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Okay so I want to try the Birth control pill, but which one?

Kurly_NazzyKurly_Nazzy Posts: 76Registered Users
Hello my fellow curlies,

So me and my boyfriend have become pretty serious...
We've been using condoms.
I'm finding condoms to be a hassle for me and him
and very error prone. (morning after pills are pretty expensive!)
and I'm ready to try the birthcontrol pill for the first time.

I want to start soon (so I can surprise him for Valentines day :D)

I've been reading into the different kinds and I'm very confused.
I don't know which one to try first, theres so many
low dose, alesse, higher estogen, otc

Is there some sort of quiz you can take to find out which one is right for you?
From what Ive read if the pill isnt right for you you'lll suffer moody side-effects.
I want to have an idea of what I want so I can ask the doctor what I want to try

I'm considered very tiny so a little bit of alchohol goes a long way for me, would a low dose pill be the best?
I get some pimples from time to time, active life style, a bit more body hair then most girls (thanks to my mediterranean roots)


Any help? Tips?


Thanks so much,
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    Just talk to a gynecologist. You'll need to do that in order to get the pills, anyway. And you may have to try a few different kinds before you find one that's right for you.

    Also, you should use two kind of protection, anyway. If condoms aren't working out, then try spermicide or a diaphragm or something.
  • tctc Posts: 986Registered Users
    I use Paragard and I'm really happy with it - it's an IUD, not a pill, but I'm too scatterbrained for a pill anyway ... I can't even remember to take my vitamins. :) It's non-hormonal which I like because the side effects are minimized. The only side effect I had was heavier periods the first few months but now I'm back to normal.

    There is also a hormonal version called Mirena that allegedly has the nice side effect of making periods lighter ... that might be something to look into...

    Both are over 99% effective and last several years... very convenient...
  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    tmmy_cat wrote: »
    There is also a hormonal version called Mirena that allegedly has the nice side effect of making periods lighter ... that might be something to look into....

    Pretty much all hormonal BC does that.

    OP, you should google around for information. A BC pill that's great for one woman will leave another woman with terrible cramps and mood swings.

    Generally, hormonal BC that lacks androgens (or is low in androgens) helps decrease acne and won't cause water retention.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    The physician you see will help you decide which pill would be best for you. That's why they get the big bucks.
  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    The physician you see will help you decide which pill would be best for you. That's why they get the big bucks.
    Exactly.

    I seriously doubt the OP would qualify for an IUD at her age and time of her life. Doctors require that you that you be in a longterm, committed relationship.
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  • Rebecca deWinterRebecca deWinter Posts: 2,254Registered Users
    Eilonwy wrote: »
    Just talk to a gynecologist. You'll need to do that in order to get the pills, anyway. And you may have to try a few different kinds before you find one that's right for you.

    Also, you should use two kind of protection, anyway. If condoms aren't working out, then try spermicide or a diaphragm or something.

    that's a biggie. go to the gynecologist soon and talk to them about what you want and that stuff. also keep in mind that you will need to give the bc a few months to kind of "break it in" so you can decide if you like it (like if you are having side effects like mood swing, etc) or switch to another one. and then you will have to give the new one a breaking in period.
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  • Anthro IncarnateAnthro Incarnate Posts: 555Registered Users
    Another option is charting your cycle. We do that and only use condoms (or go without nookie) on fertile days. The rest of the month is stress-free. :)
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  • wild_sasparillawild_sasparilla Posts: 4,306Registered Users
    I use Yasmin myself, not as bc but still...anyway, you shouldn't be looking on a forum for bc pill recs, you should be asking a doctor, like others have said.

    And surprising him on V-Day may be romantic, but less than two weeks of being on the pill before having sex using nothing but that for protection? Not good. The protection takes a while to really work, my pharmacist told me a month, someone else said two weeks *possibly for different pills*, but going under two weeks of taking it before not using a condom for sex seems too risky to me.
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  • realisticrealistic Posts: 2,222Registered Users
    I use Yasmin myself, not as bc but still...anyway, you shouldn't be looking on a forum for bc pill recs, you should be asking a doctor, like others have said.

