Womens Health

Switching pills (cont'd)

That statement is something I've been struggling with for the past week. As far as the severity of symptoms, the pain is bad, but I can take pain meds for that, so that's not so much of an issue as is the amount of bleeding I have on the first day of my period.

I know that sounds like "big deal", but for me, it is because it is keeping me from doing anything on that day. But, if I had to live with it because another pill wouldn't provide all the benefits I am looking for, then I could, but I figure that if I can lessen the bleeding AND have all the benefits of my current pill then why not try it?

This seems reasonable to try it since adverse consequences are not very likely.

If you have not figured it out yet, I suffer from obsessive- compulsive disorder (OCD) ---more the O than the C---and that is why I have to obsess on this issue and make sure that I know everything about changing from one pill to another and how it will affect everything. This is why I ask a zillion questions. I apologize for that.

I have tried to get my Dr. to answer things, but she does not have the time and when I have spoken to her nurses, they seem unsure about their answers. I guess I just want to be able to weigh all the pros and cons BEFORE I make a decision and then it's too late to correct it.

If you would please humor me and answer some more of my concerns I would appreciate it greatly. On my current pill, since day one back about 2.5 years ago, I have always been very regular--I always get my period exactly three days after stopping my pills. Do most people that take BC Pills get their periods on the same exact day each month?


Since I always have with LoEstrin 1.5/30®, what are my chances of this being the same case with Levlen®?

Educated guess 92.5%

Also, I have always been able to adjust my pills when needed (for vacations, holidays, etc). I have been able to take anywhere from one to seven extra hormone pills or even take one days less per month and I will still ALWAYS get my period three days after stopping the hormone pills.

I like this a lot because I am able to plan things around it--or I should say, it around things! Anyway, is this normal for most mono phasic BC Pills---can most people adjust them as exact and to the day as I am able to do with these?

Yes, especially with mono phasic pills.

(ie--if they always get their period 4 days after their last pill and they take 2 extra pills in that pack, will they get their period 4 days after they take the extra two just as they normally get it 4 days after the last pill?

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Table of Contents
1. Break through bleeding
2. When to start the pill
3. Shorter cycle?
4. Expired pills ok?
5. Light period on Pill. Am I pregnant?
6. Postpone a period
7. Switching pills
8. Switching brands
9. Pill and individual variability
10. Is it necessary to switch?
11. Severity of symptoms
12. Big decisions
13. And switching back
14. Which pill? Undecided?
15. Heavy flow
16. Pill problem finale
17. Why cramps?
18. Exercise help cramps?
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