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Old 07-30-2003, 11:58 PM   #1
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Hi ladies...I need some good advice. Tomorrow I am going to my doctor to get my birth control changed because I absolutely HATEEEEE what I am currently on. It's called Microgestin/Loestrin. Since I have been taking that mess, I have had more acne, 8 day periods, and fatigue.

My question is this. What birth control pill should I ask for?? I am wanting something that will keep my periods short and simple..help with my acne, and also keep my cramps to a minimum. (Without the BC, my cramps are hell...) I've heard of a kind called Dianette I believe??...And also Yasmine. I've heard nothing but good things about those two kinds of pills.

Anything I should recommend?? Also..with the Microgestin, I had crazy side effects when I first started taking it. You name it..I had it. Including the breakthrough bleeding..(which I still have sometimes!!!) My period is supposed to start this Sunday..and already I am having some brown discharge. Grr.

Girls never can win, can they?? Help me out here!!

 
Old 07-31-2003, 04:52 AM   #2
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Hi there -

There is no one bc pill that works the same way for every woman, so I can't tell you what to ask for. what I can suggest is that you tell your doc EXACTLY what you told us. That should help him/her decide which way to go.

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Old 07-31-2003, 12:16 PM   #3
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YAY!!! I am not on Ortho-Tri-Cyclin...did I spell that right???

Is there anything I should expect while taking this pill???

 
Old 07-31-2003, 03:31 PM   #4
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Whoops..."not" = "now"

Is anyone else here on Ortho-Tri-Cyclen?

While taking Microgestin/Loestrin, my periods have been longer, I've have breakthrough bleeding maybe a week before my periods sometimes (is that normal???..brown blood..ick..)...and my acne has gotten worse.

With Ortho, will my periods be lighter and shorter???

Please respond!! Thanks

 
Old 07-31-2003, 03:35 PM   #5
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Also..is Ortho a low dose or a high dose?? And what is the difference? I forgot to ask that question while I was in there.

The specific kind I am on is.."Novum" I think.

Ortho-Tri-Cylen Novum...or something like that!!

 
Old 07-31-2003, 05:35 PM   #6
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I used to be on Ortho-Tri-Cyclen (for 2 years). My periods were lighter and shorter, yes. It lasted about 3-4 days, and they were light to the point that I was unable to use tampons - I don't know if it is that way for everybody who takes it, though. My face cleared up a lot when I was on OTC, too. And I think I was on a short dose - 5 mg??? Not too sure. Sometimes the white pills would make me feel nauseous in the morning (I took them at night). But I would always feel better if I ate something. Good luck to you!

Oh btw, you can always edit your messages in case you forgot/want to change something.

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Old 07-31-2003, 08:50 PM   #7
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Thanks for telling me about the editing thing! And thanks for your input as well! I am really hoping that I don't have breakthrough bleeding with this new pill..and that my periods are much shorter. Did your periods last very long before you started taking the pill???

 
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bump!

 
Old 08-01-2003, 01:27 PM   #9
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I'm on orthotricyclen too and have been for almost 2 years (with a 3 month break while I took ortho evra). I've never had breakthrough bleeding or any side effect while on it, really. My periods are now 2-3 days long and pretty light. I also have no cramping and previously my cramping would be HORRIBLE. Again, bc pills work differently for everyone but this one works great for me.

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Old 08-01-2003, 11:26 PM   #10
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I took orthocylcen (not tri) for awhile. It is a high dose hormone. I switched to Alesse because of headaches and dizziness. Some docs recommend a lower dose for reasoning dealing with having babies after the pill.
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Old 08-02-2003, 11:01 PM   #11
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Ortho tri cyclen is a rather high dose pill, a lot higher than what you were previously on. Ortho tri cyclen is also prescribed for acne purposes and does usually clear up acne. I was on othro tri cyclen for about a year but i had to get off it due to headaches but over all i had a very good experience. I've now switched to Mircette which is a low dose pill. good luck.

 
Old 08-03-2003, 06:34 AM   #12
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Hi!! And thanks for the replies. They are greatly appreciated. :-)

I was wondering -- did you have any breakthrough bleeding while you were on ortho-tri-cyclen??

Thanks!

 
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