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KateLibby

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  1. KateLibby

    Starting Ortho-Tri Cyclen Lo

    My daughter started out on ortho tri cyclen lo to help her acne and regulate periods. The orth lo was horrible for her acne. It made it 10x worse. She took it for 5 whole months and every month it got worse and worse. She switched to ortho regular and the acne starte clearing immediately. Her derm explained to me that ortho lo does not have enough estrogen to help with acne. Ortho regular is the one approved for acne, not the lo. The studies were done on the regular. My derm likes Yasmin and y
  2. KateLibby

    Has Anyone Else Had A Blood Clot From Bcp?

    What brand bcp were you on if you don't mind me asking? I haven't seen anything about spiro that is associated with blood clots but of course check with your doctor. Spiro is probably going to be your best option.
  3. KateLibby

    Birth Control For Hormonal Acne

    Thank you for your story I am definitely gonna finish up with my second pack of this pill and see what happens. Hopefully this starts to help more if not I will be making the switch! I agree with the above poster. My daughter started having bad acne at the age of 15. She went from almost flawless skin to horribly broken out. I took her to a gynecologist first because I was convinced her acne was hormonal. He wanted to give her yaz first but I was afraid for her to take it so he gave h
  4. I say try spiro or try spiro but the Diane 35 or Yasmin. The only thing that cleared my acne for good was birth control. When my daughter started having bad acne I took her to a derm last year when she was almost 16. He mentioned accutane to us. But I had read that a lot of females who take accutane have their acne return later. I asked him about this. He said it is because they never get their hormones under control so the acne comes back. He said he prefers giving Yasmin to women with acne. T
  5. KateLibby

    Birth Control For Hormonal Acne

    I agree with the above poster. My daughter started having bad acne at the age of 15. She went from almost flawless skin to horribly broken out. I took her to a gynecologist first because I was convinced her acne was hormonal. He wanted to give her yaz first but I was afraid for her to take it so he gave her ortho tri cyclen lo. A long time ago I took regular ortho tri cyclen when I was having horrible acne at the age of 25 and it cleared my skin, so I thought we would try the low version with
  6. KateLibby

    Can Teenage Girls Take Spiro?

    I've been on BCPs for four years now without any improvement. I'm pretty sure that anti-androgens improve acne symptoms in patients who don't have excess androgens, but they are more sensitive to androgens or have more androgen receptors (something along these lines). I guess we'll see what my derm says. I emailed her today. I just want to find something that works! You are completely right in saying you don't have to have excess androgens to get improvement in acne from anti androgens like spi
  7. Hiya, thanks for keeping up with this and reminding me to post an update! To keep whoever is following this up to date, I am currently on my 3rd Pack of Name Brand Ortho Tri Cyclen after I made the switch from generic OTC. I am somewhere near the 3rd week of it, so I'll sum up my progress on it thus far. My skin is doing AMAZINGLY better. But I'll put it to all of you straight, this user who posted in my thread somewhere near the beginning of this entire whirlwind of a journey So how has
  8. KateLibby

    Can Teenage Girls Take Spiro?

    I've been on BCPs for four years now without any improvement. I'm pretty sure that anti-androgens improve acne symptoms in patients who don't have excess androgens, but they are more sensitive to androgens or have more androgen receptors (something along these lines). I guess we'll see what my derm says. I emailed her today. I just want to find something that works! You are completely right in saying you don't have to have excess androgens to get improvement in acne from anti androgens like spi
  9. KateLibby

    Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo, Your Experience?

    Horrible. Ortho regular is much better
  10. KateLibby

    Ortho Tri Cyclen Making Acne Worse Before Better

    Well I took ortho tri cyclen a long time ago. Right after it had just been approved to help with acne. This was like 1999 probably. It cleared me up completely with the occasional bump here or there once in a while I don't remember an initial breakout. I just remember after about 4 months I had way less acne and it just got better. My daughter takes it and she didn't have an initial breakout either but she was also using a topical antibiotic. Her skin is mostly clear now. She does have a few bum
  11. KateLibby

    Ortho Tri Cyclen Making Acne Worse Before Better

    Is it ortho lo or regular?
  12. KateLibby

    Spiro And Otc Lo...so Frustrated!

    Ortho tri cyclen regular is FDA approved for acne. The lo is not. Trust me we went through all of this. Google it and you can find all kinds of info about it. The studies were done on ortho tri cyclen regulat not lo. My daughters started out as little bumps, almost like an acne rash on ortho lo. And it got worse every month. Did you tell your derm about starting the ortho lo?
  13. KateLibby

    Spiro And Otc Lo...so Frustrated!

    My daughters derm said he prescribes spiro all the time he just won't give it to an adolescent. We are going back in December so I am going to ask him why. But her skin still looks 100 times better. We can live with 2 or 3 small bumps, just not the huge widespread ones she used to get. It was the kind that leaves scars. Luckily she didnt scar because she only had bad acme for about 6 months. Sometimes I think we should have changed to the Yasmin when we decided to ditch the ortho lo because it w
  14. KateLibby

    Spiro And Otc Lo...so Frustrated!

    Also if you are not afraid to go on yaz or yasmin they would probably be a better choice in birth control for acne. But I have seen the ortho regular work too. But get off the lo for sure.
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