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Destinee Carols
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I'm currently on Tri Cyclen Lo, and the amount of hormones in the pills appear to differ through the weeks (none in the green/sugar pills for the 28-pack I know). Does the differing in hormones have, generally, an effect on the body - that is, one's emotions and general physical...stuff. Like breast sensitivity/size, differing in appetites, etc. Might they follow a sort of cycle for each individual depending on where they are in their month of pills?

And I know that the withdrawal bleed is not the same thing as actually menstruating. As such, can you still get PMS(-like?) symptoms in the week prior to when you'd get your withdrawal bleed?

I'm asking because it's sort of a pregnancy scare, ha, but I've read all the other threads/articles...active pills just ended so I should be getting, hopefully, my bleed soon; if not, test... I might have been more likely to attribute some "symptoms" to PMS but I'm not sure if that can still happen when you're on the pill? And yes I know there could be other factors too...illness, not enough sleep, stress, etc. But.

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My apologies. Should have skimmed the boards before posting, as I'm seeing at least one other thread with a similar topic. I'll go check that first. >.<
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Okie dokie. Let us know if you still have questions after reading that. [Smile]

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I guess after reading the other post, it was implied, I think, that the varying amounts of hormones in different stages of the pills can have a visible cycle-like affect on the body? And does being on the pill completely eliminate the usual hormones that would have accompanied a normal cycle?
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Hormonal methods of contraception ALTER how your cycles work and alter levels of estrogen and progesterone. They don't totally hijack them.

How different or similar tends to depend on the individual. For example, some users find if they had POMS symptoms off the pill, on the pill they all go totally poof. Others experience little to no change, and still others are somewhere in the middle.

The pill (and patch and ring) are also designed to keep users pretty darn close to the typical hormonal phases of a menstrual cycle. In fact, originally, the pill was only designed with a pill-free period for a bleed at all to make users feel more comfortable per still having a similar cycle as they did off-pill.

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That's good to know. Thanks for your time and help. [Smile]
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