We used the Creighton Model of Natural Family Planning (basically checking for CM and avoiding sex during our "fertile window") with condoms. Because my mom (and I believe her grandmother) died from breast cancer, BC pills put me at a higher risk of developing it, plus I just don't agree with many forms of BC but that has no bearing on what you choose to do.
There are many spermicides and foams you could use along with condoms if you don't want the hormonal side effects of pills, IUD or shot/patch.
Joy - BC pills can cause increased risk of breast cancer?! My grandma also died from breast cancer, so it's in my family as well. I don't like very many BC's at all, either I refuse the shot, patch, and IUD, and my sister's on mirena and she doesn't like it either, so I was thinking BC pills, because DH hates condoms. and I'm not a fan of them either. I'll probably have a discussion with my doctor tomorrow at my checkup about forms of BC, thank you!
I think it depends on the BC pills but because I don't want to risk it, I just don't use any form of hormonal birth control. I do believe the BC pills reduce your risks of ovarian cancer, but increase your risk for breast cancer. I was just talking about this with someone today.
I agree that IUD is not a good choice. I've heard about so many women being punctured or having tubal pregnancies and/or not being able to get pregnant later.
Avoidance, or at least using condoms, when you know you're fertile could help but obviously is not as effective as other forms of birth control.
Please read this with an open mind...I'm not trying to force it on you! I just wanted to enlighten you and anyone else who reads this post about the copper IUD/Paragard. There are two types of IUD...one with hormones (mirena) and one without!!! Why put hormones into your body if you don't have to!?
I know you said you don't want an IUD BUT I figured I'd give my two cents anyway...I decided on one after having my son and I think it was the best decision ever! I decided on the paragard copper iud. No hormones therefore no increased side effects or cancer scares AND nothing to remember! I can barely 'remember' to take my vitamin now that I am catering to my little one 24/7. I'd probably be pregnant again if I had to rely on another form of bc...and that just isn't in our plans for another two years or so.
It did not hurt upon insertion-the speculum hurt more than the actual insertion and the speculum didn't really hurt at all.
The chance of a puncture is rare. My ob said he has never seen a patient in 17 years who has had this happen. It is also more effective than regular bc pills. And if inserted properly and checked at a follow up, a tubal pregnancy is rare too. The FDA says: The FDA notes that overall, the contraceptive nature of the IUD confers a risk for ectopic pregnancy lower than that of sexually active women who do not use any contraceptive methods. You actually have LESS of a chance!
My ob said an IUD is actually like double birth control because the copper creates an acidic environment (ph level) that sperm cannot live in as well as blocking the 'passage ways' necessary for a pregnancy.
Mumita had the copper IUD and she was very helpful in making my decision. She LOVED hers and now I loive mine...SOOOO Glad I did it...
It might be worth at least discussing with your ob to see if it might be a good decision for you. It was the bc method my ob actually recommended above all else.
ParaGard® may also be an appropriate choice for those patients who want to keep their option of getting pregnant open, but do not plan on becoming pregnant within the next few months.
Nonhormonal ParaGard® may be an appropriate choice for women who:
* Do not want to take hormones
* Want the predictability of their natural cycle
* Want an option with no associated weight gain
* Are breastfeeding and prefer a nonhormonal option such as ParaGard®
I had the Copper T IUD for over 8 yrs and LOVE LOVE LOVED it... no pills, no remembering, no hormones, nothing! It was awesome! Then, I decided to get pregnant again and all I had to do was have my doc remove it and BAM - I was prego w/in 2 months! good luck finding anything else that great! JMO :)
i was gonna have the mirena fitted as my midwife advised, but i know hormonal things DO NOT agree with me so if the copper's as effective...that's what i'm gonna have. thanks jaxx55 and sweet.
Also be advised that with my last appt my doctor asked if I wanted to get on BC after this one (being its my second pregnancy in a year) and she informed me of the two types of IUD's. Mirena, which is hormonal and copper IUD, non hormonal. she told me the mirena would make lighter/spottier periods and that the copper IUD normally makes heavier/crampier periods...which also does not sounds like fun!
***The heavier periods are usually for the first 2-3 cycles then become regular...
***Also, I've heard it is easier to become pregnant again after the copper IUD because your body doesn't have to get back to normal etc. after going off of hormones.
I've heard many good things about IUD's, don't get me wrong, but it's just not for me. I wouldn't feel comfortable at all knowing there was something inside of me all of the time, (weird I know, haha) I'll probably end up just using BC pills, pull out, and avoiding my fertile days. HOPEFULLY I don't get another little one for a while, but if I do I guess it was meant to be, thank you ladies! :]
OH I also have another question, my sister wasn't allowed to get on BC until after her 6 week checkup with her doctor, do I have to wait until after my 6 week to get on BC or can I do it sooner?
I think they want your body's natural hormone levels to get back to normal first, which can usually take 6 weeks. And so your doctor will mention BC options at your post-partum visit.
The doctor's encourage new Moms to wait until their 6 week checkup to start bding again, as your body needs time to heal. Some women don't wait that long, but I always waited until that 6 week visit, so I could also get some BC going. No sense in getting pg that quick.....
Okay I was just going to make an appt. to get on BC but I guess I'll wait until my 6 week! thank you ladies :]
Oh Grandmatobe made an excellent point! Usually there's no need for BC in those 6 weeks because women are supposed to wait for sex. DUH! My brain is certainly feeling mushy lately.
It's a pregnancy thing Joy......How is your pregnancy going? You don't talk too much about it......
I'd suggest Nuvaring. I was on it for 3 months, before deciding to get off and had no issues with being on it. It worked great.
It's also low dose,
I'm going with mirena or Copper IUD after this baby because normally hormones make me gain weight. The shot made me gain 50+ lbs and Nuvaring made me gain 15. my doctor said if I gained weight on nuvaring, which was super low dose that I'd gain weight on ANYTHING hormonal.
Joy and Grandmatobe - I was only going to start BC pills now so they'd be effective when I hit my 6 week checkup, I think the BC pills I plan to get on take a month to become effective
I would recommend the nuvaring.
We just used condoms (I didn't want to go back on the pill since we knew we'd want to TTC again eventually). We ended up waiting 2.5 years to TTC and never had any issue with this method....
We're done after baby no. 2 (I'm 16 weeks now). DH plans to have a vasectomy once he can (I think they recommend you wait for a year after your last child is born).
LauraB - My sister said she liked the nuvaring too, I would be afraid that it would fall out?
Kimberlee~ The nuvaring doesn't usually fall out. It's actually very easy to check placement, all you do is wash your hands and feel with one finger to feel the edge. It's not uncomfortable to wear, and the guy doesn't notice it at all usually. if they do it's not something unpleasant. :)
You can also get a little timer from the Nuvaring company website that will let you know when to change your ring out. If you want to skip a period, just like with the pill you can just put a new ring in without waiting a week.
The great thing about nuvaring is if you want to BD without it in, you can SAFELY have it out for up to 3 hrs I think, and just put it back in and it'll still be effective. It's also easy to put in, and you don't have to worry about having it in a "specific" way because it'll settle in your body however it's supposed to go. To get it out you just hook 1 or 2 fingers around the edge of the ring and pull it out.
Martikadragoon - Wow, that's not bad at all, I'll have to look into it, maybe I'll try that and if I don't like it I'll switch to BC pills. Thanks!
Yep, it's very easy and much easier than BCP because you don't have to remember to use it exactly the same time every day! :) Just use another method of course if you take antibiotics while on it because just like pills, it can be ineffective combined with antibiotics.