Birth control question...

Katie - posted on 08/17/2009 ( 45 moms have responded )

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I had my baby 4 months ago and my OB/GYN put me back on the pill... I dont mind taking the pill but its really hard for me to find one that doesn't give me horrible side effects. the on im on now kariva makes me hungry all the time, Yaz made me break out really bad. I was curious if anyone had a better solution or could tell me about other forms Ive only ever used the pill and everyone i know personally uses the pill always. I'm curious about the patch, the shot, the ring, IUDs .. anything else

thanks in advance

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Veronica - posted on 08/18/2009

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Has anyone thought of or her of Natural Family Planning? If so - they have changed it - you dont have to check your cervix or temperature or anything like that. Its basically examining your tp after you wipe, and observing whether you are lub, wet, dry, etc. In reality you are only fertile one week in a month. After that you are infertile. We like this because it doesnt involve pills, drugs or any other foreign junk that you place in or on your body. It also involves learning to respect your and your husbands body, as well as him learning to respect your and his body. This has helped our marriage out, because we had to find other ways to show each other affection - like cuddling, massages, hugs and kisses, just spending time with each other without any kind of sex involved. It is great - and then wehn the fertile time is over it is Watch Out! The sex is better becasue we are more bonded and closer to each other through other means of affection.

No negative side affects - no worrying if we will have normal children or deformed from bc. No worries about my reproductive cycle, because its not being thrown off balance and not being thrown into an UNnatural state.

Get to know your body - understand your fertility- covering it up won't help.



The best side effects - a great relationship, good sex, and worry free!



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Veronica - posted on 08/24/2009

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Quoting Tara:

I was on the pill before I got pregnant with my daughter and after my check up I wanted back on the pill but I soon found out that it now makes me nuttier than squirrel shit if you know what I mean. So I made an appointment to change it thinking that if I switched to a different one that it would be better and the doctor that I saw basically told me that the pill was terrible and convinced me to try the ring even though I wasnt thrilled with the idea. I had the ring in for less than 24 hours and I started getting really bad cramps and I was sore down there so I took it out and threw it away! I would NOT recommend that for anyone! My friends have had the iud's (the copper and the mirena) and each time she had to have it removved after a few months because she started hemmoraging (sp) and as far as the shot goes my sis in law was on it for 3 years and it screwed up her system and she's now having problems getting pregnant and she ALWAYS gained like 20 to 30 pounds. Right now I'm useing condoms and the pull out method put together for birth control but I think I might try the pill again now that my hormones and body are back to normal. Good luck!



Tara Im going to warn you now -- the withdrawal method is NOT a good bc -- the man's preejac. is more potent with sperm, than the actual ejac. -- i wouldnt continue that unless you are lookking at having a baby. (just ask about - im sure any health professional will agree)

Lindsey - posted on 08/24/2009

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I use an IUD. It doesn't use hormones which is what I wanted since they create higher risks for cervical cancer which I've already had a brush with. There aren't any side effects and it is good for 12 years. If you choose to have more kids, all you do is go to your OB/GYN and have them take it out and you would be able to have another baby soon after because your hormones don't need to adjust.

Kerri - posted on 08/24/2009

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Hello,

I had the Mirena IUD as well, but I had some problems with it! I kept getting ovarian cysts (which they say is a side effect, some women get them, some don't) and I just stopped getting my period, which at first seemed nice, but messing with your cycle has it's repercussions (ie the cysts). I got the IUD removed after only about a year and a half and now am on Loestren 24 fe. I don't get any side effects, and I take it right before I got to bed so if it does upset my stomach I'm sleeping! Best of all the cysts went away!

Sylvia - posted on 08/24/2009

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I got an IUD about 8 weeks after my son was born and it is great. You don't have to remember a pill with a busy schedule!!! I highly recommend it!!!

