(Closed) Patch or pill? I can’t decide!

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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 # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@kperry3: There is only one color.  I’m caucasian and it totally stood out on me. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Newbee

second for nuvaring! i like it much better than the pill.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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Helper bee

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…

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