What is the best birth control out there?

Danielle - posted on 12/11/2009 ( 44 moms have responded )

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What is the best birth control out there?with minium side effects...

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Tracie - posted on 12/17/2009

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i think i have truly been on every bc there is out there except for the implantation device and depo shots.

pill--gotta remember to take, and there are a variety of side effects (none of which i have had..so it was the best option for me)

patch--be careful there is weight limit on these things!! found it to comes off easily also.

nuva-ring--my husband could feel it

iud--had an adverse reaction (had it removed 3 days after insertion) constant headache, night sweats, horrible mood swings

i have since opted on taking no precautions except the use of condoms. after 2 c-sections and 1 vaginal birth of a 10.2lb baby boy it is time for my husband to step up and be responsible. :)

Tanya - posted on 12/17/2009

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Quoting Katherine:

I've been on seasonique for 6 months and i love it. i only have my period every 3 months and i've had no side effect. It is a pill which sometimes people for get to take but if you get on there website you can sign up to get daily text messages that remind you to take you pill. it all depends on you.



what on earth is seasonique??? lol a christmas contraceptive by the sounds of the name lmao

Maranda - posted on 12/16/2009

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I used the Para Guard with my first son for 6 years and I am using it again after having my second son. Never had any problems, side affects. Period does last almost 7 days and that is long for me as it used to be only 4 days. I love not having to worry about taking a pill or while we are in the middle of happy hour to have to stop and put a hat on.

Kelly - posted on 12/16/2009

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I highly recommend charting with the Creighton model natural Family planning. I had a consultant that taught me the method and gave me materials (chart and book) in Atlanta, but you can probably find some info for it on-line. It's basically charting based on observations (not a rhythm method) and is supposed to be the most reliable method out there. We got pregnant on the first try... it just makes you so aware of your body and your ovulation cycle.

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The IUD is the best, then there is the pill.

IUD is a one time cost and it last up to 10 yrs. My mothers friend had hers 7yrs before she took it out.

You have to get a good doctor that know "how to" put it in or you will get pregnant. Alot of Docs are rusty with IUDs because its not Profitable to promote them.

Amy - posted on 12/16/2009

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Kelly, where can I find more info about natural family planning? I have been on the mini pill since my daughter was born in March, but can't stand the side effects anymore. How has this method of bc worked for you?

Kelly - posted on 12/16/2009

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Natural family planning is the way to go!! The pills with minimal side affects allow your body to ovulate occasionally, allowing the possibility of conception. However, the pills thin the lining of your uterus so implantation is not allowed. This can result in unknown conception then early miscarriage. This causes damage to your uterus (sometimes uterine cancer), as well as ethical dilemmas of taking pills that causes your body to unknowingly abort a baby. Go natural/abstinence!!

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i agree with B my husband and i use this method.. so much more intimate and worry free i think esp once you know your cycle so well

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natural family planning!! NOT the rhythm method. It is as effective, if not more so than the pill!! It is 100% natural. There are no side effects. It can bring you and your hubby closer together. You will know your body better. In fact, you will be more likely to catch it early if you should happen to get cancer or something in your reproductive organs. Plus, it is not abortifacient like most other methods.

Tina - posted on 12/15/2009

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I use the Nuvaring. Its the only thing so far that I have not had any problems with or gotten pregnant on. Have been on it for a year and a half now. :)

Katy - posted on 12/15/2009

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I would recommend the Ortho Evra Patch. I didn't see much discussion about it, only one or two posts. I have have always had irregular cycles, crazy bad cramps, and very heavy cycles. Since I've been on the patch [almost two years now] I haven't had any problems. My period is regular, no breakthru bleeding, much lighter cycles and entirely more manageable cramping. Oh, and I'm no where near as moody, which my husband enjoys :-)

It's much more low maintenance than taking the pill, and it has a grace period. For instance, if you forget to take the pill one day, you're screwed for the rest of the month [no pun intended :P] However, with the patch, you have a day's grace period and you're only not covered for the next week. I get it fully covered with my husband's insurance, but it's not very expensive out of pocket either.

