Doctor wont prescribe Birth Control

Lyndsay - posted on 09/04/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I have a 3 month old daughter who is Breastfed only. I went to my PCP this week and asked to get on the Depo shot, but he said he wouldn't prescribe it while I was breastfeeding because he doesn't believe it to be safe. He gave me info for Planned Parenthood and said that if I still wanted it and if they were willing, I should go there.. But now I don't know what to do. I have always really trusted this doctor and the fact that he isn't convinced that BC is safe while breastfeeding makes me wonder. He is the first person I've come across that has said that the Depo shot ISN"T safe... Who should I believe??

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Tenesha - posted on 04/13/2011

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i took depo for yrs before i had my son it is safe and easy just remember to gp to your appt cause its all timed

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 04/12/2011

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The Depo shot has ALOT of hormones in it. Have you been on it before? My mom said NEVER to take it because when she was on it, she lost her sex drive (couldn't feel sex AT ALL) for months 6+ maybe a year!!!!! So I would trust your doctor. Sounds like he does his research! Don't go to Planned Parenthood- they just hand out anything you want. But it is your choice, so that is nice of him for giving you your options! I like him already :D

As for being on birth control...... did you ask if there are other methods you could use while breastfeeding? Perhaps it's just this Depo shot? I don't know, haven't had this issue, sorry :)

Kari - posted on 04/12/2011

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Well, the safest option while breastfeeding -whether its completely proven or not- is to not receive any additional hormones as they can be passed through breastmilk and have been considered the culprits of conditions in children... that said, I found the copper IUD (ParaGard) to be the best plan for me... the adaption is a bit difficult with strong cramps and heavier cycles but that does subside within 6 months and the best thing about copper is that there are no weight side effects and there is nothing to pass through your breastmilk to your baby. Of course, they are a long term plan.. ParaGard lasts up to 10 years, but it can be removed at any time with no period of infertility after it is gone. Just make sure you find a doctor that is confident and experienced in the insertion process... they have to measure your uterus and precisely insert it so that you don not have any adverse reactions (which are rare, but its good to be informed). Hope you find a doctor that is willing to help you find what is right for you. - Kari

Kari - posted on 04/12/2011

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Well, the safest option while breastfeeding -whether its completely proven or not- is to not receive any additional hormones as they can be passed through breastmilk and have been considered the culprits of conditions in children... that said, I found the copper IUD (ParaGard) to be the best plan for me... the adaption is a bit difficult with strong cramps and heavier cycles but that does subside within 6 months and the best thing about copper is that there are no weight side effects and there is nothing to pass through your breastmilk to your baby. Of course, they are a long term plan.. ParaGard lasts up to 10 years, but it can be removed at any time with no period of infertility after it is gone. Just make sure you find a doctor that is confident and experienced in the insertion process... they have to measure your uterus and precisely insert it so that you don not have any adverse reactions (which are rare, but its good to be informed). Hope you find a doctor that is willing to help you find what is right for you. - Kari

Heather - posted on 09/09/2009

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Breastfeeding is not a form of birth control. Please be aware that you can get pregnant. My OB put me on Ortho Micron which is a mini pill as someone above referenced. My OB told me it was the ONLY SAFE birthcontrol while BF. Maybe something else has come out during the past 12 months, but I think any BC that contain estrogen while BF is a no-no...could be wrong though.

Brenda - posted on 09/08/2009

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I would avoid all types of hormonal birth control, there are possible effects that we really don't know about because everyone's body reacts differently to different birth control methods. So while one person has no problems another may have many.



http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/birt...



This is the best link on BC I've seen. I would take time to examine their recommendations. Hope taht helps you some!

Sara - posted on 09/08/2009

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My dr said she would never do depo either. I went last week and got pamphlets on Mirena and Implanon. Leaning to the Implanon. It is implanted in your arm and good up to 3 years. Can be taken out any time. It is safe for breastfeeding and won't effect your milk supply. I was on the pill and my supply got really low. Good luck!

Jessie - posted on 09/08/2009

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Quoting Sheena:

I would listen to your doctor! After I had my second baby my OB/GYN doctor put me on the mini pill, it has progesterone only. No estrogen, so be very very carefull! Because they are not as effective, what I mean by that is as long as your breastfeeding and taking them everyday you will most likely be ok! the second you stop breastfeeding get on a stronger pill. My daughter weened herself before I tohught she would and I continued to take the mini pill until I could see my doctor well within that 3 week period I became pregnant with my third child!! The info below I copy and pasted from the website regarding the mini pill. good luck

What are Mini-Pills?

Mini-Pills are progesterone-only birth control pills. Mini-Pills come in packs of 28 pills and you take one every day. They contain a synthetic form of the progesterone hormone and no estrogen. The Mini-Pill affects the mucus around the cervix and makes it harder for sperm to enter the uterus. It also affects the transport of the egg through the fallopian tubes. In these ways, the Mini-Pill prevents fertilization. Mini-Pills are 87-99.7% effective, slightly less than regular birth control pills. They do not protect against reproductive tract infections, including HIV/AIDS.


