Post # 1
I discovered varicose veins at 19, had surgery in the affected leg last november (age 21) and wear compression hose about half the time, more in the winter (the darned things are hot and ugly and I like my dresses). Yup, varicose veins at my age are very unusual.
I was told by the vein specialist to not use any hormone based birth control, because they can aggrevate the veins. The surgery isn’t a cure, I have the “tendency,” so they can return, in the same leg or the other one.
The only methods I can think of are some combination of spermicide, condoms and diaphrams. Is there any others? My friends tell me that both diaphrams and condoms smell bad. What are your experieces with these methods?
Post # 3
Condoms work and I never had issues with the smell.(?) I’ve never used a diaphragm. There is also the copper iud. I found this nice chart that compares the options
Post # 4
Condoms. I’ve never found that they smell, if you use them properly they are quite effective.
Try some different varieties, I had to go through a few brands before i found ones that I like.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
There is a copper IUD that is non-hormonal. I’m only 26 and I’ve had high blood pressure since I was 15… I was told the estrogen in my BC would cause even higher blood pressure and stroke risk so I got the copper IUD. I had it in for almost a year, and it was the worst year of my life. I seriously wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. I had constant yeast infections, UTIs and bleeding when I had it in. It was terrible. If you haven’t had any children I suggest not ever getting an IUD. The ladies at the doctor’s office assumed I had already had children!? When they put it in me I told them, no, I’m not a mom.. and they were like “oh.. well we wouldn’t have given you this then, it’s going to hurt… a lot.” I was on bed rest for a week!! I know it makes me sound like a total wuss but that’s the truth.. I missed work for an entire week. The for an entire year I bled and had constant infections. Getting that thing removed was the best decision I ever made.
I would ask your doctor which hormones you should avoid. Maybe you could get away with a progesterone only pill or arm implant!
Post # 6
- Wedding: County courthouse
Copper iud is non hormonal. if u have an allergy to nickel…steer clear. it contains copper plated nickel. i bleed very heavily for 6 months after implantation of the device and became anemic and eventually had to go to ER. condoms r nice…but reduce sensation. Google Lady Comp.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I have a copper (non-hormonal) IUD and I freaking LOVE IT! It’s good for 10 years, you never have to remember a pill, there are no artificial hormones, it’s super reliable, and it’s fine for women who haven’t had children. (Yeah, it hurt like a bitch going in, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat!)
Post # 8
@AllyV0621: Diaphragms are not very effective: around 93% when used alone, more effective when used with spermicide. They also need to be inserted prior to sex, and left in place after sex; which may or may not be awkward for you.
Condoms are more efective at 97-98% with perfect use; it is important to use them correctly, and to follow the instructions and use the right size (yes, they do come in different sizes). The main downsides are that again they can affect spontaneity, and some people dislike how they feel (myself included)
There is also natural family planning, which involves charting ovulation etc. I personally would use this if I were relying on the diaphragm or condoms as for me, the efficacy of them alone is not high enough, and I would rather not take chances
Finally, you have the copper IUD/Paraguard, which is a hormone free coil that is highly (over 99%) effective. The major cons with this are cost, depending on where you live, and the likelihood of heavier and more painful periods
One ting I would say is that as far as I know, the combined pill is the method to avoid if you have varicose veins or blood clots; I know that, for example, the mini-pill is safe to take with a family history of blood clots. With that in mind, I would consider speaking to someone who specialises in birth control methods to make sure that you do need to go hormone-free, and not just avoid certain hormones.
Post # 9
I developed a major blood clot on a progesterone only pill. I wouldn’t risk it f I were you. I use NFP and diaphragm and spermicide during fertile times.
Post # 10
Really?! Oh, my lord…I think latex REEKS. I can’t believe that smell doesn’t bother you. Then again, I learned I was allergic to latex from condoms so that may have something to do with it, lol. Seriously though, I think they stink so much and then make him stink too. E-yuck.
Post # 11
Not all condoms are latex, and I haven’t noticed a smell from the non-latex ones. I haven’t put them to my nose and taken a good whiff though.
Post # 12
There’s also surgery if you’re looking for something permanent.
Post # 13
True, non-latex ones don’t smell. However, they are less effective. I’d rather go without. BC Pills work for me!
Post # 14
Do you have any stats about failure rates/rates of effectiveness? I thought some were equivalent to latex?
I double up – condoms + BCP. I don’t want any surprises!
Post # 15
I don’t, so I may be entirely wrong. I read it in…Cosmo *face palm* They said non-latex was just over 70% effective whereas latex was 99% effective (if used correctly, of course). I don’t know, I am just not a fan of condoms in monogamous marriages. I can’t wrap my head around it. I feel that using my BC Pills effectively should be enough.
Post # 16
There are different types though – lambskin (if they even make these anymore?), polyurethane, nitrile, and polyisoprene.