My best friend gave me a pack of birth control today that she had leftover from when she went off them. It is an unopened pack of Portia. I planned on starting them this sunday and finishing the pack and then go to to the doctor and get on maybe the patch or a different kind of bc pill if i dont like this Portia. Im dreading going to the doctor very much and taking these will help me put it off for a couple weeks and still be started on something. I might even like the Portia and got a free pack. Please help
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replied May 1st, 2008
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Don't be worried about going to the doctor. You should go and let him/her prescribe something for YOU. Find a female doctor if it makes you feel more comfortable. Birth control pills are not an instant preventative - don't put it off. I promise it will make you feel a lot better to get an exam, positive PAP test, and birth control suitable for YOU. My doctor recommended 2 months use before having unprotected sex, with my husband, to prevent pregnancy.
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replied May 1st, 2008
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i don't think it is a very smart idea to go on any birth control pill without the consent of your doctor first.
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replied May 1st, 2008
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Going to the doctor for birth control isn't that bad. I have a friend that went and was prescribe birth control and didn't even have to get a pelvic exam right off. (She wil have to go back in six months for it but its kinda of like your plan for putting it off).

Go to the doctor, and get something for you. You won't even really know if you like the pills or not by the end of one month anyways. Any real side effects didn't come for me until at least the third straight month of taking pills. And eeyore46 is right, you're really supposed to take pills for a certain amount of time before you're even protected. My doctor told me a month. So really there's no reason not to just go in and get something a little more long term.
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replied May 1st, 2008
I was on ortho tricyclen lo before and i hated them. I had to go to the doctor twice. Once to get on them and another for a yearly med check. When i got off them i never went back. I always had SEVER anxiety when i went, often had to excuse myself because i thought i was gonna pass out. I would love to just go to the doctor and have her just write me out a prescription and not even check me out. Its just a hassle and its very awkward and uncomfortable. I dont wanna go but i guess i have to. I really dont see a problem with me taking these pills. At least it will get me started and i wont have to wait as long for them to become effective. I will never get over this sever anxiety.
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replied May 1st, 2008
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well you were able to form an opinion about Ortho tricyclen because you were on it for two years. One month isn't going to do anything but remind you what its like to remember to have to take your pill every night.

If you've had problems with birth control before then why on earth would you just take some random birth control pill without talking to your doctor? It might be similar to the pill you just finished taking. If your anxiety was caused by the pill then your doctor would know why and be able to get your something that won't cause it as much or at all.
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replied May 1st, 2008
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I would definitely go to a doctor before you try. It is important because they do things like measure your blood pressure and check to make sure you aren't anemic. Without the checkup and the okay from the doctor, there may be something wrong with your body preventing you from going on birth control or certain types of it that you wouldn't know about and could be of a risk to you.
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I was realllly nervous about going to the gyno for the first time too, but it wasnt bad at all... they didnt even have to do any examinations or anything I basically just talked to the doctor and she gave me a perscription. Also, it was really helpful because there are tons of different brands of birth control and some have different side effects than others and my doctor was able to help me choose the right kind based on what I wanted and didnt want to get out of my pill. One month on these new pills you have isnt going to do anything for you, you would have to use a back up form of birth control for most of the month AND a month isnt long enough to see if you really like that brand as your body doesnt really start to adjust until at least 3 months on the pills. I would reccommend heading to the doctor before you start taking those pills.
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replied May 1st, 2008
I am aware that they wont be effective for over a month and i plan on using a second form of BC even when they are effective. I just want to get started on something so when i go to the doctor to get a presctiption i will already be almost active with the birth control. But idk i guess it was a stupid question for me to ask. The bottom line is i really dont find it to be necissary to be thoroughly checked out to get on birth control, it should be my choice wether i want someone looking at my body. I have been off birth control for almost 2 years now and i still feel the same anxiety and panic that i have always felt.
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replied May 1st, 2008
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I know its your choice who you want looking at your body, but the fact is that birth control is something that is prescribed, and that is for specific reasons. If birth control is safe for anyone at any time it would be something available over the counter.

Saying that is the equivelent to saying you feel sad and your friend has anti depressants and you think its okay to take them.

You don't know what dose is right for you. You don't know if your blood pressure is okay for you to be taking it. You don't know if you are in the correct health.

It may seem scary, but you really need to get your body checked out, ESPECIALLY if you are sexually active. Would you prefer have a woman look at your body and feel uncomfortable for five minutes, or would you rather find out five years down the road that you have cervical or breast cancer and were too scared to find it in its early stages and have to deal with doctors for many many more years?

Please do yourself and your body a favor and get checked just so you can know you are healthy and all is well.
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replied May 1st, 2008
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I wish you could go to my doctor. She is sooooo kind and makes small talk all through the exam. She is great! How old are you? If you don't want to go now, then use condoms. Don't use the pills your friend gave you - it is just prolonging your visit - get it over with so that you can stop thinking about it. Your doctor may want to prescribe a low dose pill, which has less side effects, but are still very effective. Tell your doctor of your concerns and maybe you will not have to be examined. But..........I promise you it is worth it - there are so many women who suffer from cervica, uterine, and ovarian cancer. I hate it each and every time, but I am always very relieved when the test comes back clear! Be strong, grit your teeth, and endure it - you have been before, so you know it doesn't hurt. I promise you it will be worth it. If you just can't make yourself do it yet, go to a local clinic, college, or somewhere where they will just prescribe the pill for you without the exam.
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