Your favorite BC method & poll

posted 4 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 # 31
    7813 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    We have been using withdrawal/fertility awareness since getting married and it has worked very well. We’re not TTC now (or NTNP) but are pretty sure we do want another baby eventually, so an oops wouldn’t be the end of the world. I’m not sure what we’ll do once we’re 100% sure we’re done having kids. I really hate hormonal birth control and don’t like the idea of an IUD either, but dh is also not keen on the snip. So I dunno…guess we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

    Post # 32
    2757 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    I loved being on the pill for 7 years until my doctor took me off it due to migraines. Switched to the mini pill for four months and it was awful, more bleeding than I’d ever had in my life, terrible acne everywhere, so I came off that too. So no more hormones for me. I really didn’t like the thought of the copper IUD as I’ve heard it can make your periods even heavier. So we have been using tracking/condoms for over a year now and so far no pregnancy scares. Originally used spermicide too in my fertile window but now we would be very happy with an oops baby, so we mostly just pull out (or not after I’m sure I’ve ovulated).

    Post # 33
    2512 posts
    Sugar bee

    I was on the pill for over a decade with no side effects really — some mild headaches but nothing major. It was definitely worth it to me because I was not willing to risk unplanned pregnancy before marriage. 

    That said, I wanted to get off hormones after being on the pill for so long, so I stopped BC a couple months after the wedding and we’ve been using condoms for the past year. We’re happy with that for now, but we’re planning to ttc soon. I’ve also been temping since I stopped BC, and I’ve actually really enjoyed getting to know my body better. I plan to continue FAM and condoms. 

    Post # 34
    1454 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI

    I used NFP/FAM and really believe in the method.  I did a research project and presentation on it in nursing school (ironically I was like 8 months pregnant).  Which is what happens if you blantently violate the rules haha.

    The pill I wasn’t good at taking art the same time every day. 

    I had the mirena iud and that was great. No periods at all eventually.  Though I’d frequently think I was pregnant.  

    After my 4th kid I got the Paraguard no hormone IUD.  Then I had uncontrollable hemorrhagic periods. Awful.  A year after the birth I got a tubal ligation which was a super easy outpatient procedure with practically no downtime. 

    So my pick is the mirena if you’re not ready for the tubal.  Or FAM/NFP if you don’t mind the charting. 🤪


    Post # 35
    339 posts
    Helper bee





    XD XD XD  Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

    Seriously though, I feel for you girls. So much work, cost, and worry. Another emotionl burden for women to carry. 

    Post # 36
    517 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    Fertility tracking/Withdrawl

    After years on the ring and using condoms I said screw it, and track my cycle on an app. We are not trying and don’t intend to for another year and a half but if it happened we would be happy!

    It’s not correct family planning temperature and fluid tracking but it’s worked for three years. I had my hormone levels and fertility checked and I am perfectly fertile! All that money spent on birth control seems like a waste.

    Post # 37
    1505 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

    I was on the shot for like 12 years and never ever had a problem with it.  Zero side effects of any kind except for the fact that it completely stopped my period.  My doctor said that was fine and wouldn’t be a health problem.  I felt exactly the same, no drop in libido, no mood swings, no acne, no nothing.  It was honestly completely perfect for me.

    I’m off of it now since I wanted to get my cycle back to normalcy before we TTC next year, and everything has been great.  The first 3-4 months were a bit tricky as my body figured everything out again, but my cycle was quickly back to normal and my hormones are in good shape now.  We’re just doing withdrawal now.

    Post # 38
    664 posts
    Busy bee

    j_jaye :  I am part of Reddit – thanks for letting me know about this page!

    Yeah, it is complete BS and hate how women have to jump through hoops and wait forever when a man get snipped at any age essentially.

    Post # 39
    664 posts
    Busy bee

    dogmamateacherbee :  All the hoops and still I’m nowhere. It sucks. I’ve been seing the same GYN for like 5 years and have been saying I don’t want kids the entire time to her. So she knows. But still no.

    My doctor has said she won’t do it until i’m 35 because in her words “I would be high risk pregnancy anyway by then and if I haven’t kids then she would do it”. BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOL. It gets me so mad about not being to have that choice.

    Post # 40
    159 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    I’ve used the pill, depo, and the hormone IUD. By far my favourite was the IUD. Depo I gained weight. Pill I often forgot. I have taken out my IUD since we are trying for baby #1, but would get it again after baby. 

    Post # 41
    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa

    I’ve been using the nuvaring for 15 years now, with the mini-pill while bf’ing. No complaints – I love being able to skip periods, and only having to think about it once a month.

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