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anyone Change pills to lower hormone levels?

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Hi ladies! Long time user, but I've been M.I.A. lately.

Have any of you ever dropped down in horomone levels with your pills? Because of different side effects my doctor kept upping my pills to higher level hormone ones. Now I'm on Apri 21 and have weight gain. I'm not making excuses for it, it literally bounces around from about 8 lbs day to day, up and down, and it correlates every time I start a new pack.

Anyway I want to go way down back to Alesse or something to see if it makes a difference (I am also getting my thyroid checked). Have any of you dropped down? Did it work out?

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replied May 9th, 2013
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Changing birth control pills to a lower dose combination can help with reducing the side effects caused by the hormonal content of the pills used. Many women experience weight gain while being on high dosage pills (gaining 2-5 kgs is considered to be common side effect), and it takes a few months for you to get back to your weight (that was before you started with taking the pills). Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation (to rule out any other endocrine causes for your weight gain), clarification and assistance. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
Take care.



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replied May 16th, 2013
Oh yes I did gain weight while taking Desogen which is the equivalent of Apri. It made me want to eat everything. I felt like a balloon with the bloating. Then as soon as I switched to Alesse which has one-third less estrogen, my weight went back to normal. Alesse has the least side effects out of all the BC pills I've tried.
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replied May 17th, 2013
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Interesting! I saw my doctor Monday, she wouldn't put me on Alesse, I don't know why, but she put me on Tri Cyclen Lo which has the same hormone levels as Alesse so I'm hoping for the best!
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replied May 17th, 2013
Hi I checked out Ortho Tricyclen Lo and it has 0.025 mg of estrogen. Alesse has a bit less with 0.020 mg. I think you'll do okay on it unless the progestin in Ortho Tricyclen Lo contribute to weight gain as well. I've been taking Mircette for many years. I consistently gain 3 lbs by the end of the day and I lose it by morning. But bouncing 8 lbs does sound like a lot. I suppose your doc put you on a triphasic pill which may balance out your own body's hormonal fluctuations or could be your family history of diabetes. "Triphasic pills do not have a bad effect on the carbohydrate and lipid metabolism like monophasic pills and therefore can be used by the diabetic women."
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