(Closed) For Bees on BC…

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

I am not currently on a triphasic but I was on Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo for about 4 years in my teens. It was great, though there were definitely mood swings associated with each level of hormones to the point where my high-school boyfriend could identify which colour of pill I was taking that week.

Aside from the mood swings (which, for me, were manageable) I got a few more PMS side effects than usual (breast tenderness, PMS cramping, etc) but again, nothing too severe. All in all I liked that pill quite a bit, it helped a lot with my heavy periods.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Just out of curiosity, and maybe to help advise…why are you looking for a triphasic pill?  The first BC I ever took was a generic orthotricycline.  I think I was on that for a couple years, but that was probably 15 years ago!  I don’t remember why I stopped using it.  The best BC I ever took was a pregesterone only, or “mini pill.” Fewer hormones, I still had lighter and regular periods, and it stopped my painful cramps for about 4 years.  The worst ever was the patch.  I had crazy migraines with auras.  I am currently using Loestrin and it’s okay but I’m not a huge fan.  I can go 6 months without having a period (unnerving for me) and there’s no generic but the company frequently causes problems with their discount card and I end up spending a fortune.  

 FYI I take BC mainly for dysmenorrhea, but have also never gotten pregnant in the meantime 🙂

Just 1 or 2 more months and no more BC for me! 🙂

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

@WhatMaeBee:  I don’t know if it increased or decreased my libido overall but libido was also very dependent on where I was in the cycle. I also didn’t gain any weight on Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo but I took the generic for Ortho-Cyclen for a while and gained close to 60lbs that I’m still struggling to lose. It’s different for everyone.

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