Diane 35 Birth Control Pills — Menstruation, Acne, Dysmenorrhea

By T.B.N.

My 20-year-old daughter is taking Diane 35 birth control pills.  She’s single and still in college.  Why is she on contraceptives?

Because it was what the obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYNE) prescribed to treat her very irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea and amenorrhea.  I brought her to the OB-GYNE after she had not her menstruation for 4 consecutive months.

Diane 35 birth control pill is primarily marketed as an ACNE TREATMENT.   It’s what is indicated in the flyer that comes with the pills.  It’s also indicated for CONTRACEPTION or BIRTH CONTROL.  It’s manufactured in Germany by Schering GmbH.

The OB-Gyne said that Diane 35 will induce menstruation, will help regulate menstruation, and will help treat dysmenorrhea and amenorrhea.

DYSMENORRHEA means painful periods.

AMENORRHEA means absence of menstruation for 3 or more consecutive months.

Diane 35 is a 21-day pill pack.  Over a period of 21 days, one pill is taken at the same time each day.  On the 23rd or 24th day, menstruation is expected to start.  The start of menstruation can also occur later, on or before the  28th day, and user may still be menstruating when the next pill pack is started.

On the 29th day,  another Diane 35 21-day pill pack is started.  The cycle is 28 days, or 21-7, meaning 21 days of taking Diane 35 and 7 days of no pills.

My daughter has been instructed to take Diane 35 for 4 months, after which she is to return to the OB-Gyne for evaluation.   She was also advised to stop taking the pills immediately and consult with the OB-Gyne if there are severe side effects,  such as severe headaches,  muscle pains,  stomach aches, etc.   She said that there are different brands of birth control pills,  and certain brands may be better suited for certain pill users.

I’ve read the flyer and there are also risks of myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, deep venous thrombosis, and cerebrovascular accidents.  However, these are rare,  according to the flyer.

Any Diane 35 user should go immediately to a hospital’s Emergency Department in case of chest pains,  unexplained shortness of breath, rapid breathing or heartbeat, leg swelling, severe dizziness, severe light-headedness, vomiting, choking feeling,  sudden trouble talking or seeing or understanding, numbness or weakness on one side of the body.

Fortunately, mukhang hiyang naman ang anak ko sa Diane 35.   She had no headaches or nausea.  Medyo natakot lang ako one day, kasi she called from her dorm and complained of muscle pain in her legs.  I told her to go to the nearest hospital immediately.  But the pain disappeared after she’d done some walking.  Sabi ng anak ko, baka dahil sa wala siyang exercise.  Her menstruation came on the 28th day,  much later than the expected time.

My daughter also was pleased with Diane 35 because her small pimples were disappearing and her skin was becoming smoother.  Wala naman siyang acne.  Sabi sa online forums, Diane 35 daw ang isa sa ginagamit ng mga gays to smoothen their skin and to make their bodies more feminine.

I researched and I found out that the Cyproterone acetate and ethinylestradiol in Diane 35 are hormones that are pro-feminine.  Cyproterone acetate prevents the Male hormones or Androgens in the female body from functioning.  Ethinylestradiol is a synthetic version of the natural female hormone called Estrogen.

The Diane 35 birth control pill pack contains 21 pills and is sold for 610 pesos at Watsons as of June 2013.

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