I am in the middle of my third pill pack and have not missed a pill. I have never taken birth control pills prior to this, so I am having a hard time telling if I am experiencing side effects of the pill or if I should be worried I am pregnant. My breasts are tender and seem swollen at times. The first two pill packs I had breakthrough bleeding, but this month I have not. I have had cysts/cramps in the past and I am experiencing some pain this month. I am experiencing some minor lower back pain, too. I have not experienced nausea or migranes, but do have a minor discharge. I am prone to yeast infections, but all of these things combined are making me nervous. Should I be worried?
If you're taking the pill correctly, the chances that are pregnant are less then 1%. You are probably just having side effects from the pill. Your period is not always going to be the same and you are not always going to have break thro bleeding. You can trust the pill. Just remember that if you are on an antibiotic you need to use a back up method of birth control until they are out of your system.
dear NJCL, these symptoms are most likely side effects, if you you took all your pills correctly and this is your 3 rd pack. Having always had hormone problems myself, my periods were crazy, all over the place. I also have a storied past with ovarian cysts. Birth control pills help regulate hormones, and also help dissolve and prevent ovarian cysts. However, you know your body best, if you think you are having an ovarian cyst, it may have been there before you started the pill and it is active now, call your dr. It is also extremely possible you do have a yeast infection, pill use does increase chances of those cropping up. Breast tenderness, nausea, break thru bleeding, skipped or lessened periods, are usually side effects , Fever, Pain, itching, discharge, more likely something you should call the dr about.
If you even think you have an ovarian cysts, it's worth it to let the dr check you. If they rupture, one of the worst pains in the universe, I am convinced. Best of luck, welcome to the site. Patti
Did you use back up as appropriate for at least the first seven days when you started your first pack? If you had unprotected sex in the first week of starting the pill you may not have been protected by the pill yet. If you had unprotected sex during your first week on the first pack, you may want to do a pregnancy test just to be sure. If you did use back up as appropriate and you have taken all your pills correctly with no misses then it is VERY unlikely that you are pregnant. It might be worth your while, just to be sure that you dont have some kind of infection going on, to see your Dr for an evaluation.
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