Alicen - posted on 12/15/2009

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Abstinence! Sorry, but that is really the only way to make sure you don't get pregnant again with out having your tubes tied or him snipped. Even then sometimes he can still get you pregnant. Ugh! Good luck though.

Michelle - posted on 12/14/2009

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I use the Mirena, and I love it!!! I was scared there for a while that the emotional problems I was having were related to it, but it turned out to be good old fashioned stress. I've had it for a little over a year, have not gained any weight, stopped having periods after about four months, and have had NO issues with it. I also know 6 other people who have it and they've had NO problems with it either. I think a lot of the stuff you hear about the Mirena is those few people who have extraneous health issues that contribute to their IUD problem and then post it on the internet to freak us all out.

Sarah - posted on 12/14/2009

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i wouldhave to say depo shot i was on it for 5 years didnt get pregnant and ihave had over 10 partners. and then i purposely wanted to get pregnant so it took a whole year after to get pregnant. idk why but my body stayed with the shot even after a whole year of being off it. but yea it all depends on ur body..the only side affect i had from the shot is that i lost 40-50lbs which was okay with me but i gained it all back when i went off it.

Lindsay - posted on 12/14/2009

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Quoting Emily:

ive been on the mirena for about 7 months and it works great. its completely effective as soon as its put in. it all depends on your body but you could even get lucky and not have your period. which isnt the case for me... one bad thing is that i have gained some weight since having it in. but most insurances covers to get it in. and it last for 5 years.


I've been on Mirena for about 5 months and it does work great but SO true about the weight gain!

Lindsey - posted on 12/14/2009

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I use the 10-yr copper IUD. It's non-hormonal so there are MINIMAL side effects. From what I understand- the copper is toxic to sperm and that's how it keeps you from getting pregnant. I think it also makes it difficult for an egg to implant. No BC is 100% but as far as effectiveness without side effects, that's what I chose. Honestly, most hormonal bc makes me a little nutty! Plus, once removed, you are supposed to be just as fertile as you would be without ever being on anything.



There are a few things to know- if you have it inserted and haven't just delivered vaginally ( I know this from exp because I had a scheduled c-section and never dialated) it is slightly painful to insert. SImilar to a regular pap in pain but a little more intense. Also- until they get used to it, your partner can feel it the first few times you have sex. And lastly- because it is inside your uterus, you can be at higher risk for STD's and infection if you're exposed to either.



Those are the most important facts I can think of off the top of my head. I'm not trying to sell you on anything. The beauty of bc is that there are so many types to fit each woman's needs and lifestyle. I personally needed something I could do and forget about. Best of luck to you in your search! Remember- you will find the best thing to fit your needs- and if for whatever reason you hate it- you can always change it!

Rebecca - posted on 12/14/2009

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Quoting Jane:



Quoting Rebecca:

i have found that the copper IUD is the best. No synthetic(SP?) hormones!!!
i fell pregnant with my now 26month old while on the mini pill/ using condoms and taking the morning after pill coz the condom broke.
i have had the copper IUD in for just over 17months and i love it. other that the 3or 4 months of rather heavy bleeding i had when i first had it put in, and i havnt had any pregnancy scares either






I also use this. I like that it has no hormones & doesn't mess w/ my body like other birth controls. I had my 1st IUD for almost 8 years then had it removed to get pregnant w/ my now 8 month old son. When I had it removed I got pregnant right away sometimes birth control w/ hormones it doesn't happen as quickly.  I had other put in after my baby was born. The heaving bleeding & maybe a little more crapping will happen for the 1st few months but it does get better & your periods do go back to normal.






im the same as you. synthetic hormones wreck havoc on my body, not to mention that when i was on the pill i would bleed for a month or more at a time then have a week of no bleeding then start bleeding again. yuck!!!



like you the other reason i have the copper IUD is coz when i do eventually get it taken out it wont take months/years for my body to settle down so i can get pregnant.



also where i live its free to get it as long as you are a resident or have a certian visa. (i live in New Zealand)

Katherine - posted on 12/14/2009

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I've been on seasonique for 6 months and i love it. i only have my period every 3 months and i've had no side effect. It is a pill which sometimes people for get to take but if you get on there website you can sign up to get daily text messages that remind you to take you pill. it all depends on you.

