Your favorite BC method & poll

posted 3 months ago in Wellness
  • poll: What do you use?
    IUD (no hormones) : (7 votes)
    6 %
    IUD (hormones) : (16 votes)
    14 %
    The shot : (3 votes)
    3 %
    Arm implant : (5 votes)
    4 %
    The pill : (35 votes)
    30 %
    Condoms : (23 votes)
    20 %
    Withdrawal/fertility tracking/natural family planning : (21 votes)
    18 %
    Ring : (5 votes)
    4 %
    Patch : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 2
    2766 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I don’t want to use hormones either so for me it’s FAM and condoms.

    Post # 3
    640 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m CFBC so in 5 years will have my tubes tied.

    Right now – the Mirena and I love it! No problems and the last 3 months – no period! Woohoo! Check for my strings monthly which is so easy.

    I was on BC pills for over a decade and had no issues there either – my GYN recommended the Mirena and I liked the idea of no periods 🙂

    Post # 5
    5456 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I used to be about the hormones. I never had an issue with it until after my daughter came. Then I felt like I could go the rest of my life without sex and I would be totally fine with it. I had zero drive, I didn’t want to be touched. While it was happening, I would just want it to be over

    i thought it was the medications I’m on for anxiety, we added some, took some away, changed doses. Nothing brought the drive back

    Then I stopped the nuvaring so I could track my cycle, we will be ttc number two in a month or so. And my drive is back! I actually enjoy it again (I had zero drive with mirena or the pill and then the nuvaring).

    So, after the second baby I’ll be exploring non hormonal options, maybe the non hormonal iud if I don’t want to rely on condoms

    Post # 7
    828 posts
    Busy bee

    I’ve had the mirena IUD for close to 5 years and absolutely love it! Nothing to remember, never had any issues and no periods! My husband had a vasectomy 2 years ago and I didn’t have it removed. I also plan to get one again as I LOVE the no period side effects! Before the IUD I was on the pill and didn’t like the side effects, occasionally forgot a pill and just generally didn’t like it.

    Post # 8
    9616 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I’m on the pill. I guess I lucked out and don’t experience any negative side effects from being on it. We also used condoms for awhile but I definitely prefer the pill. I’m way to paranoid about getting pregnant to do the pull out method or NFP.

    I was thinking about trying an IUD but we’ve decided to TTC next summer so it really doesn’t seem worth it.

    Post # 9
    3421 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

    I’ve always used condoms. I didn’t like the idea of putting artificial hormones in my body. With Dh, we used condoms until we were okay with a possible oops baby using the pullout method.

    Post # 10
    5456 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2017

    hikingbride :  i didn’t have any problems until after I had a baby! That’s why I was so surprised, I started getting headaches with the pill and all three forms killed my sex drive

    Post # 11
    410 posts
    Helper bee

    No pill/hormones here. There are too many possible side-effects in my opinion so it’s not worth it to me. We use temping/FAM and condoms. It worked flawlessly for 2 years, then I got pregnant first try.

    Post # 12
    242 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m on my second Mirena IUD as of last week!

    Other than the pain (and anxiety leading up to insertion five years ago and re-insertion a week ago), I really do like it. After the first month or so, I didn’t have a period for four years, and random spotting/small periods during my final year.

    I didn’t notice a huge shift in sex drive, but I did have minor weight gain. I’ll have this IUD in for the next two or so years before taking it out “early” to start TTC!

    Post # 13
    118 posts
    Blushing bee

    I’ve got the implant in my arm. To be honest it’s been great for me because I have no periods with it and don’t need to worry about tablets and such. That said I’ve yet to have a kid so I don’t know how it will affect me when I’ve had one. I can say it definitely made my sex drive take a bit of a dip. 

    Post # 14
    1529 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

    I used the pill for 5 years and then nuvaring for 5 years and much preferred the nuvaring. It’s easy, only have to put it in once every three weeks, and I had no side effects. I was also able to get pregnant right away after stopping so it didn’t mess me up too much.

    Post # 15
    3713 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

    Sansa85 :  Ugh, that is the WORST! That happened to me with hormonal IUD. 

    I had hormonal IUD, which I loved until it stole my sex drive completely. I was like PP, I could have gone the rest of my life without sex and not cared one bit. I had it removed  and went on a BC pill that was carefully selected based on hormone levels, hoping it would balance out my hormones and my drive would return… it’s been 3-4 months and it has bounced back a bit, but not entirely. Fiance and I will likely TTC not long after our wedding in Nov, so I’m really looking forward to dropping my BC completely & having things return to normal!

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