Hormonal Contraception (pill etc) side effects ..

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  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hello my Ladies,

    I have been on this site for almost 2 years now and back then I was taking the pill, I was miserable and depressed, had chronic headaches and NO sex drive.


    I found this site while looking for the reason and suddenly saw that I was not the only one, there are hundreds here alone and probably thousands worldwide who were and are suffering too. So I started a survey, with REAL women from here and all over the world to find out what effect it has on them. It is an informal survey but it is real and raw, I wanted to do it to see for myself not read some stats that a pharmaceutical company had made up to sell their drugs (which in my opinion is what they do).


    So if you are taking hormonal BC, like the pill and are I paid to keep it up and running for almost a year and got over 500 responses. I derive no benefit from it financially (In fact as a single mum I lost) so it is not in my interest to tamper with the results. What you see on this link is my story and REAL results from REAL women. That’s it!

    So if you are suffering symptoms you didn’t before taking BC, please check this out and let me know what you think of it back on here.

    Love to you ladies

    http://www.geocities.com/nullphonic/hbc/
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  2. gutterflower

    gutterflower Active Member

    Re: WANNA SEE WHAT THE PILL CAN DO TO WOMEN LIKE YOU?

    Holi,

    You are such a great person and it's so nice to know that there is someone out there trying to make a difference. I'm upset that I didn't know sooner, being on the pill for 6 years, has done a number on me. I have had so many side effects, including loss of libido, headaches and weight gain. If I hadn't decided on going off to get pregnant, I would still be on it to this very day.

    Thank you so much hun, luv you and talk to you soon!!!
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Re: WANNA SEE WHAT THE PILL CAN DO TO WOMEN LIKE YOU?

    Thanks for the compliments Mel. [​IMG]

    Love you too

     

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  4. vutterfly

    vutterfly New Member

    Re: WANNA SEE WHAT THE PILL CAN DO TO WOMEN LIKE YOU?

    awesome, thank you for doing that =)

     

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  5. Deeani

    Deeani New Member

    Re: WANNA SEE WHAT THE PILL CAN DO TO WOMEN LIKE YOU?

    Hi Newbie here! I have stoppped taking Cerazette as it was making my life a misery and started to bring me out in spots! I have been off it now for 2 weeks and my breasts hurt like mad and I am still feeling a bit snappy! But overall I feel so much better! Keeping with the natural now! It is good to see from your survey that I am not the only one!

     

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  6. neocissima

    neocissima New Member

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    Hello! I have been on multiple forms of HBC and experienced terrible depression and multiple other side effects while on the pill! It's good to see that it's not just me, although when I was in the hospital, I was told that the side effects I was having were completely unrelated to the pill and that the MD had never even heard of such a thing occuring. Although, after extensive research, I think either my MD must have been hiding in a closet for the past 50 years or people really simply aren't listening to what we women are saying! I thought I was losing my mind <_> but good to hear I'm not alone! Thanks!

     

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  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

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    Oh you're welcome hun!That's why we did it.I also thought I was nuts.I had fallen out with my bfriend at the time and felt completely numb.I litterlay didnt care about anything.Everyone was worried about me and thats when I googled it on here and found this site.I stopped taking the pill and almost immediately felt "normal".I think the pill is a good idea and it really works well for some women.I would never use it again though coz my body obviously reacts badly to it.Anyway,glad you are better now.Stay happy

    Holi

     

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  8. britt_any

    britt_any New Member

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    Thank you for your poll and for caring! Aslo for sharing your experience with the pill. I am so happy I have found a place to talk about it and with people who actually understand what I am going through. My story is long and I wrote it under the Depression topic in this forum. But my situation is that I wish I could stop taking the pill and I did stop for 8 months after taking it for 5 years straight! But now I am back on again (my 1st pack) I have really bad periods(painful) and I do not want to get pregnant!! Also I am a newlywed and my husband and I want to be safe but grew tired of alternative birth control methods! I just wish something could be done about this. My Obgyn never told me about any of this going into the pill. So I was left to think there was something wrong with me. anyway until something better comes up I'm stuck with the pill unless it gets too bad again! it's such a lose-lose situation either way.

