(Closed) Birth control

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Helper bee

I’d call your doctor and get off Nuva Ring.  Although I can’t use it myself, perhaps you should talk to your healthcare provider about Paragard.  It’s an IUD, but unlike other IUDs in the U.S. it is a copper IUD and uses no hormones and is good for up to ten years, but can be removed at any time should you want to get pregnant.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I second the copper iud! I love it! Haven’t needed to remember to take a pill since 2011! 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

I can relate to the birth control hormone sensitivity ..no bueno! Anyway, not highly recommended, but we use the pull out method. We’ve been doing so for the better part of 7+ years now with no pregnancies. So we’re either infertile or my husband is wildly accurate and consistent. I like to think the latter. 😜

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

You’re a great candidate for non-hormonal birth control. I third the copper IUD, it’s a wonderful “set it and forget it” tool without the side effects of BCP.

That said, I have a hormonal IUD, and it works great for me, even AFTER I had a lot of negative side effects with the BCP. So YMMV.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Another for the copper IUD, absolutely loved it, only had it removed to become pregnant, and plan to have a new one put in after baby is here.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I have a copper IUD. It’s called a Multiload. Never once a single issue with it. GO FOR IT

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

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alliegeeb :  I’ve honestly never tried hormonal, etc birth controls.  My bestie took one of the pills and wound up with ovarian cysts – very painful, couldn’t eat, worried it was cancer… I do not need that kind of stress in my life.  It’s not a mystery what to use – unless you’re allergic to latex (and even then I believe there are alternatives) condoms work absolutely fine.  If you don’t make a big deal of it, they can enhance the whole situation instead of taking away from it – the ‘agonizing’ wait when you’re all revved up.  My husband suggested I get other birth control when we were going to be married b/c we’d been technically abstinent.  I pointed out that someone who isn’t willing to take ibuprofin for a headache had no business suggesting I take something far more invasive to my physiology.  Discussion over very easily.

Incidentally, bestie had to start using condoms as well.  Husband fussed for a time, but understood that her health was more important.  I think they discussed a vasectomy now that they’re finished having children but never asked if they went ahead with it as it’s none of my business, lol.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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skunktastic :  Yes, condoms worked for us. I couldn’t stand being on the pill, so we used condoms for a few years, then had kids, then DH had a vasectomy.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Natural family planning? I actually just had to take a course on it for my marriage prep (getting married in the catholic church) and it really does have benefits. I have a close friend who isn’t catholic but uses this method because horomones give her bad mood/psychological effects as well. Something to consider! 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I have some issues with BC pills, on the lowest does but I think it still gives me mood swings but I’ve been on it for almost 8 years now. I spoke with a doc recently and they said the hormonal IUD is better because less hormones goes into your bloodstream, rather it goes to your uterus so it’ll cause less mood swings. 

Reason why I do like hormonal birth control is that I can skip my periods and not get really bad cramps, but you can’t do that on IUD, which is why I haven’t switched.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

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Kandykane :  My doctor said the same thing about the hormonal IUD.

However you are incorrect on the second part.  Hormonal IUDs give you shorter, lighter periods with less cramping.  It’s even recommended for women with those problems.  About 1/4 of women on a hormonal IUD stop having their periods all together.  It’s a big reason why I switched.  I’m one of the 25%.

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - .

Copper IUD all day, erry day!

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I was having trouble with one set of pills, went on another and cried for weeks. Just terribly sad and anxious. I finally figured out that BC was the problem and stopped, and we’ve been using condoms. It takes more thought than just being on a pill or having an IUD, but they’ve been effective.

I have a few friends on copper IUDs who swear by them. I think it’s a bit painful at first, but my best friend has had hers for a few years now with no complications. I’d try that out if you want a non-hormonal BC (besides condoms).

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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skunktastic :  Yep, sometimes the simple answer is a great one!

I had to go off the pill, as they lowered my libido. Given that situation, DH was super-eager to switch me off the pill and use condoms instead! Now I love condoms… the lady business enjoys the easier cleanup! 🙂

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