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Nashville Nashville
In the past 5 years I've gone through more brands than I could possibly name, I've finally found one that I can stick with (well, not NOW because my husband and I are actually TTC) but that was Nuvaring. Do any ladies or men out there have preferences of what you or your partner uses?
11/09/2008
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Oggins Oggins
Right now we use male condoms. I was on depo provera for two years, went off of it, six months later my period still hasn't returned. They say it can take up to a year. I really don't care for depo. It makes me psycho! I think I'm gonna get my tubes tied but, I was kind of wanting to get my period back first..... We'll see I guess...... =)
11/09/2008
Bulma Bulma
I have only used male condoms and the "pill" until getting my IUD. The pill I was on was Ortho Tri Cyclen, and while it worked great for me, I wasn't very good at taking the pill the same time every day. I LOVE my IUD! I have the Mirena IUD which is hormone based but has VERY low levels of hormones. I was able to use it while nursing and it didn't effect my milk supply at all. I got mine in during my 6 week postpartum checkup.

It is a long-term birth control that lasts for 5 years and is completely reversible. If I went and got it removed tomorrow I could conceive during my first ovulation (if only it were really that easy to conceive). Mine was about $700 (well, actually we were freaking broke at the time and it was covered by insurance), but over 5 years it would have a monthly cost of $11.66. I love not having to worry about it. The only thing I need to do is feel it once a month just as a precaution and a reminder that it is there.

I will not lie though, getting it put in was a bitch. I had been given a Rx pain killer before hand to help with the "discomfort" some. It caused a cramp-like sensation very similar to when I was given pitocin after having a baby to make the uterus cramp and shrink faster. It hurt like hell, but it only lasted for a couple minutes until I couldn't feel anything. The string was a little pokey at first and my husband had to be careful during sex so he didn't get poked on his glans. It did soften over time though and wasn't a problem at all after a few months.

After having an IUD, I will NEVER use the pill again. I love it. Besides, I used to have horrid cramps and really heavy periods that lasted over a week, now they are extremely light and only last a day or two and I very rarely get any cramping with it. Many women stop having a period at all when they use the Mirena, but I wasn't so lucky.

I've still got 3 years left on mine before I have to think about getting it replaced. I was planning on trying for another baby during 2009, but those plans have changed and I'm thankful I don't have to worry about birth control for another 3 years.
11/09/2008
Epiphora Epiphora
THE RING THE RING THE RING!!!

I've been on the ring since I started using birth control (earlier this year), and I can't imagine doing the pill thing.
11/09/2008
All In All In
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Originally posted by Epiphora
THE RING THE RING THE RING!!!

I've been on the ring since I started using birth control (earlier this year), and I can't imagine doing the pill thing.
I'm currently on the pill and prefer it at the moment, I have looked into the ring but still weighing the pros and cons. The pill works for me as I can skip my period if I need to and the one I use reduces the craps and makes my period really light when I choose to have it.

I use to have the most painful and heavy periods before the pill. I guess that's why I'm still on it and prefer it.
11/09/2008
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
I've always used male condoms, although I'm going to ask to be put on birth control at my gyno appointment in December. I'll probably just go on the pill, since that's the easiest thing for a college student without a steady partner.

I've actually heard that the ring can really effect lubrication...? Is that true?

Also, I've heard of IUDs, but when I look at the little device, is kind of scares me. O_o Bulma makes it sounds so great, though! Except for that horrifying cramping, and the fact that it can pierce the uterine wall. Maybe if I get a long-term male partner, I'll consider saving up for one...but the chances of that happening are slim to none. =P
11/09/2008
Beautiful Dreamer Beautiful Dreamer
I use the pill. I can't use a ring because I had surgery there's a lot of scar tissue .... it just doesn't sit very well and it's too much of a pain in the ass.

I want an IUD in the worst way- the Mirena one. I can't, I haven't had a child and probably won't ever be able do so. So it looks like it's pills for me. I've been on them for over 5 years now. My doctor prescribes them in a way so I only have two periods a year (and that's only to gauge my endometriosis).

