okay, I am going to modify what I just wrote. I wouldn't rule out possible interactions (make sure your doctor knows you are taking both)...but I have never heard of alprazolam affecting the "efficacy" of birth control pills.View Thread
why not take a pregnancy test for peace of mind? but from personal experience (I take a low dose bc), my periods can be days late at times and extremely light (more so than usual). This month, for example, my period lasted 1.5 days.View Thread
I have been on the same bc for many years (and take it on time each day) but do experience breakthrough bleeding a couple of times a year. for me, the bleeding comes midway through the ppack--lasts 3-5 days. then i get my withdrawal bleed on time. i am wondering if BTB (breakthrough bleeding) is what is happening. curious, since it is happening so close your period...does the bleeding extend through your placebo week (withdrawal bleed)?
also, curious, are you on a low dose estrogen bc? I guess BTB is more common with low estrogen pills. (which i take).
my understand is that pregnancy is not a concern if you have been taking your pills are prescribed. (if less so in your case since your boyfriend uses protection, too).
honestly, i wouldn't worry about it if this is an isolated situation. if it persists, i would see your gyno. there may be nothing wrong--but pill induced BTB...but you may want to get a different pill to stop it for simply the annoyance factor.View Thread
I am in the second week of active pills (ortho tricyclen-lo) and i have some break through bleeding. I have been on this particular pill for years without a problem. (two years ago I had a planned pregnancy, but went right back on six weeks after delivery). I am in my late 30s, monogamous relationship. I have previously been tested for HPV, STDs (I read that can be the cause)--negative. I do not smoke. I take my pill every day within a two hour window. I am a low weight. I currently do not consume alcohol (but have in the past). I drink lots of herbal tea (but nothing with st. johns wart). I am not on any prescription medication that is known to interact with the pill. I am not on any new medication. my withdrawal bleed was normal and on time last month. any ideas? a reason to see my gyno?View Thread
I have read that drinking concentrated valerian root tea can help ease anxiety as well as help with insomnia. But of course I found some websites that talk about its interaction with "the pill." I absolutely do not want to take anything to compromise the effectiveness of my BCP, but I also do not want to avoid a potentially very helpful herbal treatment. Any real research and validity to the claims of valerian root making BCP less effective? Thanks.View Thread
I am so sorry you are going through so much pain and have been through all of that. It definitely sounds like some negligence is involved. Did your medical charts indicate you had a latex allergy?View Thread
do you have the ability to go to planned parenthood or some other women's resource center? often they will do sliding scale fees based on income and lack of insurance.
This isn't the same thing, but it may truly be a reaction to the hormones (either her own or the synthetic hormones) prior to the onset of her period. Strangely, I get a blister (inside of my mouth on the inside of my lip in the same exact place each month prior to starting my period...it is almost a sign I will start my period).View Thread