(Closed) Seasonique Users, talk to me.

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I just started on it 3 months ago, I’m at the end of my first pack.  Honestly, I have no sex drive on it, didn’t have one on Lybrel either.  I have had no cramping at all with it but if you are just starting on it, you will probably have spotting for a while.

Post # 5
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It is lower than when I was on Yaz for sure.  I actually was on Lybrel for a year before this.  I was spotting off an on for a few months when I first started it.  I’m sure it’s similar for Seasonique too.

Post # 6
Member
396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I really love it, but I do find that it lowers my sex drive quite a bit. I don’t have any spotting at all, but I’ve been on it for at least two years (though I don’t recall having any spotting when I first started it). My cramps and other symptoms are definitely better though – I used to run a fever/be completely incapacitated the first couple of days on my period, but I’m pretty much fine now – only light cramps when it first starts. 

Post # 8
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226 posts
Helper bee

My old doc prescribed seasonique because I was having ridiculous pms and she thought it would be better, because you recieve the same dose for a longer period of time.  She said that it would have less of an effect on the crazy emotional stuff I was going through with yaz. 

Well, I took it for 2 months and then one day I forgot to take it so I took it as soon as I realized I had missed it (that’s was the directions say to do) A couple of days later I got my period.  It wasn’t due for another month.  It lasted for 16 days and was really heavy.  After I reached the two week point I called my doctor and they gave me directions which made it stop.  I can’t remember exactly what they told me to do, but I think I had to stop taking it until my period stopped and then start taking it again after that.  I finished the rest of that pack and then stopped taking it. 

I didn’t forget pills often, but I didn’t want to get a ridiculous period every time I did.  Seasonique also did NOT help with the emotional side effects birth conrtol gives me.  While 4 periods a year sounds great, it’s just unnatural.  I don’t think we can know the long term effects of Seasonique yet either.  So, seasonique was not for me. 

Post # 9
Member
28 posts
Newbee

I am on Seasonique Lo. I started on Seasonique because I get very bad hormonal migraines when I get my period. My doctor recommended it so that I at least only got a migrain 4 times a years instead of 12. I had alot of spotting but no migraines. I switched to Seasonique Lo about a year ago and I love it! No spotting, no cramps, and I NEVER get a period! I was concerned and asked my doctor if it is okay not to have a period and she said it was perfectly normal. She said BC pills were designed to give women a period once a month in order to ease a women’s mind about having a period. But she says it’s actually okay not to get one. I do feel very bloated the last week in the 3 month cycle but that subsides when I start a new cycle.

Anyway, it does decrease my sex drive and that sucks. But it’s something for you and your partner to be aware of. My Fiance understands the decreased sex drive is  due to the pill not him 🙂

Post # 10
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1106 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I had some crazy side effects when I tried Seasonique, but everyone’s body reacts differently. I had my period for 9 weeks straight! My doctor wanted me to try and stick out the first pack, but my body just wasn’t having it, which was a complete bummer. I also didn’t have a sex drive at all (not that I would have wanted one for those 9 weeks).

I hope that it works well for you!!

Post # 11
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1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I’m on Seasonique and I will say, for 6 weeks I had constant spotting. Eventually I realized I should just stop taking it for a week and let my body have the full period it was trying to have. After that I made it 6 more weeks before needing to have another period. Some people can go the full 3 months, I have to ramp up to that point. Everyone’s different.

Sex drive is low as with all other BCs for me 🙂

Post # 12
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14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve been on it for a year. I spotted a bit the first 6 months maybe. I’d be able to go 8 weeks (not a full 12), spot real bad, and just let myself menstruate while continuing to take the tablets. I did that a few times and now I can go 4 months without a period. I do tend to spot a LITTLE in between each month (technically right when i’d have a period) but it’s nothing major, lasts about a morning, i cramp a LITTLE (we’re talking I need ibuprofen, NOT vicodin, and it goes away) and i use a very thin panty liner.

I’ve been on a lot of heavy BC type methods the last few years and I haven’t had much of a drive while on any of them. This one’s no different, but Darling Husband doesn’t seem to mind. It hasn’t been an issue at all for us. 

The ring didn’t seem to affect my libido as much.

Post # 13
Member
1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery

I’ve been on Seasonique (well the generic brand) for 4 months now…I had switched from Otho-tricyclen..at first I think I notice a difference in my mood…but I am not sure if the new BC was to blame or if it was because I was off the prior for a month and then went back on the new one.  I did notice a decrease in my sex drive which has subsided a bit…I do get the occasional spotting with the new pill and, but I was already getting this with the old (one of the reasons I made the switch)  overall I haven’t noticed a huge difference between the two…I am hoping that eventually things will even out and I won’t continue to spot because it is annoying.  I do like that I don’t get the full on period as often, but hate the not knowing when spotting will happen.

Post # 14
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@bluebutterfly: Are you sure you are on a generic Seasonique?  I believe that it is still under patent so there shouldn’t be generics out yet.

Post # 16
Member
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Not necessarily. Everybody is different. Mine have been lighter/less painful.

It doesn’t work by causing 3 months of build up to occur and then you bleed it out. It basically stops your body from building up a thick lining, which you shed every month in a normal period. You don’t make 3x a thicker lining and shed all that all at once. It just causes your body to build it up very very slowly (or not really at all in my case) and shed it every 3 months. Also, your lining can get SO THIN (which happened to me a long time ago) then it continually sheds because it doesn’t build up at all.

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