Going off my birth control–not TTC

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@darkflame:  There are a couple of threads on here discussing not being on birth control if you search for them. Condoms are effective when used consistently/properly but there’s always a chance. You should be ok for the next year. There is a failure rate no matter what form of birth control you’re using. If you’re really worried, I’d recommend getting to know your ovulation cycle and either abstaining or pulling out during your fertile window as a backup. Since you’re going to be TTC in a year it would be good to know your cycles anyway. The book Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a great resource. Good luck!!!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

To add, I have used condoms only in the past and never got pregnant that way. 🙂

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

You should be fine… As long as you use them EVERY time!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I went off BCP recently as well.. I am just tracking my cycles. We are using condoms only for the first few months, as I can’t rely on tracking my cycles yet as a form of birht control. Then, after a few months when I am confident in my cycle-reading ability, we will only use condoms during my fertile time. So nope, you aren’t the only one who is only using the barrier method currently! Though.. we hate it. Condoms take all the fun (and feeling) out of sex. We are excited to get to the point where we can rely on reading my cycles haha. Good luck!! (PS.. why did they take you off BCP for osteopenia? For some reason, I was under the impressiong that it was helpful for osteopenia… I may be completely wrong haha but i thought it helped for some reason…)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We use a combination of condoms, withdrawl (because condoms kinda suck), and fertility awareness and have had no issues, no scares for almost 2 years. If you are a good and faithful user of any method, your chances of getting pregnant are pretty slim. Just be sure to be a “perfect” user and not the “average” user of any method.

It might be worth charting your cycles if you are worried. I love knowing when I’ve ovulated (and when we did the deed) because I have a good, reassuring record that pregnancy is unlikely, and I always know when to expect my period even when my cycle goes off-kilter. For instance, sometiems I ovulate later in my cycle than normal and if I didn’t chart I would needlessly pointlessly fret about being pregnant. Because I chart, I know that my period will be coming a few days later than normal and that pregnancy is highly unlikely. Plus, once you have become exprienced with charting, you will know when you don’t need to use anything. We both look forward to those times.

I actually love being off hormonal methods and will never go back. Sex is sooo much better

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