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I had a doctor's appointment today -- just an annual checkup -- and I was out of there in less than 30 minutes.  Man!  No waiting rules!

As I may have mentioned (or as you may have noticed), I have little to no libido these days.  This isn't a huge deal to me, as I'm not sleeping with anyone anyway, and all a libido does to me (as I learned a year ago, when I skipped my pill for a month) is make me frustrated and agitated.  If  I don't want to have sex, I can't get too upset about how I'm not having any. 

However, with the knowledge that my appointment was coming up soon, I started thinking about the whole thing.  I mean, a little bit of a libido would be nice.  Chase some of my cynicism away.  Remind me that I am still a woman after all.  Having a libido is a healthy and natural thing, right?  Right.  And theoretically -- theoretically -- if I had any hankerin', then maybe I'd be more interested in actually dealing with a relationship or something.  And maybe that would make me happy in a different way from the way in which I'm happy today.  Whatever.

But the thing is, I like being on the pill.  I like my super-predictable periods.  My periods lasted SEVEN DAYS pre-pill:  Now it's four and change.  It helped my skin when I started taking it seven years ago; I assume it is still doing that for me.  I also used to get pretty bad cramps back in the day -- the pill made them extremely mild, and some months I get away with nothing at all.

And on the side-effects tip, aside from the disinterest in fucking, there isn't really much to speak of.  I get PMS (though lately it has migrated to CMS (Concurrent Menstral Syndrome, I just made that up), which confuses and frustrates me because it hits just as I'm patting myself on the back for getting through a month without being sad and irrational for no reason), but I'm pretty sure I always got PMS.  I don't get yeast infections (knock wood).  I didn't gain weight when I started taking it.  Etc etc.

So I say to my doctor, I say, "I don't have a libido and would sort of maybe like to have one, but I really like being on the pill besides that."  She tells me that all hormonal birth control pills are going to affect my libido in some way.  I'm not ovulating, so my body doesn't think that it needs sex.  But she prescribes Ortho Tri-Cylen Lo (instead of the regular Ortho Tri-Cyclen, which is what I've been taking for . . . oh, seven years now.  Wow.)  She says that I should give it a try for a few months, and if that doesn't work, what I can do is alternate months:  that is, take the pill for a month, then skip a month, then back again.  I'd have to use condoms during my "fertile period" of the off months, of course, but seeing as how I'm not getting any anyway (and if I did, I'd be using them for STD reasons anyway), this doesn't really phase me.

My reaction to this suggestion was !!!

I mean, man!  That's so common-sensy, and yet it never even occurred to me!  This is fantastic!  If the lower dosage jawn doesn't work, I'll definitely go for that.  I mean, my periods will stay regular, and my layperson opinion is that residual shit will keep my cramping and flow to a minimum.  But every other month I'll be a total horndog!  And the other months I can chill back and relax!  Man!  This idea is seriously blowing my mind, particularly the simplicity of it.  Why didn't anyone tell me this before?

I can see that it might cause problems for women whose bodies are more sensitive to these hormones.  I know some women are in a lot of pain when they first start taking the pill; I know some women feel nauseous if they even have to take TWO at the same time.  That's definitely not the case for me.  I'm forgetful, and I usually end up having to take two at a time about once a month, and it doesn't have any sort of noticible effect.  Heck, I even took emergency contraception one time back in college (which is four BC pills in the morning, four more in the afternoon, if I recall correctly) and I didn't even get a tummyache.  And I wouldn't expect my weight or anything else to fluctuate.  So, yeah, cool!

But for now I'll try this low-dosage stuff and see if I notice any improvement.  Friends have recommended Nordette and Yasmin as well, so sometime tonight I'll do a little research (lookin' for a re) and compare and contrast those three brands and see what the deal is.  In three months if I'm not happy, I'll call my girl again and either ask for a new 'scrip, or let her know I'm trying the every-other jawn.  Either way, though, man, I'm feeling great.

And I was out of there in 30 minutes!  MAN.  If any of my special lady friends are looking for a GYN, please let me recommend this woman to you.  I love her to pieces.  She works out of offices in Voorhees, Sewell, and Camden.

That's it!  Thanks for reading, ladies.

ADDENDUM: You maybe thinking "but dude, you just said that you were frustrated and agitated for the month you were off the pill. Why does that suddenly sound appealing?" The whole story (which I left out the first time 'round to be more dramatic) is that the month was horrible and frustrating until I realized why I was so messed up, and then I wasn't so messed up anymore. I was seriously chalking it up to singlehood just . . . I dunno, catching up to me. That I had been happy for a while, but had hit my limit. It wasn't until I was watching The Two Towers, rubbing my hands and licking my lips at the appearance of every male character except Gimli -- even Aragorn, who normally is not my type at all -- that I had my eureka moment. Once I realized what was causing my shit to be crazy, the rest of the month wasn't crazy at all.


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Mar. 3rd, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
(Here is some discussion about how I, Little Washu, objet d'amour of many a lad on LiveJournal, am considering methods to get all super horny n'shit, although I don't suppose any of you fellas will find that interesting. Move along)

Mar. 3rd, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
Okay, even if me being horny is interesting, which is surely a subject up for debate, come ON how can talking about the BC pill be anything but boring to a dude?? Seriously! Also I said the word "flow", that's totally gross for people without vaginas!

I think you overestimate my appeal, Calamity Jon, but thank you for the kind thoughts.

Also, you're a pervert.
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Mar. 3rd, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
le rowr
Exciting! You made me recall how crazy my libido went when I got off the pill two years ago. I was ready to hump a coffee cup, I SWEAR TO GAWED. It was crazy!
Mar. 3rd, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
Re: le rowr

Why haven't you called??

