(Closed) Best Contraceptive that DOESN”T make you crazy/emotional!

posted 10 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009


All the pills out there that I know about use hormones to help control your periods. Some use fewer doses of hormones and some use higher doses.

There’s a contraceptive out there that you can get inserted and it isn’t a hormone, it blocks your egg from dropping. Your gynecologist should know about it. There can be problems with infections and it sometimes moves out of place, so you have to be careful and go to the doctor regularly.

I can’t use the pill any longer because it made me a little nuts and really witchy at the beginning of each period. I would be an emotional mess, up and down, up and down the first few days and without the pill, I’m not. So it’s condoms.

Post # 4
1 posts
  • Wedding: April 2009


Sometimes doctors don’t like to prescribe them for patients who have no yet had children, and they may last longer than you intend to use birth control, but non-hormonal IUD’s have no hormonal side effects and are 99%(ish) effective. 

I’ve had one for almost three years and I love it. It has increased the length of my periods by about a day, and I have cramps sometimes, which I did not previously, but otherwise, I have had no issues. 

Post # 5
792 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I second condoms. You should check out the fertility awareness method (FAM) as well.

Post # 6
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think ADLawrence was referring to the IUD.  That’s not quite how it works (it hinders sperm motility and prevents a fertilized egg from implanting on the uterine lining) but it can be completely hormone free. 

The tricky thing hormonal birth control is that they effect everyone differently.  You pretty much just have to play around with them until something works for you.  That said, I have heard good things about the Nuvaring because the hormones are absorbed directly and don’t go through your system the same way. 

Good luck finding something that works for you! 

Post # 8
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Another one here for the IUD- The paraguard copper is hormone free, and I cannot reccomend it highly enough.

Post # 9
1018 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Hey buttercup, I am a newish Kariva (Mircette) user, but I am very happy with it. Since it is a low-dose pill, the hormone fluctuations aren’t all over the place. I am pretty sure I’ll be sticking with it! Plus, it turns out it is pretty affordable compared to some of the other pills.

Good luck!

Post # 10
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My advice is to work with your gyno to find what’s best for you. We all react differently to meds, so what’s good for one may not work for another. But I’ll still share.

I use ortho tricyclen lo and I don’t think I am anymore emotional around my period, BUT I will take this anyday over going back to having crazy, can’t stand up cramps that made me a royal pain and gave me uber pain. Its a great trade off.

Post # 11
51 posts
Worker bee

I agree with Bamboo- ask your gyno….but my opinion on ortho is quite different. lol 

I used to be on Ortho Tri-Cyclin (regular & lo)- Everyone I know, including myself, turned into a raging b*** or a crying mess the week before. I’ve tried a couple others, and so far, I’ve had no problems with Ovcon/Femcon.  The generic version of Ovcon, Balziva, hasn’t given me any side effects either. I’ve been on it for the past couple of years (3-4 years).  Good luck!

Post # 12
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

One of the problems with birthcontrol is that the side effects vary from person to person and from medication to medication.  I have been on several types of birth control over the past nine years and haven’t ever had a problem other than occaisional nausea.  I just recently changed to something else because of my insurance.  I went bat sh*t crazy and was on my period for a month because of the hormones.  My personal fave is the Nuva Ring, since it’s so easy and I didn’t have any side effects.

Post # 13
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Unfortunately gynocologists do NOT have a secret way to know what hormonal birth control pill would work best for you. It’s a shot in the dark for everyone. That’s why when you go see one and you say, "I would like to try X brand," they will agree. Some people get lucky and get it right the first time, but others, not so much. It’s a trial and error process. A totally frustrating, trial and error process. Like many others, I have also quit hormonal bc because it just didn’t work for my system and I went crazy trying. Good luck to you. 🙂


Post # 14
5151 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I use Junel FE and have no issues. 

Post # 15
2344 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I completely agree with everyone who has said that hormones react differently with every person, so you really just have to find one that works for you. Having said that, some levels of hormones have known side effects. A lot of times its a trade off – you won’t gain weight but you’ll get acne, that kind of thing. The internet can be a great resource for finding out what are common side effects so you can guage how much those would bother you or how prone to them you feel you are. This website has a lot of good information, though its a bit hard to sort through: http://www.wdxcyber.com/ncontr13.htm

Anyway, you asked for reviews / personal experiences, so here are mine!

– Yaz: It was okay. I didn’t gain weight but I was dieting at the time. I felt a little like a zombie — too far in the opposite direction from PMS. After I went off of it, it took my body a loooong time to adjust – I was very emotional and had problems sexually.

– Alesse: Hated it. Messed my moods up, and I completely lost my sex drive. I feel like it had a permanent effect in this regard. I also gained weight, particularly in my boobs. Went off of it and noticed an improvement in my mood within the month. Fiance would burn down the Alesse factory if he could get away with it!

– Mircette: First of all, crazy expensive, though maybe this won’t be a problem for you if you have good insurance. I was scared to try the generic because I had seen negative reviews online. My sex drive didn’t suffer but I broke out worse than I ever have. It was pretty ugly. I also started getting nauseous after I took it, but part of me wonders if this was related to "finding the right BC" stress.

– Taking a long break from hormonal birth control for the first time in years: Felt wonderful in many regards, but I have very painful periods, and the more times I ovulate, the worse they get. I also recently developed a large ovarian cyst, so ovulating just isn’t for me! Also, its important to be diligant about condoms. This can be a problem for some couples, and that’s how surprises happen! 🙂

– Nuvaring: Just started. So far, so good. No side effects, but its only been a week. I like that I don’t have to remember to take a pill. I feel like since the hormones are local, it won’t have as many side effects. I do feel a tad itchy up in there, but nothing too bad.

Hope this helped!

Post # 16
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

Another bee here recommending the copper IUD! I had so much bad luck with every kind of hormonal BC.

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