So, here’s the news…
Thanks ObamaCare. Due to changes in insurance coverage and expenses, my employer has changed my insurance plan. It’s the same carrier, but the plan has altered slightly. What does that mean for my coverage?
Thankfully, I still can see my same physicians, although my physician co-pays have all increased by about $10. I’ve no clue how any medical procedures will be affected financially. BUT what I do know : my insurance will no longer cover my Amethyst birth control. Sure, it’s free. Sure there’s all this legislation and praise about free birth control…but my insurance refuses to provide Amethyst anymore.
Instead, I’m going on a generic of my generic (Amethyst is the generic version of Lybrel). What’s the name of my new birth control? It doesn’t really have a name. Emblazoned on the prescription box is “Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 90 mcg/20 mcg tablets.” That’s the name of my new BC. It’s a tongue twister, and it’s the same dosage of my Amethyst pills…but…
Not all generics are the same. Fortune magazine states, “The [FDA’s] definition of bioequivalence is surprisingly broad: A generic’s maximum concentration of active ingredient in the blood must not fall more than 20% below or 25% above that of the brand name. This means a potential range of 45%, by that measure, among generics labeled as being the same.”
I haven’t had my period since September, 2014. I have been taking Amethyst since January, 2015. I haven’t spotted. I haven’t had any break-through bleeding. And best of all I haven’t had any terrible Endo symptoms. I’ve had a few flare-ups, but nothing unbearable.
So today I start my new pill. Last night I said goodbye to my last Amethyst pill. Tonight at 6:00 pm, I’ll swallow this new tiny pill…hoping that my body won’t have to adjust. Hoping for no raging hormones, no spotting, no periods, but most importantly : no Endometriosis symptoms. It’s been wonderful having 99.9% of my life back. Will see how my body adjusts to this new medication. Hoping for the best.
What about you? Have you switched pills and suffered?
Thanks for reading. Today I am just venting because I’m worried. Worrying accomplishes nothing and I was hoping by writing it all out I’d feel better. I think it’s helped already 😉