Post # 1
This is probably a real newbie question but the FH and I are talking babies and I am getting my BC Implant (hormonal) out on Monday. I initially thought I was going to go on the patch (hormonal) but now I am reading that I should only use non-hormonal birth control. It also appears that spemicide can have long term affects on infants and have read some studies on this. So if we can’t use spermicide, that takes a lot of NH options off the table (cap, sponge, etc) and for my own hormones seems getting back on track w/ fertility post-hormonal birth control to might be difficult.
We aren’t TTC, right now but “if it happens, it happens” and hope to be TTC (if it doesn’t just happen) this summer post-wedding.
So is this true about spermicide? If so besides condoms, abstinance and the pull out method what options are there?
(I did some googling, but since I am at work I feel like this kind of inquiry might trigger some warning system about me not doing my job and looking at p0rn)
Post # 3
ParaGard, but this is typically only for long term use.
Post # 4
Have you looked into non hormonal IUD’s? I always heard that spermicide wasn’t super effective so I’ve never really done a whole lot of research on that one. No idea if it causes birth defects.
I would probably recommend just charting your cycles, and using condoms until you know your monthly pattern, then you can just abstain when you know you are in your fertile period
Post # 5
@MrsArtsy: I had a hormonal IUD, it fell out. My insurance also sucks, and it costs $350.
Maybe charting and possibly condoms.
Post # 6
+1 on Paragard. I’ve had mine for almost a year and I LOVE it.
Post # 8
Really, barrier methods (condoms, diaphragm, cervical cap, female condom) are the only non-hormonal short term methods, esp. if you are looking to conceive soon. Paragard, the copper IUD is meant to be longer-term (up to 10 yrs but usually for people who want contraception for at least 1 yr). It may be covered at no cost for you but as it is a $700 device that somebody has to pay for, it probably isn’t the best idea to use it when you only need contraception for 6 months.
I haven’t read any of the study on spermicides but am surprised to hear they could have long term effects. Don’t they leave your system pretty quickly? And as they are applied topically, how much actually gets into your system?
Post # 9
I have a paragard and I love it, but it probably wouldn’t be worth it for the short time you’re looking at before TTC. As far as I know the only other non-hormonal bc available right now are barrier methods (condems, diaphram, does that require spermecide?) or charting. I use a great app called OvuView to chart, though I don’t use it for bc, just to keep track. Good luck!
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Post # 11
@pegsie: I found some old articles on this “fact.” Here’s the info from semi-reliable Wiki
Concern has been raised over possible increased risk of birth defects in children conceived despite spermicide use, and also in children of women who, not yet aware of their condition, continued spermicide use during early pregnancy. However, a review in 1990 of large studies on spermicides concluded “there appears to be no increased risk of congenital anomalies, altered sex ratio, or early pregnancy loss among spermicide users.”
I think I will try a diaphram w/ spermicide if that is not true. If it is charting method it is!
Post # 12
@epalmisano829: Can I ask how it’s worked for you?
Post # 13
@aliciapdx: I love it, have never had a problem, a late period, or an ooops. I chart along with it so we pull out as well when I’m ovulating. I have a latex allergy so condoms are out of the question and hormonal birth control makes me crazy (Like might get arrested cray cray) and I put on a lot of weight.
You have to get used to putting it in, but it simular to using a non-applicator tampon. It has the spermacide already in it so no messy application to go through.
Post # 14
@epalmisano829: I think I am going to Rite Aid tomorrow and buying a pack to see if I can handle it. A close (currently pregnant) friend told me she couldn’t use it because she had a tilted cervix. Mine is “severly tilted” so I wonder if sponge/cap/cup might sit too low, dislodge or not be comfortable. Worth the shot to find out for a couple of bucks though.
If that’s a bust (no pun intended) I plan on continuing w/ hormone (from Implanon to Patch) until May when we are getting married then charting using a basal thermometer.
Thanks for the info on the sponge!
Post # 15
This study say spermicide did not increase birth defect rates.
A much older study, but the results were unable to link spermicide to birth defects.
Not about birth defects, but this study was unable to link spermicide to low birth weight.
This study was unable to link spermicide to birth defect and also was unable to link spermicide use to spontaneous miscarriage.
Another that was unable to link both hormonal birth control and spermicide to birth defects.
It’s safe to say that spermicide and birth control history is not going to effect your child healthwise in the slightest.
Post # 16
My MW recommended Wild Yam! You have to be able to keep up with taking it daily just like hormonal bc though, which I utterly suck at.
It may be worth looking into though!