Best birth control out there?

Deanna - posted on 05/23/2010 ( 107 moms have responded )

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So I am switching birth control. I have the Implanon, it is a tiny implant in my arm that prevents pregnancy for three years. I am getting it removed because I bleed too much and get crabby and break out. My doc said implants are not great because the are constantly flushing everything out so you bleed irregularly. I have considered lots of other methods, but what do you recommend? The pill, shot, or implant? My sister used the nuva ring and had nothing but issues so No to that.

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Sara - posted on 05/23/2010

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New studies show that the "pull out" method is just as affective as most birth control. (98%)Once thought there were sperm in pre-cum in now false. I actually got pregnant on birth control(pill). Anyways, I just thought I would post this to anyone who doesn't know.

Alicia - posted on 05/23/2010

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Or if your period is regular you could just avoid the days you are ovulating. yourdays.com is an online calculator that tells you what days you have a higher chance of getting pregnant so you can either TTC or avoid pregnancy.

Kerri - posted on 05/28/2010

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I have the Implanon as well. I only had severe mood swings for the first 3 months as well as bleeding every other week! But it seems like these past few weeks have been really good. No bleeding for almost a full month and no mood swings. But i hate that i have no sex drive. I have heard that paraguard is good since it is horomone free and it last up to 10 years. So your cycle stays normal. I never had any mood swings or irregular bleeding on the pill but it is so hard to remember to take it EVERY day.

Brittney - posted on 05/28/2010

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Mirena!!! It's the best thing since slice bread :) Good for 5 years and you have alittle to no bleeding!

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Erin - posted on 05/28/2010

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oh yea the last birth control i was on was the mirena ... very bad experience with it... When they put it in i went into a shock felt like i was gonna pass out and throw up and i was in alot of pain. They have to open the cervix and your supposed to take some pain meds like 2 hours before. anywho i had the worst experience with this one other than the depo shot. I guess it all depends on how your body reacts to hormones. Go google the birth control and find forums and people talking about it then you can get an idea of what the medicine is all about.
good luck

Erin - posted on 05/28/2010

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I wouldn't recommend any birth control if your body can't handle hormones. I have been on everything from the pill to the implant and i had problems with all of them because my body can not accept hormones like others do. I am birth control free and I am happy to not spend tons of money on crap that ruins you.

Claire - posted on 05/28/2010

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so far ive fell pregnant on the pill and coil im now on my 4th due in couple of weeks and getting setralised afterwards as drs dont know contraception has no effect on me as i dont drink alchol at all and rarly need antiboitics but after this baby im getting the implant for a few weeks while im wating for op the coil made me put on soo much weight that id never dream of it again plus my periods were lasting over 3 weeks some months and were really heavy my sister had the same coil as me and same probs it also made me lose hair lol and turned my phyco so im also waitin to find the perfect birth control without turning into a nun lol

Constance - posted on 05/28/2010

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In my opinion the pill is inconvenient & the shot is great but my dr pulled me off of it after a year bc it causes osto after a year & the nuva ring is also great. Everyones body is different so it wouldn't hurt to try it. :). Mirena is also a good bc.

Christina - posted on 05/27/2010

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if it were me then i would use the pill. i was thinking about the Mirena but that is getting alot of bad publicity and there r ppl suing the company that has made that IUD

Ciara - posted on 05/27/2010

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The PROVERA shot you can also get in a pill form so you could always try that first before being stuck with it for 12 weeks!
good luck with your choice

Lauren - posted on 05/27/2010

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i love my IUD-the mirena! no periods, no moods, no trouble. some people have trouble but mine was covered on my ins and it's great!!

Crystal - posted on 05/27/2010

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i have had the mirena since sept 2008 i love it and before then i was on seasonal, and i was on a pill that was jus tlike the shot but i couldnt have it because it done the same thing the shot did bleed all the time i once had the patch i used it so long it made me sick so far the best one i have had is the Mirena its good for 5 yrs

Erika - posted on 05/27/2010

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did you bleed at first for like 3 months after getting it inserted? i did/am... does it get any better? ive had migraines too... :(

Erika - posted on 05/27/2010

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i got the Mirena IUD put in and ive been bleeding for about 3 months. really irritating and im getting the WORST migraines ive ever had!

