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Seasonique side effects (Page 1)

I started Seasonique @ the end of Nov 2008. I am now halfway through the first month of my second 3 month pack (so 4 mos on the pill).

I am starting to feel as if it was the first month all over again. I am nauseated and my breasts are killing me. Unlike the first month I am experiencing cramping. Now I have been through breakthrough bleeding back in Jan and this is different (those cramps were more in my lower back and the flow was quite heavy - the doc said that everything was fine).


I have been cramping for 3 days, but there is no bleeding.

I was jus wondering if anyone else has had this happened them?

-also just a side note when it was time for the placebo pills my period was just 1 day and it actually happened the friday before the sunday I was to start the "yellow" pills. (that was roughly 2-3 weeks ago).
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replied March 30th, 2008
Especially eHealthy
It may just be that you're having a bad month. Not every month will be identical. I've had "normal" periods, light periods, bloating, cramping, and I took a pill for 3 years.
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replied July 9th, 2008
SEASONIQUE
Here's my advice...
stop taking seasonique NOW!!!!
I took seasonique for almost two years. I noticed my hair shedding a little bit but I didn't think too much about it because I have thick, curly hair. Then clumps started falling out. Now I have bald spots on my head. Do some research, this is a side effect of the birth control. I also suffered severe cysts which exploded, several infections and cramping, bloating, pain and discomfort while I took seasonique. Find an alternative birth control before you're bald too.
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Users who thank STLsheena for this post: auntieto4 

replied July 23rd, 2008
OMG I am definitely going to stop taking this now. I don't even have sex that much. I didn't know all this could happen!! I just wanted to skip periods. My gyno actually suggested it.
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replied September 26th, 2008
Seasonique Warning! Discuss with your doctor first!
Please listen to me everyone! I normally do not post messages regarding bad medication experiences, because each person reacts differently, but this is important. I have been on many birth control pill since I was 17 (I am 25 now). I asked my obgyn to put me on Seasonique because I was attracted to the four a year periods. I could not have made a worst choice! I used one pack completely (3 month supply) and suffered severe side effects. I developed multiple cystic-like zits on my jaw line that required anti-histamine shots from my Dermatologist. In addition to my face blemishes, I also developed severe acne on my back and chest.

The most severe problem I experienced was hair loss and hair thinning. Trust me, it is very noticeable. After stopping the pill, I continued to lose hair at the same rate. This undoubtedly has caused me incredible emotional problems. I have researched and found this may be due to high level of androgens in the pills. I am not a doctor, but I would bring this up with one if you are even slightly considering this pill.

To top off this list, this pill caused me the most intense mood swings, depression, and bloating that I have ever encountered with a birth control pill. My family, boyfriend, and co-workers all noted my extreme change.

I am not telling you completely forgo trying Seasonique even though I would absolutely if I got a redo. What I am saying is that if you want to try this pill, do your research and absolutely make your doctor discuss any and all side effects.
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Users who thank maclady for this post: greengirl2525 

replied August 23rd, 2012
PLEASE HELP! fellow hair-loser
Please contact me!!! I am desperate, i have been on seasonique for one year and my hair is falling out!! I stopped taking it, but now i want it to come back! I would love to get in touch with you

shoot me a msg please
This would be GREATLY appreciated!!!
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replied January 16th, 2009
Seasonique and Hair Loss
I am a twenty five year old female and I have recently (last Five Months) noticed my hair becoming thinner and thinner. It is most noticeable around my frontal hairline as that is the thinnest part to begin with. However, there is all over a decrease in the thickness of my once very thick wavy hair. I took Seasonique from March 2008 to June 2008 ( a total of ninety days) and bled every single day. After three month trial, i switched to Ortho Tri-Cyclen and have had no noticeable side effects.

