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Ack, my post has deleted itself *twice* now! I hope my computer will stay alive until I've finished this one.

So I've been on Alesse for a year now (we always use a condom besides). I always take the pill on time, and I really love the idea of hormonal contraception. I've experienced some side effects though, like a LOT of breakthrough bleeding (where my periods always lasted for five days pre-pill, my withdrawal bleeds sometimes last for three weeks). Also, I've noticed some androgenic effects like a lot of excess facial and body hair. I decided it was time to switch pills.

Unfortunately, I was only home for two weeks during this winter break from college. My gynecologist was completely booked (apparently she's pretty popular), so I scheduled an appointment with my family doctor. I had a physical and everything turned out to be fine, apart from those effects I attribute to the pill. Even my iron levels are quite high, in spite of the extra bleeding.

However, my doctor is really adverse to prescribing medicine of any kind, so he refused to give me a prescription for a new pill without a gyno appointment. I have to go back to college in a couple of days, and I won't be able to get an appointment in that time. I have a difficult time getting off-campus, too. I realize condoms are a great and fairly reliable method of birth control when used correctly, but I'm a little uneasy about using only one type of contraception after watching several friends and family members experience unwanted pregnancies. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I could switch my pill?

Thanks so much.

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Does your college campus have a clinic? Generally campus clinics can do gynecological checkups and prescribe pills/switches- my university campus health clinic did it for me last year.

That would be your best bet if you have difficulty getting off campus.

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