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Old 08-18-2008, 05:24 PM
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Seasonale?

Is anyone on it? Details please. (Costs, side effects, etc.) I'm thinking about getting on the pill and this seems like the best one since who can complain about 4 periods per year? Also, will they make your boobs grow? I dont want bigger boobs. TIA!
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:27 PM
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I used to be on it and got off and now Im about to start back again . I love it !

Makes your skin flawless , but the boobies will get bigger lol I was debating over going back on because of that Im a c I dont want to be a d . But its not gna get too too big IMO just a little bigger. But the 4 period a year are fantastic. Just be prepared to be committed, the only flaw is if you miss one or two pill you can start spotting, and it wont stop until that cycle is complete. It is taken in 3 month cycles. Also try not to do the dirty after skipping two pills, thats how my nephew got here.

But overall it is the best pill imo
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Old 08-18-2008, 06:02 PM
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Ooh. Thanks soo much for all the info! I'm 5'1 and I'm a C cup and I definitely dont want any bigger but if it's just a teeny bit, I guess it's worth having 4 periods a year! hehe. Thanks!!!
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:49 PM
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I haven't used Seasonale, but any birth control can possibly make your boobs get bigger, but it is going to vary from person to person. Ive had friends whose cup size hasn't changed at all. Weight gain, nausea, headaches are also prob. the most common side effects with any birth control Also, I would check with your insurance to see if it is covered, it can be very expensive otherwise. As for the 4 periods a year, if it is not covered, you can essentially do this with any birth control. Talk to your doctor, and have them write out the prescription for continuous use for 3 months, then you take week off, just like Seasonale.
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:57 PM
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I haven't used Seasonale, but any birth control can possibly make your boobs get bigger, but it is going to vary from person to person. Ive had friends whose cup size hasn't changed at all. Weight gain, nausea, headaches are also prob. the most common side effects with any birth control Also, I would check with your insurance to see if it is covered, it can be very expensive otherwise. As for the 4 periods a year, if it is not covered, you can essentially do this with any birth control. Talk to your doctor, and have them write out the prescription for continuous use for 3 months, then you take week off, just like Seasonale.
^ i was just going to say that. i've been doing that for years, because of my horrid period issues (which i will not get into lol.)

also ask for samples from you dr's office - they usually have a whole closet full of pharm rep samples. i got 6 months for free that way
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I just got an email today (may be spam) but is appears that Seasonale may be the cause of several women dying from DVT (deep vein thrombosis) type blood clots. Check it out at Urban Legends Reference Pages for more info.
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:17 PM
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^^Unfortunately, every birth control increases your chances of blood clots and strokes. The risk increases even more if you are a smoker and take birth control. But many women take birth control and are fine, it is a risk vs. benefit for deciding whether the medication is correct for you.

Edit: Also, the story says it states incorrectly that the victim was taking Seasonale, she was in fact taking Yasmin.
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:26 PM
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^^Unfortunately, every birth control increases your chances of blood clots and strokes. The risk increases even more if you are a smoker and take birth control. But many women take birth control and are fine, it is a risk vs. benefit for deciding whether the medication is correct for you.

Edit: Also, the story says it states incorrectly that the victim was taking Seasonale, she was in fact taking Yasmin.
Jessica, here is some of that email I got:

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The name of this new birth control
> pill is Lybrel. If you go to Lybrel.com <http://lybrel.com/>;
> <http://lybrel <http://lybrel/>; . com/> , you will find at least 26 pages of information regarding this drug.
>
> The second birth control pill is,
> Seasonique. If you go to the website of, Seasonique.com
> <http://seasonique.com/>; <http://seasonique <http://seasonique/>; .
> com/> , you will find 43 pages of information regarding this drug.The warnings and side effects
> regarding both pills are horrible. Please, please forward this
> information to as many daughters AND sons, co-workers, friends and relatives. Several lives have already been changed.
I don't take BCP, so I know nothing about it. My first instinct was that this was an email hoax. Is that first drug really a pill?
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Lybrel is a pill, but as far as I understand, on that one you get no periods at all. I'm pretty sure I've heard of serious issues with that pill.

