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Spinoff Poll: If you are sexually active, which BC method?

AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
Just curious as to what method works best for you at present.
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  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    We were doing a combo of natural family planning and condoms.

    I had been on the pill for 8 years, and when I went off, I noticed such a tremendous difference in myself (mood swings, acne, etc) that I swore that I would never use hormonal birth control again.

    After this bebe, one of us will have a sterilization procedure, we just don't know which one of us yet.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    We're doing NFP and condoms too. I did try the Pill for a few months, but it made me feel awful and I never want to take it again.

    I imagine that learning about my natural cycles should help when we wan to conceive.
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  • StyXXXStyXXX Posts: 4Registered Users
    I've been on the pill for 7 years already and now I'm scared about the consequences. I originally went on it to help with my mild acne, god-awful cramps and irregularity of periods. It's help all of those and then when I became sexually active, I just stayed on it. I'll probably be on it for another 3 years, after that I wanna be off it for one full year before I have a baby.
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    I've never used BC. Dh and I used the rhythm method for years. When we decided to have a baby, we got pg after 3 months of trying (temp and charting). I breastfed my son for 16 months, then tried to get pg and had a lot of difficulty. I finally got pg and am breastfeeding again but still no period. When I do wean my daughter (working on it now) and I get my period, I won't use anything. All this to say, I'm not the most fertile woman in the world, so no birth control for me. LOL.
  • ColochaColocha Posts: 344Registered Users
    I used the pill for 2 years and didn´t affect me, although I didn´t like the fact that some hormones were controlling my body. then I had the IUD for a year and it was fine, but then again, didn´t like it.

    We´re now using condoms.
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  • bouncebounce Posts: 297Registered Users
    Gyn surgery! We haven't had sex in over a month and still have another 3 weeks (minimum) to go - whew!

    Otherwise, it's condoms/NFP for us too, but in our case, if we got pregant it would be fine so we aren't terribly concerned with BC.

    I was on the pill for 10 years, stopped taking it when I got a new job and switched insurance (insurance didn't take effect until 1 month of employment and I didn't want to fill and perscription through Cobra) and alas, my horrible migraines that I had been managing for what felt like my entire life disappeared.

    Haven't taken the pill since and haven't had a migraine since, over 1.5 years ago.
  • bouncebounce Posts: 297Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:

    I imagine that learning about my natural cycles should help when we wan to conceive.

    Actually, it's really nice to know even if you aren't trying to conceive. I finally started charting and was wowed when after only 2 cycles, I learned I am a 28 dayer, every time.

    It's kind of empowering to know. Just mark a calendar - you'll see!
  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    I was on the Pill before I got pregnant.
    Now I use an IUD. I didn't want to go back on hormones for various reasons.
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  • CarrollCarroll Posts: 224Registered Users
    Pill totally whacked me out :roll:

    I have an IUD and love it!!!! :lol:
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  • LadydncingLadydncing Posts: 964Registered Users
    geeky wrote:
    I was on the Pill before I got pregnant.
    Now I use an IUD. I didn't want to go back on hormones for various reasons.

    Ditto! Loving the IUD. I have the one that in place for 10 years.
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  • geminigemini Posts: 3,325Registered Users
    Well, nothing right now, obviously. :lol:

    We were using a combination of condoms and nothing (depending on time of the month). DH and I did that for about 3 years. Before that I was on the pill for about 4 years with a few breaks in between (times when either I or DH was deployed). Now i have to figure out what to use after we have baby #1 but aren't yet ready to try for #2.
  • MizKerriMizKerri Posts: 1,701Registered Users
    I'm currently off the pill but may go back on for non-birth control reasons. I basically use it to regulate hormones and have normal, regular periods. Otherwise, my period comes maybe twice a year, for weeks, and I mean several weeks up to a month, at a time. I went off of it to see if I could get a period normally yet, and it didn't come. My boyfriend had a vasectomy many years ago so I don't need to worry about actually becoming pregnant.
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  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    I chart, and during my fertile days only, we use condoms.
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  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    birth control pill for me - i love it! i went on it when i was 18 for wildly irregular periods (sometimes i would skip months, sometimes every 2 weeks i'd get it). i'm actually dreading going off of it someday when husband (to-be) and i want to have kids. i hate the idea of going back to never knowing when my period's coming.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Amneris wrote:
    We're doing NFP and condoms too. I did try the Pill for a few months, but it made me feel awful and I never want to take it again.

    I imagine that learning about my natural cycles should help when we wan to conceive.

    Same here. I get cluster headaches when I take any form of homonal bc. So that really narrows our options down. DH and I are allergic to latex so that narrows the choices down even more. Naturallamb......ewwwww :evil:

    Knowing your cycles will really help when you want to conceive. Our kids are 10 so we are past that stage :wink:
  • marielle448marielle448 Posts: 1,823Registered Users
    right now pregnancy. When I got married I was on the pill for almost 3 years and decided it wasn't for me. I was too whacked out and it drained my sex drive. So then I started charting and did that for a year. After I had my first kid I didn't worry about charting since BFing really helped but we wouldn't be averse to another pregnancy. Otherwise I wouldn't count on BFing as the sole method of birth control. Either way, BFing kept my period away for 10 months and even then I didn't have a fertile cycle until this last January. Even when you don't chart there are certain signs your body gives you that you'll learn to read.

    After this second child I may start to chart again but will most likely just do CM for a while.
  • ScarletScarlet Posts: 3,125Registered Users
    Nothing.
    I'm not getting any
    
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    Otherwise I wouldn't count on BFing as the sole method of birth control. Either way, BFing kept my period away for 10 months and even then I didn't have a fertile cycle until this last January. Even when you don't chart there are certain signs your body gives you that you'll learn to read.

