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[tmi] Body update.

For all those of you who kindly posted suggestions when my body was in rebellion a week or so back, first, thank you. I talked to my nurse practioner, and she has said that there should be no problem with staying on the patch continuously, so I'm going to be giving that a shot.

Wish me luck!
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Curious
I have a technical question about the patch- does it leave sticky residue? I sorta gave it a test run with a placebo, but I'm the type who can't leave bandaids alone, and I kept fiddling with it, ended up removing it well before a week was up.

What's your reaction to it? I'm starting to get a blechy reaction to my latest version of pills (I'm zit girl way too often now :P) and some change will have to happen Soon.

Oh- and do you get any mood swings?? Mine have been pretty spectacular more often than not... Anyway, I don't know anyone else (AFAIK) who's on the patch, and I like to get first hand accounts when it comes to schtuff like this.
Re: Curious
I have a technical question about the patch- does it leave sticky residue?

Slightly, easily cleaned, though. I have found that patch placement matters a lot as to how stable the whole thing is with regard to shifting. If I put it on my arms, I would fidget with it near constantly, which didn't work so well. Putting it on my stomach didn't work, because of weight / body shape issues (which I suspect you won't have :) ). If I applied it (erm, how to phrase this...) on the lower part of my butt, it would shift around quite a bit, simply because, well, you sit there, and stuff. I have taken to applying it to my upper butt (again, with the phrasing), kind of right below the level of the waist band of my underpants, and that seems to work well.

One thing that's kind of weird for me, and I suspect that this is not the case for normal people, is that I end up with ... not scars, as such, but you can definitely see where I've worn the patches. They fade over time, however. Like I said, I suspect this is localized to me, as the same thing happens to me with bandaids and whatnot.

What's your reaction to it?

I've been fairly happy with it. I had been on Depo Provera before, and came off of it because I was pretty sure I was falling victim to a number of the possible side-effects, and I wanted to flee those (weight gain, joint pain, and anxiety were the top 3). I do find the whole feeling of having a cycle (even if I never actually go through with the whole period process) very odd, but I think that's because I spent so many years not having one. (Am I making any sense at all?)

Oh- and do you get any mood swings??

I do... but I don't know how much I can attribute that to the patch. :) My mood has actually massively leveled out since coming off of the Depo, so I'm inclined to think that this is a good thing all around.

I'm happy to try to answer any questions, but I may not do it well! One would never know I write for a living. Seriously, though, I'd think it would be worth a shot. I am horrible about remembering to take pills, which is why that's not an option for me. And the fact that I get horrific cramps makes IUD-like things not so good. I'm pretty happy with the patch, and plan on sticking with it until I figure out what terrible side-effect I'm suffering from that I will likely have been ignorant of for years. :)
Er, hang on. Continuously? As in NEVER have a period..? Isn't that supposed to bad for you or something (and if not, why doesn't everyone do it?)
Er, hang on. Continuously? As in NEVER have a period..? Isn't that supposed to bad for you or something (and if not, why doesn't everyone do it?)

Well, I never had one while I was on the depo, but then again, that method of BC didn't allow an endometrial layer to build at all, wherease the patch does. She did say that if I started feeling bloaty, that I should go ahead and have a period, if that's what I wanted.

I dunno, man. Maybe I could just get rid of my uterus. I mean, I'm not planning on using it.