I am concerned that the Seasonique (because of it androgenic properties) may have spurred some hair loss. I am very scared that this may be permanent and that it will continue at the same rate.
Has anyone had this experience? Did your hair thinning cease or did your hair grow back? I am so scared that it will continue that I will just be happy if it stops. I wanted to do as much research before I visit my physician, as of this point I am getting desperate.
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replied February 15th, 2009
Side Effects and Thank yous!
I am stopping taking this as of right now!!!! I never would have guessed that taking a birth controll pill could cause hiar loss!!! Thank you soooo much. I have had cramping and bleeding and neausea and i dont want to wait around to find out if im going to. THANK YOU SOOO MUCH for putting your stories up and im sooo sorry that had to happen to you!
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replied March 7th, 2009
when did you stop?
When you decided to stop taking Seasonique, did you continue your pack, jump to the yellow pills, or simply stop taking it all together?

I have noticed similar symptoms and was going to talk to my gyno about it, but after reading all this, I just want to stop now!
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replied March 26th, 2009
My DHEAS levels are low and Liver Enzymes high
I started taking Seasonique 4 months ago. I am extremely careful about everything I put in my body; organic when ever possible, very little dairy or meet in my diet, and I exercise atleast 3xweek. I get blood work done every year, every year it comes back perfect and above the healthy average. Now my DHEAS is low (function of the adrenal 'hormone' ) and my liver enzymes are elevated. I cannot help but wonder if it is from this pill. I want to get off of it now. Has anyone else had this happen?
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replied March 27th, 2009
Thanks so much!!!
Well ive only been on Seasonique for a month a one week. Ever since the second week ive had this VERY painful, aching... BAD BAD head ache. I did think anything of it but this past week its gotten to the point were im taking 6 excedrin a day and STILL have my headache! For the past 5 weeks i have been so "on edge" and moody towards my family and my boyfriend mostly... Then 3 days ago these weird nose bleeds started happening.... && to top it off i have noticed more hair in the shower.... My findings from researching the web was this website... This med sounds no good at all! Thank you I'm going to stop taking this med TODAY! The other things people wrote along with my own story is very scary and i cant believe it!
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replied July 13th, 2011
How long after you stopped taking Seasonique did you start feeling normal? I'm only on day 6 of my first month, I also posted a reply with my issues on page 8 that's a lot of pages with issues. I'm having headaches & mood swings & really sad feeling. I know your post was in 2009 but maybe you can still help???
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replied October 9th, 2011
My wife just had a stroke. She started Seasonique in August and her stroke occurred 9/3/2011. She was healthy, working out and a non-smoker.

All tests are inconclusive.

While in the hospital I noticed her hair was coming out in clumps. Doctors couldn't explain it, said it might be the pepcid they were giving her to prevent ulcers (she didn't eat for 9 days after her stroke because they weren't sure she could swallow).

I just found this forum today and researching if others have had strokes after taking Seasonique. Given what I've read on this forum, I am becoming convinced my wife's stroke may be related this this birth control.
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Users who thank AffectedHusband for this post: Shan69 

replied June 7th, 2012
Seasonique and Side Effects
I just read your post. I also had a stroke, Jan 28, 2010. I started seasonique around mid-Nov 2009. Like your wife, I was active, healthy, non-smoke. I had 1 doctor tell me it was the birth control and then I had 1 tell be that they could not tell what caused it.

