My experience with birth control was a horrible one, and I never want to get on it again.

This is going to be a pretty long entry.

I’m serious.

I feel like my mom didn’t listen to me when I told her about the nosebleeds whilst on the blue pills and the chest pains during the last part of the pack, which is when the PMS crap actually happens.

For the past month, this is what has been wrong with me. I hate it – it’s a horrible feeling to feel like this, and I would never wish it upon anyone. I mean, I would rather have to deal with the ovarian cyst that I had. That was better than this.

Of course, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo birth control company isn’t going to be a big fan of this post, but I really don’t care. It was a horrendous experience, and I never wish to experience it again. Saturday I took the last pill, and I am not refilling that prescription. After all, why would I want to take such a horrid thing again?

I’m not sure if I should work these in from the worse to the worst (like from least to greatest on the worst scale), or if I should start off with this product’s best qualities or end with the best qualities, so I’m going to go in the order of the side effects listed on WebMD instead and let you all decide which side effects were worse for me than the other. I can’t figure it out.

Knocking off the first two that are listed, at night and during the morning my headaches were the worse I’ve ever had. I mean, sure, a minor headache can be dealt with with an Ibuprofen or two, but these headaches were more like migraines. I was so irritable, and I just wanted it to go away. The headaches began soon after the white pills I had to take.

I’m not sure whether stomach cramping is the proper definition for what I was feeling or not, but according to my mom, ever since I started on the dark blue pills I began having these severe, unbearable pelvic pains that my mom defined as “contractions” – the same kind you feel when you’re in labor. Um, no. I’m not freaking pregnant, and I’ve never felt these before, therefore I am not comfortable/willing to deal with this crap. That’s just not for me. >.>

My acne got better, but I’m not willing to take this to help my acne if it means that I have to suffer side effects that are even more severe than the ones above. It’s just not worth it.

My weight did change, but I’m going to work it all off slowly so I don’t hurt myself – and in a healthy way, I promise! 😛 I don’t know how much it changed just yet, but I know it’s greater than the 150 lbs that I was working so well to get below1.

So you don’t have to scroll back up to see this next section I will be discussing, I’ve conveniently placed it below:

Sudden shortness of breath, chest pain, confusion, coughing up blood, sudden dizziness, tingling/weakness/numbness in the arms/legs, headaches different from those I’ve experience in the past (e.g., with other symptoms such as vision changes/lack of coordination, existing migraines becoming worse, sudden/very severe headaches) is everything from that paragraph that I have experienced. Unfortunately, my doctor’s nurse never called me back. -.- So I continued to take it and experience these.

Moving on…

Ah, yes… The stomach pains… So this is the proper term for it: severe stomach/abdominal/pelvic pain, mental/mood changes (e.g., depression, persistent trouble sleeping), and unusual tiredness.

Onto the allergic reactions…

Rash (back of my hands), itching (especially on the face/tongue/throat) – my elbows, backs of my hands, sides, neck, nose, right side of my face, back and index fingers  – severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

On a scale of 1 to 5 – with 1 being the worse and 5 being the best, I am giving this a rating of 1.

I’m not trying to scare those who have never used it2 or anything, I just needed to rant.

…and now I can write all of my symptoms down later before I have to go to the doctor’s office on August 9th because I’ll end up forgetting everything since it won’t be so fresh on my mind. >.<

  1. Before the 150 lbs, I was 160 lbs. I want to be healthy, fit and in shape.
  2. No, seriously. I’m not!

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Stephanie’s gravatar

Oy. I’m sorry that your experience with it was so bad. All the people I know offline who are on it have had far more benefits than pain from it.

To add some humor to this page: I guess that you’ll be using condoms once you’re married? 😛

Risa’s gravatar

sorry you had a bad experience. I’ve been on birth control(Yaz and Generic Yaz) since I was 17 (21 going on 22) and while there were some times of nausea or discomfort I never really had much else. They think my depression is linked to the BC pills but I fought through it either way and didn’t change pills.

You should have stopped taking it when the rashes and things appeared. I would honestly go find a new doctor. Especially a female one. Hell a gynecologist even. It was on your doctor’s bit that you should have been given a different type of birth control after your body fought with the first one or they should have at least scheduled you an appointment to see if it was a normal reaction to the hormones or worse.

Most times the only difference about birth controls is the amount of estrogen in them and I think compared to your body’s natural levels they should gauge whether or not a pill is right for you or if they should lower the dosage.

still they say the first 3 months of birth control are usually hell. Your body is taking in extra hormones, and all birth control does is trick your body into thinking your already pregnant so you don’t get pregnant. I hope you find something that works for you.
I don’t recommend taking birth control unless your having really harsh periods and need them to buffer/regulate or your just trying not to get pregnant because your having sex.
I know some people take them for acne treatment, which I think is a huge no, i mean it’s birth control, not proactive you know?

