(Closed) The ultimate birth control/family planning post

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: What type(s) of birth control or family planning are you using?
    Hormonal contraceptive pill : (139 votes)
    45 %
    Nuvaring : (21 votes)
    7 %
    Other hormonal method (patch, depo-provera, mini-pill, etc.) : (8 votes)
    3 %
    IUD : (16 votes)
    5 %
    Condoms : (68 votes)
    22 %
    Natural family planning : (19 votes)
    6 %
    Withdrawal : (15 votes)
    5 %
    Nothing, we're leaving it up to fate or trying to get pregnant : (15 votes)
    5 %
    Other method (share!) : (9 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    1022 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    My Fiance and I don’t use any birth control now (as we’re waiting until after the wedding) but we plan on using the pill.  I plan on startiing early so that I can figure out if I have any negative side effects to a particular pill. And hopefully getting all that squared away ahead of time. 🙂

    Post # 4
    Member
    329 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    We currently use Nuvaring and I love it! I had a really bad reaction when I was on the pill a few years ago, but this has been great with predictable periods, no extreme moodiness, and not bad cramps. We are going to switch to condoms after the wedding though since we will be traveling for 6 months and my doctor said the heat sensitivity aspect of Nuvaring would not be conducive.

    Post # 5
    Member
    5993 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    i havent been on the pill for over 10yrs. at first hubby & i used condoms but after a while i made the decision to go with a variation of natural/withdrawl/other types of twister

    so far its all good, he takes my lead in regards what/dates ect and hes not complained about any shortcomings of my methods

    we’re not planning on having children and the one time i was late he was great about everything so we know if it does happen its just a new beginning of a different life from what we have planned. neither of us are considering a more permanent form of contraception

    Post # 6
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    230 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I am so tired of using condoms, but I have yet to find a hormonal birth control option that doesn’t make me crazy.  It takes me a good six months after each failed birth control attempt to feel brave enough to try it again because I don’t want to put my Fiance and I through my mood swings again.

    Post # 7
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    792 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Over the years I’ve used all sorts of BC, but right now we just use condoms. I am horrible at remembering to take my pills and I don’t want to deal with unplanned pregnancies. Although condoms are not my particular cup of tea, my Fiance is happy to oblige, so it works for us.

    Post # 8
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    51 posts
    Worker bee

    Though I have chosen to have my tubes tied this year (33 and have never wanted children, so it was the right decision for us). I wanted to share my experience with Depo Provera since it was on your survey.

     I have severe Osteoporosis from being on Depo (think coughing and fracturing ribs). Come to find out it also caused an enlarged heart, a weak immune system (had pneumonia 4 times in 5 years) among other side effects. Not until I changed my insurance and got a new doctor was it almost immediately noticed by a nurse that my side effects could be directly linked to my birth control choice. Depo in fact has a black box warning for Osteoporosis and you should really talk to your doctor about your options! 

    Post # 9
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    65 posts
    Worker bee

    I have been on the patch (Ortho Evra) for 6 years and am very happy with it. I don’t believe all the bad press it’s gotten about blood clots and all that – every medication has its possible side-effects. It does have higher doses of hormones than pills and other methods, but my body seems to handle this pretty well. (I can’t remember my ‘monthly’ symptoms from before I started the patch, so I don’t have a solid comparison!).

    I know I’m one of those people who would never remember to take a pill every day, so sticking a patch on once a week is really nice. And, effective! 6 years and not one single ‘scare’

    Also, I’m not sure about the timing on pills, but every month I take my patch off on a Wednesday, get my period on Saturday, and then it ends the following Thursday. Always. It’s so nice to be able to plan around that!

    Post # 10
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    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I find that being past menopause, having had a hysterectomy, and being in a monogamous relationship with a same-sex partner is a pretty effective method of birth control.  😉

    Post # 11
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    19 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I was on the ortho evra, It always fell off!! Not very effective if you cant get it to stick to you!

    I was on the pill next (after my kiddo, thanks ortho evra!) and always forgot to take it. It was even in the middle of the day and I couldnt ever remember to take it.

    Now I am on the Nuvaring and it is a dream come true! Its so simple to put in and remove that I’ve never had a problem with it.

    Post # 12
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    70 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I was on ortho tricyclen and got pregnant 🙂  But it worked for years before that!

    Post # 13
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    5993 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @ 2dBride:  hehehehe – post of the day!

     

     

    Post # 14
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    2561 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I am not good at taking pills thanks to shift work, nuvaring popped out on more than one occaision (we are fairly vigorous twister players …), and I am only using birth control until we get married, so I switched back to depo-provera according to my fabulous GP – if you use it for less than 2 years the bone density effects seem to be reversible.

    I LOVE it, no menstrual periods, even moods, and it didn’t effect my sex drive like other methods did (and yay for doing away with condoms for the first time in our 3 year relationshp!) 

    Post # 15
    Member
    756 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    The pill. I love it. Periods are short and pretty light, I know exactly when they’re going to be, and I’ve never had any side effects from it.

    Post # 16
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    544 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I *love* my nuvaring. It’s not for those who have a hard time touching their muffin. You have to get a bit personal.  I’m a nurse, so it’s not a big thing for me.  But you put it in and done….for three weeks.  I actually have to write in my date book when to change rings b/c I would forget.  Not issues with side effects and I have been using it roughly 6 years.

     Friendly reminder….please do not smoke while on hormonal birth control.  I am an Neuro ICU nurse and have taken care of several young women who have stroked while smoking on hormonal birth control.  NOT worth the risk.

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