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king lear
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How do you feel about this particular pill? Is it alright - safe to take?

Will my period be different? Tell me everything you know (please!) I have read some of Birth Control Bingo before.

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I am currently taking Ortho Tricyclen Lo. I started about three months ago and I love it.

These are the effects I've noticed from taking it:

-Lighter, shorter periods (sometimes only 3-4 days)
-Regular periods (this was a huge reason for going on it in the first place)
-Virtually no cramps
-Cleared up my facial breakouts
-Lessened my PMS
-Gained a little weight (my doctor told me that taking it can sometimes make you hungrier but it's up to you whether you can curb that hunger or not. So the weight gain isn't directly FROM taking the pill, just the hunger. And I've heard from some people that they have no difference in weight or even a slight loss of weight).

So, overall, I really like it! But talk to your gyno about what she thinks...this was the first one my doc suggested, partly because it's my first time on birth control so I didn't need a super high dose.

Hope that helps [Smile]

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If you ask about any particular brand of pill you will get both rants and raves about it. There are so many different types of pills because our body chemistry varies from person to person. So some people will have a great experience with one pill, while others will not. All Birth Control Pills carry the risk of side effects, and if you experience them or not with a particular pill is tough to tell. Some people have to try a couple to find one that has the least side effects. (This does not mean that some pills are less effective then others in preventing pregnancy, they are all equally effective) The best thing to do is work with your health care provider who will be prescribing the pills to find the one best for you.

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Yup, I'd definitely second Daisy. All commercially produced combination birth control pills will be equally effective and safe. It just depends on how a particular pill interacts with your body.

(That particular pill gave me cramps so terrible I couldn't walk, and made me throw up for days until I stopped taking it. But it might be the pill for you!)

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