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Oct. 26th, 2018

Hela hammer




So, I have pretty severe endometriosis, and the extra tissue is partially in places that make it impossible to remove. So I deal with debilitating pain every month (sometimes more often). Anyway, I've tried every pill under the sun. Also tried the shots. And most recently I've switched to an IUD. With everything, it will help for a few months and then stop helping. My body is completely out of wack. I've actually actually currently been on my period for 2 weeks. I can't sleep. Painkillers don't help except sometimes the heavy duty ones. I keep leaving work early because the pain becomes unbearable.

Anyway, my obgyn says that I've now tried everything short of a hysterectomy. My insurance won't cover a hysterectomy.

Are there other options that I haven't considered. Like, I haven't tried the patch. Is the patch different enough from the other forms that it would be work trying? Is there some other different form of birth control I could try?

Not looking for a diagnosis. Just, my doctor has kind of just given up, but I just want to know if there are other forms of birth control neither of us has considered.

Nov. 11th, 2016


Nervous about symptoms?

I'm on my second month of Estarylla. My last period ended exactly two weeks ago today and about 6 days ago I took one pill about 12 hours late. I did have sex that night, not unprotected but there were a few minutes that we did not use a condom. Yesterday I started feeling some cramping and backaches. Minor headaches the past week. My period should start a week from tomorrow. Is there any possibility I could be pregnant? I was a little nervous about the precum before we got the condom. Please and thank you

Nov. 2nd, 2016


Birth Control Symptoms??


I have been feeling some symptoms after starting birth control a week ago. I have been feeling extremely bloated and also have had a lot of gas and heartburn. I'm feeling so fatigued and tired during the day and by the afternoon I feel totally drained. I've also been having so many headaches and some nausea especially in the morning. Is it possible to have all these symptoms from just starting birth control pills one week ago?

The same week i started the birth control i was also on a dose of antibiotics for a positive chlamydia test, so i'm not sure if any of my symptoms can be due to the antibiotics, because I have also been having cramping and back pain as well. I'm not sure if i should contact my doctor or give myself some more time for my body to adjust to the birth control

Thank You!

Jan. 18th, 2016


birth control confusion

I have been on birth control for awhile and recently(back in October) switched insurance and doctors. I didn't get mine refilled yet by the new doctor, because I knew I had a few more months to go. I was planning on scheduling an appointment in March,since that is when I need it refilled again.The package of my last 3 months said 0 refills left.

The weird thing is, just the other day, I get another package of birth control pills prescribed by my old doctor and it says 3 refills left until september 2016(this september). So, now I am all set up until June I think for pills.

My question is, does this mean that once september(or when I get close to being done with them) comes, I should see my new doctor about refilling or will I continue to get them from my old doctor?

Thanks in advance!

Nov. 1st, 2015


birth control and health insurance

I just recently switched health insurance and doctors and thought that I needed to make a doctors appointment in the next month or so to re-prescribe to my birth control.

I just got my next three months in the mail yesterday, which I think is because my old health insurance went until the end of October.

Can anyone tell me if I still need to make an appointment to get back on my birth control after these next 3 months run out or will it keep being sent me to? I know when I moved from California to Wisconsin a few years ago I had to re-prescribe, so I am wondering if it is the same thing when I switch doctors in the same city.
I just don't want to be charged for it if I have different health insurance now.

Thanks in advance!

Oct. 9th, 2015


Nauseous on period and birth control

I take Microgestrin for birth control and have been taking it every day at the same time, never missed a day. My period last month was much lighter than usual, I'm guessing because that is also when my UTI started, so the stress of that could of caused it to be lighter.

My period now is back to how it usually is except I have felt like of nauseous the last two days. I don't know if its from the pain of my period or if it's also because I am coming down with a cold too.

Has anyone ever felt nauseous while on their period, especially while on birth control?

My second question is this: I have been thinking of switching birth control to something that doesn't cause my periods to be so painful. I want to keep getting my period, it's a way to know that the birth control is working, but just wonder if there is something out there that causes periods to be lighter. Any suggestions?


Sep. 16th, 2015



Some questions..

Hi! So my questions are

1.) Why do I keep spotting a week before my period every month if I take them at the same exact time everyday? (Been on this brand for 4 months).

2.) If I spot pretty heavily before my period, can it make the period shorter and lighter? (as is my case right now, my period is super light and was only 2 days rather than 4).

3.) Can I call my doctor and ask him to change my brand or do I have to make an appointment? I don't have money for an appointment :(

Thank you for your response!

Aug. 25th, 2015


switching insurance and birth control

I haven't posted in years but do have a basic birth control question.

I will be switching insurance companies in a few months and I noticed that I need to have my birth control prescription refilled in October. I will have a Dr appointment hopefully before then for my yearly physical with my current doctor. I don't want to have a lull in between doctors, meaning I don't want to have a time in between where I don't have pills.

Do you suggest to just have mine refilled when I am at my appointment or should I wait until I get a new doctor through my new insurance plan?

This may seem like a silly question, but I am not even sure if I can refill it early or how that'll work.

Thanks in advance!

May. 29th, 2015



Switching from Junel to Seasonique

Hello everyone,
I've been on Junel the past few years to help with my awful periods, and it was working well until about half a year ago when my periods started getting really bad again. My gyno recommended switching me on to Seasonique to reduce the number of periods I have, but I've had breakthrough bleeding and cramps for the past week and a half after starting the pack about 2 months ago.
I looked through the Seasonique tag a bit and saw that this tends to be a common issue with this type of birth control. Does it tend to get better over time? The pain/bleeding hasn't been as bad as a regular period but being in constant pain hasn't been fun. If this is something that just tends to be a common side effect with Seasonique, are there any other brands I should look into switching to?
Thank you so much!

May. 26th, 2015



Switching from Jaydess to Zamine (Yasmin)

I got my Jaydess out today, hurray! (I'm sure it's great for some people, but it's been exacerbating my anxiety.) Now I'm starting on Zamine, which is a generic version of Yasmin.

What I would like to know is this: given that my Jaydess was removed this afternoon, and I'll be taking my first Zamine this evening, do I need to use condoms for a week? Or am I protected anyway?

Also, is there anyone out there who had a Jaydess removed for side effect reasons? How long did it take for your side effects to go away?

I am interested to hear anything you think might be relevant! Thank you!

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

Stock - Landscape - Sunrise/Sunset


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

made by etched world off my sheet!


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

♢Death Note/Ryuk♢ O.o


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!

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