    And surprising him on V-Day may be romantic, but less than two weeks of being on the pill before having sex using nothing but that for protection? Not good. The protection takes a while to really work, my pharmacist told me a month, someone else said two weeks *possibly for different pills*, but going under two weeks of taking it before not using a condom for sex seems too risky to me.
    If you don't mind me asking, what do you use it for?
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  • wild_sasparillawild_sasparilla Posts: 4,306Registered Users
    realistic wrote: »
    I use Yasmin myself, not as bc but still...anyway, you shouldn't be looking on a forum for bc pill recs, you should be asking a doctor, like others have said.

    And surprising him on V-Day may be romantic, but less than two weeks of being on the pill before having sex using nothing but that for protection? Not good. The protection takes a while to really work, my pharmacist told me a month, someone else said two weeks *possibly for different pills*, but going under two weeks of taking it before not using a condom for sex seems too risky to me.
    If you don't mind me asking, what do you use it for?

    Hormones. They tested normal (ugh, over 10 vials of blood for THAT?!), and I wasn't having any problems having so few periods, but eh, now I'm taking them.
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  • realisticrealistic Posts: 2,222Registered Users
    oh, ok. thanks.:angel3:
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  • SpinCycleSpinCycle Posts: 724Registered Users
    I've tried the Nuva Ring and Yaz... the ring turned me into the biggest grouch ever. Mood swings all over the place, but it was really convenient.

    Yaz is amazing. My skin is clearer (I used to get 1 lone pimple before my period every month :angry3:), no mood swings, and a lighter period.
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    realistic wrote: »
    oh, ok. thanks.:angel3:

    Yaz and Yasmin were the first two androgen-free BC pills on the US market (they may still be the only ones), so they're very frequently taken for medical reasons. It just makes it even more infuriating that pharmacists can refuse to fill BC prescriptions.

    OP, it takes three months to adjust to a new BC pill. During those three months, you may experience side effects that will go away once your body adjusts. Also, OP, you need to take the pill at the same time each day, or it may not work! Depending on the pill, you have a grace period of one to three hours. The BC pill requires effort and responsibility.

    Also, OP, it is extremely difficult to keep track of ovulation by charting your menstruation, basal body temperature, and cervical mucous. It takes a lot of effort and vigilance, and is still pretty likely to fail even if followed perfectly. That's why the rhythm method is intended only for couples who want to conceive. I can think of at least one other poster here who uses the rhythm method for contraception. However, you definitely shouldn't try that if you're not willing to be a parent, should it fail (even if you're ok with abortion, IMO--it's just too likely). It sounds like you're pretty young, so seriously--don't try this one!
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    I agree with everything Eilonwy has said!

    Also I have tried 8-10 different pills and the Depo-Provera injection to find the one I'm using - Yasmin (it costs the NHS the most money so it's not prescribed all that much). That was giving each about 3 to 6 months. Although 1 I stopped after two weeks because it was obvious that one was not for me!
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  • goldilocks777goldilocks777 Posts: 1,020Registered Users
    Eilonwy wrote: »
    realistic wrote: »
    oh, ok. thanks.:angel3:

    Yaz and Yasmin were the first two androgen-free BC pills on the US market (they may still be the only ones), so they're very frequently taken for medical reasons. It just makes it even more infuriating that pharmacists can refuse to fill BC prescriptions.

    OP, it takes three months to adjust to a new BC pill. During those three months, you may experience side effects that will go away once your body adjusts. Also, OP, you need to take the pill at the same time each day, or it may not work! Depending on the pill, you have a grace period of one to three hours. The BC pill requires effort and responsibility.

    Also, OP, it is extremely difficult to keep track of ovulation by charting your menstruation, basal body temperature, and cervical mucous. It takes a lot of effort and vigilance, and is still pretty likely to fail even if followed perfectly. That's why the rhythm method is intended only for couples who want to conceive. I can think of at least one other poster here who uses the rhythm method for contraception. However, you definitely shouldn't try that if you're not willing to be a parent, should it fail (even if you're ok with abortion, IMO--it's just too likely). It sounds like you're pretty young, so seriously--don't try this one!

    Just an FYI - charting is generally not referred to as the rhythm method, and is much easier than you are making it out to be!
  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    Just an FYI - charting is generally not referred to as the rhythm method, and is much easier than you are making it out to be!

    Eh, well, it sounds like the OP isn't in a committed relationship and is looking for a very simple contraceptive...So I still think it isn't advisable for her.