(Closed) Does anyone use another form of BC besides the pill or condoms?

posted 7 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was going to suggest maybe a Today sponge, but I saw your earlier post and realized that probably won’t work for you either.  I’m guessing most barrier methods might be problematic for you.

Have you looked into Natural Family Planning at all?  It really isn’t that difficult to learn and the nice thing about it is that it keeps you really in tune with your cycle, so that when you do start TTC, you will have a very good idea of when your most fertile days are.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

FAM or (since you don’t want to use condoms, you’d be lookng at NFP) is good if you’re good at record keeping, have clear fertility indicators each cycle, and wake up at the same-ish time every day. And of course, you have a committed partner that’s been tested for Save-The-Date Cards and such (which I assume is the case since you’re married and TTC). We used it for a few months before we started NTNT (and then through that) and I HIGHLY recommend it. Really looking forward to getting back to using it once my cycles return to normal once our baby is born.

Just pick up a copy of Taking Control of Your Fertility, a good basal body temperature thermometer, and you should be good to go. (I used FertilityFriend to chart and liked it more than the TCOYF website, but the TCOYF website has a good following too.)

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@red_seattle: what she said. but…it’s a little more difficult to pinpoint when you ovulate if you’re coming off BC.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@red_rose: totally right— good point.  FAM/NFP will probably work best if you have a chance to observe your fertility indicators during a “normal” cycle first, so you know what to look for and expect. And, if after charting for a cycle, you don’t have strong enough indicators or aren’t satisfied with the accuracy of your observations, then I wouldn’t recommend it.

You’d probably still want to use a non-hormonal form of BC while you observe a cycle too, just to be safe.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

I had trouble with hormonal bc and got off for reasons other than wanting to have a baby. For a little bit we went back to condoms but in the moment we find we are constantly forgetting and resort to the withdrawal method. Is it the safest? Absolutely not. Has it worked for us with no real scares for a majority of our relationship? Absolutely. But you really do have to know yourself and be really good with your timing. We’re happy with it. 🙂 Hope you find your solution!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Actually the pull-out method, with perfect use, has only a 4% failure rate. The problem is, it’s one of the most difficult methods to do perfectly.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Economy/sex-study-pull-withdrawal-method-rivals-condoms-birth/story?id=7688558

I would second FAM or NFP–it’s NOT the same thing as the rhythm method that gets a bad name and it’s actually quite effecitve. It’s also no big deal to quickly take your temp in the AM and monitor your fluid daily. Read Taking Charge of Your Fertility, the title is a little hokey, but it’s an amazingly informative read and works for both sides, prevention and conception.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We use VCF as well.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

who ever uses VcF pplz pm me, i want to know how effective it is. 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

DO NOT USE THE PULL OUT METHOD! that is all…

Post # 15
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Worker bee

Wow, sounds like the consequencees could be quite dire if you do slip up and get pregnant.  Maybe you should choose the most reliable method – no actual penetration sex.  Is it worth the risk?  It’s only a few months and you could do other “stuff” instead!  Would sex for 2 months be worth a deformed baby? :/

I found it can take a while to get used to NFP. And you’re trying to get BC out of your system so you’re going to be a bit wonky for a while.

Post # 16
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Worker bee

@FutureMrsChaney: DAMN STRAIGHT.

I know of the pull out method resulting in children! 

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