What kind of birth control do you use? Does it cause any side effects?

Krystal - posted on 09/09/2009 ( 85 moms have responded )

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Does your birth control cause any weight gain/loss, headaches, bloating, nausea?

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Evelyn - posted on 09/09/2009

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I have the Implanon (progesterone rod inserted under the skin in the inner upper arm.) Lasts for 3 years. Ive had mine in 1.5 years. Very good, high contraceptive protection. Every body is different in how they react/get side effects. I personally don't have many and found it good. I don't get periods anymore! They put it in at the GPs with local anaesthetic. Pressure bandage for 3 days. Had quite a bit of upper arm bruising for 1 week with it. When bruising settled down I couldn't feel it moving in there, except if i purposefully feel for it with my fingers. I must admit I am dreading the time when the Dr has to take it out and put a new one in. In the past, I have tried the Depo Provera (3 monthly muscle injections) and the pill. Took my body ages to return to being fertile again after stopping the Depo Injections (long time for me to conceive my 2nd child), pill gave me painful periods and bloating and it annoyed me to remember to take it everyday.

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Jen - posted on 10/08/2011

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I've had the Implanon implant twice with three years in between where I didn't use anything (& ended up with my daughter). In terms of contraception: I can't take any of the pills they make me sick and I've tried Depovera but it caused horrible pain so the implant was a welcome relief to the threat of pregnancy. The first time I had the implant it was such a gradual change that I didn't notice what had happened to me until after I had it removed at the three year point. Obviously there were other factors but I ended a three year relationship & lost a lot of friends due to my irrational issues - I was angry, moody & paranoid and I wondered if it was the gradual build up of hormones in my system from the implant. When I had it removed I chose to keep my body synthetic hormone free but with the issues I have with other contraception it was only a matter of time before I was pregnant! After my daughter was born my partner was not allowed near me until I had another implant inserted! I did however warn him to watch out for the side effects I suffered from the last one and indicate to me over time if he noticed any personality changes. I did the same with my best friend. Sure enough, 18 months into my 3yrs they both individually came to me to tell me I wasn't being very nice!! I had the implant removed that month and we have just had our second child. Currently, much to my husbands distaste we are abstaining until he can 'tie a knot in it', lol, but if I suggest going back on Implanon he refuses to entertain the idea...seems I really was a b*tch!

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Quoting Anna:

If you want something with no symptoms, there's the natural fertility method. If you are disciplined enough to do it right it is at least as effective as the pill. You have to take your temperature every morning as soon as you wake up and record it on a chart along with a couple of other symptoms to determine when you are ovulating. You can work out exactly when you are going to be fertile and either not have sex or use condoms during that time. I used it for 2 years and it worked fine, then when I decided to have a baby, I got pregnant first try.


We also did the temp contraception for 1 month... We now have a name for it "Hayden" our middle child.lol... so it did not work 4 us.



right now my husband is laughing... yeah good call wife.lmao

Zoe - posted on 09/16/2009

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im on 2 types on birth control im on the pill and i have an implant in as well the implant stops me getting pregnant ( coz im very highlt fertile) and the pill controls my bleeding i hav no side affects at all

Kayla - posted on 09/15/2009

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Im on the depovera its a shot i get every three months..Little to kno periods and it works like a charm! Tryed birth control pills and ended up haveing my son lol..But I have been on the shot for over a year now and it works amazingly

Tori - posted on 09/15/2009

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I am on Loestrin Fe 24 and I like it because I have ovarian cysts and when I was on Ortho Tri Cyclen I would get a very bad pain in my lower abdomen when I would get off of my period and start a new cycle of pills, but since I have been on Loestrin I haven't had bad pains in my abdomen any more, but I get tender breasts before I start my period if I have a period I don't get one every month because there are only 4 inactive pills so my periods are very irregular because some months I get them and some months I don't because of the pill that is one down side to this pill but other than that it is great

