Post # 1
I need your help deciding, please!
My doctor has me going on a patch for a while to try it out. I was struggling a lot with being able to find a good time to take my pill and I was too embarrassed to take it in public therefore night was a tough time for me to take it. Here are the pros and cons so far
one came off tonight and I had to take it the rest of the way off early and put a new one on
nasty lint sticks to the outer edge
I’m almost on week three and I still have the ring from week one on me. Its itchy, red, and has sticky stuff still on it. It also looks scabbed on the outer edges for whatever reason. I tried using alcohol to wipe it off but that burned so bad I had to stop
Costs $40 more than pill
Don’t have to worry about missing pill
No real side effects
Don’t have to worry about coming off
Only costs $10
Have to remember to take it a the same time. I’m super religious about this and I’m upset that I haven’t found say 5pm is a time I can ALWAYS take it.
Post # 3
I was on the patch for two years and would not recommend it. After a year and a half on it, it started making me sick the day after I put on a new patch for week 1. After going on the pill I have never gotten sick. I find that setting an alarm on my cell phone every day (I do it at 9 pm) helps me remember to take it every day.
Once I started seeing a new doctor, they told me that they did not recommend the patch because of the side effects and health risks associated with it, so I switched to the pill. I have taken Yaz (which I loved, but is really expensive), and now I’m on Loestrin24fe which has worked well for me.
Post # 4
@Boopers: I was taking the generic form of Yaz and it was actually good. My body seems to be able to handle these things pretty well. I’m thinking of getting off the patch because while I do like the convenience this whole thing is not working out. I can just keep the pills in my purse and discreetly take them when needed.
Post # 5
I had allergy problems to the adhesive on the patch as well. Have you tried Nuvaring before? You don’t have to remember it except once a month.
Post # 6
Ok this is in no way helpful… but do they have brown patches for black people? I don’t think I can stand to have a patch on my body because it just seems so foreign, especially if it looks like a tan band-aid that doesn’t blend into my skin!
Post # 7
@kperry3: There is only one color. I’m caucasian and it totally stood out on me.
Post # 8
@kperry3:I’m pale as a ghost and it stood out for me too so I don’t think so
@EvaBostonTerrier: I haven’t tried the nuvaring. Would you recommend it? I’m worried that it’ll be weird to try to get it out, mostly. I like to OB tampons with no string so I’m not worried about putting it in. I’m also worried Fiance would feel it?
Post # 9
I would definitely consider talking to your doctor about Nuvaring – if nothing else, you can atleast explore all of your options. I haven’t talked to anyone who had a hard time getting it out (it can’t get lost or anything). Most of the time, guys don’t feel it during sex (or if they do, it’s minimal and doesn’t bother them).
Post # 10
second for nuvaring! i like it much better than the pill.
Post # 11
I had no problems with the patch really…a couple of them came off over the years but I always had a back up and I didn’t have issues with itching. With that said, it’s definitely more expensive because it’s no generic and you’re clearly having problems with it. Why not take your pill either first thing in the morning when you get up or right before bed? I take all my medications right before bed and they just live on my nightstand. Makes it pretty hard to forget.
Post # 12
For me the patch would always peel off and was also painful. I sety my alarm to get off at 11pm every night and that is when I take my pill. Yeah, sometimes it’s a pain if I fall asleep early or something. But having a baby right now would be much worse than occasionally having to get up and take a pill after I’ve fallen asleep.
Post # 13
After being on both I definitely say the PILL 100%. Less issues and less side effects. I feel like the pill is definitely a responsibility BUT I just set an alarm on my cell phone for 12p (lunch time) everyday and take it. I will say too that I don’t always take it on time. I’ve been on it 5 years and still so pregnancy. So I think it’s very good and less complicated. I hated the patch honestly. And because it wasn’t repetitve I did forget to change it. Also the patch sucks if you want to wear a bikini to the beach. LOL…