Have you talked with a lawyer?
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replied July 17th, 2012
It wouldn't suprise me if her stroke was from this medication. I too had problems on this med. I suffered DVT or deep vein thrombosis. I ended up having 2 blood clots in my left leg. After a year of blood thinner shots in my stomach from this and lots of dollars later, I am thankfully alive to tell you about this. My doctor said, after so many blood tests, that she could find no other reason for this than the Seasonique birth control pill. I can no longer take any birth control pills and have to stay away from taking any hormones for fear of a reoccurance. The reason I started on Seasonique in the first place was to hopefully get bad migraines only every 3 months instead of every month. Thanks for sharing and I hope she is doing better. You only get to live once, so less is definately more. Im using condoms now, so no more bad meds will be added to my body!! As for anyone else, just be careful choosing your birth control.
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replied May 1st, 2009
Mental Anyone?
I'm like, 6 weeks into seasonique. I don't think i have ever been this mental in my whole life. i cry at nothing, or everything, or anything....i'm normally a pretty logical thinker, and that has disappeared. Granted, i'm getting married in 6 weeks, so planning a wedding is stressful. and i'm my maid of honors maid of honor in 8 days. so there is a LOT of stress here. but i'm beginning to wonder if my mental case is more than just stress. has anyone else felt like they're going bat sh*t crazy while on this pill?
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replied December 25th, 2011
I am so glad I stumbled upon these posts. I have also just recently started this pill (about 3 weeks ago). I have never felt like this. I am also experiencing anxiety and depression. I really don't want to place all the blame on this pill, but I can't pinpoint what else it could be! The first week of the pill was fine, but now I can't sleep or think straight. I just want to curl up and cry. I've been a basket case to my boyfriend, and I think he is feeling the side effects just as much as I am. All I do is worry. I am generally a laid back person, and now I feel the complete opposite! To top it off- my breasts are so sore I can hardly take it!

