(Closed) Breastfeeding=No Nuvaring… options?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

If it were me, I would go on the Mirena IUD. Almost all of my friends who have had babies have done that. YOu can take it out at any time and get pregnant. The only thing that I would think about is how much out of pocket you would be on your insurance. The IUD can cost close to $1000, and if you have to pay a high deductible or a lot of our pocket, it could be costly. If you only have to pay copays, then it could be worth it, even for a year.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Well then I would definitely do it. Stay away from the Paragard cuz that gives you heavier periods. One of my really good friends got it, and she has her period 15 days out of the month!!! She’s had it for 6 months and is getting it taken out because of it.

And the great thing is, if you guys decide to wait longer, you can just keep it in until you are ready. Its just one less thing to worry about. And breast feeding, you may not even spot like most people do when they get it put in

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@eeniebeans:  This bums me out!  Like you, I LOVED the Nuvaring.  Why is it that you can’t you use it when you’re breastfeeding, but you can use other birth control pills? 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

What about other barriers…diaphram/cervical cap/sponge?  Or six months abstinence at least for the stuff that necessitates BC?

I would personally be concerned about taking hormones (including hormone-laced IUDs) while breast feeding, even if it’s an “approved” dose or hormone.  Likewise, if there were no problems breast feeding, I wouldn’t want to stop during the first six months when colostrum is basically the baby’s immune system.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@BabyBoecksMom:  Progestin-based methods are cosidered “OK”.  Nuvaring contains estrogen.  If you have elevated estrogen in your breast milk.  Although one of the main issues w/ this is that it will interfere w/ your lactation, your baby will also experience and increase in hormones that they would not normally be exposed to at that age.  Progestins can also get into milk, but haven’t been shown to cause any problems w/ the baby.  They can affect lactation too, but apparently not as severely. I would not be comfortable with the possibility of potentially not-yet revealed or understood developmental side effects this hormonal ingestion.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

i’m already dreading this – I want to breastfeed our son and would like to -ahem- get back into the swing of things. Before conceiving I was on hormonal bc for over 10 years, worked like a charm, conceived immediately coming off it, would love to go right back. I wish it were possible to go right back on without having it affect breastfeeding. I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I don’t want a device implanted in my body… Undecided

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@eeniebeans:  If you do diaphragm, I’d double up with condoms.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

What about just abstaining from sex the week that you ovulate, instead of getting back on a birth control?  In TCOYF, it helps you to map out when you’re ovulating so you can either have sex or avoid it during those times.  I think that’s the route we’ll end up taking.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I didn’t know about this about NuvaRing.  Good to know. Hmmm, yeah need to think of some alternatives when I get pregnant.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Darling Husband and I have already decided that we’ll go with condoms until I stop bf (around 1 year) and my cycles come back to normal… then we’ll looking into NFP.

I’ll never go back on hormonal bc again.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

@eeniebeans: Ugh sticky situation! I would say try to Boyfriend or Best Friend if you can, it’s such a good option for women who can do it!

I’m pregnant now and have been thinking about this, honestly if it were up to me I’d be totally fine abstaining for the year I’m BF’ing, but that wouldn’t be too fair to my husband, I don’t want to make him suffer lol. I think for us we’re just gonna suck it up and use condoms, which sucks – I hate the lil’ buggers, but there aren’t a lot of options.

I wouldn’t suggest the Mirena IUD. IUD’s honestly scare me, I know that the chance of pregnancy while on it is next to none, but there HAVE been women who’ve gotten pregnant on it (some on the bee even), and it can either cause ectopic pregnancies, defects, miscarriage and even infertility. 

I’m not sure what to tell you, but let us know what you decide!

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