Post # 1
I have been on the Pill for about a year now. I have tried several different kinds before landing on the one I’m on now, which affects me the least. Now my husband and I are considering swicthing over to relying just on condoms for our birth control, and I was wondering if anybody else has done this?
Here is our reasoning, for those of you interested:
1) Since starting a new migraine medication, just a month into my marriage, my libido has taken a serious nose-dive. When I went off the Pill for a little while my libido picked back up.
2) I could try another pill, but I am tired of making my body into a veritable science experiement of medications to see which ones will work… plus, point 3 means the pill will be less effective anyway.
3) Since the migraine medication can make the Pill less effective we have to use condoms every time, anyway.
Post # 3
Hmmm, I don’t really have any advice on condoms, but have you talked to your doctor about other methods such as the shot or nuvaring. Condoms are just not as effective and I just think it might be really hard switching back to condoms. Good luck with whatever you decide and I hope it works out and eliviates some of the struggles you are having with the pill.
Post # 4
I think because it’s such a sensitive issue that you should consider asking your dr.
I’m sure they are effective, but Fiance and I just don’t like the feel of them so we stick to BC.
My best friend uses both BC and condoms for “double protection”
It’s a matter of preference, but I’d def ask for a prof opinion
Post # 5
Yeah, I have never been able to rely just on condoms. They’re just not effective ENOUGH in my opinion. I need practically 100 percent reliability.
I agree with Roxy that maybe NuvaRing or Depo may be an option for you.
Post # 6
Love the nuva ring, we are using condoms right now b.c I kind of wanted to rid my body of the birth control for a while and we discussed trying to have a baby right after our wedding.. sooo later on I will get back on nuva ring. We have tried spermicide too.
Post # 7
Not effective enough for me to rely on! What about one of those IUD type things?
Post # 8
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The problem we had with condoms is that we both didn’t like the sensation. What about a diaphragm? I’m not up to date on its effectiveness, but that may be an alternative for you. I’d also look into a copper IUD.
I think I read that any medication that interferes with the effectiveness of hormonal BC pills will also interfere with patches and rings. But I would definitely check with your doctor.
Post # 9
If you do switch over to just condoms, i’d recommend a second chemical or barrier method. My fiance use the pill and vaginal contraceptive films, which are little sheets that dissolve into a gel over your cervix, and contain spermicide – so, it’s an additional chemical AND physical barrier, and it doesn’t get all fizzy and leaky like some of the spermicide foams can. It’s worked really well for us. Especially with condoms only having around 85% effectiveness, I think a second non-hormonal backup could give you a lot of peace of mind…
Post # 10
We’ve been using condoms only since October with no mishaps (knock on wood). I also did not like hormonal birth control so that’s why we switched.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t be able to trust it. I’m a big worrier about getting pregnant. I’m considering an IUD but it’s not for everyone.
I wouldn’t look into a diaphragm, I think a lot of people had ‘oops babies’ with them back in the day. Also, just so you know, if you are on a low dose pill, the nuva ring doesn’t deliver any fewer hormones. I am on loseasonique and the hormones are not much different from nuvaring.
Post # 12
We used condoms only for about 7 or 8 months, when I first went off the pill. We were using condoms as a back-up method to the pill for years before that, so the switch really wasn’t that big of a deal. As long as you’re using condoms correctly, they’re pretty effective, but a back-up method always makes me feel more secure.
Almost a year ago, we switched to condoms and NFP (the sympto-thermal method), which I think we will start back up after I give birth in June. The great thing about fertility awareness is that it actually reduced our condom useage, only to those times of the month when I could actually get pregnant. And it made getting pregnant much easier to plan. 🙂
Post # 13
We use only condoms as birth control because I can’t take BC pills due to my migraines. We’ve never had an accident, but I do worry about getting pregnant. I started seeing a new neurologist who changed my migraine treatment (a more natural approach, different from my previous doctor’s “let’s throw meds at her and see if something sticks” method), and as soon as my migraines get under control (meaning less than 3 per month) I’ll be trying BC pills and hopefully I’ll be able to take them this time without serious migraine side-effects…
Post # 14
I like the idea of using a spermacide along with the condoms. Is the VCF pretty easy to use?
Post # 15
You can get condoms with a spermicide on them…i find them irritating though. Too harsh of a chemical for me I guess
Post # 16
@ missrain: I’ve tried the VCF one time….** Warning this may be Too Much Information for those not interested in the film..
The day I tried to use them was during my “fertil” time (your cervix moves much lower down towards the opening) It wouldn’t stay in. It kept coming out with my finger. I have a feeling if I wait and try it earlier in the month (when the cervix is much higher) it may stay easier. But just a warning. You may want to try it out a couple times before you actually need it in the heat of the moment. (& FYI: it’s suppose to be put in place 15 min prior; to be affective.)
As far as condoms alone; we are right now; but I just can’t get the worry out of my head. For me it’s not going to work. Like many others I just don’t know what else to try. All pills i’ve tried have made me a basket case. I’m now going to try out NuvaRing. We’ll see how it goes…..