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Birth Control


I am a young woman and I thinking about going on hormonal birth control. I just wanted a general idea, what method of birth control do most of you use?
Feb 27, 2007 @ 02:22 pm

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I use the birth control pill - orthotricyclen (although I would not recommend it). I have tried switching pills and each gave me a different side effect. Ortho-tricylen makes the chest tender and I am super moody compared to other pills the week before but it gives me a regular manageable time of the month. Others I have tried include: Alesse, Yasmin, Marvalon... I am also curious which pill or method works best for everyone else.
Feb 27, 2007 @ 10:58 pm


I used to take Yasmin and found it worked well for me. That's the only one I've tried. It's a pretty new one, from what my doctor told me, and apparently it causes less water retention, meaning you won't gain any weight from it, which is usually a side effect of the pill. My periods were also shorter and much lighter, and I didn't get any cramps (although supposedly all of them do that).
Feb 27, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

weight gain

The thing about weight gain is that is really is just all water retention. It should go away after a few months. And for ladies who are looking to gain weight, then it wouldn't be such a bad idea.
Feb 28, 2007 @ 10:50 am
Ali de Bold

The Pill: I've tried a few!

Marvelon 21 was a nightmare for me and it made me feel like a totally emotional wreck. Diane35 is good for fighting acne, Yasmin - I tried it for 2 months and I was one of the extremely rare cases where it actually made me gain weight.

The one that works best for me is Alesse. I don't feel like I'm on the pill at all with no noticeable weight gain or mood swings. I think it really depends on the person. Bottom line, don't be afraid to switch pills after a couple of months if it doesn't totally work for you.

If you choose not to go on the pill and use condoms or something just remember that nothing is 100% effective.
Feb 28, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

Marvelon 21

That's so interesting, Miss Chickie, as Marvelon is the only pill I've ever been on, going on 12 years now. I've never had any adverse effects on it, and didn't even go through an initial water retention / weight gain issue with it.

I know I lucked out. It can take a while to find the right pill for you, but when you do, you'll know it.
Mar 04, 2007 @ 06:45 pm
Ali de Bold

Different for everyone

Like ItsAMonkey illustrated, one pill can work great for one person and not for the next. I think finding the right pill is one area where you've really gotta figure it out on your own.
Mar 04, 2007 @ 08:49 pm

try a few

I've been on different types: Ortho Tri-cyclen and Yasmin. They both worked well for me w/ little/no side effects. I've used Yasmin for the past 2 years, and prior, I used Ortho Tri-cyclen. I switched b/c the original reason for the pill was to control my acne. My body was getting "too used" to those hormones and that pill wasn't as effective in controlling acne. Yasmin is also known to help control acne. Seems to be doing a good job so far.
Mar 17, 2007 @ 06:47 pm

depends on you

You've gotta start somewhere, but then after a few months if you find it isn't working for you then defnitely don't hesitate to switch. But whatever you do stick to oral contraception - I have heard nothing but horror stories from both friends and doctors about the shot.

For many years I was on Tricyclen, then I decided I was absolutely fed up with being in such agony during my period so my doctor switched me to Alesse... Over the past two years I have found my body changing again, I now have a very painful few days before my period starts and if I am a few minutes late on taking my pill - two nights in a row I will get my period the next day.

Apparently this should never happen according to my doctor, there is a 4 hour window will all pills she said, however I've since changed to Ortho Tri-cyclen (an upped dosage of hormone) and I'm still having the problem. My body doesn't allow more than 10 minutes!
Apr 12, 2007 @ 06:12 pm

Discontinuing use of the Birth Control Pill

Have any of you been on the birth control pill for awhile and decided to not take it anymore? I was wondering what kind of side effects or complications you experienced. I have been considering no longer taking the birth control pill since I have been taking it for over a decade and would soon like to consider having children.
Apr 15, 2007 @ 05:18 pm

I stopped using the pill

Like anonymous above me, I was on the pill for 10 years and decided to stop taking it because I'm concerned about any effects if could have on me or my future children. The doctors will tell you not to worry about it (my doctor kind of laughed at me when I asked him what he thought about it), but as far as I know, The Pill has only been around for about 30-40 years - so they can't possibly know everything there is to know about it.

I don't want to have kids for another few years but I wanted to get it totally out of my body so we're just using condoms and if an "oops" happens that's ok because we're at the stage of life where that could be a happy outcome too.

I've been off the pill for about 6 months and the only change I noticed was I lost a bit in my chest and I've had a few breakouts but I think that will eventually balance out.
Apr 15, 2007 @ 09:28 pm

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