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Real Women Discuss Their Experiences with the Lybrel Birth Control Pill


Updated April 09, 2014

Real Women Discuss Their Experiences with the Lybrel Birth Control Pill

Lybrel Birth Control Pill

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Do you use the birth control pill, Lybrel, to prevent unplanned pregnancy? Perhaps you are considering whether to switch your pill brand to Lybrel, or maybe your doctor has recommended Lybrel to reduce PMS, to get rid of migraines, or to help lower your discomfort from endometriosis-related pain. Lybrel is a combination birth control pill that is the first extended-cycle pill designed to supply an active dose of hormones every day. This pill will completely stop a woman's period for a full year.

If you are considering using Lybrel, this is your chance to find out about other women’s feelings about this pill. These excerpts are from real women, like you, who have shared their experiences with Lybrel use in forums or comment boxes on this site.

Breakthrough Bleeding

“I would just like to say I’ve been on Lybrel since it was available in July and I’ve had no problems with it. I had no breakthrough bleeding and couldn’t be happier to be period-free.” - Amanda

“I started taking Lybrel about 1 year ago, after the birth of my second child. A little hesitant at first, my OB reassured me and I tried it. LOVE IT! Did have a little bit of breakthrough bleeding the first 6 months, but now have none. Most importantly, no more pain from endometriosis, no more PMS of any kind. And also, no weight gain or any other symptoms. Every woman is different.” – Tammy

“I have been on it for 5 months and have had bleeding almost everyday since. I have gained 10 pounds since I have been on it and I have a rash that is on both of my hands in the identical spot. I called my OB and switched back. I have had no migraines which have been great but the other side effects are just too much!” – Jessica

No Periods

“I have been taking Lybrel for a month now, I am a endometriosis patient and so far I can say I like not having a period.” - Shy

“I have been taking Lybrel for about 5 months now. I used to have normal periods, except for ridiculously painful cramps and irritability. For the first 3 months of taking the pill I had break-through bleeding twice, and my other symptoms completely vanished. In the five months now I have only had the breakthrough 3 times. I love this pill (and not having a period) and until I see any outrageous side effects I will keep taking it.” – Katie

  • The impact of having a monthly period, for some women, can be experienced as a minor inconvenience; yet it can also be a major health concern for women suffering from menstrual disorders and/or conditions that are aggravated during menstruation. Research has shown that it is totally safe to not have a monthly period.
    No More Periods: The Safety of Continuous Birth Control
“I did NOT have a good time with this. I found out after I had started taking them that they are supposed to rid you of your period, which is something I don’t like personally. I would much rather not worry that I am pregnant.” - Leann
  • Many women welcome their monthly period as it provides reassurance about their continued fertility and femininity or lets them know they are not pregnant. In fact, according to research done by Wyeth, 50% of the women surveyed welcomed their periods as a sign that they were not pregnant and nearly 25% revealed that they felt their periods were a natural part of womanhood. Also, given that approximately 1% to 8% of pill users become pregnant each year, young women who have never been pregnant and are taking Lybrel may not recognize pregnancy-related symptoms if they are indeed pregnant since they cannot rely on a missing period to indicate a pregnancy.
    What are your thoughts?

Weight Gain

“I love Lybrel for getting rid of my migraines and adult acne issues…but I gained 10 lbs in a matter of 3 months. I haven’t changed my diet and actually work out a lot more….” – Melissa

“I just started Lybrel 3 weeks ago, I’ve gained 8 lbs since starting it. I’m more bloated then I’ve been ever, my breasts grew a cup size and I am a Triathlete. I am seriously concerning NEVER taking this pill again.” – Kathryn

  • Lybrel has the same side effects as other hormonal methods. Although weight gain is considered to be a possible side effect, actual weight increases tend to be minimal.

Lighter Periods

“I have been taking Lybrel for about 10 months or so now. I originally was put on it to help with horrible migraines that I have been having for 4-5 years! WELL with Lybrel, they have gotten MUCH better. I still get them, but they are not as bad and not as often. I did spot a lot for many months at first, but it was very light. I do get cramps (not nearly as bad as when I was not taking BC) but I only get them once every 3-4 months with the Lybrel. My period (if I get it now) lasts 1-2 days. Very light, minimal cramps. So it’s not too bad. I experienced no other side effects (nausea or weight gain, etc.) - none of that.” – LybrelChic
  • According to Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (the manufacturer of Lybrel), 59% of women taking Lybrel stopped bleeding after six months of use. Women using hormonal contraception do not have “real” periods but, rather, experience withdrawal bleeding. Because withdrawal bleeding occurs when a woman is not exposed to any hormones from her birth control method, theoretically, women should not have a period while using Lybrel.
    For more on: Withdrawal Bleeding

Next Page: Nausea and Hormonal Ups and Downs

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