I am wondering Ir you had any problems with your milk supply after you started taking the mini pill? my doctor prescribed it for me at my 6 week and I filled the script (my son is 8 weeks now) but have been told by a friend it diminished her supply. I have yet to take it with the fear that it will do this to me also. we have used only condoms at this point and I am more worried about not being on a birth control pill than anything to enjoy being with my boyfriend but more worried about messing up my milk supply for my son!!

Laurie - posted on 09/07/2009

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There are birth control pills that have low estrogen, designed for breast feeding moms.

Jessica - posted on 09/07/2009

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My doctor would only prescribe me a pill that had very low hormone levels that way it would not effect my milk supply or the taste. Perhaps the shot has a high hormone level and that's why your doctor wouldn't give it?

Lucy - posted on 09/05/2009

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Im on the depo and have been since my daughter was 3 months old. I've had no problems with my milk supply or anything. I have heard though that there is a risk to your supply.

Sheena - posted on 09/04/2009

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I would listen to your doctor! After I had my second baby my OB/GYN doctor put me on the mini pill, it has progesterone only. No estrogen, so be very very carefull! Because they are not as effective, what I mean by that is as long as your breastfeeding and taking them everyday you will most likely be ok! the second you stop breastfeeding get on a stronger pill. My daughter weened herself before I tohught she would and I continued to take the mini pill until I could see my doctor well within that 3 week period I became pregnant with my third child!! The info below I copy and pasted from the website regarding the mini pill. good luck



What are Mini-Pills?



Mini-Pills are progesterone-only birth control pills. Mini-Pills come in packs of 28 pills and you take one every day. They contain a synthetic form of the progesterone hormone and no estrogen. The Mini-Pill affects the mucus around the cervix and makes it harder for sperm to enter the uterus. It also affects the transport of the egg through the fallopian tubes. In these ways, the Mini-Pill prevents fertilization. Mini-Pills are 87-99.7% effective, slightly less than regular birth control pills. They do not protect against reproductive tract infections, including HIV/AIDS.

Rachael - posted on 09/04/2009

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Go on Mirena-it won't diminish your milk supply, and you won't get a period! It's awesome!

Debbie - posted on 09/04/2009

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I went on Depo Provera after my six week check up with the OB/GYN she said she recomends it to nursing moms because it tends not to interfere with BF'ing. I have had no problems on it. Like a pp said though it can take quite awhile to get pregnant again after stopping the shots.



Why don't you talk to a pharmacist? They are usually most up to date on all medications.

Stacy - posted on 09/04/2009

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I used to Mirena as my bc and I am bf. I loved it as a bc method! The best part is you get it put in and then pretty much forget about it. :)

Samantha - posted on 09/04/2009

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any form of birth control can dry up your milk very suddenly.. thats y my dr wont prescribe it because my daughter who is 8 mos old wont take a bottle.

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I went on Depo when my twins were 2-3 months old (can't remember exactly). We had no issues whatsoever. However... between going off of that shot and getting pregnant w/ my now 17 month old son I had trouble conceiving and went through 2 m/c's. Considering that I got pregnant w/ my girls on the first month of trying to conceive and went through so much trouble after them... I completely blame Depo. I would advise against that method of bc for anyone wishing to conceive in the future..... That's just my experience though.

Breanne - posted on 09/04/2009

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I would take you doc's advice! You're lucky to have one that cares like that. Most would just give you the shot!

Arifah A - posted on 09/04/2009

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Quoting Ana:



Quoting Arifa :

Theres too much hormones in birth control pills, also if your baby is exclusively breastfed then chanches are your not gonna get pregnant, breastfeeding is an awesome means of birth controll, I didn't get a period till my son was 6 months old! :)






My doctor agrees with yours. The problems are hormons. But he also advises me that I should NOT take breastfeeding as a birth controll because there is NO guarantee that ovulation wouldn't happened. So, the best way for me is coitus interruptus. We use it for a year (since I'm still breastfeeding) and everything is under control.






In MY case it worked,  Forgive me for not pointing that out. of course common sence no-body's Body is the same!

Ana - posted on 09/04/2009

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Quoting Arifa :

Theres too much hormones in birth control pills, also if your baby is exclusively breastfed then chanches are your not gonna get pregnant, breastfeeding is an awesome means of birth controll, I didn't get a period till my son was 6 months old! :)



My doctor agrees with yours. The problems are hormons. But he also advises me that I should NOT take breastfeeding as a birth controll because there is NO guarantee that ovulation wouldn't happened. So, the best way for me is coitus interruptus. We use it for a year (since I'm still breastfeeding) and everything is under control.

Arifah A - posted on 09/04/2009

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Theres too much hormones in birth control pills, also if your baby is exclusively breastfed then chanches are your not gonna get pregnant, breastfeeding is an awesome means of birth controll, I didn't get a period till my son was 6 months old! :)

Naomi - posted on 09/04/2009

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well there are many substances that are not (and can not) be tested thoroughly during pregnancy and/or lactation. your doc is not convinced it's safe, then that's his opinion given his experience. the problem with the shot is that if you do happen to experience negative side effects with it, you can't "undo" it

here's a good reference for your situation, good luck

http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/birt...

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