Any ideas for long term birth control after baby?

Romancia - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 105 moms have responded )

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gave birth 6 months ago, do not want a second baby any time soon (maybe in the next 5-7yeays) any suggestions on what work best for other moms?

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Rebecca - posted on 01/25/2011

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Mirena IUD is a great option. I actually have a friend who had this procedure done and she has had no complaints. You have it inserted and it stays in for up to 5 years. No pills to remember, no permanent tying of tubes. I would highly reccommend this method.

Tiffany - posted on 02/23/2010

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Depo-Provera worked great for me, and I didn't have any weight gain, as some people do. It's a shot you receive every 3 months, which is very convenient. I haven't used this but there is also implants, called Implanon that is implanted in your upper arm, I believe, and it lasts for 3 years, where it can then be replaced. BUT if you're breastfeeding, then you'll want to check with your OB/GYN to see what method is best for you, so that your milk production is not decreased.

Tabitha - posted on 02/23/2010

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i hear the mirena iud is good, and can stay in for up to 5 years or you can remove it if you wanna have a baby sooner.

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Shavon - posted on 07/06/2012

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I just recently had Paraguard inserted. Its copper and took maybe 10 minutes to have set up and placed. Its non hormonal and can be left in for up to ten years. So far so good, its been about 3-4 months. No side effects, no issues. Good luck!

Lori - posted on 06/28/2012

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What if you want permanent birth control without getting a hysterectomy or tubal ligation? I am currently pregnant with my third child and don't want anymore after he's born. My husband doesn't want to get his fellas tied off, even though that's the easiest and cheapest way to go. I don't trust tubal ligation, since my mom had that and my brother was still conceived (6 years later). I don't want hyterectomy because it means early menopause...NO THANKS! I'm 35, so I'm going to be over the recommended age for the pill or Depo.

Tyrie - posted on 04/30/2012

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Yes i have the Mirena IUD and i found its the best i can have it taken out whenever i want or leave it in for 5 years.

Candis - posted on 04/27/2012

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I am currently using the Paraguard IUD, I have had no side effects, other than it hurt like heck getting put in. It lasts for 10 years because it has no hormones. So there is truly no side effects like loss of sex drive or gaining weight. I have had the Mirena and it lasts for 5 years, but I was always struggling to lose weight. This time I went with the Paraguard because hormones mess with my milk supply. Good luck!!

Bethany - posted on 04/23/2012

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i just had my daughter (1st child) in beginning of Dec she is almost 5 months and i dont plan on having a baby for another atleast 3 years.So I got Mirena i didnt really hurt putting it in some women say it does but if you can have a baby this aint nothing! It last for 5 years and can be taken out whenever you want. I aint do no shot and I cant remember to take pills but my husband is air force and im on Tricare standard and had to pay $273 dollars for the birth control so it is pricey but worth it!

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2012

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I had mirena inserted at 21 once i decided i wanted to wait a few years to have another kid. In november 2007 I got mirena, I only bled on and off for 4 days after insertion. It did hurt during insertion but not as bad as having a baby, I'd do it again. I have not had a period since. I want to warn you at first my husband could feel it "barely" for the first 2 months. I asked my doctor about him feeling it and she double checked location of the mirena and everything was fine. It seems that it takes a little to settle in your body, but a little feeling doesnt compare to not getting pregnant for 5 years. I've always just had my doctor check the string at my 6month check up, b/c i feel really weird trying to reach up their for something that i cant reach. I haven't had to have it removed or anything, I haven't gotten pregnant and my 5 years is up in November. I would suggest you try it. I have been very pleased with it. Once I get off of it in November I am planning on having another baby and then i will definetly get on mirena again:) Best of Luck to You :)jj

Melinda - posted on 04/17/2012

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my favorite was the Nuva-Ring...you don't have to remember to take it..and if the pill was effective for you, than this will be too.

I personally had BIG problems with Mirena and Implanon...but that is because neither of them contain the estrogen.

If you are going to go the IUD route I would check out the non hormonal one (ParaGuard?)

Victoria - posted on 04/12/2012

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Do not use Mirena. I'M 19, Afte my second baby I had Mirena put in, one year and half later, I'm pregnant again. My mirena was in place and everything......

Kirstyn - posted on 04/04/2012

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mierana iud i got it put in after i had my son because i feel the same about haveing another baby so soon after haveing my first

Jess - posted on 04/02/2012

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I have the implanon, and i have to say it was the best decision ever. I never feel it, no side effects, and a yr later, still no surprise babies!

Carole - posted on 03/31/2012

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Many things determine what you would want or not want to use. The IUD does not prevent conception but prevents implantation of the embryo in the uterus. So for some, this is not a good thing. If there is a history of heart disease, hormones should be avoided. Diaphrams work well, though they can be messy to use. Abstinance is hard if you are married. There are other methods out there and you might want to discuss them with your doctor. Then there are the permanent ones like tubaligation and vasectomy.

