Posted by Kaysey on October 14, 2001, at 13:45:30
In reply to Re: Loestrin 1/20 and paranoia » Chloe, posted by AnneL on October 14, 2001, at 0:14:23
> > > Dear Chloe,
> It may be possible to find a combination oral contraceptive that you may be able to tolerate, but it will take trial and error and acceptance that perhaps you just cannot tolerate hormonal contraceptives. Sometimes, it is the progestin (synthetic progesterone) that is the culprit (your last pill contained norinthedrone) and some woman react poorly to the synthetic estrogen.
> I myself have tried every pill on the market containing 35 or less mcgs. of estrogen (due to my age - 41) The only pill that did not make me
> extremely anxious was a brand-new Pill called Yasmin, which contains a brand-new progestin called drospirinone (related to a diuretic often used in heart failure patients called spironolactone or brand-name Aldactone). This is the first new progestin on the market in approximately 9 years. I really liked it until week 3 when I started crying and crying. The great thing about this Pill if it works for you(it contains 30 mcgs. of estrogen) is that it actually induces weight loss through its diuretic action.
> So you might want to give it another go. For me, my Levonorgestrel containing IUD is my only option prior to undergoing a hysterectomy. I will be speaking with my Pdoc about upping my Effexor to see if I can counteract some of the depressogenic effects of the progestin. Good Luck to you and keep me posted. Take Care, Anne
I am 43 and I thought I had heard of (and taken) every combination of every different compound of ocp, available. In fact I research the 'net frequently to see if there is something new. I haven't heard of Yasmin. Is it readily available all over the US? I have always been in search of something that would not interfere with my quality of life.
Like Chloe, the Loestrin 1/20 did a number on me. I have admitted this to only one person, but while on that, I was truly suicidal. If I have too much progesterone compound, I get depressed, and if I have too much estrogen compound I get extremely anxious (which are expected to some degree with each). The Loestrin 1.5/30, gave me constant yeast infections. Yes, I have tried the different compounds for each artificial hormone too. Certain ones created acne, others interfered with my blood sugar so much, I wanted to pass out. The irony of all this is, I don't take them for birth control. I take them for hormone regulation! This is actually better than when I don't take them at all! I have even tried "creating" my own by altering the size of the pill. I know that sounds crazy, but this has been a real problem--and it makes regulation of my ADs difficult too. Just when I find an AD compound that works OK, the combo pill adds something weird!
Sorry for the long story, but I can really relate to this, and would like more info on Yasmin...is there a website? I have taken norethindrone, levongesterol, norgestimate (now with OrthoCyclen, and previously with Ortho-TriCyclen). I don't really like the Ortho-cyclen, but I am 'just living with it.' The Tri-Cyclen produced a different 'me' every week that the concentration changed..Estrostep did the same thing. So varying the estrogen doesn't help and neither does varying the progesterone. Is Yamine monophasic?
Sorry for the long post. Obviously this really caught my interest.
I appreciate any info you can give. Thanks so much and take care.