Colleen - posted on 05/27/2010

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hi here are a few i have found i hope they help.
The patch (Ortho-Evra®). Apply one patch weekly for 3 weeks and then go patch-free on week 4. This is well liked by its users. Downside: Skin irritation at the application site; but that can be lessened with an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream applied beforehand. Also, it seems the estrogen dose is higher than that of the pills, which may imply higher risk for estrogen-related side effects.
The ring (NuvaRing®). Is once a week too much to remember, or would you rather not risk the higher estrogen dose? The ring is a small flexible ring inserted like a tampon on the day 5 of your menstrual cycle and left in place for 3 full weeks. Remove it on week 4 for your period. I find fewer women opt for this one, but it is an excellent option. Downside: May be associated with increased vaginal discharge and, if removed for 3 hours, you'll need a back-up contraceptive.
The shot (Depo-Provera®). Is once a month too often? Maybe a shot every three months would work for you. This is done in a doctor's office. Downside: 4 shots per year requiring 4 visits, and the likelihood that you'll have irregular bleeding or no periods. Depo-Provera also can't be used long term, since it is associated with decreased bone density.
The implant (Implanon®). This is a rod surgically placed under the skin in the arm that provides contraception for 3 years. Downside: A limited number of providers place these devices because application requires a minor surgical procedure and, like Depo-Provera, it is progesterone only and so associated with irregular bleeding and decreased bone strength.
The IUD (Mirena®). Remember the old Copper IUD? Well, it's still available, is very effective, and works for 10 or more years. Mirena is newer and so quite popular, but is only good for 5 years. Mirena releases a bit of progesterone and so helps reduce heavy menstrual bleeding. Downside: Risk of infection during insertion, very small risk of injuring the uterus.
Diaphragms, sponges, and spermicides. I usually don't recommend these because of their poor effectiveness, but they are inexpensive and available.
Condoms. Last, keep in mind that none of the birth control options above can protect you against sexually transmitted diseases like condoms do, so they are still an important methods to consider and use appropriately

Sky - posted on 05/27/2010

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I loved the mirena iud and I have no problems with implannon that is actually what i have now. i did have one stint of 3 weeks bleeding but that is it and i've had it for 17 months or so.

i cant take the pills cuz they dont work for me I've got pregnant on them at least twice. and i have heard to many bad things about the shots to even try them.

Yvonne - posted on 05/27/2010

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I had trouble remembering to take the pill even before I had my son so I decided to do Mirena and love it. I haven't had any issues with it. I had only a small amount of discomfort when they inserted it and only mild cramping here and there. My doctor said that my periods would be irregular for the first couple of months then stop for a while them start again and it's supposed to help lighten my periods and reduce cramping and I don't really need to worry about it for the next 5 years and can take it out at any time. It can be kinda pricey if your insurance doesn't cover it but I think it's worth it.

Corrine - posted on 05/27/2010

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i loved the depo shot it worked affectively for me but its not for everyone i had no period for the duration of time i was on it. I was on it for 3 years before i got pregnant with my first it took 8.5 months to conceive after being on it. i went back on depo for 5 years got off depo in jan 06 and was pregnant july 06. then i went on the pill for 1 year stopped taking it and it took me 2 years to get pregnant with my 3rd every birth control out there is not meant for everyone you have to be a lab rat and try different things out till you find the one that is meant for you! it may take lots of trial and error but its worth it in the end once you found that one just for you!

