I will start by stating that I am very new to birth control, and a bit confused by it. Today is my fourth day and I have a few questions.
1) I just started taking Generess FE (has anyone else taken this?) and I've been experiencing nausea. I was wondering how long it will take for it to go away? I've heard two months, but that seems drastic to me. Also, how long should I take it before I know if it's the right birth control for me or not?
2) When I went to my gynecologist I told her that my periods are extremely heavy and so are my ovulation days. I asked her if this makes me any more fertile and she said no, that I just "drew the short stick." Is this true?
3) I am 18 years old, and I've had a steady boyfriend for the past two years. He is very supportive of me and the fact that I've been waiting to have sex (mostly because I haven't felt ready). I have always had a seemingly larger fear than most of my friends about pregnancy, and he knows this as well. I'm wondering if there are ways that I can have sex but completely be assured that I am okay? For my first time I am planning on taking the pill and using a condom. I was also considering withdrawal, but I heard somewhere that it can be bad because the condom can come off. Is this a good method used with a condom/the pill? I was wondering about those possibilities, and also if there is anything I can do to keep my mind at rest? I feel like I am emotionally ready, but scared of the possibilities/responsibilities that come with sex.
4) My last question is about the birth control. I've always questioned putting such a foreign thing in my body that changes its rhythm. I was wondering if it is unhealthy for you at all, or if I needn't worry about it.
For your first question, I would talk to your healthcare provider. They can give you a sense of how long the nausea is likely to last, and how long to wait before reevaluating whether this BC pill is right for you. On your second question, I would trust your OBGYN. As far as I am aware, there isn't a correlation between heavy flow and greater fertility.
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