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Old 06-01-2011, 09:07 PM
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Birth control question

Sooo my doctor asked me if I wanted to be on BC. I read up on different types when I was preggo and I was clueless then. And I still am

I don't mind being on something but I am concerned really with the risks and the side effects. For example I heard of IUDs slipping out and I heard about some getting stuck, I heard horror stories of excessive bleeding and it just freaks me out.

So in your opinion(s) which Birth control is the safest and effective...
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:11 PM
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VASECTOMY, lol.

in all seriousness, if you're done for sure and YOU want to be in control, then Essure is an option and so is, of course, a tubal.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:17 PM
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Prior to last week, I myself hadn't used any form of birth control in almost 9 years. Before that I used to take a pill daily but I always forgot. I did try the Nuva Ring for one month during that 9 year period but it was annoying, uncomfortable, and my Husband could feel it.

Last week I decided to go with an IUD. I can't give much input on it obviously, but for me it seemed like the best way to go. Yes, they can slip out of place but you can check them yourself to make sure they are still set. It was a little uncomfortable to have put in but it didn't last long and I was only a little crampy for a few hours afterwards. I am looking forward to having no periods, that's for sure.


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Old 06-01-2011, 09:25 PM
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I took BCP for a few years prior to having my kids but now, I'm on my second Mirena IUD (I only had the 1st removed so my husband and I could try to have a baby). In any event, I've been nothing but happy with it. Insertion the first time was uncomfortable but the 2nd time it was a breeze. With the first, I had no period from the time I had it inserted until the time I had it removed. This time, it took a bit longer to regulate but I haven't really had one in close to a year. I cramp a bit every month and sometimes have a bit of pink discharge (sorry TMI). Neither me nor my husband knows it there and you are supposed to check your strings monthly to make sure it's where it's supposed to be ( I dont check anymore).
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I wanted to get my tubes tied by my doctor said i was too young( like really she told me that)

I was thinking about the pill but i can't even remember where I lay my keys half of the time so i know that wouldn't work.

I know with any kind of BC you always run the risk of blood clots and all the other unpleasantness. The Nuvaring sounded okay to me until she told me I would have to insert it myself. I know they have one form that lasts for 5 year Its just so many forms of BC out there its really hard to really know which ones are the best for you.


My husband wont get it done either...I tell him he's being selfish
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Well, if you want to know my experience with a Mirena IUD, find that thread. sungy + Mirena =
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I have been on almost everything & I hated it all so my husband got a vasectomy but now I wish I would have just decided quickly on a birth control before Taleas was born because I regret him getting his vas.

I want another baby in a couple years. So be sure that you are done FOR GOOD, or put up with going through BC (unless your lucky and find one that works good forever)
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I have the Copper IUD. I do not handle hormones well, so it was the way to go for me. As others have said, insertion was a bit uncomfortable, but really not a big deal.

I haven't had any issues so far with it, and it's been in over a year. To be totally honest, My dr. said I should try and feel for the string after every period and after sex. I have never been able to feel it...and I've tried
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^ I remember feeling mine like 10 times a day because I was so paranoid of it, and I would feel it like one minute then check again the next to be sure and then couldn't feel it. Being paranoid like that was taking over my mind.
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I have the NuvaRing and I really like it. I can't take the pill form of any bc so it was either that or a IUD, which I felt strongly I didn't want to do for various reasons. It was a little tricky the first couple times having to insert it. Now, it literally takes 10 seconds. I do take it out before sex or it eventually falls out somewhere and I don't want to lose it I do have to mark it on my calendar when I put it in so I can see when to take it out.

For medical reasons we're done but hubby is being a weinie and won't get a vas. I told him he's out-of-his-frickin-mind if he thinks I'm getting a tubal. But TBH, I don't mind getting my period, that way I know my body's working the way it should, so having a BC where you don't get periods freaks me out a bit.
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I wanted to get my tubes tied by my doctor said i was too young( like really she told me that)
Sorry if I am wrong on this but don't you already have 3 kids? Find a different doctor IMO. It's your decision not theirs.
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Wait, I'm so out of the loop. Did you have your baby yet Deyondra?
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yes i did on May 18th He had really special timing...my other son birthday is May 17...
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I have the Copper IUD. I do not handle hormones well, so it was the way to go for me. As others have said, insertion was a bit uncomfortable, but really not a big deal.

I haven't had any issues so far with it, and it's been in over a year. To be totally honest, My dr. said I should try and feel for the string after every period and after sex. I have never been able to feel it...and I've tried
Another from me on the copper. I've had it for 4 years now. I was such a psycho about checking it at first and when I couldn't find the strings I would go to the doctor to make her check for it.