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Mar. 3rd, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oh man, you're on Ortho Tri-Cyclene?! Jesus Christ. I was on that and it made me totally batshit crazy! And I gained a bunch of weight. I suppose they effect each person differently. Now I'm on Nordette and loving it. The libido thing is tough, especially with someone tugging at your brastrap every five minutes -- good thinking to figure this out NOW, dude. You didn't go to genius camp for nothin!

Good luck -- let us know how it all works out.
Mar. 3rd, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
good thinking to figure this out NOW, dude

...by which I mean while you're looking instead of in the middle of it all.
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Mar. 3rd, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
...man, i really don't want to start getting LESS now that jenny is on the pill. man. libido is a good thing! so sayth mordicai.
Mar. 3rd, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
Yasmin girl, checking in.

Despite the fact that its name conjures images of Yasmine Bleeth bouncing down the beach, I dig this stuff. It has a diuretic in it (I think!) that is supposed to help with weight gain, but makes me very thirsty. That's the only con I can think of...
Mar. 3rd, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
yasmin! woohoo! of course I'm 30 and getting into the female "prime" anyway, but I still think this is a much better pill than I've taken before.
Mar. 3rd, 2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
I've been feeling pretty libido-less lately, too. but I don't have a pill to blame. At least you have an "on" switch of sorts.
Mar. 3rd, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, definitely. It was quite a relief when I had that resurgence -- I had figured I was just "done". Forever.
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Mar. 3rd, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
ortho killed my sex drive, too - but then I never tried the other kind of ortho. I tried something called Yasmin, which is a pretty name, and it came in a pretty purple box that promoted girliness, and actually it did help get me out of neutral drive.
what's weird about having little to no sex drive is that, yes, while you're free from distraction, after awhile you do sense that something is missing. You just about forget that sex even exists.

so, here's to hoping you grow your horns back!
Mar. 4th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
I started Seasonale a few weeks ago and it has already increased my sex drive, which has always been high. The thing for me is, I'm usually on neutral when I am alone, but when I'm with the guy, I'm ridiculously horny. So maybe it'll be like that for you, you just need the guy to make you realize that yes, you DO have sex organs!
Mar. 4th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
That's definitely the way it is in the Beginning, but past experience has proven that this wears off eventually.

Seasonale, I hadn't heard of that one yet! I'll have to keep it in mind. Were you on a different pill before that, or is this your first time on BC?
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Mar. 4th, 2005 01:10 am (UTC)
Dude. I am right here with you on the love/hate with the Pill thing. A la: =><=. Wait, that's a kitty.

Please keep us posted if you decide to do the alternating-month-thing. I'm going batshit trying to figure out a way to HAVE IT ALL without GAINING EVERY POUND IN THE WORLD. Also, interestingly, different Pills make me break out in different ways on different spots on my face.

All right, maybe not THAT interestingly.
Mar. 4th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
It's never been clearer to me that women are aliens. And I don't mean in that retarded John Gray way. I mean in an acid-blooded, face-eating, colony infesting, nuke the site from orbit it's the only way to be sure, kind of way.
Mar. 4th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
Man, you're totally right! I hope that no woman ever wants to have sex with you ever again, just to save you the hassle.
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Mar. 4th, 2005 08:54 am (UTC)
I bet you'll feel a huge difference with the low-dose pill! When I switched from OTC to Alesse, my body felt insane for a few weeks. You'll level off after a little while, and maybe you'll really like where you end up.

I have to say, the idea of going on and off the pill every other month sounds really weird to me. Like, I'm not basing this on any kind of medical knowledge at all, but it seems like you'd be putting your body through a little roller coaster every month. even if you didn't feel the change that drastically, it's like.... weird. um, it's 4am and I just got back from California. I should maybe talk about this some other time.
Mar. 4th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
I have to say, the idea of going on and off the pill every other month sounds really weird to me

I agree! I'm actually a little surprised that my doc didn't inquire more about how I react to the pill. I mean, I think that some women, like Kate for instance, would not be able to deal with that shit. I know that just a little change in her schedule wreaks havoc with her body. I think mine doesn't fluctuate nearly as much, and that I'd probably be able to deal with it without going crazy, but why didn't my doctor try to find out which kind of person I was when she mentioned it?

If I give up on the O-T-C-Lo, I'll probably ask to try Yasmin (there have been a slew of testimonials on this post alone), and if that doesn't work I'll try the every-other thing, but I'll definitely call her first and get some questions answered. Maybe things level off a bit? I know that some women can have problems conceiving after they get off the pill for a while, maybe even up to a year . . . but then there are those who get pregnant because they skipped a pill or two (hi Mom!). I guess everyone works differently.
Mar. 4th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
I was on OTC-lo for about a year, and it didn't help at all with the libido problem. When I stopped taking it about 2 months ago, I wanted to have sex with everything. Of course, I know every woman's body reacts differently to each pill and blah, blah, blah, but I think I'm going to ask my doctor about Yasmin or Seasonale next time I get the girly check up. I've heard good stuff about those two.

I like not being on the pill because it feels more natural and I have a libido, but I freak out too easily about becoming pregnant and I have super unpredictable periods. So back onto the pill I go.
Mar. 4th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
This is where I am right now, man. I'm lovin life off the pill but I definitely, positively, absolutely do not want any babies and the pill is the most effective method for me (I'm the "ideal user"). Perhaps I'll look into Yasmin or Seasonale as well.

Washu, this post has been very helpful! I love it when girls are open about stuff like this, because look at the good that has come from it! Yay vaginas.
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