(Closed) Contraception – running out of options

posted 6 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

What about good old condoms?  THe only other hormonal BC that I’ve taken is the patch and I hated that.

There is also a new IUD made by the makers of Mirena and it’s smaller with less hormones just so you know.

Post # 4
7642 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsSmokey:  We used condoms. Once we were done having children, Darling Husband had a vascectomy.

Post # 5
1019 posts
Bumble bee

If Implanon didn’t work well for you, then I wouldn’t try Nexplanon, the improved version. Nexplanon is almost completely identical to Implanon, except that it’s detectable by X-rays.

If I were in your shoes, I would try to get past my uncertainty over IUDs. When I was thinking of birth control methods last year, I was debating between Implanon and Paragard. But since I hadn’t (and still haven’t) had intercourse, I get tense when examined for anything, and because my insurance accepted Implanon first, I went with that. 

Otherwise, I would try to get very good at using condoms. While they take away from a bit of the intimacy, they will prevent pregnancy 98 percent of the time if you use then correctly every time.


Post # 6
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

how about the Depo injection??



Post # 7
31 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MrsSmokey:  I would go for implanon. Ive been using this for 7 years. Not sure if its the new one or not. I swear by it. I didn’t really experience any side effects though. I have friends who used it and it messed with their cycles, they were prescribed bcp to regulate them. I also have friends who experience mood swings as a result but id rather have a mood swings than become pregnant before i was ready.

Post # 8
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Condoms. Darling Husband and I use condoms because I don’t want to stuff my body with any chemicals. As long as you’re being responsible and taking your ovulation into account you should be fine. 

Post # 9
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Maybe look into that natural birth control where you study your cycle and know when you’re ovulating? That in combination with bcp should help? There are ways to get to know your body and then when its ready to make babies, you can just back the man away slowly!

S sorry birth control has been frustrating for you! I have had (very different) but just as persistent troubles with all sorts of birth control and its frustrating to run out of options so fast, I wish you all the best of luck finding something!

Post # 10
1346 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

what about the injections every 3 months?

Post # 13
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I know you said no IUDs, but have you thought about the Paraguard IUD, instead of the Mirena?  It’s made of copper, and non-hormonal.  I had it “installed” (haha/jk) about two years ago.  My body is sensitive to hormones, so it was pretty much the only option.  Yes, it has made my cramping worse and periods heavier, but that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make for no hormones and not having to remember a pill/ring/whatever.




Post # 14
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would be hesitant to suggest Nexplanon, b/c it’s pretty similar to Implanon. Along with diaphrams there are cervical caps. They aren’t as effective as hormonal options (Mirena, Nexplanon, any birth control pills, etc) but hey, nothing is 100% effective other than not having sex – and in practice, abstinence isn’t 100% effective. Most people pair a diaphragm/cervical cap with a spermicide. If you want to, you could even add a condom. You could also do condoms just on their own

I know you vetoed IUDs, but what about looking into a non-hormonal IUD? There is also Depo Provera (but if you have had issues with some hormonal birth controls, I would really research it. Just b/c if you have negative effects, you’re stuck with it for at least 3-4 months. I had a period the whole time i was on it, and I tried it for 3 shots to be sure). 

You could also consider any of the natural family planning methods

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