Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2013 - Beach
I’m getting married May 25th and my fiance and I are wanting to do non horomonal birth control. I just really dont like the idea of putting horomones into my body. I’m 23 and very healthy . I have never had heavy periods and never have any cramps or problems.Also I don’t want to kill my sex drive with birth control. So… We were thinking of using spermicide and learning NFP/FAM. I know that the pregnancy rate is higher with spermicide and we’re ok with that. Just curious for other peoples opinions or if you’ve had the same problem choosing between horomonal or non horomonal birth control.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Hormonal is pretty much foolproof and I don’t ever worry about getting pregnant. I also did nonhormonal NFP using TCOYF but I spent a lot of time worrying about accidentally getting pregnant (which ended up happening.) I am low dose pills again with no affects on my sex drive and since I am healthy and I don’t smoke, I have few risk factors for being on BCPs.
However, if you are okay with the failure rate, I would recommend NFP used along with the spermicide. I am allergic to spermicide so I can’t use it or my lady parts turn red and beak out in a super unsexy rash.
Post # 4
I did a non-hormonal copper IUD that I loved. No hormones, worries or maintence
Post # 5
I was on hormonal for about a long time because I didn’t want to use condoms. But eventually it became too much – I hated what it did to me. I had NO sex drive which is wayyyy not like me (sorry if that’s TMI), I gained weight, and I had crazy mood swings. I’ve been off for over a year now and life is sooo much better. I have a sex drive again and I don’t act like a crazy person (besides when wedding planning haha ). I’ve also been able to shed the weight. While I now I have cramps way worse than I ever had them, it’s worth the couple days of misery because I feel like myself again the rest of the time.
Post # 6
I mentioned this on another birth control thread…
Be careful with spermacide. Not only does it have a high failure rate, people often develop allergies to it and it can give you and your partner chemical burns. You don’t want to put hormones in your body, but you will be flooding delicate tissue with chemicals.
Post # 7
I second the copper iud. I don’t like hormonal BC and barrier Methods can mess up my ph balance. It did make my periods heavier and crampier but it’s well worth it IMO.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017
@heartsoul: I’ve had terrible experiences with the pill and minipill (depression, suicidal thoughts, no sex drive, painful breasts) using several brands and have just lost faith. Fiance also doesn’t think putting in hormones is natural.
We’re both mid-20s and very healthy so should be super fertile. We have been using non-spermicidal condoms around my ovulation and doing the pull out method just after and just before my period. No scares in over 2 years! Just keep track of your cycle and get to know your dangerous days to be extra safe and you shouldn’t have a problem.
…or maybe I’ve just been lucky :S
Post # 9
@heartsoul: I also hated being on hormonal birth control, so we switched to condoms. DH didn’t particularly like them, but there was an understanding that it wasn’t forever. Eventually, when we got to the point that we didn’t mind if I got pregnant, he went bareback at times of month we were sure I wasn’t fertile. We had one happy but unplanned pregnancy that way, after 8 years successfully using condoms.
Post # 10
@heartsoul: I’m 27 and I used to take BCpill. It was really starting to effect me in my early 20’s so when I turned 24 I saw a gynecologist and he recommended a estrogen free BC option…the IUD. I have had a Mirena IUD for the past 3 years and I LOVE IT!! I get 1-2 periods a year and it is estrogen free. No muss, no fuss…lasts for 5 years.
Post # 11
I’ve been using NFP for 1.5 years. No scares. My SO almost always pulls out, which helps to ease my mind. It’s definitely not as effective as other methods because the human error component can be so high. If getting pregnant would be the worst thing ever (and you’re not willing to terminate the pregnancy) then I would use condoms if hormonal BC isn’t an option. The copper IUD is also hormone free. I considered getting it, but I’m a big baby and am scared of insertion. ha.
Post # 12
Mirena is still hormonal BC. It just doesn’t have estrogen.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I would definitely look into paragard, the copper IUD, if I were you. It’s inexpensive, it goes in and then you don’t have to worry about it until you take it out to TTC. It’ll take away a lot of the worry and you might like it better than using the spermicide chemical, which is really harsh (think bleach)
Post # 14
Most girls are fine on birth control pills, once they get on the right ones. Most don’t lose their sex drive. I was fine on them about 4 years, then I started having problems, so I went off and the issues resolved themselves. My sister had issues with pills, too. Most of my friends have been on 5+ years without issues.
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
how long do you want to wait to have kids? If it’s a couple years or more, you should look into a copper IUD. They’re totally hormonal free, good for 10 years, zero maintenance, as effective as sterilization. I love mine!
Post # 16
Good call. When she said hormone free I thought she was just referring to estrogen….i totally didn’t think of the progesterone. Yes Mirena does have progesterone so maybe the copper iud would be a better option.