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11/09/2008
Nashville Nashville
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Originally posted by Backseat Boohoo
I've always used male condoms, although I'm going to ask to be put on birth control at my gyno appointment in December. I'll probably just go on the pill, since that's the easiest thing for a college student without a steady ...
The ring did the opposite my first month using it; I actually felt WETTER. I was hornier, I was wetter, and the sex was just amazing the first month we used it.

I had the Mirena IUD, I love to hear positive experiences but mine ended in a lot of heart ache. I had it in for 6 months, when I had it removed they realized it either wasn't put in right, it had shifted, or my body tried desperately to reject the damn thing. I had constant pain the entire time I had it in and pain for well over a year afterward. Never again.
11/10/2008
Nashville Nashville
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Originally posted by Nashville
The ring did the opposite my first month using it; I actually felt WETTER. I was hornier, I was wetter, and the sex was just amazing the first month we used it.

I had the Mirena IUD, I love to hear positive experiences but mine ended in a lot ...
To add, every month following my "wetness" level has remained fairly normal to how it was before putting the Nuvaring in. It's great for women that forget to take pills like me.
11/10/2008
Epiphora Epiphora
Quote:
Originally posted by All In
I'm currently on the pill and prefer it at the moment, I have looked into the ring but still weighing the pros and cons. The pill works for me as I can skip my period if I need to and the one I use reduces the craps and makes my period really ...
You can "stack" the ring so that you can skip periods. I haven't done it, but you can.

As for lubrication, I have noticed no difference at all... but I haven't been especially paying attention. I still get wet on my own, for sure.

And yeah, Sleeping Dreamer, forgetting to take pills is my main reason too. I'm also not very good at swallowing pills.
11/10/2008
Nashville Nashville
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Originally posted by Epiphora
You can "stack" the ring so that you can skip periods. I haven't done it, but you can.

As for lubrication, I have noticed no difference at all... but I haven't been especially paying attention. I still get wet on my own, for ...
To skip periods (one gyno wanted to do it to make my endo pain lesser) he said to keep the ring in for 4 weeks then immediately put in a new one - as opposed to the 3 weeks on 1 week off approach.
11/10/2008
Nashville Nashville
Quote:
Originally posted by Epiphora
You can "stack" the ring so that you can skip periods. I haven't done it, but you can.

As for lubrication, I have noticed no difference at all... but I haven't been especially paying attention. I still get wet on my own, for ...
Also, as far as swallowing pills Epiphora, I CANNOT. After all these 20 some years of not being able to I had one ridiculous doctor tell me that I had to learn to swallow pills. I told him that every other doctor was willing to accommodate my requests for liquids instead of pill form and that if he wasn't going to help me I'd get a new doctor... I did just that. I have never been able to swallow a pill, I found what it was called once but I can't remember for the life of me.
11/10/2008
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Right now, I had the Mirena IUD. I've had it for about a year and have had no major issues. I've used male condoms before. I also have been on about 6 different types of BC pill - mostly POP. only 1 or 2 of them worked well. The rest all made me bitchy, fucked with my hormones, made me hairy (actually, yaz did the opposite), messed with my weight etc.. They ALL fucked up my period majorly (but even my IUD does that).
11/10/2008
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
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Originally posted by Nashville
Also, as far as swallowing pills Epiphora, I CANNOT. After all these 20 some years of not being able to I had one ridiculous doctor tell me that I had to learn to swallow pills. I told him that every other doctor was willing to accommodate my ...
I can't swallow large pills--I have to cut them in half--but I think a tiny BC pill would be no problem. I'm also very schedule-oriented, and I'd probably set my cellphone to go off at the time I need to take the pills, so that shouldn't be a problem.

Sorry the IUD didn't work out for you, SD. =(
11/10/2008
Airlia Airlia
I love my birth control pill. It makes my face totally clear, has the least amount of side effects and is so tiny I barely know I'm swallowing it. Plus there's no hassles or interruptions when my husband and I want to *get it on* ~ lol that was completely cheesy 80s style!!!
11/11/2008
Anica Anica
i was a ring girl too...loved it! got it when it first came out like 6 years ago or so. i did notice a drying issue, but that was easy to fix. i had issues with the pill making me sick and me forgetting.

