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mmae12
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This is only my second month on BC and i admit im not very knowledgable about it. That being said, I was not put on BC not to prevent pregnancy because anytime my boyfriend and I have done anything he has always had on two layers of clothing which does not pose a risk correct? But my periods had been extremely irregular and thats why i am now on ortho tri cyclen low.. my question is if there is a chance it could be making my boobs bigger or causing my stomach to hurt daily? or if that is just me gaining weight and having a regular stomach ache?
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Heather
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Have you read the patient insert that comes with your pills? It lists things like common side effects, and is really smart to read at least once, then keep handy for if and when you need it.

It will tell you, for instance, that breast tenderness or changes and stomach upsets are two common side effects. Now, those might not stick around: when someone is new to a hormonal method, side effects tend to be strongest in the first few months, and then will often subside or get much more mild.

Your pill provides highly effective protection against pregnancy when used correctly: it doesn't matter why you were prescribed it, that's still what it does. However, if you are not engaging in genital intercourse, other kinds of direct genital-to-genital contact or your boyfriend's semen is not in contact with your genitals, there are not risks of pregnancy in the first place.

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mmae12
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right, i read it and i think i just needed reasurrance from a real person. and yes no direct contact in any way so no pregnancy risk .. but thank you. I always hear how long it takes for people to find the right pill that works for them so how long should i wait?.. and I hope you all realize how much help yall are for everyone. how much your hard work means to everyone that turns to yall. thanks [Smile]
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Karybu
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A good rule of thumb is to give your body three months or so to adjust, and if you're still experiencing side effects after that point, then you can look into switching to a different brand of pill or a different method. This is only your second month, so give your body a little bit more time to adjust.

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mmae12
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ok will do! I have a doctors appointment scheduled for after the third month too so thats good! thank you!
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