Drug Ratings for ORTHO-NOVUM 1/35-28

Average Rating: 2.6 (193 Ratings)

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 1  timing with IVF Constipation, nausea, breast tenderness,depressed and crying a lot,small amount of bleeding every day,slight weight gain -bloated F 35 3 weeks
3/5/2014

 3  Prevent Pregnancy Feeling bloated. Weight gain. This is my first time back on BC in 5 years. It is my first time on a monophasic pill. This pill makes me feel constantly bloated and I have gained weight and my breasts are swollen for the majority of the month. The only pro to this pill is I no longer get debilitating period cramps and I think it helps to manage cystic ovaries. I also haven't noticed any fluctuations in my overall mood and it hasn't decreased sexual desire. F 33 3 months
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12/10/2013
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 1  Prevent Pregnancy Headaches, migraines, extreme fatigue, very painful cramps, uncontrollable appetite, increased anxiety, depression, mood swings, constant bleeding, chest tightness. F 21 2 weeks
8/16/2013
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 3  Stop heavy chronic bleeding My GYN prescribed this after I bled so heavy I was hospitalized and had to have a transfusion. I will say my bleeding stopped after taking a tapered course of these pills. Thank The Lord!! However, I can not continue them due to the other side effects even tho I'm down to one pill a day. Horrible fatigue, hot sweaty flashes esp after eating, nausea, irritability, shortness of breath, and it totally kills my sex drive (if I could even think about sex while feeling so horrible). I know my reason for taking them is different and they did work in that capacity, but the side effects are scary!!! F 40 3 weeks
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6/20/2013
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 1  Birth control Anxiety and sleeplessness at night, insatiable hunger, slight weight gain, nausea and gas after eating F 33 9 days
6/4/2013

 5  Birth control, easier periods None. Took this pill for 27 years (generic for the last decade or so) without any side effects. Always loved that my periods were very light with little cramping. I had experienced nausea and severe cramping until starting the pill. I switched to a different pill two months ago looking for a lower dose after all these years (this was low when I started taking it). Iíve been extremely fatigued and a chronic illness that had been under control has flared. Iíll be going back to Ortho-Novum 1/35 next month. F 43 27 years
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5/22/2013
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 1  To prevent Pregnacy Very heavy bleeding the fifth day, cramps, mood swings, very argumentive, and emotional. I did not like this pill at all and I have only been on it for almost a week. This pill hurts me a lot and just gives me the worst moods. I am 15 and just started this pill. Just try another brand.. But some people get it good and some get it bad.. F 15 6 days
1/35 1X D
2/27/2013
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 5  Heavy, irregular periods I had no side effects at all. This pill is great! Has helped my skin, shortened and lightened my periods and I don't spot on this pill like I did on Tri-Sprintec. It's monophasic which means the dosage of hormones is the same throughout the month and doesn't change from week to week..whereas triphasic increases the dosage of hormones each week. F 22 8 months
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10/16/2012

 1  to regulate menstrual cycles Severe cramping, vaginal bleeding, depression, bloating, migraines. Only been on this medication 7 days and I started irregularly bleeding day 5 and severe abdominal pain the second day being on it! F 20 7 days
9/15/2012
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 2  Acne WEIGHT GAIN F 22 2 months
1/35
9/14/2012
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 2  heavy and prolonged bleeding fatigue, anxiety/nervousness, chest pain, sharp leg pains, spotting, bloating, lightheaded, Since I started this pill, I've been constantly feeling tired,lacking energy, very nervous, having alot of anxiety. I feel lightheaded. I'm having chest pain, almost like a heart attack. I'm having sharp pains in my legs. I feel bloated, very gassy since I started. I took this pill when I was bleeding, the first day it completely stopped my period, then the next day i've started spotting/light period. It's been 4 days now, and still spotting. Just not feeling well on this pill. Not sure I can finish the month cycle with them... F 29 4 days
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7/19/2012
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 2  birth control weight gain, mood swings, leg cramps, bloating (Taking generic: Necon 1/35) I HATE this birth control. I have tried several oral contraceptives in the past and also the depo shot. This one by far has the worst side effects. I've gained around 10 lbs in alittle under 2 months. That's not even the worst part...I have foot and leg cramps so bad I can't sleep most nights. I have not made any changes to diet or exercise - so it's definitely from the pill. F 34 2 months
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7/8/2012

