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PureCuriosity
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Hi, I am interested in getting back on birth control and wanted information about the types that my school offers.
These are the $15/mo. types offered(they're all generic):

Apri
Adiance
Camila
Enpresse
Estrostep
Junel (1.5 over 30 and 1.5 over 20)
Kariva
Nortel
Tri-Sprintec
Belibet

Ocella (the Yazmin generic but it's $45/mo. which is too much for me right now but tell me what you think and I can decipher from there)
Juleesa (this they said would be given to me in a 3 month supply for $65)

**I really want one that WILL NOT make me gain weight, doesn't have too many side effects (i.e: headaches, decreased sex drive, etc.) and that if pricey will be worth the money.

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KittenGoddess
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So here's the thing, there is no single type that we can recommend as having less side effects or not causing weight gain. Why? Because the main issue is how the individual formulation interacts with your individual body. You are really going to have to talk with your doctor and see what they suggest for you. Then you try it for a few months and see what you think. If you're having side effects that you don't like, you try another formulation until you find one that does mesh with your body.

We have links to some of the patient inserts for the pills you've identified here:
Where did that sheet go?
(If you want to know about one that's not on the list, you can either Google it or find out the brand name and look at the packaging for that pill since it will be basically the same.)

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PureCuriosity
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K Thanks!

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Heather
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Too, do you not have to see a healthcare provider through your school to get the prescription in the first place? You should need to do that, since the pill isn't for everyone.

I ask that because you can voice your concerns about side effects to the healthcare provider and they can then choose the pill for you they feel is the best fit. It's going to be pretty difficult for a patient to shop for a pill herself like this, and no one should have to.

Just a P.S.? We can at the very least say that you likely want to avoid the Yaz when it comes to avoiding a lot of the side effects, particularly lower libido. That seems to be a very common complaint with Yaz.

[ 03-20-2009, 09:11 AM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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