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Does Ocella Birth Control Make Anyone Else Sick?

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Hi everyone,

I posted a month or so ago about whether anyone had had any experience with Ocella birth control pills, and finally started taking it about two weeks ago. Most people who responded said that they hadn't had a celiac reaction to it, but I have felt totally awful while on this medication so far. I had the worst migraine of my life this weekend that has continued to last for about 3 days, I've had stomach problems (mostly constipation but also diarrhea), and have been really tired. Has anyone else on Ocella experienced this? I know it could just be a function of the pill itself, but I'm worried that there's some trace amount of gluten in there that I'm reacting to. Any and all advice more than welcome!!

Claire

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Hi, Claire.

Do you also have problems with dairy? If so, there's lactose in Ocella. I'm not on that one but I was on Yasmin. When I went dairy free, I forgot about checking my meds (which I knew were gluten free). I skipped a few weeks of the pill then when I started taking it again felt wretched. I checked the ingredients, realized there was dairy, stopped taking it, and had no more gastro issues and fewer headaches.

Hope you find out what's bugging your system!

Katherine

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There is an adjustment period to birth control pills...so I wouldn't be worried just yet. :) It took me 2-3 months to fully adjust when I started Yasmin. For me it was a small price to pay to not be on my period for a month at a time.

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