Post # 1
I’m going to the ‘lady-doctor’ next week and I want to get an idea of some semi-permanent options for contraception. I’ve heard a lot of people on here have bad experiences with contraception so I want an idea of what’s good and what’s bad.
Here’s what I want: No pregnancy and no periods (complex reasons for not wanting periods) for, say, five years. Or thereabouts.
Can anyone give me any suggestions?
Post # 3
I recommend the Mirena IUD. It lasts 5 years, but can be taken out earlier if you decide to have kids. I had it for almost a year and had no side effects- no weight gain, acne or mood swings. I did not get a period, but had minor (very minor) spotting on occasion. You read a lot of bad comments about them online, so I am speaking just from my personal experience, but it was the best form of BC I’ve used. After we have kids, I am definitely getting Mirena again. To me, the only negative is that it is a painful insertion- but luckily it’s quick.
Post # 4
There’s definitely a couple of options out there. You could do continuous cycling hormonal contraceptive pills. You’ll likely get some breakthrough bleeding at first, but that should subside. Otherwise there are the 2 types of IUDs, but I’m not sure whether you get your period with those or not. The lady parts doc would know. Or maybe there’s a lady parts doc on here that might be able to give more insight. Best of luck!
Post # 5
I used Depo Provera for a few years and loved it, but other people haven’t gone so well with it. Now I have a Mirena coil, no periods and next to no chance of pregnancy.
A lot of my friends have used the implant and loved that too.
Post # 6
@colli459: Most people don’t get periods with Mirena IUD (hormones), but with the non-hormonal IUD (can’t think of the name right now) periods are heavier from what I’ve heard.
Post # 7
Can you give a brief idea of why you don’t want periods? The reason I ask is because I need to skip periods several times a year due to debilitating migraines. The withdrawal from the hormones causes headaches so bad that I can’t function. I thought an IUD (specifically Mirena) would be a good option but when I spoke with a few gynecologists about it, I found out that the hormones don’t circulate in your bloodstream, they only stay within the uterus. Which means that even though I wouldn’t physically get a period/bleeding, I would still get migraines because the hormones won’t be in the rest of my body.
I don’t know your specific situation, but do a lot of research on whatever you’re considering because it may or may not help whatever you’re trying to avoid.
Post # 8
I was on Depo Provera for six months after having my son. I hated it. I had the worst mood swings, no sex drive, constantly felt tired; honestly, I felt like I was pregnant again. Yes, it’s great if you don’t want periods, but at the same time I did have random spotting with it. I’m going on Monday to get ParaGard put in. It’s a non-hormonal IUD. It’s just like Mirena but you do have a period with it, so maybe Mirena would be right for you. However, ParaGard is good for up to 10 years 😉
Post # 9
I have Mirena, and I have really light periods. I’ve had it for about a year and a half.
I was on Depo Provera for five years before that. I had no periods during the entire time except for some light spotting when I was taking some heavy antibiotics.
Edit: I loved depo, but finally gave in to all the warnings about being on it that long.
Post # 10
I am going to the doctor in the beginning of June to get and IUD. Check with your doctor to see if they will give one to you, some doctors won’t even though it says on Mirena’s website that they are fine for women without children.
Mirena does reduce bleeding in a lot of people, Paragard can make periods heavier.
You should check out IUD Divas on Livejournal. They have a lot of stories both ways on there. It’s better than other sites that only show bad things.
Post # 11
I’ve had the contraceptive implant for over 3 years (had it changed from Implanon to Nexplanon in October last year) and it’s been great! I was completely period free for over two years, and had some spotting and maybe the occasional light period as it began to run out (it lasts 3 years). I’ve not noticed weight gain/mood swings/bad skin, although I was on the Pill prior to going onto the implant so I didn’t notice much change.
Post # 12
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Yes. one doctor tod me no because I haven’t had children. This doctor did a few things that ticked me off. I found another one for this and other reasons.
Post # 13
@Wrkn925: Good idea! That’s why I’m going to a new one as well!
Post # 14
While I do know there are several great options , some hormonal /some hormone -free that allow you to skip periods , last a long time and that you don’t have to mind ( like take a pill every day) but none of them can guarantee no pregnancy!
I have heard great things about Implanon ( the latest implant) and also some IUD’s! Good luck at the lady doctor! I hope you find the perfect match 🙂
Post # 15
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@bikukii: Just to add on the Implanon info, I also highly recommend it, however no periods is not guaranteed!! I haven’t noticed any side effects except basically a period that doesn’t go away. Not heavy, just constant spotting and sometimes a little heavier flow (but not as heavy as it would be for a regular one week a month period). I’m okay with it and I love the convenience of Implanon, but just bear that in mind.
Post # 16
I’d also recommend the mirena iud. I prefer the paraguard(copper) iud for myself because it contains no hormones. Your period is heavier but shorter. At least in my case.