OK, I’m going to give a warning for any gentlemen readers. I am going to talk about my lady parts and my lady time in some detail in this post. There. You’ve been warned. If you keep reading and get grossed out by me talking about menses, it’s your own fucking fault, dipshit.
I’m miserable and it’s my birth control pill’s fault.
I guess I’ll start from the beginning on this one. I’ve been on birth control pills since I was 18. I feel it’s my responsibility to protect myself from accidental pregnancies as much as it is the gentleman’s responsibility.
Up until about 3-4 years ago (I’m bad with timelines) I was on the same birth control pill: good ol’ Orth Tricyclen. During this blissful time, I was without any major PMS symptoms. Sure, I got cramps and I felt a little bloated, but that was about it.
Then my lady pillows started swelling a week before my lady time. It was so bad, I had a special larger bra for them. And forget about touching them. They were like swollen pain bombs attached to my chest. So, I talked to my doctor about it and we decided to take the hormone levels down a notch, so I switched to Orth Tricyclen Lo.
That’s when the menstrual migraines started. Before every period, I would get crippling migraines. For a while, I was able to cope with Treximet (a migraine pill), but then my company changed insurance and it was no longer covered ($250 for 9 pills is not really in my budget). So, I turned to my doctor again for help with the problem.
For the next year or so, I tried a myriad of pills and none of them helped. Some of them made things worse.
So I finally decided, that if I couldn’t get rid of my migraines, I would just skip a few of them by starting a pill that was a three month cycle. So I would only get my lady time four times a year.
At first it was wonderful. I spent months migraine free and was happy as a clam. Then, about 3-4 cycles ago, things took a turn for the worse and currently, my PMS lasts an. Entire. Month.
For four months out of the year, my body and mind are held hostage by a mean little pill. I suffer from migraines, back spasms, joint pain, swoooooollen lady pillows, cramps and awful depression. Many days, there is no joy to be had. I want to cry over everything and I consider losing my job just so that I can lie on the couch under a blanket all day.
For an entire month.
So, yes, I am switching off this horrible little pill. I plan to get an IUD to get off all these crazy hormones, but I have to save up for it first. It’s $600. I currently have $20. So, I have to take a filler pill until the time comes when I can afford the magical little IUD.
Unfortunately, I still have three more weeks of misery to decide which pill is right for me, but I was wondering if any ladies have a pill they actually like. I’ve tried Ortho TriCyclen (regular and lo), Yaz, Yasmin and one other that doesn’t look like it’s on the market anymore.
Honestly, if left to chose on my own, I’ll probably go back to ol’ faithful, I was just wondering if anyone else had suggestions. It would make me happy to hear them.
Once the PMS is over.