Post # 1
I have really enjoyed reading through all the forums and seeing the support and the community that happens here on weddingbee 🙂 My wedding is in 2 weeks, and my fiance and I have remained virgins for our wedding night. I didn’t think of birth control options until a few days ago, as my fiance and I had always assumed we would use condoms. However, I looked them up a few days ago, and found their success rate of only 85% uhh..and there are disadvantages such as not being able to be spontaneous, and we would also like to enjoy ourselves in the spa (sorry for Too Much Information…).
I went to the doctor and she prescribed Yasmin for me. I have been on the pill before for my skin (Diane) and it was awful. I’m not sure if I should bother trying this or not?? I’m actually quite nervous, as I really don’t want to experience bad symptoms or put hormones in my body. But at the same time, I’m only 21 and my fiance is 23 – we are not looking to have children in the next couple of years, and I really do like the idea of spontaneous love-making and a certainty of not being pregnant.
Please help me out 🙂 I’m really not sure what to do….
Post # 3
I believe that you need to be on a complete cycle of birth control pills for it to be effective. (4 weeks)…
If your wedding is in 2 weeks that leaves you with two weeks unprotected.
Post # 4
@missfroggy: Hi there, thanks for your reply:) My doctor told me it only takes 7 days to be in effect, so I’m not concerned about not being protected on the pill.xx
Post # 5
@Kristie.twistie4: I’ve been on Yasmin and unless you are switching from one pill to another with no break I’m pretty sure that is not true. Personally I would not risk it.
You need to go through one full cycle before you are fully protected. I would be sure to fully read all the inserts in the package to insure no honeymoon babies.
That said, I’ve used bc pills as my only form of birth control for 7+ years and it has worked very well.
You just have to make sure you take it correctly.
Post # 6
Pills affect you differently so I wouldn’t worry about trying something else. You are correct that it only takes 7 days to be protected but you might have some spotting for a few months while it takes effect.
And some advice on the wedding night, don’t try the spa first thing. Honestly, I don’t think that sex in the water is that fun, you really need some water resistant lubricant to make it comfortable.
Just try to have fun and don’t overthink it!
Post # 7
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Really? They must have changed formulations a bit since I started taking them 7 years ago… imagine that, medicine changing in almost a decade.
Post # 8
@KatNYC2011: I believe it only works if you do the Day 1 or Sunday start after your period begins. If you don’t, it will take longer to be effective.
Post # 9
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Ah that must have been it. Yasmin lets you start on any day of the week, so I think I just started it the day I got it which was why I had to wait a full cycle.
Post # 10
I was always told 7 days if you start it on the first day of your cycle (first day of period)… 🙂
Post # 11
@ladyartichoke: Depo Prevere works immediatly if you get it within the forst 5 days of your period. Some girls say the gain a bit of weight on it, but if you do it for only one cycle and switch, it shouldn’t be so bad. I only gained about 5 pouinds on it, but that was after a few rounds of shots
Depending on your beliefs, the “plan b” pill is good for emergency situations.
Post # 12
Use an IUD. This is a chemical free option and works great. So you don’t have to worry about how it affects your body.
Bit uncomfortable to get put in, but should be ok in a day or so.
Post # 13
I was on microgynon, I loved it! Worked like a dream. And yes, it takes 7 days to start if you don’t start it on your period/immediately after your period ends (or my mother told me something like that, and she’s an OBGYN).
Having said that, I was on both microgynon and depo and I gained 20lbs in 3 months. BUT it is so reliable. I did the combination because the pill works to prevent spotting/bleeding whilst the depo acts as the actual BC. I didn’t like the weight gain but I attribute that to a very sedentary lifestyle and eating SO much whilst I was there on account of not controlling my increased appetite effectively enough.
Having said that, once I was back in England it wore off fairly quickly for me, and now I’m off everything to regulate myself again. I’d recommend Depo, but I do also recommend being careful about what you eat whilst you are on it. Both depo and the pill will take 7 days to kick in. And it was nice knowing I was completely protected without having to take additional measures like condoms etc, failure rate for depo is less than 1%, and there’s no need to take pills etc. And the only reason it failed was when women forgot their top-up shots!
Post # 14
I don’t think the Pill would be effective in time for your wedding. If you had problems with hormonal BC in the past, this one likely won’t agree with you either. I would suggest condoms for now until you figure out something else that will work for you. What about an IUD?
Post # 15
For now , just double up- keep taking your pill and use condoms. I know how exciting it is to finally let loose ( I just did like two weeks ago at my wedding lol) but trust me their are soo many things to try and have fun with that wil keep you busy until you can just use your BC pills.
I also reccomend looking into Implanon- if you want something with a very effective rate and not a lot of effort.
Post # 16
Condoms are pretty effective if used properly and every time. They do cut down on the spontanaity, but there are also some great ways to incorporate them into your sex life and make them fun! I’m a big fan of having two methods at any given time – so, for example using condoms and being on the birth control pill. You have a lot of options even for being ready in two weeks – the birth control pill, Implanon (small rods inserted into your arm), Nuva Ring (hormones in a ring that you place in your vagina), an IUD (one is copper and the other uses hormones), cervical cap, or diaphragm.