For Ladies Only: Long Term Birth Control

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  1. ku_alum

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    I was wondering if anyone here had experience with an intrauterine device for birth control.
     
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  3. Learner4Life

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    I do not have one but I wanted to comment. A friend of mine is really looking into getting one and the more she looks, the more positive it sounds. She works for Planned Parenthood, however, and can get her's at cost so I'm pretty sure she's getting a kickin deal!
     
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    I have the mirena and I love it. It cost me around $700 or $800. I can't remember. I've had it for over a year now. I've no problems. Much lighter AF's.
     
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    This isnt long term, but I use the nuvaring and I LOVE it and it is super easy to use... only have to do anything once a month.
     
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    What's the pill that you only get your period once every three months? I can't use tampons after having children so dealing with my period only once every three months would be very nice. Anyone know the one I'm thinking of? Anyone use it or know someone who does? Right now I just take a normal birth control pill.
     
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    MsMar, I take Mircette like you describe. It is not packaged this way, but on the recommendation of my obgyn I skip the "placebo" week for 3 months in a row. So, it works like the one that is advertised (that I can't think of the name).

    It works great! Even the month that I do get a period, it is very light.

    I was wondering about the IUD because my obgyn recommends me not being on the pill beyond age 35 ... that is just over a year for me. But, I'm trying to figure out if the IUD is a good solution. The other option would be a surgical procedure for me or my husband.
     
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    I'm 35. I can't do the pill because of having weight loss surgery. I wouldn't absorb all the hormones in the pill and therefore it wouldn't be as failproof.

    I tried the NuvaRing and did not like it. It didn't stay in place after 1 1/2 weeks. Never could get that thing back in.

    I also did the ortho evra patch. It made my skin itch toward the end of the week.

    One thing about the IUD over the patch and ring... once it is there, you don't have to worry with it for up to 5 years. The ring and patch is weekly.

    Seasonale is the pill, MsMar. I think.
     
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    I just had to comment... I don't know if you saw the SNL spoof of this, but I think of it everytime I see this commercial. The women in the spoof just go PMS crazy, it's just kinda funny!!!

    I don't know of anyone who uses the long term things. This is an interesting thread to say the least, to even look at other forms of bc.
     
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    I would love to see what people have to say about this. (We want to have one more baby, but have stopped actively trying for a while due to timing-I don't want another August baby! I'm thinking January would be nice...) Anyway, after that, I want something that is permanent since I have a terrible time remembering to take the pill. I had the patch for a while, but it made me very emotional I thought.
     
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    I took Seasonale for almost two years and it worked fine, but I only took it to regulate my periods so I was pretty much satisfied. I had to stop because I have a hard time with taking pills so I just got tired of the monotonous, daily dosage of the pill. Probably because I was on the Depo-provera for almost 10 years. And that was the best because I didn't have to worry about it for 3 months at a time.
    So I'm using nothing now...waiting to talk to my doctor about other options. I would love something that would lessen my MC like Seasonale did.
     
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    I love love love my nuva ring. I've never had any problems with it, no side effects like I've had with the pill. I have shorter and lighter periods.
    I've been on the patch - which was ok, but the ring is more convenient and less like a weird bandaid.
    I've looked into the IUD but since I've never had a baby my doctor said it would be more likly that my body would not agree with it. Talk to your doctor, it might take a few trials before you figure out what fits you. I know some people who love depo, but I wouldn't use it because i've seen side effects on friends of mine.
     
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    One other form of long term birth control - have your husband get a vasectomy. We had my husband snipped about 6 months after our last baby. We knew we didn't want anymore children and I was sick of being on birth control (I didn't like the stress of forgetting and I didn't like how my body reacted to being on it - high blood pressure, weight gain, etc.). The vasectomy hurt, but once he had a clear reading, we didnt have to worry about getting pregnant.
     
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    The thing that kills me about BC is every time I try and talk to my gyno about the possibilities of getting pregnant on a certain type, they've all acted like it's impossible. In my opinion, if you're having sex, you can get pregnant (well unless there have been surgeries and the like) even if you are on BC and I would like my doctors to acknowledge that. Does anyone else seem to have this problem?
     
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    Thats strange... My doctors have never acted like that and with moving around I've seen 7-8. They've suggested non-pill form of BC because it is more likely to work for my body type and my situation - I wouldn't remember to take the pill, worked weird hours and might not have the time/opportunity to take it depending on the day. They've never acted like it was impossible, just highly unlikely if prescribed and taken correctly. But then again condoms are not 100% effective either.
     
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    It is not impossible to get pregnant using BC. I have a 20 year old daughter that proves that fact. I took BC pills faithfully everyday and was shocked when we had been married only 6 months to find out that I was pregnant.
     
