Post # 1
I’m considering getting off of my birth control (Femcon). I have been on it for just over 5 years now. I’m actually very happy with a lot of aspects of it… no pimples, predictable and light periods etc….. however I have found that after being on it for this long it has #1 killed my sex drive and #2 made me feel emotionless. Worried about what possible side effects might occur if I was to go off of it? Also, wondering what forms of birth control women use who dont want to be on the pill and also dont want to get pregnant. We have been married for almost a year now, and children is a possibility in the future, just not yet. We dont really want to go back to using condoms, so what other forms have you found easy and effective? I may even consider just going off the pill for a month or two and see if having a break in the hormones helps me feel back to normal for a while. Any other thoughts or comments would be appreciated.
Post # 3
@karissa2558: Side effects from stopping birth control pill vary from person to person. I had virtually no side effects except heavier periods than on the pill and skipping periods for a few months. Others have experiences weight gain, acne and other side effects, so it’s really tough to say how it will be for you. Good luck!
Post # 4
I have a Mirena & for the most part, I love it! I have never had kids before, so you can get one without having been pregnant. I also had some of the same problems associated with the pill, I feel like it just made me depressed! The estrogen in the pill is what was not doing the trick for me, and Mirena is progesterone only. Birth control sucks!
Post # 5
@alaflan: I did talk to my doctor a few months ago when I went for my yearly check up and she suggested an IUD that does not have hormones. I’m not sure which one that is. I think I am going to try and go off the pill for a month or two and see how that goes…. and just try to be careful… but if we get worried about getting pregnant I might talk to her more about the IUD. Seems like the best solutation. Did you have any issues when you first got it?
Post # 6
I have never taken BCPs cause I find the idea of putting artificial hormones in my body a bit unsettling. Mr Rugbee & I have used condoms for the entire time we’ve been together.
Post # 7
@karissa2558: Well since I have never had anything pass in/out of my uterus before, I will say it hurt like crazy getting it in, but it wasn’t very long & it was over with. I got it inserted during my period, because your cervix is already slightly dilated then, so it is easier and they don’t have to give you any medications to dilate it. Was it tough trying to schedule an appointment when I thought my period would be? Yes, I completely lucked out haha.
After I got it, I quit bleeding for a while, then I started spotting and it persisted for a long time. Without the consultation of my provider…lol…I took some left over BC pills I had for 2 months with the breakthrough week, and that really got my cycle regulated. Since then, pretty light periods that come still every month to month & a half. I do usually have pretty bad cramping associated with periods, but I did before Mirena also, so who knows. I did get acne, but not so much on my face as my chest and back, so I am taking an androgen blocker for that now daily (Spironolactone).
I also looked into the copper IUD (Paraguard) that is hormone free, but with my history of heavy periods (why I went on the pill in the first place), I didn’t want to risk having those back even heavier. Some women get heavier periods with it, some do not, but both IUD’s are THE most effective birth control out there, besides abstaining of course. 🙂
I have had it for 1.5 years now, & not too many problems!
Post # 8
I have the Mirena and I reccomend it to everywhere who asks my opinion. I got it 4 years ago after having my beautiful and awesome, but accidental *cough cough forgot to take pill cough*, daughter. I was just graduating college and we had both decided one was enough early in our relationship. It was only midly painful for me, but then again I did have a baby 7 weeks prior. I always had light periods, but my periods are pretty much non existent now; I maybe use 1 panty liner a month. No infections, no crazy breakouts, no mood swings. Basically the doc puts it in and you can forget about it for 5 years and be baby-worry free. The only con IMO is that there are times during sex that can be a little painful- very rare though- I attribute that to PMS because usually my boobs are super sensitive as well when this happens. I plan on getting Mirena again in the fall.
Post # 9
I had the mirena for a few years. I’ve never really had an issue with it, in fact I think I feel BETTER on it. I don’t get the migraines I used to get, and my periods…heh, “periods”. My “periods” are about 3-4 days long once every 3-4months, and are basically heavy spotting. I’ve never had a child, and my obgyn was fine about inserting one. My sex drive is fine! No other issues to report. I am off it now, but I had no issues with it (just ttc now).
Post # 10
i love the predictability of being on the pill and knowing when my period is coming.
Post # 11
@karissa2558: I dropped my BC pill once we got married and I am so happy so far. We’re using FAM (charting temps and using POM *not very reliable on it’s own, I’m well aware* and condoms during fertile times). I feel much better, and like you, I had felt very low sex drive and sort of numbed/emotionless on the pill. There’s an entire thread here with various bees who’ve stopped taking their HBC sharing their side effects and experiences.
Also, while I’m no MD, I have heard that it’s almost worse to go off for a few months and then jump back on because it can really get your hormones out of whack. I’d chat with your Dr if you would like to try that route before going for it.
Post # 12
It’s really person to person but I’ve had a great experience with Implanon (new name is Nexplanon), which is the small rod that gets inserted into the upper arm. No weight gain like the pill and for me no periods. That’s right – not a single period for 2 years. I was on the pill for several years but I will certainly use the implant from now on until I am ready for kids.
I do realize the implant is a nightmare for some women, but it’s been fantastic for me.