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Microgestin FE 1/20 (Birth control switch)
#1 :: February 6th, 2011 @ 10:55 PM
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So... I switched birth control not to long ago, from Lutera to Sronyx (both generic brands, both the same hormone formula). Lutera was amazing, minus some minor intestinal issues which were really worth dealing with. But the clinic I go to switched from Lutera to Sronyx. After that switch I fell into a major depression. HOWEVER. That switch may or may not have been the basis behind the depression. I tend to get a little wonky during winter months/holidays/family based stuff.

I decided to see a theattacker, but I knew that that would be a financially difficult decision, so I went on trying to rule out the different things that might have had an affect. The first that came to mind was the switch to Sronyx.

Last Friday I went back to the clinic and explained the depression, and they replaced my prescription with Microgestin FE 1/20. It has a different hormone formula. But after reading the various reviews, it seemed that maybe 1/200 were GOOD reviews. The rest touted something along the lines of -

Serious mood swings, crying at everything.
Hair loss.
Weight Gain.
Serious depression.
Skipped periods (which wouldn't be bad if I wasn't sexually active, but skipping a period would scare the Loving Jesus out of me).

Among other really really nasty thing.
I decided kind of on a "Jesus Loving crap christ nooo!" kick to take the Sronyx again, because I still have a few months prescription of it. I'm going to call the clinic tomorrow and explain the situation, but I feel like they'll give me the "Everybody is different" thing. The thing is I REALLY am afraid of switching to this brand, because of my already serious depression issues. As it is, the bullcrap that's been antagonizing me lately is slowly fading back into mysteryland where it came from.

But I'm not sure if this is the right decision.
What I want to know, basically, is.. if any of you guys are on Microgestin FE 1/20.
or.
What your advice would be in this situation.

It seems to me that the cons for the Microgestin FE seriously outweigh the (potential) cons that the Sronyx is causing. And I feel like taking that risk of giving it a try might be a horrible, horrible mistake.

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#2 :: February 6th, 2011 @ 11:08 PM
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I've never had Microgestin FE 1/20, but I was on Microgestin FE 1.5/30 for over 2 years with no problems. (I'm not sure of the difference between the two, but I assume they are similar.) My periods always came on the last Tuesday in the pack. I did gain weight, but I don't know if I would attribute that to the BC since I also lost weight on it. It took away most of my menstrual pain, and overall worked without major issues.

Honestly, if your previous BC has been giving you so many problems, I would try the switch. Also, you say you saw many bad reviews, but did you look at reviews of either of the two you've been on already?


#3 :: February 6th, 2011 @ 11:16 PM
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i'm taking necon 7/7/7 and i think the ingredients are the same as what you're on.

i haven't had any of those symptoms, but again we're all different.

i'd try it out for a month or two to see what happens. if you sense something not right (and you'll know when your body is acting strange), you can always talk to them again and try to work something out.


#4 :: February 6th, 2011 @ 11:22 PM
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@motionless
I did, and the reviews were significantly less horrific.
The thing is, I'm not sure really if the Sronyx was what was causing the depression issue or not, which is why I'm even more careful about switching right now. I didn't read any of the reviews for the 1.5/30, I'm not sure how similar they are though I'm sure they're pretty similar.

@ravenclaw
True, but a month or two is sort of a long time, and that's what worries me :/ one month, even, and if any of those above things happened I would probably freak out/lose a lot of academic integrity. Which is why I'm so worried about it.

I think what I may do is stay on the Sronyx for this last month, since it is the one I just started, and see what happens. If I don't have any adverse side affects anymore then I'll consider the other brand.
Or what I may do is actually go to a Gynecologist and get a prescription for Lutera over both of them, since really that one worked really well with me. I feel like I may be being overly cautious in both of those, though.

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#5 :: February 6th, 2011 @ 11:28 PM
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If the hormones are giving you problems you should look into IUDs. I have paraguard, it's a copper IUD with no hormones. It's awesome and I suggest it to everyone ^__^ You don't have to worry about taking a pill every day either.

The only bad part is that it hurts to get put in. :C And to get removed as well, I would assume. But seeing as they last 10 years, I say it's worth it.


#6 :: February 6th, 2011 @ 11:47 PM
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It would be worth it, but aren't IUDs suggested for women who have already had children? Otherwise they can compromise your ability to have children once they're taken out, and in the end you won't know if it was the IUD or if you're just infertile. I'm not talking down to IUDs, I may even get one someday after I've had a few children. I'm just saying that if the OP has not had children, which it doesn't appear that she has, an IUD is probably not the best idea.

I say we all just wait until male birth control is perfected, and then not worry about it anymore. XD


#7 :: February 6th, 2011 @ 11:52 PM
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I've never had kids XD I'm only 20. But I have too many other issues to take hormones, so the copper IUD was my only choice. I've had it for 2 years now. :c

Yeah, there is a risk for scarring, but it's pretty small and you should notice the pain before it really damages you ability to have children. :P As long as you have regular checkups with your gyno it's fine. For me, the benefits outweigh the risks by far.


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Ah, I see. I've never read into exactly how it compromises the ability to have children. In your case, it does seem like the obvious choice. :)


#9 :: February 7th, 2011 @ 12:13 AM
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Can I legally get an IUD at 19 without something like a hormone issue that you have? And as far as it compromising my ability to have children @motionless I'm fairly certain that I want to adopt anyway, if I want children. Though "that will change" is always the retort to that statement.

I've looked into IUD's, but I guess I've never seriously considered them purely because I was unsure if I could legally /get/ one. Maybe I'll call my clinic tomorrow and look into it. :o

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Looking into it online.. doesn't look like I'll be able to afford one any time soon, unfortunately XD;

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#10 :: February 7th, 2011 @ 2:00 AM
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I also have an IUD. Im on my second one but i personally take Mirena. It only lasts for 5 years because its hormonal. Its a good solution for long term birth control for most people. And you can definitely get one legally. Also, call the health department or planned parenthood. They put them in for next to nothing here. And as far as compromising future children, the risks are as @princess said, slim. It does hurt to have it put in a little bit, like, bad cramping for one day, then POOF. Its majix. I also dont get a period anymore from mine. Which for me is a huge bonus.


#11 :: February 7th, 2011 @ 9:17 AM
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@Entertain

They are expensive up front, but my insurance covered 3/4 of it :neko: And if you calculate it, it winds up being cheaper per month than regular bc.

@MissChelle

I still get my period XD I think I would panic a little if I didn't get it every month.


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@princess @MissChelle
Yeah XD the missed-period bout with the Microgestin was what really really made me nervous, but I read only about 20% of people stop theirs.
princess What insurance do you have? I only have Medicaid, as given by the clinic that gives me the Birth Control.

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#13 :: February 7th, 2011 @ 10:12 AM
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I have Aetna :C I have no idea how Medicaid works so I won't be much help there XD


#14 :: February 7th, 2011 @ 4:32 PM
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I'm on Microgestin Fe 1.5/30 and have had very little problems. My only issues is that my boobs are a little more tender and I'm shedding a little bit more hair then I used to (I have plenty of hair, so it's not that big of a deal), but other than that, it works great. I was originally on Microgestin then I switched to seasonique for the less periods but that stuff made me feel like crap, so I switched back to Microgestin. I noticed the first two months my period was really light and I was cramping, but after my body got used to it, everything is fine.

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@princess
It seems like Medicaid would probably cover it. I'll call the clinic to see, though.

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