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Jan. 22nd, 2015


Taking birth control pills in different time zones

It's been a while since I've been on LiveJournal, but I hope someone out there is still checking this community and can help!

I take my pill at around 2PM every day. I'm currently on day 5 of my placebo/inactive pill week. The thing is that when I start a new pack, I'll be in a different time zone. I live in California but I'm going to be in New Orleans from Friday to Monday, so there will be a three-hour time difference. If I start my new pack at 2PM EST on Sunday, I will actually be taking my pill three hours earlier than usual, but since I'd be coming off a placebo week, I guess it's better to take it earlier anyway. However, if I go back to the West Coast and continue taking my pill at 2PM PST, wouldn't I be taking it three hours late? Should I shift to taking it at 11AM PST to be on time? Sorry if it all sounds confusing. The pill I'm on is Microgestin Fe 1/20.

Thanks in advance to anyone who answers!

Dec. 22nd, 2014


Pill question-hope I didn't mess up my schedule!

It's been ages since I've been on here, but I have a random birth control question.

This weekend, I was an idiot and accidentally packed a new birth control pack instead of the one I was currently using when i went away for the weekend. I didn't want to skip any pills, so I went ahead and took two from the new one. When I got home, I went back to taking the pills from my used pack. I took the first two pills from the new pack over the weekend and took a Friday pill last night. So now I have two less in the new pack and two extra days on the old pack.(Saturday and Sunday) I know I should of just taken the Sunday pill last night and then I would be on schedule.

My "off week" is coming up next week, and I want to stay on schedule. I plan on taking the Monday pill tonight so I can finish my active pills on schedule.

My question is, is that a good idea? Should I take the two extra from my old pack when I get to the new pack then?

I hope I didn't mess it up, but I figured as long as I am taking them when I am supposed to, I should be fine. Just got to remember those two extra ones.

Oh, I take Microgestin FE.

Any thoughts would be great, thanks!

Aug. 29th, 2014

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Yasminelle pamphlet advice regarding missed pill

Hi, so firstly - I haven't missed a pill, but this has been bugging me all day so I thought I'd ask. So on my yasminelle pack it says if you miss a pill in week 3 you have 2 options: either take your pill when you remember, finish the pack and skip your 7 day break (this I completely understand, and is what I myself would do), OR don't bother taking the missed pill, don't finish your pack and take your 7 day (including your missed pill day) break immediately. I don't understand the second option at all. I had thought you needed 21 active pills in order to be protected when you stop taking your pills? Surely if you stop on day 16/17 for example, you haven't taken enough active pills? Am I missing something glaringly obvious here?

I looked through page after page in the missed pills and placebo week tags but couldn't find anything, I'm sorry if this has been asked before and I missed it! I did read in an old post from '07 that it's possible that we actually only need 14 active pills to ensure we're protected for the gap week? Is that the case here? Sorry for the silly question, I'm just so curious! :)

Jul. 31st, 2014



I recently started birth control a few months ago. Directly after I finished my fourth pack, my pharmacy switched me to the generic of my brand. I am sexually active, without a condom, but my boyfriend never cums inside me. This month, my first month on the generic birth control, we had sex in the first week of it. A few days after we had sex, I began to have stomach pain and nausea. About two weeks after, I began having pain like my period and lower back aches. I am not due for my period until next week. Are these symptoms just side effects of the generic birth control or could I be pregnant??? Please help! Very worried! I am only 18 and am new to all of this :(

Jul. 26th, 2014



Switching to Heather (POP) from Minastrin

Hello again!

Recently had my annual exam, and my blood pressure was a little higher than my doctor was comfortable with. I'd been interested in possibly switching to a POP anyway, so she went ahead and prescribed me Heather (apparently Micronor is being "phased out"? - according to my pharmacy, anyway.) I have a few questions about this, though:

1. I asked her during my visit when I was supposed to start my new prescription - my exam was actually the day of my last active pill in Minastrin, on Tuesday. She said to start taking it on Sunday, like I would normally. However, I just picked up the prescription this evening and it says I was supposed to start taking it on the next day after my last combo pill (which would have been Wednesday)? So I'm wondering why my doctor would tell me that. When I start taking it tomorrow (Sunday), is my protection compromised? Or does the fact that I was on Minastrin (which has 24 active pills vs. 21) mean that I'm still okay once I start taking it? Or do I need to wait 48 hours before having unprotected sex?

