Birth Control/Sore breasts

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Hi, I'm 16 years old, and I just went on the pill, I'm taking Yaz, and it was to get rid of my acne, but that's just getting worse, and I've been experiencing sore breasts.. When ever I apply pressure, they hurt. I'm thinking its because of Birth Control. They've grown a little, but they're tender and hurt at every touch. Is this healthy? Am I safe to be taking this pill?

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Hi Alesha,

Thanks for your message.

Women often get sore breasts with the pill because of the levels of progesterone hormone. It is similar to what some women experience with PMS. Often side effects reduce or go away after being on the pill for a while once the body has time to adjust to the changes.

Like I said, it can take a couple of months for the body to adjust so your acne may still improve. However, I would suggest that it might be worth talking to your doctor about another option or a different pill as there are many different hormone combinations. Alternatives to hormones to help improve acne should also be investigated if they havent already (for example diet and nutrition effects hormone levels and can affect acne so a nutritionist may be helpful).

Please do talk to your doctor if you are concerned.

Take care,
Allison

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Allison Macbeth

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I can answer questions about how to choose which method of contraception is right for you, how to deal with mistakes, effectiveness, and emergency contraception. I also have training in HIV, STIs, and sexual health education. I cannot tell you what is the right choice, but I can tell you the pros and cons of each method to help you make an informed decision for your circumstances. If you have had a condom break or had unprotected sex and need emergency contraception please call you local Planned Parenthood or check out not-2-late.com.

Experience

I have been working in the field of sexual health for a decade with specific training in contraception, STIs, HIV, and sexual problems. I have worked in several Planned Parenthood-affiliated charities, telephone helplines, research, education, and currently work for a local health authority evaluating HIV programs in the city.

Publications
Macbeth, A., Weerakoon, P., Sitharthan, G. (2009). Australian Parentsí Opinions about School-based Sexual Health Education. Sexual Health. 6, 328-333. I write a weekly advice column for Morning Quickie website which can be found here: http://morningquickie.com/category/madame-x/

Education/Credentials
I have a Masters in Applied Science (Sexual Health) where I did research on sex education in schools and at home with parents and young people, as well as many counselling skills courses.

Past/Present Clients
I have worked extensively with young people under 25, people living with or affected by HIV, and parents.

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