Birth Control

Heather - posted on 12/07/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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I wasn't on birth control when i got pregnant because I had tried the pill for two years before and was really bad at remembering and it made my periods worse. I had also tried the patch but didnt stick with it very long. I'm thinking of going back to the patch or trying out the ring? I just was wondering what people think is the best out of those two? Also my doctor told me they don't start you on it until your 6 week check up because they want to make sure things are going back to normal. Do they usually do this or was she just avoiding the hassel of getting it set up?

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Rebecca - posted on 12/08/2009

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No 6 weeks is normal for sure. If they start pumping you full of hormones now,after you bopdy jsut got rid of a bunch, your body might try to reject it and it might not work. Yuor boday needs some time to recover some first. Have you considered an IUD? It might be more for you seeing as how the pill didn't really work for you. I am not able to use and IUD due to cervical issues but i so wish i could.until we were ready for our next pregnancy...only 6 more motnhs to go though:) I also can't take any BC at all because my body is still not back to normal after our daughter was born and she is almost 5 months. My Dr is waiting for me to have 6 regular periods to set up blood work to see if i have a hormone imbalance so i can't go on any BC or it will screw up the blood work. Check in to an IUD to see if you medical will cover some of the cost and if not how much they go for in your area.

Good luck!

Melanie - posted on 12/08/2009

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I started pill again after 6 week check. gives your body time to start to get back to normal. Have you tried the coil. It works on some people. I've always prefered the pill as had injection and didn't bleed for 6 months x

Jackie - posted on 12/08/2009

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Every woman is different. I was only on depo for 9 month and it took me nearly 4 years to get pregnant after it. It really messed up my system and caused functional cysts on my ovaries which of course causes pain for years and was worse when they would rupture.



The reason they wait 6 weeks is birth control is actually the treatment for certian complications due to being a woman. For example functional cysts are treated with the pill if you can take it. Unfortantly the shot also showed my doctor that synthetic hormones were causing my migraines.

Kendel - posted on 12/08/2009

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My doctor gave me a perscribtion to start 2 weeks post-pardum, not sure if it's regular to start that early or not. If you dont like the pill or the patch you can always try the shot, which you get ever 3 months or you can do the Mirena, which is an IUD and can be used up to 5 years. I would do some research on the different types of birth control out there and see which one would work best for you and then talk to your dr about the different options you have. It all depends on what is going to work best for you and your body. Goodluck!!

Crystal - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting Erinne:



Quoting Tahirah:

ATTENTION FOR MOTHERS THAT TAKE DEPO SHOT QUESTION:how lonq does it take for the depo shot to be effective?




it works straight away but if your planning on having anymore kids forget it i was on it and i now have low estroegn worst mistake ever the doctor said in 2 yrs of being off it i have 90% chance of being pregnant












i was on depo from the time i was 16 till about 18 until i decided to get prego. it only took me about 6 months

Jackie - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting Erinne:



Quoting Tahirah:

ATTENTION FOR MOTHERS THAT TAKE DEPO SHOT QUESTION:how lonq does it take for the depo shot to be effective?






it works straight away but if your planning on having anymore kids forget it i was on it and i now have low estroegn worst mistake ever the doctor said in 2 yrs of being off it i have 90% chance of being pregnant






Depo does NOT work right away!!!!!!!  It takes one month before its working properly with the first needle!!!  That is very important because if you were to get pregnant on the shot it does TERRIBLE things to the baby.  If you don't get your shot in the 3-5 day window. You must do a pregnancy test and again you aren't protected for a month!

Jennifer - posted on 12/08/2009

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I never used the ring but I did use the patch for a while. I recently stopped because it would always get stuck to my underwear and also left a sticky residue on my skin that itched. I'm just going to start the pill soon. I didn't go on birth control after my 6 week checkup just because I breastfed and the Dr. said it would dry my milk up faster. I do remember my Dr. mentioning the 6 week thing, though. There isn't much of a hassle setting you up to get birth control but you never know about some drs.

Belinda - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting melissa :



Quoting Olivia:

No, the 6 week wait period is normal for most pregnancies. Some doctors will let you get birth control sooner (if you've already discussed your options with your doctor, and you're cleared for it after birth..). I got an IUD (Mirena) and I love it! I, like you was on the pill and would forget to take it.. so I ended up with a daughter. :) But it hurts a little bit when the doctor puts it in, but it's just like mild cramping.. then you spot for up to 6 weeks then no periods! And it prevents pregnancy for up to 5 years.. I'd really reccomend it. And if you're worried about your husband/boyfriend feeling it.. don't. My guy says he doesn't feel a thing.. and he's not exactly "small". Any other questions, feel free to ask!






he shouldnt feel the IUD its in your uterus and a penis doesnt go in the uterus ever/ it closes up so unless your boyfriends penis is like a wire hanger he shouldnt be in there ... im just saying





Melissa, men can not feel the IUD but they can feel the string that hangs down . I have it and my husband has felt it but  it doesnt bother him because I didn't have it cut short. A few of my friends who had theirs cut said they had to return to the Dr. to get it cut shorter because their husbands were getting poked.

