Any ideas for long term birth control after baby?

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

46

11

3

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?

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

105 Comments

View replies by

Veronica - posted on 05/12/2010

2

0

0

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.

Camille - posted on 05/04/2010

24

14

5

I know the feeling..2 wks after giving birth, I was on the (Depo)..SIDE EFFECT..weight gain..however, I dealt with it. I never liked seeing a period, so this worked perfect for me after 2 wks, I stopped spotting..but really I did not like getting shot with a needle every so often...Now I'm on the(Implanon)..I'm happy with it because it's in my arm for 3yrs and I don't have to be back and forth to the hospital..SIDE EFFECT..spontaneous bleeding.1 wk max..it's annoying but it works for me..Hope this was helpful..good luck..and congratulations

Katherine - posted on 04/19/2010

71

11

3

Try the Mirena IUD. I have it, and it lasts for however long you want it to, up to five years. You can try to get pregnant right away after it's taken out (or not!). Here's the official website. Talk to your doctor to see if it's right for you. http://www.mirena-us.com/

[deleted account]

i wish i could recommend something, but no two women are alike, so really this is one you should consult your doctor about, so you all can come up with a workable and successful solution for YOUR particular situation. :-) hope that was somewhat helpful to you.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/11/2010

10

1

0

I agree about the Mirena IUD. I've been using it for years and don't even notice it's there--except I don't get my periods as long as it's in!!! I love it and really recommend it.

Angela - posted on 04/09/2010

3

35

0

My advice would be to get the Miranda IUD. I have it and it has kept me safe. My children are 3 yrs apart and I was on depo (the shot) during that stretch. Research the 2 and see which ur more comfy w/but I LOVE the convience of the IUD. Just 1 visit for the implantation and u can remove it if u want to reporduce during the 5 yrs the IUD is implanted.Getting the shot every 3 months sonds convient enough, until u have the oppurtunity to go once and be safe for 5 yrs.I hope u find the BC 4 u.

Brittany - posted on 04/09/2010

16

31

1

I don't want to wait that long, but I don't want to have another baby right now. Ideally I'd like to start trying to get pregnant again in about 6 months when my baby boy turns 1 year old. But I keep forgetting to take my pills right now, and my insurance doesn't cover the Nuvaring. I'm not sure what I want to do now.

JoAnn - posted on 04/09/2010

2

24

0

As a nurse-midwife, I often recommend an IUD like Mirena. Less bleeding, less cramping, and an immediate return to fertility if and when you are ready! The progesterone in the Mirena keeps the lining of the uterus thin, so there is less bleeding, but has no effect on your circulating hormones as a rule. It is more effective than having your tube tied, and completely reversible. Oral contraceptives, or NuvaRing, are other options as well. I like NuvaRing because it requires you to remember it only twice a month-once to put it in and once to take it out! It has the lowest dosage of all the hormonal contraceptives and is very well tolerated.

Alice - posted on 04/07/2010

7

75

0

with the Mirena, I actually never had one...if I did, it was so light that there were virtually no cramps and I didn't even have to wear a liner. NO tampons, no pads, nothing! I loved it.

Janice - posted on 04/07/2010

21

8

1

I have the paraguard IUD. I love it becaue you can take it out anytime and it lasts about 10 years. I believe that the most common side effect is heavier bleeding for the first couple cycles after having it put in.

Kelly - posted on 04/07/2010

1

0

0

Be careful with long term use of Depo-Provera. It causes bone loss. My sister has been on it for 10 years, she repeatedly asked about long term effects and was told it was completely safe. She recently found out about the link to bone loss and had her bone density tested. She was told she has the bone density of a 60-65 year old woman. She's only 31.
So research any birth control before you decide, don't just trust your doctor's word.

Aisha - posted on 04/07/2010

1

21

0

The mirena.....Hallelujah! Had it 3 years & NO PROBLEMS!!!! No cycle is a big plus as well.....

Dawn - posted on 04/07/2010

1

12

0

I actually used the Mirena IUD. It was great. You can leave it in for up to 5 years. If you want another child before then, the dr. can take it out. Since it is birth control, I have heard most insurances will pay for it. It only take 1 dr's appt to put it in right there in the office. Piece of cake... I loved it.

Victoria - posted on 04/06/2010

2

0

0

I had the Mirena IUD. I loved it but bf hated it. The doctor cut it short or something and he would say it stabbed him. I actually completely stopped my period after the 3rd month with it in and didn't have them the rest of the year I had it in. I only got rid of it so he would stop complaining. If you're worried about an IUD or a shot try Seasonique. You only have 4 periods a year they are a little heavier but I don't cramp much anymore with it. Just make sure that if you take any type of medication besides tylenol type products, allergy meds, or OTC cough or flu type things you use a condom as back-up until about 3 days after you stop taking it. My doctor forgot to remind me about it and I had never had never taken anything with my BC and that's how we got Rebekah. lol

Alice - posted on 04/06/2010

7

75

0

The Mirena IUD is great...I had one for a little over two years. They are good for up to five years, and you can have it removed. I had mine out January 27th, and am already pregnant! You don't even have to think about it after the first month. Thankfully, it's covered under most insurance plans with just a copay because it's done in office.