Mary - posted on 08/24/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

I used the patch for 3 years and loved it! I have problems taking pills regularly, so this was an excellent option for me. After I had my daughter, I got the 10 year IUD (the one w/o hormones), and didn't have a good experience. Even though my doc tried to convince me that they were unrelated, after the IUD was placed, I had tons of yeast/bacterial infections. And my hubby claimed he could feel the cord. Plus the Paraguard doesn't prevent conception, rather implantation/growth. I couldn't handle the idea of possibly having a miscarriage because of it, so I had it taken out. Then, my little girl wasn't nursing anymore, so I went back on the patch. Right now we are TTC, so we are using the family planning method, which seems to work, if you keep a good record. Good luck!



they must have put it in wrong..because your husband shouldnt feel it all, its just the tiniest strings hanging down

Mary - posted on 08/24/2009

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ok..i was on the depo shot for 3 years, it made me agin weight i hated it! i am now on the mirena and i love it. you cant feel it..and it didnt hurt when they put it n. plus it lasts for 5 years! i would try this one, you dont have to remember to take the pill everyday

Simone - posted on 08/24/2009

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Im on the shot n its great. the only side effect ive had is that i dont get my period. Which is great. all i have to do is go get a needle every 3months instead of takin the pill everyday

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I was on the shot Depo Prevera for almost 8yrs I loved it it did have some effects but I liked the fact i only had to get it every 3mths and i did not receive a cycle and i did become hungry but i didnt gain much weight just an increased appetite and no breakouts, i had to get off it b/c i become diagnosed w/high blood pressure, i was on the patch in btw and it used to come off and i took the pills inbtw but i keep getting sick, i think the shot or the ring wld be ideal b/c they have the least side effects, research it on the internet

Jessika - posted on 08/22/2009

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Im on tri-cyclen Lo.. BEST EVER. Zero side effects, no weight gain. Nothing:)

Ive tried just about every other 'brand' of pill, this one has been by far the best

Megan - posted on 08/22/2009

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The shot does have a scary side effect though. I had an allergic reaction and my left arm became paralyzed until it got out of my system.

Megan - posted on 08/22/2009

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The IUD is a good solution as long as you you do not have PID. The first couple days after insertion you will have some cramping but thats normal.

Kristi - posted on 08/22/2009

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I have triied the pill, the shot and now meriana. The pill was hard to remember and I break out bad also. The shot made me gain alot of weight. But with Meriana I only get a very light period every 4 to 6 months, break outs are much better and it is good for 5 years. I love it.

Malissa - posted on 08/22/2009

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I've been on the pill (Alesse and another kind I don't remember the name though) no side effects, but I didn't like it (got pg twice and I made sure not to forget). I've also tried the natural/ rhythm method, and that's how I ended up with my beautiful son. Maybe I'm just too fertile for my own good, lol. Right now I'm trying out the patch. So far it's good. I had a little nausea at first but that's gone away. I like it so far. Talk to your Ob/gyn I'm sure they can help you figure something out.

Cheryl - posted on 08/22/2009

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i had the implant,called implanon for 3 years before me and my partner desided 2 have to have are child hes now 16 months old and when he was 2 months old i had an other one put in,ive found it really useful as dont have 2 remember it everyday like the pill its in ur upper arm that u dont write with,and it stays there for 3 years its neva gave me any problems,but before i was on the implant id had loads of pills,the injection in my bottom and found out they all had side effects for me,but talk 2 ur family planning or gp as they maybe able 2 give u more advice hope this msg helps lv cheryl louise gilderxx

Heather - posted on 08/21/2009

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After i had my son i got on the shot but i gained A LOT of weight so i talked to my doctor and decided to go with Mirena. It is an IUD. I have been on it for about 3 years now. Its easy, you dont have the hassle of remembering to take a pill everyday and it is good for 5 years. I have lost close to 35 lbs since I got on it and I love it. Trust me it works. Any other questions add me. Heather Lautz

Jennifer - posted on 08/21/2009

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I used Depo Provera for 12 years and LOVED it! I didn't really have any side effects except for no period! (At all!) I just went off the shot because I plan on getting pregnant in the next year or two and it takes your body a while to adjust. I just started Nuvring about a week ago and am nauseous a bit every day. Hope this helps.

Charmayne - posted on 08/20/2009

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hey i have wat u call a marina(iud) and it lasts for 5years and u dont put weight on and ive had it 4 about 9mths and have had no problems and i hav 4 other friends that have it aswell and nothing bad has happened 2 them.I hated the pill coz u put weight on have bad mood swings and ever since this none of that has happened and ive lost weight.

