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CraftyKid
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I've been on my combination birth control pills since October (Nortrel 1/35)

For the most part, I haven't had any major side effects that a lot of women say they have. The first couple months I had some acne and nausea but that went away after a while.

Now I notice that the first few days/week I'm back on my active pills after the placebo week I feel bad. I get frequent headaches and some cramping. Is this normal with birth control pills? I have made an appointment to talk to my doctor about it but I can't get in for a few more weeks and I'm just curious.

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Sometimes we can experience new side-effects of the pill, even after we've been on one brand with no problems for a while.

This doesn't indicate that there is anything going wrong, so you don't necessarily need to switch pills. But if you feel that the new side-effects are really impacting your daily life, you can ask to switch to a different pill.

Either way, it is a good idea to let your prescribing doctor know what's up, so they have all the relevant information they need to provide the best care for you.

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Thanks! I didn't know if new side effects could crop up or not.

I have another question, and I really need help with it but I am too afraid to post it on the boards for my own safety. I know there is a password protected board for that, or could I private message someone? I just feel scared to post about it on here in case someone else would find it.

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Why don't you go ahead and send a message describing your situation via the "contact us" button, and we'll see what we can do.

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Ok will do! Thanks!
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Hi,

I sent the message today. It is very long and I apologize ahead of time for that. I prefer to send this privately due to the fact that the person I am writing about could potentially find me.

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CraftyKid: I got your email today. I'll get back to you about it tomorrow. (And it's okay it's long: big stuff usually is.)

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Take your time, as it isn't an emergency just getting some things out there.

Thanks!

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Hi Heather,

sorry to bombard with messages, I am just making sure I provided the correct email. I noticed my message was not in the "sent" folder on my email. Maybe it doesn't show up in there because I sent it on here. I am very paranoid as you can tell. The email should be the same one that I use for my account on here.

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It's okay. And no, if you used our contact form, then the email you sent won't show up in your email since it doesn't use your email to send it. [Smile]

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Ok great, I was just worried. If I had typo-ed my email address, it could go to the wrong person...which could be bad.
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