 2  stop heavy bleeding headaches, severe cramps,nausea,uncontrollable weight gain,fatigue and extremely tired.Also unable to wake up in the morning,and unexplained sweating. Did not work the way I expected.I have been using these off and on for about 3 yrs,and this is the first time with severe side effects and mood swings.This time ,I started with 2 pills a day for 1 week then 1 pill a day,skip unactive pills and start new pack. F 32
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6/29/2012
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 5  Birth control; bleeding Weight loss Breast enlargement Better moods Less anxiety/ paranoia I know I've only been on this pill (the generic) for a week but there is an amazing difference. First, the pill cost me $15 opposed to OTC Lo which was $65. That, however, does not matter. I had lots of extra bleeding on OTC Lo. I have trouble with anemia so I need to go sparingly on the bleeding. In this week, i have not had any bleeding. My boyfriend has noticed that I'm happier and less moody than when I was on OTC Lo. I have lost weight. That does concern me. I went from being 115lbs to 98 lbs in a week and I need to pay attention to that. My new C-cup bras are too small but my breasts do not hurt. I have had an increase in appitite and I'm really thirsty all the time. I have not seen an improvement in my skin :( but it has only been a week. I have also seen a slight improvement in my anxiety/ paranoia. That's great! *note: this is just my review and does not mean that this is necessarily the pill for you. We all have different bodies. F 23 7 days
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6/25/2012
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 2  Birth control and cramps I am not happy with this bc. I've noticed a huge change in my mood, for the worse. And I've gained about 10 pounds while on it, im also always bloated. I know the weight gain had to be the pill because I go to the gym regularly and eat right. I'm more tired now too and worry a lot, more than I should. I'm calling my doctor tomorrow because I don't want to start the new pack. F 27 4 months
6/7/2012

 5  prevent pregnancy No side effects F 21 1 months
1 pill
5/26/2012

 2  Prevent pregnancy Overwhelming anxiety, weight gain, potential ruptured cyst(s) breast swelling and tenderness, pain in legs and upper back. Majorly increased sex drive/libido. What a bad 2 months. I noticed something was wrong around the time of ovulation--I had a strange throbbing on the right side of my abdomen&excessive discharge that wasn't normal for me. I had intercourse w/my bf a few days later,¬ even 5 minutes after we were finished, I experienced the worst pain of my entire life for 2HOURSóI even ended up going to the ER! Doctor thought I had a cyst rupture. I didn't attribute it to the bcl till the pain came back around at the exact same time the next month (which is now, as I'm writing this). My bf&I do long-distance, &I'm terrified to have intercourse again when I see him in 6 days. I canít handle another rupture. Also, on Necon (generic Ortho Novum), I noticed upper back pain, weight gain, breast swelling/HORRIBLE tenderness (though having bigger breasts was awesome and worth the tenderness),&pain in my legs that did thankfully go away after a few days. The worst part though was I was having overwhelming anxiety/nervousness for at least 3-4 hrs/day, which made my heart beat rapidly&made me worry more. The only good thing I noticed (besides bigger breasts) was my sex drive was MAJORLY increased. I have unfortunately always had a low libido, but now I find myself wanting sex all the time.Itís grown annoying because sometimes itís all I can think of.The other side effects aren't worth the increased libido.When I'm done this pack in a week, you bet Iíll be trying something different F 24 2 months
35 1X D
5/18/2012
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 1  birth control, menstrual cramps Started with ortho tricyclen lo when i was 21 and was doing okay. My cramps eased up for about 6 months and I gained about 15 pounds. Then cramps came back really bad so I was switched to ortho novum to see if it would work. I've been on it for a year and in the last two years had a brain mri, bloodwork, took anti-depressants and ended up in the hospital after 5 days, went to a psychiatrist and a psychologist, an ear nose & throat specialist for balance, and way more. I never put the two together and I figured just today that my severe anxiety and depression started a little after i started my birth control. Today is Day 1 that I have stopped taking it. Hopefully I'm back to my old self again soon because I've never felt worse! I feel like I'm living my life like a chore and Im having no fun because I'm always nervous so I stay hope, no motivation. My mood swings are terrible, I cry all the time, I constantly thought about not being alive and I dont know how my bf, friends, and fa Please contact me if you have any tips, suggestions, or questions!!!!! F 24 1 years
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4/2/2012
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 1  Irregular periods I found that it made me very sad, and I started to worry about everything. Made both legs hurt and made insides of my body hurt?? My husband said it was like I was in a shell, not like me at ALL!!!! I'm going back to ortho cyclen ASAP did it make anyone else just hurt??? F 30 10 days
1/35-28
2/28/2012
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 4  Painful periods, heavy bleeding Helped a lot with my periods don't have such bad pain or such heavy bleeding. Have had some weight loss about 10 or so pounds not complaining have been trying to lose weight. It's a really good bc to take but the only downside for it for me is that I have been a little more fatigued than usual since starting it an somedays am irritable but everyone has a different bc that works for them an after 2 yrs of different ones for me that I hated I found one that works for me! :) F 19 2 months
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2/22/2012
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 5  birth control Shorter period, less cramps, no changes in mood; still no kids! Yea!! Have been very pleased. F 40 10 years
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2/2/2012

