Hi Scarleteen, I've been on the pill for over a year now and have tried about 3 other kinds. The last kind i've had for almost 8 months (Microgestin/Glidess: 1/20). Like i've talked to you about beforehand I get light to no bleeds, no cramps, but a HECK of a lot of breast tenderness. It doesn't hurt as much during the off pill week and the beginning of the month, but the 2nd and 3rd week of the month are terrible. I've found that this is the same with every type of pill i've tried before. (Apri, Orthotri-cylin, Junel etc. --those were different than the 1/20 doses, but i've changed pills because of breast tenderness). I can't seem to find a pill that doesn't cause so much pain.
With our insurance, my pills are $25 for 3 months worth of pill packs. Are there different hormonal methods that can reduce this problem? Or have I not been trying something that is causing this? I'd really like to keep the cost really low on birth control, but also fnd something that is extremely effective. I am 17 (18 in August) and live with my parents if that changes anything. My mom also thinks i'm taking the pill because of my period cramps...which they were bad...but I REALLY wanted to go on to reduce my worries with pregnancy.
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This would really be something to discuss with your doctor, to work together to figure out if there's another method that would not give you so much breast tenderness. You certainly could try, for example, a progesterone-only method and it might make a difference for you, but this is a discussion best had with your healthcare provider.
The only way to know what different methods cost with your insurance is to call your insurance company or look to see if you can find that information on their Web site.
I'd suggest making an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss this.
In the meantime, here's information on the various methods available to you:
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