(Closed) Implanon VS the Pill VS Depo Shot…?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Which method of BC do YOU use, if any?
    The Pill : (18 votes)
    45 %
    Depo Shot : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Implanon : (8 votes)
    20 %
    Other form of BC (Explain in comment please) : (8 votes)
    20 %
    No BC : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Hey, a poll! I love polls. : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    3368 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    The best for me has been the pill. I was on the shot for a while and SWORE by it, but I wound up pregnant and losing the baby because of it. I actually have a few friends that have had the same thing happen to them. Last time I talked to my OB, she said people are having more and more people issues with the depo. 

    The pill that I am on now I LOVE! It’s called Levora, and it makes my periods lighter, next to no cramps, and no side effects. I recommend it to all of my friends! obviously it’s going to be different for everyone, but it’s worth a shot. 

    I was on Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo for a while and was miserable. Awful mood swings, debilitating cramps, etc.  

    Post # 4
    189 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I voted that I love polls.

    I have the implanon implant, which is great because I don’t have to remember it every day but does have its draw backs. I tend to spot here and there throughout the month and every so often (at what seems to be random times) have a full bleed. The spotting is annoying as hell and is (from what I have read) a common side effect.

    I have also been on the pill which was great (kept everything regular, etc etc) but my work shifts meant that It was a pain to take it at the same time every day. I also had some serious mood swings when on the pill.

    Also, as a side note, I gained alot of weight after starting hormonal birth control. I do not know if it is directly related but it is also something to consider if you worry about that sort of thing.

    Post # 5
    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I have endometriosis so I also have very painful cramps.  I was on Depo Provera for about 5-7 years and I absolutely loved it.  But a lot of people don’t–it is associated with weight gain and a loss of your sex drive.  The nice thing is that you don’t get periods on it.  Well, to me it was nice. 😉

    I’m on the generic form of Loestrin FE now because Depo Provera gave me vulvodynia and it’s probably the best BC I’ve ever been on.  Not all oral BC is created equal–some will work better for you than others.

    Post # 6
    2601 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    It really depends on YOU b/c everyone’s chemistry is different.

    FWIW, Depo was the absolute worst for me. After a few months, my doc asked me how it was going and I literally burst into tears in her office, blubbering, “I’m not sure it’s working with my emotions…” She said, “Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s not working too!”

    Also, to some extent, BC has to work with your lifestyle. I tried the mini-pill, but you have to take that at the same time every day and there’s no work-around if you forget. Well, I’m the sort of girl who DOES forget and also does dumb things like leave them in hotel rooms when I travel or something, so it became me spending $20/mo and STILL having to use backups because I’m apparently, not yet an adult when it comes to keeping my act together. So, just be aware of those elements as well.

    Post # 8
    1992 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I’ve been using birth control for about a decade & my experience has been as follows:

    The Pill-I never could use the pill.  They all made me sick.  Nausea, vommiting, extreme fatigue. . . the works.

    Depo- Used it for a year & it was the worst experience of my life.  It was like I always had my period! So you’re supposed to get the shot every 12 wks (but you have the option of getting it 2wks early if you want). I wouldn’t have a period for 5 like 6 weeks after each shot. But after that 5 or 6 weeks, I would literally have my period until I got my next shot.  This means I had my period for 4-6 weeks at a time! I told my doctor about it several times, and she just acted like it was no big deal. 

    The Nuva Ring- The best form of birth controll that I’ve ever been on.  It doesn’t make me sick like the pill.  My periods are much lighter & shorter.  For instance, My period only last about 4days now, whereas they used to be 6.  And instead of having to use the “Super” tampons, I only buy “Regular”. I hardly ever get cramps.  I also like it because its so easy to skip a period if I ever need to.  I just keep the ring in for 4 weeks instead of 3 (my doctor said that this was fine).  The only drawback is the cost.  When I first started on the Nuva Ring back in 2004 it cost like $35.00 a month w/o a prescription plan.  I just took a new job and had to pay for it without insurance before my plan kicked in & I’ve found that the price has jumped to $81.00 a month! 

