T.K. asks from Sarasota, FL on May 28, 2008
Birth Control - Sarasota, FL
Hi Everyone! I have two children, a 4 1/2 year old and a going-on 6-year-old. My husband and I would like to have more children one day, but not yet! :) We don't have an exact time frame in mind, but at a minimum of 1 year away. I was hoping to get advice on different kinds of birth control. What do you recommend or NOT recommend and why?
Thank you!! :)
So What Happened?™
Thank you all so much for your detailed responses!! :)
I have to say, while I was pregnant with my 2nd (who is only 14 months younger than his big brother, lol) the IUD is what we were considering. My gyno (back then) even had one. I think that might be what we consider again. We have been using natural planning (mymonthlycycles.com for peak fertility days to abstain) and condoms for over 3 years now, but lately have been having condom issues (falling off, breaking, etc) and so I no longer feel that method is good for us. I was on the pill when I got pregnant with my first and when I went back on it after my 2nd it made me go crazy (but I also think I had PPD so I'm not sure if it was the pills or not).
I have an appointment with my gynecologist in June, so I will present my case to him and see what he recommends!! :)
Thanks again everyone! And, I don't object to more recommendations.
P.S. Thanks for all the input on Depo - my sister had the shot and had lots of problems - it's really not something I was considering. Same with the patch. :/
M.S. answers from Tampa on May 29, 2008
I love the Mirena IUD. I don't have to think about it for 5 years. It could not be easier. My insurance paid for it so all I had to pay was my co-pay for the appt.
J.O. answers from Tampa on May 29, 2008
I recommend the pill...I took Loestrin, the generic form and it worked great for me...Plus, other forms of birth control, the patch, etc. will make it more difficult to get pregnant once you stop...I heard that it takes sometimes a year to get the patch or depo shots out of your system. I got pregnant both times after being off the pill a month after I stopped and I have been on the pill most of my life...Just my advice.
C.S. answers from Tampa on May 29, 2008
I use the Nuva ring, put it in, forget about it for three weeks, take out for one, insert new one for three, ect.....
I love it, I forgot only once. in the five years on and off, to take it out, but remebered only three days after i was suppossed to take out and everything is ok....
I recommend it if you are heebie jeebie about that kind of stuff, it isnt for all women.....
I dont recomend the depo shot, my freind took three doses, bled like crazy, and then couldnt get pregnant for 1 1/2 years after her last shot....
K.A. answers from Tampa on May 29, 2008
I have the Mirena IUC and love it. Don't have to worry about anything for 5 years.
H.S. answers from Tampa on May 29, 2008
I highly recommend the IUD. You can have intermittant bleeding (spotting) until your body gets used to it. And sometimes a bit more cramping at first but all in all it was a great experience for me. I got it put in when my oldest was 8 weeks old and got it taken out when he was 6 1/2 because we were ready for number 2. I got pregnant immediately with no complications. I loved not having to worry about birth control every day and having no side effects!
H.B. answers from Tampa on May 29, 2008
I would definately talk to your Dr about what is best in the event that you conceive again in a year or so. For the most part I think Dr's try to have moms off of most chemicals (birth control) and on to prenatal vitamins to get your body rid of dangerous stuff and started on a very healthy path for the baby and mommy. I'm not sure how long your body takes to recover from an IUD after removal or ridding your body of the chemicals from that shot. I think it is best to ask your dr and explain your plans for a pregnancy in the near future....