Post # 47
I had been on birth control for 9 years until recently. First Ortho Tri Cyclen, then Nuvaring for the past 4-5 years. I thought it was great! But this year I went off it because of insurance reasons (we always use condoms anyway) and had two things happen. One, my sex drive totally went up – I guess I didn’t even realize it was missing! But second, I have yet to have another period 5 months later and I might have PCOS. I can’t say that’s from Nuvaring necessarily, but I did worry when my sister-in-law went off the ring to try to get pregnant and hasn’t ovulated in the almost a year since. We probably won’t start trying for a baby for at least a year but I think we’re going just condoms until then so I can figure out my cycle. Also, I just started charting with FAM to help me see what is going on, and although I wouldn’t use it alone for BC, it seems like a great tool!
Post # 48
I forgot to mention this but kkuether reminded me, my sex drive also increased after coming off of hormonal birth control. Like her, I hadn’t even realized it was missing until it was back!
Post # 49
I take Ortho Tri-Cyclin Lo. For the most part I’m satisfied with it, but I did gain 20-30lbs. However, no real "craziness" noted, no break-through bleeding. My periods do start later than they’re supposed to, and last longer than they should on the pill. BUT it’s a good fit for me. I don’t forget it — I set my watch alarm AND associate taking my pill with a daily activity (used to be when I got out of school, then I moved it to getting off work, and now it’s when I wake up in the morning) — and my fiance and I don’t have to worry about condoms, for the most part. (We’ll use them as a just-in-case method if it’s close to when I’d be ovulating, so from day 12-16, but we usually avoid having sex those days. We do NOT like condoms. He has difficulty finishing, and I hate the smell.)
Post # 50
- Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)
I’ve been on the pill for as long as i can remember, but since last december i got off it.
I had been on the pill over 10 years and I seemed to be gaining more weight.
Though, I want children its not something we are looking for at the moment. Of course if I get pregnant its no big deal… but we arent planning it. Maybe thats the best way to go about it.
We do not use any other means of contraceptives.
Post # 51
Oh, what haven’t I been on? I first started on Ortho-Tri-Cyclen, but then started getting sick from it. I then switched over to the patch. While I liked the convenience of only having to change it every once in while, I couldn’t stand the sticky marks it left on my body. I then went to the Depo shot, which was great except it makes even better birth control when you don’t want to have sex. Once again, I switched but this time to the Nuva Ring. When I was on the Nuva Ring, I always seemed to forget when to take it out and when to put it in. Now my insurance has changed and I’m on a low dose birth control. I LOVE it. Seriously, I feel like my match in contraception has been found. My sex drive is back, I don’t have problems remembering it and I don’t have tacky sticky marks.
Post # 52
I find that having passed menopause and being in a monogamous lesbian relationship is a pretty effective birth control choice. 😉
Post # 54
Ha ha! That is fantastic 2d! I think you win for the most effective birthcontrol! And they say that abstinence is the only 100% method…. 😉
Post # 55
I was on the pill two separate times in the past. The worst part was remembering to take it the same time every day. Right now, my fiance and I are using condoms. They work great for us. We are also at a point in our lives, where if we forget and have an oops pregnancy, we would not be upset. So far we’ve only had one instance that we didn’t use one and no pregnancy. We want to start trying for a baby pretty soon after we are married so we don’t see the sense in finding a different form of birth control.
Post # 56
I’ve been on the pill for nearly four years. I was lucky in that the first pill I ever tried (Yasmin) has worked well for me- virtually no side effects. The only thing is that I think it has diminished my sex drive, but I’d rather have that than nausea, vomiting, etc.
Post # 57
I’ve been on the pill for the past…8 years. I started with Ortho, and then switched to Ortho Low. I was on Ortho Low for a couple of years until I realized that I had HORRIBLE mood swings/PMS. The week before my period I’d always feel like crap, wanting to pick fights, or I’d want to cry for no reason. I was sooo miserable! I finally realized it was the pill after Fiance mentioned how crazy I acted the week before! 😛 So i finally switched to Balziva (generic for Ovcon) a couple years ago- and its been great! I’ve had no problems with it!
Post # 58
Aviane (generic brand of Alesse) … it works so well.
I’ve been on it for 1.5years and no problems. No weight gain, no craziness, no BABIES 🙂
and it’s sooo nice to avoid condoms..!
Post # 59
I’ve been having serious BC issues lately. I was on Alesse for like 8 years and I loved it, then they stopped making it and I had to start taking the generic. I know it’s supposed to be the exact same thing but it made me CRAZY MOODY to the point where I had the hugest fight with my dad over the stupidest thing EVER and we have NEVER gotten into a fight before. It was awful. So I asked my doc to switch and she put me on Lo Estrin 24Fe. I loved it for awhile but after a month or two I noticed my sex drive plummet. I put up with it for almost 2 years and I’m at the point where it’s ridiculous. I’d rather do almost anything than have sex, and this is SO not like me. And it’s not related to my partner, either. I just don’t care about it anymore at all, not even with myself (sorry, TMI!). So with the wedding approaching and the fact that I miss my sex drive so, so, sooo much, I asked my doc to switch me again. She put me on Yaz which I will start next week. I am going to write a separate post asking people their reviews on Yaz. I’m kind of nervous as I’ve heard it makes you more emotional and that’s the last thing I need during the wedding!! My doc also warned me about breakthrough bleeding or extended periods of bleeding and said after 3 months of trying it she might switch me if I have that problem. I hate being on HBC and just want to go off it so bad but I really don’t want to get pregnant, I like the decreased flow and cramps, and knowing when I’ll be getting it. Ughh the woes of womanhood…
Post # 60
for hubby and i, im not on the pill (i dont like chemicals altering my body), there is no iud (no way would i ever consider this-personal choice) and no condoms.
hubby and i use a number of um…. natural methods when it comes to twister. for a week or so after my periods its like woohoo twisterland at my house and then we are alot more careful and imaginative and its worked well for us so far… whats the worst that can happen right (yikes) 🙂
Post # 61
The Depo Provera shot for me. Well actually not at the moment lol but that is my usual pick for birth control. Lets see, I am 20 and got on the shot when I was 15-ish? Maybe a little younger. I hated having periods and so I loved the shot. Basically I didn’t have any problems from it. I might have had some weight gain then lost it, but I attribute that more to my own doing plus my thyroid issues than anything despite what my friends who were on the shot said about them gaining weight on it.
But fast forward as to why I am not on it now. Well my Fiance has been wanting me to get off of it for a while, though I said "No way!" because I can’t get pregnant before I am married or my parents will pretty much kill me. He really wants kids but I’m just like hold your horses until we get married lol. I decided that I wanted to take a break for a while though just because I hadn’t had a period in so long and felt a little weird about that (despite the doctors saying it’s fine) and wanted to see how I felt off of it incase it was affecting my mood/sex drive/etc without me realizing it so I decided to take a little break from it, this being 3 months ago and two periods later I am dying to get back on it! Lol Now I remember why I love it so much. Oh by the way, my fiance is also a SO who is on his 3rd deployment, this time to Afghanistan for a year, so I figured I wouldn’t be needing BC anyways.