I'm not on Seasonale/Seasonique, I'm just taking 3 continuous packs of Alesse. My doc is awesome and he said that there's no proven link, but it's different in Canada than the US. I used to be on OrthoEvra when that big deal happened about people getting clots, etc, and he told me that those issues were all with the American formulation - in Canada the dosage or something is different. I'd talk to your doctor. As long as you have a good doc, they're an amazing resource for info.
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Jessica, here is some of that email I got:



I don't take BCP, so I know nothing about it. My first instinct was that this was an email hoax. Is that first drug really a pill?
Oh, okay, I didn't see those links pull up for me earlier. I could see why these are a little riskier, they do contain more of the active ingredients which will up your risk of any type of side effect. Over the years, drug manuf.s have been trying to reduce the amount of estrogen/progesterone to lower the rate of side effects as much as possible. I guess these brands are getting more attention b/c their rate of side effects could be higher b/c of the increase amount of medicine. But I def. don't think the side effects of any of these are brought to the attention of women enough when they start taking it.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:58 AM
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When I was on Seasonale I spotted virtually every day. I never missed a pill and took it at the same time every day. I'm sure this is the exception but just be aware that it can happen! I have heard that this is one of the worst pills to be on if you are prone to spotting between periods while on BCP.
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:02 AM
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I found that going on any form of birth control pill make me gain weight and did make my boobs a LOT bigger.

I had been up to a 32DDD on one type of birth control and was up to 130lbs (i am 5'4" but have a very petite frame so i looked very heavy). I went off the pill and lost a bunch of weight and am now down to a 32B (which also has to do with my loss of body fat percentage due to working out).

I am now thinking of a copper IUD but have heard bad things about it as well. I try to stay away from estrogen/progesterone hormones for personal reasons. For me it really isn't about my period (mine have never really been a big issue at all) but for birth control purposes.

Again, everyone is different. Some girls i know have no problems and love taking the pill, others hate it. It is best to talk to your Dr. and get him/her to figure out what is best for you.
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Don't go with a copper IUD, go with Mirena. Be aware that some OB/GYN's won't prescribe it unless you have given birth, but there are plenty of people here on AF who have it and can vouch for it--mom's and women who haven't had kids yet!
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I took Seasonale, spotted all the time and gained 15 pounds that I am still trying to loose. Also, I always felt bloated all the time. Never again!
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Don't go with a copper IUD, go with Mirena. Be aware that some OB/GYN's won't prescribe it unless you have given birth, but there are plenty of people here on AF who have it and can vouch for it--mom's and women who haven't had kids yet!
The reason why i wanted a copper IUD is cuz i am trying to stay away from hormones and Mirena is a hormone based IUD.

I swear they need to come up with a birth control pill for men. The only one that i know of right now is called anabolic steroids and i REALLY wouldn't suggest guys taking that
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^ The old copper IUD by Dalkon Shield in the 70s was bad but the current one (Paragard?) is fine. The septic infections associated with the DS one doesn't occur with the Paragard.
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NovaT is another brand of IUD. People don't like the copper IUDs because they tend to cause heavier periods. Mirena does the opposite but it's very expensive. I think it's about $500 here in Canada.
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^^Unfortunately, every birth control increases your chances of blood clots and strokes. The risk increases even more if you are a smoker and take birth control. But many women take birth control and are fine, it is a risk vs. benefit for deciding whether the medication is correct for you.
Yes, this is absolutely true. We have to counsel our patients accordingly.

I have taken Seasonale and Seasonique for a few years now. I loved it when I was on it, but I got off it and tried Yasmin. Yasmin was great, but I decided I liked the fewer periods which for me was not only one period every 3 months, but very light flow and short periods (2-3 days max). I did however gain weight...maybe 5-10 pounds which I still have on.

As for side effects...all I can think of is the weight gain. I did have intermittent spotting the first year I was on it, but then I got on a regular schedule (taking it the same time every day) and it worked well.
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Totally loved Seasonale. It's the birth control I used right after giving birth and I can't remember having any side effects.
I tried different pills when I studied outside the U.S.
I am on my 2nd batch of Diane 35 now and although I am loving my skin, I have already gained 7 lbs and goes too crazy especially right before having my period.

I am sooh going back to Seasonale for sure when I'm back in the U.S.
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Bah I WISH my boobs got bigger when I went on BC (and I've tried 4 different brands!)
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Thanks so much for all the input guys!
Seems like BC affects everyone in different ways. Talking to a doc definitely sounds like the best idea. Thank you!
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I swear they need to come up with a birth control pill for men.
I knew I heard about this a while ago, so I found this article. I thought it was on the market in Europe already, but apparently not (since I couldn't find anything on the internet about its availability). There is hope for us, after all!!

Making The Male Birth Control Pill, Docs See Market For Pill; 30 Percent Of Contraceptive Users Are Men - CBS News
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