 4  Prevent Pregnancy Breast Swelling I don't mind the swelling, it means a push up bra or one with underwire isn't needed for a few days. :) My severity of my cramps have definitely decreased! I use to not be able to get out of bed but now with the pill along with regular exercise my cramps are a lot more manageable. I can't complain about this bc. F 25 2.5 years
.35 1X D
2/2/2012

 1  pregnancy prevention Depression, chest pressure,stomach discomfort, nausea, dryness, low sex drive, and acne to top it off. I never experienced this many symptoms with any other pill. F 31 6 months
1/24/2012

 1  Breakthrough bleeding,painful perio nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, constant bleeding, constant cramps, vaginal dryness, depression Absolutely the worst BC I have ever been on!!!!! I have had painful, irregular periods and cysts for most of my life. I was on Yaz and had breakthrough bleeding and so my Doc switched me to this pill. I have never had such a severe reaction to a pill in my life. It made every issue I ever experienced increase 100%. I bleed constantly, I have severe cramps almost the entire 28 days. I can't enjoy intercourse because I am constantly worried about bleeding (which happens almost every time) I experience anxiety and shortness of breath, especially in the mornings. I feel like a monster on this. It makes me feel like I am losing my mind. I am switching to Loestrin as soon as I finish my last week on this pill. Terrible experience. F 30 5 days
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1/12/2012
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 4  PCOS, to regulate period Breast swelling, weight loss, slight nausea Reading all of these comments, it it clear that every woman responds differently to these pills. I am trying to lose weight to prepare for IVF and I was very nervous about taking these pills because of weight gain side effects. I have lost 10 pounds in the last month. I also have been eating healthy and working out, but having PCOS, the weight comes of VERY slow. I only lost 6 pounds or so a month before starting the pill. I have lost 40 pounds in about 6 months so now I am able to start my IVF cycle. I have one more month of Necon before I stop and start my fertility meds. My breasts are larger, which isn't great since they were already 42 D's. I also have very mild nausea (feels like I am car sick every now and then, no more than 10 minutes or so a day), but all in all I have responded well. Don't get discouraged until you try it. I was convinced I would gain weight and I did not. Every one responds differently. Good luck!! F 35 2 months
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12/11/2011
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 1  birth control Weight loss, ibs, no period 16 2 months
1X D
12/6/2011

 3  Birth control/regulate period Weight gain, fatigue, nipple pain I've been taking birth control for 4 years and recently switched to Necon 1/35 (a generic for Ortho-Novum 1/35) because I was having too much breakthrough bleeding with other birth controls. The breakthrough bleeding stopped and my period was actually very light. I normally don't gain weight from birth controls but this pill has made me gain 10 pounds in less than a month and a half. The more I work out the tighter my pants are so I really think the weight gain is due to this pill. I also noticed that I've been a lot more tired since I started taking this pill. I actually slept for 20 hours one day a couple weeks ago without the help of any sleeping pills. During the first month I experienced extreme nipple pain, but it didn't come back the second month so that was nice. F 22 38 days
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9/20/2011
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 5  Birth control No side effects I had break through bleeding with other pills, but never this one. My periods are very light and cramp only occasionally, quite opposite to my teen years before bc pills. I was able to get pregnant easily when we were ready and started pills again after getting my first period after breast feeding each baby. Any decrease in libido has more to do with stress than this pill. F 43 20 years
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8/3/2011

