Birth Control Period Question

RheannaRheanna Posts: 2,614Registered Users
I'll keep this short... meant to ask about it before.

Am I the only one in the entire world who has constant periods on birth control? I always had this problem in the past but I'm having it now too. I'm on Ortho-Tri-Cyclen Lo at the moment and I bleed about every two weeks. Sometimes I'll spot for a few days, other times I'll have a heavy period, other times a normal one. Sometimes I'll go for 2 weeks, stop for a few days, then spot, and then skip the week where I SHOULD have my cycle (the no hormone week) and start back again once I start the new pack.

I'm also growing some lovely new chin hairs and such.

I have an appointment with my OB/GYN Wednesday and I'm obviously going to talk to them about it. I feel like this is just me on the pill because in the past I took about 8 different types and always had this problem. Something I read online said that constant bleeding means you're not taking a high enough estrogen pill - opinions? Experiences? RCW?


  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Yeah, you probably need a higher dosage pill.
  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    I struggled with the pill and spotting/bleeding for years. Tried at least 5 dif kinds over the years. Went to doctors and all. I finally found that my body needs me to take the pill at EXACTLY THE SAME TIME every day. If I'm off by even 2 hours I'll spot in the next day or two. When I'm on the pill I keep my pack in my purse and have my cell alarm set for repeat every day so no matter where I am I can take my pill.
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  • sarah42sarah42 Posts: 4,034Registered Users
    I didn't have that problem while I was on the pill, but I'm suddenly getting very frequent periods/spotting with the copper IUD. I'm calling the doctor tomorrow. Actually, I think I'm going to start a new thread about it on the main board.
  • Jess2316Jess2316 Posts: 617Registered Users
    You will probably just need to try different ones till you find one that works. did you say you have Ortho-Tri? I HATED that pill. I had Loestrin and it was much better. I think there are a couple different "concentrations" of Loestrin and I can't remember what one I had.

    Sometimes bleeding excessively can have other sources..definately talk to the OB about your concerns.
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  • SpunkyCurlsSpunkyCurls Posts: 1,523Registered Users
    I finally found that my body needs me to take the pill at EXACTLY THE SAME TIME every day. If I'm off by even 2 hours I'll spot in the next day or two.

    Wow. 2 hours is a nice margin. If I'm off by 15 minutes, I spot for a couple of days.

    Rhe, it sounds like you need a different pill. Higher dosage or not- they all work differently and your hormone levels can change so sometimes what did work no longer works.

    *hugs* I know it's irritating. Hope you get something that works soon.
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  • RheannaRheanna Posts: 2,614Registered Users
    Thanks for the feedback everyone. My cycle had been perfect before pregnancy, at least for the last couple years anyway. Basically, I used to have no cycle/constant cycles but after losing about 70-80 pounds, it was every 27-28 days always. I suppose it's possible that it isn't the birth control pill causing the issues now, but considering I had this problem before while on the pill, I believe it's safe to say it's the pill.

    I am very, very rarely off more than 10-15 minutes on the timing, although the times that I do take it a bit later (within a couple hours though, and this is maybe 1x per month tops), it doesn't seem to cause any symptoms, at least not immediate ones. So I don't think when I take it is the issue either, but thanks for that suggestion!

    I saw my OB last week and she said that I was likely in need of a higher dose pill too. However, my blood pressure was high... higher than it was at my PP checkup when I was about 30 pounds heavier... higher than it ever was during pregnancy... 149/90 I believe is what it was. It's never been like that. The ONLY other time my blood pressure has been high was when I had just gotten married, we were both working opposite shifts with just one car, I was trying to finish college, and working a retail job during Christmas, and had a urinary tract infection. I'm going to assume it's up mostly due to all my stress. Not that it makes it okay, but regardless, my OB said it would be "irresponsible" of her to prescribe a higher estrogen pill with my blood pressure at that level and that she really wants me off the estrogen period. Of course, it probably didn't help that I mentioned the pill makes me moody and irritable, and slows my weight loss down... all issues that she said tend to mean I need LESS estrogen.

    She instead strongly recommended I go the Mirena route as it's only progestin and no estrogen. But I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it. I know there was someone here who had a terrible experience with it, but also people that love theirs. My friend just had a copper IUD inserted and she nearly passed out and then dry-heaved from the pain. :disgust: That freaks me out, but supposedly it's harder to insert. She's also never had a baby AND she has a tilted uterus, sooo... different situation. I doubt that it would hurt worse than natural labor and childbirth. But then the issue of uterine perforation is obviously worrisome.

    Meh. I have a couple weeks to think it over. I go back to see my doc on the 14th to talk about it and any other options. She went me with info.

  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users
    I'm one of the people with the horrible Mirena experience. I wouldn't recommend one to my worst enemy. Several women here love them though. Have you thought about trying the mini-pill? It's progestin only. Or trying charting? Or barrier methods? Or spermicides?

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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Rheanna wrote: »

    If I were in your shoes, I'd probably use barrier methods (diaphragm AND condoms). I was never interested in IUDs...too many horror stories out there.
  • shellzfoshizzle03shellzfoshizzle03 Posts: 57Registered Users
    I was on orthro-tri-cyclen lo too for a while and it did the complete opposite. I didn't have a period for 3 months. I didn't have health insurance at the time so I was taking home pregnancy tests and stressed out all the time thinking I was pregnant. I eventually went to the doctor and they switched me to Junel Fe/Microgestin (I think that's the name of it). My period comes right on time. Usually like 2 days into taking the inactive pills.
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  • mad scientistmad scientist Posts: 3,530Registered Users
    I have a Mirena. Its been in for 1.5 years and no problems so far. Insertion wasn't particularly painful either. But I'm basically done having kids... we're just biding our time before making the decision permanent.

    I was also on OTC (the normal one, not lo) for 9 years and didn't have any problems with that either.

    Hope you find something that works for you.