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  • Birth control and dry eye

    Hi everyone:

    I know that there is a link between birth control and dry eye so I am a little worried about starting BC again. I have been off of it for 3 years now but want to go back on it for personal reasons. I have Sjogrens so my eyes are quite dry. With sjogrens I have low-no aqeous tear output and MGD as well. I was on antidepressants for a while and noticed no extreme change in my dryness so I am hoping BC will be the same way. I know I need to consult with my opto and GYN, but are there BC pills nowadays with less dryness side effects? Thanks
    If life is a bowl of cherries, then why I am I stuck in the pits!

  • #2
    Hi -

    I had concerns about the pill and so I did the IUD. I LOVE IT! It is inserted and then you have it removed when you want to conceive. Nothing to re-fill or remember to take every day. It is non-hormonal and harmless. I wish that I knew about this a long time ago - I would have never used the pill.



    • #3
      I was on BC pills and Dr. L suggested going off. My eyes and skin got much worse - and Dr. L told me to go back ON the BC pills, which I did. Eyes and skin improved a LOT - I'm back where I started. Point is that BC pills can be an issue for some and can actually help others. I agree that you just have to try it and see.


      • #4
        I have been on Yasmin for about a year now. My dryness did increase somewhat, but nothing so severe that I would consider stopping the pill. I'm also perimenopausal, and was when I started the pill.
        Every day with DES is like a box of chocolates...You never know what you're going to get.


        • #5

          I never had eye problems ever, until I took Yasmin. It basically caused dry eye and a slew of other problems for me. I'm terrified of taking it again.

          Yasmin is also in the middle of a huuuuge class action lawsuit for killing people, so... glad I'm done with it.