A.H. asks from Grand Rapids, MI on April 21, 2008
Ideas for Birth Control?
Okay moms, I'm looking for some ideas on birth control. My husband had a vasectomy during his first marriage, which he reversed so that we could have our 2 precious boys, and now we feel that our family is complete. He's reluctant to get snipped again because as he puts it, "they've messed around enough down there" and I've been on the pill for years now, which is getting more and more expensive (with insurance continually going up!). What has worked for you? What hasn't worked for you? Thanks for all of your input!
D.H. answers from Detroit on April 23, 2008
S.H. answers from Detroit on April 22, 2008
I highly recommend the book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility". It is outstanding.
K.H. answers from Lansing on April 22, 2008
My dad had a vasectomy after I was born. Seven and a half years later my baby brother was born. (He just turned 29...Hard to believe!!!) After David was born my mom had her tubes tied, and that worked for them.
So, when my husband and I decided we were finished having children (We had three without ever "trying." In fact, with each one we were trying harder NOT to get pregnant...Go figure!) I opted to have my tubes tied. If it worked for my mom, I trusted it would work for me, too.
It's been almost six years since my surgery. Seems to be working! *grin*
B.R. answers from Kalamazoo on April 22, 2008
If he doesn't want to get snipped again (which I understand) and you are tired of being on BC (also understandable), then the other alternative is for you to get your tubes tied. It's less invasive than it used to be. I had mine done after our 2nd was born and I'm glad that I did. If surgery isn't for either of you, you may need to talk with your Dr or do some research on your own. I hope that this helps.
B.Z. answers from Grand Rapids on April 24, 2008
I just want to say I am so happy to see how many people are sugesting NFP. Having practiced it myself, I think it is a great way of understanding the female body and a great way to prevent the side effects of medical birth control.
B.M. answers from Lansing on April 22, 2008
i have the merina iud and love it!!! nothing to remember is the best part i think. this one is good for 5 yrs but i think theirs another one that is good for 10 yrs! i read someplace that this type of bc is better for the money in the long run since you don't have to re-fill it, and plus by the time you add up your co paies thru the years this one comes out cheaper. i can say when they put it in it sucked but i like mine i have had no problems with it, i know a friend of mine also has it and she like it also. good luck with your choice
F.P. answers from Grand Rapids on April 22, 2008
My husband and I used natural family planning (NFP) for 25 years and taught it to other couples for 20 years. It is 99% effective if learned and used correctly. Communication between spouses is usually enhanced and it is amazing to watch the female fertility cycle work! A woman is fertile only part of her cycle--NFP teaches the couple to know when this time is and to abstain from marital relations if they are postponing pregnancy. And there are, of course, no negative physical side effects. I recommend it! See www.ccli.org for more information.
K.G. answers from Detroit on April 21, 2008
My husband and I have been useing Natural Family Planning for 6 years. It is 99% effective when used properly. It is natural so you are not useing medication when you are not sick and best of all after you either pay for the class and/or book it is free. Check out the wed site http://www.ccli.org/.