Last minute BC switch- help please!!

posted 4 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

nattykad :  5 weeks should be plenty of time to adjust to a new BC pill. The adjustment with breakthrough bleeding usually happens during the first cycle. 

Also, re: the IUD insertion. The first attempt to insert my IUD was a failure for the same reason. My gyn prescribed cytotec before the second attempt and I had no issues. Has your doctor tried that? I did have a lot of spotting/breakthrough bleeding for the first month + when I got my IUD, so you may want to wait until after the wedding regardless. But, seriously- get cytotec next time- it will be a much easier experience. 

Post # 3
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268 posts
Helper bee

nattykad :  I was also a virgin when I got married. Got married in September, started Lo Loestrin the May before (so my body could get used to it). I was so emotional that I literally stopped mid pack (I wasn’t using it for birth control anyway). I knew I’d be paranoid about having sex with only a condom and no “second method”, so I decided to give it another try in July. I was still a bit emotional at first but it quickly wore off. I did have breakthrough bleeding and just switched to a slightly higher dose BC pill last month (Taytulla) with no regular periods so far (yay). The Lo Loestrin often has breakthrough bleeding associated with it because it is the lowest dose of hormonal birth control that you can use to prevent pregnancy 🙂

 

Feel free to reach out with any questions- we seem to have the same issues! lol.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

nattykad :  I think you can private message on here!

My emotions were pretty much in check the second time I tried it. I couldn’t deal with the emotional-ness the first time around- I think it was a combination of me being stressed at the time with additional hormones. I have hypothyroidism/PCOS which goes along with weird hormones, too. My periods were weird. I wouldn’t have a period for a month or two, then would get one for two weeks straight. It sucked. Every holiday during our first year of marriage we couldn’t have sex lol. But the Taytulla seems to be working much better- I had lots of spotting during the first month but now nothing at all. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

nattykad :  yep. Cytotec is for cervix ripening. Maybe try Planned Parenthood next time if you aren’t established with an gyn practice.  You definitely don’t need to go to a gyn for an IUD insertion. A lot of Nurse Practioners are extremely experienced with IUD insertion (and often are better at it than the doctor is!) I honestly didn’t know midwives did routine, non-pregnancy related care so maybe the midwife just wasn’t experienced with insertion for women who have given birth. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I’ve had the IUD twice and it is hard to get in if you’ve never had kids. My OB/GYN said she preferred not to give it to women who haven’t given birth, but she did anyway. I think it goes better if you’re on your period when they insert it, but it still causes a lot of cramping. You could just try getting on the birth control pill. It is effective, and would probably be easier in your body than starting with an IUD. IUD’s have side effects, too. When I was young, I was in the pill. It didn’t cause me much problems, I just hated having to take it every day. I now have the Nexplanon, which I really like. There are so many options you can try. The Nuvaring is obviously not working for you, and I’m kind of surprised they are pushing the IUD for you since you’ve never given birth. 

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