Not able to take birth control?

Keera - posted on 04/03/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I can’t take any form of birth control, even the ones that release the smallest amount. They all make me constantly bleed & I’m anemic which the constant bleeding makes it worse. I have looked into cervical caps (FemCap) and it just looks to uncomfortable & I don’t even want to try it. Any fiance & I already have a son who will be 1 on April 7th and we’re not wanting another child for a few years. We use condoms but they aren’t 100%. Anyone in the same situation? Can anyone help?

***I have talked to my dr about this. He says there are other brands but with everything being about the same I will have the same results. His office will provide condoms. But he also says I'm his only patient with this issue & he is looking more into it.

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Shanna - posted on 04/04/2011

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try some natural methods in addition to the condoms. try taking the basl body temp to see when you are ovulating and refrain from intercourse on those days. Check cervical mucus daily and note the thicknes of secretions, try spermicidal foams etc. YOur ob/gyn can show you how to chart the basl body temp and cervical mucus

Kimmy - posted on 04/08/2011

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I am in a similar situation. I cannot take any form of birth control that releases hormones. I have high blood pressure and my dr said that the hormones in the birth control can affect my blood pressure medicine and it sould cause my blood pressure to rise to the point where I would have seizures. She told me to just use condoms and spermicide.

Crystal - posted on 04/07/2011

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Have you considered the 100% hormone free IUD? I have mirena, (the one with hormones) and I know a lot of women that are afraid of IUD's, they are really wonderful! you don't feel them at all, and i have never once had a problem. I think the copper one (non-hormonal) is called ParaGuard, and I've heard great things about it. you should check it out! spermicides and condoms and cervical caps can be ineffective if not used perfectly correct, and are a pain in the butt. i'd research the intra uterine's! :)

Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2011

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@Rose: I used to think I was allergic to condoms, but I figured out I am actually allergic to the SPERMICIDE they put on them. It is a common irritant, and many women react to it. Try getting condoms without spermicide. Sometimes you may have to get non-lubricated condoms in order to avoid the spermicide.
As a side note, for anemia, try Floradix iron supplement. I am really not big on herbal remedies, but when I had low iron during my second pregnancy, I took Floradix and it worked so well!

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Jennifer - posted on 04/18/2011

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The reason I didn't suggest an IUD in my previous post was because Keera mentioned bleeding and being anemic. Women often experience much heavier periods with an IUD, especially for the first few months. Also, most IUDs also have a hormone coating, so you would have to be careful about that. Personally, I have had an IUD for about 14 years now and am totally happy with it, but I have lighter periods anyway.

As far as the non-spermicidal condoms (and I suggest avoiding spermicides in general because they are not good for you), I haven't had to use them in years. If you can't find any suitable ones at your local drug store, there are some specialty shops in larger cities, and I am pretty sure you should be able to find something suitable online.

Just remember, that if the condom is non-lubricated you may need to add a lubricant yourself. I didn't and I ended up having a condom breakage issue but didn't realize why.

Of course, if you can't find a suitable birth control, there is always the abstinence method! LOL!!! jk

Melysa - posted on 04/18/2011

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the implanon and mirena both have hormones in them, (I cannot take either due to major migranes dr told me I am no longer allowed to use these as they are a health issue for me!) There are non-latex condoms available that are becoming more common all the time, I found them at coles! (used to be $15 for 3 but price is much more reasonable now) I think for the bleeding issue you speak of the best form is basal temp/mucus charting! along with condoms, there is also withdrawal methods (less likely to work, but anything could help)
Hope you manage to find a way to deal with your underlying issues, perhaps ask for a scan to check for anything that could be causing the issues to start with if you can sort this out you might be able to find more that can help you with your birth control concerns!
btw a friend of mine had period issues similar to what you describe it turned out to be a cyst around the uterus! went on for years before diagnosis, hope it is not this bad but above all I hope you can be at full health so you can get back to loving life with your l/o!

Sarah - posted on 04/16/2011

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I am in the same situation as yourself. When I was on BC I blled for 8 months straight! My son was a condom and BC baby. Right now, I just use condoms until my doctor finds aomething else for me. Like mentioned before, there are IUDs that you could be using, spermicides, and other gels. With those just before and make sure you aren't allertgic to them. Best of luck!!

Brittany - posted on 04/14/2011

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Have you asked about the Implanon (may be called something different where you are)? It's a small rod that goes in your arm. It lasts for 3 years and has no hormones in it at all. I had to get it after my son was born, because I cannot take any form of birth control that has hormones because they make me pass out and give me horrible migraines. I've had it in for almost 2 years now and have had no complications whatsoever.

