Weird Side Effects From Birth Control

KnK KnK
So, I'm having a hard time getting myself on a schedule. I have a semi-chaotic life and tried taking my birth control at night because I know how late I'll be up, but I can never tell when I'll wake up, I might sleep in on a day when I have class at a later day, and even then, I usually forget.

Anyway, I've stopped taking my pill at night because I've noticed that it started giving me insomnia, which stopped immediately after I stopped taking it at night.

Has anyone else experienced this and is this unusual? I'm considering trying a different birth control method, but it hasn't been at the top of my list since I'm essentially celibate at this point.

Have you or your partner, friend, or family member, etc, ever experienced any unusual side effects from birth control? Is there a birth control method that you would recommend over the pill?

Thanks
01/20/2011
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PussyGalore PussyGalore
Every pill is going to have different side effects for different people. Which pill are you using?

I am taking Sprintec 28 and I have to say it's the closest equivalent to my favorite, Alesse. Alesse is $21 more a month and was out of the price range for us, but anyway.

When I was taking Yaz, I wanted to murder everyone who was within a five foot radius of me and when I was taking Ortho, my skin was having an identity crises.

Don't give up on the pill. The benefits can be amazing, you just need to try a different formula. It took me about six months to level out on Sprintec after switching from Alesse.
01/20/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Something else you might be able to try is setting your alarm for the same time every day, waking up to take your pill, and then going back to sleep if you don't have anywhere to be. It's what I would do when my schedule was more hectic.

There's nothing wrong with trying other formulas as well. I'm on the generic Seasonique right now and it's working well for me. On Yaz I was fine for about a year and a half, then about 3 days before each period I would be so nauseous that all I could do was literally lay down. I knew I wasn't actually going to get sick, but I was still miserable nonetheless.
01/20/2011
That Guy That Guy
If you're not planning on having kids for a number of years and have some surplus cash, I hear implants are supposed to be better about the side effects, and of course you don't have to remember to take them. The downside is I've heard they cost nearly 1600, but of course they last 5 years, so across that much time you're actually breaking even.

My girlfriend was fine on yaz, but her boobs grew a whole cup size. I don't know what she's on now, but it's killed her libido. I'm ready to go to condoms just to control all these wacky side effects.
01/20/2011
PussyGalore PussyGalore
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Originally posted by That Guy
If you're not planning on having kids for a number of years and have some surplus cash, I hear implants are supposed to be better about the side effects, and of course you don't have to remember to take them. The downside is I've heard ... More
Dependent upon her age, marital status and number of children already had, a lot of doctors will not give consent on IUDs. There are a number of risks that could potentially cause the patient to become infertile. For one, the possibility the implant could puncture the womb rendering it useless in the future.
01/20/2011
Hot'n'Bothered Hot'n'Bothered
I'm on Camilla. It's a POP (no estrogen) And technically only recommended if your breast feeding. I had to jump through so many hoops to stay on it after I weaned my youngest. I can't have any of the estrogen pills. Make me SO sick!!!
01/20/2011
KnK KnK
Quote:
Originally posted by PussyGalore
Every pill is going to have different side effects for different people. Which pill are you using?

I am taking Sprintec 28 and I have to say it's the closest equivalent to my favorite, Alesse. Alesse is $21 more a month and was out of the ... More
@Pussy Galore (Audra): I'm actually taking Sprintec 28 as well. I must have some incredibly weird body chemistry. It's the only birth control I've ever tried, minus condoms.

@Sam(aka Jul!a): The alarm clock thing sounds like a good idea. I need to find more ways to get myself organized. I think I'll designate a pill spot on my nightstand for this purpose.

And to you both. Oh my God, Yaz sounds horrible.... :C
01/21/2011
Beaners Beaners
I take my pill at night, I'm on Aviane, and it's never given me any problems. Besides tender breasts. But every pill has given me that. Ah well.
01/21/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by KnK
@Pussy Galore (Audra): I'm actually taking Sprintec 28 as well. I must have some incredibly weird body chemistry. It's the only birth control I've ever tried, minus condoms.

