(Closed) When did you start seeing BC side-effects?

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve never had any major negative side effects.  

The only differences I notice when I’m on BC is that I don’t get cramps or other PMS symptoms, and I’m slightly less “frisky”. 

Post # 4
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve been on them for 17 years and never had any major side effects. In fact I’ve had positive effects in that they made my boobs bigger and my skin complexion better.  The only side effect when I first started was spotting for the first 2-3 months. This still happens occasionally since I’m on low-dose pills, but it’s very minor and just a small nuisance. I just wear pantiliners if/when it happens.

Post # 5
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I didn’t have any side effects either.  It shouldn’t really make you nauseous, but if it does just take it with food or right before bed.  

Post # 6
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had major side effects when I was taking it for cramps, I had major mood swings for about 3 weeks out of my cycle. To top it off, it didn’t stop the cramps. I stopped taking it after about 5 months. I never felt any nausea, but it did make my migraines much worse.

I recommend keeping a journal, write notes about when you take the pill, how you feel a little bit after, and how you feel generally (you know: breasts feel swollen, slight spotting, clearer skin, whatever) That way if you think you need a dosage change or a different type of BC, you can be specific with your gynecologist with what symptoms you are having at what point in your cycle.

Post # 8
2054 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I dont really have any side effects except a decreased libido(FI hates that) but on the positive side my periods are lighter and I get no cramps at all anymore. If you start having a lot of side effects I would try to switch to anotehr BC.

Post # 9
10363 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

The side effects vary widely from person to person. That said, the first 3 months are usually the strongest side effects – while your body is adjusting to the new hormones.

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