Hormonal Birth Control Question #3493, you are our next contestant! Come on DOWWWWN!
August 3, 2012 11:49 AM Subscribe
I've been on Ocella (Yasmin) for about 4 years now. Like a great relationship, things started out wonderfully, but I think my baby-making hormone changes are coming between us.
posted by Sayuri. to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I briefly took Ortho-TriCyclin for 2 years in college and it made me kind of a psycho bitch. So I went off birth control for a long time and then went on Ocella about 4 years ago. It was wonderful (after that 2-3 month adjustment time). My skin hasn't been clearer, ever, and I didn't gain any weight, PMS was not any worse, = no emotional rollercoasters, no decreased sex drive, cramps got 200% easier, and suddenly my periods were 3 days long instead of the drawn-out 7-9 day, fucking Fellowship of the Ring extended edition with director's commentary bullshit. Things were wonderful. Then I hit 30 this year, and I swear it's not solely psychosomatic, but nowadays very grumpy PMS now starts about halfway through my cycle when I still have a week and a half left until the placebo week. PMS started getting worse about a year ago, and now it's just kind of expanding backward and getting longer. My period doesn't start until 3 days into the placebo week, and the PMS lasts until then, so that makes for 2 weeks of PMS. On the day I get my period I feel like a weight has been lifted off me. I still can be irritated, but there isn't that irritated "rut" you get into with PMS. Like, bitch goggles. Life seems a lot easier. I swear my coworkers must be keeping a calendar and taking bets, it's so obvious.
The points of the question are... has anyone had a similar experience with moving into/through their 30's on a pill that previously worked for them and then didn't? What the fuck is happening to my hormones, scientifically, as I am hitting peak (or geez, post-peak?) baby-making time? (My basically consistent, low level craving for a child is starting to alarm me.) This is way too young for perimenopause issues, and that seems unlikely also because my menarche was very late in life. Has this happened to you, and what did you end up doing, what pill did you move to? I don't want to go off the pill. It's very difficult sorting through BC reviews because they are all so subjective, and reviewers haven't necessarily waited past the break-in period, and everybody's chemistry is different. I've got a annual physical/pap scheduled in two months so I'll bring this up then (and this will give me time to perhaps log these mood swings). I'd hate to have to spend the next year or two of my youth in the misery of trying a bunch of new pills; I want to go into the appointment with some ideas on a plan of action. I'm pretty sad my miracle Pill doesn't love me anymore.