Belinda - posted on 12/08/2009

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I use an IUD now and I love it. You can get one that lasts 5 yrs or 10. They can be taken out at anytime if you chose. It is the easiest form of b/c I have tried and with no complications.

Belinda - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting Tahirah:

ATTENTION FOR MOTHERS THAT TAKE DEPO SHOT QUESTION:how lonq does it take for the depo shot to be effective?



It takes 2 weeks.

Katie - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

nuva-ring is cool if you aren't breastfeeding. i was on it for 3 weeks and breastfeeding, cuz my doc said it would be ok, but i read the side effects it would have on the baby with continued use. It causes jaundice and breast enlargement for babies if mom is on the ring and breastfeeding. I loved it and am planning on using it again when I stop breastfeeding in about 3-4 months. Good luck!



Ok, so I was on the ring when I heard this same thing and freaked because I was breastfeeding. I immediately stopped using it and went to talk to my Dr. Here's what he told me. There have never actually been reported cases of birth control affecting babies in said way, (jaundice, breast enlargement). They only have to list these as possible effects so they don't get sued because they ARE possible from the exposure to the hormones, however generally in larger amounts due to some other circumstances. Most birth controls don't actually produce enough of the estrogen to affect the baby through the milk, but JUST IN CASE, they have to cover their rears. No one really knows if there even is a risk simply because no one has the courage to test pregnant or nursing women, or infants, because no one wants to be responsible for the harm that may or may not be caused to the baby. Knowing that there weren't actually ANY reported cases of these side effects occuring I resumed use of the ring while nursing my son because of my unique case I really had no other options and after 6 months still no effects. If you don't feel safe using it then you definitely shouldn't. But I hear things like this about bc all the time, and just want to clear up a little bit of the confusion.  :)

Katie - posted on 12/08/2009

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Waiting until the 6 week mark is definitely normal for starting birth control simply because any doctor will tell you it's best to wait at least that long before even having sex to give yourself plenty of time to heal after giving birth, even though it's different for every woman. I myself have been going rounds with my bc since my son was born, and he's 9.5 months old now. I started with the Mirena IUD and I absolutely loved it. No side effects and I didn't have to remember a thing, but my body rejected it and I had to have it removed. I switched to the Nuva ring and was on it for 6 months without any real side effects. My only complaint was that sometimes it wouldn't stay in place and could become quite uncomfortable and irritating and just overall inconvenient. Nevertheless I stuck it out until a few weeks ago when my hubby started complaining that it was actually painful for HIM. I talked to my Dr and he said some men have issues with it and some don't. Nevertheless I switched to the patch and it seems to be working ok, but is very itchy and I'm not sure if it's normal just from the exposure, or if it's the side effect my Dr warned me about with the skin irritation. Either way, I have it on my shoulder now and am planning on switching the next one to a different spot to see if it's just irritated from too much contact. But, if this doesn't fix the problem I guess I'm going back to the Dr. I can't remember to take my vitamins every day, let alone birth control so the pill was never really a sensible option for me. And as for depo they won't give it to me because I have depression and the shot can make it worse. As for other options I have no clue 'cause the ones mentioned are the only ones offered at my local clinic. Hope this helps!

Lynette - posted on 12/08/2009

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i went back on a safe version of the pill after my 6 wk check after having my son it wasnt the one i had been on before due to breastfeeding but it worked for me and ok its a pain remembering to take it each day but if at any time i wanted to stop i could as with something more permanant like the implant or IUD's they have to be removed to be able to start trying again as you can start trying the first day you dont take your pill

Nicole - posted on 12/08/2009

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Most doctors wont prescribe any contraception until your 6 week check-up as they like you to have one period before you start contraception

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Waiting 6 weeks is normal. I've got the Mirena and it's fantastic! I had to endure a mild cramping (it was just like premenstrual pain) for about a week and have not had any side effects since. Before having kids I was on the pill and remember the bloating and weight gain I had for the 18 years I was on it. Now with baby brain I'd forget to take them, not to mention I was breastfeeding so couldn't do the pill anyway.

Michelle - posted on 12/08/2009

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I would not advise the ring cause it is "one size fits all" and im sorry but not all women have the same size cirvex! lol! I had lots of probs with mine falling out(it wouldnt come all the way out but the first couple days it was in and i went to wipe i could feel the end of it so i started checking it everyday after pushing it back in position but it never stayed in place!) even when the doc inserted it for me! Needless to say I got pregnant on it!

