Loestrin 24 Fe Ravenous Hunger, Exercise Routine, Going to the Bathroom, Semblance, Sweet Tooth
Hi everyone, I’m 24 years old and had healthy periods prior to starting Loestrin 24. I just stopped taking the pill yesterday after 2.5 packs. Although it’s recommended to stick with any pill for three months before making a decision, it’s just not worth ... more »
Hi everyone, I’m 24 years old and had healthy periods prior to starting Loestrin 24. I just stopped taking the pill yesterday after 2.5 packs. Although it’s recommended to stick with any pill for three months before making a decision, it’s just not worth it to me. Here are my observations. The first month on the pill I was extremely moody and scarily depressed. Although I can get frustrated easily, normally I would keep that frustration to myself and get over it. After about two weeks on the pill I was overreacting to nearly everything, I cried all too easily, and unfortunately I lashed out at those close to me when something wasn’t to my liking. All of which I thought was totally rational at the time, and only later did I regretfully play back certain incidents in my head and wonder why I had been so upset. I have a fairly demanding job with long hours and stress both at work and at home with my roommate. The best way I’ve found to cope with that stress and to keep my sanity is through regular exercise. Again, within the first month of being on the pill my energy dropped drastically, and I felt lethargic nearly all the time. Even getting up from my chair and going to the bathroom while at work seemed like too much effort (and I used to relish going to the bathroom just for a break from my desk). That said, I forced (and I mean forced!) myself to continue my regular exercise routine, because my sanity was already waning. In fact I found this forum in that first month because I was trying to figure out why I was so lethargic, and wanted to know if that was a common side effect of this pill. What else? I developed a ravenous hunger. I constantly thought about food (especially sweets). I already have an unhealthy sweet tooth, but prior to the pill I had some semblance of self control, but I lost that while on this pill. My breasts got bigger (which is nice although they’re sore all the time), but luckily I wouldn’t say I’ve gained too much weight. My lower abdomen, however, started looking bloated and distended. What I found really bothersome was that I never felt satiated. I would eat and eat and eat, and when I should have been full, I’d already be thinking about other things to shovel in my mouth. It was hard to think about all the food I had eaten through the course of a day, and yet not ever feel satisfied. And here is my biggest complaint: during the first month on the pill I spotted on and off, but I had read that that was normal and as promised, I had a very short period. That was nice. After the second week of my second pack of the pill I was bike riding with a friend and felt distinctive period cramping. I dismissed the sensation since I was mid-pack. When I got home and went to the bathroom there was a glob of fresh blood in my underwear. I then continued to bleed (not heavily) for about two weeks until I hit the placebo pills and had my period. That really really pissed me off, especially because I had planned a camping trip with my boyfriend during a time that I shouldn’t have been bleeding. Anyway, I was almost ready to go off the pill, but decided to give it one more month. I started my third pack and everything was basically hunky dory (despite the ever present hunger, sore breasts…etc.), and then one morning I went to the bathroom and found that I had started spotting again…less than two weeks into the pack. I said f* it. I’ve never liked the idea of introducing hormones into my body, and I really don’t like not ovulating. I went on the pill because I wasn’t ready for an IUD. Now I am. I had come to accept a lot of side effects on this pill, but bleeding for two weeks straight is not OK. I bet my body would have eventually caught on to the routine, but I’d rather try a different method, and I’d rather get back to ovulating normally.