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I had the mirena put in last june after having my second child. It hurt when getting it put in but then the pain goes away. People will have different reactions to it. It's supposed to lessen you period or make it go away all together for majority of people. I'm happy with it and it lasts up to 5 years and after that you get it taken out and fitted with a new one. You should also talk to your doctor to see if there's anything specific they might want for you but you can just search them online. Good luck! :)

Sedickha - posted on 03/28/2012

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I have an IUD, and for me it works. Its prone to stay or help you for 5 years and can be removed whenever you feel you are ready for the next bundle of joy. All it takes is less than 5 min. Its the best and suggest you try it. As well as know pills and injections are not 100% safe. But its all up to YOU as to what suits you best.. I hope you can come to a decision to make the right choice and all of the best..

Lena - posted on 03/23/2012

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I have the Paragard non-hormonal IUD and love it. You can leave it in there for up to 10 years. You can also take it out anytime you like. So far I haven't seen any side effects. It didn't hurt at all when my doctor put it in.

Melissa - posted on 03/23/2012

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I just got the Mirena, It last up to 5 years, I am the same way not wanting anymore for maybe 5 years, I already have 4. So if u are looking for something long term check out the mirena, its a very easy, simple quick procedure. hope this helps.

Amy - posted on 03/20/2012

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I have the Mirena. I have 5 kids, three of which were conceived while on birth control, and after my last one I decided to try the Mirena IUD instead of going back on the pill. I love it and I love that I am never worried that I might get pregnant. It is good for 5 years and starts to work immediately, but can also be removed sooner if you choose to have a baby.

Jasmine - posted on 03/20/2012

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Mirena is a long term method. You can keep it in for 5 years. This is what I'm using because Im nursing and we're not sure if we want more kids. If you've had a previous vaginal delivery it makes the insertion process a little easier. I barely felt anything.

Guilia - posted on 03/22/2011

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Well it all depends what you are comfortable with..some people prefer the IUD, the pill, or whatever else they offer..see, I was young and dumb and I had my tubes tied. Now I wish I hadnt done it..I want more kids and I can't!

Kenya - posted on 03/01/2011

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I agree with all those mentioning the Mirena IUD. It is a great birth control.

Kimberley - posted on 01/19/2011

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Have you tried or heard of a device called the Mirena. It is administered in the Dr.'s office and it last up to 5 years. It can be removed at anytime that you decide to become pregnant. It also lessens your menstrual cycle and cramps.

Anisha - posted on 11/21/2010

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HI, I CHOSE THE IUD AND ITS WORKING FINE FOR ME THE ONLY THIS IS THAT IT MAY MAKE YOUR CYCLE LAST A LITTLE LONGER THAN USUAL OF FOR SOME YOU MAY NOT HAVE ONE AT ALL. BUT AS FAR AS PREGNANCY GOES, I GOT THE IUD IN JANUARY AND NO BABIES, YAAAAYYYY!!! I HOPE THIS HELPS.

Nicole - posted on 11/15/2010

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My husband had the "poking" issue for about the first month. I went back in and had my Mirena checked. It was fine and I was explained too that the wire emitting the hormones is sharp but wears down and that mine was cut shorter than normal anyhow. My husbands "poking" sensation went away shortly after that - thank God cuz it freaked me out to have him feel it. All has been well for 2.5 years since and we're now talking about another one.

Nicole - posted on 11/15/2010

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I have had Mirena since 6 months after my son was born in April 2008. LOVE IT! No worries and dropped my cycle from 6 days down to less than 2 most months.

Casey - posted on 11/05/2010

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Don't have sex!!!! Just kidding. I would suggest an IUD especially if you are breastfeeding. Talk to your OB

Carrie-Lynn - posted on 11/04/2010

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I have pcos, as a result of that my periods are all crazy, irregular, heavy and cause me extreme amount of pain. Also because I do suffer from chronic migraines birth control pills are not a safe option for me. So due my medical issues as well as at this point not thinking of more children, I'm going to get a IUD put in. There are two different ones Copper and non copper. My doctor has advise me to stay away from the copper one, as it can cause cramping and bleeding. The IUD is implanted and is replaced after 5 yrs. It is about 300.00 and up. So if you are not planning to have children for 5 yrs. It's a birth control to consider. It pays for itself quickly because you'll save money by not having to buy feminine products and it's safe! Talk to your doctor about a IUD!

Lisa - posted on 10/24/2010

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Mirena! Mirena! Mirena! It's my best friend. I've had it for almost 2 years and it works like a dream!

Carole - posted on 10/07/2010

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IUDs do not prevent conception but rather prevent the fertile egg from implanting in the womb. Now the ones with hormones might prevent conception. What I used (many many years ago) was the old diaphram with spermacide. That worked for me. Now I use abstainance and have been completely spayed. ;) (OK, I am much older than you girls. )

NICOLE - posted on 09/21/2010

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The best thing that I personally love is the mirena insert. i have light periods and its a 5yr plan . They insert it and basically u leave it in for how many years you like up to 5. Its a beautiful thing!!!

