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Old 08-06-2005, 04:28 PM   #1
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Could this be a side effect of birth control?

I started the pill 3 days ago. Yesterday something funny happened. I got lightheaded, weak, and short of breath, until it reached the point that all I could do was lie in bed. Today I am feeling stronger, but I still cannot stand for very long until I am too weak and short on breath, and my heart is kind of pounding, the way it does after I've had a strong cup of coffee. (I'm very sensitive to caffeine.)

Starting today I've had wild mood swings all day long, which I expected. So I know that at least is probably the birth control. Could the pounding heart and weakness be a side effect? If it is, is it safe? Normal? I'm 23, and doctors have given me a clean bill of health. I know the safest thing to do would be to call my doctor, but I can't afford that, so at least I'd like to hear some stories of how the pill has reacted to others.

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Old 08-06-2005, 09:53 PM   #2
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Re: Could this be a side effect of birth control?

You could call your doctor and just ask if thats a side effect. You could possibly be having a normal reaction the birth control, or it could be a bad side effect that needs to be taken care of. I'm sure the doctor could easily answer your question. Or you could look up the side effects of whatever birth control method you are using on the internet, or go to the birth control forums on this board and see what those women have to say.

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