Monday, February 18, 2013

[girl talk] birth control

I've been on birth control since I was in grade 9, that's 10 freakin years.  and I have yet to get it right.  I've been on about 5 different brands of the pill but none of them were ever perfect for me.
the generic brand killed my stomach, not in a cramp way but in a way that felt like my stomach lining was coming off.  and the others just somewhat of the same.

and no, I didn't start the pill because I didn't want to get pregnant in grade 9.  I started because I get cramps like a crazy lady.  I'm serious.  once a month I'm curled up in the fetal position wishing I didn't have a uterus.  or ovaries or whatever it is that hurts.
obviously I don't actually wish this.  I want my baby making parts for when the times right.

this leads me to my latest venture!  the birth control patch!  a 2 inch x 2 inch really attractive patch I get to wear for a week at a time for 3 weeks on 1 week off.

why is it that when it comes to tampons or birth control marketing teams we just want to dance?  seriously, watch a tampon commercial and everybody is playing sports, swimming or dancing their asses off.

has anyone ever used this patch?  I'm liking the convenience so far but the first few days after I first put it on I felt nauseous and the cramps were almost unbearable.  I'm hoping once my body gets use to it that will stop.  

let me know what you do if you get really bad cramps?  I'd love some advice!


Unknown said...

I have 2 friends who've gotten pregnant on the patch so I can't say anything really good about it. But I hope it works for you :) I have a mirena IUD. I'm actually on my 2nd one. greatest invention ever!!!!!!!! no 'monthly friend' no pill to remember to take. the dr. just throws that bad boy up where it needs to go and you're baby-free and aunt flow free for 5 years. then they take it out and put a new one in. love it!

Life By Lex said...

I thought about using the patch but it actually had more down sides to me. you constantly had to rotate it to different spots which would probably lead to it being visable-- and i spend nearly half my summer hours in the pool so while its okay for a shower or a few days of swimming-- that much exposure to water just isnt good for it..

I switched to Nuvaring and I absolutely love it. The reason I switched was because the thought of taking a physical pill literally made me sick to my stomach. The ring is so much better because i literally put it in and forget about it for 3 weeks! Its awesome!

Yesi @ Plan With Yesii said...

I guess I got lucky. I've been on the pill for about 4 months and so far so great. My first and only brand and I love it. My friend on the other hand She's been on the pill for almost 2 years and she's switched 3 times. I've never heard of the patch. I have heard of the small incision they make in your arm. I have heard great reviews about that one. Let me know how the patch goes for you!

Unknown said...

A girlfriend of mine uses the ring and she loves it. I was on the Depo shot for about 2 years and I wish I hadn't. It took me over 6 months after getting off it to get a period again. Plus I was having all these side effects that I didn't realize were from the Depo (migraines, insomnia, low grade fever etc)

Amy @ Living n Learning said...

I got lucky and have been on the same brand of the pill since I started taking it in high school. I started taking it to help with the lower back pain I had, and the unexpectedness of my monthly friend (or not monthly sometimes).

I have heard good things about Mirena since my BFF uses it. But after that I haven't really had much discussion about birth control because the pill has worked so well for me.

Hope you can find what works best for you!

Midwayedancer said...

I wasn't a fan of the patch. I didn't have any side effects, but Sometimes it would stick to my clothes and Iw ould have had no idea how long it had been there. Or a corner would start to peel up and then get linty. I was always concerned that wrinkles, or the fact that it was always falling off was compromising it's effectiveness, which made me super paranoid that I would end up pregnant.

Nicola Kirsty said...

I'm one of the lucky ones: I'm still on the first pill I was given 6 1/2 years ago. Sometimes I think about changing but if it's not broken, I don't really want to try and fix it.

The doc has offered me a whole number of options but never a patch. I'd be interested to know your experience though, however weird that sounds. I hope you have some better luck with it!

Genna said...

I've been taking the shot (Depo) and it took my body a full year to adjust to. However, it was TOTALLY worth it so it may be a good option. Plus you only have to get it every 12 weeks.

Miranda Pridgeon said...

At first I started out with the Depo injection, but I had too much spotting and it made me gain a lot of weight. Then I switched to Ortho-Cyclen Lo, which uses the lowest hormone dose possible to get the job done. It's working great for me. I also had HORRIBLE cramps and acne problems, this particular pill fixed both those issues. However, when I first started it I got very depressed and super emotional for a couple weeks. I know it's because of the hormone change and imbalance but after that phase passed I am completely happy and satisfied with it. For bad cramps, the heating pad was my best friend as were hot baths. They do wonders.

Chelsea said...

I've been on the pill for more than 10 years I think, and have recently changed pills. I've just stated taking marvelon and it seems to work great for me. Good luck with the patch!

Lin said...

Only thing I've ever used is the pill & I was lucky enough to have the first one I tried work perfectly. Not trying to shove it in your face, just stating a fact. Sucks that that didnt happen for you though, cant even imagine how shitty all that was.

I've heard of people getting pregnant while on the patch more often vs the pill or IUD. I know you said you tried 5 different pills, by any chance were any of those Ortho Micronor? That's what I took & it was wonderful, no side effects, nothing. Best part is it's a one-phase pill that contains the same amount estragen & progestin so you never have almost no mood swings & only like 5 super light periods. Anyway, I know it seems like I work for the company haha, but it was just that good.

Good luck w/the patch :)

Martha Hokenson said...

That sucks. I also had terrible cramps since junior high and finally went on the Pill at 18, but it didn't help much, so I switched to the Shot. I've been on Depo-Provera for five years and actually stopped having periods altogether after the second injection (you get them every three months).

I can't even tell you how much I love the convenience and since I don't plan on having kids, I'm not worried about having to wait for my cycles to stabilize again if I switched methods. My doctor said since that's the case, staying on it long-term is fine as long as I get lots of calcium and have a bone density scan every several years.

The only downside is that I gained 15 pounds after switching to the shot from the Pill and apparently that's just a common unavoidable side effect. But it works so well for me that I don't mind a little extra diet and exercise to keep my "Depo 15" off! I haven't had any of the other side effects the other ladies mentioned, though.