(Closed) Birth Control for Newlyweds….advice needed

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If  you want something that will allow you to try to conceive quickly after stopping, a barrier method (i.e. condoms, cervical cap) may be better. It’s hard to say how long it would take some to TTC after stopping a hormonal method (i.e. the birth control pill, implanon, etc) – it could be a few days, or it could be longer. It’s very personal. I would absolutely steer clear of anything that will need assistance to stop – such as any IUD, Implanon, etc. While barrier methods aren’t as good at preventing pregnancy, if used properly every time, they’re decent. They’re definite downsides to barrier methods. The birth control pill, Nuva Ring, or teh Patch wouldn’t be the best if you wanted to TTC right away, but if you want to wait a year, it may be worth considering.

Post # 4
3688 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It depends on if you want hormonal or non-hormonal birth control. Hormonal is much more effective, but has potential side effects. If you go the hormonal route, I would try birth control pills or NuvaRing. I have friends on the ring right now and they love it. You just take it out (or stop taking the pills in case of BCP), and you should be able to get pregnant really soon — the hormones shouldn’t stay in your body for very long after removal.

If you’ve never been on hormonal BC, I probably wouldn’t start it right before your wedding, just in case of side effects. I would use condoms, and if you’re really worried about pregnancy, I’d go in now and be fitted for a diaphragm or cervical cap that you can use with spermicide. Two barrier methods plus the spermicide should be pretty effective.

Post # 5
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you start decide on birth control pills, start taking them within 5 days of your period starting.  That way it will not change when your period comes naturally.  You can also skip a period with most birth control pills by skipping the placebo pills.  Ask a doctor!  Fertility will return usually one cycle after stopping the combo pills.  


Progestin only “mini-pills” can be started any day of the month and you have pregancy protection a few days after starting them.  With the mini-pills you absolutely have to take them at the same time every day and never miss a pill.  If you miss it by 3 hours, you may get pregnant…. but that also means that your fertility will return almost immediately if you decide to have a baby. 


Post # 6
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@miss_melissa:  I recommend Nuva Ring, it offers protection starting on day 7 but also when TTC it is possible the first cycle off. 

Post # 7
6699 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

If you do plan to TTC a year after the wedding, then I would recommend using condoms and charting. It has worked for me for the last 8 months. They recommend to get off of BC at least 3-6 months in advance before TTC. How lucky you won’t be in your period during your wedding. I got in BC a month before my wedding and it screw my period. I got my period two days before the wedding. Luckly it was not as heavy.

Post # 8
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

If you’re not currently taking hormonal birthcontrol I would just stick to condoms.  easy and effective.

Post # 9
2087 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have a non-hormonal IUD… I don’t even have to think about birth control.  We don’t need to worry about condoms or anything, it’s great.  it’s like 99% effective and the doctor has assured me that as soon as it comes out I’m good to go – because there’s no hormones, you don’t have to have a waiting period or adjustment period for your hormones to balance out.


I also have heard that soft cups are amazing for using while on your period (not as birth control, but in lieu of tampons or pads) – you can leave them in for up to 12 hours, no leakage… and from what some Bees said, you can have sex while it’s in and it’s clean – no red. 

BUT I read you can’t use it if you have an IUD, so I have no experience with them,..

Post # 10
556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Since you want to conceive in a year period, I would advice, condoms 🙂

I’m on birth control pill, and it works for us because we are not planning on any babies for a long period (4/5 years), but I think condoms is the best for your case. 


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