Post # 1
I recently went back on the pill – the same pill I was on for 10 years until about 18 months ago – because my period was scheduled for the wedding + first week of honeymoon. Hells to the no.
I thought it would be as simple as just starting again. I only went off it because I thought 10 years was just too damn long to be on any medication that’s optional.
But I’ve been having some symptoms and because the last time I “started” the pill was when I was 17, I can’t for the life of me remember if these are normal for starting the pill. So wanting opinions before I bother my doctor.
Pill: Diane (originally went on for my skin)
Symptoms – occasional nausea, tender breasts, bloating (all the time), spotting, slight fatigue, sugar cravings
And yes, before anyone says anything, I have taken pregnancy tests because all those symptoms are symptoms of early pregnancy. Both tests I took were a hard negative.
Post # 2
- Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey
I haven’t any thoughts because I’ve never used pills but I’m thinking about it. This made me dread it even more.
Post # 3
You can always try another pill. Tell your gyno the symptoms you are having and she’ll recommend another pill. Trial and error. I’ve been on the pill as well as other birth control methods for 20 years and have changed pills a few times. (Also, tried the depo shot, the patch, and an IUD. The IUD was a horror story. A surgery and thousands in medical bills later, I personally wouldn’t recommend the IUD to anyone.) Anyway, your hormones change as you age. A pill you took at 17 may not be the right pill for you now.
Post # 4
I hate the pill. Granted, I only took it for a week and got tired of it
I love my Skyla IUD
It has a tiny dosage of hormones, esp compared to the pill, and it stays local to your uterus. It makes your periods lighter. I had 3 months of light spotting, but it went away. Totally worth it for a set it and forget it method for the next 3 years.
Def get the painkiller shot for insertion
Post # 5
yah, it’s your body re-adjusting to the hormones again. You stop, you gotta go through the start up side effects again. yay.
Being a progesterone based pill, all those side effects are common, and unfortunately it looks like you got the running list, and any other prog based BC will also give you the same effects.
They all will go away with either time on the medication, or stop taking it.
If you don’t have to be on the pill, don’t put those hormones in your body.
Post # 6
going2bmrsc : yeah it’s only temporary. I only have one pack worth, it’s all I need
If it doesn’t start the ebb away in the next 7 days or so, I will probably stop altogether. It would have altered my cycle enough for it not to come at the wedding anyway.
Other reason is of course I hate frangers so any excuse not to use them is a win in my book .but if I have to I have to
Post # 7
sbl99 : I had to look up what frangers were!
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
sbl99 : I had these symptoms when I switched birth control. I think it’s pretty normal. You have symptoms of both excess estrogen and/or progesterone deficiency AND progesterone excess, so it could be either too much or too little progesterone for you. Seeing as though you started this pill when you were 17, your hormones probably just adjusted to the pills hormone profile, whereas now, your body has a baseline for your hormone balance and this pill is disrupting it. Have you been on it for a full cycle yet? It usually took me about a month to adjust to a new pill.
Post # 9
Yup, I remember those symptoms from when I went on the pill at eighteen, plus an all-consuming blind rage that almost obliterated my current relationship and my mental health—hence why I stopped.
Your hormonal landscape does change between the ages of 20 and 30 (give or take a few years), in subtle ways that may not have been evident if you were on the pill that whole time. 18 months may just not have been enough time for things to really even out before getting rearranged again, so your body might be a little shocked. Everyone’s different, though.
Post # 10
sbl99 : good good good, I did a bad thing and researched TOO HARD on hormonal birth control and the history behind it and now i’m a crazy anti-bc advocate for those who can avoid it xD HAHA.
Yeh I remember just being able to take 2 pills in a row to stop my period when I needed to flip my cycle around (how healthy) back when I was taking it, so i’m sure you’re going to be fine.
Ugh I hate them too, we use FAM method and just frangers on fertile days, that’s worked for a while now.