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  • Feeling bizarre on Seasonale...

    Hi ladies,

    I need your advice...

    I'm 27 years old and have had my fair share of birth control experiences since I was 17.

    For a good while (I'd say about 4 years), I was on Alesse and had a great experience. Hardly any anxiety and mood swings. I ended up changing because I had bad acne and my doctor suggested I used the Evra patch. I had a not bad experience with Evra but I workout a lot and it kept falling off when I showered. It also turned out that my acne wasn't due to my birth control so changing from Alesse was useless from the get go. So I asked my doctor to change again, after being on Evra for around a year.

    My doctor offered to prescribe me with Seasonale... I was attracted to not having my period for 3 months so I agreed. I've been on it for about 5 weeks now. The first 3 weeks I felt good, hardly any anxiety but I was always hungry and was always cold. I didn't mind those side affects at all! But starting last week, I started feeling so weird... so anxious that I feel like I have a fever. I hardly sleep and I'm absolutely exhausted. I have cramping. I wonder if it's because this would be the time I usually have my period?

    My question is: I leave on a trip on Monday where there will be hiking and beach days. I would really love to stop taking the pill to stop feeling so crappy! But I don't want to start my period and cramp like hell when I'm on the trip. What would you do?

    Also.. what do you think about going off the pill? I'm seriously considering it but worried about the cramping I used to get when I was off the pill. Or should I ask to go back to Alesse?

    Help!
    Thanks!
    Julie.

  • There's really no way to know for sure how your body will respond for your trip, if you stop the pill now. You may feel better, maybe worse.

    In general, if you're interested in stopping the pill, then I think you should give it a try. Now, or after the trip.
    I'm simply not a big fan of the hormones. There are so many ways to manage the unpleasant changes we experience with periods. Try it. If things are unbearable, then try another pill in a year or so.

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