Shannon - posted on 12/14/2009

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I am going on 6 months of my second Mirena IUD. I love love love it! I am a very fertile woman and have seriously bad periods (migraines, heavy bleeding). No crazy hormone mommy and I don't have to think about it. My last IUD had some problems coming out which were painful but those few minutes were worth it! I read here that some women have gained weight. I haven't had that experience either time.

Lacey - posted on 12/14/2009

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Be careful on the pill. If u miss any u can still get pregnant. That is how I ended up with my twins and my brother got his fiance preg. If u go on the pill make sure not to miss any or not to double up it doesn't work that way.

Christy - posted on 12/14/2009

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Sterilization (i.e. tubal ligation or vasectomy) or abstinance. Since the former is probably not an option, I vote for the vas because it's easy and not as invasive. If the hubs declines, tell him that if you go in for a tubal it means more money, more down time for you. That might convince him.

Tanya - posted on 12/12/2009

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I swear on implanon for myself but everyone is different i guess you have to give them trials to see which one works for u and hope for no accidents LOL

Jane - posted on 12/12/2009

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Oh & I forgot to add that it can stay in for up to 10 years which is nice that you don't have to worry about for such a long time.

Jane - posted on 12/12/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:

i have found that the copper IUD is the best. No synthetic(SP?) hormones!!!
i fell pregnant with my now 26month old while on the mini pill/ using condoms and taking the morning after pill coz the condom broke.
i have had the copper IUD in for just over 17months and i love it. other that the 3or 4 months of rather heavy bleeding i had when i first had it put in, and i havnt had any pregnancy scares either



I also use this. I like that it has no hormones & doesn't mess w/ my body like other birth controls. I had my 1st IUD for almost 8 years then had it removed to get pregnant w/ my now 8 month old son. When I had it removed I got pregnant right away sometimes birth control w/ hormones it doesn't happen as quickly.  I had other put in after my baby was born. The heaving bleeding & maybe a little more crapping will happen for the 1st few months but it does get better & your periods do go back to normal.

Emily - posted on 12/12/2009

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ive been on the mirena for about 7 months and it works great. its completely effective as soon as its put in. it all depends on your body but you could even get lucky and not have your period. which isnt the case for me... one bad thing is that i have gained some weight since having it in. but most insurances covers to get it in. and it last for 5 years.

Marc_christina - posted on 12/12/2009

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If you are completely sure you no longer want any more children, depending on your religious status, and again knowing you no longer want anymore children, for me the only guarentee was getting tied. But again this really depends on your current status. Keep in mind by doing this it does not prevent sexual transmited deseases and you should still use precautions from STD's. I hope this helped a little. Good luck.

Emma - posted on 12/12/2009

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I got the copper IUD and it hurts (sometimes no , deep action , or sparodic sex without being *ready* first) to have sex still it's been 4 months now. My hubby says he feels it and I bleed alot and very heavily I have to take iron supplements when I rag now. But hey no preggers scare. but I am thinking of alternate bc method soon if my peirods don't lighten up.i think natural planning interests me

Hailey - posted on 12/12/2009

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i dont know personally but alot of my friends have a marina which is put in your uterus and can stay in for up to 5yrs they say it is great i dont know what the sideaffects are sorry

Lorraine - posted on 12/12/2009

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hi i was on the implanon implant for three years with no side affects no period for three years saves $$$$ then i got it taken out because i wanted to start having kids.after my son was born i got the implanon in again then after a while i was not happy feeling verry low, bloated and a verry low sex drive and it was not helping my partner either because i was just not interested. i decided to get it removed and once it was out of my system i felt so much better not bloated and feeling a lot happier so see what can work for your body or even better if your not wanting anymore kids get him to have the snip done or even a male pill i think we have done a lot to our bodies let them do it for once, lol just remember we are putting more hormones in out bodies and that can play havick with our bodies but good luck with it.

