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Natasha - posted on 05/16/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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well ive never taken it b4 and im just wondering if it really works... i will need some kind of birth controll after bubby is born, so im looking for the easiest and best way i spose..

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Krista - posted on 05/19/2010

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Martha, it's the internet. There is plenty of evidence to support the idea that alien life lives amongst us and that Elvis is alive and leading them.

Kate CP - posted on 05/18/2010

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Uhhh...yea, it really works. It's works really well, actually. Take it the same time every day, don't skip a dose, and be mindful of antibiotics and it should work great.

Martha ODonnell: THAT IS NOT HOW THE PILL WORKS!!! The pill works by telling your body that you're already pregnant so honestly, you don't even ovulate. You can't get a fertilized egg if you don't ovulate, now can you??

http://womenshealth.about.com/od/thepill...

And natural family planning DOES NOT have a higher success rate than the pill because of the human error factor! Clinical studies by the Guttmacher Institute, semi-autonomous division of The Planned Parenthood, instead, showed a much lower efficacy, with 25.3% of failures in typical use condition. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_fam... ) And some people, LIKE ME, can't DO natural family planning because our cycles are so unpredictable that ovulation never occurs when "planned". As far as the pill causing cancer, that is a load of bull. Things like genetics cause cancer. If the pill caused cancer NO ONE WOULD TAKE IT.

PLEASE people, learn the actual facts of birth control!!

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Jodi - posted on 05/19/2010

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Krista, you just shattered me, I really thought Elvis was alive and leading the aliens living amongst us.......and now you tell me it's not true? Oh boy, this is just TRAGIC!!!

Kristin - posted on 05/19/2010

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As a person who has dealt with massive studies, everything is reduced to numbers. They also set these studies up to study what they want to prove. You then manipulate the data via statics to get what you want. Take everything you find online with a grain of salt. There is NO such thing as an independent study. The money to fund it is coming from somewhere and they have an agenda.

Martha - posted on 05/19/2010

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The only reason I am responding is to say that everyone is free to look on the internet for themselves. There is plenty of evidence to support what I have written.

Happy trails!

Kristin - posted on 05/19/2010

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After reading all of this, I would advise you to talk with your doctor about what options are available, and be thorough in your talk. Now is a great time to start that discussion as you can get additional information before you have to choose. Planned Parenthood will have lots of information and a pharmacist will be able to help you with some of you questions as well.

I have taken the pill. It does work as long as you use it properly. A low dose, progesterone only pill is what is given while breastfeeding. When you are done, you might need something different. The pill (any kind) is less effective for women weighing more than 150 Lbs, so that is something to consider as well. I found that while it was effective for preventing an unwanted pregnancy, it did cause me to be more emotionally volatile. So, not such a good fit for me.

good luck in making your decision. do what is right for you, your partner, and your family as a whole. Ultimately, it's nobody else's business what you choose to do.

Kate CP - posted on 05/19/2010

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The pill is NOT an abortifacient! An abortifacient is something like RU-486 that causes the embedded embryo to detach from the uterine lining. A pregnancy test doesn't come back positive until the egg has implanted in uterine lining. You are not considered pregnant until your body is producing HCG and THAT doesn't happen unless:
a) you're pregnant and the egg has embedded in the uterine lining
b) your hormones are out of whack.

Women who DON'T use any form of contraception are constantly "conceiving" a child that never comes to full term because the embryo never embeds itself in the uterine lining. Is that their fault? No, it's just the way fertility sometimes works (or doesn't work). Any chemical you put into your body is going to have SOME risks to it. However, saying that the pill causes cancer and causes abortions is flat out WRONG and misleading.

And NO, NFP does not work 99% of the time because women just cannot consistently predict ovulation. If we could, women wouldn't have a hard time getting pregnant now would they?

Martha - posted on 05/19/2010

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I just read the responses to my post and I am a bit surprised by the attack? I was merely giving another alternative however, since you claim that I don't have my facts straight I have included more information for anyone who wishes to actually proceed with an open mind. No one is judging your method of contraception! There has been a lot of information that the pharmaceutical companies are not about to point out to you.

First of all, the pill manufacturer recommends condom or diaphragm use for a full 7 days to prevent sperm and ovum joining. This is due to ‘break-through ovulation’. As the name suggests, a woman ovulates even though she always takes her daily dose of the pill Proof that break-through ovulation (sometimes also called ‘escape-ovulation’) does occur even under perfect health conditions was first shown by Dr. Nine Van der Vange, State University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, Dept. of Obstetrics. & Gynaecology in 1984.
Dr Van der Vange’s research used high resolution ultra-sound which visually showed that women ovulate on the popularly prescribed low dose pill. A blood test confirmed that ovulation had occurred. The pill can have a break-through ovulation rate that can be as high as 17 ovulations per 100 women who used the pill for one year. Other researchers have shown that the low dose pill has an even higher rate of break-through ovulation of almost 27 ovulations per 100 women per year.

