(Closed) What do you ladies use as contraceptives?

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Post # 46
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Helper bee

princessbee1991:  I didn’t notice any major weight gain. In the 9 years I’ve been on it (started at 16), I’ve gained about 30lbs, but that’s more from my eating habits, sugeries, and desk job. I was actually prescribed it for my migraines even before I was sexually active, so in my mind, the migraines has decreased and has made me very happy just to have a few a year

Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’ve had a Mirena IUD for 3 years now.  I haven’t had major weight gain, and have pretty much stopped having periods (I have a touch of light spotting every now and then).

I LOVE it.  As another poster said, birth control isn’t one size fits all, but I truly love my IUD.  I can’t see myself choosing to use another form of birth control.  

I did have some discomfort, heavy bleeding, and cramping right after it was put in, but within a short time, it cleared up and I haven’t had purchase period supplies since.  I literally haven’t purchased a single pad or tampon in 3 years.  That part alone has been so nice.

Post # 48
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Buzzing bee

We actually started using a spermicidal film, as I’m waiting to put in an IUD and just got off my BCP (which i’ve been on for almost 10 years now). No babies so far!  

You just insert into your vajayjay and wait 15 mins for it to settle in and create a barrier over your cervix.  

Post # 49
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

princessbee1991:  Man, I wish I had had the power of God on my side when I miscarried!  How do you get that?  Asking for a friend.  

Post # 50
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Bumble bee

nonablu: princessbee1991:  I’m a nexplanon user. 1 year and a half now and still going strong. A friend of mine is going on her third implant later this year, so thats around 8 years or so for her. It works great for the both of us. Implanon is the old discontinued version. The new version allows you to feel it under your skin so you always know its there and it shows up on an xray.

Pros for me: Clearer skin (slightly), all period symptoms are very manageable and minor compared to before (pain, cravings, mood, breakouts). I did not experience any weight changes. I bleed every other month, but some lucky girls stop bleeding completely.

Cons for me: Slightly moody as I was adjusting to the hormones in my body for the first month. Common reason people don’t like it is because bleeding can be infrequent and/or irregular. I was spotting for a while also as my body was adjusting, so I asked doc for a month’s worth of pills to help regulate my period. The pill is safe to take with Nexplanon if you have irregular spotting the first few months.

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Team IUD.

Post # 52
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Busy bee

princessbee1991:  my thoughts on my Skyla: I was on the combined pill for like 6 years and got taken off it due To migraines with aura. I now can’t be on any estrogen. Went for IUD and was a little nervous of course. the insert procedure does suck. Felt like really deep painful period cramping but lasts seconds, wouldn’t keep me from getting another one. Definitely did feel woozy for a second after. Took a sick day at work that day because I couldn’t be active at my job since the cramping was still bad. After that initial day though I was only taking Advil for the next 2 days and then cramping was gone! Still haven’t had a period since i got it put it. On cycle day 40 right now so idk if it’s just messed up or if I won’t get it. I’ve had random spotting but not enough to wear a tampon and probably only 4 days total. I also will get some very minor cramping here and there if I’m super active. Like after the gym or something. But not painful at all. Honestly I love my Skyla! And I’m happy to not be on estrogen anymore. I had no side effects transitioning to progesterone only. Actually lost a few pounds without trying. Definitely consider the skyla. I chose it over mirena because I haven’t had a child before and they are made for smaller uterus of women who haven’t had babies. the thought of it being smaller made me more comfortable. 

Post # 53
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Theater

Female life partner.

Also power of God.

Post # 55
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I’ve had the Multiload IUD for 2 years. Absolutely no issues whatsoever. Was on and off the pill, injections and other hormonal stuff for 6 years prior to that and was a MESS. Vaginal dryness to the point of splitting during sex once (sorry TMI), moody, weight gain and severe headaches. 

Chose non-hormonal IUD and couldn’t be happier. After we get married early next year we plan on TTC and after that will be getting another Multiload. Even my periods have been better. No cramps and more regular. Highly recommend.

Post # 56
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Bumble bee

tillymac:  I’ve never heard of multiload IUD. Is it similiar to paraguard (copper IUD)? How is it, do you bleed heavier? Does it relieve PMS symptoms like hormonal birht controls?

Post # 57
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Skyla has been a lifesaver for me! I have a lot of medical issues and medications that rid me of options. I read reviews of it online, and they were absolutely terrible. I would advise you to not read them, people exaggerate like they have never felt pain in their lives. I went from hormonal imbalance and dangerously high level of bleeding for 2 weeks straight and bad cramps, very irregular to a 5 day period. I didn’t know regular or light tampons existed before this thing, and even those are too much some days. Its amazing.

I can’t tell you about insertion though, I was put under for another procedure and opted to do it at the same time, but I only had mild cramping for 2 days after.

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

averria:  Hey sorry for not replying sooner. It’s like the Paraguard in that it’s also copper but it’s much smaller and a different shape. Do a quick Google search on them. I haven’t noticed any changes in my periods other than the lack of cramps which was a surprise. My periods are every 28 days and last between 4 and 5 days. If there has been any change, they’ve been to small to notice. Apparently here in New Zealand, these are the golden standard and are inserted most often into women who are childless and who have small uteri as they are smaller and cause less complications and irritation. I loved it so much I convinced my best friend to get one. They decided to TTC so she removed it. She fell pregnant the month after without a single issue 🙂 after she had a daughter a couple years back she had it put back and she loves it too 🙂

Post # 59
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018- Stan Hywet Gardens

I have been using the Mirena IUD for a year. I love it, although I still spot sporadically.  

Post # 60
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

The IUD was amazing. Now, nothing. Fiance got a vasectomy :D:D:D

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