I started taking the pill (Trivora) years ago, before my lupus diagnosis. My lupus started as lung pain and for about a year they couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. Then I developed arthritis so bad I couldn't walk after about 4 pm every night. At that point they sent me to the appropriate doctor who thought I had rheumatoid arthritis. Then the blood work showed I really had lupus. Since then I get the butterfly rash, and other skin rashes, I had severe fatigue, I was loosing my hair, my finger joints would get so swollen I couldn't move my fingers at all, I was overall miserable. I was taking Plaquenil and Prednisone for pain. During this time my blood work showed improvement, but I was not feeling it. My doctor took me off plaquenil and said to just take Ibuprophen for pain. At this point I decided to stop my birth control because I felt my body needed a break from medications. Within 6 months my hair was growing back, my fatigue went away, as well as the severe swelling. I was able to workout again and live my life! This was 4 years ago and I feel great. I still have flare ups, but it is not constant like it used to be. Recently I tried going on a different type of birth control (lowest hormone levels offered called Loestrin Fe) and had the same side effects within 8 months. I try to find info on birth control and lupus symptoms and how they correlate but have had no luck. Does anyone else have this problem or heard of birth control doing this? My doctor isn't convinced that it is the birth control, but I think it is. Instead of taking me off the birth control, he is giving me anti-depressants to help me sleep so I'm not tired all the time. They are not working, so I took myself off the birth control. Let me know what thoughts you have on this.