The four inter-connected pill actions do not always operate ‘successfully’ in every woman. In theory, almost no women should have a baby whilst on the pill. The theoretical success of the combined pill is 99.66%. This means that only 0.34% or 34 women in 10,000 should have a diagnosed pregnancy. But the reality is that the combined pill only prevents a diagnosed pregnancy is 90-96% of women. In other words, 4-10 women in every 100 using the pill for one year do have a diagnosed pregnancy. Australian medical and science journalist Melissa Sweet has published ‘get-real’ figures in the same range.


Some women forget to take a tablet each day. Missing a single tablet may be all that is needed for ovulation to occur. Even the drug companies agree that missing a single dose is significant. Ovulation may occur, which could lead to a diagnosed pregnancy. That is why the leaflet inside the pill packet recommends using something like a condom or diaphragm, even if you are only 12 hours late in taking your daily pill tablet. The pill manufacturers also suggest that a condom or diaphragm should be used for seven days because of the risk of ovulation and pregnancy.

There have also been many studies done on the issue of a correlation between breast cancer and the pill. Some were unfortunately done by pharmaceutical companies who supply the pill! Of related interest, it should be noted that the incidence of estrogen-dependent breast cancers, particularly among post-menopausal women, has increased by 130 per cent from the mid 70's in sharp contrast to only a 27 per cent increase in non-estrogen dependent cancers. This may well be relevant to the risks of the pill as a major source of incremental estrogen exposure. Not to mention that it is now secreted into our water supply and male fish are taking on changes of a more feminine nature! It could be one reason why younger girls are starting their periods sooner!

In contrast, a 1996 large scale international collaborative analysis of some 54 epidemiological studies, based on over 53,000 women with breast cancer and published in The Lancet in1996, demonstrated that use of the pill starting in adolescence increased risks of breast cancer by 60 percent
Moreover, the claim that the current low-dose synthetic ethinyl estradiol pill is much safer than the high-dose mestranol pill used in the 1960's and 1970's is misleading as the former is more potent than the latter, besides being some 40-fold more potent than natural estradiol; additionally, ethinyl estradiol, unlike mestranol, binds to estrogen receptors in the breast. Furthermore, the modern pill is used for much longer periods, often from menarche to menopause, than was the case with the earlier high-dose pills. It should further be emphasized that no studies have yet been conducted on the high potency modern pills and none are reportedly in progress. This is in striking contrast to the intensive investigation by Federal regulatory and health agencies on the endocrine-disruptive effects of estrogenic pesticides and other industrial contaminants whose potency is some 1/500,000th that of ethinyl estradiol.

SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Coalition

CONTACT: Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.,
Professor emeritus Environmental & Occupational Medicine
Chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition
c/o University of Illinois at Chicago

Lastly, some woman do not morally accept the pill due to the fact that it IS an abortifacient. When break through ovulation occurs, fertilization of the egg can occur which would be conception. At this point a new human being is formed. Seeing the pill makes the lining of the uterus uninhabitable the baby can not gain nutrition therefore the baby dies. You can argue about your own beliefs but this is not about that. It is about telling women the truth about how the pill works. Personally I would have liked to know that before taking the pill. It is presented as a contraceptive however the facts show that conception can be happening without you knowing it!

Natural Family Planning (NFP) has many benefits and does not cost anything or require harmful hormones. Modern NFP assumes that every woman is irregular at least some of the
time. In general, if her fertile time comes earlier or later than usual, sheknows about it because the start of her cervical mucus comes earlier or later.

Numerous studies including one by the U.S. government, have shown that the Sympto-Thermal Method of NFP can be used at the 99% level of effectiveness for AVOIDING pregnancy. That's equal to the birth control pill and better than all
the barrier methods.

I know this is a ton of information and no one is probably reading it but, it is up to you what you choose to do. Please make sure you get all the facts first and lastly I leave you with the warnings provided right on the birth control pamphlet that comes with it:

Here are some of the side effects:
• bacterial infections (because the pill weakens the immune system.)
• more susceptible to the AIDS virus (HIV) because the pill weakens the immune system
• pelvic inflammatory disease-an infection of the fallopian tubes that can cause sickness or sterility
• infertility-unable to ever bear children
• cervical cancer
• ectopic pregnancy
• shrinking of the womb (endometrial atrophy)
• mood swings and depression
• breast cancer
• blood clots
• birth defects in children conceived while women are on the pill
• tender breasts
• stroke
• weight gain
Sources:
A Consumer's Guide to the Pill and Other Drugs, by pharmacist/researcher John Wilks.
"Infant Homicides Through Contraceptives," by pharmacist Bogomir Kuhar; 2nd edition, 1995.
Medical consultant: Stephen Spaulding, M.D. Dr. Spaulding is a board-certified family practitioner whose writings have appeared in a variety of medical journals.

