(Closed) Shot vs Pill vs IUD vs… BC

posted 7 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve only tried pills and an IUD. Pills were okay, when I could remember them. I already have one child so trying to remember to take one tiny pill kinda gets pushed to the back of my mind. I liked the generics better, they caused less havoc on my face for some reason.

I had an IUD for two years. I’d probably still have it but it got displaced by an ex-bf who was well endowed. Yes, it’s completely possible for a guy to push it right up into your uterus. I actually never would have known if I hadn’t gotten kidney stones and needed some scans. I was told that having it deplaced by sex is very rare and there were most definitely signs that he was hitting it and I brushed them off. (Meaning that displacement could have been avoided) So my suggestion is that if you get an IUD and your man is kinda big (8+), don’t get on top. TMI; Your vagina is only about 5-6 inches long so the weight of your organs being upright will force the IUD against the penis with much more force than if you weren’t on top.

I loved my IUD though. I was crampy for about 4 days after getting it. But then my period just vanished. It was pretty awesome.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’m planning on getting the Mirena IUD last this week or next. Ive heard good and some mixed things about it. Everyone I know, personally, that has one loves it, so I have high hopes.

I was on the pill (ortho-novum) for about 3 years. I gained a cup size and about 20 pounds. Ugh. Plus, has crazy mood swings and terrible paranoia from forgetting to take it all the time. lol. That last bit was my fault.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I’m on the shot, I’ve been on it for a little over 4 years now. 

Personally… I love it. I’ve read and heard a ton of bad things from other people but I’ve never had a bad experience. When I went for my first shot I was on my period (as you normally have to be to start it), within 2-3 hours my period had stopped and I haven’t had one since. (So that’s about 50 months period-free so far! It’s been great!)

I did gain a little bit of weight, 10-15 pounds. Although I can’t fully attribute that to the shot since I was 15 when I started it so it might just have been late-puberty/growing up weight. My best friend has been on it for just over a year now and hasn’t gained a pound.

As far as side effects go, there isn’t many. I do get a “pms” type thing about a week before I’m due for a new shot. Cramps, sore boobs, carb cravings, mood swings and slight bloating. All that goes away as soon as I get the shot however. It isn’t any worse than regular pms and my doctor said not many women go through it. So there’s a big chance that it won’t happen to you at all.

There is a risk of bone density loss, but as long as you start taking calcium and vitamin D supplements you should be fine. I’ve been on it for 4 years and my bone density is just fine (I had a scan last year.)

I go in for my shot and they give me a card with the next ideal week for the next one. (You don’t have to go on one specific day, there’s a whole week available, or 2 weeks if you don’t mind getting it a few days early). I had my last shot on Feb.28 and am going for my next on on Tuesday, May 24 – as long as the world doesn’t end today. Tongue out

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have an implant in the underarm.. its smaller than a match stick and 99% effective.. lasts for 3 years too. Look up ‘Implanon’, I’m on my second one now and will need another next year, so thats nearly 6 years and good results!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’m pretty sure that any hormonal birth control has the potential to cause weight gain.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Mrs Hedgehog: I never gained any weight with my IUD. But I have heard of a few women who have, but it’s supposed to be uncommon.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Mrs Hedgehog: Natural methods, i.e. NFP and FAM. Read “Taking Charge of your Fertility” for more info on that. It’s rated to be equally or MORE effective than HBC.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@KLP2010: I’m effective. 🙁

 

I’m on the pill and haven’t gained weight (beyond a couple pounds that are accounted for by bigger boobs). Almost any method has the POTENTIAL to affect your weight (either by gain or loss).

Post # 13
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2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I currently have an IUD and love it! I also had the Implanon( stick in your arm) and it was ok but I gained some weight on it. I also used the patch for awhile but it left the sticky stuff on my bum when I removed it and to put a new one on and had a couple slide right off if I got too sweaty. And the pill, eh, I couldn’t ever remember to take it. So, with all that I’ve tried my IUD is my fav!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I was on depo for a couple of years and gained about 20lb. My sex drive was insane, but I couldn’t stop bleeding, so I had to take estrogen BC constantly to make it stop, making the depo pointless. Then I switched to the NuvaRing. Effective, convenient…loved it. Except it killed my sex drive completely. So now I’m on back on the pill (Loestrin). My sex drive isn’t back to normal, sadly.

I’ve considered Mirena, but I love being in control and surpressing my period.

Post # 15
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767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I”m interested in this too… can we get some more testimontials.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I have the nuva-ring. I really like it because I only have to think about it twice a month. It comes with stickers to put on calendars for when to take it out and put it in again. The only thing I can think of is I have gained about 20 pounds from it. 

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