I hope you get well soon though hun! and kick your doctor for me 🙂

Mandie’s gravatar

Alright so, excuse if this comment is a little messed/ really bad spelling or w/e, I’m totally commenting using my BlackBerry hahah. First I want to say: WOW. That’s sooo shitty. I have never heard of anyone experiencing problems and symptoms like that before… I in fact take Cyclen, which I’m sure is probably made by the same company, and I have never had any issues with it! Mind you, I’ve been on the pill since I was 15. I’m almist 22. So needless to say my body is very used to it… Really sucks you had to experience that though, really… I hope you get it all figured out okay!!!

Amber’s gravatar

I honestly, have never had any of those symptoms and I’m on ortho-tricyclen, too. However.. I did have some weird side effects the first couple of months… that included VERY HEAVY FLOW. No kidding, like I swear I ruined like 3-4 pairs of underwear (too much info? >.>) and that is bad. I called the doctor and she said it was normal. I was like “NORMAL? WHAT?”. After that settled my flow started to actually be normal again. >.< How long have you been using this medication? I use BARR brand ortho-tricyclen, if you were wondering, I've been on it for about a year and a half, it works. If you are using a different brand, try the BARR brand, it might have a different effect (when I started, it made me lose weight rather than gaining). 🙂

Liz’s gravatar

@Amber, It was my first time, and I ran out on Saturday, so… I took it everyday like I was supposed to. >.<

I don't think I want to try anymore, actually. It was for my ovarian cyst, and it can supposedly make it worse rather than better according to people who have ovarian cysts and take birth control and have a lot of allergies to things. I’m thinking I just need to get it surgically removed. :/

Kaydee’s gravatar

Omg that’s horrible! I had a bad experience with Yaz birth control once but that was just a extreme rash nothing like what you had.

Although not all birth controls have all the same ingredients so they wont all cause those side effects but I understand if your skeptical of trying a new pill.

Anyway that’s awesome that you like Enrique Iglesias too! He;s just so gorgeous and adorable and sexy all in one haha.

Liz’s gravatar

@Kaydee, it’s not just that, though. I’m allergic to a lot of things, and I seem to always break out.

I’m not skeptical – I’m just not willing to continue to risk what may work just to feel even worse. It’s just not worth it.

Deanna’s gravatar

That sounds like you had a horrible time on that pill. Maybe your doctor can give you a different kind to try because not all pills are the same. The one I was on didn’t cause any side effects. I hope you can find something that works for you.

Lyndsay’s gravatar

It sucks you had such a bad reaction to the medication, I remember when I was first put on Dianet (a type of “the pill”) I was told if I had headaches to come off it straight away, as it means you’re having a very bad reaction, so it’s good you’ll not be taking them again. I hope you’re okay now though, and that you can find one that works and doesn’t give you all of the horrible side effects!

Nugget’s gravatar

This is why I’ve opted to never take birth control. I heard that you shouldn’t try to mess with the way your menstrual cycle works by taking medication to stop the once-a-month cycle. And if I don’t want to get pregnant, I’ll make the guy use a condom or suppress my urges and stay abstinent. 😛

I’m really sorry about what you went through, but it’s a good thing that you’re going to go off the pill. The symptoms and side effects sound so horrible.

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Liz’s gravatar

@Risa, It’s alright; it isn’t your fault. Actually, my doctor is a very good one. I’ve got a new one that is female, and I don’t have to go to an OBGYN until I’m 21, so I’m PRETTYYYY SUREEEE that I am good at least for now. 😛

I think I was already slightly depressed to at least some extent, but I could handle that. Now it’s just too much. 🙁

I called her nurse… I kept calling and calling. Her nurse isn’t that good, and this something even she admits, but she can’t find another good one. :/

…If I would have quit taking them without telling my doctor, I would have messed up my body even more because of the ovarian cyst crap, and then my periods would be all screwed up. 😐 I didn’t really have a choice, you know?

I’m not kicking her, because it wasn’t her fault. 🙁 I guess I should have been more clear in my post that it wasn’t her fault that this happened to me, hm? Anyway, like I previously said, it’s the ovarian cyst that caused me to have to take this, and what is worse is that I think it is either back or still here. >:|

Kaydee’s gravatar

I deff understand. If I was in that position I wouldn’t want to try anything else either.

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