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Suzanne - posted on 12/15/2010
I have had mirena since Oct 09. I love it. I did bleed for about 5 weeks straight after insertion but it did stop. I now spot one day every three months. No other issues I highly recommend. I just think some people bail out too soon.
Kristen - posted on 12/16/2010
I have only tried 4 in my life:
The pill: I can NOT remember to take something, the same time everyday. Lasted for about a month! lol
The patch: I didnt like the sticky mess or the effects. I cramped ALOT
Depo: I loved not having a period and easy weight loss (i was one of the lucky ones, cause I know MANY that the opposite happened) but I didnt like the hormones. I suffer from depression and hormones do not help any!!
IUD: I FREAKING LOVE IT!! I havent had one problem yet, its been over 2 years now. I go in after March to get it removed so me and my fiance (will be hubby then) can have another!! =D
Stacey - posted on 12/16/2010
I'm using the Mirena IUD. Some of the side effects are a little bit to deal with at first but after 6-9 months they regulate themselves. If you are considering the IUD be prepared to have spotting everyday but it's great to not have to worrry about taking a pill and it doesn't have hormones that pass through breastmilk. :) Good luck with your decision!
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Alicia - posted on 03/14/2012
So i tried Depo Shot worst ever bleed straight for 9 months, had Mirena was great had it for 2 years and then got it removed so we could have another lost my job and cant afford another so i am now on Tri- Sprintec only been on if for 2 months but all is well
Christina - posted on 12/21/2010
congrads on the baby. second my question is do you plan on having more kids after this one ? i was on the iud for three years and we decided to have another one. needless to say i cant bc of the iud and now im on the pill to see if that helps. yes it will keep you from getting pregnant but if it happens to you like it happened to me with wanting another one dont do the iud! i hope in the near future im able to have my last child. for now i am taking the pill and i set an alarm on my phone to take it every day. hope that helps.
Kylee - posted on 12/20/2010
I Have never been very good about keeping up with my birthcontrol so I decided after I had my son that I would get ParaGuard. Its non hormonal so you don't need to worry about it interfereing with breastfeeding or other major side effects. The Dr.s put it in during your 6week check up and it doesn't hurt more then a little stomach cramping. It stays in for up to ten years so you can decide when you are ready for another baby.
Kristen - posted on 12/20/2010
@ Dariela, those mood swings were exactly why I had to go off of depo and get the IUD/copper. My body cant handle hormones and NO WAY could I handle another baby just yet!! If they get real bad, talk to your dr about other methods! I too loved the depo, besides turning demonic here and there ;)
Tara - posted on 12/20/2010
i chose the pill! tri-sprintec just because i've tried a few other birth-controls before and have had problems with weight gain, mood swings, and acne. And when i started talking the pill i haven't had any problems at all. the only thing i'm concerned about now is, am i going to be able to get pregnant again when i decide i want to have another child? i heard it can take up to 2 years to get birth-control out of your system, does anybody know if this is true?!
Amber - posted on 12/20/2010
I had the mirena IUD after my first baby, It was fine the first few months but then I kept getting this sharp pinching pain in my lower stomach, had it checked cause i thought maybe it was out of place or something and it was fine..the pain continued and then after months of no periods I just started bleeding randomly during the months. I went to have it removed and it had given me an infection. after my second I tried the paraguard IUD, that was even worse. when I got my periods I bled so much that I literally couldnt get out of bed, was so sick, dizzy, nauseated, the works. got that removed asap. I will never get another one again. I have had friends who like it but most of the women I know hated it and ended up having it removed.
after I got the paraguard out I went back on the pill...then had baby number 3 haha. after baby number 3 , nine months ago, my husband got a vasectomy.
Jennifer - posted on 12/19/2010
I also went with an IUD. I am 31 and had blood clots in my lungs in September caused by the pill so they took me off from it. I had Paraguard (SP?) inserted. Weight gain is not a side effect (supposedly), but it will not do anything to help with periods. The pill scares me after I had clots- I had been on the pill since I was 17- except when I was pregant and breastfeeding a few years back. Good luck.
Alicia - posted on 12/19/2010
Not too sure which IUD you chose to go with but I'm hoping it's the Mirena. Although the copper IUD is supposed to have a 99% success rate for prevention I know of SEVERAL women who got pregnant while on it, then miscarried when their Drs took it out :(
Ashley - posted on 12/18/2010
i had troubles remembering to take the pill @ 1st as well but set an alarm on my phone for the same time everyday n that helped, but i was on it 5 years b4 my daughter n now almost a year after so like September it is just natural to me now. it will b weird once i have my tubes tied after our 2nd child to not have to take it--will sort of b liberating in a way--LOL. now i just take it everynight b4 bed...they say as long as its in relatively the same time everyday ur fine...mine is always within the same 2 hour period depending on when i get to bed that night & ive never had any scares or anything:)
Ashley - posted on 12/18/2010
i did loestrin 24...its great now...took about 6 months to regulate (was having spotting between periods b4 the 6 months)...doc said it could have been bc of my body getting used to it after the baby or jsut some peoples bodies r different than others. have been on it almost a year now & i LOVE it short light periods--its GREAT:)
Sammie - posted on 12/18/2010
My first child was conceived whilst on the pill, so the pill is out for me after baby #2. I previously had ovarian cysts and was told I'd NEVER fall pregnant, but lo and behold, baby #2 is due in February! (Make up sex with no protection :p)
I have been looking into tubal ligation, but being I am only 22 they won't do it until I have been on adequate BC for 5 years and still adamant that I don't want anymore, so I have finally decided on Depo provera. I don't trust BC pills and I don't want to have a device inserted into me. I personally feel a hormone injection is the safest, least intrusive :)
Congratulations on your new baby and I hope you are all doing well!
