Using birth control?

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Using birth control?

Rhiulan Rhiulan
So I've recently been identifying myself as a FtM transman and pre-everything but I'm currently on birth control. Not for actual contraception but for help with pain during that time of the month. Curious if anyone else has had this come up.
04/26/2012
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sodapin sodapin
I've heard of guys on birth control before, but usually one would want to stop that prior to going on T because it just seems counterproductive D:. What exactly are your concerns though?
04/26/2012
VelvetDragon VelvetDragon
I know several FtMs on birth control, either for medical reasons, or for actual contraception (and some of them don't do penetrative sex, it's Just In Case, less worry about their partner's semen getting on something and transferring, etc.) I am female genderfluid and in my relationship there is no risk of pregnancy, but I was put on it to get my periods under control (they last three weeks per month). BC can be a very important medication for some people, regardless of their gender, and whether they need it for contraception or not.
04/27/2012
Chirple Chirple
Has this come up in regards to what ?

Sorry, I'm a little confused.
04/27/2012
Rhiulan Rhiulan
Thank you for the replies, nothing has come up I was just curious if anyone else was in this situation. I'm glad to hear I'm not alone! And dear god I'm seriously sorry about your three week periods D: glad you got birth control because having it that long just sounds like a nightmare!
04/27/2012
MasonM MasonM
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Originally posted by Rhiulan
So I've recently been identifying myself as a FtM transman and pre-everything but I'm currently on birth control. Not for actual contraception but for help with pain during that time of the month. Curious if anyone else has had this come up.
You might want to ask about switching to a non-estrogen based BC.
04/27/2012
Anteaterz Anteaterz
Quote:
Originally posted by Rhiulan
So I've recently been identifying myself as a FtM transman and pre-everything but I'm currently on birth control. Not for actual contraception but for help with pain during that time of the month. Curious if anyone else has had this come up.
I'm currently on birth control too. My doctor prescribed the lowest dose and to skip the placebo week, so I have less estrogen and my bleeding stopped completely. It helps a lot pre-T, I don't get triggered as often by my body now!
04/28/2012
Rhiulan Rhiulan
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Originally posted by Anteaterz
I'm currently on birth control too. My doctor prescribed the lowest dose and to skip the placebo week, so I have less estrogen and my bleeding stopped completely. It helps a lot pre-T, I don't get triggered as often by my body now!
Tanks for your reply! Definitely should to talk to my doctor about this, I appreciate the reply!
04/28/2012
TheParrishism TheParrishism
I have known of people to take it for medical reasons, but it was never for me. It would trigger me to much as well as my family would have problems with it for religious reasons.
04/28/2012
butts butts
Most FtMs choose to not use the pill, since it is full of estrogen and female hormones. But if it works for you, what's the problem? You probably won't be able to continue it when you start T, but until then is it an issue? There's a lot of natural ways to reduce pain and flow during your period if you want to stop taking the pill, red raspberry leaf tea will relieve the pain and not mess with your hormones. There's a few herbs that will help the flow too, but I don't know them off the top of my head, it'd be easy to look up if you're interested. Have you looked into a Mirena IUD? I've heard wonders about those nearly stopping painful and heavy periods, and they put way less hormones in your body than the pill since it's IN the uterus, the pill to go through your entire body to GET to your reproductive organs. Plus they're super low maintenance and last for years.
04/29/2012
Schattenstern Schattenstern
Quote:
Originally posted by Anteaterz
I'm currently on birth control too. My doctor prescribed the lowest dose and to skip the placebo week, so I have less estrogen and my bleeding stopped completely. It helps a lot pre-T, I don't get triggered as often by my body now!
What BC are you on? What's it called if you don't mind sharing. I'd be interested in asking my doctor about that.
04/29/2012
Khanner Khanner
Some BC formulas actually have a tendency to raise androgen levels and lower estrogen levels, permitting your original body chemistry.

Here's a chart explaining the differences in pills and their estrogenic/androgenic/ progestin potencies.

Levlite, Alesse, and Ortho Evra seem to be particularly androgenic and low in progestin/estrogen.
Brands with high estrogen/progestin to avoid are Yasmin®, Demulen® 1/50, Zovia® 1/50E, Ovcon® 50, Desogen®, Ortho-Cept®, Estrostep® Fe, Loestrin® 1/20

Hope that helps.
04/29/2012
VelvetDragon VelvetDragon
Quote:
Originally posted by Rhiulan
Thank you for the replies, nothing has come up I was just curious if anyone else was in this situation. I'm glad to hear I'm not alone! And dear god I'm seriously sorry about your three week periods D: glad you got birth control because ...
Yes, it was horrific. Just such a drag. Luckily they're under control now, though I have a few more months before I can tell if it's lasting! Some months I had as little as four period free days. x_x
04/29/2012
VelvetDragon VelvetDragon
Quote:
Originally posted by Khanner
Some BC formulas actually have a tendency to raise androgen levels and lower estrogen levels, permitting your original body chemistry.

Here's a chart explaining the differences in pills and their estrogenic/androgenic/ progestin ...
Thanks for linking to this, it's an awesome resource!
04/29/2012
scaredlittleboy scaredlittleboy
I was on the pill for ~6 years, ever since I was 13. I had insane HEAVY and loooong periods (~20 days) so I was grateful for them to become more "normal".
However I think the hormones messed me up in a lot of ways and if given a chance I wouldn't do it again. I believe the pill caused a lot of weight gain and made my breasts bigger than they would have been naturally (I have DDs and my family's average is Bs...), since I started the pill so young. It also caused me some major depression. Since I started seeing my therapist and looking into maaaaybe starting T, I decided to quit taking the female poison...I mean hormones. I haven't seen the effects I attribute to it decrease and my period's gone back to being heavy, but I am glad that I'm not experiencing the 20 day periods anymore. And I'm glad I'm no longer purposely putting more female hormones in my body.
05/01/2012
DarthTaco DarthTaco
I have to use birth control for now. I use it as both contraceptive (don't judge my love making! D: ) and to stop my uterus from trying to bleed me to death @_@. Thankfully the pills I'm on now don't affect me like others. My periods are finally withing normal human levels, no fetuses, my skin is clear for the first time since puberty started, my breasts haven't grown, and did I mention no pregnancies?

Only thing I wish I didn't have to deal with is how the pills make me more emotional and teary-eyed. I can usually pass it off as a joke though, so it's not debilitating. Still can't wait for the day I no longer have to deal with this though @_@.
05/01/2012
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