 4  Birth Control/Regulate Period Slight weight gain, occasional skipped/very light periods, slightly increased cramping during period Overall I really like this pill. I skipped a period once, and sometimes my period is very light. My sex drive is unaffected, except for the week before my period where my sex drive actually increases. The only thing I don't like is I cramp up a bit more on my period than I did before I was on the pill, but it's still not that bad. F 22 4 years
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7/19/2011

 2  Pregnancy prevention Extreme moodiness, irritability (I've been very argumentative and emotionally sensitive), breast tenderness for over half of the month, no sex drive, and fatigue. It kept me from getting pregnant, but the rest of the side effects are making me miserable. I have 2 days of these horrible pills left before I start a different one. F 25 4 months
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7/19/2011
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 3  Birth control Cramping, spotting, irritability, emotional, melasma the main reason I'm switching bc is due to the melasma that developed on my upper lip (dark patches,uniform). It worsens when I spend time in the sun even though I use sunscreen. I had cramping and spotting a week and a half before my period. My period however was very light. I noticed slight acne and I've never had acne in my life. I did not gain weight whatsoever, if anything I may have lost weight. There is no way you can gain a significant amount of weight in a short period of time due directly to birth control, there's obviously an unhealthy lifestyle there. F 25 4 months
1/35 1X D
7/6/2011

 3  prevent pregnancy F 23 28 days
1 1X D
6/28/2011
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 4  Prevent Pregnancy bloating, cramping, fatigue, vaginal dryness I started this bc pill because i had tried two others which didn't work because of how they screwed with my hormones. I mostly like this pill. i get some mild cramping and bloating throughout the month mostly in the week before my period is suppose to start and the week after my period ends and occasionally in between. But compared to the other pills i was on it is nothing. I'm thinking i might talk to my gyno about switching again to see if we can eliminate the cramps and bloating all together but i'm not sure if its worth it because it isn't any more than a mild irritant. overall i am happy with this pill, no weight gain, no moodiness, for me it increased my sex drive slightly. F 18 3 months
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5/21/2011

 1   -depression -breast tenderness -fatigue -nausea/dizziness this drug sucks. it made me sick and depressed. i noticed the change almost immediately. F 24 3 weeks
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3/19/2011

 3  prevent pregnancy Sorta confused to if I was actually getting sick or it was a reaction to the pill, but I began to feel sick the following day. Swollen lymph nodes and neck, sore throat, abdominal cramping, bloating, very achy, tired, dizzy, sinus headaches and sweaty, also some minor tingling in my feet and hands, desire to eat with no appetite, chest tightness and rapid heartbeat when sitting and laying down. Is it possible that these symptoms were due to the bc or am I just paranoid and actually sick. Should give it a longer trail period? I'm so confused what might be a possible bc pill for me, as I'm hesitant to go back to OrthoTriCyclen and OrthoTriCyclen-lo because they caused such awful depression and anxiety, I thought a monophasic would be better? Also beware of seasonique, its scary, caused constant bleeding and then no bleeding for almost a year, can't be good. F 24 4 days
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3/12/2011
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 2  Birth control Extreme drowsiness, irritability, mood swings, change in sex drive. I noticed negative side effects right away. Stopped pills after three weeks...can't take it anymore. I feel uncomfortable in my own skin, anxious, and irritable. Tiny things set me off and make me cry. I'm snappy and exhausted all the time. I can never seem to get enough sleep. The benefits are not worth the side effects...I'd rather use condoms. F 21 3 weeks
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3/3/2011

 2  birth control depression, severe mood swings, increase in sex drive, decrease in energy I agree with the other reviews. This pill has caused a substantial change for the worse that out weighs its benefits. F 20 4 months
1/35 1X D
2/7/2011

