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    I thought that birth control pills could help me with so many things: preventing pregnancy, managing irregular cycles, reducing painful periods, getting rid of PMS. I imagined for so many years that I can take birth control pills and get rid of most of my health problems. But I can't take birth control pills.

    Pills with estrogen were a disaster. My doctor suggested trying the progestin only pill. I tried and had unbearable side effects. The worst of them being my legs going numb. I just did all the exams for blood clots (I took the pill a year ago, so I doubt it still has influence on my blood clotting) and they came back negative, but even if it wasn't blood clots, I like to feel my legs! I also had issues with my mood and sleep, although very much smaller than with estrogen and I had terrible nausea and constipation, I barely ate. It just wasn't a good experience overall. My doctor said that she can only offer me the smallest IUD Kyleena, since I reacted so badly to the smallest dose of hormones available. And IUDs are likely to cause abdominal pain, which I'm prone to.

    I feel lost and out of options. I want to have a backup when it comes to condoms. I feel paranoid about getting pregnant. I'm terrified to death, I don't want to even date anyone. I have an experience that a condom slid off. I don't have much sexual experience. I sometimes need to induce a period with medication, but all of them are very painful and I take Ketonal in large doses plus antispasmoitic meds and it doesn't work, I still can't leave the house. It causes me mental health breakdowns to stay at home and not be able to do anything, even read a book. I don't know what to do. I thought I could do what everyone else does. How on earth do I deal with it? Everywhere I look, there are no other options.
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