Post # 1
I was surprised last night reading about those of you who solely rely on the “pull & pray” method. I’m wondering how popular it is compared to other forms of birth control. And how popular other forms of birth control are. So, which do you currently use?
Also, for those who’ve had (or have) an IUD, I’d like to hear your experience with getting it put in and whether you have had any side effects.
ETA: I was on BC for a while, but I decided I didn’t like the way it made me feel and I almost never took it properly. Since then we’ve been primarily using condoms… with the occasional “pull & pray” in the heat of the moment. The P&P method stresses me out after the fact, so I’m considering an IUD, but… idk.
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
We are nowhere near ready for kids, so we double up on the pill and condoms. You should make it a multi-option poll 🙂
Post # 5
Bc pills. I’d always be so paranoid just going with pulling & praying. Plus my FI isn’t a fan of that practice lol
Post # 6
I’m on the pill but lately I’ve been having “issues” with it. Like I thought I had another pack, but when I went to open the new one, realised I didn’t, and of course it was on the weekend when the pharmacy I go to isn’t open, so I missed a few days, then this past weekend we went to the lake and I forgot my pills at home, didn’t even realise it until we were getting ready for bed (when I usually take my pill). I’m thinking about switching but not sure to what….
Post # 7
nfp and condoms during my more fertile days.
Post # 8
Birth control pills only and I’ve used the same ones for 17 1/2 years
Post # 9
BC pills only. In the early days we doubled up with pills and condoms.
I’m really interested in longer lasting methods though. I’d like to check out the arm implant!
Post # 10
I have the Mirena IUD (the hormonal one). It’s worked out great for the 3 years I’ve had it, and I’ve had almost no side-effects – just a 5lb weight gain (And I’m not even certain it’s related), and occasional PMS symptoms that last for a few days and then go away. I also no longer have a period.
Insertion hurt terribly, and I was a bit lightheaded for the rest of the day, but I was completely fine and having sex within 4 days. It’s more of a shocking/unusual pain than truly excruciating. Almost like really bad menstrual cramps, except for being able to just slightly feel the cold of the metal thing they use to open you up and slide it in. (I’m forgetting what it’s called)
I had to get it inserted twice within a week of each other (somehow it slipped out of my uterus the first time around). The first time, I did it without the numbing shot, and the second time I opted to try it out. The shot barely made a difference – I would personally prefer to have avoided it, because getting the shot itself and then waiting a few minutes for it to kick in made it all last longer and ultimately be more scary than it could have been.
Overall, though, I would recommend the Mirena. The pain sucks, but it was worth it.
Post # 11
Currently, Paragard copper IUD (non hormonal). I absolutely LOVE it! My doc said I would probably experience a fair amount of pain during insertion due to having a particularly small cervix and uterus, but it was just a pinch, a little blood, honestly no big deal. My period was slightly heavier and longer for the first month or two, slightly crampier too, but not bad by any means. Now I’ve had it for about five months and I’m back to having no cramps, 2-3 days worth of light bleeding on my period. No other side effects. I highly recommend the Paragard if you’re looking for a non hormonal birth control option :)!
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
BC Pills only. I also used to double up with using condoms when I was younger. But never have with FI. I have been on them for years and have no issues so I don’t want to switch. I suffered from horrible ovarian cysts, cramps, and acne before going on the pill.
Post # 13
One that was recently recalled actually…isaw the recall and thought oh I’m sure I’m fine but it was the same lot number…..paaaannniicc mode until I made sure I was not pregnant!
Post # 14
@bowsergirl: Arm implant? I’m intrigued, tell me more! All I keep picturing is the tracking device they implant in the tributes in the hunger games books…. nerd moment!
Post # 15
When I was on it, I took birth control pills…we used a condom a few times but wanted to do it without a condom. I was on bc pills for just over a year.
Post # 16
Btw, I used the “pull and pray” method for several years with my FI, at least 4/week, and it worked great for us. I got the IUD because we got sick of pulling out, but I’m very sensitive to hormonal BC, and since we aren’t planning on having kids for several more years and my insurance covered it 100%, I got it inserted.