(Closed) Post natal birth control

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I haven’t had the “all clear”, yet, but I am leaning towards an IUD.  We also really do not like condoms and am NOT ready for another LO!  😉  We will also probably not be on it long, but it still seems better than going back on the pill.  Maybe it was just a coincidence, but I had a very bad time coming off the pill before TTC.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

No kids yet, not planning on any for atleast 6 years.  I have implanon (arm implant), it lasts 3 years, but you could get it taken out early if you want.  It was like $600, but I only had to pay the $30 copay, so it was a super cheap option too!

 

edit – Oh i suck at reading.  Not sure if it’s safe for breastfeeding though.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

From my experience, the IUD is pretty painful to have inserted.  I’m not really emotionally ready for that kind of trauma to that body part (especially so close to the trauma that already happened down there!).  Something to consider.

The mini-pill is safe for BFing but will kill your milk supply.  You’ll have to counter it with fenugreek and Mother’s Milk tea.

Condoms-well, at least they are already lubricated.  And you’re going to need that if you’re still BFing.  (Even if you’re not actually…)

Diaphragm-probably your best bet.  Don’t require effort in the heat of the moment.

We’re using the same method we’ve always used.  Coitus interuptus.  Darling Husband is smart enough to know when to pull out, so we’ve never had issues.  We’re also planning on trying to get pregnant again soon (I’m still freaking out about that) so if anything should happen (and it hasn’t in the four years we have practiced that method) we’re still ok.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MightySapphire:Wow! You’re brave. Aren’t you worried about pre-ejaculate?

I used the mini pill after my pregnancy but that was after we tried (and failed 🙁 ) with breastfeeding. I had a ROUGH time getting my milk supply up there but Fenugreek really helped!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I tried the mini pill for 4 weeks (1 cycle), and it did NOT affect my milk supply at all. It did, however, give me spotting daily during the use (which drove me crazy). If you do take it, make sure that you take it as close to the exact same time every day. I think that was my issue; I’d be off by around 30 mins. 

We just used condoms until I was done breastfeeding. My son weened himself around 3.5 months so it wasn’t too long… and honestly, we didn’t have a ton of sex between 6weeks and 15 weeks PP. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

@ChantelleyLace: Nope.  Not worried.  Like I said, Darling Husband knows when enough is enough.  He’s not selfish enough to get too close.  I’m truly blessed with him.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Sunchick19: So, this is probably going to show how unknowledgable I am about this, but how is “relying on breast feeding as birth control” actually birth control. And clearly, from you friend’s experience, it wasn’t, but I am curious why someone would think it might be?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i got the iud after i had my daughter and i LOVE it. i got a paraguard since it has not hormones and there for much less side effects. i have had it for almost 2 years now and have not had any problems. the only (i cuess) complaint is it spread my periods out more. so instead of being 28 days im 45. it just makes me a little nervous when i look at the calander and remember i should start at 28 days but have to remember my iud made it later.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

@crayfish: Some women think that because they aren’t getting their period yet (because they are BFing) that they cannot conceive.  It’s completely incorrect, but a common misconception (pun intended!) nonetheless.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MightySapphire: Thanks! It’s always been my understanding that it’s pretty easy to get pregnant after giving birth. I hope more doctors educate their patients better!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

@crayfish: My doctor stressed it to me probably ten times, LOL.  I told him we planned to conceive again within the year and he was like “Well just remember now that you aren’t pregnant anymore, you can conceive again and you should take precautions.  Your plumbing is back up and running down there, so you have to be careful.”  He’s older, so it just made me giggle.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

A friend of mine was on the mini-pill {which didn’t effect her milk supply at all}, but did end up accidentally preggo again. From what I understand you have to be really careful about taking the mini-pill at the same time everyday.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I got an IUD.  Before getting pregnant, I was charting, but after our daughter’s birth we decided to go with something… more permanent.  Mostly because I told my husband I wanted to get pregnant again like 3 weeks after my daughter was born and he freaked out.  🙂  Really, though, we don’t want to try for a second baby for another year or two, so I wanted a bc that would cut down on the spontaneity of our last babymaking decision.

Imo, the Mirena is awesome.  It didn’t really hurt going in; I got it at my six week post-partum check-up, and it felt like a cervical check the doctor did during labor.  Apparently, it hurts less when your cervix is still soft, like during postpartum.  Also, I haven’t had a period yet (which is AWESOME); no cramps, no bleeding, nothing.  And, it’s a very “get it and forget it” type of birth control, which is also nice, plus it’s more effective than the pill or condoms.  I’ll only have mine in for 2 years max, but my insurance paid the whole bill, so I don’t mind. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

Can you chart after pregnancy if you haven’t gotten a period since giving birth?

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