Alison - posted on 04/12/2011

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have u considered an iud?/ they now have oe with no hormones or meication in it ask your doctor about it,

Donna - posted on 04/12/2011

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Hi Keera,
I have been using the mirena for 5 years and it is fabulous the box when you get the script is huge although the device itself is only very small like a small T, it gets implanted straight into the uterus and only releases small amounts of progesterone which is a natural hormone your body already produces because it acts straight into the uterus you don't get the side effects like other contraceptives that travel through your blood. When I got mine the doctor said you may have slight spotting for up to 6 months but everyone is different and some get none at all she asked me to stick it out and I would not even get a period after that..I did unfortunately get spotting for 6 months but that was over 5 years ago and I have never had a period since, the best ever I reckon a five year plan which can be taken out anytime you want and no period :-) I am due for a replacement now and am gonna do it again..hope this helps

Donna - posted on 04/12/2011

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Hi Keera,
I have been using the mirena for 5 years and it is fabulous the box when you get the script is huge although the device itself is only very small like a small T, it gets implanted straight into the uterus and only releases small amounts of progesterone which is a natural hormone your body already produces because it acts straight into the uterus you don't get the side effects like other contraceptives that travel through your blood. When I got mine the doctor said you may have slight spotting for up to 6 months but everyone is different and some get none at all she asked me to stick it out and I would not even get a period after that..I did unfortunately get spotting for 6 months but that was over 5 years ago and I have never had a period since, the best ever I reckon a five year plan which can be taken out anytime you want and no period :-) I am due for a replacement now and am gonna do it again..hope this helps

Sheri - posted on 04/08/2011

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HI Keera,



I used an IUD, as I was allergic to all forms of birth control. It really worked for me, and it can stay in for up to 3 years, you can use the condom for extra procaution. Hope that helps.

Crystal - posted on 04/07/2011

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Here's the website for it, if you're interested: http://www.paragard.com/ It looks like something like that will probably be the best bet for you and your problems, you should talk to your doctor. :)

Amanda - posted on 04/07/2011

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Thers a female dissolving spermicide tablet that is effective in its own but obviously more effective with condom use. Its iver the countet cheap and you put it in you waut 5 min for it ti dissolve and your set.,doesnt release abything into your blood stream just spermicide and make a kinda barrier at your cervix.

Heather - posted on 04/06/2011

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I have the nuvaring and I have never felt it or had it fall out. I had some bleeding issues on other bc, but nuvaring is working well.

Rose - posted on 04/06/2011

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I've looked for the one's without the lubricant but can't find any I also can't find any without the latex either.

Rose - posted on 04/05/2011

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i have a simular situation i guess lol. none of the females in my family cannot use any form of birth-control not even condoms i tried condoms recently and now it burns when i pee. its some sort of reaction to the condoms i tried using ive tried a few different brands but they all seem to do the same thing. the females in my family can also get pregnant extremely easy even when they try using any type of birth-control and my doctor told me not to get pregnant again for awhile but i cant help it if i do end up getting pregnant again bc of that.

Keera - posted on 04/04/2011

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Yeah I know birth control isnt 100% either but we had planned to use that and condoms since condoms have the chance of holes, breaking, etc. But I can't take it. I've tried several different things for about 2 yrs before I got preg. Then for a few months again after I had my son & my dr told me to stop bc with my anemia I was blacking out almost everyday (since I was bleed so much, constantly). For now I have been looking into NuvaRing & IUD.

I've heard & read they can fall out & could be painful...?

Pia - posted on 04/04/2011

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I can't take birth control either. The pill and mini pill give me migraines, nuvaring and implanon make me bleed too and I had an IUD and it fell out. So we use condoms. And if we happen to get pregnant (a really small chance) well, we have another baby!
As far as I am aware no birth control is 100% effective anyway. I got pregnant with my first on the pill, and I used it properly!!

Amanda - posted on 04/04/2011

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I don't bleed. but i can't take any type of Birthcontrol. It makes me go insane pretty much. depression, anxiety attacks, nausia, head aches, exterme mood swings. I can sympathize with the frusteration. I have two children because i was unable to have 2 types of prevention. I love them both and I'm happy i have them, but i can't think about having a thrid right now. I wish i could give you suggestion of what do to.. all i can offer is my understanding of your frustration

April - posted on 04/03/2011

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I've never heard about your situation but the best thing to do if you don't want to get pregnant is to use the condom for now, i'm sure your doctor will provide you with a replacement sooner or later :)

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