after having my son, they put me on the minipill...holy hell! i've never bled so bad before in my life, so back to the nuvaring.
01/19/2009
Tuesday Tuesday
If I still had a uterus I would be on the pill. Its the only BC I trust. I was on it for 20 years with no side effects except slightly bigger breasts.
01/19/2009
CaptainBunnyKilla CaptainBunnyKilla
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Originally posted by Nashville
To skip periods (one gyno wanted to do it to make my endo pain lesser) he said to keep the ring in for 4 weeks then immediately put in a new one - as opposed to the 3 weeks on 1 week off approach.
This is what I do with the ring and it's working out really well (I've been on like, 12 different pill formulations and all of them made me bleed like crazy, all the freaking time). Being on the ring continuously has really helped.
01/19/2009
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
I was on "low dose" birth control pills for 8 years. Then I had a TIA (mini-stroke) and was immediately taken off the pill. Then I got pregnant, nursed for a year, got pregnant again... anyway

Now I have had the Mirena IUD since Nov. 2007. I cannot take any form of estrogen because of the risk factors (history of ovarian cancer too.) I really like the IUD EXCEPT
1. I don't have periods, but I have monthly hormone influxes, cramping and acne, as if I were having a regular period.
2. I've had a couple of instances where my IUD has become misplaced in my uterus, which is horrifically painful. Both times required an ultrasound and the doctor to "put it back in place." So I have to be careful not to have too much pressure against my cervix.

Still. It's nice knowing I don't have to worry about it for another couple of years.
01/19/2009
Sammi Sammi
I was on the pill for a long time, but after 2 kids (planned - I went off), we decided that was it. So my husband said if we were done, he would get a vasectomy. That was an experience! But now, we don't use anything.
01/20/2009
Champagne and Benzedrine (Roland Hulme) Champagne and Benzedrine (Roland Hulme)
My wife has an IUD and RAVES about it. She tried various pills and suffered weight gain and mood swings and killed her period for two years. Now she feels natural and healthy with the IUD and out sex life is wonderfully spontaneous.
01/20/2009
Champagne and Benzedrine (Roland Hulme) Champagne and Benzedrine (Roland Hulme)
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Originally posted by Tuesday
If I still had a uterus I would be on the pill. Its the only BC I trust. I was on it for 20 years with no side effects except slightly bigger breasts.
What a terrible side effect!
01/20/2009
Jen. Jen.
see i am married been married for over 3 years even before i meet my husband my period was so crazy i knew my husband for about 5 years and all and when we frist got together i went and seen a doctor who put me on the pill to put me on normal times and all causes some days it would be 10 days earlys other months it would be 4 days late. it never had a set time i had barly cramps and when i did get them they would some times come a week to 2 weeks before my period. they put me on the pill me and my husband wanted to start having kids but we was looking at my health frist got on the bill and it made it worse but after taking that 2 months of pills i was unable to get prego for 2 years after that finaly had my daughter and they put me right back on the pill for a month and its hitting the 2 years mark again and its not me having little eggs or us not having enought sex before my daughter came we done it for at least 8 houts a day and he would have cummed so much. i will never take the pill again or anythang like that causes it effects ur bodie so bad if u are not wanting kids the best brith control is not to have sex and if u do just strap a condom on brithcontrol doses help u not get prego but dosesnt help getting hiv or aids. long story short condoms may coast move but they are alot safer.
01/20/2009
orange_cutie orange_cutie
I guess I'm one of the lucky ones and found a pill (Yasmin) that works for me right off the bat. No crazy mood swings, no weight gain, lighter periods, the only downside is the $50 per month cost. In 2007 I switched to a cheaper brand and found myself on the verge of suicide within a week and got an emergency switch back to the Yasmin.

I will never use the Nuvaring because a dear friend of mine was on it for 3 or 4 months and developed a life-threatening blood clot in her leg. It took her almost a year to fully recover and scared me away from Nuvaring for good.

My b/f and I always use condoms as well, our little rule is that he has to wear a rubber until I get to wear the big, white, poofy dress!
02/01/2009
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
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Originally posted by orange_cutie
I guess I'm one of the lucky ones and found a pill (Yasmin) that works for me right off the bat. No crazy mood swings, no weight gain, lighter periods, the only downside is the $50 per month cost. In 2007 I switched to a cheaper brand and found ...
I'm actually pretty pleased with Loestrin 24 Fe so far. The downsides have been:

- first week (AKA first period) was absolute HELL and lasted for about 8 days,
- decrease in sex drive (although considering how horny I was before, that might be a plus), and
- barely covered by insurance and there's no generic, so I pay $70 for 3 packs.