    Marielle, do you think I might be getting my fertility back? I have had some EWCM (scant amounts), a migraine that lasted overnight and this morning I have a very painful zit on my chin. I am now 12 months post-partum.

    Sorry for the guano, Amneris. You can PM me if you like, Marielle.
  • SisaSisa Posts: 759Registered Users
    Scarlet wrote:
    Nothing.
    I'm not getting any
    

    *snort*

    Me, too. :cry: :oops:
  • loosecurlsloosecurls Posts: 637Registered Users
    Sisa wrote:
    Scarlet wrote:
    Nothing.
    I'm not getting any
    

    *snort*

    Me, too. :cry: :oops:

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  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    right now pregnancy. When I got married I was on the pill for almost 3 years and decided it wasn't for me. I was too whacked out and it drained my sex drive. So then I started charting and did that for a year. After I had my first kid I didn't worry about charting since BFing really helped but we wouldn't be averse to another pregnancy. Otherwise I wouldn't count on BFing as the sole method of birth control. Either way, BFing kept my period away for 10 months and even then I didn't have a fertile cycle until this last January. Even when you don't chart there are certain signs your body gives you that you'll learn to read.

    After this second child I may start to chart again but will most likely just do CM for a while.

    I stopped temping when I learned to read what the "other" signs are that my body shows. It was much easier. Temping got to be a real pain.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    I get bad cramps when I ovulate, so that's an easy sign, but I know that there are a couple of days before ovulation when you're also fertile and finding those has really taught me a lot about me!

    Question: My mama always said this and I have no idea if it's true or if it was her way of trying to make me feel better, but she always said if you get bad menstrual cramps and know there is no medical cause (ie. endometriosis) it is a good chance that you're very fertile and could conceive easily. Is this an old wives' tale?
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  • SisaSisa Posts: 759Registered Users
    loosecurls wrote:
    Sisa wrote:
    Scarlet wrote:
    Nothing.
    I'm not getting any
    

    *snort*

    Me, too. :cry: :oops:

    Me three!!!!!

    Yeah, but at least you "support the troops" as often as you can! :wink:
  • loosecurlsloosecurls Posts: 637Registered Users
    Didn't you get the memo? They're not "troops" anymore, they're terrorists!

    But yeah, there's this certain one. . . I should be getting some hot screen door banging action in about a month & a half!
    Slinky's rule for NC.com:

    I suppose I can't judge you because you married a serviceman and it is wartime. Boo hoo. You must be loney sitting at home with nothing else to do but pick on people. Why don't you go masterbate again?
  • CherishCherish Posts: 1,847Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    Question: My mama always said this and I have no idea if it's true or if it was her way of trying to make me feel better, but she always said if you get bad menstrual cramps and know there is no medical cause (ie. endometriosis) it is a good chance that you're very fertile and could conceive easily. Is this an old wives' tale?

    This is interesting. I've never heard that before...
  • SisaSisa Posts: 759Registered Users
    loosecurls wrote:
    Didn't you get the memo? They're not "troops" anymore, they're terrorists!

    The "troops" are "terrorists"?

    Is this some sort of 1984 newspeak? :headscratch:headscratch.gif

    (Edited.)
  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    I get bad cramps when I ovulate, so that's an easy sign, but I know that there are a couple of days before ovulation when you're also fertile and finding those has really taught me a lot about me!

    Question: My mama always said this and I have no idea if it's true or if it was her way of trying to make me feel better, but she always said if you get bad menstrual cramps and know there is no medical cause (ie. endometriosis) it is a good chance that you're very fertile and could conceive easily. Is this an old wives' tale?

    I would think it's just an old wives tale. I have never had problems with cramps, bloating, severe PMS or anything like that, and I conceived on the first try both times. I thinkt hat fertility has more to do with the mother's health and maternal age. conception is all about timing. you have to know when your fertile time is, or it's just not going to work.
    :rambo:
  • marielle448marielle448 Posts: 1,823Registered Users
    cramps during ovulation is normal - called middleschmertz

    Medussa, I had noticable discharge those first 3 cycles but January's cycle was DEFINITELY EWC. I didn't even have to check (sorry for TMI). Sounds like you may be there.
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    cramps during ovulation is normal - called mittlesmurtz (can't remember the correct spelling)

    Medussa, I had noticable discharge those first 3 cycles but January's cycle was DEFINITELY EWC. I didn't even have to check (sorry for TMI). Sounds like you may be there.

    Mittelschmerz - middle pain in German.
    I had this for so long without knowing what it was, because you don't hear as much about it.
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  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    I get bad cramps when I ovulate, so that's an easy sign, but I know that there are a couple of days before ovulation when you're also fertile and finding those has really taught me a lot about me!

    Question: My mama always said this and I have no idea if it's true or if it was her way of trying to make me feel better, but she always said if you get bad menstrual cramps and know there is no medical cause (ie. endometriosis) it is a good chance that you're very fertile and could conceive easily. Is this an old wives' tale?

    I'd say Old Wives' tale, because I had TERRIBLE cramps and was not incredibly fertile. It took 18 months to conceive #1, 8 for #2 and 10 for #3.

    I am on the Pill, because it lessens my cramps and my flow greatly. Plus it's sort of in my hands. If I get pregnant again, it's my fault, it's not because some Dr. didn't tie my tubes or my husband's right, or didn't place the IUD in right. As long as I use it correctly, I know I won't get pregnant.

    Although, after 3 kids, I'm toying with the idea of both me AND DH getting fixed and STILL staying on the Pill. Just to be doubly- triply- extra sure. :lol:
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