Hello EmpowHER community,
I just wanted to share my story and see if anyone else has had this problem. This morning I went to the pharmacy to get my birth control prescription and came to find out that they changed the brand of my birth control because my original brand is on back order. I was very unhappy about this, they didn't consult my doctor because he gave permission for generic brands to be used. I trust my doctor but the pharmacist said I could experience side effects like weight gain and acne because of the new brand even though the hormonal dosage is the same.
I felt like my power to advocate for myself and ask questions was taken from me. The pharmacist seemed annoyed that I was unhappy with the change. Also, I have to treat this new pack like I am starting birth control all over again and abstain because I have a higher chance of getting pregnant this month (I am in a long term monogamous relationship). I don't think it is fair for the pharmacist to make this decision for me, I was happy with what I had. Now, I am looking into different forms of birth control because I don't want this to happen again.
Has anyone ever had this happen? Is switching birth control brands ok to do? Is it good for you?
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