Angelina - posted on 04/06/2010

1

37

0

On IUD witch is a mirena or paraguard is only good for woman in a relationship just one partner, there is implanon with its a small rod inserted in your for arm for 3 yrs and can be replace every 3 yrs till you are ready. I also saw on her depo provera witch is every 3 month but alot of patient complain about gaining weight.

Best suggestion is implanon..

Vicky - posted on 04/05/2010

3

39

0

Didn't have the no fit problem w/the Mirena IUD...have you thought about Depo? It's a shot every few months...but be carefull w/it, the side effects vary from person to person, I couldn't do that...I was on the pill for 2 years and that works great, but you MUST take them ea day and around the same time ea day...if the Paragard is to big, does that mean Mirena is too??
Hope you find something that works for you.
Good luck

Holly - posted on 04/05/2010

1

26

0

I agree with everyone who has said the Mirena is great. I'm on my second one (a replacement after 5 years of the first one) and have had no issues whatsoever. I'm curious if it's smaller than the other one you tried. I agree that a second opinion would be good!
I also agree with those who say to stay away from Depo Provera. I had a few of those injections and it was terrible. I wound up having swelling of my optic nerves and I very nearly went blind. It was one of those fine print side-effects that is listed with the shot, but you think no one ever gets. Well, I wound up with it. Nearly going blind is definitely NOT worth it!

Denise - posted on 04/05/2010

1

16

0

I've heard good things about Mirena and other I.U.D's. Just an FYI I have 3 boys and the first two are 7 years apart......NOT FUN by any means. :~) The third is only 21 months younger than the 2nd and if he weren't Autistic they would have the most wonderfull relationship. My only sister and I are 1yr and 12 days apart...I'm 34 this year and she is still my best friend. Good luck with everything.

Candi - posted on 04/04/2010

1

16

0

I very much agree with the comment about the Mirena IUD. It worked wonderful for me. I have high blood pressure and couldn't take any birth control pills. It also helps with your tim of month. I was having very heavy bleeding and this helped it to being very mild, lasting only 2 to 3 days and very light. Good luck with whatever you decide.

[deleted account]

Heavy periods with the iud are possible but not definite. The first few were for me but I had also been nursing for a year. Got the iud two months after my daughter was born. Had my first period a year later. It was rough but I don't think it was at all cuz of the iud. Now its been another year and the first day is crazy heavy but then it only lasts bout five days and the rest are very light.

Jennifer - posted on 04/03/2010

20

15

1

Now I have tried birth controls pills and for it i had a hard time remembering to take them... my ob/gyn recommended the Mirena.
Its good for up to 5yrs, I have noticed a drastic change in my periods to where I am having almost none and if I do have one.. it last no more than a day or 2.
They insert it while you are having a period, with a slight chance of cramping, I had no problems with it.
I am certainly looking to have it reinserted coming august when my is due to "expire" in a sense since I am happy with it.

Donna - posted on 04/03/2010

204

23

2

IUD is the best. You dont have to think about taking or using anything. The downside is heavy periods.

[deleted account]

I have a copper IUD (no hormones) and am very happy with it. it lasts 10 years, but you can take it out whenever before that time if you want to ttc again.

Lisa - posted on 04/03/2010

9

7

0

Also, I just read about your gyno saying your uterus is too small. That sounds really strange to me. You had a 6+ pound baby in there and the Mirena iud is shaped like a fancy T. If I were you, I would get a second opinion.

Lisa - posted on 04/03/2010

9

7

0

I don't know how long after birth until you can get it put in, but Mirena is Awsome. 99.99% Effective and you never have to think about it. If you decide to have another child, just have it removed; No waiting. You can get pregnant immediately. I've had it just over a year, and I wouldn't use anything else. It's fantastic.

Heather - posted on 04/02/2010

14

13

0

i got mirena... i love it. i have had it about 3 yrs. as for the periods its different for everyone. i don't get a period but about every 4 months..

[deleted account]

I wouldnt recommend the Depo Shot, if you are prone to weight gain THIS WILL give you alot of weight gain. I lost a very young 26 yr old family member through gaining so much weight with that, She put on 6 stone or 70 pounds, in 6 months, She collapsed and died on her kitchen floor with no warnings leaving her 2 small kids. It came back to a disease called fatty Liver caused through excess weight gain. Over here in the States they will not give that out to alot of the women cos it can cause bone density. I would look at the Mirena. I warn all young girls Please dont go on that depo shot :(

Brandy - posted on 03/29/2010

6

67

1

i just got the mirena like a month ago just had the first cycle its alot lighter cramped just a lil...usually i dont at all and they are really heavy....lasted a cpl days longer tho...but it lasts up to 5 yrs....you can remove it and get preg within the first yr after removal.... it was a lil uncomfortable to have it put in tho....not excruciating tho....seems to be ok....i am hoping lol....i never want anymore kids (i have 3) i just had surgery on my stomach a cpl months ago my first surgery and i hated it....didnt wanna go thru it again to get a tubal so i got the mirena its no downtime from work or anything.... and doc says its just as effective just easier to reverse....so good luck hope this helps....o and i was gonna say i had depo before i had kids and i gained weight like crazy....so far with this no weight gain....

