(Closed) Opinions on non horomonal birth control?

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Post # 32
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Copper IUD – how does it work? Is it a painful thing to ‘install’?

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@DeeWee:  I think it’s just different for everyone! I have a small cervix and small uterus and have never had children. It felt like a small pinch… Uncomfortable for about fifteen seconds, and then it was over! The doctor did say I must have a vey high pain tolerance though haha because I didn’t make a peep :p.

 

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

Another vote for the copper IUD.  If you want to just try NFP though, I thought this seemed pretty awesome when I was looking into it: http://www.lady-comp.com/en/.

 

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Guys guys guys!!

I don’t know if y’all have ever heard of RISUG, or the working brandname “Vasalgel” but DO SOME RESEARCH! Supposedly its a form of bc that’s been under development in India for decades and is jsut now getting rolling here with testing in the US.

 

Basically, a gel-like substance is injected to the fella’s vas deferens (sperm chute) under an anethetic of course, that serves as a filter/shredder. The sperm are caught or broken up as they pass through the gel, but it allows uh… everything else to pass normally, so there’s no discomfort for the man.

So far the tests have been done on rabbits in the US and full-on human studies in India, both with fantastic results and failures only due to improper insertion of the gel. AND its completely reversible. One other injection of saline (I think?) flushes the VasalGel out with no impact to fertility.

 

OBVIOUSLY I’m pretty psyched about this new method, as is Fiance. Optimum convenience and comfort all around. I’m not wild about my current BC and keeping a close eye on VasalGel development on Facebook! How revolutionary… Putting birth control responsibility on the guy! How bout it!

 

Google it and spread the word! They need funding for research, and expect to get a lot of flack from BC companies soon because the gel is so inexpensive, this new method could mess up their market… But hey, no problems for us consumers 🙂

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Also, I advise checking in with your insurance… My Paragard was 100% covered! Awesome!

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I got Paraguard, the copper (nonhormonal) IUD.  (I have never had kids).  It gave me heavier periods and the worst effing cramps.  I waited over a year but the cramps didn’t improve so I ended up getting it taken out.  Now I’m not sure what to do because I don’t really want hormonal birth control.  Sigh.  I considered switching to Mirena because its easy and a low dose of hormones, but I’m wary of having anything else up there after the cramps the first time around.  They were so bad they made me vomit, and didn’t go away with any type of painkillers ugh.

Post # 38
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@DeeWee:  Yes, it’s painful to install.  The second it went through my cervix was the worst pain I have ever felt (never had kids) but after that it was just cramping. However, if it works for you I think it would be worth that millisecond, ya know?  I guess it just depends on the person.

 

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Another vote for the copper IUD.  I also didn’t like the effects of hormones.  I tried the nuvoring after my gyn said that the hormones would be localized and not travel through the system, but it still killed my desire.  Inserting the IUD was not pleasant (never had kids), it was like a REALLY strong cramp that lasts for about 2 seconds, and then that was it.  Yes, it did make my periods heavier and crampier, but it wasn’t a big deal and was very much worth it, imho.  I found using a menstral cup rather than tampons very much helped with the heavier flow.  My IUD was totally covered by insurance (but my hormonal BC was not).

ETA: I also tried the FAM, and read TCOYF, but never felt totally secure.  And inserting a thermometer in your mouth everyday, at the same time, even on weekends/vacations, was not fun.  Once we started TTC, I started charting and was reminded how much I didn’t like having to temp every day.

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: County courthouse

I had the copper iud..paragard. i hated it. i had it for 8 months and all those months i had super heavy periods with painful cramps. now Im on the pill and my periods r a few days…my acne has cleared up…i have actually lost a few lbs…no mood swings either.

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I tried the pill a few times and it was not for me (30+ day periods, fainting, mood swings, puffy face, break outs, couldn’t get I ummm… exciteable)

I’ve been using NFP for a few years and I love it. Sorry for the potential TMI- I use Aesop Fertility app to track days and cervical mucus and since planned parenthood gave “withdrawal” a 96% effectiveness rate (per year) that’s become my go to on not safe days.

I feel really good about NFP and my Fiance is happy with it – I even feel like its made us closer. It sounds cheesey but working with my natural cycles rather than against them has taught me to love my body more (totally just my experience!) The added bonus is that when its time to make babies its (supposedly) easier if you’ve been tracking your cycle for a long time. You do have to be able to trust your partner to share some of the responsibility and you have to be comfortable talking with him about Aunt Flow and that sort of thing. If you do go with NFP be prepared for some negative reactions from family and friends, but for me NFP has been very effective and I couldn’t be happier!

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We just got trained in the sympto-thermal NFP method and are LOVING it. Studies show it has around the same effectiveness of the Pill and it can help us with so many health issues. I would never go back to hormonal birth control.

Also, if you have an iPhone or iPad, the app called Kindara is A-FREAKING-MAZING. Way better than paper charts (though, because we are total fertility geeks, we do both). If you have any questions about my experience with it, feel free to PM me.

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Another one for the copper IUD!
It’s extremely effective, non-hormonal, inexpensive relative to many other forms of birth control you have to pay for every month or few months, and the best part, you don’t have to think about it or do anything for ten years. 

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