Post # 1
I’ve been off of birth control (pills – allesse and tri cyclen lo) for about 2 years now (long story). I have a doctors appointment this week where I’ll discuss this with him more, but I’m looking for suggestions for birth control besides the pill, or if you suggest the pill which brand you like best.
I’ve heard good things about NuvaRing, not so good things about the patch, etc. My experience with the pill was okay. It completely eliminated my sex drive & I had troubles taking it every day, but other than that it worked for me. Suggestions? Any specific brands you recommend or don’t recommend? Is there a form of birth control I should consider that I’m not? Thanks ladies.
Post # 3
If you choose IUD I recommend the mirena (hormonal) over the paraguard (copper).
Post # 4
I’m on seasonique generic (reccommended by DR, I have PCOS). Tri cyclen lo made me an absolute LUNATIC. My hormones were insane, I absolutley cried every 5 minutes! I love seasonique, at first the 4-times-a-year period freaked me out, but not I cannot even imagine getting my period each month! previous BCPs have diminished my sex drive, but I havent experienced this with seasonique. I’ve also head that the nuvaring can come out during sex- not sure bc i’ve never been on it.
Post # 5
I like the pill and it’s the only type I’ve ever used, Diane-35 (though I’m from Australia, so not sure if everything is the same).
BUT it doesn’t sound like the pill is really working for you. If I were to choose anything else I would go with the shot, everything else sounds really fiddly. However, I’ve never discussed the pros and cons witha doctor so I don’t really know much about the shot at all.
Post # 6
@Nferrari: I’ve been told by my gyno that IUD isnt recommended until you’ve already had a child. Is this what you’ve heard too?
Post # 7
Recommendations from people mean nothing I’ve found, everybody reacts differently to different pills etc. Any hormone-based birth control can have side effects (lower sex drive is definitely a common one and one that can be hard to get around and may require trying many different things to see what works with your particular body chemistry and for many people seems to always be a side effect…but hey, at least you’re less likely to get pregnant when on the pill and wanting sex less! *bad attempt at humor*) and I know there are times my friends and I may be on the same pill and reacting completely differently to it, it’s very personal trial and error I’ve found…
Post # 8
If you aren’t planning to TTC soon I would definitely get a nonhormonal IUD! I’m on the pill and don’t mind it, but I would much prefer to be on a nonhormonal form of birth control. I thought about it this year, but I’ll probably go off the pill by the end of the year so it didn’t seem worth it.
Post # 9
I am a big fan of the copper IUD.
My body cannot tolerate hormones from pills, patch, etc. I’ll take extra long crampy periods for a fool proof method of birth control!
@jasonkatie2014: I haven’t had children, I had an IUD and am getting a replacement next week.
Post # 10
I get that you have a poll going, and are looking for personal input, experiences etc
BUT it is my experience that BC is such a personal choice that it is a decision best made with the advice of your doctor
They know your health best… and ONLY YOU know you best… in regards to which type of situations you are most likely be more comfortable under, and faithful to using.
AND as you’ve discovered BC can be something you might go on to change several times in your lifetime as circumstances change as well.
What is right for you now… could be vastly different from someone else.
So needless to say I DID NOT VOTE
Hope this helps (some)
Personally my own list over the course of my lifetime looks like this
The Pill – Diaphram – Vasectomy – Condoms – and a Combo Method
Post # 11
I switched from seasonique to nuva ring and had HORRIBLE reactions to nuva ring! So I said screw it, went to condoms and haven’t looked back!
Post # 12
@jasonkatie2014: the insertion is a bit more uncomfortable for those who have not had a child and I know the majority of the trial studies were done with women who had had a child, but the safety is supposed to be the same regardless
Post # 13
@WannaBeeMrsB: I got the mirena IUD and it seriously felt like I shed a layer of crazy. On the pill I felt really hormonal and moody, but as soon as I got the IUD, I lost five pounds, and I can actually recognize when I’m PMS-ing now. Such a relief.
The procedure to have it inserted was painful, but as soon as it was in I couldn’t feel it at all. It definitely wasn’t the worst pain I’d ever experienced. It felt like an extended pap smear.
Sorry if this is an overshare, but my fiance has mentioned that he’s aware of it during intercourse, but it certainly doesn’t affect our intimacy in a negative way.
I was on the pill for ten years, and I’ve been on mirena for one. Whenever anyone asks I give a shining endorsement to mirena. SO much better than the pill, and way more peace of mind.
Post # 14
@Nferrari: @maplemag: huh, thanks ladies, definitely something to research/consider. I’ve asked in the past but have been completely shut down by my gyno (in NYC) about it. Thanks!
Post # 15
@jasonkatie2014: I have never had a child, but my doctor never mentioned anything of the sort to me.
Post # 16
@jasonkatie2014: That’s crazy! I’m a NY’er and had mine inserted in 2007 by my gyno no problem. PM me if you’d like her info, she’s an amazing doctor on the UES.