Christine - posted on 05/27/2010

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Be careful on the Depo I was on it for 11 years and though it did prevent pregnancy It gave me several problems I had lots of UTIs and got Insomnia real bad ! it took a year of being off of it for me to feel healthy and then I got pregnant with my little Baby boy who is due in August I am looking into the new procedure Essure anyone heard of it !! I want Sean to be my last baby if anyone has any info on it let me know cld3572@gmail.com

Chantelle - posted on 05/27/2010

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i have implanon, i also had it after my first child, to which i had no period for 12 months then ireggular light periods for 6 months heavy for another 6 and then had ovarian cysts for the last 12. it affects everyone differently, atm i have had no period and also no other side effects so it depends on your body at the time. Personally i dont like the pill, (i concieved my first child while on the pill and i took it on time every day) and i don't like the idea of injections because if you have any side effects you have to put up with it until it wears off, unlike other methods where if you have a reaction you can stop.

ultimately it is your choice, only you can decide what is right for your body. there are pro's and con's for all of them....Good Luck in chosing one that's right for you

Katie - posted on 05/27/2010

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I have Implanon too. I thought it was going to great and all that, but now my periods are all out of whack. I have only had it for 4.5 months. I want something different next time and am looking at the different types they have. There is one out there called Seasonique (spelled wrong). I haven't really heard much about it, but am looking more into it.

Erisha - posted on 05/27/2010

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I love the ring! I have been on the shot and pills, but the ring is definely my personal favorite.

Karmi - posted on 05/27/2010

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Well before my son I had the pill, after him I got the depo shot and was so paranoid that I was pregnant, because you don't get your period. Then I also switched to the implanon and also had it removed for the same reasons as you. I am now using the NuvaRing and love it. Although I have gotten mixed up with times to take out and put it in, just make sure you use a calender. I think the ring is great and it has worked so far!

Lindsey - posted on 05/27/2010

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Well after my 1st child I used a medication called Micronor. This is a pill taken everyday that has less hormones in it and is good if you have had or have blood pressure issues. I had to stop taking it because I still had headaches like I had with the YAZ. I only took it for like a month before either of my kids and Im glad that I stopped considering what I have seen on TV about it now!!! After my son I decided to go with the MIRENA. I have had this ever since Aug. 2008. This was a IUD that last for 5yrs and it will help regulate monthly cycles as well. It was horrible in the beginning because I bled really heavy for about 4mths, UGH! My doc finally prescibed micronor again to help ease the bleeding. After about 4mths my cycles became less heavy but started lasting about 2wks at a time, so I was still discouraged. I had read that the Mirena would stop cycles in about 20% of women, I was hoping that I would be that percentage within the 1st 6mths but it was after I hit the 1yr mark that finally my period has stoped all together. So now all I do is feel for the threads that are attached to the mirena and make sure that is all I feel and nothing extra! I have only spoted 2x since nov. 2009.

So this is a good thing if you are patient enough to deal with the issues within the 1st 6mths-yr.

Margarita - posted on 05/27/2010

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I am currently using the Implanon as well. I am considering having it removed because my periods are heavy and I don't like the mood swings it gives me. I've tried the pill, the patch and the Mirena, and I can honestly say my favorite method has been the Condom. I always knew when my period was coming and that 7 days later it was gone for the next 28 days. But everybody is different and every body is different, so it all depends on how you react to birth control

Brandy - posted on 05/27/2010

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i use the nuva ring and have tried every birth control out ther. My doctor told me it was my last resort or i had to get fixed and i think im to young for that. The nuva ring actually worked for me. I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss, it not everyone has the same problems. Like i had the IUD and it caused so many problems that i know get pelvic inflamatory from it. I had the iud removed only 2 years of having it in. It was suppose to stay in for 12 years.

Brandy - posted on 05/27/2010

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It's 3-5 years.....and you return to your doctor to have it removed.
I have had MIRENA for 4 months....1 period. No cramping. No everyday pill to remember. No weight gain or weird mood swings. My doctor suggested it. LOVE IT!!!

Rachel - posted on 05/27/2010

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Pull out method works fine for me and my husband....I also know my body's cycle and it's pretty easy to tell when I'm ovulating. It's worth looking into, then when you do want to get pregnant you'll know the best time to do it.

