HELP...!!

Tara - posted on 11/15/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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So I am having my second baby in ONE WEEK from today. I'm starting to think of what kind of birth control I want to rely on after baby arrives. I want something besides the pill... I am not very good at taking it, and I don't want another baby... at least not for a while. I'm thinking of possibly the depo shot, mirena, or the iud that gets implanted in your arm (if anyone has info on this particular one I would ♥ to hear it).
I guess I want to hear peoples experiences with different kinds of b/c. I know everybody is different, but I want to hear a variety of stories that might make my decision a little easier. =) Any information will be very helpful! Thanks!

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Shell - posted on 11/15/2010

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Hello, I've had the "rod" that gets implanted under the skin and lasts 3 years. It's a little shorter than a match stick and its very effective against falling pregnant providing you're not pregnant before it is inserted in your arm. Make sure that the doctor who does it knows what they are doing as when I had mine done, the silly woman doctor (who I doubt had much experience) had placed it in my actual inner arm muscle - it was excruciatingly painful, and when I had it taken out 2 years later to go onto the Depo shot, it took 45 minutes for them to find it which was also painful as they had to 'dig' around. Scar tissue had formed around the rod.
The downsides of having it done are your periods are irregular, spotting, or like me, didn't come at all. I have had friends who were the direct opposite and had their periods for up to 3 months straight. I also put on a lot of weight'. I also got headaches and a loss of appetite.
The good side is, once its in you can forget about it until the time runs out where you can choose to have it replaced or use some other contraception. It doesnt interfere with your everyday life. Don't stress about it snapping in half because its pretty strong.

I prefer the Depo shot once every 3 months. I had this after the rod was taken out. When you're due for another shot, just see your doctor with your prescription and its just a quick jab in the arm. My periods were irregular but I still got them. When I stopped taking the Depo shot, it took about 18 months for me to get pregnant with my first child.
After my daughter was born, I took the mini pill and pill but that wasnt any good to me because when my daughter was about 10 months old, I fell pregnant with my second baby, and I only missed ONE pill.
I had my second baby just over 2 months ago and now I'm using the Depo shot and I think I'll continue using it for a long time. Well I hope this helps.

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Cassandra - posted on 11/15/2010

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Hi my sister has got 3 children an she didnt want the pill as she always forgot to take it it depends on if your serious whether u want any more or not. She has the Mirena device implanted an so far no hiccups, she has had a few pains an cramps which is normal but it lasts for 5yrs an thats wat she wanted as the bar she doesnt lke gettin cut or needles an she said it was just like gettin a papsmear it didnt hurt at all.

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