February 6, 2012 3:17 PM Subscribe
Some questions about hormonal birth control.
posted by lali to health & fitness (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been considering going on the pill instead of relying on condoms, but I have some major doubts about messing with my natural hormone cycle.
I don't have any of the problems that the pill is supposed to help with, like acne or heavy periods. I don't get cramps/pain/bloating, I don't have mood swings or experience PMS. My periods are short, light, and regular. I have a high sex drive and I'm concerned that would be affected by taking birth control. Vaginal dryness seems to be a particularly common side effect that I would hate having.
Since my body seems to be working perfectly right now, I am quite hesitant to introduce a new factor that will throw things out of balance. Is it really worth trying several different brands to find one with minimal side effects? Which brand do you recommend? Do the benefits of being on birth control make it worth dealing with even "minimal" side effects?
Also, what are my options as someone without health insurance? Should I just go to Planned Parenthood and ask there?