What is the best type of birth control?

What is the best type of birth control?

TheeGirlNextDoor TheeGirlNextDoor
I understand that they are various methods of birth control. The pill, ring, shot, and so on. I need help deciding and i want just a brief idea of what people use and why they love it!

fyi: I tried the shot. It made me very sick and gain 10 pounds. It also made me not get my period for 3 months then get it for 2 months straight.

Also, if someone could please recommend something for me that is PROGESTIN FREE.
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
vagina ring
4
pill
34
shot
IUD
8
Diaphragm
1
Female condom
Male condom
27
Patch
Implant (stick)
3
Sterilization
12
Emergency contraception
1
Total votes: 90 (61 voters)
Poll is closed
07/02/2011
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MaryExy MaryExy
Condoms and diaphragms are the least effective at preventing pregnancy. I'm pretty sure sterilization is most effective, but something reversible (IUD, pill, shot, implant, etc.) can be just as good. I've heard that the patch is pretty dangerous compared to pills and the shot (dunno about the implant). I know shots are generally cheaper than the pill, but you have to go in every 3 months or so, as opposed to just picking up a pill at the pharmacy.

Emergency contraception is made for just emergencies, it's NOT for regular use (and I'm pretty sure it's not nearly as effective as a regular pill, not to mention more expensive if you're having sex regularly at all).

Condoms are the only ones that are gonna protect against STDs, keep that in mind.

I personally use Yaz, and I haven't had a problem with it. I think my doctor picked it because it used a pretty low dose of hormones?

Edit: I picked the pill because it's the least invasive of the lower-risk period-controlling methods. Condoms are still a requirement with my partners, partially my own paranoia about pregnancy but mainly to protect against STDs. Once I thoroughly trust a partner and/or we've both gotten STD tests, condoms could come off.
07/02/2011
married with children married with children
pull out method


JK, we use a copper IUD. No hormones, and it is safer then getting her tubes tied.
07/03/2011
A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople)
I use both pills and male condoms.
07/04/2011
melissa1973 melissa1973
Abstinence, is always the sure method of birth control but since we're all adults here it's not going to work.
The implant works yes but there's psycological side effects which is not good. They last for 5 years then they need changed out. After I had my second kid I had a tubal ligation. Cut, tyed, and burnt, I'd like to have it reversed but it's too expensive.
07/04/2011
CAKES CAKES
Since I can't take birth control pills, we use a spermacidal gel that comes preloaded in individually wrapped applicators. They're so easy to use and as effective as condoms for pregnancy prevention.
07/04/2011
Kindred Kindred
The "best" type of birth control is the one that has the least negative side effects, fits your lifestyle, and provides you with the control/protection you want. Sometimes this is accomplished by using multiple choices together. There are many choices because no one product is for every woman.
07/04/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
talk to your dr! he/ she is a wonderful source of info and can help you find a good contraceptive for you. there are two types of pill, estrogen and progesterone. if you don't want the latter, then it's a good idea to go with the former.

personally i use the pill + male condoms, and i've had no issues with it
07/04/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I think the implant is great cause you don't have to worry about missing a pill or condom breaking ....etc.
I had the implant for 6 - 8 weeks, but unfortunately had it removed cause I noticed a major change (for the worse) in my moods. I wasn't a nice person to be around and put my Master through a lot of crap.
But it was worth trying!
07/04/2011
zeebot zeebot
I use a vaginal ring and condoms. I really like the ring because I only have to have 4 periods a year (unless I forget to renew my prescription...:S). Also, because it's "on-site" it has a much lower dose of hormones than pretty much everything else I think? Definitely lower than the pill, so there's less risk of side effects.

I don't find it that annoying, you can take it out for 2 hours (or 3? I forget) for sex (the tricky part is remembering to put it back again). I can't feel it at all when I'm wearing it.

So yeah, I really like it.
07/04/2011
irishlove irishlove
Quote:
Originally posted by TheeGirlNextDoor
I understand that they are various methods of birth control. The pill, ring, shot, and so on. I need help deciding and i want just a brief idea of what people use and why they love it!

fyi: I tried the shot. It made me very sick and gain 10 ...
I'm on the pill. I had complications the first time I started taking it but switched to a different brand and now I'm just fine.
07/04/2011
Yessi Yessi
Well I was on the pill and it totally made me get so emotional and gain weight.
But ofcourse everybody is different.
visit your gyn.
07/04/2011
Wild Orchid Wild Orchid
As far as I know the copper IUD is the most effective of the reversible, non-hormonal methods.

