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Contraception, *sigh*

I used to be on the pill, but I had a blood clot scare.  So then I went on the minipill (progesterone only).  Now that I've been on it for awhile, my cycle is literally 8 days long.  Day 1 get period, heavy bleeding through day 3, lightens and stops around day 4-5, then it starts all over again.  I'm starting to feel really anemic, what with bleeding my guts out every freaking week.  Ugh. 

 So I'm in the market for something new.  We don't ever plan to have children.  Any suggestions?

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Re: Contraception, *sigh*

  • The IUD is an option, there is one without hormones that lasts I think 5 or 10 years. I think the one without hormones is paraguard. The only problem is not all dr will place it in women who have not given birth because the changes your body goes through during the birthing process makes the placement of the IUD much easier and less painful.

    There is also Implanon. It is like the old Norplant, except safe. It is 3 rods (good for 3 years) that are inserted under the skin on your upper arm. I think it uses hormones though so it may not be a good option. 

    Other than those, the rest of the contraceptives I know of are daily, weekly, or monthly and involve hormones. 

    HTH!

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  • I don't have any suggestions, but that sounds like my period every month...
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  • I'm surprised that the mini pill changed your cycle that much. Have you mentioned that to your doctor? I can't take regular BCP because of clotting issues, so I was put on the mini pill a few years ago. My cycle didn't change at all. Unfortunately, my insurance at the time didn't cover it, so I stopped taking it, but I'm looking to get back on it now.

    I was under the impression that since the mini pill doesn't have an effect on ovulation the way regular BCPs do that your cycle shouldn't change. I've heard of spotting in between periods, but not an 8 day cycle.

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  • There is the paraguard IUD which has no hormones, however it can cause heavier and longer periods and that sounds like the same thing you are dealing with now. There is also Mirena IUD which as hormones, which is what I was trying to avoid. In the end, I decided against the IUD altogether but it's an long-term, pretty worry free option.

    What about tubal litigation, since you don't plan on having children, or even putting it on your DH for a vasectomy. One of my friends went that route. At least the vasectomy is reversable if you change your mind, and I'm sure a dr. would be more likely to perform that than a tubal litigation on a young woman ( sexist I know).

     

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