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Hi there,

I'm about to start BC for the first time tomorrow! (Yay! Well, maybe not yay with all the scary things I hear on the internet..)

But I was wondering, I'm originally being put on it because of acne. And then for pregnancy prevention. But the one I'm about to be on is Loestrin24 (1/20) which is the lowest dose. OBGYN said it would be good to start on, and hopefully clear up my skin.

I researched on the internet, it has the highest androgen level out there, and that it has the possibility to cause more acne and make my hair fall out?? (Especially if I lean towards androgenity? I don't think I do, but what does that mean?)

My dermatologist said it would be fine too. But all this reading on the internet is freaking me out. My sister said she hopes I go bald. I cried a little, ahaa..

I just am not sure what this androgen thing means. They said it doesn't happen to the majority, but when I read reviews on sites, it seems like everyone and their mamas have had problems.
On the plus side, a friend of mine has been on it for 3 months, and she loves it.
..Should I just not start it?

Thank you for all the help!

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Hi mmiiaa,

The best person to talk to about these concerns would be the OBGYN who prescribed it. It's unlikely they would have prescribed it if they believed the negative side-effects could outweigh the positive though. Too, not everyone reacts the same way to birth control. If you do experience negative side-effects, you can try different pills until you find one that works for you. There are also other methods of birth control if the pill doesn't work for you: Birth Control Bingo!

Besides that, I'd advise you to take what you read on the internet with a grain of salt. A lot of people can post whatever they want without care for accurate sources or the fact that anecdotal evidence isn't always reliable. Here's some more information on finding accurate sexual health info online: Legit or Unfit? Finding Safe, Sound Sex Educators & Support Online.

So, about whether to start tomorrow or not: it's really up to you and how comfortable you are with the idea. You could wait until you talk to OBGYN some more, you could call your pharmacist and see what they know about this pill's side-effects, or you could start and try it out. It's totally your call.

Hope this helps!

[ 12-17-2011, 04:53 PM: Message edited by: -Firefly- ]

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