 1  Birth Control 20 lb weight gain in 2 months. Moodiness, headaches, depression, uterine fibroids have grown out of control. Break through bleeding..heavy bleeding when i stop taking them. This pill is dangerous DO NOT TAKE IT Horrific weight gain and in month 3 large mass in my lower abdomen was felt. Found out it was uterine fibroids. Now my uterus is covered with them and this pill is feeding them. One has grown so large it the size of a cantelope. I am now having a hysterectomy to get rid of my painful fibroids. I went from a size 4 to a size 12 as a result and am rapidly growing...it's awful F 38 6 months
35 1X D
12/9/2010

 2  Prevent Pregnancy, Regulate Periods Headaches, migraines, mood swings, severe bloating, and the worst was the rapid weight gain. I've been taking this pill for a little over 5 months and in that time I rapidly gained 10-15 pounds and no matter what I do I cannot lose it. Also, the week before and during my period I gain another 6 pounds in water weight - the bloating is horrific. I am a fitness freak and to blimp up so suddenly was shocking to me. I've been trying to lose the weight but it refuses to come off - I've changed my already strict diet to be MORE strict and I added another full hour of exercise to my daily workout routines and NOTHING. If anything the weight keeps adding on! I haven't been eating more, I don't eat junk, and the weight isn't muscle - it's jiggly belly fat that is repulsive. It's horrible. I called my doctor today to switch me to something else. F 29 5 months
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12/2/2010

 3  Unbearable cramps, irregularity I was an emotional roller coaster my first month of this bc. it also has been making me very naseous. I am on the inactive pills now, and though it's only the first month my cramps were still debilitating. F 16 35 days
1X D
11/25/2010

 5  Birth Contol I was on Ortho Tri Cyclen for 2 years prior to taking Ortho Novum 1/35. No complaints with either Birth control pill. I switched to Ortho Novum because is was less expensive. The Ortho Novum gives me MUCH lighter menstration than the tri cyclen did, love that! After 12 months of being on Ortho Novum I stopped cramping all together, again ... LOVED THAT too! my only complaint is that I can't miss a single pill or my period starts the next day and I have to start a new B.C pack in 7 days. F 31 9 years
1.0/0.035 1X D
10/31/2010

 2  Perimenopausal/heavy bleed/long . Nausea,Vomiting, Constipation/at first real soft stools. Some headaches, TIRED ALL THE TIME AND IF I EAT THE NAUSEA GETS SO MUCH WORSE!!!! I am on Necon 1/35 my dr put me on it to stop the amount of bleeding and the length of time. I have very little and break through bleeding for about a week and then I bleed real heavy for 3 to 4 days and then light and break through again for about a week skip a week and start all over so it feels like I am always on my period and this is what the dr is trying to fix if not I will have tol have a hysterectomy.. However the way I feel on this pill I would rather have the surgery, it may be the high dose of 4 pills a day I have had to take a pack of pills in 6 days and the next pack I will take 2 day, The way I feel I am not going to be able to finish this round of treatment! Good luck toanyone that has to take this med in this way! F 38 6 days
1/35 4X D
10/4/2010

 4  Regulate Period Breakthrough bleeding the first week. acne cleared up. No nausea, weight gain, moodiness, low sex drive, or cramps. I love it!!! F 16 1 months
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9/16/2010
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 3  Birth Control Lack of sex drive, extreme difficulty acheiving orgasm, lower abdominal bloating. F 36 5 months
1/35 1X D
9/6/2010

 2  Menstrual Cramps weight gain, migraines, decreased libido, vaginal dryness, moodiness Held on for three miserable months with this one. First month gained 10 lbs almost immediately. Second month came the intense headaches. Third month lost my sex drive and became super moody. This didn't even help with my cramps as I hoped... F 37 3 months
1X D
8/23/2010

