It’s not a brand name but I take a prescription pill. Microgestin Fe 1/20. Been taking it for 3 years and no unwanted surprises so far! I’m an anxious person so I wanted to still get my period every month. I haven’t noticed any negative side effects (although I started taking it the same time I went to college so some of the changes I attributed to college like a bit of weight gain could be the fault of the birth control). It has helped my hormonal acne some. The biggest thing is remembering to take it at the same time (or close) every day. When I skipped it for a few weeks trying to move my period for a visit to Alaska to see FH my next period was super sucky but that’s about it. I just asked my doctor and she asked what I wanted out of it then prescribed me one.
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Honestly I have no clue. I haven’t had an issue with it at all but obviously that’s only anecdotal evidence and shouldn’t be generalized. Stats on that should be decently accessible online if you look up the information on a certain pill.
I used to be on depo but after reading about it and realizing how bad it can be for your body I stopped. I’m now on a mini pill which I really like but you have to be very consistent and take it at the same time everyday.
IUDs are great for a lot of people but I would definitely look into it a lot before getting it. I had one for a period of a week before my body rejected it. I was cramping extremely bad and my uterus actually pushed it out.
I take the pill (ortho try cyclen) and have for 10 or so years. I’ve never had a problem or any side effects. You just have to remember to take it everyday. I won’t do an IUD because I’m paranoid about having something implanted in me for five years and I’ve known a couple people who had issues.
I’ve had my iud for almost a year now and I’ve had no problems with it. I hurt a few days after insertion but it has done wonders! My period is lighter, my cramps have almost disappeared, and my constant headaches are gone.
Everyone is different, remember that! I've tried a couple different birth controls and my body went through hell except on just regular ol' estrogen based pills (I originally strayed away due to an estrogen related cancer my mom had, found out a few years later the pills don't put me at risk). Talk to your doctor and do your research on each birth control. Stay on one form for at the minimum 3 months so your body has a chance to adapt to it (6 months is best).
I took Gianvi (generic form of Yaz). It was amazing. 4 placebo pills instead of the usual 7. So when I had a period it lasted maybe 2-3 days tops. Most of the time was just spotting for a day. By the 4th year I never even spotted! Never had any pregnancy scares while on it. And actually got pregnant 3 months after I stopped taking it. I ended up having a blighted ovum though 😞. But they said that wasn’t because of the pill or anything, it’s just something that happens due to chromosomes.
Everyone is so different... This really is something you should talk with your doctor (and spouse if applicable) about. For example, I can’t have an IUD because my cervix is too short (but who knew till I was told by my doctor? lol) Also, if you’re on any other mood-stabilizing medications mixing BC meds can alter the impact they have, so some women don’t prefer more chemicals than necessary. Think about what’s best for your body and whole health
I started taking Seasonale when it first came out, then Seasonique when they came out with that. I'm on the generic form of Seasonique now, Daysee. It's amazing I only get my period every three months. I get horrible cramps even on the pill so the less I get it the better. I've been on it for over 10 years but the only side effect I had was when I first started Seasonale it made me nauseous the first week of each pack for the first few packs. I'll take a week of nausea over 2 extra weeks of cramps though lol. I've had no other side effects.