Hope - posted on 09/15/2009

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i have the mirena iud i dont feel any different i get a little cramping around that time of month but after 6 mths of having it in i stopped bleeding every month and the dr says that i probably wont have my period again until i get it taken out. but you can have them for maximum 5 years. i love it because i have a hard time remembering to take a pill every day so its wonderful to me and they say it prevents more pregnancys than getting your tubes tide or pretty much anything and its reversible. it is 99.9% effective and the pills are only 98.9% effective so good luck on your choice

Sarah - posted on 09/15/2009

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I have 5 children and currently not using contraception but upon my drs advice I'm havin a copper iud inserted. I have used the pill which is great as long as you can remember to take it, depo and implanon but the hormone in those 2 disagree with me i had the implant for 2 1/2 yrs and gained 22kgs and bled constantly also it caused me to suffer major depression as did the depo shot and I bled the whole 3 months. the mirena iud (i think thats the one) also has the same hormone as these and i was told would give me similar effects. Eventually I will have my tubes tied but trying to find someone willing to do it for me is going to be as mission.............if you are thinking implanon I'd get the depo shot first to see if it agrees with you but otherwise I'd go with the pill!

Deidra - posted on 09/15/2009

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I am using Implanon. Its a single rod (same material as the NuvaRing) and is placed in the inside of your upper arm. Inserting it takes 10 minutes and its good for 3 years. I had the IUD and I had HORRIFIC cramps for 6 months before I said enough was enough. I had the Implanon inserted in February 2009 and I have had two periods since then. I also have not gained even 1 pound since having it in. I do not do well with hormones either but this birth control seems to do the trick. It's effective for 3 years and is very care free. No pills, weight gain or moodswings for me.

Alicia - posted on 09/15/2009

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i made my bf get fixed. after my second daughter was born i never stopped bleeding so my doctor gave me the shot and after that wore off i used nuva ring but i couldnt use tampons because they hurt. after a year i made him get fixed it was easier.

Amy - posted on 09/15/2009

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i have nuva ring and i havent had any side effect but i have been on depo and that made me have my period for 3 months needless to say i never went got and my second shot

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I'm on the Depo Shot and I LOVE it! I was on it for 2.5 years, got off of it, had a baby, and got right back on it. Obviously it's different for everyone, but the only side effect that I've had is that I no longer have monthly periods, which I do not miss one little bit. You just get an injection every 3 months- no big deal. Super easy, super convenient.

Heather - posted on 09/15/2009

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I use the kind where my hubby got fixed!! :-) No personal side effects (except hearing him complain about loss of manhood..), VERY effective, and completely pain-free (for you)

Amanda - posted on 09/15/2009

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i have an IUD and i think that it works great. two months after i had it put in i stopped getting a period all together. its great i don't have to worry about periods for 5yrs, no buying pads or tampons, no worrying about taking a pill every day. i haven't had any weight gain or any side effects for that matter. as a matter of fact my cramps are almost non exsistent. good luck on ur decision.

Nina "NeNe" - posted on 09/15/2009

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I use the pills and have been since last November and I haven't had any side effects really and my period is lighter too as a result. I love the pills. I would never use anything else!

Kalina - posted on 09/15/2009

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Quoting Sara:

Right now i have the Mernia iud... I am about to get it REMOVED!! i have had it in for about 2 years.. in the course of the 2 years it has been hell. However i just havent had the money to get it removed... I have had RAPID and i do me RAPID weight gain, i sometimes have no periods.. and then bam i have heavy bleeding, cramping.. to the point of vomiting. Also i am 100% sure of this about 3 weeks after i got the IUD i moods were going off the charts.. i didnt want to do anything, i cried, ect.. i am now on depression medication.. my family dr. i have know for 23 years (i am 26) told me that if I was his daughter... he would have her get the IUD removed.... Lets not forget the pain i experciance when having intercourse with my hubby! and the extrem cramping afterwards... LOL and he wonders WHY i shy away from the deed! I strongly incourage you NOT to get an IUD but everyones body reacts diffrently!



