As of last Friday pharmacists can prescribe the pill in California. Yay no waiting for a doctor's appointment! But where who how? I know I could call up a bunch of places, but I am curious about personal experiences, especially if you have attempted this starting a new prescription.
Would taking birth control help with my (hormonally-driven) anxiety? [more inside]
Realistically speaking, how long will it be until a male version of The Pill or The IUD is available in the US and approved by all the necessary government/health organizations?
I'm in a bit of a pickle- I need to get a new prescription for the pill but the GYN who's been prescribing it can no longer do so. I've been contacting various clinics but I'm getting quoted prices of $60-80 in order to see the doctor before they will write the script. I'm broke and unemployed, but still have insurance. How the heck can I get a new script without paying an arm and a leg? More details inside. [more inside]
Can you answer a few questions related to hormonal birth control? Science questions, I mean! [more inside]
A lot of people experience intense moods and emotions while their body transitions off the hormones. After that, some people notice that their personality has changed one way or the other for good. I've real some studies that show hormonal birth control also has an effect on the kind of person you are attracted to when you are on it. Does this mean you might not be as attracted to the person you're already with? What was your experience?
I never ever ever want to have another period/breakthrough bleed. Which birth control should I be on? [more inside]
Could there be a connection between a food (yeast) allergy and birth control pills? [more inside]
I take Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo birth control pills and accidentally started a new pack the day I was supposed to start the sugar pills. I've only taken one so far. While I can keep going and just skip my period if necessary, I'd rather not for timing reasons. What would the effects be of: A) Taking one pill and then stopping B) Not taking the first pill of the new pack next week?
Long shot: would taking hormonal birth control (HBC) for several weeks continue to affect my premenstrual moods for several months? [more inside]
Birth control pills + diarrhea: does it reduce the pill's efficacy, and if so, when can we start having sex without a condom again? [more inside]
I've just been prescribed Loestrin Fe 1/20, and I'm a little nervous about it. My doctor has given me some good advice ("Negative reviews are always the loudest. You have to try it for yourself!"), but some positive anecdotes would help. Questions below. [more inside]
If you've had good luck with Ortho Evra for birth control and also, at a different time, successfully used a birth control pill, what pill did you use? My current pill is not working for me and I need some help deciding between the multitude of pill options out there. [more inside]
How can I safely change the start day of my birth control pack? [more inside]
I've started hormonal birth control (Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo) for the first time, and am currently on my third day. I've heard/read of the accompanying depression and mood swings. When can I expect side effects, so that I can assess myself and decide whether or not to continue with the pill? What sort of red flags should I look out for, in case I don't realize I'm being depressive, mood-swingy, or sans sex drive? [more inside]
I'm a girl in my early twenties who's recently started having sex with my first partner. I'd like to read some trustworthy sources about the side effects of oral contraceptives (worried in particular about weight gain and diminished libido) and the health risks of abortion (worried in particular about reduced fertility). Can you please recommend some reading material? (Online only -- I currently don't have access to a real library, although I do have remote access to databases my university subscribes to.) Thanks for any help you can provide!
The goal here is more sex and zero babies. [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find a comparison chart for different kinds of hormonal birth control? [more inside]
Strange cycle question. May be TMI [more inside]
Can birth control prevent ovulation a day or two before it occurs? [more inside]
Could birth control cause a phobia to rear its ugly head? [more inside]
Generic brands of the Birth Control Pill: Are they really as terrible as I'm hearing? [more inside]
How long should I try OrthoTricyclin Lo before switching? Experiences with other Pill brands and switching and anectdotal evidence encouraged. Explanation is part of the [more inside]