(Closed) The ultimate birth control/family planning post

posted 11 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: What type(s) of birth control or family planning are you using?

    Hormonal contraceptive pill

    Nuvaring

    Other hormonal method (patch, depo-provera, mini-pill, etc.)

    IUD

    Condoms

    Natural family planning

    Withdrawal

    Nothing, we're leaving it up to fate or trying to get pregnant

    Other method (share!)

  • Post # 32
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Omg. I cannot handle pain. I’m too scared. Ok. I need a low-hormone pill badly. I think mine is too strong. I hate that my freakin lip is turning dark, my under eyes are darkening, I have really bad pms .. I mean, this isn’t worth it.

    Post # 33
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    999 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2010 - Mr. P's Grandparents’ Ranch

    I started on the pill when I was 19 because my hormones were " all wild" I never had any side effects , so totally love it!!

    Post # 34
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    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I’ve been on the pill before and just wasn’t happy with it. I had trouble remembering to take it everyday at the same time and I’m just not crazy about I felt when I was on them. So we use condoms. We are going to start trying for a baby within the next year so I don’t want to go on anything at this point.

    Post # 35
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    174 posts
    Blushing bee

    I have the Merina (sp?) IUD and absolutely love it. It does have hormones in it, but according to the manufacturer and each of my five doctors since I got it, the hormones are so minimal that they really only work locally to increase the cervial mucus. Sorry if that’s Too Much Information.

     I am ultra sensitive to homones and tried every pill available for 10 years before trying this IUD. I love that I never get my period, and that it’s 99.9% effective. I will never go back!

    Post # 36
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    174 posts
    Blushing bee

    I should add that is was fairly painful when they inserted it, but was fine very soon afterwards. It’s 100% worth the discomfort. You can ask that your doctor numb your cervix before inserting, which makes a huge difference. They’ll also probably dialate you the day before. Again, sorry if that’s Too Much Information.

    Several of my girlfriends have told me that it does not hurt AT ALL when they take it out. And two of them got pregnant within a month of having it taken out.

    Post # 37
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    1560 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I am on yasmine – my doc put me on this pill after i had been on a few others that just wreaked HAVOC on me and my emotions and my body.

    I personally love yasmine because I have had absolutely NO side effects with it whatsoever (and am actually on it’s generic form, ocella) – but it’s the first pill that’s not given me any problems.

    Before – and I can’t remember now what the name of it was – I know it was the generic form of Mircette – that one made me so moody and I wanted to sleep all the time – and the weight gain and ugh it was just awful.

    I know – if you look online – yasmine is very either you love it or hate it – there’s no in between. Some women absolutely HATE it and think it’s the worst pill ever then there are women, such as myself, who absolutely LOVE it and think it’s the best pill ever. 🙂

    As far as family planning goes – he and I want to start trying immediately after the wedding next june (I’ll be 30 in a month and he’s 36…) My next yearly is in December so I’ll be talking to my doc about when exactly to stop my pill to let my body get back to "normal" so that we will have a good chance of immediately conceiving after the wedding.

    I am also on Metformin, however, for Insulin Resistance – and Metformin actually HELPS with ovulation so I don’t know how that will help/affect it at all – again talkin’ to doc at the end of the year. 🙂 

    Post # 38
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    71 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’ve been on the pill for a long time and my fiance and I usually use condoms as well, and I’m seriously flirting with the idea of switching to an IUD instead.  Because we’re in an LDR, i’m really bad at taking the pills at the same time every day (or every day at all) because most months I’m not going to be having sex!  So we use condoms and I’m paranoid about getting pregnant after every visit.  I am so into the idea of not having to take a pill every day, and being married and not having to use condoms any more. 

    Post # 39
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    2365 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    JuneBride: I’m on Kariva – a generic form of Mircette. I am beginning to hate this pill. I started it because I went on accutane. I think it has given me horrible side effects. Maybe I’ll try yasmine.

    Post # 40
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    77 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I used to be on Yasmin and I loved it but it was too darn expensive!  Now I am on ZenChent and it’s okay…I have had no problems and I certainly love that it only costs me $7 a month as opposed to $46! 

    Post # 41
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    6659 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I have been on a few different pills, but for the past few years Lutera has worked very well for me with no noticable side effects. I originally started taking the pill in high school to regulate my cycle so I know that different levels of hormones do not work with my body (i.e. I go crazy).

    Post # 42
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    952 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I’m on hormonal birth control right now, although I’m looking to stop it within the next six months or so as we want to get pregnant pretty quickly.

    Post # 43
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    1454 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I’ve been on a ton of BCP’s (hormonal) because I have mild PCOS and it’s the best way to deal with the horomone issues from PCOS (helps regulate your horomones). I just hate the side effects though.

     IF YOU ARE ON A BCP- look up the side effects. I had no idea some of the random ones! I am also on Metformin and they took me off Yasmin because of something having to do with potassium, and switched me to a Apri. Suddenly (the timing didn’t match up exactly but it was around the same time) my contacts became more and more painful to wear. Eventually I tried new ones, had tons of visits, and bought a pair of glasses (NOT cheap because my insurance lets you only get one or the other each year at the discount.) Eventually a friend found out a problem she was having was due to her BCP, and urged us all to check our side effects. One of mine? Problems with Contact Lenses. Literally I wasted $1,000+ on that. New pill and now I’m fine!

    I am really interested in an IUD now but not sure if it would help my PCOS (and without medication the effects of PCOS aren’t pretty.)

     

    Anyone who uses a method that stops their period- do you freak out worrying you are pregnant all the time? I’d be taking a test once a week! (Hypochondriac here!)

    Post # 44
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    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    I was on the pill in my early 20s, but hated it.  I went off and used condoms.  Now that I am married, we are not doing anything to prevent a pregnancy right now.  We will use NFP.

    Post # 45
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    5150 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I am going to stay on the pill until we are ready to have children 🙂

    Post # 46
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    32 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Nuva Ring and I are no longer friends ever since it DESTROYED my sex drive. I’m 22 and should not be feeling this way. I won’t even get into the other side effects but i know that everyone is different and reacts to hormones in their own way. Whatever works!

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