S.L. asks from Moab, UT on October 09, 2011
What Is Your Choice for Birth Control?
What do you use for birth control?
I hate the pill because I have a hard time remembering it but many of those other options out there seem to have a lot of side effects!
So just taking a quick poll- what do you use and have you tried something that you don't like?
C.O. answers from Washington DC on October 10, 2011
We tried for sooo long to get pregnant we didn't use birth control...then once we got pregnant - I was pregnant five years in a row!!! Only have two kids - but that's how it happened!!
My cycles were sooo far off that we didn't use anything either. I ended up having the uterine ablation done and then a hysterectomy. I'm 45.
I used the pill - don't remember what it was - that was 15 years ago. I loved the pill - as when I was on it - I stayed at 135lbs...the minute I got off it? 30 lbs on....yikes!!! STILL struggling to get those 30 lbs off....
If you are done having kids - getting the tubes tied is easy (I had that done when I did the ablation)...
J.K. answers from Phoenix on October 09, 2011
FAM and condoms...latex free!
I reversed a tubal ligation because of the hormone imbalance it caused. I'm allergic to the pill and I'm also allergic to spermacides... and I'm allergic to latex, too. I'm kind of high maintenance but thankful for FAM and latex free condoms.
V.W. answers from Minneapolis on October 09, 2011
My boyfriend doesn't like using condoms. I could never remember to take the pill, even with an alarm that rang every night (The alarm would go off, I'd tell myself that I'd take the pill after I got done doing whatever I was doing and by the time I got done I forgot about the pill) and that is why I have my wonderful son. So now I'm on the depo shot. I've heard horrible things about it, and am a little scared taking it... But it's my only option, so I have to take my chances. No side effects so far except for mild depression.
N.P. answers from San Francisco on October 09, 2011
I don't like condoms very much and after being on the pill for so many years, I'd just want to stop the hormones. I tried natural family planning but I got pregnant so after my daughter was born I went back on the pill again. The only non-hormonal birth control that I was interested in recently was a copper IUD but I read so many things about it that scared me away that I'll probably be on the pill until menopause. I have an alarm that rings at 8:30pm every night to remind me to take it.
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M.P. answers from Grand Forks on October 09, 2011
i've had mirena since i was cleared to get it. i have no periods at all, so sweet! i have all the period symptoms each month though which sucks - bloated, SORE SORE SORE boobs, and of course good ol' irritability. i have no plan on changing that method anytime soon. i'm single so abstinent since i left my ex, but i think if i ever remarried i'd do pretty much whatever i could do to have my husband get "fixed". i think after childbirth, they can go to the trouble of doing that! if you're not sure if you wanna continue, i'd def go mirena again, hands down. good luck!
C.N. answers from Baton Rouge on October 10, 2011
I had problems with the pill, the ring, and Depo. The only methods that didn't give me problems were condoms (male or female), film, foam, or sponges.
I was SO happy when I could finally have myself surgically sterilized and never have to worry about getting pregnant again.
B.L. answers from Los Angeles on October 09, 2011
I took the "new" Loestrin 24 Fe............three months later I had not one period, my liver enzymes spiked to 400 (normally needing to be around 50), I bounced from specialist to specialist, I couldnt eat anything but apple sauce and rice (my liver couldnt digest anything else), and I was signed up to have my gall bladder removed. Oh and I was only 19. Luckily, they figured out that that pill wasnt working for me. HA! After a few months I got mostly better but still can not ingest dairy or meat products of any sort because it makes me sick.
I am currently on Depo Provera shot and have been for nine months now. Easy to remember. Slightly controversial. But working for me....for now.
Best of luck!
T.C. answers from Dallas on October 09, 2011
I'm not okay with taking hormones or doing things that has hormones in them - so no pills or shots for me (have you read the side effects?). So, the only real choice left for us was condoms. (For those who are sensitive to them, lambskin is a good, safe kind.) We just had our fifth baby and are done. Hubby got snipped a couple weeks ago. So, permanent birth control has been done now.
G.B. answers from Oklahoma City on October 10, 2011
Nuva ring. Put it in once a month, take it out, have a period, put another in. They can be removed if they are uncomfortable during intercourse but usually not an issue.
It's also very low dose and doesn't really go through the whole system since it's in the general vicinity to start with.
S.F. answers from Utica on October 10, 2011
Well I am currently pregnant so - bonus for me I dont have to worry about that right now. But when I do I reley on the pill. I am pretty darn good at remembering and have been lucky for the many many years that I have used it with the only semi side effect of a slightly lowered sex drive
M.M. answers from Chicago on October 09, 2011
Condom. Who says if you are married you do not have to use it.