Going off Birth Control

I’ve been off birth control for about two months now. I had been on some form of birth control for the past ten years–primarily the pill. I made the decision to go off birth control because I was really getting tired of all the side effects. I felt it was seriously affecting my sex drive and contributing to my vaginal dryness, plus the headaches. During the first month of going off birth control my sex drive increased like crazy. I was pretty much horny every waking moment. Of course this made my husband very happy. He wasn’t too keen on the idea of me going off the pill in the first place, but once he realized my sex drive was going through the roof he started to love the idea of no birth control pills. My vagina was much much wetter. I couldn’t believe the difference.

My first period came right on schedule. It was pretty normal compared to what I was used to while on the pill. It was a day or two shorter. My PMS cravings were worse, but I didn’t have super sore breasts like I did on the pill. After my period, my sex drive seemed to have tapered off some and I wasn’t quite as wet (still wetter than when I was on the pill).  Since I stopped taking the pill, I also don’t have those horrible headaches I once had. This month’s period came on schedule, but was not a normal period. I still had strong PMS cravings. Once my period started, the first and second day were heavy. Then I was spotting for a day or two and then it disappeared.  Once it disappeared, my sex drive seemed to perk up. We’ll see how this month goes. So far it looks like the pill was making me dryer as well as affecting my sex drive. I read that it can take up to a year for your periods to become normal. So far my experience hasn’t been bad. I’ve read horror stories of people going off the pill and having irregular periods or bleeding for long periods of time. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!


TriNessa Review

TriNessa is the generic form of Ortho Tri-Cyclen birth control. It has a combination of female hormones, and these hormones prevent the release of an egg from an ovary. It also makes it more difficult for sperm to reach the uterus because it causes changes in your uterine lining and cervical mucus. TriNessa can also be used to treat severe acne. It should not be used while pregnant or breast feeding, and like with most birth control pills TriNessa increases your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack. You shouldn’t smoke while taking TriNessa. The 28-day pack of pills contains 7 reminder pills (pills that contain no medicine). The reminder pills in my pack are green. You don’t have to take the reminder pills. Depending on the instructions from your doctor, you will either take your first pill of the pack on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period begins. The pills must be taken every day until you reach the green pills. Once the days on the green pills are up, start a new pack.  The birth control is more effective if you take it at the same time every day. I would advise to take these pills with food to help prevent or at least ease stomach upset.

For years I was on Ortho Tri-Cyclen because at the time I did not have insurance and was getting my birth control from a clinic. Ortho Tri-Cyclen was the only type of pill they had available. I seemed to do fine on Ortho. I was switched from Ortho Tri-Cyclen to TriNessa once I got insurance because TriNessa is what my insurance company covers. At first, I thought the pharmacy had given me the wrong birth control but they assured me TriNessa was the generic form of Ortho and there was really no difference. I’ve been taking Tri-Nessa for about a year and a half. I didn’t match the side effects to TriNessa until recently. I’ve been researching all the various pills I take and came across comments of people taking Tri-Nessa that had very similar problems. I always assumed it couldn’t possibly be the birth control because generic is supposed to be the exact same as the non-generic–or so I thought.

Now that I trace back in my mind the beginning of these little problems I’ve been having, they all seem to have started when I began taking TriNessa. For starters, I often feel dizzy and nauseous. Especially nauseous with-in an hour of taking the pill. At times I thought I was going to get sick. The dizziness happens off and on throughout the day. I sort of feel like I’m walking around in some sort of fog. I also get very strong headaches, which I never experience on Ortho. The lingering spotting after my period lasts on average about two days longer, and my vagina has become dryer. Birth control in general seems to make my vagina dry, no matter what kind I’m on–Depo Provera, Ortho Tri-Cyclen etc. However, it seems to be even dryer on TriNessa. I use lots of lube during sex, especially since I am so prone to urinary tract infections and yeast infections. The added friction can cause damage to the vagina walls and urethra making you more susceptible to infection. I would advise anyone who experiences dryness because of TriNessa and is also prone to infections, to definitely use some sort of vaginal moisturizer and/or lubrication during sex (Astroglide, and Rephresh are my favorites). I am going to have a talk with my Gynecologist about switching to a different birth control. Any recommendations are appreciated. The only upside to taking TriNessa is that it prevented me from getting pregnant. If you don’t have a problem taking TriNessa, then your pocket book is in luck because TriNessa is about as cheap as it gets. It costs me about $10 a pack. I believe it’s $20 without insurance. Other birth control pills can run as high as $50.

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