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labrat
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This will be the fourth pill that my doctor has prescribed me since February. I have been experiencing spotting on the pill. First took Ortho-Cycle, bled almost whole month for three cycles. Then took Nordette. Had horrible intestinal cramps and spotted mid-cycle for five months. Started Desogen, spotted first month mid-cycle and again just before placebo pills. Doctor told me if it started again during second month to call her. Well, started spotting Friday. Had intercourse over the weekend. Called doctor Monday and she told me to stop taking that pill. Let body start period, and start taking new pill (Ovcon-35) when period started or on Sunday. I'm not concerned with any risk of pregnancy AFTER stopping pill, as I won't be seeing my significant other for a few weeks at least. But, I am worried about the intercourse over the weekend before I stopped taking pill. I had taken the full month of Desogen including 7 placebo pills. Started new pack and taken 11 days when doctor told me to stop. She says I would be protected from pregnancy from sex prior to stopping pill, but I kind of feel like a lab rat with all the switching of pills and none of them working, so I'm looking for a second opinion. I know from this point onward I need backup for at least a month, but should I be worried about sex the day prior to stopping the pill? [Confused]
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No, you don't need to worry about the sex that you had before you stopped the pill.

How do you feel about taking the pill? Do you think that, aside from the bleeding, it is a good option for yo? Do you want to continue to experiment with the pill? If you feel like you're done with the pill and want to explore your other options, that's definitely something we can help you do. If you're interested, why not start with this article:
Birth Control Bingo!

[ 10-28-2009, 07:07 PM: Message edited by: September ]

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Well, I'm pretty satisfied with it. I can live with the occasional spotting as long as I know it's working in the pregnancy prevention department. I am about 99% sure that I am finished having kids, but I'm not quite ready to make that permanent decision. I have been thinking about the implants, but I really don't know that much about them, and I'm afraid that if the hormones in the pill are giving me side effects, what would that do having them implanted in my arm?
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The body reacts differently to different types/combinations of hormones. So, the implant might be just the thing that works for you. But you're right: if you've been having a lot of side-effects, switching to a methods that's not as easily reversible might not be such a good idea.

If you want to stick with hormonal birth control but want to use something other than the pill, you can think about giving the ring a try: that has a lower dosage, so you may experience fewer side-effects with that.

If you'd be interested in moving away from hormonal methods, you could look into barrier methods.

And if you're happy with the pill aside from the spotting, that's cool to: Just making sure you know that you have options. [Smile]

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Thanks so much. This is a wonderful resource. We also use condoms in addition to the pill. Just call me paranoid I guess.....LOL! The pill is really like my back-up in case the condom fails. That being the case, I think I'll continue to experiment with the hormonal methods until I either exhaust my options or find one that works. [Smile]
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