(Closed) The Pill

posted 10 years ago in Wellness
Post # 32
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Ms.Meowerson that is true… got mixed up with what I’ve heard about condom use.

Although, if it’s not taken on time all the time &/or you are taking ANY over-the-counter medications (other than advil/tylenol) or antibiotics the effectiveness goes WAY down… and it says this in any Nurses PillBook or PDR.

My mom got preg with BOTH my sis & I on bc b/c she took an antibiotic & same with our Pastors…. sigh.. does ANYTHING really work?! lol

Post # 33
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

helenberry crunch answered my question: the new pill is called Lo Loestrin 10. it’s worth looking into! lowest dose of hormones in a BCP ever.

there are other methods to consider that I know some women have never heard of before, that have even lower doses of the hormones: the nuva ring and the mirena IUD. they’re also worth looking into, ask your doctor.

I’d give you the lowdown of these but really, when it comes to medical things, it’s not a good idea to do too much research on the internet! you can just end up freaked out. there are a lot of good and bad stories out there, but they are anectdoal– not based on scientific reseach. sometimes I think it seems like more women with a bad experience are telling their story online. so it might seem so scary when in reality so many of the women with good experiences are just not telling their stories online. your doctor can tell you the real statistics!

Post # 34
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m on Apri (used to be called marvelon) and have been for the last 7 years. I haven’t gained weight from the pill. It did make my boobs bigger which is a plus. It does make you naseaous when you first start taking them or at least it did that to me.

Post # 35
296 posts
Helper bee

The first birth control I tried was Ortho Tricyclin Lo, and I noticed I seemed to be retaining water on it, plus I kept spotting, so I discontinued use after 2 months.

Awhile later, I went on Yaz and have been totally fine with that. The first two weeks I had some mood swings and I was retaining a lot of water, which I hated. But I was told to stick with it through the adjustment period, and literally at 2 weeks and a day, I was totally back to normal. I have been fine ever since, and don’t even notice that I’m on the pill (except for, you know, the fact that I’m taking a pill). 

So as others have said, you will adjust to different pills differently. I, too, recommend trying out the medication sooner, rather than later, It will give you time to switch if you’re having problems, and will make sure you avoid having the adjustment period coincide with your wedding/honeymoon ~ who wants to be moody and bloated for all of that? Not me, at least, haha. 

And yes, I believe most doctors require that you get examined before they’ll prescribe you anything. However, I had already had sex a few times by the time I got my ass in to a gynecologist for the first time, so not sure if that also applies to virgins. 

Post # 36
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

yes, even virgins have to have the exam before going on the pill.

Post # 37
3600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

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@janie-janie: Not always, but mostly. It depends on the doctor.

Post # 38
2892 posts
Sugar bee

Birth control needs a little trial and error. My first pill was great for about 4 months then I was constantly spotting between periods so I changed to another pill which zapped my sex drive. I was also tired of remembering to take it every day. So I switched to Nuvaring, which I’m currently on. That slightly helped my sex drive for a little bit but now I’m worse than ever. I had an insanely high sex drive before birth control and now I can barely respond, if at all. I’m getting off Nuvaring this week. I’m gonna detox so I can get back to where I once was. Going back to good ol’ withdrawal method. 🙂 

But talk to your doctor. Not everyone responds in the same way to every drug. And you may never experience any side effects. Or you may experience all of them. But you don’t know till you try. 

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