     

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  9. crnacc

    crnacc New Member

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    Holi,
    I completed your survey about a year ago. I have been on three different birth control pills and have had side effects to all, mainly mood, one was breakthrough bleeding for a long time. I gained so much weight, of course poor diet didn't help, and I was having a lot of heartburn, which I contribute now to the pill. I had a blood test done to see if I had the bacteria that causes ulcers and they couldnt run it because my triglyceride level was so high. It was 6,910! the norm is below 200! I got off of the birth control pill, went on a low fat, low carbohydrate, low sugar diet, medicine for the triglycerides plus omega 3 supplement. I had a recheck after one month and my number is no 128! Dr. thinks the big contributing factor was the birth control pill. I feel so much better off of it! I dont feel like my heart is going to jump out of my chest, no shortness of breath, and blood pressure is better. I firmly believe that this stuff is poison to the body! I am so glad this forum is available and thank you Holi for getting the word out there to other women. I know that the pill can raise triglyceride levels, especially with a family history. I am asking women, especially over 35, on the pill to have your triglyceride and cholesterol levels checked, especially if you have a family history. Dr said my level was high enough to get pancreatitis, an extremely painful condition. I am going to an ob/gyn next month for a consult regarding endometrial ablation as my heavy bleeding and horrible horrible cramps are debilitating to me every month and I cant stand the thought of another possibly 10 years of this. Holi, if you would like me to take the survey again I will be happy to do so. Thanks!

     

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  10. worried_02

    worried_02 New Member

    Re: WANNA SEE WHAT THE PILL CAN DO TO WOMEN LIKE YOU?

    hey.. my girlfriend has been taking yasmin for 2months now.. and we have been having unprotected sex for those to months.. 2 weeks ago she had light bleeding for about 4 days, which she thinks could have been her period. but apparently she was early. and it is also apparent that yasmin does cause some mild bleeding between periods. so she assumes it could also be that because usually she suffers from bad period pain and during those 4 days she had none. she is due for her period today but hasn't gotten it. she is suffering from nausea, the degree varies but she says she has it the whole day. her feet have swollen a bit. shes moody and irritable. in short she has gotten all the symptoms of early pregnancy except tender breasts and the missed period. i know the pill isn't 100% effective. whats bothering me is that these early symptoms of pregnancy are also side effects of yasmin (checked on their site at the list of side effects as well as reading up on forums such as this one) and we are now unsure if she is pregnant or not. we are just waiting to see if she gets her period within the next few days and before doing a test. has anyone else experienced this while on yasmin? is this common? im really worried about her, shes not doing to good. has been feeling like this for 3days now. if anyone can give me any feed back it would be greatly appreciated

     

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  11. D 4 A

    D 4 A New Member

    Re: WANNA SEE WHAT THE PILL CAN DO TO WOMEN LIKE YOU?

    Nausea, bloating, water retention, mood changes are all common on yasmin

     

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  12. Dulliesgirl

    Dulliesgirl New Member

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    Don't know if it counts, but I have been using a copper IUD, not hormonal. (I dont' have time to read the whole post tonight as I am on my way to bed) I got it because I couldn't do hormones because of a thyroid condition. Turns out it has made my throid condition worse! They dont' tell you that copper IUD's mess with your body cause your body cant' handle having that much copper in it. I know it doesn't effect everyone the same way but I have read other people's posts and know it has happened to other women. I also have had super heavy periods where I would soak up to 7 overnight pads a day, sometimes one an hour..so heres to you for researching! I am currently looking into somethign called a ladycomp. There is a post on this website about it. Good luck ladies!

     

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  13. Dulliesgirl

    Dulliesgirl New Member

    Re: WANNA SEE WHAT THE PILL CAN DO TO WOMEN LIKE YOU?

    LOL.. I posted befreo I looked at how long the site was... it was only a page.. so now I am 'reading the post'. Didn't take to long. OOps. [​IMG]
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  14. Dulliesgirl

    Dulliesgirl New Member

    Re: WANNA SEE WHAT THE PILL CAN DO TO WOMEN LIKE YOU?

    There is a forum there about a BC called a LC computer.. if anyoen has too much trouble with hormones and the like, maybe check it out to see if it something that you want to try. It tracks when you are ovulating so you can avoid pregnancy
    Dulliesgirl

     

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  15. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Re: WANNA SEE WHAT THE PILL CAN DO TO WOMEN LIKE YOU?

    Yeah Dulliesgirl,That is a great alterative from hormons,I have a copper IUD and have had a over a year and it does te buisiness for me,some women though maybe with heavy periods or painfull ones may find that it is not for them and cant use IUD,I do like the Idea of lady comp and think it is a wonderful way to do things,its quite and only takes thirty seconds a day,you have to just remember to do it everyday and not have sex on a red or yellow day,but ultimately its a great concept!

