Post # 1
I had the Implanon put in in 2010 and it’s due to come out this month. I’m getting married next April and don’t want to start TTC until after the wedding. So I’m trying to figure out what my next BC option will be.
I obviously don’t want anything long-term like the Mirena or another implant since we’ll be TTC within the next year. I also don’t want the depo since I was on it before Implanon and both made me gain a lot of weight.
I also worry about the pill because I am on daily antibiotics for acne and antibiotics can make the pill less effective. Although, I just read in Cosmo last month that both Depo and Implanon can actually increase acne because they both increase oil production. Who knew!?! Now, I know it’s just Cosmo, so who knows how accurate it is. But I had it in my head that BC helped acne and now I find out that it’s possibly been making mine worse! So maybe switching will eliminate my need for the antibiotics.
Anyway, so I’m looking for something short term, won’t be affected by my antibiotics, and won’t make me gain even more weight! And something that actually reduces the acne instead of increasing it would be a plus! What are your suggestions? And what do you take? What is it that you like and dislike about your BC?
Post # 3
What about the NuvaRing? I would’ve used it if not for migraines – I use the copper IUD.
Post # 4
@ChicFoodist: I get migraines also, so not sure if NuvaRing would be an option. I wasn’t aware it caused migraines, though. Something to talk to my doctor about 🙂
Post # 5
@taraelisabeth: You could always get another Implanon, and have it removed when you want to start TTC?
There are pills you can get that reduce acne, but I saw a segment on a current affairs show about one of the ingredients (roaccutane?) that made people really depressed and suicidal. Very scary stuff.
When I first got my Mirena IUD, I broke out in angry pimples. My GP prescribed low dose antibiotics and a cream to try, I went with the cream (Duac) and it was fantastic. It cleared the pimples up and I no longer need to use it. I wonder if something like a cream is an option for you?
Post # 6
Not saying this is the best idea, but I’m also getting married in April. I’m not planning for children anytime soon, to me it’s whatever happens happens. But because birth control pills supposedly make me a B**** (according to FI), and condoms give me constant UTIs, IUDs I’m afraid of because I have allergies to those kind of materials; so our only option is the pull out method, and we’ve been using that for over a year now, hasn’t failed yet. And my sister uses the rhythym cycle thing, and hasn’t failed her either.
Post # 7
I switched to Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) back in January and I love it. No hormones, nothing to mess with fertility, and it’s about equal in effectiveness to hormonal methods when used correctly. It’s not for everyone, but if you want something short term that will let you learn A LOT about the way your body works before you TTC, I’d definitely reccomend looking into it. Try the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” It’s a good, informative read that dispells the myths and presents the facts well.
Post # 8
@Mrs.LemonDrop: Yeah, that’s what my sister has been using for a couple years now and has worked perfectly. And as I said, we just use pull out and it works so far.
My mom had used birth control and condoms and she ended up accidentally having 3 kids!!! LOL
Post # 9
Talk with your gynecologist! Evidence has shown that Implanon/Nexplanon hormone levels don’t drop off at 3 years and several studies have shown continued prevention of pregnancy through the 4th year. This is an off label use but see what your gyn has to say (doctors very commonly prescribe things off label, the FDA can’t always keep up with scientific evidence). If you’re planning to start TTC shortly after the wedding, it could be that you’d be fine continuing to use your Implanon until next spring.
As far as acne goes, OCPs often help to improve acne since they have both estrogen and progesterone. The progesterone only methods like Depo, Implanon, etc can increase acne in some patients. If you are planning to conceive in the not too distant future, Accutane is not an option. It can cause very serious birth defects.
Post # 10
@raziel1687: yeah. I temp, check CM, and use OPKs but it takes 2 minutes tops of my day. Full disclosure, we totally just use pull out during the FW too. Worked so far, but we’d both be thrilled if we got pregnant anyway. I would not knowingly use pull out on the fertile window if I weren’t ok with having a baby.