L.C. asks from Kingston, PA on March 31, 2008
Birth Control - Kingston, PA
Hi everyone. I am breastfeeding my first baby, who is 4 months old, and beginning to look into birth control options. I never tolerated the pill well, I tried three different kinds and they all caused adverse effects. The hormones just drive me crazy and I definitely don't need any extra hormones at this point. I also feel like condoms compromise our intimacy. I've been looking into IUD's and the nuva ring. I need something that is safe to use while breastfeeding and won't effect future fertility, as I'd like to have another baby within the next few years. Thank you for your suggestions!
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H.F. answers from York on April 01, 2008
G.S. answers from Allentown on April 01, 2008
Have you considered a diaphragm?
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J.J. answers from Sharon on March 31, 2008
Before i got pregnant with my last we used condoms and i personally don't think it interfered with anything.The worst thing was,finding one that worked for of us.........(because of different styles)
But good luck.
M.K. answers from Pittsburgh on March 31, 2008
I was in your same situation, except I just stopped brestfeeding, I am using the nuva ring. Some girlfriends of mine suggested I try it and so far i like it. I have had no problems with it in during intercourse, my hubby says he doesn't notice it. I liked the idea that I can decide when to stop using it without having to have the Dr remove it. I also like that I don't have to worry about taking a pill everyday. I would never remeber that with 3 kids under 3 I have enough things to do everyday!
D.W. answers from Philadelphia on April 01, 2008
I would do an IUD. You may still want to have children. there is a new one that they adverstise on tv. it is good for up to five years but can be removed if you want more children. sorry, i can not think of its name but i know a few people with iud's and they like them.
S.A. answers from Philadelphia on April 01, 2008
I decided against IUDs because a girlfriend had hers taken out after the strings were hurting her husband - and if you look online, this is a common problem! I've had a few friends get pregnant while using the Nuva Ring and I wouldn't recommend it.
I, too, cannot be on the pill for health reasons.
BUT... what you can do is become very in tune with your body and learn when you are fertile. You can choose to abstain, use a barrier method, or climax by other means during the fertile times - but this is only a few days out of the month.
An awesome book to teach you about the Fertility Awareness Method is Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler . Toni has created computer program to help you track your fertility signs that is easy to use and very accurate. More information about this can be found at http://www.ovusoft.com/ .
I am not Catholic, but I have also found the information at the Couple to Couple League on this topic to be very helpful: http://www.ccli.org/
Hope this helps!
PS: From my profile, you may see the I have five children - don't be alarmed, it's not because of the Fertility Awareness Method, but rather from personal choice :) FAM has helped me to space my latter pregnancies so that I'm not pregnant and trying to care for a newborn at the same time!! (Been there!)
L.B. answers from Philadelphia on April 05, 2008
HI! Whatever you do, DO NOT USE DEPO PROVERA. IT WAS A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE FOR ME!!!!!
If you have any specific questions, feel free to e me directly.
Brianna 21m & yes! still bf'ing!
butterflylindamarie at yahoo dot com
M.G. answers from Philadelphia on April 01, 2008
I would recommend an IUD. I had one placed 3 years ago and it has been great! No worries of getting pregnant and I don't have to remember to take a pill or put a patch on or find a condom. Periods are shorter too (about 3-4 days).
T.K. answers from Philadelphia on April 01, 2008
I was in the same position, I took OrthoNovum Lo