(Closed) What kind of birth control do you use?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: What type of BC do you use
    pill - if so, what kind : (127 votes)
    56 %
    patch : (2 votes)
    1 %
    NuvaRing : (23 votes)
    10 %
    IUD : (20 votes)
    9 %
    depo shot : (5 votes)
    2 %
    other - please explain : (48 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    633 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’ve tried a few different types, but for the last 5 years I have been on a low dose hormonal birth control pill. I use Tri-cyclen Low to be more exact. For me specifically, this pill has worked wonders. I tried for a long time to find something that didn’t make me too crazy, helped my skin, and reduced PMS side effects. I have lunch pretty much every day at noon, so I’ve never had a problem with taking it on time.

    I think it really has to do with your body specifically and your own hormone levels so it never hurts to try something new until you find the right fit. You also have to find something that fits your personality. Obviously, if you are forgetful the pill would be disasterous for you! lol.

    ETA: I also wanted to mention that I really dislike the depo shot. My mother developed cystic ovaries after long term use of it, and although it cannot be fully linked to the depo shot I firmly believe it was the cause. My mother had 4 surgeries to remove aggressive (non-cancerous) tumors before needing a full hysterectomy because her hormones had become uncontrollable. My very good girlfriend had similar issues with it and actually did not get a period for a full 22 months after stopping use of it. These are just two experiences, but I like to share them as a warning. Obviously all birth control has it risks though.

    Post # 4
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    1165 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    From what I’ve heard about IUDs, most doctors will only give you one if you’ve already given birth.  Just something to consider, and I know I’ve heard it’s incredibly painful to have inserted.

    I have been on the pill for years, trying several different ones and I’ve been happy with Aviane, which I’ve been on for 2 years now.  I think it might be a generic of something else, but I’m not really sure.

    Post # 6
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    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I use the pill; I’m on Lutera 28, which I’ve never heard of anyone else taking, lol. I think it’s the generic form of Aviane. It works fine, minimal side effects. I’m planning on going off at the end of the summer and I’m a bit nervous to see how my skin reacts!

    Post # 7
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    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’m on the pill.

    I was on Cryselle for years with no side effects (loved it!) but then they quit manufacturing it.  I went through trying a variety of different ones as replacements that were giving me crazy side effects.  I’ve now been on Aviane for a while and it’s been great too.  It’s one of the lowest dosage pills available (according to my OBGYN) which really helps minimize side effects.

    Post # 8
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    500 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Currently using Pull and Pray.  I stopped BC a while back for cycle regulation purposes.

    I have tried the patch and nuva ring.  Nuva Ring caused lots of clotting issues for me and honestly I just wasn’t comfortable digging around in there looking for it.  It became a bit of a chore, especially when Fiance had to start helping.  It kinda took the fun out of that area. lol. 

    The patch was ok, I didn’t like the sticky residue that it left behind, but it did work. 

    Last pill I used was Ortho Tri Cyclen – this just started tasting really bad to me and I couldn’t force myself to take it anymore.

     

    Post # 9
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    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I am on the pill and have been almost non-stop for 10 years (brief use of the patch but i hated it). The one I was on the longest was the traditional Ortho Tri Cyclen. I liked it… no real complaints. I tried Yaz at one point and I hated it. It was terrible. I just switched a few months ago to Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo and so far so good. I did have some crazy mood swings the first 2 weeks maybe but that died down pretty fast. 

    As for remembering to take it, I just always take it before bed and I leave them right on my nightstand so I remember. This works for me because I am almost always in bed between 11-1 so its a pretty reliable method, but if your schedule is more varied an alarm might be a good idea. 🙂 

     

    ETA: I heard the same thing about UTI. I asked for it when I was in college because I was quite positive I had no plans to have a baby for many years but my doc said she won’t do it on women who haven’t had children. She said it is a combination reason because 1) it is harder/more painful to get in when you’ve not had kids and 2) there is a small chance of infertillity afterwards. That being said, one of my friends recently got Mirena and her doc apparently didn’t have a prob with her being childless. So maybe it is recently more safe? Or maybe it is just a doctor by doctor thing?

    Post # 10
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    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I have a Mirena right now; my experience has been really positive, and I would definitely recommend it.  Before that, I was charting (which I hope to get back to in the future, once we’re done having kids).  I’ve also tried a couple different versions of the pill, but I didn’t really like any of them.

    Post # 11
    Member
    633 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @PitBulLover: The low dose made all the difference for me. I had to be really careful with hormonal birth control because I too became a little too crazy for everyone to handle when I was on a stronger version. I tried a few different kinds of the pill even before this one worked for me, but now that I am on the right one for me it has made a huge difference.

    Post # 13
    Bee
    2362 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

    I am on Kariva, the generic brand of Mircette.  It’s a low-dose, 28-day cycle, with 3 7-day weeks of regular low-dose hormones, then the period week of 2 placaebos and 5 lowlow estrogen doses so that I have a regular period but no hormone headaches.  I have been really happy with it.  My first pill was Yas(min) and it made me feel like I was crazy, and I got headaches at the start and end of each period.  This pill doesn’t really alter my mood as far as I can tell, and no headaches – win win!

    Post # 14
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    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @PitBulLover:  As far as I know, some doctors will not place an IUD in women who have not had children because of the pain of insertion.  But it varies by doctor, so yours might be fine with placing an IUD for you.  There’s lots of women here who have IUDs and have never had children.

    Post # 15
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    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    How funny! Right after I say that I’ve never heard of anyone being on Aviane, I see at least three people 🙂

    Post # 16
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    178 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    thank you this post reminded me to take my pill! lol

    i take jolesa you take it for 3 months then have a period and start your new pack. i like it i havent had any problems that iv noticed.. and iv tried alot of different bc.

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