Whats the best birth control to use besides the pill?

Brianna - posted on 02/25/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )




I was wondering what the best birth control to use besides the pill? I was on the pill yasmin when i got pregnant with my daughter so now that shes here and I just got my first period im looking for a new birth control method. I would like to try something that is not a pill. Does anyone have any suggestions? im hoping to avoid things that cause you to gain weight.

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Jasmine Marie - posted on 02/28/2013




is it better to get the depo shot or birth control. for a 16 to 22 year old

Lucie - posted on 10/10/2010




I have had my implanon implant for 3 years and it has been the worst thing that I have ever experienced in my life. I found several web pages that had countless posts with women that had had the same problems as I'd had. I wasn't aware of the different problems that the implant caused until I came across these posts. I originally looked up what the effects of implanon were if you had it in for too long. I had an appointment made that went over the due time for it to be removed. There were more than 50 pages on one forum alone of complaints about the implant.

The first thing that I noticed was how many women said they became depressed. It wasn't just that fact that caught my attention. What shocked me was that the different posts could have been written by the same person because every single story matched and I was ready to add to it. Many people said that their depression kicked in around about 4 months after having it fitted and experiences of where they couldn't talk to people and wanted to shut everyone and everything out, prolongued periods of heavy bleeds, weight loss or gain.

Of course these are usual things that the doctor usually warn you about when trying any new medication, however, I wasn't even told this. For the last three years, I have separated myself from everyone I know and pretty much stayed within the walls of my home, avoiding leaving for any reason. I stopped eating to a point where I looked like a skeleton, and depression seriously took hold. I cut off all of my friends and family. I wish I could show people just how bad it got from pictures of myself and my home because what this thing did to me, words are not enough.

But I was very lucky in that I had someone who saw me in the state that I was and pulled me out of it. I worry that there could be some out there who wont have that or aren't brave enough to tell someone how they are feeling.

I still haven't had my implant removed yet, and I know that my moods and bizarre spotting/periods (can barely call them that), pain, and depression are all down to this small bar in my arm.

I am just so sickened that I had no idea just how big an effect this had on my life and I have lost many important things to me because of it.

I would warn anyone who is considering having the implant to really think about it, and if any side effects show at any point, to have the implant removed as soon as possible because in all honesty, as much as it was perfect for contraception, what you go through to have that is really not worth it. But after all that is said, it works for some people and they'll find it fantastic but on the basis of how much negative feedback there is against the positive about it, I wouldn't take the risk.

I know this post may sound like a major rant and in some ways it is, but I really hope this helps even at least one person to make an informed choice rather than just 'giving it a go' like I did.

Aulbrey - posted on 03/03/2010




I have had the inplant inplanon taht goes in your upper arm that is good for 3 years in july of 09. i just started spotting for the first time and have had no problems with it at all. It's in the same catagory as steralization which is better than the pill or depo thats why i chose it, that and i can't remember a pill for the life of me.lol

Ashley - posted on 03/03/2010




LOL my son was conceived on the DEPO shot lol, so I cant really recommend that as an "effective" birth control lol! I also have the mirena IUD, other then a little bit of annoying spotting I have had a great time with it! I highly recommend that for easy long term birth control

Morgan - posted on 03/03/2010




The IUD is great I had mine for five years and got pregnant only 6 weeks after having it removed :) it does hurt going in but its a breeze coming out :) oh and my peroids were always regular never had a issue!!

Jessica - posted on 03/02/2010




I'm on the Ortho Evera patch its convenient for me (i cant remember to take pills) and i'm terrified of IUD's. ive used almost every birthcontrol on the market and i find the patch is the best for me. ive had no weight gain at all but one thing it does do, is i have very bad PMS. to the point where i can see myself getting crazy.

Faith - posted on 03/01/2010




I had a copper T in place before I had my son. It was GREAT, b/c I have difficulties w hormone bc. It also can last for 10 yrs. I had it removed when I wanted to get pregnant again, and I didn't even have to wait for the hormones to get out of my system, b/c there weren't any. I now have the mirena, and a few extra pounds, :p
Best of luck choosing though :)

Cheryl - posted on 02/28/2010




i also have the Mirena and i love it. i got it 6wk after my baby was born and i only had cramping for abot 2 wks and spotting for 1-2 wks. everyone is different. my friend was spotting for 2months but she loves it as well. i read all the infformation about it before hand and it said it was more effective than a vasectomy! good luck with your decision.

Emili - posted on 02/28/2010




i use nuvaring. it is AWESOME!! lol there are several different ways you can use it so you choose if you want regular periods, light periods, or no periods at all. (i opted for the latter thank you very much!) lol

hope this helps!!

Mary - posted on 02/27/2010




Like a couple of the other moms, I too have mirena in place. My only complaint about it is I spotted for almost 3 months. I know this is a side effect but I thought it was neverending! I know people freak out about all of the things that can go wrong with Mirena but that is the case with just about any birth control. I started out on the shot 3 days after my son was born and let me tell you, it was awful. I gained so much weight and was so moody. I guess everyone reacts differently to it though. You should talk to your dr. about Mirena.

