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Birth Control Pills Recalled

I’d like to recall them from my life forever.

Pharmaceutical company Glenmark Generics has issued a birth control pill recall owing to a packaging error. The label on these oral contraceptives reads “norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol tablets.” The pills aren’t a health hazard, but some of them may be packaged in the wrong order, presenting the risk of unwanted pregnancy. So check your prescriptions, ladies. If you suspect yours is from this poorly packaged batch, the FDA recommends using another, nonhormonal form of birth control (like condoms) until you can replenish your supply. Read all about it on the FDA’s site here.

In all honesty, I’d love to recall birth control pills from my life forever. I don’t know which is worse: the mood swings or the weight gain. I’ve tried a few different types, with results varying from mild discomfort to sporadic psychotic episodes (very unlike me, I swear!). Jack has empathy for my hormonal chaos -- and he appreciates the fact that he doesn’t have to be the pill popper in our marriage. But I've had moments when I've decided I'm DONE with oral contraceptives. Am I alone here, ladies? You’re trying to zip up those jeans that used to fit, and then it’s, "Did I gain weight, or is it these damn pills?!"

I guess I should count my blessings that mood swings and weight gain are the only side effects I have to contend with. We all know about the stroke and heart attack risks, and then there’s depression and anxiety. One girlfriend of mine was lucky enough to realize that it was the Pill that was causing her normally peppy personality to dampen, but I’ve heard of even worse side effects, like suicidal thoughts. It’s enough to make you want to go celibate. (No it’s not.)

I know what you’re thinking: What about other birth control methods? I’ve tried the vaginal ring, but let’s just say Jack and I ended up playing the human body version of ring toss a few times. (TMI, sorry about that.) IUDs -- I’m just a little too squeamish for them. But I have friends who swear by that method. And then, of course, there’s natural family planning, which seems to be pretty popular with the readers of The Nest, actually. To you women I say, hats off! It’s a bit too much effort for me, but that degree of dedication to and awareness of your own body is admirable.

For Jack and me? I think we’ll stick with the Pill -- until the next time I throw a hissy fit over a skirt that refuses to zip up all the way.

Do you have a love/hate relationship with the Pill like I do (or just a hate relationship)? Have you found a contraceptive alternative that works for you? Tell us about it in the comments!

-- Holly