Other than that, however:
- my second period on it only lasted for about 3 days and
- it was very light after the first day,
- only the first day of my period makes my dysmenorrhea act up,
- the placebo pills have iron in them (so they taste funny, but they're good for me), and
- I still use condoms, of course, but this pill seems very effective.

My breasts went up a band size and a cup size (I went from a 30A to a 32B), but I don't seem to be experiencing any of the other side effects, like skin issues, spotting, weight gain, dryness, etcetera. Like I said, the lack of sex drive is technically a con, but I had a super-high sex drive before and now it's just kind of "regular," so I don't fuss over it too much. I hope they make a generic form of it soon!

IMO, the trick with BC pills is to take them at the same time every day. I've set my phone to go off every day when it's time to take my pills, and I have two girlfriends who take their BC at the same time, so it's nigh on impossible for me to forget. I only "missed" my time once in this first month, and then I was only off my half an hour. But I know other people, like my sister, who didn't take their BC as regularly, often missing their "target time" by hours and skipping days relatively often, and they seemed to have more side effects.

And, of course, some pills are just shit. =P
02/01/2009
Spicey Mommy Spicey Mommy
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Originally posted by Nashville
In the past 5 years I've gone through more brands than I could possibly name, I've finally found one that I can stick with (well, not NOW because my husband and I are actually TTC) but that was Nuvaring. Do any ladies or men out there have ...
My favorite was a diaphragm. It was inexpensive and once I got the hang of getting it in there it was easy to use. I've had bad reactions to the pill and really don't like hormone related birth controls because of it but I'm on one of them now, but one safe for breast feeding. The only reason I'm on it is due to problems with my uterus lining.
03/10/2009
ZenaidaMacroura ZenaidaMacroura
I used to use Orthotricyclen Lo, but it was too expensive once I lost my insurance, so my doctor prescribed a generic of the regular Orthotricyclen. I took that for a few months, but I kept forgetting to take it. Then I started having some depression and a major decrease in my sex drive. Thankfully, I then got better insurance and had him switch me to Nuvaring. He said it could also possibly help with the mood problems because of the way the hormones are delivered (vaginally instead of orally).

Unfortunately, the whole depression (which I think is more circumstantial than hormonal) hasn't really gone away, and neither has the sex drive problem, but I do love Nuvaring. I've only been on it for about a month, but it's so easy. I just have to remember the day I need to take it out and that's it. No remembering to take pills! I haven't noticed any different side effects with it like dryness, either.
03/10/2009
Tragemony Tragemony
Quote:
Originally posted by All In
I'm currently on the pill and prefer it at the moment, I have looked into the ring but still weighing the pros and cons. The pill works for me as I can skip my period if I need to and the one I use reduces the craps and makes my period really ...
Agreed. I haven't changed anything because I figure- Don't fix what ain't broken.
03/11/2009
Rockin' Rockin'
When I started college, I was on Ovcon pills for a few months, then went to what I think was a generic called Zovia, for a few years. Zovia worked well but I would feel sad on day 14 of my cycle, sometimes the day before and/or after, too. Last year I stopped taking Zovia and switched to Jolessa, which is a generic for Seasonale...or Seasonique, not sure, one of those 4-times-a-year ones. It was HORRIBLE! I bled and/or spotted for almost three months straight before I just gave up. No way am I ever taking those again. I'd take them at the same time every day, too.

On a happier note, I like what some of you have said about Nuvaring. I tried it once back before I was more sexually inclined, and it was weird. I think I could handle it better now. Thanks for your stories!
03/13/2009
Goodkittygnbad Goodkittygnbad
When I first started taking birth control, I was prescribed Ortho Tri-Cyclen. Needless to say, like most ladies I'm sure, I forgot to take them every day..or at the right time. Before my husband and I decided to start a family, I was on the NuvaRing for a year. I -love- that birth control.
03/15/2009
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