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Girls on birth control please help!!

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So I'm convinced the reason for my excessive breakouts is because of the birth control that I am on now, Loestrin24fe, which, if anyone knows anything about it, it's one of the lowest doses of hormones that you can get in a pill and it also has androgen hormones in it. However, let me tell you a little about my story...

I was clear up until I was 17 years old, however, after I started dating my boyfriend I went on birth control, well, I've been on many different birth controls, giving them each at least 3 months or more to prove themselves. I was on Loestrin24fe first but it made me break out for 3 months so I switched to Femcon fe, which for 6 months on that my skin was great, but after that my skin started breaking out like crazy. I then switched to NuvaRing, WORST invention ever made!!! Broke out even more on that. Finally, my doctor switched me over to Yasmin, but I couldn't afford the brand so I got Ocella...My face hasn't been the same since. It caused so much painful cystic acne for the 4 months I was on it, I couldn't take it anymore, I threw it out and switched back to Loestrin24fe, thinking after 3 months the IB would subside. However, I was wrong. My face is still a war zone and doesn't have any indications of getting better, no matter what I use.

Anyway, if you read all that, thanks, if you didn't here is what I'm going to ask.

Is anyone on a birth control that they like that doesn't make them break out or at least controls their acne. I'm tired of going to my dermatologist asking her for all these topicals and antibiotics. I don't want to go on Diane35 because I have heard of the major side effects...But to be honest, if that's what I have to do then I will do it.

But please, anything besides Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella would be appreciated.

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Tri Sprintec (the generic version of Ortho Tri Cyclen) is the only thing that has ever worked for me.

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That's the thing though, I hate asking advice on birth control because it really is different for everyone, now I heard Tri Sprintec was horrible for some people and made them break out =/.

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It's true, unfortunately, it is different for everybody. The worst part of it is you really do have to pretty much keep trying until something works.

But you can take careful notice of what each pill does to you, both acne-wise and in terms of other side effects, learn the components of those particular pills, and that can maybe help you rule out certain trying types of pills, like ones with more or less estrogen, more or less progestin, etc.

But even that's not foolproof, because there are several different types of synthetic progestins and one may affect you badly while another is just what you need to get clear.

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I've actually thought about trying that, but when I look back on it, they all gave me different side effects, however, they all made me break out. The only thing I can think of is that all of them were the monophasic hormones instead of the tri, so maybe I might try a triphasic birth control instead.

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Well I can tell you that the triphasic (Tri Sprintec) works well for my skin, but when I switched to the monophasic (Sprintec) for just 2 months this past winter I broke out, my skin turned into an oil slick and I experienced raging PMS. So I'm pretty sure just that small amount of extra progestin in the monophasic every month was way too much for me. Literally the first week I was back on Tri Sprintec my skin cleared back up.

So that's definitely something to think about, going with a triphasic. Good luck!

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I'm thinking about switching to Tri-Sprintec myself. I posted all about my situation in the Ocella thread. I like Ocella so far (only on it 3 weeks)...but I don't feel safe being on it.

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My skin is really picky too. I found so far the best for me was Alesse, but that didnt help to control my monthlies. I switched to a few others including Yaz, Yazmin and Diane 35 but all made me breakout HORRIBLY. I went on Ortho Tri Cyclen a few months ago and every month my face is getting better and better, especially when it comes time for that horrific hormonal breakout.

It also boosted me up about a cup size! Bonus!

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Tri Sprintec (the generic version of Ortho Tri Cyclen) is the only thing that has ever worked for me.

Same here, i too take Tri Sprintec and have been for 4 years now, its the only birth control that has ever helped control my acne also.

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Do you take the generic OTC? Oh gosh...I am not sure if I want my boobs bigger lol..I'm only a B...but I kind of like them small haha..did you gain any weight either?

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Hmm, I hear mixed things about women who are on Tri Sprintec, that it made their acne worse and that Ortho Tri Cyclen was so much better. I really don't trust my OB/GYN's opinion because all in all, they really don't know how your body will react to the hormones, so it's really trial and error for them as well. As for me, I am done with Loestrin24fe, I'm on my placebo pills and after that I am done, I go to my OB/GYN on Wednesday. How much do you pay for the Ortho Tri Cyclen if you don't mind me asking? You don't have to tell me the exact amount, just if it's expensive, or not too expensive, I have pretty good insurance and it covers most BCP's.

Also, how is OTC & Tri Sprintec with moodiness and all those other side effects.

I was also wondering about Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo, and if it helps with acne as well. So far I have taken all monophasic pills, all of them have ranged between a low and high dose, so I don't think it's the dosages that are making me break out. I was just wondering about OTC lo though.

