I need to find a b.c. method that is affordable that I can use. I am a 1/2 pack a day smoker with skin pigmentation problems on my face that was diagnosed as melasma. I took b.c. pills since I was 14 to 32. Initially to stop my continous menstrual cycle after it started. At 32, I started having mood swings and skin changes and switched to the depo shot, which dried me up to much. So, I have never been pregnant and sjust started having my period again, so need to find a pill that would work for me without affecting the consistency of my cervical mucus and that wont darken my melasma anymore than it already is.
Birth control pills aren't recommended for women over age 35 who are heavy smokers (around 15 cigarettes a day) because it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. If you're 35 or older, and you smoke heavily, you need to quit smoking before you can safely take a birth control pill.
You may need to consider another method of contraception if you smoke heavily.
If you are not a heavy smoker you could consider a low dose combined birth control pill or a progesterone only pill. Talk with your doctor.
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