The Accutane 411

The uncensored journal of an Accutane (Claravis) patient.

Let the waiting game begin. May 9, 2010

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For starters, let me just tell you I hate pap smears.  Okay, so most women don’t like them, and I know there are worse things in life.  But, really?  Do we have to put our feet in stirrups while you shine a bright light and poke around you-know-where?  Well, at least it’s over with!

On Wednesday, I spoke with my doctor about a hormonal birth control.  I told her I needed it to start Accutane treatment.  She responded with complete surprise, “Your skin is beautiful!” she told me.

“Look at my back,” I said.

After a little shuffling of the paper robe, she responded with a deep, “Hmmm,” and she shuffled over to her computer to write a prescription for the NuvaRing.

Upper "Bacne"

Sidenote: My friends, like my doctor, seem surprised that I’m going on Accutane.  I can see why.  My face, the most visible part of me, breaks out badly about once or twice a month.  Plus, let’s be honest.  After dealing with acne for the past 10+ years, I’ve become quite the pro at using concealer on my face.  My back, however, is broken out almost all the time, which people rarely see.  I get more cystic acne on my neck and back than anywhere else on my body.  I hide the breakouts by wearing my hair down almost everyday, and wearing clothes that don’t reveal my skin problems.  When I shop, I always look for “bad skin” clothes.  When I get those hideous breakouts on my chest, I usually wear shirts that come up high enough to cover my collarbones.  I can’t wait until the day when I never have to wake up and evaluate my skin before I pick out what to wear to work.

Anyway, back to the doctor’s visit…

I laughed out loud when I found out that the NuvaRing must be stored in your refrigerator until you are ready to insert it.  My husband was a little weirded out when he saw birth control in the fridge hanging out next to the leftovers. He can deal with it until I get started.  My doctor told me the ring wouldn’t be effective for at least one month.  That means I won’t be able to start Accutane until approximately the second week of June.  It sounds far away, but I’m sure it will be here before I know it.

I’ll keep you posted on how my body responds to the NuvaRing.  I’ve read some mixed reviews about it, but hopefully it works out for me!  Check back for an update sometime toward the end of the month.  For now, take care.


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