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Birth control pill hormone question

Posted In: Menopause 4 Replies
  • Posted By: showme
  • March 6, 2009
  • 05:37 AM

My wife started perimenopause about a year ago at 44 years of age. She went to an ob-gyn and was prescribed 'Seasonique' for, I believe, hormones. My wife has not used birth control since She was a teen, before our first child was born. 22 years ago, after our youngest was born, I had a vasectomy so she wouldn't have to go through getting her tubes tied. Anyway, she has never been good at taking pills daily, and she took enough to get her periods started to allow her to disharge what they believed was possible mentsrual bleeding that was not purged with her missed periods. It worked, and not only did she discharge what she called "gross, black blood", and then continued bleeding heavily for a month, but returned to what I call "her normal self", which was sadly missing in the months leading up to her taking these pills. Anyway, She ran out of a 3 month supply about 2 months ago, (which she'd had since late last spring), and I went to refill the prescription of Seasonique. My insurance has a $10 copay, always has, but Walgreens wanted $80 on top of the copay. I asked why, and the pharmicist **s't told me that it was a "brand name" and that some doctors are known to get kick backs for prescribing it, but there are "lots of other things that are equal to it that can be prescribed." My wife is not comfortable with going back to this doctor and confronting her about this. Can anyone tell us what other things contain what this Seasonique contains (hormone wise), or give us any information about these prescriptions or their names? Has anyone had a case like this? Thanks alot, Verla's husband, Lee

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  • Seasonique is a brand name medication that is unique in that it comes packaging so that you can take the pills containing hormones for 3 months then have a period. It will cost extra as it is a tier 3 medication, usually only tier 1 and 2 are covered under your $10 copay so depending on how your insurance works that additional cost will vary. She should simply call her doctor and tell them that she can't afford the brand name and would like a prescription for something that comes in a generic form that you can get for your $10 copay. There are a lot of options out there that are similar in hormones to seasonique however none that she will only have her period every 3 months unless she skips the inactive pills which is something she can discuss with her doctor.
    SpineGirl 64 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello Lee...maybe you can tell your wife to try this herb called MACAFERN. Macafem nourishes and stimulates your own hormone production, by inducing the optimal functioning of the pituitary and endocrine glands, helping with your own natural hormonal productionDifferently than risky hormone drugs; organic Macafem acts naturally, nourishing your glands in a completely natural and safe way, helping production of your own estrogen, progesterone and testosterone hormones. Besides, Macafem contains a great concentration of vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients. Macafem also contains a high concentration of protein, making macafem a powerful energy source. There are lots of online herbs store which sells them...do check them out...
    dale91 143 Replies Flag this Response
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  • I think Macafern is better or you can opt for FemFlax. They are inexpensive considering that they are good quality drugs.
    dale91 143 Replies Flag this Response
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