Mandie - posted on 05/27/2010

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PS... DON'T TAKE THE PILL!!! 3/4 OF THE RESPONDS ALL SAID THEY GOT PREGO ON IT LOL ... SO DID I

Mandie - posted on 05/27/2010

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I have been on the 10 year IUD sense last august. I like that it lasts for 10 yrs. It is copper there for no hormones, breakouts, mood changes. or baby's! my periods at first lasted 7 days but are now down to 4-5 . I have had no complaints from my partner it doesn't seem to bother him in any way . It has been a great choice sense I'm done with child bearing . I would recommend it to any 1

Jessica - posted on 05/27/2010

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The "pull out" method does NOT always work. My fiance and I were doing that and I ended up pregnant

Roxanne - posted on 05/27/2010

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I have several friends who have gotten pregnant while on the nuva ring. I have the mirena iud and love it. It's the second time I've used it and what I really love about it, is I never get my period. It's perfectly safe and healthy, at least it has been for myself and my sisters. It works for 5 yrs and you take it out when you want to get pregnant again.

Daisy - posted on 05/27/2010

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I am still trying to figure that out myself.... I have been on the IUD for several minths now. But I have been getting the same symptoms you have and I hate it... So, now I am making my doctors appoinment to switch it to something else!!!

Katarina - posted on 05/27/2010

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I've been on the Patch on and off before trying to get pregnant, after having my son and off again ttc. I love it! 3 weeks on, 1 week off. The only issue I have with it is it's like band-aid so it gets the normal sticky stuff and the corners become lose closer to the end of the week, but I've never had a major issue. It can only be placed on 4 different spots on the body, but they can all be hidden for different seasons!!!!

Xoe - posted on 05/27/2010

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i had the implanon for over a year, had constant periods and then became pregant on it. I have also tried the mini pills (two different types) and both of them were not suitable either, one i gained weight on and the other i was sick with.
Since my son was 6 weeks old (he is now 14 months) i have the depo injection every 3 months. It is fantastic. took injection to settle to it but since i have had no periods and no weight gain. It is also convenient because you dont have to remember to take tablets every day or remember to miss a week. just remember to have your next injection. You have 5 days either side of 12 weeks from your previous injection to have your repeat. If you go longer than the 5 days, they will not let you have it, until you have another period and take 2 pregnancy tests. Hope this helps x

Nicole - posted on 05/27/2010

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The shot is good, but there is an increased risk of bone loss and weight gain while you're on it. However, the hormones you have during pregnancy and/or calcium supplements can help reverse any bone loss that may occur. I used the shot for 5 years (off and on between kids) and stopped having periods all together, which is common. Most women either stop bleeding or have lighter, irregular periods. But everyone is different. I got tired of the weight gain that I couldn't lose and am looking into other alternatives.

Brandi - posted on 05/27/2010

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i use the pill but DO NOT recommend Yazz i had nothing but health issues and so did a friend of mine and we both ended up pregnant on it and neither of us missed a day on it. my other friends did the depo shot but gained crazy amounts of weight on it because its got staroids in it

ELIZABETH - posted on 05/27/2010

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I had merina i was so happy at first cuz i would
not have a menstrual cycle and it would last a long time untell i was ready to have a nother baby. but i had to get it takin out 4 month latter becuz i bleed the hole time and when i got it takin out my body was rejecting it my tissu in side had grown over it. but i have had tonz of friends get it and they love it so it just depends on the person and there body. my sister in law has been on the shot for 7 years and she loves it but said she has no sex drive so thats not for me. i stuck with the pill skipp the period pills and go on to the next pack no periods and i love it but i gained weight. so my hubby is just going to get snipt all done. lol

Tessa - posted on 05/27/2010

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Oh, and I've had the Mirena. Weight gain, no sex drive, hsuband always felt the strings (works really well to prevent pregnancy when you can't have sex!), headaches, moodiness and depression. I hated it.

