I have been on many different birth controls (mostly hormonal) and have always had negative effects with them and am still looking for that one that works with me best.
Want me to prove it? I have been on:
Jolivette (same as Errin)
And with each one of these, I have some sort of different level of side effects, some of them ranging from mild, some ranging from completely severe. The top side effects that I can’t and will not stand for: Fatigue, the dreaded fatigue where you can’t even function that requires the doctor to give you Ritalin or adder all to counteract the effects. No sex drive! What is the point of birth control if you do not want to have sex? The mood swings, because no one likes to go all “Norman Bates” on everyone every single waking second of every day. And finally the last side effect: weight gain. During the transition from the combination pill to the IUD, I gained 20 pounds.
Let you tell you exactly how long the transition was: 3 days. I gained 20 pounds in 3 days. I couldn’t use the rest room, I would eat and eat, and eat. I probably could have eaten an elephant and no one would know, except I would have gained about 600 pounds in the process.
My body is one of “those” super-sensitive bodies, that doesn’t like anything foreign in it and when it finds something it’ll make you sicker than a dog. Whenever I switch from birth controls, the first 2-3 weeks are the worst, I am SICK, for about 3-4 hours afterwards, I can’t sleep, eat, drink else I’ll get sick.
My body actually tried expelling the IUD after I started having SEVERE pain, which my doctor, and the OBGYN deemed “normal” and that I hadn’t given it enough time yet. I had gone in on a Friday, and Monday morning, I was blowing up their phone’s complaining that something was wrong.
Finally after seeing my normal doctor and having an x-ray done, they stated the IUD was in the correct location. I didn’t believe the and thought there was something still wrong, so I kept calling the OBGYN until they finally got me in to do a ultrasound. And about 20 minutes of TRUE pain that I have NEVER experienced before, sure enough, they confirmed that I had been complaining about and what the other doctors had not told me. My IUD was FORCING itself out of my body and needed to be removed.
Then came the real problems, they gave me micronor (a progestin-only birth control) because I am hypersentivie to estrogen/combination birth controls. The first couple months were great, then slowly my health started declining, I went up to 200 pounds in my weight; bring my weight gain to a total of 25 pounds.
I have since lost that 25 pounds, bringing my weight back down to 173, but it’s extremely hard, when the birth control is making my body working against me. I have a list from my insurance company, Cigna, of generics that is covered 100% by them under the Home Pharmacy option that I am actually going through websites and putting together a comprehensive list of information regarding them.
I honestly think it’s about time I was actually informed about my choices instead of just switching to whatever the doctor thought was best. When I am done, I will be sure to share that list with the world, so that you may take that information that I have collected and the research that I have put together and put it to good use.