Hey guys, this is your friendly medical advisor Dr. Sam.
Now, have you developed side effects
to your birth control pills?
And are wondering what you should do?
If you stick around, I'll teach you exactly how to fix them.
So that even your doctor will be impressed!
So let's get started...
When I first worked at a sexual health clinic,
as a new doctor.
They gave me this "cheat sheet" of what to do
when women present with side effects from the pill.
And, today, I'm gonna share this with you!
Because, I believe the more information
that you have - the better!
Now, as there are literally hundreds of different
birth control pills available all over the world.
I'm just gonna be talking about the common brands.
If your pill isn't listed, I'm really sorry but
at least it will give you a starting point.
Acne! Let's face it,
it's the main reason many people start the pill.
If your skin has deteriorated since starting the pill,
you need to switch brands.
If you're taking a mini pill, then try and get on a
combined pill - if it's suitable for you.
Because it will give you the best help.
The best combined pills for skin are brands
like Yasmin, Ginet, Diane, Dianette and Estelle.
The reason is because they have a substance
in it called Cyproterone Acetate,
which is great for clearing up the skin.
What about breast soreness and pain?
This is from too much estrogen and progesterone
in the pill.
Switching to something like Microgynon 20,
Aviane, Alesse, Aubra or Lutera may help.
For depression, moodiness or irritability
try a pill that contains a synthetic version of progestin,
which is also known as Drospirenone.
Examples of brands that have this are:
Yaz and Bayez.
And as an added bonus -
they can also help with bloating.
For menstrual headaches, all you need to do
is skip the sugar pills entirely and just take
hormone pills back-to-back.
The same applies if you have nasty menstrual cramps.
Skip your sugar pills and just take the hormone pills.
If you want to change pills altogether,
I'd suggest switching to a medication
like Yasmin or Brevinor.
The higher amounts of progesterone actually
help relieve the cramping.
Now what about nausea?
This is actually a really common problem,
but so easy to sort out.
The problem is from too much estrogen
in your pill. So you need to switch to a
lower dose pill like Microgynon 20,
Lutera or Mercilon
and just watch out for some breakthrough bleeding.
On that subject, what should you do
if you get breakthrough bleeding?
Firstly, please make sure that it's not something else
like a sexually transmitted infection or
a cervical problem, where you're overdue
for a smear.
Just make sure you that you get a checkup.
Otherwise, if you're sure that it's related to the pill,
increasing the amount of estrogen in the pill
should help. So switching to a brand like
Monofeme, Levlen or Amethyst, or an
equivalent pill with at least 35 micrograms of estrogen.
Lastly, weight gain!
This is by far the number one question,
I get all the time about what pill
that they can go on to help stop weight gain.
Well, one of the reasons that it can happen
is from too much estrogen and progestin
in your current brand of pill.
So switching to a lower dose pill with both of those.
Examples are Microgynon 20, Alesse,
Aubre, Aviane and Lutera may help.
But it often comes down to going back and forth
a bit with your own doctor, to get
exactly the right brand for you.
Please don't lose hope there's always
something out there for you,
even if it just takes a little bit longer
to find it - you'll get there.
Thanks for watching.
I hope this helped address some of your
issues with birth control pills
that you might be having.
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