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    If you are on the pill and take antibiotics, watch out. The antibiotics cancel out the pills. :)
     
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    The IUD isn't 100% foolproof either. I have a friend who is a doula (labor support person) and has seen them come out embedded in the placenta. Another friend thought hers fell out, so they did an exam and ultrasound and never found it. She decided to get pregnant again, but after the baby was born she was having excrutiating pain. It turns out that the IUD was still in there and had punctured her uterus during the birth and went into her abdominal cavity. They finally found it and removed it at that point. (Sorry, I know there are horror stories for everything.) If I get to that point, I would have DH get a vasectomy because I believe it's the least risky.
     
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    I had my tubes tied while they had me open for ds3's c-section. I don't regret that choice :)
     
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    How does the nuvaring work? And how often do you have to go to the doctor for replacements or checkups for it?
     
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    Our docs are hesitant to do a surgical procedure on my husband or I because we do not have kids (we don't want children). The only parenting I could ever imagine in my future would be to foster teenagers, my husband doesn't even see that for us.

    I'm sure both of us could talk our doc into it, it just isn't the path they recommend.

    So, the IUD looked like an option for a couple of years. But, I was wondering if I should start putting money away for it now ... is it typically covered by insurance? I heard it can cost close to $1000. Maybe by the time the IUD had to come out (they have a 5 year max, no?) the docs wouldn't want me to get pregnant anyway (I'd be 40).

    The surgical procedure for my husband would probably be the easiet thing to do, but when we talk about it he goes all cross eyed.
     
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    I know that look--I got it from my husband several years ago. I ended up getting my tubes tied. I did it at 27 because I already had 3 children. After my tubes were tied, I never had a period so they put me back on BC pills. One year later almost to the day of getting my tubes tied, my doctor decided that I would be better off having a hysterectomy so at 28, I had a hysterectomy and I must say that it is the best surgery that I ever had, especially after suffering with endometrosis for 17 years.
     
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    Insurance wouldn't cover mine. I got mine back when I still had a credit card with space still on it. Mine was $700 or $800. I can't remember.
     
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    I got the Mirena 3 years ago. In the beginning I LOVED it. I told ALL of my girlfriends how amazing it was. I stopped having periods altogether, I didn't have to worry about BC, and it was just amazing. In fact, I continued to adore it for about 2.5 years.

    Fast forward to last April... I began to have some really serious health problems in addition to really bad depression and anxiety. Long story short, I am currently seeing 3 different specialists and my OBGYN to manage these problems (none of which are specifically reproductive-system related, thank G-d!). Recently, one of my best friends started having really bad depression, anxiety, and other health probs (migraines, kidney problems, etc). Her OBGYN finally told her that she suspects it's from the Mirena. She also told my friend that the Mirena literally caused her uterus to shrink-- to the point that it was just about to fully puncture the uterus. Her uterus was literally about 1/4 its original size, and the doc firmly believes that it was all due to the IUD.

    She called to tell me that, and I totally brushed it off. I told her that her symptoms could be attributed to lots of things and that I love my IUD and had no intention of getting it out until the 5 years was up. The more she told me and the more info she emailed me, the more I began to doubt myself. I began doing extensive research into the possibility that the Mirena could be causing my health problems (which have hospitalized me multiple times and nearly killed me once).

    Google "mirena and depression" or "mirena warnings". You will find COMPLETELY different info than the few cautions on the Mirena info CD or their packaging. Everything I am having, these women are too. And they all were fine for the first few years, as well. It seems that the more research they do on the Mirena, the more dangerous they are actually finding it to be.

    If you want specific links or info, PM me. I am planning to get mine out ASAP and (unfortunately) find a different method of BC :(

    I know that this is not the case for every single Mirena user, and I fully understand that some people are naturally more prone to problems from certain meds or hormones or whatnot, but there are just too many women out there that have been through too much with this thing to make me comfortable. Really, the Mirena is fairly new compared to other BC methods, including other types of IUDs. I will be interested to see the research in the coming years.
     
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    It is a ring (hard to explain but you can see it on their website). You wear it vaginally (basically you just stick it up there) for 3 weeks, and then take it out for one week and have your period. You can't feel it, see it, or anything. The meds go directly through your bloodstream and its more efficient than taking pills that have to be absorbed through your liver, so they can give you lower doses of horomones.

    I think a lot of people think it is weird and are afraid to try it, (like I was) but I LOVE it. My doctor didn't want me to take oral pills, and I hated the patch (it ALWAYS fell off) so I gave it a try. Glad I did.
     
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    I LOVED the ring when I was on it. Unfortunately, I became too overweight to be able to use it anymore but I would love to go back as soon as I lose the weight. The only downside was that my boyfriend said he could feel it (that may be too much info but it might be helpful?) and he didn't like it. I personally think that if I'm the one paying for it, I get to choose!!!
     
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    That is kinda funny just because I was the same way except the pill gave me very bad like pmdd symptoms and I was so irritable that my own thoughts were driving me crazy so i went on the patch and it ws actually great then whrn insurance stopped paying had to go back on the pill and I went on the ortho evra low and it was ok but i ended up pregnate with my son on it. SO hubby had the surgery and it was truly the best thing for us he was out of work for 3 days and fine after that and it cost us less than 1000 dollars.
     

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