Post # 1
I don’t know where to post this since we don’t have a section… yet =o)
Anyway, for the ladies like me who are terrified of EVER getting pregnant, what form(s) of birth control are you using? Right now Fiance and I are using 3: condoms, spermicide, and I’m on nuvaring. I’ll be getting the Essure procedure in just under 2 months from now so that we can cut back on some of this. The last time I had gone in to Planned Parenthood to talk birth control options, the lady said she’d never seen someone so diligent with several forms of birth control, lol. Hey, I mean business!
Post # 3
just The Pill. Never had any issues or scares with it.
Post # 4
Mirena IUD. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it, and personally, I am having no issues since I’ve had it put in. Can’t feel it. Minor cramping from time to time, but that’s it.
Post # 5
@MadameTussaud: PS: Good for you and your diligence! That takes discipline.
Post # 6
Copper IUD. I love it. No hormones, which is important to me these days.
I am on my second IUD, so have been using it for 7 years, exclusively anytime I have been in an LTR (add condoms when not in LTR/before being checked out for STDs), and exclusively for the last 3+ years with my husband without any scares.
I like it so much I really am not that inclined to get sterilized, to be perfectly honest. I will just likely get an IUD again when time is up on this one just as I did last time.
Post # 7
@StuporDuck: lol, thanks! It’s kind of a pain at times, but the thought of a “scare” scared the crap outta me!
I think IUDs are becoming quite popular with the CBC crowd! It makes sense, but always interesting to see what the current trends are.
Post # 8
I’m not CBC (I was on the fence, though- and have successfully avoided pregnancy for all of my life) and I was on either the pill or depo shot AND used condoms as a back-up. My women’s health provider literally LAUGHED at me… she said it was a bit much. I said, well I’d rather go the extra step and avoid what I don’t want and am not ready to have, so doesn’t that just make me smart? She told me it made me smart and paranoid :/ Anyway, since coming off the pill we have just used condoms only and have not had any scares. We are waiting until we get married to officially start TTC, but like I said- we’ve had good luck with hormonal bc + condoms thus far.
Post # 9
@DaneLady: I sometimes wonder how they come up with the 99.8% efficacy rate when I read and hear so many stories of people getting pregnant on pills or with condoms! I know there’s a fair amount of “user failure” included in those stories, but some of them I truly believe were using their BC forms as directed. I agree that I’m more on the paranoid side, but I’d like to also agree that it’s safe =o) It doesn’t hurt be a little of both!!
Post # 10
I always do at least 3: monthly timing, withdrawal, condoms- all at once.
Post # 11
@MadameTussaud: I was surprised at how many of my female classmates in college did not know that taking antibiotics would decrease the effectiveness of hormonal bc pills. Literally SHOCKED.
I realize condoms break and people forget pills, and that kind of thing just happens, but at least in the US for people over 16 (or is it 18?) can get Plan B over the counter. Always have a plan, a back up plan, and a contingency plan!!!
Post # 12
I recently went off NuvaRing to see how my body felt without hormones (I’ve been on some kind of BC for 17 years!) so we’ve been using condoms. After the honeymoon I’ll be getting implanon and I CANNOT WAIT.
Post # 13
@DaneLady: i am not CBC but i also use BC and condoms because i am highly interested in not being pregnant just now. i also know that i can be an idiot and not take my pill exactly on time. it’s nice having that 2nd line of defense, just in case the extra hour makes a difference.
if that makes me paranoid, so be it!
Post # 14
well i am definitely not CBC, but before i got married, getting pregnant would have been a tragedy, so we were on the pill AND using condoms.
Post # 15
I’m going to the doc in June to ask for Mirena! Right now I’m on Nuvaring but it’s so expensive and it’s not working as well as it was.
Post # 16
Using the pill, but taking under serious consideration Implanon. There are some real plusses and minuses that are impossible to know how much they’ll impact you until it’s in your arm.
I am a PSYCHO about taking my pill at the exact same time every day, so compliance isn’t an issue. I’m as safe as I can be on the pill – but Implanon has better failure rates.
This point was driven home when my pill was part of the big recall a few months ago – and I was mid-pack. Total mental meltdown.
IUD isn’t for me – I’m a Diva Cup worshiper and wouldn’t want to have to give that up to use a Diva. There are some reports out there that they can be used together but I wouldn’t want to chance it.