Getting sterilized at such a young age is difficult. I haven't voted for it since it probably won't be a realistic option for you for some years. Women (I haven't come across male accounts) who don't want any bio children most often have to jump through a lot of hoops before a doctor agrees to sterilizing them. There is a great post for childless women who want to get sterilized.
07/05/2011
TheeGirlNextDoor TheeGirlNextDoor
Quote:
Originally posted by CAKES
Since I can't take birth control pills, we use a spermacidal gel that comes preloaded in individually wrapped applicators. They're so easy to use and as effective as condoms for pregnancy prevention.
what is a good brand? have you had any allergic reaction to it? i need to buy some!
07/06/2011
TheeGirlNextDoor TheeGirlNextDoor
I have seen my ob/gyn but since i'm 18 everyone is very rude to me. I am rushed through my appointments and usually sit waiting because everyone who is older than me or pregnant gets to skip me because i am not a priority. I started going to my ob/gyn because of my thyroid effecting my period.
07/06/2011
PiratePrincess PiratePrincess
Quote:
Originally posted by TheeGirlNextDoor
I have seen my ob/gyn but since i'm 18 everyone is very rude to me. I am rushed through my appointments and usually sit waiting because everyone who is older than me or pregnant gets to skip me because i am not a priority. I started going to my ...
You might want to find a new OBGYN. I had one that treated me like that and I switched and I have been very happy with my current one. It took me a few tries to find a pill that worked well for my body (I originally went on it for intense period cramps), but after a few tries, I am on yaz and it has worked wonderfully for me. I haven't found any side effects like I did with the others.
07/06/2011
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Quote:
Originally posted by married with children
pull out method


JK, we use a copper IUD. No hormones, and it is safer then getting her tubes tied.
I don't know about pulling out not being effective - I've been fortunate enough to have two partners who were/are very reliable with it, and in four years of being sexually active have not gotten pregnant. My husband prefers condoms because he doesn't like having to withdraw, but I prefer the latter because the "skin to skin" is more important to me-so we compromise. The first "round" we use a condom since it's harder for him to control himself, and the subsequent one/s we don't. I know like 562 people are going to jump on me....but I'm NOT advocating this for anyone else, just sharing my own personal experience. I will add that I've only slept with men I wanted to have a baby with.. This is probably NOT the method for people who have casual sex or don't want kids.
07/11/2011
Miss Anonymous Miss Anonymous
pills
07/11/2011
Beck Beck
i get tri spentic its the pill. i know women say that its hard remember take one everyday but its really not... u have cell dont u u always have it with u, i never had one that didnt have function to set a daily alarm at same time thats what i do! its that easy. DONT use shot its messed my sister all up! she never breastfed and has had milk for months drs told her to get off it and now she has to wait 6months to get a new hormone bc. in that mean time its very easy to get pregnant. sure u have no period for some others spot here and there, but ur period is time when ur body cleans itself if that is stopped then what is going on??? where does all that blood mucous clots and other junk go? its 3months of hormones injected in u at once man i couldnt imagine this i got enough in me already let alone adding enough for this long. id never do an iud sure u dont have to worry about it for 5years but u ever hear of someone who gets steal plates or screws in them to fuse something back together well over time ur body knows that that is not suppose to be there and will try to get raid of it i duno about u but my uterus is special to me!
07/11/2011
The Curious Couple The Curious Couple
I voted for the pill and male condoms.
07/11/2011
amandaco2011 amandaco2011
We have used condoms, I am looking at getting maybe the pill soon.
07/12/2011
Endocott Endocott
I like the pill, and condom for added insurance.
07/12/2011
Cora Jane Cora Jane
I can't take the pill so my preference is condoms.
07/12/2011
Leaving Love Leaving Love
pill
07/18/2011
kinksters kinksters
reallyyyyyy looking forward to oral contraceptives for the guys
07/18/2011
lanky lanky
pill and condom
07/22/2011
Sex'и'Violence Sex'и'Violence
I've never been a fan of condoms and the pill & shot both made me sick so I went with the Nuva ring and that seemed to work ok. We also considered an IUD because we both know people on that and it's worked well for them.
07/26/2011
exploringthechimera exploringthechimera
I'm an advocate of which ever methods work for you use two of them. No birth control is 100% and if your not ready for a child or abortion its better to be safe then sorry.
07/27/2011
v23 v23
The pill, and to be extre safe, a condom.
07/27/2011
exploringthechimera exploringthechimera
Quote:
Originally posted by TheeGirlNextDoor
I have seen my ob/gyn but since i'm 18 everyone is very rude to me. I am rushed through my appointments and usually sit waiting because everyone who is older than me or pregnant gets to skip me because i am not a priority. I started going to my ...
I think its time to find a new Ob/GYN you are comfortable with. You shouldn't be treated that way due to age you are there for a medical reason just like everyone else. If your able to I would start looking for a new one. My first OB/GYN was terrible but then I found one that I was comfortable with and trusted. Unfortunately due to insurance changes I have to start looking again.
07/27/2011
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