Birth Control – what do you use?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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2878 posts
Sugar bee

Copper IUD. I’m done with hormones. I had a lot of problems on the pill, on Depoprovera (so obviously, there was no way I would have chosen Mirena) : no libido whatsoever, migraines, belly aches, depression, etc. Now, I’m back on my natural cycle and everything goes well. I do PMS a bit more and have a bit more acne now that I’m off hormonal birthcontrol, though. But I think it’s worth it for now, because I really felt like I was getting more and more sick as the months went by. When I’m done with my 3 years of IUD, my SO said he will have a vasectomy.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ask about Skyla.  A lot of ins companies aren’t offering it yet, but if Mirena was too big to go in, Skyla is smaller, but the same basic idea (only good for 2 or 3 years, though).

I have Mirena and I love it; I had the copper IUD for years but it gave me like, anemia-inducing periods over time. So I switched, and I gained about 10lbs, but that’s a small price to pay for the convenience.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@NauticalDisaster:  Your IUD only lasts 3 years?  I’ve got a paragard and it’s effective for 10 years.

Post # 6
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451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Kimberley25:  different IUDs have different life lengths. Copper are usually 3-10 (or 12) years depending on the model, Mirena is 5 (though may actually be 7), and Skyla is 3 years. 

Post # 7
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641 posts
Busy bee

Plain ‘ol condoms. I’ve been considering getting a copper IUD once my insurance kicks in. I know I don’t want anything hormonal. I am in such a happy, contented mental place in my life, I don’t want to do anything that might put it at risk.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I use a diaphragm and charting to avoid pregnancy. I was on the pill for 10+ years but I feel so much better since being off it that I will never go back on hormones.

Have you considered the Implanon (skin implant)? I have spoken to a lot of women who have them and love them (you usually only hear the negative stories online and through trusty old Google.) They last for 3 years and have the same hormone as the Mirena.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@medbride:  Wow, I did not know that!  I am on my second Paragard, as the ten years was up last year.  I might rethink my choice if it was only 3 years.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@meke:  Haha I can understand that, but it’s a soft plastic rod and is hardly noticable.

With anything you can always try it and then if you didn’t like it, you could get it removed and try something else.

We don’t have the Skyla here in Australia yet, but I have spoken to a few of my colleagues about it (I used to work in a women’s health clinic.)

My understanding is that it’s just shorter than the Mirena – which makes it more suited to women who haven’t had children yet. However, it is still inserted through the cervix in the same way so if your doctor is unable to get a mirena through the cervix, she may not be able to get the skyla in either. That may be why she didn’t suggest it, but would definitely be worth asking her about. IUDs are a fantastic contraceptive option if you can have one!

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I use Nuva Ring. I used it for a couple years and then tried Mirena, because it seemed awesome. But I had side effects I couldn’t stand and switched back to Nuva Ring a few months ago. Back to normal, but also unfortunately back to remembering something every 3 weeks. 

Post # 14
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287 posts
Helper bee

I just started on the contraceptive rod (Nexplanon) 3 weeks ago. No bad side effects so far!

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@meke:  Nope, the only reason I switched to the IUD was to not worry about anything for a few years. My doctor only gives me 6 month prescriptions so I have to keep going back for refills, which is annoying of course but that’s pretty much it for negatives. I use two rings back to back so I can skip every other period. I tried 3 but I’d get breakthrough bleeding sometimes.

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