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Jun 23, 2014 - 11 comments

Does anyone have any suggestions for a different kind of birth control? I went off my birth control a couple months ago cause I wanted to see if it was the cause of my mood swings. That was not the cause. But I did get my sex drive back!

I don't want to use the nuva ring. My husband will use condoms if we have too, but he's not fond of them.

And since starting the steroid cream 2 weeks, we were finally able to have actual physical intercourse again!!

So I'm just wondering if anyone has any suggestions or experiences.

Thanks ladies

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by veronica0808, Jun 23, 2014
I wish I can help you on that one.. The only birth control I have used was the Depot shot and it sux.... I gained alot of weight on it and alot of cramps... the only good thing was no af for 3 months

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by Shannon79, Jun 23, 2014
I have heard that about the depo shot. Didn't really wanna go that route either

And abstinence isn't an option! Haha

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by heather727, Jun 23, 2014
If you're sure you're done having kids, I would suggest either a vasectomy for your husband or Essure for you. Essure is just as effective as a tubal ligation, however you don't have to be knocked out and they're able to do it either in the office or as outpatient at the hospital. My insurance covers either procedure 100% - not sure what the cost would be for you in Canada.

If you're only 75-90% sure that you're done, perhaps an IUD would be the way to go. You can get either the Mirena, which contains progesterone, or a copper IUD. The Mirena can be left in for 5 years and the copper IUD 10 years. Either can be removed by your doctor at any point if you want to become pregnant.

If you're really on the fence about if you're done or not, your only options are hormonal BC (either the pill, ring, shot, etc.) or barrier methods (condoms, diaphragm, spermicides, etc.).

I would say, given your age and recent medical history, I would avoid any hormone BC. It's just not worth messing with your system. Especially if you were finally able to enjoy 'mommy/daddy' time! ;)

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by butterflybabies, Jun 23, 2014
I have a mirena iud. And love it! I used to have heavy painful periods that had me on the floor in pain. I've had mine in for 1 1/2yrs now and a couple months after having it I stopped having my periods which for me is great!

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by Shannon79, Jun 23, 2014
Oh I'm done having kids. 2 is plenty! Especially since Preston still likes to wake up during the night (getting better, but still happens). I don't want to have 2 kids up during the night.

I have also thought of having my tubes tied. Does anyone have experience with this?

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by heather727, Jun 24, 2014
A friend of mine had hers done after her third was born. She said the recovery from that was worse than the birth. They knock you out, inflate your abdomine with gas, and go in laproscopically to cut your tubes. She said it took her weeks to for the gas to finally work it's way out.

Google the Essure process. It's more effective and less complicated/painful.

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by Shannon79, Jun 24, 2014
I just checked it out, and all I've read is horror stories. It sounds great. (No surgery, no recovery time etc), but it just seems like there's too many horror stories.

I don't want to be another horror story

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by heather727, Jun 24, 2014
Then I would say, since you've endured two c-sections that it's time for hubby to put his feet in stirups for 15 minutes... lol

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by Shannon79, Jun 24, 2014
Lol. He's already said no to that one. We discussed it last night. He thinks doing that will take away his manhood

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by heather727, Jun 24, 2014
Oh that's a load of cr@p!! lol I would give him the option of an at home vacectomy with kitchen scissors or the doctor's office version with novacaine... ha ha ha

Well, then I would say your options are either tubal ligation (which should come with 1-2 weeks of 24/7 pampering from DH) or an IUD. I'm just not sure if there are any age limits on IUDs like there is for the pill.

Good luck!!

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by Shannon79, Jun 24, 2014
That's also part of the reason I don't want to be on the pill anymore. I'm 35 now and they say once you hit that age, problems can arise. I don't need anymore problems!

I totally agree with the pampering beforehand! Might have to throw that option at DH

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