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Jan 27, 2014 - 17 comments

I am in need of some input ladies!!

Since DF and I decided to wait another couple of years before trying again, I went back on birth control. I started the pill again last April. It was the same one I was on for about 4 years when I was younger (Microgynon), and although I didn't have any problems with it back then, when I started it this time around I had nothing but trouble with it. It gave me acne, and after a month or 2 I started to randomly spot on it.
I gave it a good go, figuring it will take a few months to settle into my system (7 months to be exact) but nothing was settling down so I changed.

I was put on Loestrin 20 in November, and everything seemed great at first. No acne, and only a little nausea (which I know is normal until your body gets used to it). After the 1st month on it I noticed bleeding mid cycle. Thought nothing of it, but every since then and for the past 2 months I have been having a 'period' mid cycle. My normal one at the end of each packet is kinda heavy, gives me horrible cramps etc,and the mid cycle one also gives me cramps but is much lighter.

I have just finished month 3 of this pill, and I'm at my wits end with it. I will be calling to speak to the doctor and changing, but I just wanted to see if anyone could recommend alternatives?
I know everyone reacts differently to pills, but anything you could reccomend that you think might be worth a try would be so appreciated!

I have looked into the patch, and thought that seemed like a good choice. But then there's the issue of summer and wearing a bikini on holiday and it being noticeable.

I have spoken to DF and he suggested just coming off it all together and we will use 'alternatives' (i.e condoms). I hate, hate, hate condoms and I know we'd end up not using them in the end (since we haven;t the past 4 years) and I want something for piece of mind. Unlike most, I like the weight gain side effect of the pill. I struggle to keep on weight, I always have, and so I welcome that part. I also suffer from excrucitaing cramps when not on it and so the pill helps keep that at bay too.

Any ideas ladies?

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by xx_Louise_xx, Jan 27, 2014
Ive never had any type of pill, but ive used depo and the implant. My first depo caused me to bleed for 2 and a half months, that was last september, and i still spot on and off now. I am NEVER having that again... its the devil.

I found the implant amazing, and its out of ur system as soon as its removed. I fell pregnant with miscarriage #1 the first month of having it removed, and i will definately have it again!

Me and DF are using condoms until the wedding...ughh! HATE HATE HATE! But luckily hes only here weekends atm so its not too bad using them a few times a weekend. Using the extra safe (which we use) are even worse than normal ones! Lol... Good luck getting something sorted.


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by Carly1306, Jan 27, 2014
I did consider the implant, but for every review I have read it seems to cause either irregular bleeding, or just constant bleeding for months on end. Kinda the same as what you describe for the depo.

Hate this, as I was on the pill for 4 years with no problems whatsoever. And now all I seem to get is issues since I miscarried.

If there was something I could take/use that kept my weight up, and stoppped the heavy/painful periods without the irregular bleeding i'd take it in a heartbeat for a couple of years until it's baby time again!

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by xx_Louise_xx, Jan 27, 2014
Yh some women do, its strange because it wasnt like that for me with the implant. I had 0 bleeding for the 18 months i had it in. I guess theres nothing that can gaurantee no bleeding/spotting at all.. Im opting for natural, least u know when the bleeding will occur. Even though condoms are horrid.

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by heather727, Jan 28, 2014
There are a million brands of pills out there and I'm sure that you and your doctor can find one that won't give you so many symptoms. The other option is to get an IUD like the Mirena. It has a low dose progesterone only hormone, so it carries less side effects but you still benefit from lighter periods, etc. I have, however, heard of some women having issues getting pregnant right after having it remove - so talk to your doctor about that. You could also try the Nuva Ring. Again it's a lower hormone birth control so you may have less symptoms. A friend of mine used it and never had any issues with it and she was able to get pregnant within months of not using it anymore.

I can hower tell you that the family planning meathod in conjuction with 'pulling out' (sorry TMI) does NOT work effectively as baby number three is on the way... lol

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by Carly1306, Jan 28, 2014
I had heard that about the IUD, Heather. I've even read of many women on here who have a lot of trouble just with their cycles, nevermind conceiving, after having it removed. Definitely not going to consider that one!

I did actually research the Nuva Ring, and I am going to bring that option up with my doctor. If course, I would prefer another pill since I am used to having to take that each day, but the Nuva Ring could defintely be an option.

haha! Don't worry, that method won't be used unless there is also a backup haha!

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by laureninlove, Jan 28, 2014
Family planning method has worked since  I was 19 lol. Even when deliberately doing the opposite still not knocked up hah! :D I hear Heather tho, but we avoided the two weeks I could have been fertile some months way back when as I do believe that if you're obsessed with tracking ovulation, it can work successfully. It's easy to get it mixed up tho!

I'll never be recommending pills/chemicals unfortunately, I was on it for 5 years but just don't like the idea of chemicals interfering with body's natural processes especially since I have had to be on Metformin just to have a 35 day cycle >.<

Best of luck tho, hope you find something perfect that works for you!!

