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    Having some side effects while on the pill. Other options?
    An_252915 posted:
    I've been on Levora since February and I've never missed a dose.

    Since then, my sex drive is non-existent and I have vaginal dryness. I still get my period and it's maybe one day shorter than when I wasn't on the pill, and my acne is much more severe than when before. I'm emotional and melancholy throughout the whole month, not just the week of my period, as was the case before the pill. All of this has gotten worse the longer I've been on Levora.

    The Planned Parenthood closet to me only has Levora, so in terms of other BC options, there aren't any others right now. I hope to soon be on my husband's health insurance to see a gynecologist, but that will be a while.

    We're not comfortable using only a condom, but we're at a loss for other options. I have allergic rations to spermicides and since I get yeast infections from tampons, it's been suggested I don't use female condoms, diaphragms, sponges, etc.

    Any guidance would be much appreciated.
    tlkittycat1968 responded:
    Sounds like you might be stuck until you can get on your husband's insurance. Different birth controls have different formulations and thus differing side-effects but until you can try different ones, there really isn't much you can do.

    Can you find out if another local Planned Parenthood has access to a different pill?
    An_252915 replied to tlkittycat1968's response:
    The next nearest one is over an hour away, and working three jobs barely allows me time to visit the one nearest to me.
    jk5493 replied to An_252915's response:
    Could you leave a message for the prescribing provider that you saw to see if they would be comfortable sending a prescription to another pharmacy that is closer to you? I've not gone to Planned Parenthood before and do not know if their providers will do that; however, they may be willing to try a new pill/brand and having them send a prescription to a nearby walmart or grocery store will keep the costs low while allowing you to stay at work. Just explain your situation (being so far away, vaginal dryness, low sex drive, etc) and they may be open to working closely with you to find a more accommodating solution.
    CurlyLady replied to jk5493's response:
    I have tried this and they won't discuss anything with me without a birth control consultation meeting, which is $85.00. The nurses won't even tell me if other PP's have other BC brands. They also don't send out prescriptions, since you purchase the BC right there at their facility.

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