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CraftyKid
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I posted a couple months ago about my BC pills making me feel bad. Unfortunately, I'm back again and this time feeling sicker.

I have taken the same pill, Nortrel 1/35 for almost a year now. I had no real adverse side effects except for breast tenderness until a couple months ago. Then I started experiencing nausea, extreme back pain, headaches and fatigue. Not at the time of my period either, but mid-pack. I made an appointment but couldn't get in for 3 weeks. In the meantime, I felt better and for another 2 months I had no side effects. Now, they are back with a vengeance. I had my period 2 weeks ago and am now starting my last week of active pills. For the past 3 days I have had extreme stomach cramps, unbearable breast tenderness, back pain, and bouts of nausea where I vomited once.
My question I guess is, is it possible to have side effects spring up after having none for so long? And can they come and go?
I haven't had any breakthrough bleeding, and I think I can rule out pregnancy since I am very dilligent about taking my pills and always back up with condoms, save once.

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Heather
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Really, I think until a healthcare provider can get a look at you, run some tests if needed, we just can't know what is going on, and if all of this is related to your pill or not.

By all means, though, how a hormonal method works for folks can change over time, pretty much at any time. So, this COULD be about your pills, it also may not be, and until you can get seen, I don't think we can even hazard a guess, really.

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Thanks, I have an appointment in the morning so hopefully it turns out okay.

If it is the pills, I plan on switching. I'd just say goodbye to hormonal BC all together but I really like the level of protection im getting from them and condoms together. One day I'd like to try FAM to get a sense of my cycle but it's not right for me right now.

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You could also ask about all your options. For instance, IUDs provide greater effectiveness than any of the combined hormonal methods.

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Thanks again Heather. I've been interested in IUDs for some time now but it seems like every time I bring them up my doctor discourages me from using them or doesn't really give me much information. All of my information I've gotten on here about IUDs.
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Do you have any options to switch doctors?

Sexual/repro health doctors now should have the education to know that age or pregnancy history has no bearing on who is a candidate for an IUD. So, if and when someone gets a doc these days who doesn't know that, then it makes sense to be concerned that doctor isn't keeping up with their continued education, which is obviously a multi-layered problem.

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I am moving soon, so I'll be finding a new doctor which I am happy about. After several tests, nothing showed up. At first my doctor thought it could be a bladder infection but that wasn't the case. I am finishing the rest of this pack of pills and then starting a new brand when I come off my placebo week. That's the only explanation my doctor had. Hopefully this brand will work until I can try another method. [Smile]

Thanks for your information as always it is greatly appreciated.

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