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BC question

I looked all through this board but didn't see anything that quite fit my situation, so here goes:

I have tried birth control pills before and they made me feel AWFUL--I couldn't even walk into a restaurant because of the nausea! The last one I tried was Loestrin 24 Fe, and while I didn't have any nausea, my boobs were unbelievably tender. Couldn't even put my bra on without wincing.

This makes me think I either need VERY low dose methods(patch? Ring?) or nonhormal, period. I've been looking into IUDs because I'm terrible at remembering the Pill.

Anyone been in this situation before? Which method worked best for you? Any experiences with Mirena or Paragard are also appreciated :) TIA!

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  • I've had the paragard for 3 yrs and I hate it ( it will be removed in Jan. once dh has his vasectomy). My periods are crampy and the bleeding is awful( super plus tampon every four hrs). My periods were not like this before the paragard.
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  • The NuvaRing is pretty low dose, and due to it's placement it doesn't affect your system in the same way as pills (you don't digest it, so it doesn't go through your entire system). It was my birth control of choice. But I've heard great things about Mirena, and Paraguard would be a great non-hormonal option.
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  • I was originally on the Nuva Ring, and it was a million times worse then the ultra low dose pill I'm on now--I  had all the problems you mentioned, and insane mood problems on top o f it. I have several friends who tried the patch and had the same opinion--its worse, and they're not lower dosages than the low dose BC pill.  

    I'd honestly consider Mirena, but I've never had kids.  From my understanding, its ideal for women who have given birth before.  

    Ask your gyno about an ultra low dose pill.  Switching really really helped me.  I'm on a generic version of Alesse--its considered an ultra low dose BC pill.  I am really bad at remembering to take pills, but I simply set a daily alarm set on my cell phone.  I've not had any issues with it the two years I've been taking it.  Good luck!

  • I have poly cystic ovarian syndrome and had the worst time on the pill.. I had never had children so I didn't want to do an IUD but I didn't wanna take a pill everyday... So my gyn showed me implanon. it is the size of a match stick and it is an inoffice procedure where they numb your arm and insert the match stick. it last for three yrs and I barely have a period every month.. I don't even need to buy tampons or anything. Everbodies body is different but I love this and would recommend to anyone who has had trouble with the pill and periods...
  • As an FYI you CAN have and IUD without having kids. I don't have kids and never will.
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  • Honestly, I've tried several types of BC and just like you I had a reaction to each one. After a while I gave up and I havent used BC in a loooong time. Condoms....ehhhh. Yeah....but ultimately I found the rhythm method to be the best. Of course there is risk if your guy has a hard time holding back, but hey your married and it feels better ;) to top it off....YOU FEEL better and its more natural to just be you and let nature, fate or destiny take it course when the time comes.

    Good luck hun :O}

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    Yeah....but ultimately I found the rhythm method to be the best. Of course there is risk if your guy has a hard time holding back, but hey your married and it feels better ;) to top it off....YOU FEEL better and its more natural to just be you and let nature, fate or destiny take it course when the time comes.
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    Oh, and getting knocked up doing pull and pray isn't "fate or destiny", it's biology.

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  • Maybride is right. If you want to do something non-hormonal/device/pill/whatever, then read TCOYF. I'm 2/3 through it and looking forward to stopping NuvaRing. You have to check several symptoms and "chart". To me, it's worth charting to not have to take something synthetic. And then you can just use condoms, abstain, or choose something besides traditional penis-vagina sex during the "fertile" phase. Obviously do your homework to decide if this is something you want to try... but it's a good read if you want to learn more about your body!

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  • I've tried lots of different birth control methods: pills, depo shots, patch, ring, etc. I currently have the nuva ring and I have had no side effects with it. It's super easy and I just basically have to remember what day to take it out. I don't notice it at all in there so its easy for me to forget it's even there.
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    Yeah....but ultimately I found the rhythm method to be the best. Of course there is risk if your guy has a hard time holding back, but hey your married and it feels better ;) to top it off....YOU FEEL better and its more natural to just be you and let nature, fate or destiny take it course when the time comes.
    Dumbest. Advice. Ever.

    Oh, and getting knocked up doing pull and pray isn't "fate or destiny", it's biology.

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    Honestly my advice is to just test the waters yourself. Tell your doctor that you need something with even less hormones in it. Everyone's body reacts differently to different medications so no matter what anyone says, you won't know until you try it.

  • I have the copper IUD and have had it for 4 years. When I first got it everything was excellant no worries and only got one kidney infection but my periods were normal and not to much heavier than before. Well that was good while it lasted...August of last year I got very sick and was diagnosed with crohns disease and now everything is out of wack. After being diagnosed I was put on pills to lower my immune responces to prevent my white cells attacking my organs. ANYWAY ever since I was diagnosed and started treatment I've been having trouble with the IUD...or at least I think it's due to the IUD. I'm now dealing with monthly yeast infections and the past two days I've been bleeding outside of my normal menstral cycle. I think I'm going to get it removed as soon as I can...it's just difficult to convince my doctors that I need to go on another form...I always get the we're trying to get your crohns under control you can't get pregnant right now leave it in so when you do decide to have kids we can change your medicine and we don;t have to worry about accidental pregnancies...
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