So my doctor started me on new birth control pills three weeks ago. Why new ones? Because , unbeknowndst to me in the three years I’ve taken them, the regular pills with both estrogen and progesterone have a higher incidence of strokes in people with migraines. Since I get fairly frequent migraines, he decided that taking them probably isn’t a good idea.
So that eliminates a shitload of hormonal birth control - the majority of pills, the NuvaRing, and the patch. Well, hell. However, I have endometriosis, and am in a LOT of pain each month if I’m not on something.
So instead, he said he’d put me on a progesterone-only pill - the one they usually give to breastfeeding mothers. Sounds good, right?
I’ve been bleeding like a fucking stuck pig off and on for three months. I’ve had to bum tampons and pads off of co-workers like I was bumming a stick of gum. I went to a show on Sunday afternoon with a friend, only to discover that I was bleeding yet again, and had to scrounge for a quarter to get an old, stale tampon from the machine.
I have NEVER spotted with birth control pills before. They’ve always worked wonders at ending my cramps. Now, not only am I spotting, I’m cramping and it HURTS.
Oh, and did I mention that these pills are only 97% effective, compared to 99% with the ones I was originally taking? And they are the same pills my sister took while breastfeeding her first child - guess who came along nine months later? Her son. Considering she and I share a scaringly similar medical history, I’m a bit worried that Elza Junior may decide to make an earlier entrance. So that means we have to use backup methods, which I HATE. As much as I would love to be pregnant right now, my husband isn’t ready.
I also seem to be developing a bit of an attitude problem. I haven’t been very nice in speaking to my husband or my parents this week, but it’s not intentional.
I’ve got a call into my doctor and I’m going to BEG him to put me back on the stuff I’m used to taking. It doesn’t screw with my system, and I will NOT go on Depo. Even the risk of stroke is extremely small, and only goes up in smokers or older women. Errr…I don’t smoke and I’m only almost-thirty (in three days…ugh).
I’m just tired of getting a ‘surprise’ in the mornings after I take my pill (It seems to happen every other day - not every day). I’d like a normal reproductive system, please. The day Amazon offers that, I’ll be shelling out the bucks for overnight delivery.