Post # 1
Yesterday, I went for my annual OB/GYN appointment, and I came in with some concerns. Namely, that my Implanon implant could be causing weight gain (since getting it, I have gained over 30 pounds).
Anyway, once I told my doctor about my weight gain, irregular periods, and my acne, he suggested that I go on birth control pills. While I know his suggestion is just a suggestion, I fear birth control methods that require frequent user input, and as a result, have slightly higher failure rates. Honestly, I think I’d forget to take my pills on time on weekends. Plus, I am at a stage in my life where a pregnancy would be a disaster, so 95% protection isn’t good enough for me.
Before my appointment, I was leaning toward switching to Paragard, even though my periods would remain unpredictable. I haven’t had penetrative sex yet, but I want to be prepared for it as soon as DBF and I get the chance. I would also prefer not needing to use condoms, which I would need to use for my peace of mind on any BCP. DBF doesn’t really care if we use condoms, though.
So Bees, once I get my Implanon removed, should I get on Paragard, or just suck it up and use BCPs and condoms?
Post # 2
BCP are actually 99% effective when used correctly. An easy way to do this is to set a time of day when you will be near your phone, set an alarm on your phone, and take the pill right away when it goes off! These days, everyone has their phone with them at all times, so its really hard to forget. I have an alarm that goes off at 6 pm every night to remind me, and a backup one at 8 pm just incase I didnt take it at 6.
Post # 3
I use my cellphone. It goes off at 7 PM all week. I cannot forget, and even if you forget to take it, you’re still protected. 95% effectiveness is if you only shoddily take them (Like twice to three times a week or whatever.)<br /><br />It isn’t as hard as you’re thinking it is.
Post # 4
What about a mirena iud? Have you considered that as an option?
Post # 5
I agree with the PP. It really isn’t that hard. When I took birth control pills, I had an app on my phone that would go off at 9:15. Then it would go off every 30 minutes until I marked that I took the pill. I believe strongly that how badly you don’t want to get pregnant is directly proportional to how accurately you take your pill. I never missed mine until I got off of it to get pregnant. I never had a pregnancy scare on it and I immediately for pregnant when I got off. So it definitely worked.
Post # 6
Kazza: I have considered the Mirena IUD. The main reason that it’s not that serious of a contender is because it works similarly to my implant. Then again, the progestin in Mirena would be more localized than in Implanon, so maybe it’s worth a second look.<br /><br />And to all other PPs so far, I do agree that an alarm on my phone would be a good idea if I opt for pills. As long as I set the alarm for sometime in the evening, I should be fine. Thanks for all your reassurance so far. 🙂
Post # 7
Luvdisc: I found that taking the pill right after you wake up is the easiest way to remember. The evening is more difficult cause you might not always be at home. Re: the mirena, from what I understand, the hormones are super localized so they have very few side effects – barely any hormones get into the rest of your system.
Post # 8
I’ve been on the pill 10 years and have never forgotten. I’ve gotten black out drunk, and still haven’t forgotten.
I made it part of my nighttime routine. .. I take off my makeup, brush my teeth, take my pill. I honestly isnt hard to remember if it is important. I’ve never had a scare and love the pill.
Post # 9
Luvdisc: I have been on the pill since 18. I’m now about to be 33 years old. The times I’ve forgotten to take my pill, I can count on one hand. Not becoming pregnant was important to me for many years of my life, but even now, I’m quite good with it. Also, because on weekends, my cats wake me up about the normal time I take it anyway! Set an alarm if you need to. It comes down to responsibility. What’s worse?…getting up to take a pill every day or taking care of a child?!
Edit: I’m not the crazy cat lady. Or maybe I am! But me and my future fiance to be are just fine with it! We’re okay with fur-babies!
Post # 10
I would try the BC pills before going onto an IUD with similar hormones. You could double up and use condoms too if you’re super worried. What about a copper IUD? Although if you’ve never had sex I would think it would be extremely painful to insert…but I could be wrong.
Post # 11
I am going to come from a slightly different place – I think the ladies above will have good suggestions and you should definitely do research. This is a non religious thing – so I totally support women doing what they want to – but I also sort of wonder if you should go through with it? I mean if you think it would be so terrible to get pregnant, I would actually just not have sex. I waited until it wouldn’t be a disaster (and still cannot say it was a great decision). I also do not use hormonal or IUD birth control simply because of health concerns with the products – so I do have different biases . Still, I guess what I am trying to say is that abstinence is the only 100% proof (sorry for taking that line) and I would seriously consider waiting until you at least felt that getting pregnant would not be the end of the world. Best of luck to you & I hope if you do decide it is best for you to keep exploring these BCs that you find one that sits better in your system
Post # 12
I have the paragard copper IUD, I just had it put in about a month and a half ago. I too have never had sex I took 600mg ibuprofen before and it only felt like bad cramps having it put in. So far I LOVE it. I’m currently on my first period with it. I had cramps for about a week before it started (I never had cramps before having in put in) but they were manageable with 200mg ibprofen a day. TMI my old periods were 4ish days, 3 lighter days and 1 heavy day. So far I’ve had 3 moderate days and it’s starting to taper off So I expect it to last maybe 6 days. I love that I won’t have to remember a pill (I’m a nurse with 12 hour shifts at random times on random days, not going to work for me), and I love that there are absolutely no hormones. So far it has been worth it. If you have any questions, let me know!