Loestrin 24 Fe Tri Sprintec, Ortho Tri Cyclen, Migraine Headaches, Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo, Heavy Periods
I started Loestrin 24 a month and a half ago. My doctor had me switch to it from Tri Sprintec because of all the horrible side effects Tri Sprintec caused. I had been on it because I no longer had insurance and couldn't afford my Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo anymore. So far, it has been AMAZING. ... more »
I started Loestrin 24 a month and a half ago. My doctor had me switch to it from Tri Sprintec because of all the horrible side effects Tri Sprintec caused. I had been on it because I no longer had insurance and couldn't afford my Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo anymore. So far, it has been AMAZING.
On Tri Sprintec (and Ortho as well, though not as seriously), I experienced weekly migraine headaches, and this is not including the regular old pressure headaches I had almost accepted as a fact of life. Also, I often experienced nausea, extremely heavy periods that lasted up to eight days, and horrible cramps that would leave me curled up on the couch and unable to go to school or work. All my life, I had experienced heavy periods, but it seemed to get WORSE on birth control. This is not including the terrible mood swings that almost drove me and my boyfriend apart. On minute I would be perfectly happy, the next I would exhibit clinical depression. I hated myself, and it didn't help things that my sex drive was nonexistent.
After two years of that, I finally got to a position in which I could afford insurance again, and my doctor started me on Loestrin. Within the second week, I noticed a difference. It's been two months, and I have only experienced one migraine. My first period on this was only three days and I didn't cramp at all. I spotted a bit for the first couple of weeks, but it was nothing a panty liner couldn't handle. I feel like myself again, and my sex drive is definitely back! Whereas I would almost have to force myself to have sex once every couple of weeks because my body didn't cooperate or seem to want to, I can now enjoy my boyfriend as often as I want! This pill has been a godsend.
Also, upon my first doctor's visit in which I was prescribed Loestrin, he found a 5 cm ovarian cyst that I had suspected because of the non-menstrual pain in my abdomen. I have gone back every five weeks since then to check on it, and it has been shrinking, and the pain has subsided. I don't know if this is a coincidence or not, but I was under the impression birth control pills were supposed to prevent such cysts. Tri Cyclen obviously didn't.
I love Loestrin 24 Fe.