     

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  16. London06

    London06 New Member

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    My MD told me that it's all in my head so I stayed on it thinking that it's just me then I found out the truth, go off the pill, got pregnant (wow I thought things were bad on the pill!) had my baby and after 3 years I am feeling like my old self again. The only thing that hasn't came back is my sex drive.
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  17. klconger

    klconger New Member

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    Hello! I'm new here, I just found the site today. I can, say, however, that this might just be my saving grace. Here's my story (abbreviated as much as possible).

    Started birth control in August of 2005, I was put on Yasmin and had no problems at all....my doc gave me a lot of sample packs because I was going to study abroad-so I never had ot actually buy it.

    When I got back from studying, I bought my first pack and I thought it was too expensive (im a college student, after all)--so I called my gyno and asked for a generic--she put me on Zovia.

    I started Zovia in the middle of May, 2006--three and a half months later i became SEVERELY depressed...I am engaged to the man of my dreams, my highschool sweetheart, and the person I've loved for 4 years. All of a sudden, I felt like I didnt know if I loved him. I still feel that way. I have no sex drive at all and I cry nearly every day at the thought of calling off our wedding. I don't want to lose him, but before today I saw no other solution. I am completely numb to him

    But maybe this is it--maybe it is the Zovia causing my problems? What do you guys think? The only thing that doesn't really fit is that i started it in may and didnt become sick until the beginning of september...but do you think this is what it could be??? I hope so...I finally have some hope in my life that I can be with my fiance and there is light at the end of this dark, dark tunnel. All I want is to love him again.

    (I am on antidepressants, which help, but don't take it all away, im guessing because i haven't gotten rid of the source--if the birth control is the source)

    Thanks for any advice you can give!

    Kelly

     

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  18. Guest

    Guest Guest

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    Kelly,firstly,did u read my survey?the link is on page one and it also has a little story about myself.THat is EXACTLY how i felt about me then boyfriend.We boke up,maybe not because of that or maybe,but either wayhe never did m wrong and was a wonderful guy.I went from being very happy and secure to...no sex drive and not knowinf what I felt about...anything most of all him.I didnt want to be ouched and was torn apart a the same time because I coudnt give him a reason for it and i know it hurt him.I was just numb to everything.All my friends and fam said I was depressed.But that when I went on the hunt for this site and found my saving grace which is in turn why I created the survey.
    Take a Look....Good luck n let us now how you go hun!

     

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  19. klconger

    klconger New Member

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    Well, I talked to my gyno today and am stopping my birth control. I'm excited and scared--excited that this might be the solution to my nine month problem, but scared because I don't know what I'll do if this doesn't cure my problem. I want this depression to leave my life--I want to love my fiance and feel it on my wedding day. And honestly, I would LOVE to have some kind of sex drive on my wedding night. I have no interest at all right now...i really hope that changes. I want a life. I hope quitting this birth control is the key to everything.

     

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  20. tee

    tee New Member

    Re: WANNA SEE WHAT THE PILL CAN DO TO WOMEN LIKE YOU?

