Okay well I am not currently having sex and i absolutely HATE birth control..hate it. I have been taking it for nearly 5 weeks and I am bloated, miserable, have my period and shouldn't for 2 more months, feel fat (nd have gained a little weight), get headaches, am tired, constipated...omg i hate this.
Should I just NOT take my dosage tonight?
I plan on calling my doc tomorrow but I am at college so its not like I can just ask anybody you know...I just dont want to make it worse if I abruptly stop.
It would be extremely foolish to do anything without talking to your doctor. Some medicines you CANNOT just go "on and off" without getting serious side effects. Take your dose tonight and call your doctor tomorrow.
and REALIZE that you do have your period and everything does feel 10x more horrible than it is because of that.
when i started my first kind of BC I hated it too. The kind of hate associated with a 10-15 lb gain in the first month. Ugh. Everything got worse for me. I never experienced cramps before BC, my periods got longer and heavier. I was noticeably moodier, so like you are now I was fed up. I went back to my doctor the first month and demanded to be switched off of the pill I was on (Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo). I've read everywhere that you need to find the right pill for yourself, because every body is different. So I got switched to Yasmin. This wasn't nearly as bad for me. A wee little bit of the weight dropped naturally when I switched. But since I wasn't sexually active at all at the time, the cons were definitely outweighing the pros. My periods were still much worse than they had ever been, cramps were bad, and i was crabby 24/7 all month long. So i got fed up (again) and stopped taking them. But when I moved away to college I figured that it would be responsible to start taking them again. I went through another phase where I wanted to cry (and did) over the wretched things. I couldn't switch (though I longed to) because I go to a low cost health care clinic and they are only able to currently offer three types of BC pills (the third of which I didn't qualify for). But depsite being upset, I stuck with the pills. And the terrible-ness I associate with them has since calmed to a gentle roar. Another thing I have read time and time again is to give BC time. Time for your body to adjust. My doctor (as well as other sources) told me that it takes about 3 months for your body to adjust to the level of hormones and straighten itself off. Often the weight can work itself off, moodyness subsides, and your period will work itself into a recognizable pattern.
Since I didn't have much other choice (like switching pills. And I had examined all other options as well) I stuck to it and it sorted itself out enough that it is bearable. How far into your pack are you? I wouldn't recommend stopping cold turkey (this threw my body through just as many loops as starting did). Trying looking into your other options. See your doctor before you finish your pack of pills. See about switching to a different type of pills (there are different types w/ different varities of hormones, different amounts, different set ups, etc) or maybe a different method in general (the shot, the patch, etc). Take all of your options into perspective and try to find something that is ideal for your body. Good luck =)
If you've only been on it 5 weeks then i think you should wait it out longer. As bnm12 said, yes, it generally does take your body about 3 months to get used to the pill. Your body will work itself out, but if after that time you still are uncomfortable and having a bad experience with the pill then you should talk to your doctor about switching to a different kind. There are tons of different kinds out there with different hormone levels... some also have acne medicine in it so that it also promotes good skin (Diane). I used to be on the shot (Depo Provera) and was on it for almost two years. It was horrible and I definitely don't recommend it. I was moody, and would randomly burst out into tears for no reason, stopped having my period altogether, had no sex drive at all, was bloated, etc., etc. I eventually switched to Cyclin, and am now on Ortho Tri-Cyclen. I heard that some people with this pill get really moody in the last week of the pill, since there's increased hormones in it for the third week.
Stopping your pill in the middle won't do anything 'cept through your menstrual cycle off balance for a bit. However, I recommend that you wait it out. There are also pills out there that decrease cramps, since I have friends who went on the pill exclusively to reduce menstrual cramps. As for the weight gain, some bc types make you hungrier, but if you stick to your regular meal plan your appetite will go back to normal.
Like others said here, don't stop it unless talking to your doctor.
You said you are on it only because you need it to get your cycle - I am in the same situation. I have been on BC for 8 years (since sophomore year of HS), and I have had to try a few types before feeling like myself. I am currently on Avianne - and have been on it for the past 4 years. It is great - 3 weeks of the same level hormones so no ups & downs! I was getting very sick on the other types, so my doctor recommended this one. I have also been perfectly fine in terms of appetite/weight gain and have been slowly but steadily losing weight while on it. Maybe suggest this one to your doctor and see if it is an option for you.
Don't panic, most of what you are feeling/experiencing is normal - we all get bloated and yes, you will spot/get your period unexpectedly with a new type of BC, so just relax!
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