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by Carly1306, Jan 28, 2014
I hear ya Lauren, I HATE the idea of putting chemicals into my body. But I suffer from delilitating cramps/heavy bleeding normally, without some sort of birth control, (on the odd occassion I have had an episode while on it) so for me, until we're ready to try again, it's worth it!

I also like that it keeps my weight up too (probably the only person on the planet that like this side effect lol)

Don't get me wrong, we would love it if it happened, but we decided to be selfish for a year or so before trying again. That miscarriage ruined me, so I wanna enjoy our awesome 1 bed new place that we've spent lots of money and effort decorating, and enjoy a few more fancy hoidays in the sun just us. I can't cope without a week or 2 in the sun each year :P

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by heather727, Jan 28, 2014
Take ALL of the time you need Carly before you try again! I'm not going to say that a baby isn't worth every sacrifice that come with him/her, but the time you have with DF now you'll never have again. ENJOY EVERY SECOND! You're making memories to share with your future son/daughter... :)

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by Shannon79, Jan 28, 2014
I totally agree with what heather said. It's not being selfish. It's taking care of you. I've seen couples having kids too soon so they didn't get enough time to themselves and end up resenting their kids, because the child "ruined their lives". So don't try again until you're ready. Your relationship with your DF will be that much stronger

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by hansen20, Jan 28, 2014
I personally would not recommend the iud because Iv had it twice and both times I had lots of cramping and pregnancy symptoms, and not only that but I know 3 girls who had it and one of them their iud went all the way inside and got stuck and had to get it removed and the other 2 got pregnant while on it. I would try the nuvaring you insurt it every so often and you take it out for your period then after its done put one back in, one of my friends loves hers.

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by Carly1306, Jan 29, 2014
Thanks for your replies ladies!

We're definitely making the most of this time. DF has a promotion and considerable pay rise coming up soon, and so we are looking forward to enjoying ourselves for a while yet. Not to mention the fact, I really don't know how I would cope if I miscarried again right now...I still need some time, I think.

I have read good things about the Nuva Ring, and I am thinking it could definitely be worth trying. I have an appointment with my doctor next week so will hopefully move onto something new them.

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by cheekyhalfs, Jan 31, 2014
Hey Carly, I probably can't be much help but really just wanted to advise how things worked with me. I was in the microgynan too for years, and had no problem with it luckily. Possibly a tiny weight gain and like you, I was grateful for it as I'm quite slender. Hubby and I, rather stupidly about 9 months before our wedding decided I've have the mirena coil fitted and it was a mistake. I spotted on off for 6 months which I know is common until it settles but I ended up having it removed. Since acupuncturist who specialises in fertility was shocked and annoyed my gp agreed to it so easily. She basically told me in someone so young, who hasn't yet had any children should never have had it fitted. The hormones etc and interference etc wasn't something she would recommend. But that was for me, we are all different etc :)

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by Carly1306, Feb 03, 2014
Thank you for the input, Cheeky. I had read that it's not advised in someone who is young, and who has not had children yet because of what it can do. I actually have 2 close friends who have it fitted, and they said their doctor done it without hesitation. Something I was shocked at.

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by LovemyKids86, Feb 12, 2014
I am on the NUVA RING and LOVE it! The only thing that makes me feel normal as me and birth control don't mix very well…I have been on depo before and gained TONS of weight, about 60-80 lbs on it, I have had the implant but hated it because of irregular bleeding mid-cycle and then bleeding during my normal time, so I would have my cycle and then 2 weeks later have mid-cycle bleeding, then it would be another 4 weeks until I would have a cycle again and so on and so when I got it taken out they almost sent me to day surgery because it was stuck! I have been on mirena and I hated it, it made me so grouchy all the time. So needless to say the nuva ring is the only thing that has made me feel "normal" and during my cycle week, I spot for a day or 2 and that's it.

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by Carly1306, Feb 12, 2014
Thank you!! I have only read good things about the Nuva Ring and you are definitely backing this up.

I saw my doctor, and she would prefer that I gave my recent pill (Loestrin 20) about 6 months to see if it settles. Since I have already been on it for 3 and bleeding every 2 weeks (period and mid cycle - cramps and all) she has scheduled me for a smear and internal examination just to check that everything is as it should be. While that is happening, she has taken me off the pill for a month, because I had finished my prescription and she didn't want me starting it a week later and it mess me up more.

Once test results are back, we'll decide what's the best move next and start that on my next period.
I have been off that pill 2 weeks now (week 1 was pill-free week, and then a normal week off it) and I have noticed I have been significantly less bloated, but not noticed much else different. We shall see!

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by heather727, Feb 12, 2014
Fingers crossed that this irons out for you. Men have no idea how easy they have it not having to bleed and cramp from their nether regions once a month...

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by wingsfrompye, Mar 16, 2014
I also totally adore my Nuvaring. I've used it for years and years and it was awesome, plus I conceived within 4 months of taking it out.  Of course, I ended up miscarrying at 6 weeks, but I'm pretty sure that's a chromosome issue and not anything to do with previous birth control.  
I can't recommend the Nuvaring any better.  I suck at remembering pills and depo made me fat and nervous about longterm effects.  Good luck!  

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