Tessa - posted on 05/27/2010

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NPF or FAM =D All natural, no side effects, 98-99% effective, just the same as hormonal birth control, if not more effective!

Samantha - posted on 05/27/2010

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I've tried the depo shot. It worked pretty good, but only for three months. But, I'm about to get the merina, the iud implant. I've heard great things about it. And it's effective for five years. It also relieves the cramping and after so long, you stop having a menstrual cycle, which is also nice.

Jamie - posted on 05/27/2010

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NFP works best for my husband and me. Never had an unplanned pregnancy in two years and no side effects. But... it's not a method for everyone since it is very involved and needs both partners to be active participants.

Jordan - posted on 05/27/2010

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The pull out method has worked for me for 23months now. we do use condoms from time to time. i think it depends on the individual, you just have to find what works for u.

Laura - posted on 05/27/2010

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I was on the implanon and also had a lot of bleeding. I went several months without anything. Then decided to have the IUD. Big mistake, I wouldn't recomend it to anyone. I side effects were horible and I had sever burning and stabbing inside. I has bigger problems with them removing it. I don't think there is a good birth control out there beside the condom. There's just to may bad side effects from all of them. I want one more child and I'm going to have my tude tied. Good luck!!!

Carly - posted on 05/27/2010

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Oh really? I am sorry to hear it was no good for you, I would have recomended that use of birth control as I had no periods what so ever! It did make me pile on a lot of weight though... :/ that's one downside but I never got pregnant for the whole 3 years I had the implant! I was using condoms, as everything besides the implant makes me so moody and angry! Lol, but we are trying for our second baby at the moment so contraceptions out the window! haha x

Jessica - posted on 05/27/2010

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I have tried several methods, the pill, micronor, nuva ring. and a few others. I always side effects from all of them. Now i have the implanon implant and have had it almost two years now. I ablsolutely love it. I haven't had any bleeding since the first month and no crabbiness. I also have twin daughters that help with the not wanting anymore kids.. I would suggest something with a low hormone if you have a lot of problems with birth control.

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I just though I'd throw this one out there since I didn't see anyone mention it. I've been using the Billings Method of birth control, that is how my daughter was concieved (first try) and that is how we're not pregnant now. My daughter is 6 months old, I got my period back when she was 4 months. I've just been noting my, excuse the word, mucus and it's been working for me. It's a great natural method, that doesn't really stop you much from having sex when you want, despite what people might think, and it's work a try. I was on the pill and had the implant Implanon and I was disatisfied with both. I didn't like the side-effects and I finally had to take the implant out because I was bleeding for 8 weeks straight. Anyways, the Billings Method is great for when you want to get pregnant and when you don't. It's even helpful if you're having trouble getting pregnant or recognising when something is wrong. A website to check out is http://www.woomb.org Good luck!

Tiffany - posted on 05/26/2010

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I really loved my old BC- I was on the Ortho Evra Patch. I suck at taking a pill at the same time every day, I HATE shots, and the IUD/Nuva ring aren't good options for me since I have really bad cramps and you can feel the IUD then and it's not very comfy, my dr. told me.

*SO* I got the patch. Stick it on once a week, put it in a new place the next week, and if you don't want your period one week (or for a few months) just keep packing it on and don't give it a 7 day break. I did gain 20 lbs with it, but honestly there were no other side effects and it worked perfectly for preventing pregnancy. I HIGHLY recommend it. So easy it was ridiculous. Next time I'm in the market for a BC I'm defintely going back for this one.

Alisha - posted on 05/26/2010

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I had Mirena IUD and had cramps and a bloated feeling all the time. I was never really comfortable knowing something was in there. After a little over a year of spotting and cramping all the time I had it removed. I then tried a couple of the most advertised birth control pills and had depression and nausea issues. I switched doctors and she advised me to try yet another pill that isn't so advertised but has been on the market for years and I have been on that for a year now and love it! I have no side effects at all (I did for the first 3 months until my body adjusted to it though) I hope you find something that works.

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