Sarah - posted on 12/18/2010
I choose to get an IUD too. There's nothing to remember its easy and for me painless. But I do know some friends who have had bad luck and had to have there IUD removed so just listen to your body and see what feels right. Before I got pregnant I was using the patch, it was good too, I only had to remember to change it once a week.
Maggie - posted on 12/18/2010
I got the Mirena IUD almost a year ago in January, for the first 6 months I had light long periods but now since June-ish I haven't had a period. I love it! I still worry though reading all the stories about women getting pregnant with this and it not turning out good. But I am completely happy with my choice. Never been much of a pill taker everyday. Haha I always use to forget.
Miriam - posted on 12/18/2010
I did use the iud but after 2 yrs i was really uncomfortable with it... had it removed but had and ectopic pregnancy then started on pills but forgot here and there to take them so i started to used the PATCH i was OK with it but it all depends on how your body responds to the method
Brandi - posted on 12/17/2010
After I had my son, I got the Mirena. I was on the pill from the age of 17, but I cound never remember to take it. That is how I got pregnant in teh first place. I like the Mirena, I don't have to remember to take anything and it is good for 5 years.
Krista - posted on 12/17/2010
Im on Implanon which is a matchstick like implant that they put in the underside of your arm. I haven't really had any side effects with it beside a non stop period for the first 4 months after having it put in. It sucked but I didn't care. It lasts 3 years. It doesn't hurt when they put it in and I have heard that it doesn't hurt getting it tooken out either but I have seen many gruesome videos on youtube. lol
Jayde - posted on 12/17/2010
hi, i was on the pill when i conceived my daughter so that was out, the implanon made me really paranoid about everything so i got that taken out. Since my hubby & i knew we'd want another bub in a year or so we just used the withdrawal method... its worked for us so far & its been a year & a half :) & now we're TTC so we don't need anything atm :) After number 2 Chris (my husband) will get a vasectomy :)
Kristen - posted on 12/17/2010
since Im reading alot about IUD issues, I should mention:
the first few months, I didnt think I would make it! I did bleed HEAVY and it seemed to last 3-4 months at first, there were a few days where I wouldnt, so it wasnt constant. The cramps were BAD but they did lighten up and go away as time went on. The dr. said your body has to adjust to this foreign object, and that doesnt happen over night and if things werent better after 8 weeks, to talk to him, well by 8 weeks the bleeding lightened up and the cramping was ALOT less. I DEF think its worth it!
Alysha - posted on 12/17/2010
Congrats on your baby girl.
I chose the Paraguard IUD. I love mine! Yes, I did have cramping for a while and they were really really really bad, but I think that it's 100% worth the pain. Now I can be intimate with my bf and not have to worry about getting pregnant for another 9.5 years unless I decide to want it taken out and have more kids.
Ariel - posted on 12/17/2010
The day after giving birth to my second child, I had the depo shot and did NOT stop bleeding for about 3 months. I then chose Mirena as my method of birth control which is actually what stopped my bleeding. It's just a flexible IUD that the doctor puts in, in one office visit. It's only a 5 year IUD and if I change my mind and decide I want a third child before then, I can simply have it taken out. I have not experience any side affects and the only time I have felt pain with it was when it was inserted- very minimal cramping that only lasted a few seconds.
Franshell - posted on 12/16/2010
Katie, drink a Malta every 2 days! my doc told me it increases the milk supply a bit, but the mini pill should affect your milk supply!! the milk will keep flowing as long as your baby is still latching! Congrats on the prince!
Savona - posted on 12/16/2010
things you can do to make sure your milk supply stays adequately the right amount for your bub is the tea you can get from a health store specifically made to help with your breast milk supple. Also Fenugreek is supposed to help maintain a stable milk supply or up your current supply. =) Make sure you drink lots of liquids and dont starve yourself obviously and that should atleast help in keeping your supply up
Katie - posted on 12/16/2010
Hey guys I have a question. I just had my baby boy 5 weeks ago and my doctor prescribed me the mini pill, but I'm nervous to start it because I don't want it to affect my milk supply at all? I'm about to go on it, but I'm nervous because I REALLY want to continue breast feeding and don't want to jeapordize my milk supply. Congrats to all you new moms :)
Heather - posted on 12/16/2010
Congrats on the newbie! At first I was breastfeeding so my dr. put me on depo vera. She said it was the safest to use while nursing. After I stopped nursing tho, I tried one called LowEstren. And I absolutely hated it! I felt run down, and just blah! So in the end I went back on what I was on before. That is Yasmine or Yaz. They are fairly similar. I know that they don't have the best reputation, but it works great for me. I have pmdd, and this is the ONLY thing that helps treat that. So far so good! It's worked just as good as it did before. And for those of you thinking it, NO I didn't get pregnant while I was on that pill. I had stopped taking it and got pregnant with in 2 weeks of stopping. Good luck!
Jessie - posted on 12/16/2010
outside of condoms, none. at about 3 months I began taking the mini-pill, the birth control that is supposed to be safe for baby while nursing. anyway my milk supply took a sudden nose dive after about two weeks I threw the crap away and haven't taken anything since. 17 months and counting and no surprise pregnancies. We just finished nursing and I have been thinking of trying regular bc pills again but I am not sure I want the bother or responsibility of remembering to take them when condoms have done just fine so far. we will see.
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