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This may be more for the slightly younger crowd on here and I am not sure if anyone is on birth control Patch (like the ortho-evra) but apparently there is a warning being issued for higher chances of side effects (like blood clots, strokes and other issues that do come up with birth control pills):

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/A...s.html?emc=eta1


If anyone is on it, I would personally switch to the regular pills. I guess they are safer (or at least that's what I tell myself).
 

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Thanks for the heads up.
I don't use it, but I know some who do.
I have always been sensitive to the extra hormone load in b/c pills. You could almost see in college when I was on them and when I was not by the weight chart at the dr. office. Supposedly they helped with my acne, but I don't know that it was THAT much of a difference. When I got married, I was on/off them too. They made me very moody. After my first child, I had problems with them, so after Emily, I tried the Depo shot. OMG...it messed me up so bad! I know the dr. was tired of seeing me. It took SEVERAL months, ultrasounds, and rounds of even MORE hormones to straighten me out.
I ruled pills/hormones out for me...and I felt like a new woman once they were out of my system.

Recently my OB-gyn told me about Yasmin. It is a pill that has lower hormones and was having a great result with adult acne too. (I still have break-out issues at 32!
) I LOVE my Yasmin. It is the first b/c pill that I still feel like a normal sane person. My dr. said some people just do better with their own hormones, and I am one of those people. Hopefully this one will take care of things for awhile.
 

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I just found out about this this am and shared it with my wife.

Traci was soooo shocked to learn! She is glad that she has been off of it now for a little over 2 months, but wondering what she may have done to herself during the past 2 years that she's been on the patch.

you reckon my idea of her taking the patch off (in hopes of having just 1 more child) may have saved her life?????
 

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I know, its scary!! I was planning to switch from my low dose estrogen/progesterone birth control pills to the patch next year since I am always forgetting to take mine (although I may be intentionally forgetting). I won't be doing that!!! I do feel that the pill contributes to my weight issues


Scott, since your wife is already off the patch, she is safe!!
 

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o dont tell me this! the patch was the answer to all my problems! the pills make me sick and i forget to take them ..the patch changed my life
 

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Originally posted by LadyMontava@Nov 11 2005, 04:55 PM
o dont tell me this! the patch was the answer to all my problems!  the pills make me sick and i forget to take them ..the patch changed my life

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If I were you, I would seriously consider switching. There are lots of different types of pills out there now days and I was only nauseous initially (I have been on the pill probably over 6 or 7 yrs). The side effects are serious. People do have strokes, blood clots, hepatic bening tumors on the pills (I have actually seen it on rotations) and it seems that side effects are 3x as high on the patch. I don't think its worth the risk. At least try different pills.
 

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ive tried a couple of differnt brands for a couple years each and both made me sick..this really sucks
 

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Jaimie,

I am sorry -- I know this sucks!!! I could try looking for the study that actually compared pills vs patch and see how many patients they used but I would still be worried regardless. If they went forth with the press release, they must have sufficient data and a decent study. Otherwise the drug companies would be fighting this all the way to the court.
 

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Originally posted by CharmyPoo@Nov 11 2005, 10:22 PM
Is Yasmin as effective as the other pills?

Does anyone just use condoms?
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Yasmin is supposed to be just as effective as the others when used correctly.
I haven't had any "9- month surprises" and I have been on it for two years...maybe three.

I only use the "back-up" protection when I have gotten way off on taking my pills...

I know that my gyn told me that with this pill, once your body adjusts after three months, that you can skip the 'off" week of placebo pills and start a new pack and you will not have a monthly cycle for several months. She said it usually last nine months to a year before you have one, and then you have to take a month off and start over or something. I didn't do that, because the Yasmin made mine so light, that it wasn't a big enough deal to worry with doubling up and wasting that extra money on a few extra packs a year.
 

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Originally posted by CharmyPoo@Nov 11 2005, 08:22 PM
Is Yasmin as effective as the other pills?

Does anyone just use condoms?
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I have been with the same person (my husband) for 9 years so its been ages since we used condoms. However, in my opinions, condoms are probably the safest route if you aren't on the pill already and if you don't mind them. I am sure that Yasmin is extremely effective if taken daily (the pill I am on is certainly effective since in the last 7 yrs there haven't been any 9 months surprises for meeither). Its also supposed to be better for weight issues that you can get on the pill (which is weight gaing of probably about 5 lbs but doesn't have to happen if you watch your diet). I really do hate the pill even though I don't really have any side effects but its more that I want to have kids and the pill is in the way :new_Eyecrazy: .
 

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I take Yasmin and I love it! It's by far the best pill out there, for me anyway. With the rest I got horrible weight-gain (water retention) and swelling all the time. Yasmin is awesome!
However, it's PRICEY and my insurance (those bastards) doesn't cover any birth control (yet they cover VIAGRA, how unfair is that) so I have to pay the whole $50 every month...

It's worth not having a baby right now though!!
 

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Wow! The Yasmin pill sure is expensive. How much are the other pills in the us? Pills are around $5 a pack in Canada from a clinic I used to go to. I am not currently on the pill cuz it makes me sick but my boyfriend (of almost 4 years) has been asking me to go on the pill.
 

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Originally posted by CharmyPoo@Nov 12 2005, 03:22 PM
Wow!  The Yasmin pill sure is expensive.  How much are the other pills in the us?  Pills are around $5 a pack in Canada from a clinic I used to go to.  I am not currently on the pill cuz it makes me sick but my boyfriend (of almost 4 years) has been asking me to go on the pill.
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My Yasmin is 30$ with insurance...I think it would be 55 without it...
 

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I have a hard time with BC pills also....and I'm alergic to latex...in college I had to take a special med for the latex because of condom use...I have tried just about every BC pill out there and I was not able to take any of them because I have high blood pressure and they interfered with the medication for it...I have been on it since I was 19.

When I finally found Yasmin I was like WOW...it was the only thing I could take with the Blood Pressure pills but it was so high and of course my insurance didn't pay anything on it either...and then after my second son my husband got fixed and Its' been great every since.
 

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Originally posted by CharmyPoo@Nov 12 2005, 02:22 PM
Wow!  The Yasmin pill sure is expensive.  How much are the other pills in the us?  Pills are around $5 a pack in Canada from a clinic I used to go to.  I am not currently on the pill cuz it makes me sick but my boyfriend (of almost 4 years) has been asking me to go on the pill.
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The rest of the pills are still expensive but if you are a student or a resident at a university, you can get them cheaper. At Vanderbilt, I get mine for $7/month and at Stanford, its free!!!! There are very low dose estrogen/progesterone pills out there and my weight gain really wasn't that bad (I went from 100 lbs to 105 but I bounce back and forth kind of randomly).

I think the side effects associated with the pills are serious. People really do have strokes, blood clots, etc. Yes, the risks are increased with smoking but hidden hereditary blood clotting disorders are common. I personally hate the pill and I would think long and hard before taking it for a boyfriend unless you are sure that you guys are serious and heading for a marriage down the road. I am sorry, its just my personal opinion and I feel the need to express it!!! Sorry!!

PS. The pill does decreased the risk of ovarian cancer but the ovarian cancer is extremely rare before 50's. The association with breast cancer I think has not been fully proved one way or the other. You should probably do your own research before making up your mind either way.
 

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Thank you so much for the information. I have never been a big fan of the pill but we have been talking about it. It isn't a big deal if I don't go on the pill. There is no way I can justify paying $50 a month considering how much we do it .. hehehehe.
 
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