2. The pamphlet mentions what to do if you vomit "soon after" taking the pill, wait 48 hours blah etc. Problem is, "soon after" is pretty vague. It does not elaborate. Anyone know a more precise window of time regarding this? There is also no mention of diarrhea being a problem - does it not matter?

3. I was under the impression that being even a half hour late taking a POP seriously compromises protection. But the pamphlet says "if you are more than 3 hours late" to wait 48 hours blah etc. So if I'm two hours late taking a pill I shouldn't be concerned? I feel like that goes against everything I've read about POPs so I'm pretty confused. I've never had a problem taking the pill at the exact same time but it's still good to know.

Thanks again, you guys are awesome.

Jun. 2nd, 2014



Breakthrough Bleeding

I'm regularly taking Alesyna 28 (7 white pills) and ahve been taking is since Nov. 2013.

Recently, I doubled up on my pill packs in attempt to skip my period because I was going away on vacation and I didn't want to deal with the bleeding. I've done this in the past on this pill fine, and I also have done it okay on my previous brand of pill (Yaz) and was fine.

For whatever reason, this time around has no been as smooth. Since Mon. May 26 I've been bleeding. It's been light, but recently (the past 4 days) it's been enough that I have to wear a liner or pad and not just when I wipe.

I've read up that breakthrough bleeding when doubling up on packs is normal, but I'm concerned as to why I'm bleeding this much. I thought it would stop, but I've been bleeding for almost a week now and I'm starting to get a little concerned. Is my body just not taking well to the constant hormone dosage?

to clarify as well, I didn't want to stop taking the pills either because I didn't want my protection to be compromised. So I have been taking all active pills throughout. I also have been taking them at the same time everyday (I read that missing/skipping pills or taking them at different times could also cause breakthrough bleeding, but this is not the case)

I'd love to hear thoughts on this issue, if I'm okay, or if I should see my doctor/seek medical attention, or if I should stop taking the pills, let my body flush out, and start fresh as if I were just starting to take the birth control pill. (7 adys w/ extra protection ect.)

Thank you in advance!

Apr. 13th, 2014

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Restarting Yaz?

So a bit of a quick random one, I've been on some sort of hormonal pill for quite a while- recently (Two months back) I came off due to a messy break up, I took the pack fully but did not start again. My skin has positively exploded because of this, I gave it a couple of months to see if it would calm down but sadly the pill definitely fixes the problem. On top of that I'm also seeing someone new, and I would love to use them as my main control after some general tests.

Now I came on two days ago, slightly so took the first of the pills. I've taken another one today and it seems like it's completely stopped since then. I'm aware that it could be messing with my hormones, but does this mean I'm covered/it's doing its job or was this possibly not my period and some sort of breakthrough bleeding from messing with my hormones?

Apr. 7th, 2014

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LOST a pill?

Hi there! I am on the generic for othro tri cyclen lo, and I lost a pill. Literally lost it, it rolled under somewhere and though I spent an hour looking for it, its gone now.

this week a week ago in the middle of my 2nd week of pills. Aside from the day I lost the pill, I've been taking a pill everyday as usual. Do I need to use back up? I literally cannot find anything on having lost a pill, its all for missing one.

Mar. 30th, 2014


Birth control/pregnancy

I am 16. Last night I was wearing a thong, which did not have complete coverage. A boy had previously ejaculated a few minutes before and wiped it up with his boxers which he had put back on. He think started dry humping me and i felt something wet. I'm on ortho tri cyclen and just finished week one of the white pill. Today I feel like I am about to get my period, but it's not due for two more weeks. I read online that this is what early pregnancy feels like. It could be me ovulating, which would scare me just as much because the pill is supposed to prevent ovulation. Is there any way that I could be pregnant or am I paranoid?

