Post # 1
Hey Bees. So I am 25 and I have never been on birth control (health related). After my doctor’s approval, I have decided that I am going to get on the birth control train. I have heard great things about the IUD but I don’t feel comfortable going that route just yet. I want to start off with the pill so I have the comfort of knowing I could stop it if I felt some really terrible side effects.
I am slightly terrified of it causing weight gain or making me go bat shit crazy. So please tell me your positive (or negative) experiences so I can get a clearer picture of what I am getting myself into. I know we all react differently to various pills but if you have great things to say about a certain one then please let me know the name so I can mention it to my doctor.
Post # 2
I was 32 before going on the pill. I’ve actually been able to lose weight since going on it! The first week was slightly more emotional (not crazy but I cried when watching a commercial about 2 women adopting a deaf child). Plus, I use it continuously so I don’t have periods anymore. I LOVE it!
Post # 3
I have been on different versions (brands) of the oral pill for 15 years. My only negative side effect was an elevation of my already high blood pressure. I have genetically high Bridal Party and the BC made it slightly higher. I also had a lower libido while the pill.
Having said that, I would still recommend it. The side effects were definitely worth it considering it worked and I didn’t get pregnant all those years. It was easy to remember to take, it was just a part of my morning routine – pee, brush teeth, take pill, put in contacts, brush hair, and so on.
It definitely didn’t make me “bat shit crazy” for 15 years.
Post # 4
I took bc pills for 10 yrs straight, then off and on for another 7 years. For the most part I had no side effects… my boobs grew a little, and I was prone to ovarian cysts while on a super low dose but once that was discovered I kept to a slightly higher dose pills and had no problems.
Post # 5
I’ve never been on it but various girlfriends have told me their horror stories- hair loss, weight gain, mood swings/ depression, and the iud needing to be removed after a short time ( I’ve heard three instances of that). Best of luck but I wouldn’t trust it.
Post # 6
You should talk to your doctor about the best hormonal BC for you (that sounds like an infomercial, haha). Remember, side effects for medications have to be reported even when they only occur in a small portion of the test subjects. I don’t know anyone who’s gained a significant amount of weight or become notably more moody as a result of BC.
I’ve been on the pill over 10 years. I was on a triphasic pill for a long time, and then last year my doctor switched me to monophasic because I was experiencing weird spotting with the other one. In a monophasic, the amount of hormones is consistent across your three active weeks. Around the time I switched was when I broke up with my asshat ex-boyfriend, too, so I can’t tell whether my better overall mood is due to that or to the new pill. 😄
ETA: Also, you’re never just stuck with the first pill they put you on. You can work with your doctor to figure out what formulation and dosage works best for you.
Post # 7
I know you’re looking for reasons why, but from my viewpoint, what’s wrong with a nice, safe condom? My best friend was on some pill, no idea which, and wound up with ovarian cysts until she dropped it. I wasn’t interested in taking the risk when there’s something perfectly useful already available. No side effects unless you’re allergic to latex and frankly it’s not gonna kill the poor guy to wear them, nor is it going to ruin sex. (in my case, my husband is so against taking medication himself, even OTC for a headache that he gave up the ‘fight’ over condom use pretty much immediately – if he wouldn’t do it, why should I?)
Post # 8
I’ve been on different forms of the pill for 13 years. I think there was only one out of four or five different kinds that disagreed with me, and that one just made me super moody. A quick trip to the gyno fixed that. The rest have been great, my period has been light ever since I’ve been on it, I get virtually no cramps, it cleared up my skin, and I love not having to use condoms.
Post # 9
well, it sounds like you have medical issues, so you should probably ask your doctor what form of birth control is appropriate for you. I don’t know what your health issues are, but oral contraceptives may not even be safe for you.
Post # 10
when I was on hormonal birth control, we kept a box of condoms in the house for a slightly different feel and it was great. We don’t use hormonal birth control anymore and solely rely on condoms. I get that people think there’s that awkward break while you put a condom on but really that’s the fun part, you can see how turned on the other person is by how much they’re struggling with the condom.
Anyway, OP you will either like hormonal birth control or you won’t. You just need to try one and if it’s not right, try a different brand. You might get fed up before they find the right one (like me hormonal birth control killed my sex drive to the point there was no need to be taking the pill because we wouldn’t be having sex) or you might get lucky. It’s just about patience and paying attention to your body.
Post # 11
I was on the pill for four years and eventually realised it was the cause of my IBS / food intolerances. I was constantly bloated, in pain and regularly had an upset stomach. It got to the point where my life was really quite negatively impacted because I always had to cancel plans with friends, I was working from home A LOT (luckily I had such an understanding boss), I couldn’t do a lot of my hobbies and really a lot of the time I didn’t even want to make plans or leave the house.
