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On Orsythia oral contraceptive, but could I be pregnant?

By Anonymous October 5, 2014 - 7:20am
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Hello. I am a 20 year old woman and I have been taking the contraceptive Orsythia for about a year now. I'm pretty consistent about taking it. I have had unprotected sex a few times since I have been on it. I read the pregancny rates are about 0.83 per 100 woman, but I am worried. I have been experiencing:

- Extreme breast tenderness for the past week or so. I know this can be a side effect of the pill itself, but I have never experienced this amount of soreness and I have been on the pill for so long, why would it just be starting now?

- Alcohol sensitivity. I usually go out and drink about 2 nights a week and stick to beer or minimal liqour. The past few times I have drank, I have gotten ridiculously sick, puking twice of these. And I've only had a few drinks each time. This worries me.

- I keep experiencing extreme lows in my mood. I'll be fine one minute and the next I feel like I'm going to be in tears.

Besides this, I have had minor cramping and extreme fatigue also. I haven't experienced any food aversions, in fact I have had a larger-than-normal appetite. My last period was super light and I still have another week and a half left in this cycle. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.

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Hi Anon and thanks for your question.

There can often be changes in our menstrual cycles, especially for young women, which impact various aspects of our health. The symptoms you describe - breast tenderness, alcohol sensitivity, mood swings, fatigue - are symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Please see this page, PMS Symptoms, for more information. You will find additional information about PMS Treatments in our PMS Community section.

If you are concerned that you may be pregnant, the only way to find out is to have a pregnancy test. If you are not pregnant, and are concerned that Orsythia is not right for you, then please schedule an appointment with your medical provider.

Hope this is helpful,


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