 1  prevent pregnancy stomach cramps, moodiness, anxiety, depression, amenorrhea, loss of libido Since beginning BC pills at 21, I have noticed an increase in instances of feeling VERY anxious, VERY depressed and very tired. Before BC, I could run all day working on my feet, not anymore. I've gained a lot of weight (losing now luckily)my periods are becoming increasingly irregular and unpredictable, sometimes stopping altogether. I have no energy and feel like I could sleep all day long. Since beginning HBC, my sex drive has taken a nose dive and I even got to the point where all of this "craziness" seriously affected my marriage. Specifically on this pill I have experienced EXTREME cramping and stomach trouble (can't stop going #2) right before and during my period. I literally feel like I'm dying, it wakes me up in the middle of the night and when I have to go, I better be somewhere close that I can. I also notice an increase of large pimples on my underarms and inner thighs just before my period. I am going OFF of hormonal BC altogether. I highly suggest you STAY AWAY unless you REALLY need to take this for a hormonal imbalance. F 28 4 months
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8/16/2010

 3  pregnancy prevention mood swings, depression, lack of sex drive or extremely high libido I took the generic for about three months, quit for 5 or so, then just got back on it about 2-3 months ago. I will be calling my doctor tomorrow, because I have been noticing extreme mood swings, including in my sex drive. I will become depressed over silly things or whine for no reason (and I hardly ever complain). My boyfriend and mother have noticed these changes as well. I will be trying a different pill soon, and maybe that will help. F 18 3 months
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8/11/2010

 5  Birth Control No side effects I started the Ortho-Novum 1/35-28 when I was just about to turn 16 years old. I religiously took the birth control and never had any side effects from using it 15 years straight. Considering I am allergic to numerous common medications such as amoxicillin, erthromycin, sulfa, keflex, mri dye, etc.. I expected to have some complications. I never had any problems with the birth control. I did not gain or lose weight- rather I maintained a steady, healthy weight. I did start to have less harsh periods and around year 14 of taking the pill, my periods diminished to being only an hour long each month. I have had regular pap smears on a yearly basis and have never had any health problems whatsoever. I have since stopped all birth control -in preparing my body to get pregnant and start a family- and have started having regular periods again. I loved the Ortho Novum and would highly reccomend it to anyone considering taking birth control! F 35 15 years
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8/5/2010

 1  birth control, thicken ut. wall headaches, exhaustion, wild mood swings, mild depression, uncontrollable crying, feeling of disconnect, feeling of bloating, mild weight gain My doctor put me on this to thicken my uterine wall and prevent breakthrough bleeding. While it has helped that (and my complexion looks great) the emotional side effects are unbearable. I am a roller coaster. If I'm not wanting to run over small animals, I'm crying for no reason at all, or I'm so exhausted and tired that I can barely talk. I have been taking this medicine for two months. I'm at the end of my second pack. I will NOT be taking this medicine again. I will speak to my doctor tomorrow. I've never experienced side effects like this before. M 33 2 months
1/35 1X D
8/1/2010

 4  Birth control & to regulate period Loss of appetite, weight loss, some minor nausea. I had to drop 35 pounds (via doctor's request) and this helped a lot. My period also regulated immediately after starting (I had bled for 4 months straight prior to the B.C.). Consistent nausea the first week or so. F 27 3 months
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7/9/2010

 2  birth contol nausea, no sex drive, mood swings, depression, weakness/fatigue, breast pain/tenderness, breakthrough bleeding On Necon 1/35 and could only last 2 months - side effects too unbearable. It was my first bc pill and it almost scared me away from ever taking them again. I just don't think my body could handle the dosage of estrogen. I've since switched to a low-estrogen high-androgen pill and am already seeing an improvement in my health. But every woman is different, and I'm sure it might be okay for some. F 20 2 months
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6/14/2010

 1  Endo treatment Insomnia lightheaded ness dry eyes excessive crying This drug is awful. I've only been on it 4 days!! I think I lost my mind,I barely sleep and then u get weak and lighthead so I see dots everywhere and shadows move and become demons and I almost screamed. I'd sleep so I wouldn't have to deal w/it if I could!!I cry so easy w/lil things!! I'm moody and depressed then happy.oh its no fun trying to walk after like 4 hrs of sleep in 4 days.it may work for some but a lot of things I checked not many were happy w/this drug. But it could b different just b careful and note any changes at all u feel so u can try to figure out wat u need to do. F 16 4 days
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6/10/2010