Nicole - posted on 08/20/2009

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I used the patch for 3 years and loved it! I have problems taking pills regularly, so this was an excellent option for me. After I had my daughter, I got the 10 year IUD (the one w/o hormones), and didn't have a good experience. Even though my doc tried to convince me that they were unrelated, after the IUD was placed, I had tons of yeast/bacterial infections. And my hubby claimed he could feel the cord. Plus the Paraguard doesn't prevent conception, rather implantation/growth. I couldn't handle the idea of possibly having a miscarriage because of it, so I had it taken out. Then, my little girl wasn't nursing anymore, so I went back on the patch. Right now we are TTC, so we are using the family planning method, which seems to work, if you keep a good record. Good luck!

User - posted on 08/20/2009

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I had the Mirena inplanted after I had my son 9 months ago. I have had no side effects from it. It last 5 years and you can have it removed any time you want if you want another baby. It literally look 2 minutes to insert and didn't hurt a bit. I also no longer have a period which I think is great and I have had no side effects. A couple of my friends and co workers also think it was the best choice they ever made. If you don't have insurance it is really expensive though. I think like $1200.00 but my insurance did cover a good portion of it.

Jennifer - posted on 08/20/2009

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My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at 36 and so I'm scared of taking anything that adds hormones, messes with my hormones, or anything that my body wouldn't naturally do. I got a prescription for the pill before I got married but freaked out and couldn't take it! My best friend told me about the Fertility Awareness Method as outlined in the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler and I decided that this was the plan for my hubby and I. I successfully avoided pregnancy for 6 months, conceived my daughter within 2 months of TTC, and my daughter is almost a year old and we've been avoiding successfully since she was born. You basically just watch for your fertility signs and then avoid sex or use a barrier method (condoms, diaphragm) during your fertile time. I love it and wish more women would give it a try. It's not a big hassle at all and I feel so empowered as I learn more about and work with my body!

Robin - posted on 08/20/2009

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I have been on the shot for three years now and I really love it. I haven't had a period for three years and I haven't noticed any side affects. All in all, it is about what is best for you. Everyone reacts to things in a different way. What works for one, doesn't work for another.

Angela - posted on 08/20/2009

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Hi There...im on the the 3month shot...best thing ever...and i dnt have to remember to take the pill as i am useless with pills...dnt hav a monthly...oh the joy...

Jessica - posted on 08/20/2009

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I couldn't take the pill after having baby as the side affects were ruining me! lol I've just decided that if and when I get into a relationship Condoms will do as the main precaution and I will try going back onto the pill but if it doesn't suit me then it doesn't suit me!

Amanda - posted on 08/19/2009

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oh haha i was on the shot for a year and a half & gained 40lbs. i didnt have any other side effects,... didnt have to remember to take a pill, didnt get my period for a year and a half, but when i went off the shot, my periods were in no way regular for 3 years afterwards.... other than that year and a half, my husband & i have been together 9 years & have used nothing but condoms... of course, we didnt mind if there was an accident, but we werent actively trying

Tara - posted on 08/19/2009

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I was on the pill before I got pregnant with my daughter and after my check up I wanted back on the pill but I soon found out that it now makes me nuttier than squirrel shit if you know what I mean. So I made an appointment to change it thinking that if I switched to a different one that it would be better and the doctor that I saw basically told me that the pill was terrible and convinced me to try the ring even though I wasnt thrilled with the idea. I had the ring in for less than 24 hours and I started getting really bad cramps and I was sore down there so I took it out and threw it away! I would NOT recommend that for anyone! My friends have had the iud's (the copper and the mirena) and each time she had to have it removved after a few months because she started hemmoraging (sp) and as far as the shot goes my sis in law was on it for 3 years and it screwed up her system and she's now having problems getting pregnant and she ALWAYS gained like 20 to 30 pounds. Right now I'm useing condoms and the pull out method put together for birth control but I think I might try the pill again now that my hormones and body are back to normal. Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 08/19/2009

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condoms would prolly be the best thing to be honest.....plus you wont have a mess to clean up after wards.....

