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I recently started on Loestrin 24 Fe birth control, and I've taken about four of the pills thus far (I started Tuesday).

Since starting it, I've noticed something strange and I don't know whether or not to attribute it to the BC or just my body being weird, especially because I haven't been able to find any similar things online.

If I haven't eaten in a while, I'll start trembling. It's especially noticeable in my hands and arms. Its happened before to me, but only when I'd gone an extensive period of time with no food and increased activity(an entire school day with no meal before or during). In this case, however, like tonight I went about four hours without eating (from dinner at 5:40 until 9:30 or so) and then the tremors started and I felt hungry. I had something to eat and then I was fine.

Is this something I should worry about and get checked out? Or should I see if it continues over a significant period of time first? I'm not really too worried about it, but it seems strange.

I suppose I should mention that I did start trying to diet some last week. Not scary fad diet, mind you (I enjoy food too much), but replacing soda with water and being careful with my portions and what I put in my mouth, as well as doing some low-impact exercises in the mornings and evenings. Could this be having an effect? I know that BC supposedly increases appetite, so if it's increasing my appetite while I'm cutting back, would it perhaps react this way?

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Four days would be pretty soon to be experiencing side effects. Not impossible, but your body hasn't really even built up a real level of the hormones yet to create those effects unless you are just super-sensitive to the hormones.

So, for now, I'd say that since you have recently added more activity to your day, you're likely just also needing more calories for the ones you're burning. It's very normal to have a bigger appetite when you're working out and getting more active.

But just keep an eye on it. By all means, when you're hungry, eat something. But if you have this increase, or start seeing more typical problematic side effects of the pill -- migraines, depression, feeling out of breath, a more rapid pulse -- then those are the kinds of things you'll want to alert your doctor to.

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