Post # 1
So this probably sounds like a silly post but I need some advice on ‘The Pill.’ I have never been on it and getting married soon so now I will have to start. I don’t really know much about the types etc and will hopefully go to see my GP soon for some advice but wanted to hear your recommendations. I get worried when I hear about side effects (acne/weight gain) – is this true? I am nervous to start this before my wedding and then end up with breakouts on the wedding day. <br /><br />Hope you guys can help xx
Post # 2
Unfortunately the pill is a trial and error thing! A pill that has no negative effects on one woman might give another acne, mood swings, etc. There’s no way of knowing how it will affect you until you try. Personally I have had the best luck with low dose combined pills and the worst with progestogen-only (horrible cystic acne, which seems to be relatively common with that type). Your medical history is also a factor in determining the best option so always best to talk it over with your GP 🙂
Post # 3
Ask your GYN about nuva ring. I love it and its a much lower dose of hormones than the pill. You will probably try many before you find the right one
Post # 4
Yup, it’s just a trial and error process with your body. I’ve been on 4 different pills since I started taking them. 1 caused horrible depression, 2 caused a more mild depression, but my current pill (Lo LoEstrin) is one of the lowest doses you can take, and it’s working really well. I’ve never had any side effects (weight/acne), but positives (a lot of pills actually help clear acne).
Post # 5
Thank you all for your replies!!
I’ve saved myself until the wedding day so I don;t want to risk having acne etc on the wedding day. My friend got acne with it which is why I am nervous as she had perfect skin before it. Maybe a low dose would be good for me but I will definitely discuss with my doctor.
Post # 6
jawaherx: I’ve tried a couple different pills over the years, and I tried the hormonal IUD, and my favorite is Seasonique. It’s an extended use pill that you take for 3 months and then have your period. So you only have 4 periods a year which is awesome. I haven’t experienced any negative side effects with it. However, everyone is different. Also, most pills actually help with acne so I’m kind of surprised to hear that it caused your friend to get it.
Post # 7
The first one that really worked for me without nasty side effects with the Ortho-tri cyclen. It has a varying hormone dose depending on the time of month to match your regular cycle a bit more and prevent mood swings and such. Unfortunately because of endometriosis I had to switch to a steady dose hormone and went to ortho-cyclen, which also worked fine for me.
Post # 8
jawaherx: Unfortunately, it really depends on the person. I’ve been on Alesse for years with no bad side effects. But everyone reacts differently to different things. How much time do you have until the wedding? Can you try one now, and if it doesn’t work have time to switch to another method?
I’d go talk to a doctor — they’ll be able to make a recommendation. Just keep in mind — even doctors can’t say “you won’t have any reaction to this specific method of birth control,” so your best bet is to try something when you have some time to spare.
Post # 9
I take ortho tricylen lo. I love it because I would rather put the lowest dose of hormones possible. It doesn’t work for everyone though, but it is definitely worth a try (if it doesn’t work it will just cause break through bleeding- not pregnancy). For me the pill actually really cleared up my face. Everyone reacts different. I would make sure to start it before the wedding, just to give your body some time to adjust. I actually went on it about a year before losing my virginity (to my now husband) because I had really bad periods. It defintely takes away lots of the side effections of menstration and gives you lighter periods- which is definitely a bonus.
Post # 10
jawaherx: I’m 5’5″ and have weighed between 110 and 115 pounds my entire adult life (I’m 35), EXCEPT for the two times I was briefly on the pill. I gained 20 pounds in about 4 months each time.
Needless to say, I use other forms of birth control. My friends, however, have had no issues. Btw, the pill made my skin super smooth, but it wasn’t worth the weight gain.
Like PPs have said, it’s trial and error.
Post # 11
Your doctor should ask you these things, express you concerns to them and they should ask you questions about your cycle, crampiness, ect to try and figure out which one is right for you. I’ve been on about 4 different kinds, none of them have given me worse acne or any terrible symptoms but they certain kinda helped more or less. How long till your wedding? The more time you give yourself the better so you can adjust or make any changes if you need to.
I’m currently on lo loestrin and its my favorite so far