Well, I'm 13 and before you continue I do NOT plan to have sex for a while. Anyways I have bad bad mood swings, bad cramps, horrid acne, and really irregular periods (I've had period well over two years) my mom is kinda on board but still iffy, opinions?
Really, I don't believe teenagers should go on the pill to regulate their period. You're a teenager. Your hormones are supposed to be all over the place. The human body has been regulating menstruation for millennia, let it do it's job.
Mood swings, cramps, and acne are also part of the whole shebang. PMS is a thing. Birth control doesn't get rid of cramps, it may not even get rid of mood swings, and at 13 I have to say that acne is just part of puberty.
I know that this is all really inconvenient, but this is puberty. It happens. I don't think that a 13 year old should be putting hormones into her body just because she finds a period to be inconvenient. This is what your body is supposed to do.
I agree with the message above.
It's life. I can totally understand about the acne thing though. But atleast wait a few years. Maybe till you're 15/16. I know that seems a while but it may clear up. If not then maybe consider it. I can't gurantee it will help though.
I speak with experience btw. I've suffered acne since I was about 14. Im now almost 20 and just accepting it. I went through 2 forms of antibiotics and then eventually tried the pill and it worked for about a month then my skin went back to normal. I did however notice it regulated my period. But then again I was about 16 so my body had got into sorting it out. I didn't go messing about with it when I was 13. I also tried a second pill which again helped the first month then back to normal. So just keep in mind it doesn't work for everyone.
But yeah. As hard as it may be, I'd deffo wait a few years. I know it's difficult to suffer with but that's what being a teenager is. Like I said, I've came to terms with the acne. And as it turns out, you think they;re a lot worse than everyone else haha.
As for the cramps and mood swings. I can't help. I've never suffered.
Well I'm 16 and sexually active, but my doctor gave me birth control more for the fact that my periods were very heavy and lasted longer than normal. That and the fact that I'm a vegetarian made me more likely to have iron deficiency.
Has your doctor said anything though? Since you're a young teen, your period is gonna be a bit weird for a while. I think your doctor and mom should be fully on board with it. If they aren't it's probably for the best you wait at least a few years before going on birth control, I personally wouldn't have gone on it if my doctor hadn't highly recommended it.
I personally believe that it's worth considering. I am 17 and had been on the Pill for several months until about four months ago when my boyfriend and I broke up. I had trouble with it though and essentially had discharge nearly all the time. The two points from this are that a) you can still have problems with the Pill (although I swapped from Ovranette to Loestrin and I was fine then), so you may need to stick with the idea and swap around if one doesn't work for you, but b) that I understand that problems with your monthly cycle can be a really pain. I ended up wearing pads nearly all the time to cope which caused discomfort, and if your cycles are really irregular then that could be a problem for you, I don't know.
I felt my relationship was put under a bit of strain while I was on Ovranette for obvious reasons but I realise now that I have a Pill (Loestrin) which I know works for me so this problem won't occur in any new relationships when I'll want contraception. Going on the Pill now could help later on :)
Emotionally, I felt better on both Pills and didn't experience PMS before my bleeds which I found great as I used to feel really down a few days before my period. A girl I know took the Pill to help with irregular periods several years ago. I think it would be worth considering. Talk to your doctor or whoever and see what they think; they must get this all the time. I'm lucky in that my periods have never really been irregular but I've heard it's common, especially around your age.
Good luck, and I hope everything is sorted out for you soon :)
P.S. Some parents may be "iffy" if they think you going/being on the Pill may encourage sexual activity. She may just need some reassurance :)
Hi! I'm a teenager on birth control!! I don't think there should be an age limit to birth control (which there isn't). This is completely up to you, don't allow other people to force this desicion for you :)