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Ladies, birth control pill advice/warnings?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 29, 2011 at 5:34 PM

I have just started taking the pill again. I haven't been on it in over 4 years so I am really nervous. I am going to try it out for a month.

My question's are: What side effects do you guys get? Is it different being on paleo? Any tips or tricks to help with these side effects?

Thank you all so much for any advice.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on November 29, 2011
at 10:34 PM

Me too. Sex drive bottomed out and I gained at least 10 lbs. I'm sure most of that was water retention, but I looked puffy and felt gross. Just didn't work for me. (Well, they WORKED, but I hated them.)

724ba4f39f7bbea7f74b45c0a79615f2

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on November 29, 2011
at 10:02 PM

Yeah, that can happen. I have a friend who got pregnant on the combined pill. So, when they say 97% effective, they really mean it. And some OBGYNs do say that the mini-pill can be less effective than combined, esp. because you really do have to take it at the same time every day and with a full glass of water, so it's hard to adhere to.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on November 29, 2011
at 09:18 PM

My sister got pregnant with her first while on the mini-pill. She's not the only person IRL I've spoken to who's had that experience.

Ecc6aa6f4a961fbfce510bda4bd84916

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on November 29, 2011
at 09:17 PM

I only get my period once every three months and rarely for more than two days so if it got heavier I could deal with that. This is sounding like a really good option!

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on November 29, 2011
at 09:16 PM

Yep. Me, too. Hormonal BC is for the birds. (Well, I think birds are smart enough to avoid it.)

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on November 29, 2011
at 09:08 PM

After weighing the pros and cons of IUDs, I went with the progesterone IUD because I have PCOS and really gnarly periods. The copper IUD (paraguard) can cause heavier periods for some women. I didn't really want to use hormonal birth control, but that particular con of paraguard was more than I was willing to deal with. I figured the localized hormones were slightly better than taking a pill.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on November 29, 2011
at 08:18 PM

IUDs got a seriously bad rap a number of years ago, but they are now incredibly safe. The US has been really behind the rest of the world in recommending them, but when I asked for one my Gyn was incredibly enthusiastic. Now at least half of my friends have one. My only regret is not getting one a decade sooner.

Ecc6aa6f4a961fbfce510bda4bd84916

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on November 29, 2011
at 08:16 PM

I wish my doc had given me some of this info! Thank you.

Ecc6aa6f4a961fbfce510bda4bd84916

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on November 29, 2011
at 08:14 PM

Oh! That's a great idea. I've heard some horror stories about IUDs but no more that the pill. Thank you.

Ecc6aa6f4a961fbfce510bda4bd84916

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on November 29, 2011
at 08:13 PM

Yasmin 21. Thanks for asking any other info you need?

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on November 29, 2011
at 07:12 PM

I didn't notice any big difference about that after changing to paleo. I feel less bloated now during my period, and not nearly as cranky as I used to get sometimes.

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on November 29, 2011
at 05:48 PM

More info needed here: what kind of pill are you taking?

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8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on November 29, 2011
at 07:26 PM

No matter what BCP I was on (and I was on at least 4-5 different ones over the years), I always lost my sex drive, carried 15+ extra pounds, and had great skin. The most recent one I was on was Yaz. It was a nightmare. I immediately started putting on weight without changing my (then vegetarian) diet or exercise routine, and I was on an emotional roller coaster. I felt crazy! I threw them in the trash. I personally hate the side effects so much that I refuse to take BCPs ever again. Everyone is different, however. But that is my experience.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on November 29, 2011
at 09:16 PM

Yep. Me, too. Hormonal BC is for the birds. (Well, I think birds are smart enough to avoid it.)

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on November 29, 2011
at 10:34 PM

Me too. Sex drive bottomed out and I gained at least 10 lbs. I'm sure most of that was water retention, but I looked puffy and felt gross. Just didn't work for me. (Well, they WORKED, but I hated them.)

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on February 10, 2012
at 03:44 AM

I've regretted all three times I got roped back into going back on the pill by my doc.

I like Christiane Northrup's take on it that gynecologists are essentially trained that women have a "birth control pill deficiency".

My symptoms in the first month (even on a mini pill):

Loss of intuition (it felt like I was missing my peripheral vision, and couldn't tell when someone was walking up to me from behind if I didn't hear the footsteps). I found this to be both spooky and dangerous feeling.

Chronic low level anger that I couldn't seem to dissipate without a ton of cardio exercise, like hours on an exercise bike or 5-7 mile walks, and even then it would creep back within a day.

