Post # 77
Like BostonBee, we use FAM/NFP in combo with the pull out method, for the reasons SweetHoneyBee mentioned. I am SO much happier off BC, temping and charting + taking the slim chance with POM are worth it for us, and we’re cool if a pregnancy happens.
Post # 78
On the IUD but will be taking it out and using condom only very soon. Hormones mess with my sex drive and I don’t want the copper IUD.
Post # 79
I am currently on NuvaRing but considering Mirena.
Post # 80
I’ve been on the pill since I was 16 (which, By The Way was BEFORE I was sexually active – a pharmacist had a very rude comment for me about starting so young one time…)
My doctor’s pretty much left my choice up to me, as long as it’s hormonal BC. I have a hormonal imbalance which puts me at an elevated risk for uterine cancer unless I’m on a form of hormonal birth control. So until I decide to have kids (which won’t happen) I’m pretty much on BC until menopause.
The pill lasted a while for me, but I was never really the best at taking it, which wasn’t really a problem at the time considering with most past partners I was also using condoms or having the guy pull out, but with Fiance we have never used condoms and neither of us want kids so we looked for a more reliable method that I don’t have to think about every day.
That’s where the NuvaRing came along. I tried some free samples from my doctor first and loved them, so she wrote me a prescription. My insurance co-pay is $50 for a 3 pack of rings (12 weeks worth). Since I’m on an incredibly tight budget, I looked into a more permanent option that I wouldn’t have to pay for every three months.
Which is why I have just ordered my Mirena IUD from the special-order pharmacy set up by my doctor. It’s paid for and ready to go (insurance co-pay was $40!!) but I’m stuck using the NuvaRing while my Mirena waits at the doctors office until after my next biopsy 🙁
I’ve been dealing with borderline-cervical cancer for the past year and a half, and I’ve already had a LEEP but then my follow-up PAP came back abnormal, so I have a colposcopy scheduled for next month, and they won’t insert it until after it’s determined whether I will need another LEEP, since the string gets in the way and they’d have to remove it for the procedure. UGH.
Post # 81
We used to just use condoms because i don’t like the idea of taking pills, i don’t even take pain killers EVER. But he insisted so I take them now for him (Lowest dosage i could get, brand: tricyclen-lo), and the pull-out method. On days he wants to cum inside, we use condoms because of his paranoia.
Post # 82
Copper IUD. Crampy at first, heavier periods now, but definitely worth it for me. I love it.
Post # 83
@almostmrsj: I’d be careful regarding your migraine. I’m going to post my 2 cents in a few minutes, but just so you know, I went off the combined pill and onto the progestin-only pill because I frequently got migraines. I also just went off a higher dose progestin-only pill to a lower dose one because it still gave me migraines. I’ve been told by multiple doctors that women who get migraines while on certain birth control methods are at a higher risk for stroke. S if your BCP method is giving you monthly ones, talk it over with your doctor asap!
Post # 84
Ive been on various forms of the pill/iud for almost 10 years now. The doctors reccomended it when I was 15 to help with cramps but from the second I went on the pill I’ve always had side effects. I recently switched to the Mirena IUD and that was probably the worst decision I’ve made yet….the side effects increased 10 fold and I got PID as well as many large cysts that wont go away, so i got it removed, and am birth control free and never felt better! I think some people are just not made to have extra hormones in their body and I’m one of them, so it’s all trial and error i think
Post # 85
I was on the combined pill Loestrin for about 2 years which was great and stopped my periods completely. Until I found out that it was the cause of my frequent migraines. Switched to a progestin-only pill (Camilla), got my periods back, but lost the migraines.
I really wanted to get an IUD but found out I have a septated uterus. So until I have the surgery for it (aka when I’m ready to have a baby) I can’t get an IUD.
Went on a higher dose progestin-only pill and again, lost the periods but gained the migraines.
Went back down to a lower dose progestin-only pill (back on the Camilla) and still waiting to see what happens. This last switch just happened last week. Not happy about getting the periods back, but better than migraines and potential stroke.
Also throughout all of my sexual history and in addition to all the pills I’ve always used condoms. One time while being on the pill and using a condom I also got the day after pill. Just in case.
Post # 86
Jk, I’m on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo. I was on regular Ortho and it sucked hardcore. No sex drive whatsoever. I love the Lo though.
Post # 87
Condoms only. All hormones, including those that are progesteron only, give me migraines and I donät want to try copper IUD, so condoms it is.
Post # 88
We use POM, but I also get pretty intense migraines around ovulation.
migraine = no sexy time = no baby
Post # 89
I’ve used the Evra Patch and NuvaRing. I loved the convenience of both but they BOTH gave me frequent yeast infections and zero sex drive.
So we’ve gone back to the pull-out which has worked out great for us. =)
Post # 90
other … not quite abstinence and definitely NOT the rhythm method… it’s called NFP…