2.5 months ago i started taking Nordette (bcp), not for acne, which i had pretty badly, but to control my periods. Now, i'm doing The Acne Cure (book) which is like MAGIC, but Nordette is giving me bad cyst problems on my chin. It seems i always have 4 painful little buggers lurking beneath the surface, and i have about 12 red marks from former buggers. Before the pill, i was prone to 1-2 cysts a month.
i messed up my appointment, and my prescription will run out 7 days or so before the appt, and i'm pretty sure the dr. won't renew it without seeing me first. Should I stop taking it altogether? Ask for a different pill?
i'd really hate to go back to the way my periods used to be, which was long, heavy, and painful, but at the same time, this pill was prescribed because it was least likely to aggravate depression the dr. said, but i find while i'm not depressed, i've been low and tired the whole time i've been taking it.
i'm not really all that familiar with bcp's...i took one for about 4 months in the past, but had to stop because i couldn't afford it.
Sometimes it takes awhile to find the right pill. Ortho Tri Cyclen really screwed with my emotions. I finally ended up on a pill with the lowest dose of hormones you can get, but then I had NO sex drive. Ovcon 35 was absolutely horrible for my acne (though great for my sex drive!), and I ended up being the clearest during my period! I'm on Yasmin now and love it. The only side effects I've experienced has been decreased oil production (yay!).
If it's worth having, it's worth fighting for.
As you can see, there is no real answer because birth control pills all react differently, depending on the person. I guess all you can do is take other people's experiences into consideration, then make the decision for yourself with your doctor.
Yasmin was good to me because it completely cleared my face within 4 months, and it also made my face less oily. Unfortunately, it also caused me to gain 8 lbs in 6 months, so I switched.
I'm now on OTC-Lo (the low dose version of the original OTC), and my face is still completely clear and the weight is dropping off. I'm very happy with it.