Longer-term symptoms:

Inability to orgasm

Being drawn to a partner whom I was no longer attracted to when I went off of the pill

Weight gain

Hypothyroidism

Depression

And...I suspect the triggering of my PCOS (I know it is prescribed to deal with symptoms in people who already have it, but my symptoms all started after I went off of it after the 2 continuous years of the initial use).

I did all of my hormonal birth control use years before finding paleo, so I'm sorry I am unable to answer the rest of your question.

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F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on November 29, 2011
at 07:04 PM

I can't answer the question of how the pill reacts with me on paleo, as I stopped using it a few years ago. But if you're looking for reliable non-hormonal birth control, you might consider the paraguard IUD. No hormones = no systemic effects and no-brainer birth control for 10 years.

Ecc6aa6f4a961fbfce510bda4bd84916

(451)

on November 29, 2011
at 08:14 PM

Oh! That's a great idea. I've heard some horror stories about IUDs but no more that the pill. Thank you.

Ecc6aa6f4a961fbfce510bda4bd84916

(451)

on November 29, 2011
at 09:17 PM

I only get my period once every three months and rarely for more than two days so if it got heavier I could deal with that. This is sounding like a really good option!

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on November 29, 2011
at 08:18 PM

IUDs got a seriously bad rap a number of years ago, but they are now incredibly safe. The US has been really behind the rest of the world in recommending them, but when I asked for one my Gyn was incredibly enthusiastic. Now at least half of my friends have one. My only regret is not getting one a decade sooner.

2fdb7a6236b04bdfc3dacaf2bc236515

(528)

on November 29, 2011
at 09:08 PM

After weighing the pros and cons of IUDs, I went with the progesterone IUD because I have PCOS and really gnarly periods. The copper IUD (paraguard) can cause heavier periods for some women. I didn't really want to use hormonal birth control, but that particular con of paraguard was more than I was willing to deal with. I figured the localized hormones were slightly better than taking a pill.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 10, 2012
at 03:10 AM

Have you thought about the nuva ring? I really like it! I was on "the pill" for two years, but had zero sex drive and bloating during PMS. I can't even tell that I'm on the nuva ring now! I was off "the pill" for a year and a half before trying the nuva ring, and I honestly feel just the same as I have the last year and a half. Two of my girlfriends have also tried the nuva ring, and they love it. It's pretty low dose, and seems nearly symptomless among us. Pretty small "study", but rather promising!

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on November 30, 2011
at 12:53 AM

I've had implanon for about four years. It has only recently occured to me that my lack of feelings, sex drive and sudden girliness might be because of it. It also makes me bloated and unable to lose weight. Hormones are very powerful and your body knows best. Don't mess with it :) I'm gonna take it out as soon as I can and sworn to latex free condoms and cups. I really miss feeling like a woman.

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724ba4f39f7bbea7f74b45c0a79615f2

on November 29, 2011
at 08:03 PM

Make sure you read up a little on the difference between estrogen/progestin mixed pills (the usual) and progestin-only pills (the "mini-pill"). People tend to have very different reactions to them.

Also, different brands of pills with the same active components can have very different effects on people, despite the fact that your pharmacist might swear up and down that they're identical, because the inactive ingredients can cause weird things to happen, at least in my experience and that of a lot of my friends.

Finally, if you're super nervous, and other people may have different experiences, I'd suggest starting with the mini-pill, only because it tends to clear out of your system really quickly. On other pills, bad effects can take weeks or months to go away, but generally with the mini-pill you'll start getting back to normal pretty quickly, so you can experiment on yourself a little more easily. The downside of the minipill (aside from some people's adverse reactions) is that, because it does clear out of your system so quickly, you have to be extremely OCD about taking it at the exact same time every day. Late by a few hours, you're using barrier birth control for a week.

Ecc6aa6f4a961fbfce510bda4bd84916

(451)

on November 29, 2011
at 08:16 PM

I wish my doc had given me some of this info! Thank you.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on November 29, 2011
at 09:18 PM

My sister got pregnant with her first while on the mini-pill. She's not the only person IRL I've spoken to who's had that experience.

724ba4f39f7bbea7f74b45c0a79615f2

(1968)

on November 29, 2011
at 10:02 PM

Yeah, that can happen. I have a friend who got pregnant on the combined pill. So, when they say 97% effective, they really mean it. And some OBGYNs do say that the mini-pill can be less effective than combined, esp. because you really do have to take it at the same time every day and with a full glass of water, so it's hard to adhere to.

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