Birth Control Help!

posted 3 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@icanhearyousmile:  What about a progestin only pill? You didn’t note any terrible side effects from the Depo shot (unpredictable periods are a side effect, not as bad in my opinion as anxiety/illness) and the Depo shot is progestin-only. 

That said, I have heard that its good to stick with a method for at least three months in order for the initial side effects to die down. 

The only option that doesn’t involve hormones/IUD would be the fertility awareness method (not to be confused with the rhythm method). FAM involves very closely monitoring your body every day, determining when you are fertile and either abstaining from sex or using a barrier method during that time. “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler is an amazing resource for figuring out the method. 

Post # 4
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9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@icanhearyousmile:  I take Kariva with very few side effects.  It’s the generic for Mircette.  I also liked Ortho Tricyclen Lo-Estrin but it was too expensive when I changed insurance.  I have lots of issues with hormonal BCPs (i.e. nausea, headaches, etc…) but I haven’t had any issues with the above BCPs.  I also take my BCPs at night with dinner so if there is any nausea I sleep through it.

Post # 5
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9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

P.S. I also deal with anxiety and panic attacks on occasion.  They have gotten substantially less in the last year though.

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