If your doc cuts the strings properly, you shouldn't have a problem feeling them during sex. It's actually if they're cut too short when they poke the guy. Hubby was scared the first time.

Of course there are risks with it, as Linda's story shows. It's a shame they don't work for everyone. I got mine after going through the depo shot and the pill and just not feeling well and not wanting to be on hormones anymore.
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yes i did on May 18th He had really special timing...my other son birthday is May 17...
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Sorry if I am wrong on this but don't you already have 3 kids? Find a different doctor IMO. It's your decision not theirs.
Totally agree. This makes #4, yes? If you're done, it's completely your call.
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I think I'm going to give the NuvaRing a shot. I chose the pill after I had my baby but stopped taking it after my last cycle b/c it makes it IMPOSSIBLE for me to lose weight. I am weird/freaked out about something being inside, but I guess NuvaRing is better than something more permanent. Also, I just had my first so I don't need anything more permanent than a monthly fix at this point
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Yes 4 boys

I have to find a doctor who is willing because all the doctors i asked basically told me the same thing either you are to young or its not medically necessary...I have a few weeks until my 6 week check up and hopefully by then i would have decided on something. The easiest thing for me is for HIM to get a fixed

I graduate this fall from college and i plan on getting my BA in criminal justice administration so....im REALLY done...

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Yes 4 boys

I have to find a doctor who is willing because all the doctors i asked basically told me the same thing either you are to young or its not medically necessary...
How many doctors have you consulted with? This makes me absolutely It MIGHT be different if you were 24 and hadn't had children. Still isn't their business either way IMO. BUT YOU ALREADY HAVE 4.

I am planning on getting information about Essure at my next annual exam and am fully prepared to flip my shit if/when they tell me I'm too young or might change my mind.
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VASECTOMY, lol.

in all seriousness, if you're done for sure and YOU want to be in control, then Essure is an option and so is, of course, a tubal.
Am I the only one who has never heard of Essure?

I'm on the pill only because I was too nervous to get Mirena after reading too many horror stories. I have a reminder set to go off every day on my phone so I'll remember to take it. I'm starting to seriously consider an IUD again though just so I'll be more confident in my BC choice. I'd like to not have to worry about remembering to take my pills with me when I'm going out, etc.

ETA: Deyondra, it is completely up to you, and I can't believe they'd tell you that since you already have 4! I'd go to yet another doctor if I were you.
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I've tried a few different kinds of birth control -- Ortho Evra (the patch), the pill, and now, the Mirena.

The patch worked, but made me gain weight, so I stopped. The pill worked great for over 8 years... until I got pregnant. That made me NOT want to go back on it post-pregnancy, so I did my research and opted for the Mirena. It's been absolutely glorious. I love it!! The insertion only took a few minutes, and I had a day of discomfort. My periods now consist of half a day of light spotting, which is AWESOME! Supposedly, the Mirena is even more effective than vasectomy, at least according to the literature I got on it. So <knock on wood> no more unexpected pregnancies for me.

And, I agree with what others have said... this is your body, and your choice. Age is not a medical reason for anything, especially since it has no correlation to your body's "age" and what it has been through.

And Rachel, I haven't heard of Essure either. I had to click on Shi's link to read about it. Sounds interesting and definitely something for me to consider down the line.
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i've always been on the pill.. other things freak me out
i've had no side effects but positive ones... less heavy flow, less cramps, etc. i'm on tri-cyclen (the regular kind not the lo kind). an easy way to remember to take it is to just start it at a time when you're doing your everyday routine stuff. i take it after i shower, because normally i shower at the same time every day. just make it a part of your routine... brush teeth, take pill, or whatever. beats trying to remember to take it at another time of the day.

really though, you won't know about any side effects until you actually try something since everyone's body is different and your own health contributes to it
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How many doctors have you consulted with? This makes me absolutely It MIGHT be different if you were 24 and hadn't had children. Still isn't their business either way IMO. BUT YOU ALREADY HAVE 4.

I am planning on getting information about Essure at my next annual exam and am fully prepared to flip my shit if/when they tell me I'm too young or might change my mind.
Seriously, this is complete and utter bullshit. I've heard of doctors not performing tubals until the woman is over 30. Why not? Barrier/temporary/pills and other BC doesn't always work...just ask around and you'll see many cases to prove it.

24 and 4 children? Yeah, at that rate you'll be rivaling the Duggars. Essure is safer than a tubal anyway; see if they'll do that. If not, it's time for the hubby to step up and be snipped. You've surely done your share.
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