I didn’t realise it was the pill for the longest time because the symptoms crept up on me very slowly during the first year of taking it, becoming much worse in years 2, 3 and 4. I thought I was developing good intollerances or that the antibiotics I’d had to take several times for tonsillitis were messing up my system, so when I went for my check up to get a new prescription and they asked about any side effects it completely didn’t click.
After spending a lot of time on IBS forums and reading about people’s experience with the pill I decided to come off it. I noticed an improvement within a couple of months and ten months later I’m 95% back to my pre-pill self.
It may just be this particular pill that doesn’t agree with me but after years of mysery I’m just not willing to try hormonal birth control again. Because of how gradually it effected me I don’t want to go through months of slowly feeling a bit worse and worse until deciding it might be the pill, stopping, and then taking months again to go back to normal. It’s such a shame because I LOVED having such control over my periods and it was nice not having to worry about condoms. But honestly I was so ill and I thought I’d never feel normal again. I’m still in awe every day how good I feel now. It makes me feel like a super human in comparison to this time last year haha
Post # 12
I am 26 taking the pill for almost a year now ( I have been on and off for several years though since I was 19). I take the pill mainly because I have pcos.
Pros: My skin impoved, hairloss (nothing too serious – I just noticed my hair used to fall more during spring or fall) completely stopped, stressfree about period (is it going to come? when? how many days will it last?)
Cons: I noticed a little less sex drive. No other side effects.
I have gained some weight during last year but that’s not because of the pill, I’ve been eating a lot!
Post # 13
I’ve tried a lot of different birth control methods over the years (since I was 19, now am 29) and have varying experiences.
For me, I was on the pill (forget which brand) for the first year or so, but I didn’t like having to take it every day. Then I moved on to the NuvaRing which for me was awful. I was so emotional all.the.time. I was either crying (I remember sobbing in a McDonalds because they put ketchup on my hamburger…yea), bitchy or ecstatic. There was no in-between. The last few years I was at university I used Depo Provera, which worked really well at that point in my life. I could get the shot at the university health center and the side effects were minimal (some acne, though that might have also just been the time of my life. No weight gain/crazy mood swings).
When I started working it became more difficult to get to the doctor every three months, so I switched back to the pill (brand Eleonor). I was using that for the last six years and also didn’t experience any real negative side effects until the last year when my sex drive started fading to nothing. Because of that I decided in December to stop taking the pill and try Depo Provera again, but this time it made me crazy. In the first month after the shot I got really bad acne, also on my back and I also got really weepy at times. I decided not to get the second shot and have just been waiting for my cycle to return to normal (in the first four months after stopping the Depo I had spotting every week and two or three days of a light period every two-three weeks. It was awful. It’s been about five months now and my cycle finally seems to be stabilizing).
Now I’m considering a non-hormonal IUD, but I want to wait until after our wedding (this month!) just in case I experience any side effects.
In general, what works for one person may not work for another, so just be prepared to work with your doctor to find the right solution for you.
Post # 14
Honestly, differen’t hormonal contraceptives affect people in different ways. You won’t really know until you tried. I was on Yasmine for a while and it really cleared my breakout. It’s quite popular here because it doesn’t make you fat and clears your skin (for the most part). Though I hear Yasmine is quite unpopular in the states. I know I didn’t want to be on the pill forever since I’m not so good with taking the pill on time.
I’m not two years into Nexplanon and loving it. It’s pretty much a thin plastic rod implant into your arm. You don’t even feel it. Skylar is a recommended IUD for women who haven’t had childbrith since it’s smaller in the uterus, but lasts only 3 years compared to Mirena that lasts 5. Though its common for women who haven’t had children to use Mirena also. The problem with IUDs for me is I don’t live close to my doctor so I opted to have Nexplanon instead, which has almost no risk of it dislodging.
Nexplanon has no side effects for me in terms of weight gain or bloatyness and made my skin clear. The main reason I’m on birth control is to lighten my severe period symptoms. The downside with Nexplanon is you might be spotting for up to 6 months, if its bad for 2-3 months you could go see your doctor and he’ll prescribe something to help your body regulate the spotting. Currently I now bleed every other month, and 3 days compared to my usual 5. Some lucky people don’t bleed at all – I’m jealous. The only thing of concern is taking it out or replacing it requires your an excision and a stitch. Implanting it is relatively easy, just a bit of anasthesia and a big fat injection looking needle.
Post # 15
Oh my god – try the pill! It got rid of my acne, it hasn’t caused weight gain, and if anything I think it stabilises my moods because it keeps hormal levels more stable.