    hi, i'm new here. by chance, i found this website. what a blessing. the discussions here were exactly what i needed. i was on orthotricyclin since 2005. i thought that the pills worked fine. in august of 2006, it was time for my annual and was prescribed the same bcps. since i hadn't noticed any emotions problems i agreed. however, hurricane katrina really make a mess of things where i live. my livehood and life changes in a matter of hours. she, hurricane katrina destroyed the casinos along the mississippi gulf coast. so, any emotional distress could have been contributed to that factor. anyway, i started my packs again. in november 2006, i noticed that i wasn't quite as happy or out going at home. the casino where i worked pre-katrina had been rebuilt and was opened again. so, i went back to work in august 2006. the same time i was represcribed the pills. i was happy at work. i worked in the employee dining room. cooking and serving the employees, made me feel like i was contributing and gave me a purpose other than being a mom and wife. please don't think that i discredit or dismiss being a mother and wife. both are very important parts of what makes me... me. however, it's nice to be in my own space, doing my own things. from november onward everything became clouded. i tried so many times to talk to my hubby about what i was feeling or the lack there of. he was so caught up in his own life as usual, he didn't even notice that i was withdrawning. he'd tell me later. talk to him later. so, i'd go on with my life. never really knowing why i felt that way. by the time january 2007 came around, i was bad off. at work, not so much me, but my co-worker complained about everything. which made me go into her mode for no reason. so, i became aggreviated and would gripe. really, for no real reason. i loved what i did. i was around my people as i would always say. being around and talking to all of the people kept me connected and grounded. it was only at home where the lack of what ever was needed wasn't there. i was offered a chance to move up in the food industry at work. i gave in not really wanting too. something inside was yelling no. of course, my mind was not clear. i was depressed and felt like i wanted out from the craziness that was created by my co-worker. how often is it that the head boss offers a chance for an e.d.r. (employee dining room)cook to work in fine dining. two totally different clientel. i felt pressured to say yes. anyway, the craziness had taken it's toll on me emotionally. still, through all of this going on at work, my hubby still wouldn't talk to me. what could i do? he was consumed by online star wars games. i thought that he had feelings for someone else because while i stood there trying to be wifely, he was flirting with her. remember, emotionally, i was confused. i thought he didn't love. he wouldn't talk to me. he won't touch me. he wouldn't anything with me unless he needed it. so, i accepted the job and started working at night. that took me to a different place emotionally and mentally. a different crew and crowd. the job was boring and i hated it. nothing like what i was doing before. i missed everyone on day shift. i missed the constant moving around. i was now in a small corner off to the side. all alone. i was truly alone. i did however see some workers that transferred from day to night shift. so that made me a little at ease. i never felt like i belonged there in the kitchen. that's because i didn't really want to be there. this is where my life really fell apart. since, hubby wasn't talking or anything, i confided in a friend. only a friend. we talked about work and family. that is it. we didn't see each other everyday. it was a hi-bye kind of thing. every once in a while we'd happen to be on break at the same time and talked among others. nothing ever became of us. however, my insanity became overbearing. my life was in constant tourmoil. i couldn't make heads or tails of anything. the only thing that i did want was for my marriage to end. however, that was the case for some time. anything that hubby did or didn't do got to me. why couldn't he see that i slipped away and was lost? by march, i was gone. emotionally, i was a wreck. i told him that i wanted out of the marriage of 17 years and couldn't explain why. i felt so lost and empty. i just wanted to be alone and away from him. thankfully, never away from my children. so, instantly, he accused me of having an affair. not true. i just wanted to away from him. instantly, he made me quit my job. really bad for me, because any bit of sanity was yanked from me. he took my last bit of hope away from me. for months, we agrued about my friend. that was not the reason for my insanity. i really wanted to die. hubby threatened to leave sereval times along with destroying the only car i could use for means of financial support. a real charmer. what could i do? i was lost in the midst of depression and craziness. he didn't help. he made it worse. finally, the light came on. so, we think. we both thought that maybe the bcps were the problems. so, i'm not working and have not health insurance. he decided to throw away my packs of pills. i wasn't quite half way through on one pack. so here i am. in june. six days without pills. i started my period already and now experience pain and bleed a lot. which i didn't have before. i'm horribly moody and get agitated quickly. here's the catch. only with him. no one else. of course, he questions me every time we talk. i try not to talk that often because i don't like being intergated. that's what i feel like he's doing. every phone call begins with how are you? do you feel ok today? did you have an episode? i love you. you know that right? do you love me? the latter two are the main ones he uses. enough already. he has changed. he does show love now. however, it's smothering. it's constant. all the time, i love you. do you love me? when are you going to get better? i can't take see you like this. do you love me? do you love me? ladies, do you get this from your man? please, just give me my space, i tell him. he took my emotional state and turned it in on himself. he has made himself a total nervous wreck. literally. it's not fair to him when i have a so called episode. i can't help. although, he does bring me there and leaves me there. by questioning me. i can't tell him when i'm going to get better. after reading here in the forum. it can take as long as two years. i promise, my sanity and marriage will not last. i am fine as long as i have my space from him. can anyone explain that one? is it possible that i feel threatened in some way. to top the madness off, deep down he wants another child. no way. i have two teenages and a three year old and just turn 36. no way. no more children at all for me. i've asked him to leave the home. there are times when i just can't bear being around him. he's too needy right. please understand, i'm not cold hearted. i'm stuck in depression and can't help myself. so, how could i help him with his emotional problems when i continuely add to them. any advice would be greatly be appreciated. by the way, he refuses to consider letting my go back to work at my old job. i think that the change in enivronment might help.
    in addition, i did lose at least 30 pounds since november. i just had no appetite and still don't. i've read that it could be a side effect.

     

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