Erinne - posted on 12/07/2009

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Quoting Tahirah:

ATTENTION FOR MOTHERS THAT TAKE DEPO SHOT QUESTION:how lonq does it take for the depo shot to be effective?



it works straight away but if your planning on having anymore kids forget it i was on it and i now have low estroegn worst mistake ever the doctor said in 2 yrs of being off it i have 90% chance of being pregnant

CAROLINA - posted on 12/07/2009

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Yeah I used to Luv the Nuva Ring.. But I recently got the Implanon Implant and I Luv it!!!! =) Itz supposed 2 work for 3 yrs so letz Cross our fingers LoL but Yeah you don't have 2 remember 2 check or take or remove anything for 3yrs! Research them all and see what Be$t works 4 You!!! =) Good Luck! ;)

Sara - posted on 12/07/2009

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I was on the ring for a long time before i got pregnant and i loved it its easy you just put it in three times a month and it doesn't irritate you at all, i did the patch before that and hated tearing it off every week. If you are planning on breastfeeding you cant go on either of those you can only go on a pill or iud and i think you can get the depo shot as well because the estrogen can cause low milk production. Right now im taking the pill but have a terrible time taking it at the same time everyday so im getting an iud put in.

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Quoting Olivia:

No, the 6 week wait period is normal for most pregnancies. Some doctors will let you get birth control sooner (if you've already discussed your options with your doctor, and you're cleared for it after birth..). I got an IUD (Mirena) and I love it! I, like you was on the pill and would forget to take it.. so I ended up with a daughter. :) But it hurts a little bit when the doctor puts it in, but it's just like mild cramping.. then you spot for up to 6 weeks then no periods! And it prevents pregnancy for up to 5 years.. I'd really reccomend it. And if you're worried about your husband/boyfriend feeling it.. don't. My guy says he doesn't feel a thing.. and he's not exactly "small". Any other questions, feel free to ask!



he shouldnt feel the IUD its in your uterus and a penis doesnt go in the uterus ever/ it closes up so unless your boyfriends penis is like a wire hanger he shouldnt be in there ... im just saying

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they do it at six weeks they want you to be healed espically if you are sticking a ring up there you dont want an infection plus it can effect your milk supply... if you dont want kids for a while the implant or IUD is the best way to go i think! you dont need to do a thing for 3 years with the implant i got it and LOVE it !!!!

Kelly - posted on 12/07/2009

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nuva-ring is cool if you aren't breastfeeding. i was on it for 3 weeks and breastfeeding, cuz my doc said it would be ok, but i read the side effects it would have on the baby with continued use. It causes jaundice and breast enlargement for babies if mom is on the ring and breastfeeding. I loved it and am planning on using it again when I stop breastfeeding in about 3-4 months. Good luck!

Tahirah - posted on 12/07/2009

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ATTENTION FOR MOTHERS THAT TAKE DEPO SHOT QUESTION:how lonq does it take for the depo shot to be effective?

Jennifer - posted on 12/07/2009

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Your doctor is right, they like to wait for 6 weeks before starting you on birth control, I had two babies and that was the advice my doc had both times. The reason, I think is that birth control can cause blood clots and the docs would like to be sure that the body is back to normal before they induce any medication (yes, birth control is medication). As far as your choice of birth control... I have tried them all and the best was my husband's vasectomy! :) Seriously, the patch is a bit irritating to the skin and the ring could cause an infection (yeast and smell) if it is not taken out in a timely fashion. Of the two, I would recommend the ring.

Katarina - posted on 12/07/2009

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I used the patch before my fiance and I started trying and have started using it again 6 weeks after my son was born. I was told I had to wait 6 weeks to get birth control. Really, sex for the first 6 weeks shouldn't happen anyways, unless of course you're completely comfortable with it. My Dr. told me itnwas to ensure that hormonaly you're on the right track and that you're healing okay. It gives you a reason to go in for your 6 weeks check up.

Annette - posted on 12/07/2009

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you do have to wait six weeks

have had our children feel pregnant with fourth on the pill after being on it for 3 years.

Olivia - posted on 12/07/2009

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No, the 6 week wait period is normal for most pregnancies. Some doctors will let you get birth control sooner (if you've already discussed your options with your doctor, and you're cleared for it after birth..). I got an IUD (Mirena) and I love it! I, like you was on the pill and would forget to take it.. so I ended up with a daughter. :) But it hurts a little bit when the doctor puts it in, but it's just like mild cramping.. then you spot for up to 6 weeks then no periods! And it prevents pregnancy for up to 5 years.. I'd really reccomend it. And if you're worried about your husband/boyfriend feeling it.. don't. My guy says he doesn't feel a thing.. and he's not exactly "small". Any other questions, feel free to ask!

Annette - posted on 12/07/2009

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Quoting Heather:

Birth Control

I wasn't on birth control when i got pregnant because I had tried the pill for two years before and was really bad at remembering and it made my periods worse. I had also tried the patch but didnt stick with it very long. I'm thinking of going back to the patch or trying out the ring? I just was wondering what people think is the best out of those two? Also my doctor told me they don't start you on it until your 6 week check up because they want to make sure things are going back to normal. Do they usually do this or was she just avoiding the hassel of getting it set up?


 

Ashley - posted on 12/07/2009

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I was on the patch and went off of it becuz of the recall they had. I didnt like the patch becuz it leave a sticky reidue on ur skin when u remove it. I have never tried the ring. I was put on the pill a month after i had my daughter. So idk sounds like the doc just didnt want to deal with it. Good luck though

Ashley - posted on 12/07/2009

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I have Mirena, and my doctor said six weeks as well. i think that 6 weeks is pretty standard.

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