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I've been on Loestrin 24 Fe for 3 months now, and I'm about to go back for a visit with my Dr. to talk about how it's affecting me. I think I may need to ask for a different kind, because I'm not sure what I' experiencing is normal..
I've been taking them within a 2 hour period every night, and I've only been late for maybe 2 pills (like 6 hours late). I am fine for the first week of every pack, then my breasts get really really sore and I spot for about 5 days, then it quits for about a week and starts back for like 4 days before the withdrawal bleed. When I'm on the withdrawal pills, it's barely a change in the amount of blood I've been seeing the rest of the month, and by the 4th day it's barely anything at all. The stuff I've been seeing is brown and stringy (sorry, thats gross). I talked to a nurse briefly, and she said it may take a while for it to regulate, but it's been the exact same reaction for the past 3 months and doesn't show signs of getting "more regulated." Do you think I should request a change in pills?

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If these things have been consistent and not tapered down at all over three months, then yes, I think it's time to address them. if you still want to be on a pill, I think it also sounds like trying a different brand would be a sound plan.

Just FYI, working in repro health, I rarely find anything gross: no worries.

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I talked to the Dr. about those problems, he switched me to some different pills, and it seems like things are way way better.
The only strange part is that my withdrawal bleed always comes a week early. It's very regular, and its come on the exact same day the past 3 months, but it's always the week before the withdrawal pills. Once I start the withdrawal pills, I quit bleeding and it's just like I'm back on the regular ones. Is there a problem with this happening? It doesn't bother me, because it seems regular since its happened that many times in a row, I'm just wondering if there's any problem with that happening.

Also, can birth control effect circulation? My fingertips and toes have been FREEZING lately, and its near impossible to warm them up. I know its winter time and they're going to be cold, but I don't remember them ever being this cold before(they're almost numb most of the time). I think I remember hearing that birth control can effect your blood somehow, but I don't remember.

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