 4  Irregular Periods Extremely tired. I'll be perky one minute, and then all of a sudden I'll get hit with a blast of fatigue. Other than that nothing much. I just feel lazy a lot. I haven't experienced any mood swings, or nausea just fatigue. :/ Is that normal? F 19 7 days
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6/8/2010
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 1  regulate period very tired, moody, discharge, bleeding when its not my period week, lower back ache My clinic stopped carrying my other bc, so they gave me this. The first few months if I forgot to take my pill and doubled up like I was told to, I would bleed for a week. Sometimes I would have 2 periods a month. Even when I skip my period for 3 months, I still would bleed. I decided when I forgot to take my pill, I wouldn't double up, but I had the same thing happen to me. Now all I want to do is sleep 10 + hrs a day, and I'm still tired, at first I thought this was due to working graveyard. I thought I was the only one having these problems, but now I'm going to talk to my doctor, I'm tired of bleeding when I'm not suppose to, and having discharge and freaking out if I'm bleeding. F 22 1.5 years
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5/3/2010

 4  birth control decreased sex drive, vaginal dryness, slight weight gain This was actually one of the better birth control pills out there. I didnt experience much moodiness on this one, and no nausea. I didn't mind the 5 lbs weight gain either. Only noticable side effect was the significant decrease in sex drive... but if that doesn't bother you, try it! F 21 6 months
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4/18/2010

 5  birth control Nausea, vaginal dryness during sex This is the first birth control pill I've ever been on and I LOVE IT! I've only been taking it a month, but the only side effect that bothered me was the nausea during my first pack. Its gone away, but my appetite is changed and I don't eat as much (which is ok, because I've lost a few pounds because of it!). I've noticed that during sex I dry out really quickly but it's nothing a little KY can't fix and doesn't really hamper anything. Also, its helped stop my mood swings, my periods are a BREEZE, and my acne is clearing up! I LOVE IT!!! F 19 1 months
1X D
4/13/2010

 3  Birth control/ regulate periods Severe nausea, fatigue, tender breasts, backaches, mood swings, and weight gain I have been on birth control for about 1 year and 7 months now. The first year I was on Reclipsen (generic of Desogen) and about 11 months in I had breakthrough bleeding for the first time. Once the year was finished, I decided to switch to a different BC Pill and my doctor suggested Nortrel 1/35 (generic of Ortho Novum 1/35). Not unlike Reclipsen, I continue to experience severe nausea and severe fatigue on this pill. During PMS week, I have very tender breasts, backaches, and mood swings where I cry easily. I was on the pill once before when I was 14 to regulate my periods (Ortho Tricyclen Lo) and I gained 15 pounds then. Once I got off those pills, I lost the weight easily. 5 Years later, I started BC pills again and gained the 15 pounds right back. I do feel the weight gain is pill-related, but my breasts are also a part of that. They grew a cup size on this pill (which is a perk). I honestly don't mind the PMS symptoms as much. I feel the protection is a good trade off for a couple of days of symptoms I already had before. My sex drive was NOT affected by Nortrel, if anything it increased it. I do find my periods to be better regulated, as they generally last 4-5 days and they are usually pretty light. The only significant problem I have with this pill and with Reclipsen is the severe nausea and severe fatigue. The nausea and fatigue continue to affect me daily and they are difficult to live with. I will likely switch again once I hit 12 months. F 20 7 months
1X D
3/14/2010

 3  Birth Control Very sore breasts, tired, mood swings that I've never had before. I would want to cry one minute then be okay the next. The side effects aren't that bad, though. It's better than becoming pregnant. F 17 3 months
1X D
3/4/2010

 5  birth control none fantastic! I had short periods with minimal flow and no side effects. I have been on it for a long time and have never gotten pregnant and have even learned how to manipulate them to control when I will have my periods. Love it!! M 34 10 years
30 mg 1X D
3/3/2010

 4  Birth Control I really like this pill. I experienced slight mood swings, but they were very slight and are now completely gone. I would recommend to people who are looking at this site that the people who review things here tend to have had bad experiences, and are certainly not the norm. This product will not have many of the bad side effects mentioned here for most women who take them. I really like this pill, I experienced no weight gain and it's effective. F 19 2 months
35 mcg 1X D
2/15/2010

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