Veronica - posted on 08/19/2009

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Quoting Veronica:

Has anyone thought of or her of Natural Family Planning? If so - they have changed it - you dont have to check your cervix or temperature or anything like that. Its basically examining your tp after you wipe, and observing whether you are lub, wet, dry, etc. In reality you are only fertile one week in a month. After that you are infertile. We like this because it doesnt involve pills, drugs or any other foreign junk that you place in or on your body. It also involves learning to respect your and your husbands body, as well as him learning to respect your and his body. This has helped our marriage out, because we had to find other ways to show each other affection - like cuddling, massages, hugs and kisses, just spending time with each other without any kind of sex involved. It is great - and then wehn the fertile time is over it is Watch Out! The sex is better becasue we are more bonded and closer to each other through other means of affection.
No negative side affects - no worrying if we will have normal children or deformed from bc. No worries about my reproductive cycle, because its not being thrown off balance and not being thrown into an UNnatural state.
Get to know your body - understand your fertility- covering it up won't help.

The best side effects - a great relationship, good sex, and worry free!

Check it out.



One more thing I'd like to add. When you start the natural family planning - you have to abstain from sex/sexual activiity -- this is so you can learn about your body and so you can recognize the signs of ovulation -- and you have to abstain for a month -- from one period to the next basically. We were like, "WHAT!?" but it was a very good thing. We got impatient - and it was hard to not even stir up the feelings! The hubby was not happy at all! After that period of time, and after a few months into the 'program' learning how to abstain and stuff got easier -- and frustration levels decreased. My husband came out and said that he really likes this after all. And he felt closer to me then he ever did before, and that learning how to respect our bodies has been a good thing. He told the doc that he has more respect for me now than he ever did, and he loves me even more -- So basically what this has taught us is more about each other, our bodies, how to respect one another, and weve grown to love each other even more.



 



Great plan, if you ask me!



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Betty - posted on 08/19/2009

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I just use condoms. So far it has work out great this way. No side effects at all. :) I'm going to try finding a book or something that will help me to know when I'm ovulating and when I'm not so we don't have to waste our condoms all the time though.

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i iud is not that bad! there is two different ones, a five year one and a ten year one. i havent had a problem with it and my youngest is 6. The shot made me fat so good luck

Dulleya - posted on 08/19/2009

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After I had my daughter I got on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo. It worked well for me. I was on it for 5 years. I also heard that the Patch works well.

Annette - posted on 08/18/2009

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I have tried almost everything out there. The pill I became immune to and became pregnant with my first. I had an IUD and would never do it again. It was a nightmare. Not that it would happen to anyone else, but mine became dislodged and pierced through my cervix. It was the most painful thing I ever went through and the most painful surgery to remove. Like I said, this doesn't happen to everyone, but the risk is there! I have had the shot and that seemed to work good. I was fortunate to not have any side affects from it. Basically you just get the shot and then you don't go back for 3 months! A few people I know had some side effects but nothing severe. The most common is gaining a little weight. But I never encountered that. The ring is about ridiculous to insert and they make it sound so easy but it is really tough to get it right where they want it! I woukld say discuss it with your doctor and get a little info on some that you may think would work with you.

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i was on the nuvaring for around eight plus months, completely zapped my labido but when we did have sex, it was very dry and painful afterwards. i use to have a very high sex drive, and the fact that i didnt want it was concerning but quite frankly the hormones in the ring made it so i couldnt care less (my poor hubby). my friend was also on the nuvaring but only for a month and her husband told her that she turned into a monster...when i asked my husband if my personality had changed, he admitted that it had..quite dramatically, but was scared to say anyrhing in case i bit his head off!...lol (again...my poor husband)...needless to say i took it out as soon as i realised how much it was affecting me...that was last tuesday...i think my husband is hoping that i will return back to normal soon...and for his sake, i hope i do too. i have still yet to find a hormone that will work well for me...depovera=gained almost 40lbs (over one year) and had breakthrough bleeding throughout...mini-pill=no weight gain but when my period came it didnt go away for about three months (thats when i gave it up)...1st, 2nd and 3rd combination pill (cant remember the names)=more bleeding issues and weight gain...Mircette=no bleeding issues, no weight gain, absolutely no sex drive, plus two aquaintances got pregnant while using it...Condoms=i got pregnant...lol. Im very reluctant to try anymore hormones, so i think we are going to go back to just condoms again and avoid sex when im ovulating...sucky thing is, thats when my sex drive is at its highest...oh well, fingers crossed i dont get knocked up again!

