Post # 1
I have to go off my birth control due to being diagnosed with osteopenia. I had my last depo shot at the beginning of July. So on September 20th I am no longer on birth control.
My husband is allergic to spermicide, so we’ll only be using the barrier method.
Does anyone ONLY use condoms (without spermicide)? Have you had any pregnancy scares?
I know that ovulation won’t automatically start right away, and I don’t want to start on a different birth control because in the next year or so we will TTC. Just right now we have our big honeymoon coming up and we are planning a road trip for our 1 year anniversary, and I’d rather not be pregnant during that time since I want to drink (I am VERY against drinking during pregnancy–I work with people with FASD).
Post # 4
@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
To add, I have used condoms only in the past and never got pregnant that way. 🙂
Post # 6
@jny1179: yeah, since I’ve been on depo my ovulation “cycle” is not much of a cycle. I get my period once every 3 months, so it will take time to see what happens to it.
Guess it will be a crap shoot…LOL
Post # 7
You should be fine… As long as you use them EVERY time!
Post # 8
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
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