Womens Health

Switching pills (cont'd)

Do you think taking all that medication is okay and safe or would it be preferable to try the new pill?

Would try new pill.

I am thinking that maybe I am being greedy as far as what I am asking for out of these pills. Maybe one heavy day isn't such a bad thing. Right now I use a super plus tampon and have to change it about every one to two hours because it will start to leak--- is that considered heavy?

Not too excessive for one day.

I even set my alarm to wake up during the night to change tampons so that I don't have a major leakage when I wake up! Kinda a pain.
I hear so many people on birth control Pills saying that their periods are so light that I guess I'm comparing myself to them.

I'm not sure exactly what they are considering light, I guess. I did tell my gyn how much I bleed on the first day and she pretty much agreed that it was heavy and that the Levlen should help with that. I just never thought about all the other perks that I get with my current pill and whether they are pretty much standard perks will all pills or I just lucked out.

One last thing---I always look at people like athletes, etc and wonder how do they manage with their periods?

I don't really know.

How come they don't seem to have to worry about leakage and stuff?

I think they do but maybe our readers will answer.

I mean, how often do you see a figure skater, swimmer or gymnast wearing a pad??

Don't know.

(Please, don't mention Cathy Rigby!!) I know most pro athletes may not even get their periods because of the lack of body fat, etc, but what about the amateurs and college level athletes---or even just the person on the weekend softball league?! Even police women and other jobs where you are "on call" and don't have time to keep going to the bathroom---what is their secret?

I think it is difficult for many. Readers ?

Another woman responds: When I have a heavy day or know I won't be near a bathroom to soon I always double up with a super tampon. Insert end to end just make sure the first one is in deep enough or you'll be uncomfortable plus wear a thin ultra pad. This isn't something you'd want to do to often but could get you through a few hours maybe.

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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