@Sam(aka Jul!a): The alarm clock thing sounds like a good ... More
I've had to change birth controls every few years, otherwise my body starts messing with me. I've been on my generic Seasonique for a year or two and I'm quite happy with it. If you try the alarm clock thing let me know how it works for you
01/21/2011
PussyGalore PussyGalore
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Originally posted by KnK
@Pussy Galore (Audra): I'm actually taking Sprintec 28 as well. I must have some incredibly weird body chemistry. It's the only birth control I've ever tried, minus condoms.

@Sam(aka Jul!a): The alarm clock thing sounds like a good ... More
Every woman has a slightly different level of estrogen and testosterone in her system. There are so many different pills on the market that it would really be a great idea to talk to your doctor to see if a different level of hormone is right for you. It's a crapshoot to be perfectly honest. Depending on how old you are and it being the first time you've taken hormones, you might have a longer adjustment period.

The thing about Sprintec, that I've found in my case at least, if I don't take it at the exact same time every day or if I miss a pill and then take two the next day everything gets a little bit whacked out and it takes another two pills to level out again.

No matter what you're always up by [x] hour of the day, right? One o'clock, maybe noon thirty at the latest? Set your alarm for that time. Not a time when you may or may not be so tired you fall asleep and forget or sleep heavy and don't wake up on time. Or set it for 5 pm. It's one little pill. You don't need water, just excess saliva. You can pop the pill from the pack before you leave the house and throw it in your mint tin or coin purse.
01/21/2011
That Guy That Guy
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Originally posted by PussyGalore
Dependent upon her age, marital status and number of children already had, a lot of doctors will not give consent on IUDs. There are a number of risks that could potentially cause the patient to become infertile. For one, the possibility the implant ... More
I think we're talking about two different types of implants. I was referring to something like implanon, which may itself have risks I am not aware of. But you're right about IUDs, I'm just not sure if those risks translate to the arm implants.
01/21/2011
PenelopeJohnson PenelopeJohnson
Some women love the Depo shot. No cycles, just a shot every 3 months. My problem was that it totally killed my libido. I tried the patch, but it gave me migraines. Now I take the generic Seasonale and skip right over the placebo week (with my doctor's consent). Love it!
01/27/2011
KnK KnK
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Originally posted by PenelopeJohnson
Some women love the Depo shot. No cycles, just a shot every 3 months. My problem was that it totally killed my libido. I tried the patch, but it gave me migraines. Now I take the generic Seasonale and skip right over the placebo week (with my ... More
Hmm, Seasonique is the one that gives you only 4 periods a year, right? That would be awesome.

I had a friend on the Depo shot who loved it, but I try to avoid needles if I can help it. I had a hard time making myself get Gardasil...
01/27/2011
lemony lemony
I take mine at night and don't have any problems. It was bad the first couple months but I got over the mood swings. I much prefer the pill.
03/06/2011
indiglo indiglo
I'm also on Seasonique, and have been for a number of years. (Yes, that's 4 periods a year.) I love it! But, every pill is different for every body. I usually take mine when I eat lunch, which can vary by a couple of hours each day, but is well within the window of time for taking it at about the same time everyday. Maybe that would work for you too?
03/06/2011
Jenyana Jenyana
I once started taking Yazmin to try to regulate my period (which is unpredictable at the best of times, last a long time and nearly incapacitates me pain every time). I went off it permanently after amonth and a half, though.

Why? Well, it gave me a yeast infection. In my 26 years of life, I'd never had one... it changed my body's chemistry to such an extent that my normal precautions against vaginal infections were no longer enough.

It also absolutely killed my libido.

So yeah. No more pill for me. Condoms all the way! (when I'm with a guy, at least. it's dental dams the rest of the time. )
07/10/2011
anonomous anonomous
After having my baby I got the Mirena IUD. I Hated it at first but now the side effects i had are slowing down. Its saposto be good for 5 years and most people experience no period. I use to have bad cramps, a tingling feeling in my knee? and during sex my boyfriend can feel the string (the string feels like hard sharp fish line!) -___- My doctor told me that he shouldn't be able to but in order for him not to feel it hed have to have a smurf dick or something.. Im still unsure if I want this thing in.
07/11/2011
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