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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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