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Hello, I have been on birth control since November 2013. For the first three months i had no symptoms. Then I started getting breast tenderness and constipation. This has eased some, but there are still random days where I have breast tenderness. About 2.5 months ago I started feeling very tired more often. This has been better in the past weeks. My fiance lives out of town so I do not see him that often. We are very careful about not getting pregnant. I have never missed a pill and we use condoms 90% of the time and always withdraw. I have taken several pregnancy tests and had my period twice since seeing him in the beginning of June. I have taken Plan B twice once in april and once in june. I do not believe that I am pregnant. But my new thing is that i have been having headaches daily for about a week and cramping (which is possibly due to my mild constipation). I wanted to know if it is possible that i am still experiencing birth control symptoms. Is it possible that i am just more effected than most people? also, could taking plan b on top of my birth control have screwed with my system a bit?

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Thanks for writing to with your health concern.

Some women are more sensitive to birth control than others.The symptoms do match with those of birth control .
And yes, using birth control PLUS withdrawal method PLUS condoms PLUS Plan B is overdoing it !
There is no need to use Plan B if you are on regular birth control, it just adds up side effects and negates the benefits.
Just take a break off birth control for a month, and see if it makes you feel any better.
You can then switch to another brand , with lower hormones, or a different method, if the symptoms are very bothersome.
ALl the best
Please feel free to discuss further.
PRegnancy is out of question with your regular periods, and several tests.

Dr. Aarti Vazirani
Category: Infertility Specialist
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecolog, BJMC,Civil hospital, Ahmedabad, 2008
Post Graduate: MS (Obstetrics & Gynecology), B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2008
Medical School: MBBS, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2004
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