I honestly thought that I was going absolutely crazy, like having a mental breakdown. After reading these posts and doing a fair amount of research, I'm strongly considering that this pill might be the source. Before things get any worse, I am contacting my doctor immediately and getting off this asap! Thanks again for all your posts!
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replied January 19th, 2012
I'm with ya!! I've been on this for a year now and when the 2nd week comes around in the 2nd month....I get every symptom of menapause; dizzines, disoriented (today), nausea, feel internally hot, irritable..can't think straight. I did some reasearch on the hormons and they are all there. I have a uterine fibroid and cyst and hate to stop taking them because of flare ups during my cycle, but it's much better then feeling horrble for 6 weeks until my cycle comes on. I'm in the middle of the 3 months and wonder if it's ok to stop now; tired of going through these symptoms. I feel like I'm 35 going on 50!
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replied February 12th, 2012
Yes I've actually only been on this pill for a little over a week and in the past few days I've started feeling extremely emotional and sensitive to everything my boyfriend feels like he can't say anything to me without me crying. I'm thinking I should stop while im ahead..
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replied May 13th, 2009
Re mental anyone
I have only been taking the pill for about 6 weeks also and I have noticed a drastic change in my mood, my overall attitude has changed to the point that I've been missing work. I have had severe headaches, no energy, or desire to do anything. I'd say the depression side effect is a big YES. I have also been very achy. Thank god I haven't had the nose bleeds or the hair loss. I'm not taking the pill today and going to my ob tomorrow.
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replied May 13th, 2009
On the pill
I have been on seasonique for about a month and a half. I have had severe itching, headaches, bleeding for about 3 of the weeks. The bleeding never quits.. its like im shedding it. I have tried so many types of bc and just can't seem to find one! My moodiness and fatigue are pretty bad as well! This pill is a good idea as far as 4 periods a year but has side effects that just make it hell to take!
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replied May 14th, 2009
Mental 101 Update
So i went to see my gyno not long after my first posting from losing my mind. it's been about 2 weeks? She had me jump right to the yellow pills at the end and switched me to ortho-tricyclen & it is working MUCH better! she said that sometimes the kind of progesterone (i think is the hormome she said) doesn't react well with your body's own hormone make up. ever since i've been off i've been back to my old self! thank goodness!! crazy mood swings are gone, the headache is gone, etc. so my advice to everyone having problems since going on seasonique, talk to your doctor!
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replied May 19th, 2009
Thank Goodness I'm not the only one!
I am on my last pack of the 3 pack trial of Seasonique and I am miserable! I have never been on any kind of Birth control before and my GYN recommended it. I have basically been spotting every day for the last month and a half. I was so moody, I was considering breaking up with my boyfriend and moving out of town...then i realized I wasn't myself. I'm so glad to find out i'm not alone. The hair thinning part freaks me out- so i'll see if my Gyn will recommend another kind...any suggestions? Ortho-Tricyclein is what i seem to hear the most...
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replied June 25th, 2009
I have been taking seasonique since december 2008. When I went back after the trial I told my gyno i started to have migraines. She told me she really didn't think it was the BC. Nothing was done at the appointment concerning my migraines. A few weeks passed and my migraines were becoming more frequent and painful. I went back and she still insists it has nothing to do with the BC and prescribed me migraine medication. After reading everyone else's comments I am 100% sure my migraines are because of the Seasonique. The only sympton I am having is the migraines, but those are painful enough to switch to another BC. I had a IUD before this for three years and still had two years left on it and that somehow pushed out of my uterus and caused me to have surgery to remove it from my abdomen. Hopefully I can find some other BC that will not cause any problems!!!
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replied June 27th, 2009
Thinking about switching from OrthTri Cyclen Lo to Lo Seasonique
Wow!! thanks for the post.. i was seriously considering switching from my ortho tri cyclen lo to Lo seasonique.. to have less periods.. I HATE having a period!! but i have been reading and read about the androgenic part of it and that was what made me look more into it and after reading the posts.. i think i will just have to stick it out and stick with ortho tri-cyclen lo..does anyone know if the effects of starting a new ortho pack instead of taking the placebo pills will make you skip your period??? kind of the same concept for seasonique?? anyone know?? i mean is it absolutely neccessary to have to have a period every month??
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replied July 2nd, 2009
I have been taking it for more than a year and I have been suffering from intense migraines - I have to take imitrex by the ton. I would like to know, did anyone stop the pills or switched to a different pill and got rid of migraines/headaches? Also, I had perfect skin my whole life, and now my face has zits, and I also had an intense rash once.
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replied July 14th, 2009
Crazy too!
I'm so glad I read these posts. I've been on seasonique for almost 3 months now (2 weeks away from the yellow pills) I cry all the time and when I'm not crying I'm angry! I broke up with my boyfriend because I thought he was driving me crazy! The things I used to find cute or attractive about him were making me angry. I thought I was losing my mind! I didn't realize how much hormones can affect you. Sorry to those who's had worse things than mood swings. I pray you'll get better and the hair will grow back quickly. Thank you all and may God bless you more than you can possibly imagine!
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replied July 20th, 2009
I am a 23 year old female that has been dealing with major hormonal imbalances since I was 20. I had been on Seasonique for three months and in that time period I gained 10 pounds a month and once I was off continued gaining about 10 a month. 8 months after being off of the BC I went into the doctor realizing this wasnt me just eating unhealthy. He prescribed me Wellbutrin and I stopped gaining. I was on that for a couple months and he said that should kick start my hormones. Needless to say it barley did. I started going to a Natural doctor and she told me my adrenals were shot and I had too much sugar in my urine. She put me on vitamins and a diet of no sugars of any kind and no carbs. I also was faithful and still faithful at the gym. I started losing weight for awhile. I then became pregnant and my hormones seemed to be doing so much better. I am three months postpartum and I can tell they are still screwed. I am breast feeding and eating healthy and still GAINING. WHAT?!! I am even training for a sprint triathlon. I am going in on Wed. to see a hormone specialist and am trying to arm myself with as much info as possible. My testosterone at the beginning was 11 with low estrogen and low but normal thyroid. Is there hope to get better?! I feel so defeated. HELP!!!
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replied June 15th, 2011
If you've already had your thyroid checked, I'd suggest an MRI or CAT of your head. Sometimes tiny tumor on your pituitary gland can throw off your body's natural balancing system. My psychology professor has one and said it's the reason she has so many headaches and so much weight gain.
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