(Closed) Contraception Methods

posted 10 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: How do you prevent pregnancy?

    Condoms

    Diaphram

    Pull Out

    Spermacide

    Birth Control Pills (with pull out)

    Birth Control Pills (not pulling out)

    Natural Method

    Combination described below.

    IUDs

  • Post # 32
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

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    @PrncssDva: You can always go on a continual pill like Lybrel or Nuvaring and just go from one ring to another.  I wasn’t getting a period for about a year and I think I might go back to that with the Nuvaring.

    Post # 34
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

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    @happyb: I have not had any weight gain since getting the Mirena. I’ve had it for over 2 years now, and have recently gained a couple of pounds, but I also have pretty much stopped going to the gym since the wedding, so can’t say that Mirena caused the weight gain. I’ve been within 5 pounds of my same weight for the past like 8 years.

    The downsides I have experienced: hurt like a &%$$%#$##$ to have inserted (but that only took about 1 minute). For the first 3-4 months I had really rough cramps a lot. I also had spotting on and off at random intervals, which was annoying. Since about 4 months after insertion though, I have had no period, no cramps.

    My doctor said most women have significantly reduced periods with Mirena and many stop their period completely after some amount of time. 

    Post # 35
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

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    @Entangled: I have to agree with gabriel about the insertion.  It was the second worst pain I have ever had in my life but thankfully short.  I had significant cramps for the first six months, that is fine now.  My periods are much lighter, they just last forever (today=day 10), and I get them about every 22-24 days, plus throw in a few days of spotting.  I have also had nausea, mainly in morning (no, I am 100% sure I am not pregnant).  I talked to my gyn, and since I cannot do estrogen (I look at a birth control pill and I have a migraine), the only other options are switching to paragard, although that probably won’t help, barrier methods, or NFP, and I REALLY don’t want to get knocked up now.

    Post # 36
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    What is “natural method”?

    Post # 37
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    Sugar bee

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    @Birdie Love:  Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) or Natural Family Planning (NFP).  I’m really surprised no one commented on it.

    It’s effective if used correctly.  There are many methods: Marquette, Creighton, Sympto-Thermal, and Billings.  They use a combination of the following: temperature charting, cervical fluid, cervical position and texture, Ovulaion Predictor Kits (OPKs).  Check out the book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility written by Toni Weschler.  Many Catholic dioceses also offer courses, usually through Couple to Couple League.  Both Taking Charge of Your Fertility and Couple to Couple League teach Sympto-thermal method.  There are several threads on this on the Catholic boards.

    These methods use the natural fertility signs during different phases (three phases) to either avoid or conceive.  Taking Charge of Your Fertility says to use a combination of FAM and condoms whereas the Couple to Couple League say to abstain during fertile times if attempting to avoid pregnancy.

    Post # 38
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @beekiss: Oooooohhhhhh!!!! I was wondering if “natural” really meant FAM.

    Post # 39
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My husband and I aren’t TTC yet (but we be soon–probably by the end of the year) but aren’t trying to hard not to either…pull out for us. If it happens now, it’s a tiny bit earlier than we were planning, but we’re okay with that idea. Before we got married, I had the Nuvaring, and LOVED it. I was really bad about taking a pill every day (I even had an alarm set on my phone) so I loved that I only had to think about it once a month. 

    Post # 40
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I just use the pill. I have been on it for a few years now and my periods have stopped altogether. I am really surprised at the fail rates with the BC pill! But then again I knew a 45yr old lady who had her tubes tied and she accidentally became pregnant because her tubes fused back together. The doctors will usually like to burn the tips of them to avoid this but it is a very small chance it can happen in the first place! 

    Post # 41
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Just BC, sometimes with pull out. No condoms. I’m pretty good about taking my pill on time everyday, but should probably do more. I’m considering an IUD. It may hurt, but it certainly can’t hurt more than having a baby, right?  

    Also, I have a Prolactinoma. It causes me to have abnormally high levels of the hormone Prolactin, and that causes infertility. I used to be on medication that kept my levels normal. However, I have not been on it for a year now. Maybe that helps? I certainly do NOT count on that though. It’s the BC I’m relying on.

    We have talked about it, and if I do get pregnant, we will be okay. Ideally, though, I would like to wait to get pregnant for a few years after getting married.

    Post # 42
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I have a Mirena IUD and I love it.  It was like bad period cramps for the day I had it put in, but smooth sailing after that!  I still get super light periods.  No weight gain.  I actually came off the pill when I got the IUD, and since I had gained about 5 pounds on the pill, i LOST weight when I switch to the IUD.

    Post # 43
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Mine is an option not on your list.  I have implanon, a little implant about the size of a match that lives in my arm.  It pumps out hormones and lasts for three years.  It’s actually the most effective birth control on the market right now.  I <3 it.

    Post # 44
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Just so you know, having cramps that make you throw up isn’t normal. You should mention that to your doctor. My dr just changed my pills up and wants me to actually have a real period for 3 months and I’ve been nauseated, taking pain killers, and feel AWFUL. i haven’t had one in almost 2 years now….but i have endometriosis. There is a reason mine are that bad. At least check it out–I’ve always been told barfing is not normal!!!

    And i hope everybody knows pulling out isn’t really a birth control method because live sperm exists in pre-ejaculation fluid. So you still have a high liklihood of getting pregnant.

    Post # 45
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We don’t want children for a few years yet, so we use both birth control and condoms.  I am on the Nuvaring, and I love it!  It is so convenient and you don’t have to worry about taking your pill at the same time everyday.

    Post # 46
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    Bumble Beekeeper

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    @crayfish: I’m on a progesterone only pill (I can’t take estrogen because of my medical history), and my doctor said 60% of women on progesterone only pills still ovulate. Based on my CM, I’d say I still do.

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