Skin concerns with mini pill

posted 1 year ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I also had to switch to the mini-pill after my doctor told me that I had to stop the combo pill (increased risk of stroke due to migraines with aura). I was on the mini-pill for four months and I had never seen my skin so bad in my entire life. Horrific body acne when I had never experienced it before. Due to that and other side effects, I had to stop hormonal birth control entirely.

I am just coming up on a year without any hormonal birth control, and my skin is just starting to calm down now. It has never been great, but while on the mini pill and then the first 8 months off all birth control was the worst I have ever seen it. I know that everyone’s skin can be different, but for me it is has taken about a year for me to return to my “normal” skin as I was used to it on the combo pill (even though normal for me is still not great). 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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mrsclaymls :  It has been so frustrating because I loved being on the combo pill until I learned that I shouldn’t be on it at all. Coming off birth control has also made my periods super heavy and painful, something I had never experienced before, and this is not improving over time (unlike my skin which is making slow progress). So I am definitely afraid to get a copper IUD. And we are not TTC right now but would welcome an oops baby.. however I’m not sure what I am going to do for the rest of my life after being 100% done with having kids!

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Sugar bee
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anonymousbee001 :  That’s really interesting thank you! To be fair I see different doctors every time I go and they did seem to have different opinions on this.. this helps clear up why. 

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Bumble bee

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sapphire27 :  Welcome! I ended up deciding that, given my already low-risk profile, the miniscule increase in stroke risk, if any, was not worth the hormonal changes, added stress, and increased pregnancy risk, and communicated that assertively to my provider. I do think the dearth of options and hesitancy to have a nuanced conversation is somewhat related to issues women in general tend to encounter when communicating medical concerns.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/well/live/when-doctors-downplay-womens-health-concerns.html 

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