Katie - posted on 09/19/2010

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girl get the IUD no periods i've had it the last year and i love it i only get spotting and every once in a while i get spotting and it work wonders

Candace - posted on 09/10/2010

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I have the new Mirena "I.U.D."it's good for 5 years. Give it a try. and "no" you can't get pregnant with this one. at least none that i have heard of.

Natalia - posted on 08/13/2010

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i had the maraina put in almost 3 months ago and i have had only one period since and this can stop your periods while on it. this one last for up to 5 years there is also another one that lasts up to 10 years i would be careful about the ones that have hormones in them though yes meraina does but it is very low and some other birth control methods have high hormone levels just some suggestions to consider

Christi - posted on 08/08/2010

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I just saw the update about the paraguard and them saying your uterus is too small. The Mirena is like half it's size and if you carried a child, then you shouldn't have a problem with an IUD. I would consult another gyno.

Christi - posted on 08/08/2010

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I have the Mirena IUD, lasts five years. I LOVE IT! I have had it since my son was about four months old (almost a year and a half ago) and have not had a period since. My husband can't feel it and neither can I. It works great for us since I got pregnant while on the pill and while using condoms.

Becca - posted on 08/04/2010

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check into "implanon" its a implant in your arm lasts for 3 years... thats what I'm going to try!

Darlene - posted on 07/23/2010

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The Hormonal Intrauterine Device (IUD) can last up to seven years. The Copper Intrauterine Device (IUD) is very similar to the first one I listed. You can get a shot every three months. You just have to read the side affects, cost and talk to your doctor to find out what is best for you.

Edryss - posted on 07/22/2010

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i have the mireana and it was put im when my baby was 3 mo and now he is going on 3 yrs. it works for me

Shaunna - posted on 07/16/2010

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I've got the mirena iud and it works great! its safe for breastfeeding mothers and lasts for 5 years and i only had one period since they put it in which is a definite plus

Angela - posted on 07/14/2010

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Please dont get the Depo shot i had it I only got 2 shots I had to get off of it i gain alot of weight and very moody. I got pregnat a hole year after my last shot and i lost my baby when i was 5 and a half months They feel it was downs it was caused from the depo shot. Get a IUD then have it taken out in five years. And if you still dont want to baby by then your baby now will be 5 and will be good birthcontrol LOL

Kathy - posted on 07/11/2010

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We used mirena after my first daughter, which was great for me. but not so much for my husband, because it poked hhis penis during intercourse, even tho they say that is not suppose to happen. After a few months we leanred that alot of other couples were having that problem and well. Now we use Implanon which is great for everybody.

Samantha - posted on 06/19/2010

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i had an implanon before conceiving my child. i had it for a year. i got it out because i put on weight, it stopped my periods (my body really didnt like that), i had servere hormonal imbalances while on it and i had no sex drive whatsoever. i fell pregnant 4 months after having it taken out. we werent trying to conceive and i was on the pill when i got pregnant

Melissa - posted on 05/23/2010

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I had an iud and it peirced me so I had to take it out and it is very uncomfortable for the first week un belivable cramps then it hurts coming out depo is amazing no pieord no cramps it's amazing lol been on it for years befor and after my daughter hope that helps u good luck

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If you don't want to go on the pill, use depo or an IUD, then you should go with the Persona Monitor. It's a UK product, you purchase the monitor as a one off and monthly test sticks. I've used it for 15 years now and the only time I got pregnant was when I wanted to. When you get a green light on the monitor it means it's safe to have intercourse, if it has a red light, then you need to use an alternative i.e. condoms, femidom (with spermicide) etc. The monitor also tells you when you're ovulating, so very helpful if you want to know when you can conceive. It takes a few months to work out your cycle (I think it's about 3 months, but read the manual on that one!). It's easy to follow and the only reason it won't work for you is if you don't follow the instructions, simple! Here's the website:- http://www.persona.org.uk/

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Rachel - posted on 05/21/2010

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The paraguard is a larger copper IUD, while mirena is a smaller, plastic IUD. I would look into getting a second opinion, or at the very least, find out if the smaller mirena would work.

Veronica - posted on 05/12/2010

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Well, I have been on the mirena and I got the one for 10 years, but there is also one for 5 months. I really like it because it is in you, but you don't feel it. I get it checked every year and its still there and haven't gotten pregnant. I have gotten pregnant with pills and the norplant. I really like the norplant as well, except for the part of getting pregnant while I was on it. Unfortunately, I lost both babies at 8 weeks, but was able to have two more after that. I don't get a peiod any more, do have the pains though. Everybody is different and I really enjoy not having all the bleeding for 3 to 7 days. I am pretty comfortable with it and wouldn't change. Hope this information helps you.

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