Tell me about your birth control, ladies! (Pill, shot, IUD, arm implant, etc)

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I was on the pill for a long time– maybe 12 years? Recently went off of it b/c I was too inconsistent with taking it. AND it’s been tied to migraines, though I don’t think it affected me that way. Overall I was quite happy with it, but it’s MUCH easier not having to remember to take it. I have an iud now and am very happy with it. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have had an IUD for the past 4 years … and no periods for the past 4 years – it has been amazing! I would def. suggest getting an IUD!

I am taking mine out tomorrow…so we shall see how long it takes us to get pregnant!

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Rebar

@Lana_Rose:  I am planning to go on the nuvaring this month! I used to use it about two years ago n it was pretty reliable. You really just forget about it for 3 weeks and you get to have your period as well which for me is important. The amount of hormones is less then any regular birth control. 

Post # 6
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238 posts
Helper bee

@Lana_Rose:  mirena IUD for the past just over 2 years.  it’s fantastic.  i wouldn’t change it.  i did the pill for 4-5 years but my body reacted very poorly to it over time…super high blood pressure, headaches, abdominal pains….

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I loved NuvaRing when I was on it. I can’t take artificial horomones anymore, but if I could, I would take that!

It’s really easy to set a phone reminder and it has less side effects than IUDs or the implant.

My friend uses the shot and swears by it as well. (again, horomones I can’t take).

Post # 9
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1082 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have a nuvaring and am generally v happy with it. I do have migraines but I had them before taking the pill and they never went away. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I have been on the pill for 15 years (wow thats a long time)…I like it. It seems to be working! 

ETA : I tried going off of it once for an experiment and I BROKE OUT SO BAD!!! I couldn’t even look at pizza face me in the mirror.

Post # 11
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511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have an IUD and love it. If you’re not shy about touching yourself it’s really easy to check that it’s still there, you can feel the string by your cervix with your fingers.

Not gonna lie, insertion was a bitch. It wasn’t enough to make me cry or anything but I think I did swear and shock my doctor :P. But, it was over in 20 seconds and so worth it in the end!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I have the Mirena IUD and it’s great. I had Nuva Ring before that and I hated it. Terrible mood swings on it and it made me crazy. Anyways, insertion of the IUD doesn’t hurt a lot. Your gyno just has to dilate you a bit which causes some pressure but that’s it. I have a very high pain threshold though.

If you don’t want hormones anymore, you can try the copper IUD called Paraguard. I can’t use that one so I’m not sure what it’s like. I’ve heard your periods get heavier though because it changes the uterine environment. On Mirena, I only get light spotting during my period and sometimes nothing at all.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I use the Mirena. I really like it. The only side effect I have had is some hair loss at first but I have had it come back with time and the right products.

I have tried multiple pills, the patch, and nuvaring and nothing has ever had so few side effects for me.

Post # 14
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8592 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I used BCP but I loved it because it really regulated my cycles.  I had insanely heavy and irregular cycles before I went on it (at 13) so it really saved my life back then lol.  I was on it for 16 years and I wasn’t always the best at taking it on time.  Sometimes I missed a day or two.  I never got pregnant or had a scare.

I do get headaches but I had them before I went on it and I still have them afterwards so I don’t think they were caused by BCP.  I did get pregnant within 2 weeks of going off my pills so it seems like they were definitely working!

The only other thing I would consider is a copper IUD.  But considering the positive experience I had with BCP I will probably just go back on those.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

I’ve been on the pill, every flavor of Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella and whatever other names it goes under, for about 10 years now. It was originally for PCOS treatment, and transitioned to BC as I grew up. I was pretty happy with it through the years, but then about a year ago I pretty much lost my libido and started spotting randomly halfway through the month. It was like a little 2nd mini-period. Then it got worse, and I was almost constantly spotting. I could only wear black panties in fear of ruining more, and being “gross” limited what my husband and I could do comfortably in bed.

So, I decided to look into the Implanon arm implant. I go in for my appointment next Monday. I’ve heard that 20% of users stop getting their period, while everyone else has constant spotting. I figure if I’m already dealing with that, I might as well go for the implant that lasts 3 years and I don’t have to remember to take anything! And also I turn 26 in 3 weeks and will be off my parents’ insurance, so this covers all BC for a few years while I figure out what low coverage individual plan I can afford (husband and I work at a tiny company that doesn’t offer insurance).

So… here’s to hoping that I’m one of the lucky few period-free girls! As an aside, I’m too afraid of an IUD. I can barely handle a pap smear, I think I’d be in total agony with an IUD insertion.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Yeah, insertion of the IUD really sucked. I nearly passed out, actually. BUt take that with a grain of salt. I also nearly passed out the first time I used Nair. lol.

It hurt– take ibuprofen beforehand if you get it!

Also… I can’t actually feel my IUD strings. I’m just blocking that fact out until I get a gynocolgist (I recently moved). 

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