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mg0307
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I ran a search but didn't find any previous discussions on this topic.

I am slightly older than the average Scarleteen user (25) but have found this board to be one of the most helpful, up-to-date sources on the Internet for sexual health information. I was hoping someone here might have an answer to my question.

I have not tolerated oral contraceptive drugs well in the past (6 different drugs tried in 7 years). I tend to get irregular, almost nonstop breakthrough bleeding while taking any type of birth control pill, to the point that I was even tested for bleeding and clotting disorders a few years ago. Today my doctor prescribed Bayer's new oral contraceptive, Natazia. It is a combination pill that uses a synthetic estrogen that is different from that found in all other oral contraceptives available in the U.S. Supoosedly, there is some evidence that this particular drug might be less likely to cause irregular bleeding than others.

Has anyone else heard anything about this drug? Any personal experiences, good or bad? I understand it has been available in Europe for several years but was just approved by the FDA this spring.

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Hey mg0307, Welcome to Scarleteen! [Smile]

While I haven't used this BCP myself, I did pull up a little bit of research on it for you. For starters, there's an article that was run by CBS (which is usually pretty good about checking and re-checking facts to be sure nothing results in lawsuit) that talks about it a bit here: More Questions Than Answers About Safety of Natazia, Bayer’s New Contraceptive.

Additionally, you should know that RX List and Medicine.net post that irregular bleeding is one of the most common side effects of Natazia. As well, natazia's own website lists that adverse effects include irregular bleeding.

Have you considered looking at methods other than Birth Control Pills since you've had such bad reactions multiple times in the past? Not every method works well for everyone. If you'd like, we can give you a link to an article with information on each method and you can take some time looking through it, then if you'd like to discuss any methods we can do that with you.

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mg0307
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Thanks for taking the time to look that up for me. Yes, I've read those sites, as well as several others. There seems to be conflicting information out there about Natazie and breakthrough bleeding. I think it is probably too early to make any kind of assessment on that one way or the other.

Yes, I am very interested in exploring other methods of birth control. I am seriously considering Mirena (thinking that the lower dose of locally-delivered hormones might cause me fewer problems) - still waiting to hear whether my insurance will cover it. Since I have had trouble with heavy/irregular bleeding in the past, the copper IUD is not an option for me. I have looked into a diapraghm also but have not gotten much positive feedback from doctors on that particular issue.

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Have you seen this yet? Birth Control Bingo!

It may help you narrow down your options in terms of what other methods you'd be comfortable with. I'm sorry your doctors haven't been supportive of you using a diaphragm - have they said anything about why?

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Yes, that article has been very helpful to me. The major issue that I have run into with the diaphragm is that they aren't very popular and so doctors aren't used to (or have never!) fitting and prescribing them - and I have primarily seen doctors at major, teaching hospitals due to my issues, so this was quite surprising to me. I became frustrated eventually and stopped exploring it as an option, but if this new drug and the Mirena both do not work out for me, then I plan on pushing harder again for the diaphragm.
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