Please understand that this is not meant to offend or harm anyone, it is just info to consider.

Good Luck and God Bless you all!!

Krista - posted on 05/18/2010

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Exactly. Martha, if you don't like the pill, and prefer natural family planning for whatever reasons, then that's your prerogative. But please do not come on here and spread falsehoods. Natural family planning has a much higher rate of failure than the pill, whether you're talking about typical use OR perfect use.

The pill does make the lining of the uterus inhospitable to a zygote, but that's the last resort. The main feature, as Kate mentioned, is that it prevents ovulation. It also thickens your cervical mucus so that sperm can't get through. So think about this: what are the odds of you ovulating while on the pill, AND the sperm getting through that thick mucus? Pretty darned slim. And if you're really worried about it, then use spermicide as well. Between the spermicide, the thick mucus, and the lack of ovulation, there's pretty much no way in hell that a sperm will get anywhere near your eggs.

Oh, and Martha? I like how you conveniently omitted the fact that the pill actually lowers your risk for endometrial, uterine and cervical cancers, while its link to breast cancer is still inconclusive.

Martha - posted on 05/18/2010

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Don't do it! There has been alot of new information on the Pill that the doctors won't tell you! It is linked to the huge increase in breast cancer that women are now getting after being on the pill for years. Not only that but, the pill is actually an abortifaciant! You could actually be conceiving but then the fertilized egg can not inbed in the lining of your uterus so is aborted! Try looking into Natural Family Planning. When done correctly the success rate is higher than the pill in preventing pregnancy. Plus it really draws you and your husband closer together. Look up NFP and find out what it is all about! Good Luck! Remember, we need to be open to life!!!

Natasha - posted on 05/17/2010

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Thanx a millon all of yas!! very very helpful! cool now i kinda know where i stand after bubby! :)

Krista - posted on 05/17/2010

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I've been on the pill off and on for almost 20 years, and it always worked great for me. Some people worry that it'll affect their fertility, but when we decided to start trying, I went off the pill in June and got pregnant in November, so it really didn't take that long. The only thing is that you do have to remember to take it every day, at the same time every day. I take mine when I brush my teeth in the morning, so I always remember.

Dianne - posted on 05/17/2010

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i had no problems on the pill for 7yrs and it didnt take me long to conceive after stopping it so im now on the mini pill and hopefully it is just as good, as long as i can remember to take it at the same time every day :)

Nikki - posted on 05/17/2010

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i love the pill, Ive gotten pregnant once on it ( miscarried) but It was clearly my fault because i had forgotten to take a bunch of pills right when I was ovulating. But I think it`s great. I dont get mood swings, I lost weight , it cleared up my skin and my period comes the same day every month and last 3 days w no cramps

Amber - posted on 05/17/2010

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I, love the pill. I don't fully trust it, but, I think it's safer than all the other options out there. I've seen too many people on the shot gain excessive weight or have problems with their cycles in the end. Those with IUD's have had to have them surgically taken out because of tissue growth around it and also causing problems with their cycles. So, I've never once messed with anything but the pill because the number of people who had problems with the other two options, opposed to those who didn't, was too high for me to think to risk it.

Like I said though, I don't fully trust the pill, so I've always doubled with condoms in the end. But the pill has been less of a failure to the people I know, as far as health risks and pregnancy are concerned than the others.

Natasha - posted on 05/17/2010

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HEY thanx guys for ur advice, well with condoms they DONT work lol we tried a couple of times and they didnt work with us, im just curious to see how others have been with the pill and wat other ways ppl have tried, and found tht worked for them

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always had a problem with it!
I know it works for quite a lot of women, but with taking any medicine you run the risk of side-effects - whether it be weight gain, mood swings etc.... saying that some women won't experience any....but they are more the exception. Most will have one or some.....which may ease off.

Probably easiest (and something that doesn't mess with your hormones) is condoms.

Louise - posted on 05/16/2010

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I took the pill for 20 years and never had a problem with it. You do have to take it every day for 21 days around the same time and then have 7 days off. What I liked about the pill was if I was going out and my period was due I could just continue the pills and not have a period at all. I knew exactly what day my period would arrive and when it would end. My hubby has now had the snip and I really miss knowing when my period is going to arrive and have the control to stop it if I wanted. For me the pill was great but if your one of those people that forget to take pills or are sick often this is not the right contraception for you.

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