Mar. 24th, 2014


how late constitutes a 'missed' pill on minastrin 24?

I was taken off birth control 2 years ago. I took Loestrin 24 for 16 years prior to the break. I've been on Minasrtin since Nov 2013. If I'm taking my pill at 6pm every night, how late can I take it and still be protected? I was 3.5 hours late on march 1st, one hour late on mar 12th and half an hour late mar 23. Ive just had sex on the 23rd. Should I be concerned about my level of protection as I was late 3 times this month taking my meds? How late constitutes missed? Niether I or my boyfriend want a pregnancy....pls advise?

Mar. 20th, 2014

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Throwing up before taking OCP

So I'm on Ortho-Novum 1/35 and take my pill every morning at 10:00 a.m. on the dot. However, today around 9:40 a.m. I felt a bit nauseated for whatever reason and threw up. After this, my stomach felt perfectly fine. I then took my pill 20 minutes after the incident at 10 a.m. as usual.

I know that vomiting after taking the pill -- within a certain range of hours -- can lead to a decrease/loss in protection. My incident would have been almost 24 hours after I took yesterday's pill, so I'm hoping that didn't have a huge effect on things. However, I'm more concerned over whether or not my vomiting twenty minutes prior to taking today's pill will have affected absorption of the pill in any way and compromise my protection. Hopefully someone can weigh in.

Mar. 9th, 2014



(no subject)

I'm on Minastrin 24 (was on loestrin 24 fe for years with no issue) and for the last few months my period has been totally out of whack.  I used to know to the day when I would get my period but now its actually been coming as much as a week before i'm done taking my active pills. I'm thinking it might be time to change pills but I can't get to the doctor for at least another month until my new insurance starts up.  Does bleeding early/irregular compromise my protection at all as long as I continue taking my pills correctly?

Feb. 12th, 2014


Should I be worried

Hey everyone
I ran out of my birth control and have been off a couple weeks now because I am waiting for my appointment with my doctor to re prescribe them to me. I am unsure when I will get my period since I have been off but basing it on my last it should be this week. it is midweek and I have not started, I have been getting these cramps like I would before when I was on my period or about to start. Is it possible that my body is just not use to with out the pill right now that is why I have not started yet.

Feb. 10th, 2014


(no subject)

Hey ladies. Just looking for a reminder on how late you can take your pills. I'm on Yaz and took my pills late by 6 hours each day for the past 3 days. I had unprotected sex the other day as well. Should I use condoms at this point or take Plan B? I know 18 hours is technically a missed pill but I wanted your opinion because I've had so many late ones. Thanks!

Feb. 9th, 2014

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vomiting, diarrhea, and Microgestin Fe 1/20

What was supposed to be a perfect weekend was ruined mostly by the first-listed symptom in the subject line. Basically, I discovered that red wine + hard cider is not a good mix for my little body! I take my pill at 3PM every day. Got up this past Friday night/Saturday morning at midnight and threw up. I called a pharmacist later that afternoon (My pill pamphlet said I would need backup until I consulted with a doctor or clinic, but no specifics on timeframe) to ask if I would need backup and they said that my protection was not compromised since it was not close to the time I had taken my pill. My boyfriend and I had sex without backup later that evening. However, later at dinner, I started to feel sick again. We had done some wine tastings earlier in the day (No cider) and I guess my body was still not taking too kindly to the alcohol. Anyway, I threw up again at around 9PM on Saturday night. It had been almost exactly six hours since I took my pill, but I figured that pill might have been absorbed by then. My boyfriend and I had sex again without backup this morning.

