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Birth Control...when Do You Know If It's Effective?

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I had been on Sronyx (Alesse) for the past 3-4 months, and my acne wasn't doing so well. I've also been on the Regimen for 5 weeks, but I want to try to battle my acne hormonally. I talked to my gyno, and he switched me over to Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, which has fewer androgen levels (acne-aggravator).

I've been on this pill for about a week, and I've noticed my skin's changing a little bit. My forehead did break out, but it cleared quickly. I seem to have a few more bumps under my cheeks (problem area) than I usually do, but they're not painful or inflamed. Some of them turn into a small whitehead, others never form and go away.

Is this a normal "initial breakout" type of experience? I know I need to wait 3 months, but when will I know whether this birth control is helping or hurting? Will my skin get worse?

Just some curiosity. Thanks! :D

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I had been on Sronyx (Alesse) for the past 3-4 months, and my acne wasn't doing so well. I've also been on the Regimen for 5 weeks, but I want to try to battle my acne hormonally. I talked to my gyno, and he switched me over to Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, which has fewer androgen levels (acne-aggravator).

I've been on this pill for about a week, and I've noticed my skin's changing a little bit. My forehead did break out, but it cleared quickly. I seem to have a few more bumps under my cheeks (problem area) than I usually do, but they're not painful or inflamed. Some of them turn into a small whitehead, others never form and go away.

Is this a normal "initial breakout" type of experience? I know I need to wait 3 months, but when will I know whether this birth control is helping or hurting? Will my skin get worse?

Just some curiosity. Thanks! biggrin.png

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Hey all! biggrin.png

I had been on Sronyx (Alesse) for the past 3-4 months, and my acne wasn't doing so well. I've also been on the Regimen for 5 weeks, but I want to try to battle my acne hormonally. I talked to my gyno, and he switched me over to Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, which has fewer androgen levels (acne-aggravator).

I've been on this pill for about a week, and I've noticed my skin's changing a little bit. My forehead did break out, but it cleared quickly. I seem to have a few more bumps under my cheeks (problem area) than I usually do, but they're not painful or inflamed. Some of them turn into a small whitehead, others never form and go away.

Is this a normal "initial breakout" type of experience? I know I need to wait 3 months, but when will I know whether this birth control is helping or hurting? Will my skin get worse?

Just some curiosity. Thanks! biggrin.png

I usually recommend Ortho Cyclen, or at last Ortho Tri Cyclen regular, over the Lo version for acne. The Lo version has less estrogen, and females with acne tend to do better with pills with more estrogen. And I like Ortho Cyclen over Ortho Tri Cyclen, because Ortho Cyclen gives you a steady dose of hormones each month. Sometimes the fluctuations of the Tri version flare up acne.

Good for you for recognizing that Alesse is too androgenic for acne, though.

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Hey all! biggrin.png

I had been on Sronyx (Alesse) for the past 3-4 months, and my acne wasn't doing so well. I've also been on the Regimen for 5 weeks, but I want to try to battle my acne hormonally. I talked to my gyno, and he switched me over to Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, which has fewer androgen levels (acne-aggravator).

I've been on this pill for about a week, and I've noticed my skin's changing a little bit. My forehead did break out, but it cleared quickly. I seem to have a few more bumps under my cheeks (problem area) than I usually do, but they're not painful or inflamed. Some of them turn into a small whitehead, others never form and go away.

Is this a normal "initial breakout" type of experience? I know I need to wait 3 months, but when will I know whether this birth control is helping or hurting? Will my skin get worse?

Just some curiosity. Thanks! biggrin.png

I usually recommend Ortho Cyclen, or at last Ortho Tri Cyclen regular, over the Lo version for acne. The Lo version has less estrogen, and females with acne tend to do better with pills with more estrogen. And I like Ortho Cyclen over Ortho Tri Cyclen, because Ortho Cyclen gives you a steady dose of hormones each month. Sometimes the fluctuations of the Tri version flare up acne.

Good for you for recognizing that Alesse is too androgenic for acne, though.

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Hi! I'm on a new birth control, as well. I switched from the Mirena IUD to Beyaz.

Beyaz is monophasic and my personality has completely changed for the better since I've been on it. I would have full-on panic attacks on the Mirena IUD, but since being on Beyaz, I haven't had one. :) I'm also much more calm and can handle stress like a normal person. Unfortunately, it has caused my breasts to grow a full cup size, which I don't like because I'm a runner. However, I think I can deal with it.

I've been on OTC Lo before and it did nothing for my acne, but it did make me super sad and anxious all the time. I've been on Beyaz for almost a month now, and I feel amazing. First time ever that a birth control hasn't made me hate my life. My acne is also so much better, but it could be because of my new regimen. However, now that I think about it, I haven't had a crazy, out-of-control breakout this entire month!