    Post # 9
    7291 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m getting ready to switch to a progersterone only and I’m willing to try the depo shot! I know it has horrible reviews- but every body is different. There are plenty of people who have found it wonderful!

    I need to get rid of estrogen  , so I only see it as a positive!

    Post # 11
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m here to defend the depo shot! I love it! My weight hasn’t changed, my emotions are normal, and never having my period is seriously the best. As far as unplanned pregnancy on it, it’s supposed to be as effective for short-term use as the pill (in theory, when the pill is used perfectly), but my practitioner always mentions that after a while, you must go off it at least a year before TTC because it’s so effective at interfering with fertility after prolonged use. That’s also a pretty big perk for me. I have never heard of anyone getting pregnant on it. 

    Post # 12
    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m on the pill, though it took many different pills to find one that worked for me. As in I have been on like 7 of them. It just takes trying things out to see how your body reacts.

    Doctors have tried to push me onto Depo or Mirena, but I refuse. I refuse Depo because not only the crazy side effects (commonly: weigh gain, hair loss, etc) but also there is a black box warning on it because it reduces the Calcium content of your bones, so my doctor had seen girls in their 20s develop osteoporosis. Because of this Depo is not recommended to be used for more than 2 years, and I needed a long term solution, not one I could only use for a couple years.

    Post # 13
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @ChemistryBride:  Did you doctor mention calcium supplements? I’ve been on depo for 6 years, and each time I go in, they just ask me if I’m making sure to consume enough calcium and vitamin D3 to help with absorption. 

    Post # 14
    3688 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    For some people, Depo is great, but it completely changed my life.

    In 3 months, I went from 160 pounds to 210 pounds. It was so bad I got referred to endocrinology and they thought I had a brain tumor.

    I definitely wouldn’t recommend it — it’s too risky in my opinion.

    Post # 15
    3769 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    I use Implanon — the one side effect I’ve had is constant spotting and irregular periods (although I very rarely have a “full on” heavy flow).  Another side effect is not getting your period anymore, but that didn’t happen for me, obviously.  If you do constantly spot, you run the risk of developing anemia (which I did after about 2 years), which can be countered by making sure you get enough iron in your diet or taking vitamin supplements.

    BUT even though that one effect is inconvenient and needs to be watched for, I’ve had no other side effects (no weight gain, no change in libido, no change in acne or whatever, etc.) and I don’t have to remember to take a pill at the same time blah blah blah for 3 years!  And in studies it’s been found to be more effective than sterilization, which is crazy.  I love it and I’m on my second one right now!

    Post # 16
    1992 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    @StefLovesJamie:  Well the ring can’t actually get stuck. It can move around inside of the vagina, but can’t get past your cervix.  It doesn’t affect work in any way, and doesn’t really affect intercourse either.  I’ve been using it for 8 yrs. & have had a few differnt sexual partners over the course of that time.  Every partner besides my SO has always said that they couldn’t really feel it or wasn’t bothered by it.  My SO prefers that I don’t wear it when we’re getting busy.  You can have it out for up to 3hrs. So if it comes out on accident during intercourse, or if you remove it yourself, you just have to rinse it with warm water & replace it within 3 hours. 

    You definitely have to be comfortable with touching your body to use it though.  That part has never been a problem for me though.  It’s not like you have try a long time to get it in.  Maybe your first time trying to get it in, you’ll take a bit longer (still probably less than 5min). After 8 yrs. of use though, I can pop that thing in there in like 2 seconds! Oh and getting it out is probably easier than getting it in. You can just hook it with your finger and pull it out. It really only takes a second, and you should feel it the minute you put your finger up there.

    Another great thing about it, is that you only have to use a back up method, like condoms, for the first 7 days.  I think with the pill you have to use back up for the 1st month.  

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