I just got the Mirena 2wks now.....before had the nuva ring......had to stop caused high blood pressure.....from day one it has giving me bad cramping pain. i went back to dr after a wk and they gave me an uktrasiund and pain med to see if that would help...but i am still having some pain. have intercourse with hubby and started to cry from pain....everyone is telling me to give my body a chance to get use to it......



i have had problems with all other BC...tried like six different pills, depo, nuva ring and now this....I don't want to get my tubes tied but dont want any kids now.



i dont know if i should continue with the mirena and see if the side effect ease or go ahead and get it removed.......your the first person i heard having pain during intercourse....and in my opinion if there pain you dont want it so why even have BC that dont allow the sex.....gave me you advise.



 

Samantha - posted on 09/15/2009

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i have the mirena and love it. it lasts for five years, i think IUDs are the way to go. i don't have any side effects. but you should know there is a huge difference between IUDs. the copper one has to be in the right place for it to work so ex. if you lose weight and it shifts it could stop working. however the mirena does not have to be in a certain spot. it will work even if its not exactly where it should. just thought you should know, i had some confusion with mine, docs thought it was a copper one and it had move and then realized it wasn't so everything's ok. its been almost two years now and its great.

Amber - posted on 09/15/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

I started on the pill and had my son, then the shot and had my daughter. So, my doctor won't let me take the shot or pill so I got the IUD. I loved it kept it for 3 years then decided i didn't want anymore kids so I got my tubes tied. Hated that! It was So painful for me.



I have an appt to get myh tubes tied this Thursday. Could you tell me a little more about your experience if you get this before then and why you didn't like it?? Thanks

Janet - posted on 09/15/2009

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Im on Seasonale and its amazing !!! its 13 weeks of the pills and so every 3 months youll get your period ! i havent had any side affects and have actually lost weight !

Jessica - posted on 09/15/2009

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I have tried a few and all of them had side effects from weight gain, to acne, to both! =( I was on Depo, then Nuva Ring, etc, etc. Femcone is what I use now and I

Alisa - posted on 09/14/2009

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Hi, I have Mirena (lasts 5 years) and so far no side affects---I love it because I dont' have to remember to do anything (ie. take a pill everyday) and if we decide to have another baby before the 5 year mark we can take it out whenever we want! Also, you get it put in during a regular office visit and can take it out during a regular office visit. It's quick. The only side affects I have had was some cramping after my doctor put it in. That went away after a day though.

Linda - posted on 09/14/2009

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Please be advised about the NuvaRing- Having it in, no side effects. Pretty awesome.

Remove it due to, say, losing your job and not getting a refill b/c insurance issues- very strong side effects. False pregnancy scare due to weight gain, moodiness and lack of initial period. Google removal of NuvaRing for more info. Horrific experience.

Amanda - posted on 09/14/2009

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I have the IUD Mirena I love it out of sight out of mind!! It has taken away my periods just about completely i may one day a month need a panty liner but thats the max of it. I have only had it since jan this year i had cramps the day i got it and some about once a month since but NOTHING like i would have without it! I highly recommend it!

Nicole - posted on 09/14/2009

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i can't take birth control so far from everything i have tried... its how i ended up pregnant before i wanted to be. still is a blessing in its own way but i would have rather waited till i was out of college. i get severe migraines from birth control as does with my sister. we both have the same problems with it. there is a thing called Minerva i think it is called. its a plastic T that goes into your uterus and it stays there for 5 years giving out low levels of hormones. i wanted to try it after having my child. i was going to try depo but my OB didn't think it would be good to give me with such bad reactions to the pills so anything with lasting effects that can not go away right away aren't an option in my case it really depends on you every one is different. but if your having problems with pills with higher hormone levels you may want to try fem con fe it was a lower hormone pill i tried. i still had problems with it so for me it was unsuccessful but it may work for some one else if they rather have oral BC.

Shannon - posted on 09/14/2009

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I have the IUD. It was great bc I didn't have very much cramping like I did when I was on the pill. At first I bled a lot. I would bleed for like two weeks and then stop for two weeks and then bleed for one week. But after a couple of months that stopped and my period stopped entirely. I think its awesome.

Amanda - posted on 09/14/2009

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i've been depo,for two year's and it work's great,I mean you don't get your period's but there are two side effect's either you can gain weight or you won't.

Mattee - posted on 09/14/2009

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I personally am very sensitive to hormones in any birthcontrol. When I first started taking my doctor gave me Yaz.... Made me a bawling mean mess. So there were a few other orals I tried and then I tried the patch. NO NO for me. The day I put it on I was a complete wreck, I kept using it for 4 months but it never got better. I went on another oral one after that and when I would take the "fake" ones during the period week, I would get COLOSTRUM!!! It was so weird. The only one that has worked ok for me was Errin. It's a progersterone only pill, a mini pill, but it still messed me up while I was taking it. I only had 3 periods in 7 months while taking it, and it wasn't even a strong pill. Even though I plan on going on a really low dose mini pill after my baby is born, I don't think that all these hormones are good for anyone. In my opinion natural is best... Wouldn't it be great if there was just a button we could push to turn fertility on and off, he he... Too bad it doesn't work that way. After I'm done breasfeeding my baby I might try the ring, but then again... I might not use anything even though it's scary....

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For just over a year I used Loestrin (it's a BC pill, taken every day)... and gained about 30 pounds. Other than that, I liked it. Made my periods very light and short. But I have a hard enough time losing weight, especially without my BC making me feel like I constantly need to eat so my husband and I just use condoms now.

Frances - posted on 09/13/2009

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i have tha Mirena and hate it. its pretty simple for them to put it in but u bleed for a few weeks and then it slows or stops ur period and lightens it. i dont like it for tha fact that i have a period that last 2 to 3 weeks and then off for 2 weeks then start all over. just talk to ur dr

Melissa - posted on 09/13/2009

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I have the Mirena and so far the only side affect I've had is spotting. The copper IUD is known to cause serious cramping and heavy periods that is why my doctor suggested Mirena. I am really happy cause there is no way I would remember to take a pill everyday; and I am breastfeeding so there are limited options to what you can use.

Starla - posted on 09/13/2009

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I have mirena and i really love it. I cant do a lot types of birth control but this doesnt affect me at all and it works great. I have not had side affects. It will be different with everyone but i have three friends that have it in too and they love it as well. Whatever you think is best for you and talk to your doctor about it as well.

Cicily - posted on 09/13/2009

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I got an IUD. Intra Uterine Device. Mirena is the brand name. I really like it. It was uncomfortable to be put in but now I don't feel it at all. I also don't have a menstrual cycle. I had light bleeding at first. It is really nice not to have to worry about pills or patches, or everything else that is out there.

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Ovcon 50, no side effects. Except hardly no period. You might get a slight period for a day. I'm not complaining. Been on them for 5 years, after I had my son and no new baby yet!!

Carissa - posted on 09/13/2009

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I was on Ortho-Tri Lo when my husband and I were first married for a couple years. Just didn't feel great on it....not horrible but not great either...just felt "blah" I guess no highs or lows just "eh whatever" Lol. I realized it was from the pill when I went off it just to see. Sure enough i felt...well I FELT again LOL. Sure there's that pms time, but actually I really felt great again :o)



So anyway, was off it for 6 months and then we planned to get prego and did after only the 2nd month try...had my girl continued to not to go on anything. However i'm married and a VERY regular cycle (so I know this may not be best for some women)...I can tell exactly what days to be careful on...so natural family planning according to the calendar works amazingly for our situation. And I love feeling normal, and woudn't trade that for no periods. I've been off birth control for 3 years now..we plan to try for our 2nd baby next year :o)

After we're sure we're done with having kiddos my husband already agreed he go for the quick "snip" LOL

Jeandre - posted on 09/13/2009

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I had a Copper IUD put in after my son was born (he's 7years now). For the first few days I had awful cramps, but after that no problems what so ever except maybe an occasional heavy period. It never interfered with my weight or hormones as the pill did and is safe for 5 years.



NB safe for 5 years only!!! I had an appointment to have my IUD replaced Oct 2008 only to find out in Sept 2008 that I was pregnant. Needless to say, my dr quickly moved up my appointment to have it removed. My baby girl was born June 2009 and is 100% I have another Copper IUD, but will be SURE to replace it on 5 years this time around.

Mico - posted on 09/13/2009

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I have the copper IUD, I love it! It has no side effects because it doesn't have hormones and it last for years and can easily be removed when I want more kids.

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I am an OB/GYN nurse and I would suggest a Nuva Ring. Very effective and only has to be dealt with once a week. I've never been called with complaints or side effects. You put it in yourself and it's easy. You can't feel it and your partner can't feel it either. My physician will not insert IUD's.

Leslie - posted on 09/13/2009

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I have used Ortho-Tri Lo before my son and now I have had the Mirena IUD for over a year now. I am one of those women who can not handle artificial hormones. I had HORRIBLE postpartum that didn't start until after I had the Mirena inserted. I have been trying to get it removed, now that I have an office of medical professionals that believe that is what has caused my postpartum, but I can't get insurance issues worked out. Mirena is incredibly easy because you don't have to think about it and it lasts for awhile, but you really need to know how your body responds to artificial hormones. I've not had luck with any of it. Back to natural family planning for me I guess.

Amanda - posted on 09/12/2009

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i used the Mirena, and it was acomfortable when put in but after afew minutes i was ok, i have had it for about a year and a half, a period every so often, short and light. u dont have to worry about anything for 5 years.

Courtney - posted on 09/12/2009

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Hi right now im using the pill its okay probably the one with the least amount of side effects is good just as long as you remember to take it everyday!!

Jamie - posted on 09/12/2009

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I have an IUD and it is the most amazing thing!

I do not have a period and only slight cramping and cravings once a month. I love it!!!

Sara - posted on 09/12/2009

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Right now i have the Mernia iud... I am about to get it REMOVED!! i have had it in for about 2 years.. in the course of the 2 years it has been hell. However i just havent had the money to get it removed... I have had RAPID and i do me RAPID weight gain, i sometimes have no periods.. and then bam i have heavy bleeding, cramping.. to the point of vomiting. Also i am 100% sure of this about 3 weeks after i got the IUD i moods were going off the charts.. i didnt want to do anything, i cried, ect.. i am now on depression medication.. my family dr. i have know for 23 years (i am 26) told me that if I was his daughter... he would have her get the IUD removed.... Lets not forget the pain i experciance when having intercourse with my hubby! and the extrem cramping afterwards... LOL and he wonders WHY i shy away from the deed! I strongly incourage you NOT to get an IUD but everyones body reacts diffrently!

Rebecca - posted on 09/12/2009

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It really didn't feel any different having the IUD inserted as it does to have a pap smear. You will have some minor period like cramping a day or two afterward but really it''s not that bad at all. And I didn't know this but you can get it put in as soon as your 6 week check up. And you can have it while breastfeeding. See waited till I stopped breastfeeding but if I had known I would have done it much sooner!

Rebecca - posted on 09/12/2009

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I have used birth control pills everyother time I was preventing pregnancy. But this time I chose to try to Merina 5 yr plastic IUD. I knew I would never remember to take the pills eveyday. I love it!! After about 6 weeks of spotting I have had NO other side effects!! I love it!

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