Over the past several years, I’ve been on many types of birth control, and I have to say, so far for me, Micronor has been the best! As you can see, I just started my 6th month of it and I love it! (I also adore the fact that my birth control packet cares about my safety when it comes to sex and that it comes with a “condom compartment”!)

Just a few interesting things about Ortho Micronor; it is referred to as a “mini pill” because it is a progesterone only pill (meaning there is no estrogen in it.) Micronor is a pill that should be taken every day around the same time for it to maintain it’s effectiveness. Taking this pill every day can make your periods lighter as there are no sugar pills. Micronor is also safe for people to take while breastfeeding! [x]

I just wanted to take the time to show my appreciation for my birth control! We should have a Birth Control Appreciation Day, where we post pics of our birth control and write about how awesome it is and it would be a great way for other people to get more education on certain types of birth control! Anyways, just wanted to share, please feel free to share your favorite birth control methods with us! - Paige

I'm so sick of this

The birth control I’m on has been giving me 2 periods a month for the last 3 months or so and I’m so tired of it. It seems like every time Justin and I have sex the next day I get a period. It’s as if my body doesn’t want me to have sex more than once. There is literally 1 week between periods and this is getting ridiculous. It was never this bad before I had Joey.

I’m seriously tempted to either go off of it, or see my doc and find a different option.

anonymous said:

Hello! Was just reading through your blog (which is great by the way) and saw you said this: "The MiniPill - progesterone-only birth control pill. Must be taken at the exact same time every day.". This was formerly the case, however newer Desogestrel mini pills such as Cerazette, Desorex, Aizea, Cerelle, and Nacrez have a window of 12 hours, unlike older POPs like Micronor (3 hours). These pills are the norm in the UK. Are they not taken in the US?

They are NOT available in the USA.

Unfortunately, in the US, the only progesterone-only pill that is available is Micronor which uses the type of progesterone called Norethindrone.  The thing about Norethindrone is that in order to be effective, the pills have to be taken within a 3 hour window every day.  Bummer, right?

In other countries, progesterone-only pills use Desogestrel (as you mentioned) and that type of progesterone has more lee-way.  You can take the pill within a twelve-hour window.  It makes them much easier to take. 

Desogestrel is not approved in the USA right now.  It was, previously, but some information came out showing that desogestrel had a higher rate of blood clots than Norethindrone, and it was pulled from the shelves.  While I don’t have a specific opinion on whether or not the suspicions or complaints were worth removing the pills from the shelves, I do think it really is a shame that we don’t have progesterone-only pills that are easier to take.  :(

anonymous said:

Can you give more info on estrogen free birth control pills? Links would be appreciated. Thanks in advanced I know you do a lot a research.

I made a post today about the birth control I’m on, called Micronor, which is an estrogen free mini pill, and you can find it here. (There are links to more information on the pill within the post!) Hope this helps! - Paige

It is strange and unsettling to put trust in something nearly small enough to fit in a headphone jack.

I know it is early yet and my body is still going through many adjustments, but man I gotta tell you every night without fail from about 8:30-10:30 I get wicked hot cramps that feel exactly like having a period.
I fall asleep and they’re gone in the morning and everything is as normal until again in the evening. Right on their half-life schedule.

anonymous said:

(RE: Micronor) Hey Paige, I used to take an estrogen/sugar pill combo for oral bc but I had awful depression after a year on this particular pill. I've been scared of taking any type of hormonal bc ever since because it was honestly the scariest point of my life mentally (I have depression/anxiety on the regular, but this was extreme). Would progesterone be recommended as bc that doesn't cause negative mood changes? What has been your experience so far? Thanks!

I had the same experience when taking birth control with estrogen in it (I didn’t experience depression, but my anxiety did worsen.) So far, since being on Micronor, I have not experienced any anxiety attacks (and no I am currently not on any other medication either! Naturally I am very happy about this!) One of Micronors rarer side effects is depression, but so far, I have not had any negative side effects mentally or physically. My best suggestion would be to bring it up with your doctor, they’ll be able to weigh the pros and cons with you and if they believe it is the right birth control for you then they will prescribe it! I hope you can get yourself a reliable birth control that works best for you! If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask! - Paige

Cerazette Mini Pill - A Daily Contraception

Women today have realised and used to their advantage the importance of contraception. Hormonal contraceptives are the most sought after contraception by women. Until recently, condoms played a major role where use of contraception was concerned. However, condoms did not prove to be completely effective in preventing a woman from being pregnant. This increased the popularity of contraceptive pills, a daily contraception, and one of the popular hormonal contraceptive methods. Known also as birth control pills, it can either be a combined or a mini-pill.

A birth control pill is composed of synthetic female hormones – oestrogen and progestogen. A mini-pill is the one which consists of a single synthetic female hormone – progestogen. As a result, it is also termed as the ‘progestogen-only pill’. Cerazette is one of the most popular progestogen only pills used by women. It consists of desogestrel, a synthetic version of progestogen, as its active ingredient. This pill is effective for women who are unable to tolerate the synthetic version of oestrogen which is present in a combined pill.

Cerazette is the only progestogen-only pill which performs all three functions that a combined pill does. It prevents ovulation along with preventing entry of a sperm by thickening the cervical mucus and thinning of womb lining. This mini-pill is required to be taken for all 28 days of your menstrual cycle, without any break in between. Another popular progestogen-only pill is Micronor. These pills can also be taken by women who are breastfeeding or have a habit of smoking and are over 35 years of age. You can buy Cerazette and Micronoronline through any licensed pharmacy.

anonymous said:

I'm currently on the mini-pill and my side effects are only positive. I've had my period a couple times (much lighter and less painful than usual) since the initial spotting and I think it might have stopped altogether. I've been thinking about getting the implant because I want something I can forget about (I think that IUD string-checking would cause anxiety) Can I expect that the side effects will be similar even though the types of progestin are different and the implant gives higher doses?

Well you’ll need to listen to your needs and your body over anything else, but here is my understanding of the different birth control methods.

Nexplanon - 68mg of etonogestrel released at a time

Micronor (mini-pill) - has 36mg of levonorgestrel per pill

 Mirena IUD - releases approximately 20 mcg of levonogetrel a day

While I understand that you have your own reasons for not wanting an IUD, to me it is clear that the progression from the mini-pill to the Mirena is the most logical.  I am always nervous about Nexplanon because the bleeding pattern is very uncertain - 1/3 of people end up with no bleeding, 1/3 of people have regular periods, and 1/3 of people have constant bleeding.  Because of those odds, I don’t tend to suggest it to my patients.  Additionally, the extraordinarily high levels of progesterone causes a number of other side effects like mood swings, depression, hair loss, weight gain, PMS symptoms, etc.  However, it is the most effective birth control, so I would rather my patients have the Nexplanon implant than the pill if they truly are looking for a way to avoid pregnancy.  

Anyway, I hope that all helps!  Good luck!