Post # 16
anndck: We used them successfully for about 3 years before having our first child, and then another few years in between pregnancies. I hated hormonal BC. The main problem with condoms was Darling Husband prefered not to use them, so we went “bareback” once a month when we were sure I wasn’t fertile. We had one pregancy earlier than we expected that way, though 🙂
Post # 17
I’ve been off birth control since about July of this year (after being on it for two years). Darling Husband and I are soley using condoms/the pullout method right now, and so far, no pregnancies. We’re in the mindset that if we do get pregnant, it’s not a big deal…but so far, so good!
As far as acne goes, I’ve gotten some minor acne since I went off birth control. It’s been getting better, but most of it has been on my chin, and no matter how often I wash my face and what acne meds I use, it doesn’t seem to go away. I’ve heard it can take up to 6 months to regulate, though, and go back to normal.
Post # 18
- Wedding: An amazing castle. August 2015
I have been off hormonal contraceptives for about 13 months now due to nothing suiting me (only thing not tried is the coil and just no to that!) and so far so good on the no pregnancy thing just using condoms, but we have had one scare. I now keep tests in the bathroom cabinet just to make sure! We’re also CFBC so a pregnancy would be a big deal for us. Is there anyone else who is also CFBC only using condoms as contraception?
Post # 19
I was on BC for 6 years and stopped about 4 years ago. I have to say that condoms have really gotten a lot better than my pre-BC memory remembered, there are many more options! We’ve never had an issue with an unwanted pregnancy. I was also pleaantly surprised that my hormonal acne had calmed way down since my early 20s and my skin was better than I was expecting, though I was prepared to go to a dermatologist if that hadn’t been the case.
Post # 20
Ok so I got on the pill when I was 18 cuz I was going to do another round of Accutane when my hormonal acne went away thanks to BCP. Yay! 5 months ago I stopped taking it and bam…hello 16 year old me in the mirror! I’m 34 so …yeah.
What finally helped (besides just time I guess) was following thelovevitamin.com’s advice for adult female hormonal acne. I take a bunch of supplements now (fermented liver cod oil, estrogen blocker, l-glutamine and a liver supplement), use a zinc cleanser on my face and at night an epidermal growth factor serum.
Anyway, the blogger for that site has recommendations on how to wean yourself off of BCP to avoid acne coming back with a vengeance when you go off it. I wish I had found her before I stopped taking it!
As for alternative methods of birth control I suggest you start chatting and knowing when you’re fertile and when youre not so you can use them only during your fertile windows!
Post # 21
My best friend got bad cysts from birth control pills and was miserable, difficulty eating, etc until she stopped. As such, I don’t want to touch any of that stuff and take the risk, so we’ve done condoms all the way. So far they work fine, though husband knows it feels better for him without – we take the occasional risk. The condoms make it last longer anyway, so he usually puts one on if he didn’t start that way. I wouldn’t say we have a high sex drive no matter how you slice it… once or twice a week is generally plenty as we have other things to do. We aren’t the sort to jump each others bones the minute one comes in the door. People look down on them as being a pain, reducing sensitivity, etc. and I hear it’s harder to adjust to if you’ve done it without before (for the guy, especially) but luckily that’s not a problem for us.
Post # 22
- Wedding: May 2015 - The Runnymede Hotel
So glad to find this thread! I have just had my contraceptive implant removed after 6 years and we are going ‘condoms only’ for a bit. My problem was the same as yours – no sex drive!
It’s only been three weeks but i’m starting to feel a bit myself again. Of course my maim concern is pregnancy as we just can’t get pregnant right now. But I think as long as you trust your partner to know what he’s doing, there is a super low chance of anything going wrong.
Post # 23
anndck: Darling Husband and I have relied on only basic non-latex condoms for nearly 5 years now with no pregnancies… I guess we’re doing pretty well!
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We started out using condoms for about 4 months, now he juse pulls out.
Post # 26
I stopped using BC for the same reason, low sex drive, major mood swings etc. We haven’t used them for 4 years. Fiance got sick of them and we go without sometimes. One of those times we got pregnant but that was our own fault. 3 years later and we haven’t done that again but I’m getting really sick of condoms. Buying them, using them etc. It’s just getting to be a hassle so we are starting to look at me getting a tubal ligation or Fiance getting a V. We are done having kids though and definitely don’t want any more.
Post # 27
We used condoms only for a while and while I didn’t get pregnant, it sucked. Now I have an IUD and for the most part, I love it. If anything my sex drive is higher with it. Of course, everyone reacts differently to BC but maybe a non hormonal IUD would be right for you if you get sick of using condoms.
Post # 28
- Wedding: An amazing castle. August 2015
stephanierose2016: we have done this just the once as I’m not sure how effective it is and we don’t want to have children so getting pregnant would be a major issue for us. Do you think this is an effective method? I’m assuming that it wouldn’t be a major issue if you got pregnant. Sorry if this is too personal! I’m just sick of using condoms ALL the time so pulling out would be good for us if it’s effective
Post # 29
We only used condoms and never got pregnant. First month we stopped them and we got pregnant. We are both extremely fertile and it has worked for years for us. As long as you use them the whole time right from the start of the action and put it on correctly and get a good brand then I don’t think you should have any trouble.
Post # 30
Engaged in Paris: if getting pregnant would be a big issue, I would not rely on the pullout method. It’s not even a recommended birth control methid and way too many “oopsie” babies are conceived that way.