(Closed) Any married bees who don’t use pill/shot/patch form of BC

posted 6 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Have you tried low dose mini pill, or thought about the non hormonal paragard??  You could also chart, and track ovulation. THere are only a few days a month you can get pregnant, so if you were to know when you ovulate, then you could avoid pregnancy that way. That’s what we do currently

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Like MrsSl82be said, there’s only a few days a month you can technically get pregnant.  Like you, BC made me feel very off, so I’ve been off it for over a year and half now. In stead of bc, we’ve been using a diaphragm and charting, and abstaining from full on activities on high-risk days. I’d recommend giving Taking Charge of Your Fertility a read. And if you can’t bring yourself to abstain those days, then you can use condoms. At least that would cut your usage down to a few times as opposed to all the time. Diaphragm takes a little bit of pre-planning, but I really like it. 

 

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@SweetHoneyBee:  This happened to me when I stopped taking the pill. The doc said I was suffering the side effects from the estrogen. I have a Mirena now and I love it. No accidental pregnancies yet and I’ve had it for about 1.5 yr. I also have a mild latex allergy. One other thing that helped when I stopped taking BC was cutting dairy out of my diet. There are a lot of hormones in it.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

What did you try, specifically?  Different brands of HBC? Any low-dose? Progestin only?

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Personally I have Implanon, which is inserted into your arm (horizontally in the layer of fat between your skin and your muscle.. “inserted” has scary connotations).  It lasts for 3 years, begins working immediately, and can be taken out at any time returning you to fertility almost immediately.  The most common side effect is an irregular period (it can stop entirely or, in my case, you end up spotting all the time), but that is about it.  If you’re interested, definitely research it further since it sounds like you have a lot of bad reactions to different kinds of bc, but it might be an option for you.  It’s extremely convenient and it’s statistically more effective than getting your tubes tied.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@SweetHoneyBee:  Just for information, all of those (except for Nuvaring) are hormonal birth control pills.  While it may seem like you’ve tried a ton of BC, you’ve really only checked off two boxes.  I’ve been on Nuvaring but I don’t remember the hormones in it, it’d be worth a check to see what hormones you’ve used and which ones may not have worked for you.  I’d look into progestin-only pills or possibly longer-term BC like an IUD– Paraguard is hormone-free and Mirena is a low-dose. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I can’t take hormones since the pill (progesterone only) gave me a blood clot.  I track my fertility via TCOYF and use a diaphragm on my fertile days.  

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

FI and I are going to try out VCF (vaginal contraceptive film) after the wedding.  I’m staying on Nuvaring so I can time my period for the wedding and then after that I’m done.  I hate how it kills my sex drive, and I feel so much better the week I’m off it. I also don’t really enjoy condoms.

So we’re going to give VCF a try, which when used correctly has pretty high effective rates, but won’t be the same as BCP, which is fine with us. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I just got an IUD, but given that you’re probably going to TTC in not too long, that’s probably not your best bet. I second Taking Charge of Your Fertility, and try out some different condoms if the ones you’re using are bugging both of you! In my experience, Durex makes good ones that don’t smell much or feel like much is in the way.

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