Post # 16
I’ve been on the pill for almost 10 years. I started off taking yaz when I was 17. It worked well for about 5 years. It made my periods and my cramps lighter. After about 5 years I started getting overly emotional. I just felt sad and wanted to cry much more than I ever had in my life. I started to suspect that it was my birth control so I switched to Microgestin Fe and I have not had that problem since. I still have much lighter cramps and periods. The only side effect I have noticed is sometimes (not every time) about 2 days before I get my period I get a voracious appetite. I just want to eat everything in sight. For me birth control is completely worth it. If one pill isn’t working, you can try others.
Post # 17
I’ve been on the pill for 2 years and it’s been 100% worth it. My periods are finally regular and the bleeding is light/manageable.
I take my pill at 8pm and my only side effect is if I stay up too late I’ll start feeling nauseous.
Other than that, best decision ever.
Post # 18
I stopped taking bc a few years ago because I just couldn’t find something that worked for me. Yaz made me crazy and gave me horrendous acne, ortho tri cyclen lo gave me recurring yeast infections and nuvaring gave me blood clots. I know plenty of women that take it mostly symptom free but I’m not one of them.
Post # 19
Well the first pill that they put me on made me break out like crazy, so doc switched me to another kind. I was having CRAZY heart palpitations for a couple of months never realizing that it could be my pills. I switched to another one, and they totally stopped. I was fine on those pills for about a year. Getting off them was TOUGH for me. Too Much Information but my hormones were so out of wack that it was impacting my stomach so it was off for like 3 months. I was also super, super emotional all of the time. However, after 3 months off I was back to normal. Doc said that it can take 3 months to adjust to pills and 3 months off sometimes.
Post # 20
For me, it wasn’t worth it. My hormones were crazy! I was moody, depressed, and I had zero libido. I was even on a low dose pill called Lo Loestrin® Fe. It also look me over 1.5 years to regulate my body after coming off BCP and I was only only them two years.
I tried different pills – no luck. I looked into getting an IUD, but two of my mother’s cousins became sterile while using it (freak coincidence, but scared me enough to rethink that idea).
We just use condoms from Sustain which we purchase from Sprouts. They feel like nothing and are totally worth it since BCP weren’t for us.
Post # 21
Wow thanks ladies!
I guess its very much trial and error with most people, you never know until you try. They do sound even dicier now that I read about more experiences. I guess the biggest side effect that concerns me would be the depression, I dont feel anything is worth that. I am very glad for all the ladies that have had good experiences with them, but I think theres a very small chance I will end up trying them haha
Post # 22
littlebee94: i felt the same way when i first started (18 years old) but I am 25 now and its the best thing ever. My periods went from 14 days long to 3-4 days at the most. I dont get the excruciating cramps I used to have, and I dont get migraines anymore. Actually having the pill regulate my horomones helped with SO much. AND. The best part is thew hole not being pregnant thing for the last 7 years. 😛 (I love children but I am not ready for them yet, so BC was a great option)
The first month will be kind of weird. You’ll probably spot a little like I did, but then you’ll be on a clock work schedule and know exactly when your period will start and thats awesome. You might get a headache the first month too, but take something for it, and you’re golden. Month two is good.
Post # 23
I’ve been on birth control since I was 16, with a few breaks. I went off it when I was single a few times and I also decided to try a copper IUD (which was HORRIBLE). All in all, the birth control pill just doesn’t seem to negatively affect me like other people. I feel completely normal on it and off it! It really does seem to be trial and error. I’m on Yasmin right now as I was breakthrough bleeding on Yaz.
Post # 24
littlebee94: I didn’t think I had side effects, but when I went off BC pills and got a Mirena 5 years ago the 1 to 3 per month debilitating migraines I had been suffering from for 20 years totally went away…
Post # 25
I had mixed experiences. As a teenager, birth control was great. It got my cycle regular, stopped the 2-week long periods, and improved my skin. But by my twenties, I was getting recurring yeast infections, UTIs and kidney infections. They went away when I stopped the birth control pills. I’ve been off them for 6 years now and haven’t had any of those issues since.
Post # 26
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I have been on the pill forever – since I was 15, and I’m 26 now. I take Loestrin, and the side effects are nothing serious – tiny weight gain, and I get slightly homicidal on my period. OK, more than slightly.
But to me? TOTALLY WORTH IT. First of all, before I went on the pill my period was like a ten-day-long Red Wedding. Just… a nightmare. Now it lasts three days and I only go through about four tampons a day. Huge improvement.
Also, I don’t have a baby, which is freakin’ sweet.
Post # 27
I’ve been on the pill since April or May of 2007. I was a freshman in high school and was placed on it to regulate my menstural cycle. I was so anemic from non-stop cycles that I almost needed a blood transfusion. I wasn’t sexually active yet so I was put on the pill for purely health related reasons. It’s been over 8 years now and I’ve switched a lot due to generic brands changing, but I take it religiously and don’t have any serious side effects. I prefer the ones that are Drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol based such as Gianvi, Ocella and Yasmin. I once was switched over to the Norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol based ones (Ortho Tri-Cyclen, and Tri-Sprintec) and didn’t like those as much because my mood swings seemed to be a bit worse, I gained a little bit more weight, and it made my skin and hair super oily for some reason.
Post # 28
I’ve been on BC for years and haven’t noticed any side effects at all. I am terrified of IUDs and can’t stand condoms. So yes, worth it!
Post # 29
Never been on the pill. I started with patch, then the Nuva Ring. I moved to the Mirean IUD about 7 years ago (on my second one) and I love it. I haven’t had any issues and I don’t hage to remember to do anything.
Post # 30
After 8 years on the pill it’s condoms from now on for me! I think they are pretty great and I never want to mess with my hormones again. The OCP also depletes/interferes with a number of vitamin and mineral absorption in the body, messes with your normal flora in the gut and vaginally (those that get thrush on the pill at the time of withdrawal bleeds will know what I’m talking about) and there is current speculation about the pill and cancer. On and on it goes.
Also, I fear we are edging into a time where women are medicating themselves into preventing pregnancy, and then medicating themselves to get pregnant (IVF, hormone therapy, follicle stimulation…).
Numerous brands of the pill also messed with my moods and I never realised how unwell I felt until I came off of it. This all being said, with those that have PCOS and endometriosis or other reproductive disorders, the pill is a godsend. When nothing else will help, and all of the above is taken into account, and ensuring a healthy lifestyle, then I think using the OCP is fair enough.
Just make sure you do a lot of research for both sides of the coin, and work by respected health practitioners such as Nat Kringoudis is worth a read too.