I have been dealing with hormone imbalance for 4 years now and seems to be getting worse, recently my doctor recommended ortho cyclen, but because of my age I'm afraid to take them. I have read so many bad things about it and I have read many good things too. I'm just desperate, I can not take the mood swings, heavy bleeding, and periods that last for almost two weeks, depression, it feels like my body just shuts down not able to do anything. I have read that this pill will help with all that but I'm afraid of all the risks and side effects, anyone over 40 ever taken this pill? Please share.