Cathy - posted on 03/27/2010

5

4

0

Thanks for the info on the other form of birth control but I am 40 and I am not going through all of that now..... My doctor just wants to tie my tubes however my husband wants me to have another baby, geez I am 40, and I don't know if I can go through that again!!!

Michelle - posted on 03/27/2010

11

4

2

mirena i.u.c (i.u.d) talk to your doctor,there is the 5 yr. plan, an also i believe a 10 yr. plan. you can remove it if you can pay for it,for a few hundred dollars,the medical card cover it to be put in but if you want it out before the 5 or 10 yr. you have to pay for it.an just to let you know you may feel pregnant from time to time,but most likely aren't. your period can stop after the first 6 months to a year,however i see mine about once every 6 months. one way or the other you should ask your doctor which is best for you,if there are a few,choose the one you like the best. however if the string falls off the mirena iud don't let the doctor put it in unless you feel comfortable with them scrapping it out of your uteris,that's where it goes in,lol.

Karen - posted on 03/25/2010

5

0

1

I have the mirena IUD and love it. However you posted an update saying that your OB-GYN said they couldn't fit any sort of IUd due to your size. There is apparently a European IUD called Gynefix which is smaller than most others. Quite how you'd get one I don't know.

Or the nova-t is availble in Canada

Elizabeth - posted on 03/06/2010

5

25

1

Right now I have my second Paraguard IUD. I couldn't stand the emotional side effects from the Pill any longer, so I needed something without hormones. With my first IUD (before I had my little boy) my periods were seriously heavier than ever, and really bad cramps, but I felt like a human again, not a nut case for two weeks a month. I had it removed when we decided to start trying to get pregnant. There were no side effects to have to get out of my system when it was removed; I got pregnant on our second month of trying!

After my little boy was born, six weeks later I had another IUD put in place. My periods and cramps are not near as bad as the first time around. It takes absolutely no conscious thought as far as remembering to take a pill, or when to change the ring each month. Easiest thing to handle.

Amy - posted on 03/06/2010

55

0

2

I have the Mirena, and after having 5 kids already, it is the best thing that has worked for me. I have tried several of the pill BC's and I got pregnant 3 times while on them. I have only had 1 period since I got the IUD almost 3 years ago, and that was at the beginning. I have friends who have tried the Depo shots and they gained weight and had other bad effects like frozen ovaries. They can no longer have kids now. My advice would be, research and talk to your doctor about the different types, then decide what you think would work best for you.

Sally - posted on 03/04/2010

4

25

0

I got the mirena and it lasts for 5 years some have had problems with it falling out but it has worked great for me for almost 2 years now. I would highly reccomend it just ask ur gyno and they can give u all the info u need. Hope this helps!

Colette - posted on 03/01/2010

13

14

1

I have an old fashioned IUD good for 10 years, no thought required.

I had 3 kids within 4 years, I definitely know how you feel.....

Samantha - posted on 02/28/2010

4

9

0

I have the Mirena, and I LOVE it!! I got it six weeks after my son was born (he is 2 now), and I have had no problems with it at all! I would recomend that because it is good for five years. I also haven't had a cycle in two years, which is another huge benefit of it!!! :)

Romancia - posted on 02/28/2010

46

11

3

update...
so i went to get paraguard but my uterus is too small!!! can anybody explain that to me?!?!? cause the idu is like my only option had my kid 6 months ago so it should fit and they said i'm too small for it they could hardly get into my uterus... anybody else had this problem? how did u fix it?

Colleen - posted on 02/25/2010

10

34

2

I'm loving my IUD. I got the Paraguard- good for up to 10 years. I wanted Mirena but my insurance wouldn't cover it... There's a bit of spotting between periods the first few months but it goes away. Hope this helps!

Nikki - posted on 02/24/2010

2

5

0

I have Mirena. It has made my periods shorter and lighter. No cramping either!!! This was a good choice for me.

Jessica - posted on 02/24/2010

11

14

0

I have mirena, I love it bc I hate shots..I would suggest that you do loads of research bc eveyone reacts differently to different birth controls

Margaret - posted on 02/24/2010

8

5

1

I have Paragard IUD, doesn't have the hormones that mirena does. Works fabulously. Longer and heavier each month but no cramping which is a plus for me. It also lasts for 10-12 years

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms