Birth control

Trina - posted on 03/01/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering what kind of birth control if any you ladies who are breastfeeding are using. I'm going in for a pregnancy test tomorrow to make sure I'm not again before getting an IUD put in on Thursday. I have to admit I'm pretty nervous about it.

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Katie - posted on 03/10/2009

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We have just been using condoms.  I'm sure my husband would like it some other way, but after being the one responsible for birth control for 7 years, I figured he can take his turn.  I wasn't wild about taking even a minipill while breastfeeding and then I realized, like an IUD, the minipill doesn't always prevent conception, just implantation.  Since I became a mom, I have mixed feelings about that (another one of those surprising changes in me brought on by motherhood!).  But anyway, do what you feel most comfortable with!  :)

Kathy - posted on 03/09/2009

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Did you all know that the IUD usually does not prevent conception, it prevents implantation.  The difference is that if you believe that life begins at conception, then the IUD is really an early abortifacient.  I am an OB nurse and lactation consultant.  I would recommend natural family planning to postpone pregnancy...good for your body, good for your marriage, and teaches you how to learn how your fertility works.  Worth the time to take the class., can now be taken on line.  Check out the "Couple to Couple league" on line!  

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Katie - posted on 03/10/2009

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We have just been using condoms.  I'm sure my husband would like it some other way, but after being the one responsible for birth control for 7 years, I figured he can take his turn.  I wasn't wild about taking even a minipill while breastfeeding and then I realized, like an IUD, the minipill doesn't always prevent conception, just implantation.  Since I became a mom, I have mixed feelings about that (another one of those surprising changes in me brought on by motherhood!).  But anyway, do what you feel most comfortable with!  :)

Marisa - posted on 03/10/2009

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I got the paraguard IUD around 2 months post-pardum and haven't had any issues (I've had it for a few months). you don't feel it and I haven't had any changes to my period, cramping, etc...I chose the paraguard over the mirena because it doesn't release hormones. also, IUDs are safe, and you don't have to think about it at all - like pills, condoms, etc.  It was slightly uncomfortable when my doctor put it in (I was definitely nervous) but no big deal.

Emily - posted on 03/10/2009

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Quoting Kathy:



Did you all know that the IUD usually does not prevent conception, it prevents implantation.  The difference is that if you believe that life begins at conception, then the IUD is really an early abortifacient.  I am an OB nurse and lactation consultant.  I would recommend natural family planning to postpone pregnancy...good for your body, good for your marriage, and teaches you how to learn how your fertility works.  Worth the time to take the class., can now be taken on line.  Check out the "Couple to Couple league" on line!  





I did know this, which is one reason I have chosen not to get an IUD, or do any form of hormonal birth control. We chart to avoid (which is pretty tricky while breastfeeding), but we enjoy having our kids close together and plan to have a large family, so we're okay with surprise pregnancies if they happen. With the exception of our second who was concieved before I'd read Taking Charge of Your Fertility or even heard of charting, we've successfully avoided pregnancy when we chose to, and conceived #3 an #4 on our second month TTC, even while my cycles were still not back to normal due to breastfeeding. 



DH also HATES using condoms... so we often just abstain instead. It takes so much effort to find a time to be together with our three kids anyway, so we just don't bother during the few days or so we'd need to worry about it. When we do get a chance during a fertile time, and we haven't previously discussed TTC, I just remind DH what we could be getting into, and leave it up to him if he wants to continue anyway or if he wants to grab a condom. I love being pregnant, and I love little babies, so I'm usually ready for the next baby several months before he is anyway. :)

Hannah - posted on 03/09/2009

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I was totally anxious about the IUD and was "absolutely NOT" going to get one. But really its the most effective and reliable and hey you can just forget about it for 5 years!  So Ive got one the procedure is simple and quick its a bit crampy and uncomfartable a little painful but hell you have given birth its no biggy.

Hannah - posted on 03/09/2009

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I was totally anxious about the IUD and was "absolutely NOT" going to get one. But really its the most effective and reliable and hey you can just forget about it for 5 years!  So Ive got one the procedure is simple and quick its a bit crampy and uncomfartable a little painful but hell you have given birth its no biggy.

Allison - posted on 03/09/2009

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We've just used condoms. I don't like the idea of putting hormones into my body, especially when nursing, and inserting something into my uterus sounds risky. I've heard a lot of great stuff about charting - Taking Charge of Your Fertility (forget the Author - Terri W?) is supposed to be a great book. After #3 (due in May), we'll probably go back to condoms unless my husband is interested in a vasectomy. I'm not taking permanent action on my body - I want to stay as natural as possible.

Sara - posted on 03/09/2009

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I would love to hear from the copper, non-hormonal IUD users! I went in to get the Mirena inserted and the nurse practitioner poked thru my uterus with the applicator!! She and the GYN supervising her were clearly too inexperienced to know that for breastfeeding mothers, it usually takes longer to get back to normal internally and they should have told me to wait till at least 3 months or later postpartum!! I was furious! After a perfectly easy natural birth, they go an poke a hole in my womb! Anyway, I am not deterred from getting an IUD--I just won't ever go back to them to get it inserted. So anyone with the copper IUD, I'd love to hear if you got any extra bleeding or cramping.

Snow - posted on 03/03/2009

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i just got the depo shot.. i think that's what its called. you only have to get it every 3 months so you don't have to think about it and also you don't have to worry about getting something taken out if you change your mind you just don't go for your next shot.

Emily - posted on 03/03/2009

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I haven't done birth control since about a month after we got married... everything was too expensive and we didn't have great insurance. We charted and avoided fertile days or used condoms... we got pregnant by choice 8 months after our wedding... but I lost that baby. We got pregnant again about 6 months later, and had #1 just after our second anniversary. #2 was a total surprise, but not unwelcome (1 and 2 are 12 months apart). We started charting again after #2 and conceived #3 by choice after two months of TTC when #2 was 10 months old. We charted again after #3 and avoided for a few months, then got pregnant our second month TTC when #3 was 11 months old. I really enjoy having my kids close together, and I want lots of kids, so this has worked well for us (BTW, I've been exclusively nursing all my kids when I get pregnant again... my second and third had started solid foods, but weren't eating a ton at the time I got pregnant).

I know this doesn't work for everyone, but being aware of your fertility is awesome, and it's nice to know that we can get pregnant when we want to, but we can also avoid if we want to.

My sister-in-law doesn't trust herself to chart well enough, so she'll be going in in another week or two for the copper IUD. She has horrible reactions to any hormones in her system, so after all her research, the copper IUD is her best option.

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I'm nervous too but if i got preg right now with a 9 week old I'd die!



I'll def let you know how it goes!!

Trina - posted on 03/02/2009

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Quoting Clerissa:



I'm getting Para-guard implanted tomorrow (the non-hormonal IUD)! I'll let you know how it goes!!





Awesome! Thank you so much, I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to think about it.

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I'm getting Para-guard implanted tomorrow (the non-hormonal IUD)! I'll let you know how it goes!!

Trina - posted on 03/02/2009

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Thank you for all the responses ladies. It makes me feel a bit better about getting it. I'm hoping I won't cramp too much, because I used to hemerage monthly due to a miscarriage I had in the past. If worst comes to worst I'll just get it taken out. I'm going non-hormonal with it mostly due to cost reasons.

Bridgette - posted on 03/02/2009

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I have the Mirena. I just got it put in last week. I spotted for the first couple days then it stopped.



As far as going with mirena vs the non hormonal....My doctor told me that the non hormonal one usually causes heavier periods and cramping. I usually had pretty bad cramps already and she told me that it would make them worse.

Ryann - posted on 03/02/2009

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why the mirena iud and not the non-hormonal iud? i am getting an iud in another month (at 3 mos post-partum) so i'm curious. i was leaning non-hormonal bc i read that it can take a year to get pregnant after the mirena iud versus you could right away with the non-hormonal.

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Oh...I did spot the first couple of weeks but haven't had a period or spotting at all since then. I think I would even deal with regular spotting if I didn't have to deal with my period! After a year, I might change my tune though.

Barbara - posted on 03/02/2009

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I have the Mirena IUD, and they say you can have it removed at any time if you want to try for another baby.  I am less enthused about it than I was, though, because it makes me spot all the time.  I've had it for a year, and I still randomely spot every few days.  It is very annoying.  I'm actually thinking about having it taken out because of this.  Hopefully, this won't happen with yours.   At least it's easily removable.

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I had Mirena inserted at my 6-week postnatal check. I tend to be "sensitive" to the pill so I thought it would help reduce side effects. I haven't had any negative effects that I can tell and the insertion was not bad at all.....maybe a little worse than a pap but nothing like an internal examination during pregnancy! My husband says that every now and then he can feel it during sex but not anything that would weird him out enough to not want to have sex. haha Good luck.

Sarah - posted on 03/02/2009

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I use Micronor 28 (Norethindrone Tablets, USP 0.35mg) which my OB suggested and have had no problems.  It is a low dose of the hormone progestin and contains No estrogen.  I have had no problems and my OB was very reassuring that it would not effect my son through my breastmilk.  Good Luck!

Lauren - posted on 03/02/2009

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I take the mini pill.  It is a progesterone-only pill.  I was going to do the IUD but we were not sure how long we were going to wait to try for baby #2. 

Kathleen - posted on 03/02/2009

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I started out on the Ortho Evra patch and then switched over to the Mirena IUD. The reason why I switched was I felt the patch was diminishing my milk supply. My doctor said it had not affect on it, but the local lactation consultant said it did. I decided to listen to the LC and I am glad I did! My milk supply never fully returned to the normal flow but increased greatly. HTH

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