- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I think I have tried about every hormonal birth control method there is, and I have just had it. When I was a teenager, I went on the pill to help with super heavy periods, and seemed to tolerate it better back then, but now, I seem to have bad reactions to everything! I originally quit taking the pill when I seemed to be getting headaches daily from it, not to mention symptoms of depression. I then tried Nuvaring, which always fell out and really didn’t help my symptoms much (still had headaches & just a ‘down’ mood). Went back on the pill for a while, then finally talked my healthcare provider into letting me try the Mirena IUD. That seemed to be working okay except it usually hurt to have sex and I got terrible acne, which I started taking a new drug for. After having it for about a year and a half, One day out of the blue I started bleeding terribly and having severe cramps with huge clots. The doctor I visited thought I had a possible infection in my uterus from the IUD, and my hormones were out of whack from the progesterone-only Mirena, so I got put on antibiotic AND, what do you know, THE PILL! After a few months of Taking the pill on top of the IUD, The bleeding had stopped but it was still so painful to have sex (And I was scared to quit taking the pill in case the horrible bleeding would come back), I said enough is enough and got the stupid IUD removed. This was two weeks before my wedding, So of course I was terrified that I would be bleeding like crazy, But the painful sex just wasn’t worth it either. I have been continuing to take the pill since I have gotten the IUD removed, and It seemed to have been going well for about two months. This is now month three, and I am already having daily headaches again, symptoms of feeling just ‘down’, But I have some new symptoms that I’ve never had in the past, vaginal dryness which has led to severe irritation (bad enough I went to the doctor and was tested for yeast, bacteria, everything else, and it all came back negative of course), and a basically a complete lack of libido! Not exactly how I envisioned starting my married life. 🙁
So, I have had it. I am completely fed up with all of this trouble with contraception and it affecting my sex life and overall life in general. I am on my sugar pill week and should get my period tomorrow, and even after two days of not taking the pill, I feel like my vaginal irritation has already gotten better. I am not going to start taking another pill pack after this period! I am so done with hormonal contraception. Kudos to Everyone out there who takes it and experiences absolutely no side effects from it, but I have just had enough! 🙁
So my next question is, how many of you out there do natural family planning? DH and I aren’t really into using condoms, but wanting to have sex and using a condom, in my opinion, is much better than not wanting to have sex at all! I am interested in trying natural family planning, but I am also pretty terrified that it won’t work. We are not In the most ideal time right now to have kids, But it would not be the end of the world I guess if we did get pregnant. I Also like the fact that when you are ready to TTC, you don’t have to wait for ovulation to return, etc. I understand that natural family planning is definitely not foolproof whatsoever, but any advice you could give me to get a start on trying it out would be great. Any good books, websites, or tools you use? How Many of you use natural family planning and have had success from it (i.e., no pregnancies yet)? How many have used it and gotten an unintentional pregnancy from it? Way back when, before starting any hormonal contraception methods, my cycles were really regular, So I’m not too worried about that. I have no idea where to start or what to do. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, And I am sorry for ranting so much. Being a woman can be so frustrating!!!