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I was taking Levlen for approximately 7 years. Last month, I decided to switch to Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo to help with my hormonal acne. (Actually that's what my doctor gave me samples of and I thought I'd try it.) Well, halfway into the first pack, I am unhappy with OTC Lo. I'm skeptical about the effectiveness (because of the lower dosages), it seemed to make my acne alot worse, and I've gained a few pounds. I know you should wait 3-4 months for your body to get used to the new pill, but how bad would it be for me to switch to Yasmin after my period this time? Will that mess me all up? How would that affect the pill's effectiveness? Any advice/input would be appreciated! :)
[QUOTE=miss_thing]I was taking Levlen for approximately 7 years. Last month, I decided to switch to Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo to help with my hormonal acne. (Actually that's what my doctor gave me samples of and I thought I'd try it.) Well, halfway into the first pack, I am unhappy with OTC Lo. I'm skeptical about the effectiveness (because of the lower dosages), it seemed to make my acne alot worse, and I've gained a few pounds. I know you should wait 3-4 months for your body to get used to the new pill, but how bad would it be for me to switch to Yasmin after my period this time? Will that mess me all up? How would that affect the pill's effectiveness? Any advice/input would be appreciated! :)[/QUOTE]

I would think it would be okay to switch as long as you finish out the current pack first. As far as effectiveness, I think you should be fine as long as you start the new pill on time after your period. [I]However[/I], you'd be switching from a tri-phasic pill (different hormone levels) to a monophasic pill (same hormone level all month). I'm not sure in that case, so you should consult your doctor about that.
As far as effectiveness goes, you should really be fine. I know you are skeptical about the effectiveness of othro tri-cyclen lo because of the lower dose of hormones, but it would not be so widely prescribed if it were less effective. That said, when I was on it I lasted for only a month because it made me depressed.

You should let your doctor know that you plan to switch. If the side effects are not unbearable s/he may advise you to give it a little time...because there is an adjustment period. You may have to wait a little while for your body to adjust to Yasmin, too.

Also, you may confuse your body by changing the hormones on it again as well...you went from Levlen to Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, and those two pills have very different progestins. Likewise, Yasmin has a very different progestin from both of them. This could be a good thing since your body is not responding so well to the Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, but I imagine that the constant changing of hormones could also be overwhelming for your body (side effects-wise).

In any case, it's a decision you and your doctor should probably discuss, but generally, you will be just as protected from pregnancy -- the important thing to consider is potential side effects.

Good luck!
-Mirabelle





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