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Side effects of using Seasonale

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Just over one year ago I had started having severe abdominal pain on the right side. The pain ranged from a mild pounding to more of a stabbing pain. At the time I had been diagnosed with a fluid filled cyst on my right ovary. It was about 5.5" in size, I believe. They gave me some pain medication and told me to wait it out. It went away after about 2 months. The pain had subsided for a few weeks and then wasn't too bad for a while. Since then I've had 2 more ultrasounds but they found nothing each time. But now over a year later the pain is back to being really bad every single day. The last week and a half I've also had bleeding between 6pm-8pm every night. I'm on Seasonale BC which you take for 3 months straight so I'm not on my period. I know spotting is normal but it's weird that it's the same time every night. I've also had nausia quite often and I'm always tired. I get severe lower back pain sometimes too. The pain is always in my right ovary though and sometimes even the left.

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replied June 22nd, 2009
Birth Control Answer A6823

Seasonale is a birth control product that contains two hormones: levonorgestrel and ethynil estradiol. Both of them prevent the release of eggs from the ovary, thus preventing the conception. Additionally, they thicken the cervical mucus so that it is more impassable for the spermatozoids.

The symptoms you reported (lower abdominal pain, lower back pain, nausea) might be related to the use of Seasonale. The hormones it contains might have caused a hormonal imbalance enough for the mentioned symptoms to appear. The everyday bleeding might be caused by the hormonal imbalance, too.

You might want to visit your gynecologist and check if the symptoms are related to Seasonale and if another birth control product would be better for you.

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