Ashley - posted on 12/12/2009

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I am on the birth control patch Ortho Evra. I have been on it a little less than 2 years. After my first I began using it, and I loved it. It is so easy! After being on it for 2 years I stopped all birth control, and had my daughter who is now 4 and then my youngest who will be 2 next month. After having him I decided to go back to the patch because it really is so easy. No pill taking every day. No shots every 3 months. You just apply a patch the same day 1 time a week for 3 weeks, and the 4th week you don't wear one and that is the week that you should have your period. It depends on your preferences really, but if you are a busy mom, and I am sure you are, I would seriously look into it!

Erika - posted on 12/12/2009

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Everyone is different. I'm currently taking a low dose birth control pill, because I'm nursing. I believe it's called Ortho Micronor. I don't plan on taking birth control pills for much longer. I plan on having my DH get a vasectomy. So far he agrees to it, we'll see. I think you should talk to your Dr. and see what your options are.

Hope this helps a bit.

Erika
http://www.4MyFamilyandMe.com

Rebecca - posted on 12/11/2009

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i have found that the copper IUD is the best. No synthetic(SP?) hormones!!!
i fell pregnant with my now 26month old while on the mini pill/ using condoms and taking the morning after pill coz the condom broke.
i have had the copper IUD in for just over 17months and i love it. other that the 3or 4 months of rather heavy bleeding i had when i first had it put in, and i havnt had any pregnancy scares either

Crystal - posted on 12/11/2009

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Ive been on Mirana(plastic IUD) for 2 1/2 months and everything seems to be doing ok so far. Although ive gained weight with it

Christa - posted on 12/11/2009

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I practice Natural Family Planning, best part about it is that you really learn alot about your body. You will know your fertility cycle and be able to know exactly when you should abstain. Because it is natural...there are no side effects.

Amanda - posted on 12/11/2009

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"hello, i have the implanon ( the little thing that goes in your arm) its wonderful i dont get any side affects and best of all havent had my period in months...its different for every women though sometimes you just need to try different things and find what works out 4 u...good luck"


I too have the implanon and I found that it is the best on the market for birth control and if you cant remember to take the pill and dont want to change something every week then i would recommend the implanon.

Linda - posted on 12/11/2009

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Abstinence is the only 100% birth control. LOL Talk to your gyn...they know your health and information needed to tell you what would be best. I was very fertile...pregnant in one month with two of my children, but condoms worked and I was also on the pill for awhile and that worked as well. You have to be consistent with birth control. Certain medications affect the ability of birth control to work, and your doctor can advise you on that. There is a new IUD out that I have heard good things about...but since my tubes are tied and I'm way too old....I don't have current information on it!

Tarsha - posted on 12/11/2009

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hello, i have the implanon ( the little thing that goes in your arm) its wonderful i dont get any side affects and best of all havent had my period in months...its different for every women though sometimes you just need to try different things and find what works out 4 u...good luck

Tanya - posted on 12/11/2009

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I got pregnant with the IUD 4/12 months after having it put in. My sister gained a lot of weight on the depo and eventually because pregnant on it! So, Alina is right abstinence is the key lol

Alina - posted on 12/11/2009

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it really depends on your body. i have gotton pregnant on condoms, the pill, the pill plus condoms, the patch, and most recently....depo! i guess abstinence really is the only good birth control! lol.

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