Birth Control Options

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@primepretty:  Depo is the same hormone as the mirena, so that might be an option, but do to the way it is introduced into the body there tends to be more side effects than with Mirena.

WHat bothers you about having metal inside you vs plastic? The Paraguard is an excellent long term BC (good for 12 years), but hormone free so it will not stop your periods. In fact it may make them heavier and crampier.

I would look into the Nexplanon if I was you. Same hormone as the Mirena, but is inserted into the arm. It is good for 3 years.

Post # 4
1140 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i have paragard and its great! only had it a few months, but no complaints other than some cramping.  

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

@primepretty:  If you’re over 30 you shouldn’t have a problem finding a doctor willing to snip you.  If that’s not an option, then maybe your husband would consider getting a vasectomy.

An implant is a great idea if you want longterm BC with little worries or responsibilities to remember to take a pill or trade out a ring or patch. The Paraguard apparently lasts for up to 10 years so you would have longterm protection that is nonhormonal.  Why did your doctor phase out the Mirena?  Would it be worth going to another doctor to have one re-implanted. 

Post # 6
1231 posts
Bumble bee

@primepretty:  is there a reason she does not use that iud? If not, I don’t see why she can’t order it for you. If that was the one I wanted and felt comfortable with, I would just ask my Dr. to order it. Is she medically opposed?

Post # 7
12 posts

Nexplanon. It’s less invasive and last 3 years. I haven’t had it for very long but there’s but no problems so far. 

Post # 8
1626 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I had the copper IUD and it had no hormones in it, which was why I wanted it (mine have ALWAYS been off and whacky and I go nuts on pills). The only reason I got rid of it was because the copper changed my chemistry down thur and I had constant infections…but from what I understand that is fairly rare. Other than that, there were no side effects and I loved it. I really recommend you give it a try, it’s the best nonhormonal thing out there and really doesn’t have all of the side effects associated even with your mirena or any other hormonal BC.

I am now on seasonele and I HATE it, lol, so I recommend against that. I have been having anxiety, headaches, sick stomach, cramps, depression, my hair is coming out in handfuls of strands, and feel like I’m going to burst into tears every minute of the day (even sitting here at my desk doing work!). Either that or I hate my FI’s guts. So cross that one off your list. 😉

I liked Yaz when I was on it a long time ago. I have been looking at Nexplanon like others have said, and was going to talk to my doc when they call me back about this seasonele thing.

Good luck!

Post # 10
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I too once used the copper IUD and liked it.

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