somewhat depressed, my hair has been falling out, my sex drive has gotten even worse (didn’t think that was even possible, but it was), and I’ve been gaining weight (despite continuing the same lifestyle in regard to eating and working out as I have been the last 2 years).
After being on vacation last week and thinking about things a lot, and having some tough conversations with my husband about our sex life, I’ve decided I need to get off of hormonal birth control and give my body a break. I’ve been feeling like my body has been telling me to get off of it for a long time, and I’ve decided it’s time to quit making excuses.
While we would like a child some day, we really want to wait at least a year to start a family, mainly due to travel plans that we have in the next year. It would not be the end of the world if I were to get pregnant earlier than expected, and we would be excited and happy about it, it would just change some plans for the type of trips we are taking.
I’m hoping to hear some experiences and/or advice from those of you who have used FAM as a birth control method. I don’t know a ton about it, other than temping and charting your temps to determine when you have a spike in tempature, and avoiding those days. I obviously know that using this as the only form of birth control (along with condoms on higher risk days) can be risky, but I’m not super worried about that because the risk of a pregnancy outweighs how I have been feeling the last 2 years.
Also, does anybody have a good reccomendation of a thermometer? One with an app tied to it might be helpful since I don’t know much about it. Thanks in advance!
TL;DR – I’m planning on going off of birth control due to side effects. Hoping to hear some experiences and advice from those who use or have used FAM as a bith control method. Thermometer suggestions would be great as well!