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Ah, it's a cliched rant, I know, but I feel better for having made it.

I suppose I should give a full disclosure. I'm a little wary of doing so, though it would be helpful to understand my position: I was recently forced to switch from pills to patches by my doctor, even though I did not request it, do not want it, and will try my best to switch back as soon as I can. The doctor simply refused to write any other prescription than the one she wanted to write. It's all too easy to lose control of your own body, so it seems.

Member of the Anti-Fabulousness League since 1987.

by Ephemera on Thu Mar 20th, 2008 at 09:51:11 PM EST
Well if you want to change back have a list of side effects, pick one and give your doctor earache about it ;-)

Contraceptive patch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In three large clinical trials involving a total of 3,330 women using the Ortho Evra / Evra patch for up to one year, 12% of users discontinued the patch because of adverse events. The most frequent adverse events leading to patch discontinuation were: nausea and/or vomiting (2.4%), application site reaction (1.9%), breast discomfort, engorgement or pain (1.9%), headache (1.1%), and emotional lability (1.0%).[4]

The most frequent adverse events reported while using the Ortho Evra / Evra patch were: breast discomfort, engorgement or pain (22%), headache (21%), application site reaction (17%), nausea (17%), upper respiratory tract infection (10%), menstrual cramps (10%), and abdominal pain (9%).[4]



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Mar 20th, 2008 at 10:10:24 PM EST
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Thanks. I'm beginning to think it's something wrong with me, because in the past month I've managed to completely fail getting access to what I want, in two different areas.

Ack, but enough about problems, I only need to hold out til autumn before I get a new GP.

Member of the Anti-Fabulousness League since 1987.

by Ephemera on Thu Mar 20th, 2008 at 10:25:57 PM EST
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Moving? or Murder? ;-)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Mar 20th, 2008 at 10:36:44 PM EST
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A point is made on the tangentially related debate about single payer vs single provider healthcare...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Mar 21st, 2008 at 06:45:43 AM EST
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What's your GP justification? Medical grounds? Difference in costs for the NHS?
by Francois in Paris on Thu Mar 20th, 2008 at 10:56:06 PM EST
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They can do that?!!  What was her explanation for it?  As I understand it, the hormones are the same as they are in pills, just delivered differently...

Also, in the US, you can get pills from Planned Parenthood and some clinics.  Is there something like that where you are?  

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Fri Mar 21st, 2008 at 02:15:00 PM EST
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