Post # 1
I am having some trouble with birth control. My FI and I will not be ready to have children for quite a few years so it’s very important to us to have reliable birth control, but hormonal BC is an absolute no-go for me; it always makes me too sick and crabby to even want to have sex!
I don’t really trust us to reliably use condoms since we both HATE them, so I got a copper IUD. I was thrilled with this because if it worked correctly it would be safe, effective and foolproof, require no effort, and save money in the long run. Unfortunately my body has rejected TWO IUD’s; they get pushed out after a couple of months and have to be removed, which has been expensive and painful!
I’m at a loss. Are any bees successfully and happily using a non-hormonal birth control method other than condoms?
Post # 3
I know lots of women around here use natural family planning, it can be effective but it has some serious room for error if you don’t do it properly. Of course that is true of all BC. I use nuvaring and love it. It hasn’t had any side effects for me, but it is still hormonal.
Post # 4
Well I am not on a pill, i am on NuvaRing (intravaginal ring). It is hormonal but did NOT make me crazy like the pills did… I dunno that it helps at all bc it’s still hormonal..
Post # 5
Have you tried a coated/hormone IUD like Mirena? If your body is rejecting the copper ones, it might be the copper that is causing it, in which case the coating on the Mirena might make it easier for your body to tolerate it. I know you are looking for a non-hormonal method but the hormone dosage in Mirena is pretty small; like you, I would get a TON of side effects from bcp but have had no hormone-related side effects from Mirena and I’ve had it for almost 4 years now.
Post # 6
I have a Mirena IUD. The pill turned me into a raging bitch but the Mirena is progesterone-only so it’s not the same type of hormones as pills, which have estrogen. I’ve had it for 3 months now and I LOVE it. I have had a child though, so that makes a huge difference.
You might look into a progesterone-only method.
Post # 7
Have you tried a diaphragm? Do they even make those anymore?
Post # 8
I’m not much help as I’m on a low hormone pill (Aviane) and don’t have issues with it. It took me trying a few different pills to find a good one though.
Post # 9
Fertility Awareness Method. 🙂
Post # 10
@babeandbabe: Yes. I use one on my fertile days. I can’t use hormomes because I developed a blood clot from the pill. FAM all other days.
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Have you tried more than one pill or type of hormonal BC? It took me years to find the right pill for me! I’ve been on ones that make me crazy, but they don’t all, I swear! It’s all about finding the right one that works with your individual body chemistry. Unless you have a serious reaction to hormonal BC like blood clots, things like moodiness and sex drive change from pill to pill and can usually be overcome.
Post # 14
Hormonal BC pills come in several kinds of dosages. Have you used the lowest dosage? I know that the different dosages make a huge difference. I was on a higher one before (I’ve also tried the ring, which is by far the worst, and the patch, which is the second worst) and it made me crazy. Now, I’m on one that barely effects me other than to regulate my period and keep me from getting pregnant.
My gyno did discuss the IUD with me. There are 2 kinds from what I understand. Did your body reject both kinds?
The other option that my gyno discussed with me (other than condoms and the pullout method), was the sponge. He said it’s a sponge that you put up there that has spermicide and it keeps the semen out. It’s not 99% effective like condoms or the pill, but it’s an option if you don’t like either and the IUD won’t work.
Other than those options – pill/patch/ring, IUD, condoms, pullout method and the sponge, I’ve never heard of any other options, so you might either have to suck it up with another method or hope for the best.
Can’t wait until the guy pill comes out!!!
Post # 15
I love the Nuvaring, it has been awesome. I started using it pretty shortly after it came on the market and I’ve never had an issue
Post # 16
Oops I voted IUD not realizing that you meant non-hormonal ones. As of right now I’m on the NuvaRing but I’m getting a Mirena IUD put in next Wednesday!!
Due to a hormonal imbalance, I need to be on some type of hormal birth control to keep things balanced and keep my period regular (instead of stopping all together).
I chose to go with the Mirena because, although I don’t mind the Nuva Ring, it will be nice not to have to keep track of in/out dates on a calendar or worry about refilling the prescription, at least not for another 5 years 🙂