I think a monophasic pill would be the best for you due to being prone to mood changes and acne. Does your doctor know about your mood changes/acne? Or did she just choose a different pill because you asked for one? My doctor didn't know about my acne until I told her that I had it bad (I wear makeup). Then she suggested a monophasic pill :D

EDIT: Also, I got a short initial breakout from switching. I got a cystic pimple on my forehead (I rarely breakout on my forehead), and some cheek acne. But they subsided within a week. I now have just one tiiiiny chin cyst (that's been here for about 2 weeks) which came to a head yesterday and I was able to extract it. So, I don't think your initial breakout should be too long. If it lasts super long, there may be an issue with the OTC lo

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Thanks to both of you for the advice! :) I still have one more pack of OTC Lo, so I'm going to see how I feel. I also took a longer time to adjust emotionally to the Alesse, even though the hormone levels are super low and it's monophasic.

I can't believe more estrogen has a calming effect...that's incredible. If I'm not satisfied with OTC Lo, I'll ask my doctor for OTC or some Yaz-like pill, I suppose! I wonder if my insurance covers those better than OTC Lo.

I told my doctor about my acne but wasn't worried about mood until OTC Lo started making me super anxious and irritable...although these symptoms have decreased significantly. He said that he doesn't like prescribing higher-estrogen pills right away, and that many of his patients have had their acne cleared on OTC Lo. However, he's an OB/GYN, not a dermatologist.

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Thanks to both of you for the advice! smile.png I still have one more pack of OTC Lo, so I'm going to see how I feel. I also took a longer time to adjust emotionally to the Alesse, even though the hormone levels are super low and it's monophasic.

I can't believe more estrogen has a calming effect...that's incredible. If I'm not satisfied with OTC Lo, I'll ask my doctor for OTC or some Yaz-like pill, I suppose! I wonder if my insurance covers those better than OTC Lo.

I told my doctor about my acne but wasn't worried about mood until OTC Lo started making me super anxious and irritable...although these symptoms have decreased significantly. He said that he doesn't like prescribing higher-estrogen pills right away, and that many of his patients have had their acne cleared on OTC Lo. However, he's an OB/GYN, not a dermatologist.

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I just started BeYaz yesterday, but have used Yasmin in the past. When I picked it up from the pharmacy, it cost me $0! Generic Yasmin (Zarah) cost me $10 when I used it. I have also used OTC in the past, but it did not work very well for my acne. I actually cleared up some when I stopped it, but I don't really know if there was a correlation because my skin goes through phases of breakouts (I'm 32 and have dealt with varying degrees of acne since I was 15).

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I've been off bcps for about a month now, I was taking OTCLo. My period is due next week. Obviously my body is still adjusting to producing its own hormones now, but I'm starting to think about taking a bcp again in the future if things don't get normal again.

Prior to taking any bcp earlier this year, I had very bad emotion shifts, as well as deep cystic acne on my cheeks. I'd love to have this "estrogen calming effect" and a larger cup size wouldn't be so bad either, haha! So I might ask my doctor about ortho cyclen or Beyaz. Definitely nothing Triphasic or Lo because I know now that those types of pills give me severe depression and anxiety.

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I've been off bcps for about a month now, I was taking OTCLo. My period is due next week. Obviously my body is still adjusting to producing its own hormones now, but I'm starting to think about taking a bcp again in the future if things don't get normal again.

Prior to taking any bcp earlier this year, I had very bad emotion shifts, as well as deep cystic acne on my cheeks. I'd love to have this "estrogen calming effect" and a larger cup size wouldn't be so bad either, haha! So I might ask my doctor about ortho cyclen or Beyaz. Definitely nothing Triphasic or Lo because I know now that those types of pills give me severe depression and anxiety.

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I've been off bcps for about a month now, I was taking OTCLo. My period is due next week. Obviously my body is still adjusting to producing its own hormones now, but I'm starting to think about taking a bcp again in the future if things don't get normal again.

Prior to taking any bcp earlier this year, I had very bad emotion shifts, as well as deep cystic acne on my cheeks. I'd love to have this "estrogen calming effect" and a larger cup size wouldn't be so bad either, haha! So I might ask my doctor about ortho cyclen or Beyaz. Definitely nothing Triphasic or Lo because I know now that those types of pills give me severe depression and anxiety.

Yeah it's been a tough adjustment but I'm waiting out this last month to see if I feel better. My boyfriend's noticed that my mood's been better during the 2nd month so that's good. I'm liking how my skin's doing on this pill, actually.

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