(Closed) Birth Control Issues! What do you use?

posted 6 years ago in Intimacy
  • poll: What BC method do you use?
    Hormonal birth control : (73 votes)
    52 %
    Condoms or IUD : (39 votes)
    28 %
    Something else (PLEASE ELABORATE IN COMMENTS!) : (15 votes)
    11 %
    Nothing, we're open to or hoping for pregnancy : (14 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    5548 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
    Member
    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    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
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    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
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    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    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
    Member
    553 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Have you tried a diaphragm? Do they even make those anymore? 

    Post # 8
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    13101 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
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    65 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Fertility Awareness Method. 🙂 

    Post # 10
    Member
    1408 posts
    Bumble bee

    @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.

    Post # 13
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    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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
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    6745 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
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    296 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
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    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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 🙂

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