What type of birth control are you on and why do you hate it/love it?

posted 4 weeks ago in Intimacy
Post # 2
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739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’m on the pill too, and I like it because it’s non-invasive.  Other permanent types weird me out.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

I had Mirena IUD for 2 years I loved it! Even though it’s for 5 years you can get it removed at any point and your fertility goes back to normal right away. For me, the day after I got it removed I was ovulating!  I didn’t get my period on it either, No weight gain and you don’t even realize it’s there. It’s also painless to insert or remove just a little pressure but no pain. I had no bad experiences and no complications with it 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m on the nuvaring and LOVE it because I don’t have to take a pill everyday. I have an app on my phone that alerts me when to put it in/take it out, and then I can forget about it for the rest of the time. 

Post # 6
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Wannabee

I got a Nexplanon inserted in October after 12 years on the pill, and I adore it. Maybe I’m just one of the lucky ones, but I’ve had no negative side effects! I had one period when I came off the pill after they inserted it, and nothing since–no spotting, no irregular periods, nothing. I was told there was a good chance of my period stopping, based off my size (I’m 5’2″, around 105 pounds). They do warn that you might get 3 months of spotting after insertion, but I had none of that. They told me about 30% of women get the benefit of no periods, and others have lighter or fewer (though sometimes more irregular) periods. My SO and I do a pregnancy test every other week or so, just because he is SUPER paranoid, but I’ve never had any concerns.

The only struggle I’ve had has been with my skin. Based off my brief periods off the pill, I knew ahead of time that the pill did wonders keeping my skin clear from hormonal acne. Sure enough, coming off the pill, I had a few weeks of acne as my body readjusted to the different hormones in the implant. It was nothing too bad, though. I upped my skincare routine a little bit, and now it’s clear again!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had the Mirena IUD for 5 years. Had it removed when it expired, and didn’t replace it because we are TTC. I loved it. No period, no remembering to take pills. I had no issues or complications on it, and my period returned as soon as it was removed.

The thing with BC is that it works differently for everyone. For every person who loves the IUD, there’s a person who hates it. Same thing for the pill, ring, shot, etc.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’m on my second Mirena IUD. There are many horror stories but I have minimal issues. Mildly painful insertion. Light bleeding for 3 months when it was first inserted. Then five years of no period plus no way to be pregnant and no daily pills. Loved it so much I got my second one placed on the same day my first one was removed. No bleeding at all this time but did deal with a few months of cramps which was not my favorite. I would absolutely be an advocate for others getting this form of birth control. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

chrissybee :  Nope. Mine was always fine, as were all my friends have them. I only know one person who needed theirs surgically removed. Even still, they said it wasn’t bad and it’s not enough to make me NOT get it again. Once I’m done TTC I’ll definitely get another one.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

The combined pill. I like knowing my cycle exactly, and being able to put off a period if it falls on an inconvenient time that month! I’d consider the hormonal IUD one day, but I’ll probably stay on the pill til after having children as I haven’t had any problems with it, but might be easier to have a longer term option for, well, the rest of my life hah!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

chrissybee :  nope, stays in place great. You have to remember that mostly people who will review it online have had negative experiences. There will always be a percentage of women that experience adverse effects but you shouldn’t let that determine if you even try it, you will literally never know how it works for you unless you try it. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Currently on the pill (it’s a generic brand of Ortho Tri Cyclen) and hate it, but will tolerate it for another 6-7 months or so until we start TTC. 

I had the Mirena IUD for about 13 months a couple of years ago – I liked not having to remember to take a pill everyday, and it eventually made my periods nonexistant which was nice (except for my paranoid “holy crap what if I’m pregnant?!” thoughts the first few months). Problem was it gave me really severe abdominal pain that was unexplained – ultrasounds showed it was still in the correct place and hadn’t migrated, but it was really interfering with my exercise so I had it removed. 

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I have the Nexplanon implant and I LOVE it! It’s the most effective method, even more so than an IUD because it can’t get dislogded. I never notice it in my arm, I forget about for weeks at a time, and am only reminded if I accidentally touch it while putting clothes on, etc. 

I did have irregular bleeding for about 6 months, but I use a divacup and FI and I aren’t afraid to have sex while I’m on my period, so none of that bothered me much. My skin has been a little iffy (hormonal acne around my chin, jawline), but I didn’t have a skin care regimen before and now I do which keeps it mostly under control. 

I’ve never been on the pill so I can’t compare to that, but I have been on Nuvaring, which I liked, other than occasional dryness in the hoohah from the direct contact with the hormones.

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