Spinoff: What birth control do YOU use?

posted 3 years ago in Intimacy
  • poll: What birth control do you currently use?
    Abstinence : (11 votes)
    2 %
    Condoms : (56 votes)
    12 %
    Diaphragms : (2 votes)
    0 %
    Birth Control Pills : (198 votes)
    44 %
    IUD : (74 votes)
    16 %
    Shot : (7 votes)
    2 %
    I had my tubes tied : (3 votes)
    1 %
    My SO had his tubes tied : (3 votes)
    1 %
    Pull & Pray : (43 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • 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 # 4
    Member
    2968 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    BC pills only

    Post # 5
    Member
    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
    Member
    1116 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    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
    Member
    2912 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    nfp and condoms during my more fertile days.

    Post # 8
    Member
    210 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 1994

    Birth control pills only and I’ve used the same ones for 17 1/2 years

    Post # 9
    Member
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    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
    Member
    229 posts
    Helper bee

    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
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    1015 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    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
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    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • 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
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    1706 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    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 # 15
    Member
    1952 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
    Member
    1015 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    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. 

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