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hey. I was wondering if any girls who have gone on the pill could tell me what happens when you go to the docter and ask for it. Do they just have to take yoru blood pressure and ask you a family history and stuff or do they actually examine you?
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Depends on your doctor. The first time I went on the pill I just had my weight, height and blood pressure checked and they looked at my family history.
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Depends on your doctor. The first time I went on the pill I just had my weight, height and blood pressure checked and they looked at my family history.
Ok, thanks a lot Viviki.
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hoest to god girl, you have a rite to say no to absolutly anything you dont want to do so no doctor any-where can just prop you up and examine you ,they have your permission first then if u dont want an examination they won't mind and all will be ok.
any way doctors these days are frightened to death of giving you an internal or brest examination incase they get accused of sexual abuse , beleve me.
i am on the pill and both my teenagers are on the pill and all the doctor did was ask a bunch of questions about family stuff then he took blood pressure and gave a prescription for the pill but your first prescription will only be enough for three month to see if you r ok with them and they suit you, after that they give you six months at a time.
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they give you six months at a time.

or 13 months in some cases....
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or 13 months in some cases....
i just got a repeat perscription for 6 months, so i can get more without going to the doctor- is the doctor supposed to see me to check on me? cos i wasn't told to go back for check ups?? :confused:
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i just got a repeat perscription for 6 months, so i can get more without going to the doctor- is the doctor supposed to see me to check on me? cos i wasn't told to go back for check ups?? :confused:
They got a bit shirty with me after I went for 2 yrs using repeat prescriptions....but even then it was just a case of getting my blood pressure rechecked and being handed another 6 month prescrption + repeat request slip.
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They got a bit shirty with me after I went for 2 yrs using repeat prescriptions....but even then it was just a case of getting my blood pressure rechecked and being handed another 6 month prescrption + repeat request slip.

why do they give you unlimited repeat perscriptions then? they should just give you the amount you need before you are due for a checkup?? i have been on it for ages without a checkup- do you think i should book myself in for one?? do i need to see a nurse or doctor??
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why do they give you unlimited repeat perscriptions then? they should just give you the amount you need before you are due for a checkup?? i have been on it for ages without a checkup- do you think i should book myself in for one?? do i need to see a nurse or doctor??
Dont worry - they'll let you know if you need a checkup....or if you're worried book one

It isn't unlimited repeat prescriptions - I put in a request for my normal repeat of 6 months and they gave me a single month and a note asking me to book an appointment, went to the appointment and got put straight back onto the normal 6 month repeat prescriptions
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Dont worry - they'll let you know if you need a checkup....or if you're worried book one

It isn't unlimited repeat prescriptions - I put in a request for my normal repeat of 6 months and they gave me a single month and a note asking me to book an appointment, went to the appointment and got put straight back onto the normal 6 month repeat prescriptions
The same happened to me. It's a bit of a pain not being able to just use repeat perscriptions but I suppose it's important to have regular blood pressure checks.
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It definitely is. I had been on the pill 3 years before I had serious problems with it.
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It definitely is. I had been on the pill 3 years before I had serious problems with it.
Really? :eek: I've been on the pill 3 years and would be quite surprised if I had problems this far down the line. Just shows those horrible checks are worth it then! (I hate the blood pressure thing!)
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It definitely is. I had been on the pill 3 years before I had serious problems with it.

what happened??
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I've been on the pill for 3 years now, Microgynon, and have never had any serious problems with it yet, touch wood.

When I first went my doctor took my blood pressure and asked if there had been any heart problems in the family that I knew of. I have 6 monthly repeat prescriptions from the start, and have my blood pressure checked when I go back each time (although I didn't last time because it wasn't my doctor. who I had the appointment with).

If you are ever worried you can book an appointment and the nurses are usually happy to see you and check your blood pressure and things.
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I've been on the pill for 3 years now, Microgynon, and have never had any serious problems with it yet, touch wood.

When I first went my doctor took my blood pressure and asked if there had been any heart problems in the family that I knew of. I have 6 monthly repeat prescriptions from the start, and have my blood pressure checked when I go back each time (although I didn't last time because it wasn't my doctor. who I had the appointment with).

If you are ever worried you can book an appointment and the nurses are usually happy to see you and check your blood pressure and things.

cool thanks

i'm not worried that i'm ill or anything- i feel fine, just worried that i haven't had checkups....maybe i'll book one just to check everythings ok...
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what happened??
I started getting bad cramps and pains in my legs and my blood pressure was up. It was the start of thrombosis so I cant take the pill now. I'd been on a few brands in the 3 years I had been on it but I had been on that brand for over a year before I had any problems. They tried me briefly after that on another brand but it sent my blood pressure sky high so i cant take any kind of hormone contraception now.

i started on the pill when I was 15 for period problems and havent been able to use it since just before my 19th birthday. Its a bit of a pain, i would much rather be on the pill than not.
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i have to take the pill, i have no choice, when i was 21 years old my monthlys got to be every two weeks and i was put in hospital by the crippling pain , i have had 4 children and 3 were born natural with no drugs and my fourth was 9 weeks prem ,breach and his heart was stressing so they gave me an emergancy cecarian , the pain of each natural birth was different but it was worse pain to get over a c- section but this two weekly period pain was the worst pain i have evey expirianced in my life so far, morphine in high dose was needed for the first 6 days.
I had 8 months of tests and suffering until i changed my doctor and a female doctor that specialises in these kind of problems told me she was going to test for a problem that usually only occurs in ladys over 40 and no one had bothered to test me for this because at 21 your not expected to be at the stage in life to suffer such a problem , anyway sure enough it was positive ,i had endremetriosis and by then it had grown to the size of a cricket ball , in fact there was one attached to my bladder and another on my bowel very close to each other, the cure for this is to go through to change ,you know (no more monthlys at all )
they placed me on a drug called Danazol that reverses pubity, it stops the monthlys compleetly and all your pubic hair goes very thin or falls out a bit my breasts kind of shrunk a little and all my spots went lol it was heaven but you can only be on them for a year max , well you can imagine why....
then i had to go on the pill, i had 3 of my children by them any way and i didnt think i would have anymore but 5 years ago i got all broody and went off the pill to get pregnant, it took nearly 2 years for me to catch and when i did it was a really bad prgnancy i was very ill until he had to be born at 31 weeks gestation, but even though he was out of me i was still rather ill, he is nearly 3 now and i was ill up untill a year ago they did loads of tests and found that i had an underactive thyroid gland that needed urgent treatment, this was another problem they had not thought of because it was usuall people over 40 that suffer it, i must be old inside. it has weekened my heart so i can no longer take the pill so my endrometreosis is back with a vengence and i am having my womb removed when my health is at its best but until then ist very strong pain relief and alot of crying. .
please keep up with you pill checks , it is actually advised that you have a pill check every 6 months,beccause of problems like thrombosis and so on, your body dramaticly changes every 7 years and just like me you can be perfectly well one year and the next you r ill and at the doctors constantly, i hate this body its a great big let down, the internet is my best friend because i cant go out much, life can be very hard for me some days.
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Oh Kizzie that's awful, can only imagine how horrible that must be my friend has endrometreosis, she's only 18 and is having an op at easter for it, like you she suffers incredible pain.
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Yeah I went on the pill. I came off it again though because I gained like 2 stone. I then tried the injection which I only had once but it sorted out my irregular periods which is ok.
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Yeah I went on the pill. I came off it again though because I gained like 2 stone. I then tried the injection which I only had once but it sorted out my irregular periods which is ok.
couldn't you have just lost the weight??
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