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Old 03-20-2013, 08:45 PM
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I have really, really been wanting to get off of oral contraceptives for a while. No problems taking them on time, relatively few side effects, but the idea of pumping hormones into my body daily wigs me out. The blood clot risk is concerning, and I'd potentially be taking oral BC through menopause (I probably do not want kids). Been on a couple different pills for 2+ years now. My main problem is that I do not cycle normally every month, though I should. I've gone every 3 months, every 5, etc. I'm very skinny. I dunno if they affect me more because of that?

I'm interested in the IUD - specifically the copper IUD, without hormones - but I've never given birth. I also wonder whether my man would feel it in there. LOL.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:57 PM
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The glow in the dark and other "fun" ones all have a warning that they aren't to be used as BC
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:58 PM
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K&G - some docs don't like to place it in women without kids, but mine was ok with it. It hurts for a short time during placement for most people, but everyone's a little different. My DH has never mentioned feeling it, though the strings are where they are supposed to be.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:16 PM
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The whole "if used correctly" thing on condoms amuses me. They are pretty simple, really. They only go on one way. How are these people putting them on?

I understand failures for breakage, defective ones, etc. But even as an awkward teenager, those things aren't rocket science (well, I guess they are "pocket rocket science")
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:04 PM
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I don't think I'll ever do the pill again. I did two different types and gained weight horribly. Finally dropped it when I got off. The depo sounds like a good idea! Just reeeeally want to avoid condoms but still get long term birth control. I may not have another child. If I decide that, I also may just get my tubes tied.
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:56 AM
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Anti depressants. They're fantastic - if I don't want to have sex, I can't possibly get pregnant!

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Mirena IUD for 3.5yrs... and I love it.
Okay, the real answer is this. Change it to two+ years, though.

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The whole "if used correctly" thing on condoms amuses me. They are pretty simple, really. They only go on one way. How are these people putting them on?
Some people can't read directions?

You have to put it on in the right direction, pinch the tip, and roll it down the shaft. You also have to make sure to add lube if there's not enough of it already. Next, you have to be intelligent enough to replace it after extended periods of sex. Most importantly is storage - never keep them in your car, purse, wallet, etc, unless you can guarantee temperature control. If you're doing all of that perfectly every time and having them break, your sizing or the quality of the brand you use is the problem.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:18 AM
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You have to put it on in the right direction, pinch the tip, and roll it down the shaft. You also have to make sure to add lube if there's not enough of it already. Next, you have to be intelligent enough to replace it after extended periods of sex. Most importantly is storage - never keep them in your car, purse, wallet, etc, unless you can guarantee temperature control. If you're doing all of that perfectly every time and having them break, your sizing or the quality of the brand you use is the problem.
Don't forget the right lube. One of my friends in high school was permanently scarred when he got a girlfriend. His dad pulled him aside for The Talk and informed him that petroleum jelly weakens latex, and that's how my friend was conceived.

My first kid was unplanned and happened with condoms + spermicide (used correctly). The second was unplanned and happened with progesterone-only BC pills. Out of all BC pills I tried they were the best. Had no side effects, and they're safe/effective if you're breast feeding. The only reason I had an oops is because Planned Parenthood gave me a pack of pills that had been expired for 7 months. So... check the expiration dates! They're serious!
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Ugh. I forgot how much I don't like the pill. I woke up last night with horrible cramps. -.- I blame the pill.
(TMI: I started my period early though it is lighter than usual. Started taking the pill yesterday as well for the first time in like 2 year. I couldn't sleep last night because I had horrible cramping. If I'm pregant, I'm blaming the chaz baby boom. )
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:28 AM
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I tried the patch (I don't even know if that's still around) briefly in high school. It made me itch like mad and I once passed out in the hallway while trying to make it to the bathroom to puke. Luckily my dad caught me before I smashed into a wall.

Pre being pregnant we used condoms only. Before that I was on the Nuva ring for 2 years and it destroyed my sex drive. It was awful and put a TON of strain on our relationship. And it was gradual enough that I didn't realize that the cause was the Nuvaring until my prescription ran out and I was off BC for three months.

I'm really interested in the Paragard IUD, it's hormone free which sounds awesome and hopefully would keep me from itching/puking/passing out/hating sex. Has anyone here tried it or heard about it?

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The pill and condoms.

Frodo and I take our pills at the same time. One night I even wrapped my pill in bologna and nearly fed it to him At the last minute I was like...this feels wrong...ABORT ABORT! I got to take a bologna flavored bc pill that night
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:24 AM
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I'm really interested in the Paragard IUD, it's hormone free which sounds awesome and hopefully would keep me from itching/puking/passing out/hating sex. Has anyone here tried it or heard about it?
A friend of mine has one. I never hear her complain about it but she never raves about it either... it seems to be working for her thus far though. I think she really enjoys that it's hormone free. It does come with some of the same risks as Mirena, like getting imbedded where it's sitting, coming loose and going missing in your body, and ectopic pregnancy. But I would imagine most of the issues you have stem from the hormones, so it probably would be fine. Have you tried anything that's progesterone based? A lot of women struggle with estrogen and most pills are estrogen based; switching to a different kind of hormone can make a world of difference.
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