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When I was on BCP I was on Ortho Tri Cyclen. I'm not sure if I cleared up solely because of that or because of the Accutane. I gained weight (but not much, only 10 pounds) and was a tad moody. I did take the Ortho for about two months prior to starting Accutane and started clearing up in those two months. By the end of the first month on Accutane I was totally clear.

Of course some people say they broke out like crazy on OTC or had mad weight gain or were very moody. It's just so individualized it's next to impossible to say. Perhaps someday there'll be a blood test that'll let people know which BCP is the best for them for whatever reason it's needed.

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Whoever is so intelligent to come up with that will be a hero and a millionaire.

As gene mapping and other similar technologies become more advanced, I see that medications prescribed will become more customized for each individual patients' needs. As more research happens, individual chemistries may be able to come into play in prescribing the 'right' medication for those chemistries. It happens now on a 'bludgeony' level, as in titrating various meds based on blood levels of different things (including a drug itself) but I really do see it being more specific in the future. :P

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Boy wouldn't that be great! No one would have to keep guessing which pill may be the right one for them. Just go in, get a blood test "Okay, we'll have the right pills for you in a little while". However, no matter how legit the science of it all is, you will always have those few people saying "That pill was not the right one for me!!"

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Do you take the generic OTC? Oh gosh...I am not sure if I want my boobs bigger lol..I'm only a B...but I kind of like them small haha..did you gain any weight either?

No I take the reglar stuff. Haha mine went from a small A to B so that made me incredibly happy. I have something there now! I havent noticed much of a weight gain, but im also a health nut and a yoga/pilates enthusiast so I maintain pretty well. :)

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Hmm, I hear mixed things about women who are on Tri Sprintec, that it made their acne worse and that Ortho Tri Cyclen was so much better. I really don't trust my OB/GYN's opinion because all in all, they really don't know how your body will react to the hormones, so it's really trial and error for them as well. As for me, I am done with Loestrin24fe, I'm on my placebo pills and after that I am done, I go to my OB/GYN on Wednesday. How much do you pay for the Ortho Tri Cyclen if you don't mind me asking? You don't have to tell me the exact amount, just if it's expensive, or not too expensive, I have pretty good insurance and it covers most BCP's.

Also, how is OTC & Tri Sprintec with moodiness and all those other side effects.

I was also wondering about Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo, and if it helps with acne as well. So far I have taken all monophasic pills, all of them have ranged between a low and high dose, so I don't think it's the dosages that are making me break out. I was just wondering about OTC lo though.

I noticed I was a bit moody for the first few months, mostly around that time. But I dont know if it is just me, but I have been noticing it is getting a bit better. When I was on Yaz and Yazmin I was moody to the point where my man, my mother and one of my coworkers suggested I switch. :eh: So being a tad emotional sometimes is nothin compared to that!

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I was really moody on Ocella was well but that could have been because I was under an extreme amount of stress and my face looked like hell. I'm really curious to see if switching to Triphasic pills would be better for me.

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BC has to be he biggest bull for us women. for the love of god, somehow someway make one for men. they get stuck with viagra and we get stuck with this.

sry just had to get some feelings out there.

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I found a pretty nice article on hormone levels that may help you pick a BCP depending on what week is your good week during the month :

Loestern is low in estrogen, if you think this is breaking you out try an "opposite" pill.

RELATED ARTICLE: A week-by-week guide to your skin.

you get your period week 1

What's going on inside--and out Hormone levels have dropped sharply to their monthly lows. Your skin may be recovering from premenstrual flare-ups and can be dull.

the week after your period week 2

What's going on inside--and out Estrogen peaks and progesterone, another hormone, surges. These hormonal fluctuations start to cause oily skin and breakouts.

ovulation week 3

What's going on inside--and out Your skin is at its clearest all month, thanks to rising estrogen levels. (Estrogen helps keep oil glands in check.)

the week before your period week 4

What's going on inside--and out Progesterone continues to surge, while estrogen plummets. Painful pimples, bumps or cysts flare up. Oiliness is now at an all-month high.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m084...ag=content;col1

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Haha, agreed, Special!

Actually, I have read somewhere that they are making a birth control for men similar to the birth control made for women. However, the chances of them actually taking it are slim to none.

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So I've been looking at that list and the only thing they all have in common is that they are Monophasic. Every birth control I've been on whether it's been high or low doses has had it's side effects, I would say the worst was either NuvaRing which was a really low dose, or Ocella which was a higher dose. The best with side effects so far, however, is Loestrin24fe, but I have to say, it's breaking me out and killing my sex life because I get so irritated anymore, bleh. So we will see, I will post my experience on Ortho-Tri-Cyclen after I start it.

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