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Old 08-21-2004, 04:47 PM   #1
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Unhappy Armour and bcp

Hi all.

I am on 1 grain of Armour and a few months ago stopped taking my Yasmin birth control. I thought the bcp was making me a little moody and depressed (ok... very moody) so thought it might be good to stop taking it for a while. Needless to say, I gained a little weight and started breaking out so I got freaked out. I am by far not overweight... might actually be underweight (4' 11" tall and 94 pounds... was 90 lbs), but gained the 4 pounds so quickly that I went back on the Yasmin in the hopes to slow it down a bit. Of course the moodies came back now and pimples won't go away. I was hoping that somebody can suggest a bcp that will not cause weight gain, acne, and definitely keep the bad moods away.

Somebody please help me! I had been feeling so good for such a long time.


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Old 08-21-2004, 07:29 PM   #2
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Re: Armour and bcp

Did you have your thyroid levels checked after you stopped the BCP? Estrogens increase the levels of TBP [Thyroid Binding Protein] in the blood, and so if you stop taking a BCP your thyroid hormone requirements will change.

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Old 08-22-2004, 09:47 AM   #3
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Re: Armour and bcp

Honestly I can't remember whether or not I was on the Yasmin the last time I had my thyroid levels checked. Maybe I just need to wait a bit for the bcp to start correcting the problems again... hopefully the nasties will go away.

Old 08-31-2004, 06:30 PM   #4
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Re: Armour and bcp

I just saw this post and was wondering...

I had my dosage of Levothroid upped to 50 mcg (going on 3 weeks ago) and subsequently decided to go off Ortho-Cyclen. I have to say that I feel pretty awesome lately. I've become convinced that bcp are evil - I was bloated, depressed, etc. It seemed that every liquid I took into my body stayed in my body!

Anyway... should I be informing my endo that I stopped the bcp? I don't have any complaints - maybe some trouble sleeping lately which I have attributed to the upcoming school year (I'm a teacher) but no other signs that I've turned hyper.

Thanks in advance for any input!

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