Birth control

Eva - posted on 01/11/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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i was wondering what kind of birth control works without really bad side affects? and can you get pregnant while breastfeeding full time? my mom says no and others say yes?????

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Sara - posted on 01/11/2010

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Mirena, IUD. It's amazing!! Talk to your OB about it! That's what I'm using and it's great, I love it! My husband can't feel it when we're having intercourse either, which some women are worried about that. And of course, I can't feel it either. It's a really good option and you can use it for up to 5 years.

Melanie - posted on 01/11/2010

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i have a mirena and i have no side effects and im loving it it lasts up to 5 years and only thing you have some spotting in first couple of weeks

Alicia - posted on 01/11/2010

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For everyone who has commented on how easy it is to get an iud or implanon removed, Please consider this: I suffered post natal depression after the birth of my first child I was put on medication, and doing wonderfully, so we decided it was time to try again. But when i went to my doctor to have the implant removed, he refused. He told me I had years to get pregnant, and would not even allow me to change to another method of birth control because i might deliberately get myself pregnant against his wishes. I had to see another dr to have it taken out. Now i am 32 weeks, but i'd have had my baby months ago if not for his meddling in my life. I will never allow my fertility to be in the control of any doctor again

Amanda - posted on 01/19/2009

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Yes you can get pregnant while breastfeeding!! My friend has a 7 onth old and she just found out she is 12 weeks pregnant! So be very careful!!!

Stephanie - posted on 01/19/2009

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I recently had the Implanon arm bar put in. It stays in for 3 years and is the removed and either replaced or not. I have a very difficult time remembering to take a daily pill and had some adverse reactions to the ring. My OBGYN does not give IUDs so this was their suggested long term solution. You will need a local anisthetic as the appartus they use to put the bar in is large enough to leave a 1/2 inch cut and a big old bruise! I love the convenience of NEVER thinking about taking birth control. I've only been on it for 1 month but my first period has been horrendously heavy, and I've never had heavy periods before. I'm anxious to see if this is just a temporary reaction the hormones or a permanent side effect



 

Ashley - posted on 01/15/2009

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your definatly can get pregnant while breastfeeding, my daughter fed every 2 hours, and i got pregnant when she was 3 months, so after my second was born i tried a noraml birth control pill but it cut down my milk supply, so i am now on a mini pill which has a slightly higher birth rate but it doesnt interfer with my milk supply or the quality

Lois - posted on 01/14/2009

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All true!!  You can get pregnant while nursing but you may not have a period for up to 18 months, depending on your body and how long you nurse, and everyone is different.  My sister-in-laws friend nursed her 3yr old up until a month before giving birth to her second child!  I'm also nursing my 3 month old and nursed my son before her (Only until 1 yr mind you!).  1st time around I was on Aleese and Cyclin with no effect on my milk supply but the Aleese did cause headaches.  This time around my OB gave me Micronor, no estrogen, to make sure that my milk supply isn't affected this time either.  Only downfall is you have to take it at the "exact" same time every day or you spot and can get pregnant, and you take it everyday without a break.  Hope this helps.

Lauren - posted on 01/13/2009

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Although a lot of people answered the question above it is definitely possible to get pregnant while you are breastfeeding. The answer to the birth control question has to do with the level of hormones in it. You need a low dose pill that doesn't contain estrogen because estrogen will dry up breast milk. They are called POPs or progestin only pills. I use camilla and don't have any problems. Hope that helps!

Michelle - posted on 01/13/2009

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i have the implant and had it fitted in december, 2 months after i had my daughter and im happy with it, no side effects yet

Erin - posted on 01/13/2009

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I'm on Mirena (i think that's how you spell it) and have no side effects nor a period (hardly)! It's great! And when/if we decide to get pregnant again, all the doctor has to do is remove it

Christie - posted on 01/12/2009

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Yes, doctors say it is possible to get pregnant while nursing. I am using Errin tablets. They don't seem to have any side effects (for me, but everyone is different), and they don't interfere with nursing.

Amy - posted on 01/12/2009

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I have ALWAYS had problems with birth control pills.. they made me crazy, nauseauted, gave me headaches and other problems.... my doctor recommended that i got Mirena put in... it is an IUD that they put inside your uterus.... It last for 5 years, but you can have it removed anytime you like.  So far I LOVE IT... it has no side effects so far and I had it put in almost a month ago now... the only thing i will warn you about is that the placement of the IUD is painful.. BUT it only took 10 seconds for my doctor to put it in and then I only had pain for about 1 min after the placement.... i had a c section with the birth of my son so my doctor had to dilated me and that is what hurt me soooo bad... i would recommend it... although I have heard people have bad experiences?  You just have to look at the pros and cons.  I would do it all over again if i had to. 

Emily - posted on 01/12/2009

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You will ovulate before you actually have a period so, yes, you can get pregnant while still nursing exclusively.  I'd be careful about the pill b/c it can reduce your milk supply.  My understanding is that barrier methods are most recommended when nursing (condom, spermicidal foam, diaphragm, iud, etc...) so that your supply isn't affected.

Leeann - posted on 01/12/2009

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I took alesse after I had my son, and didn't get my period for almost 9 months until I missed about a weeks worth of pills when I went on vacation. Other than that I had no other side affects with that kind.

Amanda - posted on 01/11/2009

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It IS possible to become pregnant while nursing.  The elevated hormones produced by nursing suppresses your body from releasing an egg BUT it still happens.  Look at La Leche Leauge or talk to your GYN for good info on this.  As far as birth control, every woman is different, so side effects are individual.  

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