Post # 1
I was going to go off birth control this month. I just don’t like putting medications in my body. My husband and I don’t want to get pregnant though. We plan on using condoms, but not latex ones. We use nonlatex ones…. Skyn. Do you think we would have a high chance of getting pregnant? I know latex condoms are supposedly 98% effective or whatever, but these aren’t the latex ones. I don’t want to have a baby yet but I don’t want to be on BC anymore either. Advice?
Post # 3
I just made the switch from birth control to condoms only. I was on a really low dose hormone pill (LoEstrin 24) so my side effects were super minimal.
Anyways, I’m strongly thinking about an IUD, specifically Mirena. I know that copper IUDs don’t have hormones so that may be a better option for you. I would talk to your doctor about your options, though, as every woman’s body is so different.
Post # 4
This post has a lot of perspectives from people who aren’t using hormonal BC. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/bc-prefs-does-anybody-just-use-condoms
You can always check with you physician if you have questions about stopping a medication or birth control in general.
Post # 5
I had to get off birth conrtol(it wasn’t recommend by a doctor but..) because I was having really bad breathing problems and still do! But I know that Mr.bobby and I have been doing the pull and pray and that has worked out great. We know that we will have kids when God knows we are ready. And we just started using condoms per Valentines day lol this might be Too Much Information but we started to use them so that we would be able to do the deed even when aunt flo came to visit! We have yet to become pregnant, so hopefully condoms work for ya’ll too.
There is also pine needle tea, you can’t get pregnant on that. We used that for a little while lol
Post # 6
@mirena – I don’t really want to have an IUD though. I don’t like the thought of having something implanted in me, even if it is just copper.
Post # 7
Condoms are more effective than hormonal birth control when properly used.
Post # 8
I am thinking of going on BC too. I couldn’t trust just condoms though (don’t really like them anyway).
Post # 9
Well since the whole point of a condom is to prevent pregnancy I would certainly expect them to work! lol
I support your decision to be off BC – somehow screwing around with your hormones just sounds like a bad idea to me!
Post # 10
From what I can tell from some cursory internet research, the effectiveness of male condoms is the same regardless of the type of material they are made out of. Skyn condoms are made out of polyisoprene, which is a new material to the market. The only caution I found out about with them is that they are not compatible with oil-based lubricants (you will have to use water-based lubricants). I would just make sure to read the information pamphlet that comes with the condoms carefully to make sure you understand that particular product. As long as you are comfortable with the risks (which are very low if you use them properly), then you should be good to go!
Post # 11
I just wrote a blog post about natural birth control. Here are my thoughts if you’re interested…
Be warned though, I am opinionated.
I am a women’s health coach and counsel women on natural fertility and natural family planning, so if you have a question about your cycle or charting, please feel free to send me an email or drop a note. 🙂
Post # 12
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I wouldn’t use pulling out as a dependable method of birth control. Sperm can still be present in pre-ejaculate, so no amount of pulling out will truly prevent insemination.
Condoms should be fine!
Post # 13
It depends – I have had some pretty good luck with the Depo Provera (sp?) shot that you take every three months. I did go off my previous birth control (nuvaring) for about a month before i started the shot and I was miserable beyond words. Bloating, cramps, crying, you name it I had it. Within a week of going on the shot, my mood stablized, my cramps stopped and even though there is some spotting, I feel so much better it’s worth it.
On the other hand, a friend of mine just went off birthcontrol completely and she has been feeling amazing – she claims her biggest perk is the improved sex drive.