Post # 1
I quit the pill about 2 weeks ago and am SO happy. Finally, no more headaches, crying, wacky emotions, weight gain, etc. Now before the wedding I would like to find an awesome bc method that does not include synthetic hormones. My body just can’t take them.
I am considering the diaphragm. Has any bees been on it? Does it work well? Does any of you have other ideas?
Let me know your experiences and what works best.
Post # 3
Effectiveness of various birth control options: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/birth-control-effectiveness-chart-22710.htm
So, basically, the diaphragm is about the same effectiveness as a condom (that is to say…75%-85% effective). If you really want a non-hormonal option, you might want to look at a copper (Paraguard) IUD, or pairing condoms with another BC method (withdrawl, fertility-awareness, diaphragm/cervical cap — but NOT with female condoms or spermicide, as these can damage condoms).
I went off the Pill several months ago, and my fiance and I have been using a combination of condoms (always), withdrawl (sometimes), and fertility-awareness. I really want to get the Paraguard, but I haven’t had the time to schedule an appointment yet.
Post # 4
@Jenniphyr: I have heard good and bad things about Paraguard. I heard it can make you sterile if you haven’t had kids yet? I’ve also heard it can move around and stuff, then you have to go back to the doc. How often would you have to go to the doc if you have paraguard? Mines was wanting me to go see her every 6 months for my pill. Which was kind of really annoying. I guess I’m scared of any procedure and I do know that I want to have kids someday but not for 4-5 years.
Any other suggestions bees?
Post # 5
Well we were talking about this on another post yesterday, but I am a huge fan (and follower) of Natural Family Planning. There is a wonderful book called “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” that teaches you all about your own fertility — if you don’t want to be pregnant, there are basically 5-8 days each month that you are actually fertile (and, thusly, have to be a bit careful).
We have been using this method for 6 months now and have had great success, plus it is free (minus the cost of a thermometer and the book), which is a huge bonus!
Good luck deciding Sapphire!
Post # 6
Oh and you can always PM me if you have questions! I know alot of people doubt things like NFP but I’m telling you, it is wonderful! 🙂
Post # 7
I’m still on bc pills to regulate my cycle, but if I ever get off the freaking things, I’m going to go with a copper IUD. I talked extensively to a lady who had one for over a year, and she really loved it.