However, when thinking back to all this, I had forgotten to mention to the pharmacist that right after I vomited the first night, I had some loose stools. I can't recall if they were watery enough to be considered diarrhea, but they were definitely not the usual excretion, I guess. I read some of the past entries on here with the "diarrhea" tag and I see from most of the comments that it is defined as three or more watery stools in one day. Does that actually mean three or more watery "turds" in one sitting or watery "turds" three or more sittings in one day? I'm pretty sure the stools were just loose and not watery. Anyway, with this additional information (Plus throwing up a second time but within six hours of taking my pill), I'm just wondering if my protection was compromised and if I would have to take EC and use backup this week.

Thank you for your help!

Jan. 24th, 2014


Went off Lo Loestrin Fe for a few days

So I did something extremely dumb and now I'm not sure where to go from here.

I went through a breakup the other day and decided to stop taking my birth control. I've been in a very sad place and as weird as it sound, my birth control reminds me of him so I just didn't care to well...care about it. Plus I can't find it (I think it may actually be at his place) so I didn't care to look for it and figured why bother I don't need it now. However, I have changed my mind. I feel like I should keep taking it because I don't feel like going through the whole three month getting used to it period when I decide to start back up in the future. I'm currently in the middle of my 2nd pack and my body was finally getting used to it.

I've missed 4 pills now, the last one I took was on Monday. My body started reacting instantly with cramps, diarrhea, and bleeding. If I find the pack within the next few days,  should I just start taking it again? or should I just wait a while and start a completely new pack when my cycle is normal again? I just really don't want to go through the side effects that happen in the beginning all over again sigh.

Since I'm always terrible at wording things and asking question, basically my main concern is confusing and fucking with my body too much if I start taking it within the next few days after missing 4+ pills. I don't know if I should now give it a break or just resume normally.

Jan. 21st, 2014


Yasmin and Yaz

I see a lot of lawsuits connected to both Yasmin and Yaz, but does anyone here still successfully use either without negative side effects?


Dec. 12th, 2013

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Z-Pack and continuous usage of Microgestin

Hi everyone!,

I was recently prescribed a Z-Pack to treat strep throat and am also currently taking microgestin f. 1/20 as well. I know I've read that you should use a back up method of bc during the duration of the anti-biotic usage and for 7 days following but does anyone know if that period of time is different if you are taking hormonal bc continuously without placebos? I've left a message with my OB/GYN about this question but I was curious if anyone else had experience in a similar situation.

Nov. 22nd, 2013


(no subject)

Hi all! So I traveled away from home last night. I of course forgot my pills. I had already missed my Wednesday night pill, and now my Thursday night pill. I won't be going home until tomorrow so I'm going to miss Friday night as well. So 3 pills missed. My period showed up this morning, I'm assuming because I missed two pills. I just had my period last week, and am only in the first week of my new pack of pills.

My question is, how do I proceed? When I get home do I just finish out the pack? (Obviously my boyfriend and I will use backup protection for 7 days.

Thanks ladies!

Nov. 20th, 2013



Another Minastrin question - missed period?


I switched to Minastrin recently. I'm currently in the beginning of my second pack. I'm a little concerned. While on Loestrin (what I switched from) I definitely had a period. Lighter, but definitely there. Like clockwork. I take my pills on time everyday, and starting Minastrin last month was no exception. I'm a Sunday starter, so, the last active pill is always on a Tuesday and I'll usually start my period on Friday. This last time, though, I had the symptoms of a period approaching (breast tenderness, moodiness, some cramping) but basically no period. At the risk of being TMI, what started Friday was basically what the very beginning of my period would normally be like - a little brownish gunk, but this time not as much as usual. This was then followed by a few days of very very light, intermittent, hardly there at all, watery pinkish reddish spotting. Not really even blood. Given that this is not what my period is normally like, I was concerned I might be pregnant. So Saturday night I took a pregnancy test, which was negative. I've heard that the formula of Loestrin/Minastrin can sometimes cause a light period or no period at all, but this hasn't ever applied to me, and I've been taking it several months. Should I be concerned? Was Saturday too soon to take the test? I've been wondering if I should take another. I guess I'm particularly worried since this is happening after my first month starting Minastrin.