Susi - posted on 08/18/2009

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i'm on the shot but have had a period but when i was on it before having my baby i never had periods

Christine - posted on 08/17/2009

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The shot doesn't always make you gain weight I was on it for 3 years and didn't gain a pound I also didn't have a period for the 3 years either.

Michelle - posted on 08/17/2009

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im on the shot and i dont really have any side effects but i heard u gain weight with the shot

Kristy - posted on 08/17/2009

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I had a nuva ring for like 2 years.. loved it. gained like 4lbs but thats it..no other side affects. It does fall out sometimes but ur safe for 48 hrs after and u will start spotting about 12 hrs after it comes out...and it only comes out after rougher sex. I also had an iud..paraguard..no hormones..this was the greatest thing. hurts a little going in, periods a little heavier but i would have kept this thing forever but 2 yrs later i had some issues...was implanting in the wallm of my uterus..i was so sad. That is not very common tho. I would recomend either or.

Kelley - posted on 08/17/2009

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Pretty much they all have some negatives to them you got to find the lesser of the evils. I took pill gained weight and couldn't remember. then i tried the patch and now have m beautiful 6year old daughter. so after her i got an IUD i have had it for 6 years and would have probably had it taken out if i wasn't to busy to go to the ob/gyn. i have found that it is not that bad even though i get bladder infections and yeast infections from having it i do believe .,but 6 years pregnancy free it something to be said ;)

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I was put on the pill after I had my daughter 9 years ago. Stopped taking it cause I couldn't remember to take it half the time. then in 2004 I went on depo the shot every 3 months in the hip. I loved it, never had to remember taking a pill everyday, and the great side affect was not having my period. But after 4 years and alot of stress and weight gain from the shot I got off the shot last may and started back on othro tri cyclen 28 days, it helps keep my skin clear, I learned to set my cellphone alarm to the time I take it everyday. There have been days I have missed it, but I always take it the next day at the time I am suspose to so I am still protected. I keep telling my husband that I am tired of taking the pill, but he is not sure if he wants another little one running around.

Victoria - posted on 08/17/2009

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I was on the shot for a year and a half. It makes you gain a lot of weight! and it also depletes your calcium. Overall, I liked that I didnt have to worry about missing a pill. I'm also curious about the patch because I have the worst memory and forget my pill often. I've heard that if you have a well-endowed spouse or partner, that he may feel an IUD...
those are my experiences.. hope they help!

Candie - posted on 08/17/2009

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Ask about seasonal...my sis has to tk this b/c the others made her break out or cause other side efftects. I was on the shot myself and it worked out ok b/c i had a problem of remembering a pill...plus in some women this can permanently stop your periods. Sometimes you have to play musical birth control....also i know w/her it was the generics that broke her out but the regulars worked

Jen - posted on 08/17/2009

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I've been on the pill for a year and a half now. I've never had any problems. I'm on the generic form of Loestrin Fe called Microgestin Fe. The only side effect I ever had was a little bit of cramping when I switched to the generic, but everything was fine the next and consecutive months.

Tawni - posted on 08/17/2009

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My doctor put me on the pill after I had my son too. It didn't work for me at all because I'm always so busy and never remembered to take it. At my 6 week check up I told him about my problem with it and he put me on the ring. I absolutely love it! You can't feel it at all when it's in and it's very easy to put in and take out. Hope this was helpful for you :]

Christine - posted on 08/17/2009

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I was on the shot for 3 years and loved it. I didnt have to remember to take the pill every day just a shot every 3 months. I didnt have any side affects at all. I take the pill now and hate it I forget all the time (I have 2 kids thats my excuse). Hope this helps

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