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Well I have to use the depoprovera shot due to a blood disorder, and I like it. It does increase your appetite but as long as you eat healthy and continue to excercise you won't gain weight. I llike it because you don't get a period during it. What more could a woman ask for? But I've also considered doing an IUD. I have heard those work pretty well, and you don't have to worry about them for 5 years. I would discuss it with your doctor. Good Luck.

Sarah - posted on 02/27/2010




I have used Ortho Evra - the patch for 5 years now - except for when I was trying to get pregnant with my 2 kids. I like how easy it is. 1 patch every week for three weeks and then no patch for the week you have your period.

Angela - posted on 02/27/2010




i love my mirena, this is my second. once it was removed got pregnant in 3rd month, wiyh the 2nd one i have yet to get a period again

Hazel - posted on 02/27/2010




Marina coil is fantastic. I had my first one fitted when I was 22 and as it lasts 5 years I didnt need to worry about contriception. Once we decided to try for a baby I had it removed and fell pregnant 3 months later. I had my second one fitted 8 weeks after I gave birth. My periods are lighter and with very little period pains etc and are very predictable (every 28-33 day cycle).

Noel - posted on 02/27/2010




I too have Mirena and had some cramping for a couple weeks but now my period is regular and we don't have to worry for 5 years. Mine was also totally covered by insurance. And I too have not had any complications.

Andrea - posted on 02/27/2010




I had the Depo shot and have had a nightmare with it. I had the shot mid december and have been bleeding every day since beg of January. The doctor did warn me that some people are fine, some stop periods altogether and some people bleed constantly (like me!). So she said to go back if it happened and I am no also on the mini pill, now one month later the bleeding still hasn't stopped.

She said it usually gets better with the second and third injection but to be honest the experience I've had with this one has put me off.

I've always had fairly regular periods, every 28/30 days and lasting 4/5 days...so this is a real pain.

Good luck with your choice.

Serena - posted on 02/26/2010




I absolutely loved the nuvaring.I really should get a cut of the profits for how much I "sell" that thing to other women LOL. But it was great for me (I'm pregnant but it wasn't cause of the ring...long story for another day). Basically its a slow release of low dose hormones for 21 days. So its not like anything else out there (thats what my dr told me) and its great for regulating your period. I was down to a science. The only con is that it can slip out after sex or with use of a tampon. You pick it up at the pharmacy and insert it yourself, can't feel it once its in there and my husband said he couldn't feel it either and you keep it in for 3 weeks. Remove it and wait a week which your period usually shows up after a day or two and the periods are usually shorter and lighter. I haven't used a heavy pad in forever. Then you insert the new one, the dr told me you can skip that week of period if you want but you can't do it every month, just the important ones :)
It worked so well that it slipped out one night (this was my 2nd week or so in my cycle) and the next week I got my period. The next month we planned for our son and we got pregnant because it kept me so regular. Good luck with what you choose.

Jade - posted on 02/26/2010




I was on the Depo shot and i fell pregnant...I was on it for 9 months...i fell pregnant on the 3rd shot about 5-6 weeks after having it...so i should have still had a month and a half left...my doctor told me that i must have just had a "bad dose" personally i think the depo shot is bull s*** it also can cause weight gain (i didn't) and really bad mood swings (i got them, almost ended my relationship) and heaps of other things...i don't trust the micro chip because 80% of my friends have fallen pregnant on it. IMO i don't think there is any "good" contraception...ask your doctor what they think will be good for you. Condoms might be your best if nothing else agrees with you...but if you find something that does then use it. Good Luck :-)

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I had the contraceptive implant put in which lasts 3 years. So far I've had very irritating bleeding most of the time. It can stop periods altogether, make them regular, or make you bleed pretty much constantly. I've had it in for 10 weeks now and it still hasn't settled down. Although I have just found out I have 3 infections from the birth so that could be the cause of the prolonged bleeding. Gonna wait another month but if it doesn't improve gonna have it removed because sex is pretty much non-existant at the moment due to the bleeding! I ahvn't experienced weight gain but that is one of the common side effects. Everyone's different though.

Tara - posted on 02/26/2010




I had a mirena put inlast November and it's extremely convienient. It goes in at your OB office. I had some light cramping for a month, and one period since them. (I was told my periods would likely stop after 6 months) Now I don't feel a thing! I don't have to worry about it, ever. It's good for up to 5 years but can be taken out at any time. If you choose to get pregnant, you cant take it out and your fertility isn't affected. I would talk to your doctor and other users, I have heard of certain complications but have had none myself to speak of. .......... other cool stuff...... I didn't gain weight.... I didn't grow weird facial hair.... it was covered under my insurance and is actually cheaper then birth control in the long run.... and last but not least I'm totally set for 5 years or whenever I'm ready for another little one!!! Goodluck :)

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