What kind of birth control are you on?

posted 1 year ago in Wellness
Post # 16
96 posts
Worker bee

I went to get emergency contraception last year and the nurse suggested I try to Paragard IUD. It works even better than Plan B as emergency contraception and then lasts for yrs. I haven’t had any complications and love the high efficacy coupled with the fact that it doesn’t use hormones. 

Having it inserted was uncomfortable but not worse than bad cramping.

Post # 17
1614 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

I’ve been on nuvaring for about 3-4 years and love it! I put it in once a month and don’t have to worry about it.

Prior to that I used seasonale pill for maybe 2 years and tri-cyclen lo for 1 year, neither of which gave me any issues. The seasonale was good because I only got a period every 3 months but because I was missing a couple pills here and there I switched to nuvaring to be safe! 

Post # 18
1706 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Had a paraguard (copper, non hormonal) IUD for 13 years, tried switching it out for a new one of the exact same kind, it tried to kill me, so I’ve been off birth control since January and we’ve just been using condoms, and my body feels fanastic. 

Post # 19
3515 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

ukbea :  it’s nice to hear another user having this symptom. My dr thought it was a psychological issue when I told her I was having a hard time getting wet.. eyeroll. 

Post # 20
504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I have the Kyleena IUD. It’s smaller than the Mirena, has fewer hormones, and is still good for 5 years. I switched to it from the Skyla IUD (I bled too much on the Skyla), have had it for a little over a year, and love it. It’s definitely made my periods lighter, and I don’t have any problems with my sex drive. Insertion was no big deal either. 

Post # 21
21 posts

Okay, I want to preface this by saying that you are absolutely right in online reviews of anything being skewed because people are more likely to talk about bad experiences than good ones.  So, take from this what you will.

I was on Loestrin Fe for about 6 months and I really did not react well to it. My periods were very light to nonexistent so that was fine, but mentally, it really messed me up.  I struggle with anxiety and depression and I made it clear to my doctor that those things were a big concern for me and since Loestrin has a lower dose of estrogen compared to other pills, she thought it would be fine.  I didn’t realize it wasn’t fine until I was having suicidal thoughts which is NOT like me.  I was horribly anxiety ridden and depressed.  I was sooo mean to my SO every day without even realizing that I was.  Crying episodes almost daily.  I had absolutely ZERO sex drive.  If anything I was repulsed by sex which is also not like me.  I didn’t know what was wrong with me until my SO suggested my birth control could be the culprit.  We decided I should stop taking it and see if there was a difference in my mood, and uhhhh.  Yeah.  I was completely back to normal shortly after.  Reviews I read online were similar to my experience.  Oh and, when I stopped taking it, it took 54 days to get my period back so that was a little scary, but that might be with all BCPs.

However, that was the first time I had been on hormonal birth control in about 5 years, but I didn’t react well the previous time either, and that recent experience was enough for me to swear off horomonal BC all together.  That being said, I think my body just doesn’t react well to those artificial hormones.  Since you’ve been taking BC for a while though, you might be perfectly fine!  Just be aware of any changes you notice.

Post # 22
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I chart my cycle and use the Fertility Awareness method. Was on the pill for 14 years and my body has never felt better now that I’m off  synthetic hormones. 

Post # 23
1396 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

Condoms. Never had an issue in 4.5+ years. I enjoy not messing with my hormones and am terrible at remembering to take pills, so it works really well for us.

I tried Mirena once, but didn’t like it. 

Post # 24
939 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I’m on Camila. I’m diagnosed with migraines so I’m on a progestin-only pill. I ended up getting about a month-long migraine when on Blisovi (which I think is a generic version of Loestrin?) previously, so I got switched to the progestin-only pills. Been on it for 1.5 years now, no issues!

Post # 25
7669 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’m done with the pill for life…it killed my sex drive and I just feel so much better when I’m not on it. I’m pregnant now, but after this baby comes the plan is pull out method/fertility awareness, which is what we were doing before TTC. With one caveat: we want to have a second kid anyway so we’d be ok with an oops. I’m not sure what we’ll do once we’re sure we’re fully done procreating, but I can’t imagine going back on the pill ever again.

Post # 26
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I was on birth control for 5 years, alternating between Junel and Ortho Tri cyclen lo. I started having these very intense pelvic pains. My OBGYN dismissed my concerns but upon doing my own research, I read that being in low dose birth control pills for an extended period of time can cause pelvic pain among other symptoms. Now that we’re married, we are using the pull out method (yes I know not the best method) and avoiding sex or using condoms around the days I ovulate. And guess what? No more excruciating pelvic pain

Post # 27
723 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I was on the pill, tri sprintec, for years and it was awesome. Kept my terrible PMS and cramps non-existent. Prior to the pill my cramps were so bad I would black out from the pain. Only problem with it was that my mood stabilizer does interfere with its effectiveness. I also travel A LOT and I was always worried about forgetting my pill.

I’ve had an IUD for the last 1.5 years. The simplicity of it is wonderful but I do NOT like my hormone induced mood swings and experiencing cramps again. I was not one of the lucky ones who stopped bleeding whereas I was light to nothing on the pill so I actually have ended up with a heavier period. It’s still not heavy overall, just heavier than it was. I’m happy with it all around, though! I’ve had good luck with BC.


Post # 28
2552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I had the Paraguard IUD for 3 years and can’t imagine ever using anything else ever again. I’ll probably get it put back in after we have baby #1.

I hate anything hormonal. Tried a few different hormonal birth controls to help with periods when I was young and never liked the way I felt on any of them.

Disclaimer: Insertion HURT and my first 2-3 periods after I got it put in were very heavy with bad cramping. I wasn’t coming off of any kind of hormonal BC so it was definitely due to the Paraguard. After that first few months, though, I didn’t have any more issues.

Post # 29
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - .

I’ve had a copper IUD for about 3 and a half years and love it. I don’t get heavy periods from it and my cramps are minimal. I know that’s not the case for everyone, but I love being hormone free and that it’ll work for me until I’m ready to TTC.

Post # 30
568 posts
Busy bee

Copper iud. Next time it’s time to take it out I might go for. Hormonal iud instead. I’ve tried most other birthcontrol before, but for me an iud is the most practical option.

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