Nov. 10th, 2013

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Peeing after taking birth control

Hi, me again! This is kind of a trivial question, but I'm just wondering if it's possible for me to pee my birth control pill out and count it as a missed pill due to me peeing right after I take it. I battled a UTI last week (Ugh) and had to take antibiotics and these other pills for pain relief but basically, I had to pee a lot in the last week. I took my pill at my regular time one day but realized I needed to pee badly at around that time, so I took my pill then but rushed to the bathroom right afterwards. I realize that I probably should've just waited to take my pill 5 or 10 minutes later instead of doing that, or am I also wrong about that? I haven't had sex since then so I'm not really worried about pregnancy (And again, my partner and I are still using condoms in addition to me using birth control), but I'm just wondering if I messed up and what precautions I need to take if so.

To reiterate, my brand is Microgestin Fe 1/20. Thanks!

Nov. 7th, 2013


you guys know me I'm constantly worrying about my period!

Hi again!
I take Minastrin 24 Fe. So on the second the last day of my active pills (Tuesday 29th) I started spotting. I decided to skip my placebo pills ( I have yet to do this year) so I could have some sex with my boyfriend. On last day of my active pills (Wednesday 30th) the spotting stopped. On Thursday the 1st I skipped my placebo pills and just went straight to my active pills. My boyfriend and I continued to have sex. The last day we had sex was Sunday. I'm sure I'm protected by my pills but I just wanted to check in here seeing as spotting is unusual for me.
Thanks so much!

Oct. 26th, 2013


protection after diarrhea

Hello ladies, I have somewhat of a strange question. I take the pill orsythia.
I take my pill at 11pm. So, Monday, I took it at 11, no problem. Tuesday evening around 8 or 9 pm I started getting violent stomach cramps. I had two episodes of diarrhea...almost completely liquid. The two episodes were within a 20 minute period. After it was all out, I felt better immediately. At 11, I took my pill as usual and went to sleep, no problems. No more diarrhea, no more stomach upset. Been completely normal since
I have been abstaining since the diarrhea episode. Is this necessary? At first I thought yes, but I wanted to check because the first poll was absorbed way before the diarrhea and everything seemed normal when I took my next pill after the diarrhea. I am almost sure that a sandwich that I ate in the afternoon is the cause, rather than a stomach virus because it came on and was over so fast. I can keep abstaining until Tuesday, I just wanted to be sure it was really necessary. ( we prefer to just abstain rather than mess with backup) thanks!

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Oct. 24th, 2013


Question about 21/7 day rule, skipping pills

I am recently switching from a traditional regimen pill (tri-sprintec) to an extended cycle (seasonique). I occasionally stacked tri-sprintec, but would usually get BTB. I am hoping that switching to a monophasic pill will reduce this side effect. I plan to stack the seasonique so that I never take the yellow "period" pills. Now that I am switching to an extended regimen, I have some questions regarding protection on this new schedule...

1) If I accidentally skip a pill after taking 21 active pills, will I still be protected since technically this is not a greater than 7 day "break?"

2) If so, I am assuming that I can only do this once before the 21 days begins again (e.g., 21 days of active, forget one or two pills, then need to take them consistently for at least 21 more days. I can't forget a pill, take a couple of pills, then forget another).

3) Can anyone explain or point me toward information on why the rule is no fewer than 21 active pills and no greater than 7 days off? Why are you not protected after 20 days, but suddenly have protection after 21? Why can you safely take off 7 days, but immediately run the risk of pregnancy after the 8th day? I am interested in the science behind it, but haven't really been able to find any information.

Thank you!

Oct. 19th, 2013



Loestrin 24 Fe to Minastrin 24 Fe?

I've been taking Loestrin 24 Fe, which apparently you can no longer get. I start the new pack of Minastrin tomorrow. They say it's an exact equivalent, but I'm concerned about whether or not I should use a back up method of birth control the first seven days, like if I were switching brands. I can't find anything confirming or denying. Anyone know? Thanks!

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