What kind of birth control are you on?

posted 1 year ago in Wellness
Post # 46
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

boogiewoogies :  My periods were rougly 9 days sometimes more with heavy…super heavy bleeding. I had to wear those overnight maxi type pads that are huge and even then had to change them out every two hours because of how much blood. Lol, sorry, tmi. It made my skin and hair insanely dry. No matter how much water I drank, if I did something more physically demanding, I felt extremely dehydrated/horribly short of breath. It made me really tired. My cramps were horribly bad. My back felt like it was splitting in half all the time. Intense pain in some more tmi areas during that time. It was bad enough I was missing time at work and ibuprofen didn’t change anything for the pain/bleeding.

Sometimes I’d only have a week between periods. So half my months were pretty much nonstop heavy bleeding and pain all the time.

My doctor thinks with all the bleeding that it made me anemic but I didn’t get a blood test at the time. I put up with it for two years since I really wanted something hormone free but finally after two just got it taken out. My hair, skin, energy, doing physical activities all got better quickly after taking it out. Looking back, I should have taken it out sooner but I was just really stubborn. With kyleena, I don’t have any of those problems.

It’s great for a lot of people. I’d just really wait the three to six months that they average for regulation and if you’re having more serious reactions then listen to your body and remove it.

Post # 48
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

 

futuremrss17 :  Yeah, I read about copper toxicity which is what I was thinking but a lot of doctors don’t believe in it. So, mine was more convinced the blood loss was the culprit which could make sense as well. Their reactions were more nonchalant and “well we can take it out”. My periods before birth control were usually 7 days, 3 of which were heavier bleeding rest light, and bad cramps but nothing to the level of pain with the paragard. It scared the crap out of me since I have a high pain tolerance and I couldn’t help but wonder how worse would child birth be lol…but I heard from some women with similar adverse reactions that said it was worse than their birth.

I also am extremely prone to uti’s and I noticed that got less so after removing it. Can’t really say it was the iud because I had chronic uti before it but having less bleeding def seems to help prevent them for me.

Post # 50
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

 

futuremrss17 :  Wow, I’m so glad she was okay and they got it in time. Definitely very scary.

Post # 51
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I have the Nexplanon implant and love it, but you mentioned that’s not an option for you. 

Post # 52
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Helper bee

I use Lo Loestrin Fe to prevent ovarian cysts. I’ve considerd NuvaRing but waiting at this point. I’m still in the adjustment period so I don’t have these magical two-day, perfectly on time periods that are supposed to come, but I’m hopeful that they’ll arrive eventually!

Generally speaking it works well for me. 

I spent the first month on the verge of vomiting, and the first two months pretty much too tired to function (I’d go to work, come home and nap for an hour, get up for dinner then go to bed at 9:30) but that has all abated!

I have a few weird food aversions (and in general things I don’t like I can’t really do the smell of now). Some brain fog. A tiny bit of hair loss (nothing noticable in the quantity of hair on my head, but a bit more than usual in the shower drain). And my breasts gained a full cup size (to be fair I was a 32A to start…so that isn’t actually a huge amount of extra tissue)

It’s a good med for me – but everyone’s body is different!

Post # 54
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Helper bee

futuremrss17 :  I gained like 3/4 of a cup size. Nothing crazy! But I also have super small breasts and I’ve heard that gaining size is more common if your’e very small! But yeah – it’s very doable at this point. I’m probably going to switch to NuvaRing at some point – but right now Lo Loestrin Fe works for me!

Post # 55
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I LOVED Lo Loestrin Fe.

I’m on Blisovi Fe now because my insurance didn’t cover the full cost of the Loestrin, and the Blisovi is free for me. I’m very hormone sensitive, which is why my doctor had me on the Loestrin in the first place. I’ve had no ill side effects with either pill (other than boob growth, but mine weren’t very big to  begin with so I don’t mind lol). My libidio hasn’t been affected, no nausea, no mood swings.

I was on the Depo shot at one point and it was hell for me. I would bleed for 6 weeks straight until my next shot, have no bleeding for 6 weeks, and start the cycle over again. 

I was seriously considering an IUD until my best friend’s got dislodged in her uterus. It was extremely painful and her fertility may have been affected. So that scared me away.

Post # 57
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Helper bee

futuremrss17 :  I went through the same panic about Lo Loestrin Fe when I first got the prescription. And I will say – the first month was miserable. But if you’re okay with a few weird food aversions, a bit of boob growth, and a mild case of pseudo-pregnancy brain you will be absolutely fine!

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

futuremrss17 :  I know everyone is different, but it really was the first BC I tried that didn’t make me feel crazy, or kill my libido and make me bleed randomly all the time. I’d still be on it if the out of pocket cost wasn’t so expensive for me.

That is terrible what happened to your cousin. My friend’s IUD was copper, as well. It’s just not worth the risk to me.

Good luck, I hope the Loestrin works for you, too!

Post # 59
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI

A beautiful tubal ligation 4 years ago.  It’s the best. I waited until my last baby was 1 to be sure.  It was an easy outpatient recovery with practically no down time.

had the Paraguard-holy bleeding

AAlso had the Mirena-  great except I think it contributed to my miscarriage.

Post # 60
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Newbee

futuremrss17 :  Trying to find what BC works sucks so much because it is such an individual thing!  Maybe since you’d be switching to a lower dose it would help your libido increase some?  Something to ask your doctor, but it seems like it’s worth a shot.

I find that I personally don’t react well to hormones so we’ve just been using condoms and I’ve been learning how to track my fertility which has been working for us great so far!

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