Post # 1
I’ve been doing a lot of research on birth control, since I’ll be getting married in just about 5 months (!!), and I’m finding it all quite overwhelming.
I don’t want to take the pill, for multiple reasons. It’s too late to start that anyways.
I’m unsure about the shots (Depo-Provera, which lasts 3 months) and the hormonal IUD (the nonhormonal one warns about extremely heavy or painful periods…eh..), because of the trivial matter of skin condition.. my skin is already tempermental, I do NOT want something that will make it break out. Does anyone have any experience with either of these bc methods, or have any other ideas?
PS. I have no idea where I should’ve posted this. Intimacy sounded close enough?
Post # 3
I’ve been so happy with the implanon
Post # 4
I have nuva ring, which I love. It hasn’t had any effects that I have noticed and it lasts for 3 weeks without having to remember it. It is the only kind I have any exsperiance with, but I do know that most drs won’t keep you on depo for more than two years (or maybe its five) because it can cause bone density issues.
Post # 5
I personally would never do Depo because it has a known history of reducing bone density. It’s also pretty unpredictable when you come off it when you will get your period.
I was considering Mirena but my doctor wouldn’t give it to me without having kids before. Some doctors will though.
I use Nuvaring, it really helps with my skin and has less side effects than the pill for me.
Post # 6
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@Mrs.Lonestar: Me too!!! The only side effect I’ve had is irregular periods (which, from what I’ve heard most people have their periods stop, I am the opposite.. but I can deal with it), no problems with weight gain, mood swings, whatever. I highly recommend Implanon.
Post # 7
I switched to nuvaring and I really like it. The hormone dose is so low it shouldn’t mess with your skin (flip side is it won’t really help with acne either).
I always hear weight gain horror stories about depo.
Post # 8
I was on the pill for 2 years and switched to the mini pill (progesteron only). I have to say I love it. It comes without all of the side effects of the usual pill. Many people like Mirena and the Nuva ring, but they are both hormonal (I know Mirena is progesteron only as well, so it’s like the prog only pill but I guess a bit more expensive depending on your insurance). Not sure whether the Nuva ring also has estrogen, I think it does.
Post # 9
I hadn’t heard about the depo bone density thing. From reading the responses so far I’m now looking into the nuvaring, implanon, and the mini pill…
Post # 10
I used to do pills and I hated them because they messed with my mood, I ended up getting the non hormonal IUD and it was great for 2.5 years (my periods were like niagra falls but I liked that I kept my sex drive and wasn’t a crazy biotch) but then I accidently tugged it and that started a whole chain of problems for me.
When I got that out I switched to depo and I gained a bunch of weight, lost all my sex drive and spotted for like 2 months straight (yippee!). Then I switched to Nuva ring and I think i’ve found my love. No side effects at all and it’s easy and 15 a month with my insurance.
Post # 11
I have two friends that were on depo and both gained loads of weight. I think one gained about 15 pounds and the other close to 30! I tried nuva ring for a while but it fell out a few times and for me it was just easier to take the pills. You may have to try out a couple different things before you find out what works for you!
Post # 12
I’ve been on some kind of hormonal birth control for 17 of my 30 years and I think this is the year I finally come off of it. We’re going to try charting and if we have any scares we’ll talk about other options as we absolutely do not want children.
I’m currently on Nuvaring with pretty good results, but its really hard for me to say what the consequences are (weight, mood swings, etc) since I’ve never actually been off BC. I can tell you that my sex drive is pretty much nil. It used to be awesome a few years ago, but I’m not quite sure whats happening now.
I do know that I’m tired of pumping my body full of hormones, and that there’s a bunch of risks involved in doing something like this. I always had the ‘it’ll never happen to me” mentality, but then a 31 year old colleague of mine died from blood clots she developed from her birth control and it scared the shit out of me.
I PROMISE I’m not trying to scare anyone or anything, but just consider the risks!!
Post # 13
I couldn’t care less about gaining weight. I could probably do with some weight gain, really. But I am just a health freak.. organic, vegetarian, pH-balanced, paraben-free everything. I don’t want to do NFP because it’s not reliable enough, in my opinion, yet I don’t want hormones that will give me bad skin, or heavy/painful periods (I already get pretty severe back pain from them sometimes). So annoying that I can’t find anything… I wish that male bcp would come out already.
Post # 14
I’m also on Nuvaring and love it. I don’t trust myself to take a pill every day…
Post # 15
I don’t know what your objections are to the pill, but given your thoughts about depo and the minipill, you may want to reconsider. You can get ugly pill-like side effects from depo, too, but with depo, if they’re bad, you’re stuck with them for up to 3 months (until the shot wears off). With the pill, you simply stop taking it.
The minipill may cause fewer side effects, but it’s also less efective and you have to be a lot more finicky about taking it at the correct time.
Five months is plenty of time to start on the pill. Technically it is effective after as little as a week.
Just a few thoughts. HTH! 🙂
Post # 16
I’m kind of surprised that no one has even mentioned this yet, but one to consider is FAM or NFP. If you have 5 months til your wedding, then you should have enough time to properly learn it. Basically, you learn about your body enough to the point where you know when you have ovulated, or are far enough away from ovulating that sperm can’t live in your body, and are not fertile. (read: simply not possible to get pregnant.) Then you either abstain or use condoms during that 1-2 week period. Even if you don’t want to use it as a method, it is absolutely amazing to learn about how your body works. Defintiely read Taking Charge of Your Fertility! No chemicals, hormones, or barriers (if you choose that route.)