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  1. TennisPlayer

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    What kind of birth control do you/have you used and what are the pros and cons? Hopefully someone has experience with something that didn't make them have negative side effects like the regular pill can do.
     
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    Ortho Evra-the patch. LOVE it. No side effects, very even mood all month, extremely predictable and so easy-I'm terrible at remembering daily stuff.
     
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    My daughter was having the shot every 6 months, but her bone density was getting bad, so now she is switching to an IUD.

    I had my tubes tied, and the only side effect I had was an unplanned pregnancy. Never did get a bill from the doctor that tied the tubes. Buy, seriously, having my tubes tied had no side effects, and no maintanence.
     
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    Anyone have experience with the Nuvaring? I've read mixed reviews online but I think it sounds like a good idea to at least try it since everyone reacts differently. It's so expensive though even with a copay so I haven't bought it.
     
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    I tried it for three months-it BURNED! I did not want to use it after the first month, but my doctor had written a three month prescription, so I HAD to use it or use nothing. It was comparable to a constant yeast infection.

    I'm sure others have had success, though, as they obviously still sell it.
     
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    I'd answer, but I don't use BC. :) (Not because I'm not responsible, I'm not sexually active).
     
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    I was on Yasmin, then my insurance decided to switch it to the generic Ocella. Yasmin was fine, Ocella sucked. I stopped taking it because my mood was all over, I cried over everything, and my face looked like I was 15 all over again.

    Now we're talking baby so I won't be going back on it.
     
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    I had an IUD put in one time and the doctor warned about the 1% chance I could develop an infection and told me the symptoms. A week later I was moving from CA to NC and I stopped in AR. It felt like a mild yeast infection. I wasn't even sure I was having the symptoms. Nothing really hurt. I decided to go to the ER just as a precaution. It turns out I not only had an infection but they said I would have likely been hospitalized if I had waited until I arrived in NC. As it was, I had 3 months of antibiotics. Again, it was supposed to be a rare occurance.
     
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    Well I guess they won't be putting that in their advertisements! Yikes.

    I'm curious what the women OVER 35 use. I'm shopping around for new BC myself.
     
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    i've used ortho tri cyclen...which made me very depressed...and yaz...which made me crazy
    they both help my face...so going off of them led to acne disaster...so i went back on ortho...and depressed again...
    i wanted to try the shot...but heard so many women gain weight on it, and the bone density thing was no good...but the pill isn't much better aside from the clear face
     
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    I am on YAZ. (the funny thing is I had a tubal after the twins, but it wrecked havock with hormones and such). Love it! I have PMDD so this was a "Godsend" for me!
     
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    I was on Loestrin 24 Fe - LOVED it! I was sane all month, I had a two day very light period, my face was clear all of the time... sigh for no health insurance.
     
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    I used to take the the pill...one of the one percent who got pregnant on it due to antibiotic use. As a freshman in college, it was tough, but I'm thankful now that I had my oldest when I did. I can't imagine my life without him.

    When my husband and I got married (after he finished college, I still had another year to go) we began using natural family planning. This was easy for me since my cycles have always been every 28 days like clockwork. I've gotten to know my cycles so well that the only time we did get pregnant with our second child was the first month we tried. The best benefit of this is that there are absolutely no side effects.

    We're going to start trying for baby number three next month, and I'm hoping I'll have similar luck!

    My reasons for not wanting to do the hormonal forms of birth control are simple. I'm just a little wary on anything that completely prevents your body from doing a natural function like ovulation. The key is finding what works for you, and feeling comfortable with that.

    This post reminds me of the Seinfield episode where Elaine is going psycho because the sponge was taken off the market...LOL! Afterall, women get very attached to their chosen forms of b.c.
     
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    After my first child I could take reg. bc pills b/c I was nursing...the doc put me on the deproven shot--Horrible. My husband could just breathe wrong and tick me off, I was very cranky and mad all the time. I thought it was the adjustment after the baby but after checking with some others, they had the same experience with the shot.
     
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    You got pregnant after having your tubes tied?! OMG. Don't tell me that!:eek:
     
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    My tubes are tied, too, as you can probably tell from the previous post.

    However, I used the pill from the time we got married until we wanted to have our first baby, and got my tubes tied after our third (and unplanned) baby.

    I had no negative side effects from the pill. In fact, I think it only improved my monthly cycle - more regular, shorter, lighter. I'm considering going back on the pill to control my cycle, not for bc. My OB/GYN is almost insisting upon it for me because I've been having such issues in the past year, and there aren't any medical reasons for my issues. She says that she plans on staying on the pill 'til menopause and that I could do the same thing happily. I'm 38 now.
    Kim
     
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    Kim--I never considered getting back on the pill. Everytime I complain about my periods being longer, more painful and I'm really cranky the doc says that what happens as you get older. I'll be 38 in Nov. I'm going to ask her about that when I go back in August!
     
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    Wow tb71 - I was put on BC when I was 16 b/c my periods were horribly painful (couldn't sit, stand, or lay down; threw up for 4 days straight), were long (10 days), really heavy, and I was a complete emotional mess. BC was my lifesaver. I can't believe your doc would say something like that to you!
     
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    When I started BC many years ago, I started with Ortho Tri Cyclen and as the OP said I was very depressed. After various and sundry pills and the shot (can you say weight gain?!) I stopped everything for about two years. When I was getting close to graduating college, i decided I was too close to risk getting pregnant and went on Nuvaring. Unlike Jem (thank goodness) I have not had any bad side effects. My mood is very even and I have not had any weight gain. I have been on it for about eight years and really do like it - especially since i don't have to worry about remembering it everyday.
     
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    When I was younger I used Ortho ri Cyclen--I didn't have any side effects. I had forgotten about the possibility of weight gain with any BC--I just lost 10lbs. and I sure don't want to find it again (I know it would be easy!).
     
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    My periods were AWFUL as a teenager. I would also throw up, have horrible pains, etc. Luckily that only lasted about 2 days but I can remember asking to go to the restroom and curling up inside a handicap stall and crying myself to sleep. A teacher discovered me later. I also remember being really green and shaky when I was taking a college test on the computer and the teacher took one look at me and dismissed me in the middle of the test. Yep, that brings back memories. I never thought to talk to the doctor about it back then. Having my first child stopped all that.
     
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    My annual exam is in August, and my dr. has mentioned this to me for 2 years in a row now. When I go back in a couple of weeks, I'm going to take her up on the offer. I just can't deal with my monthly periods any more...10+ days, pain like you wouldn't believe, mood flucuations, and they are so heavy that I use a super tampon AND a pad and have to change both every 2 hours, or else.

    My sil is 40 and recently went back on the pill for the same reason I mentioned and is loving life. I'm jealous!
    Kim
     
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    Yep - I remember the first time - my mom found me curled up on the bathroom floor, crying and moaning. She thought I was having a miscarriage :eek: It took about an hour to convince her that it was in no way even a remote possibility. BC = my hero.
     
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    I really debated going on the pill because of possible side effects, my mom had some issues when she took it so I was afraid it was hereditary. But I started getting ovarian cysts (wouldn't even know they were there except for when found on exams-no symptoms or anything). I take Femcon, had no side effects, but even with insurance it's still $50 a month. I haven't been back yet to talk to my gyno about maybe a more generic that will do the same thing but cost less. Definitely lighter, more predictable, less painful cycles - I would definitely recommend that route for people who have issues with that.
     
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    I'm on ortho try cyclin, but I have been thinking about the patch. I still need to look in on it. I don't really have any side effects from the ortho, but I tend to forget to take it everyday. I've had a couple of scares in the past because I would realize that I haven't taken any in the last 2 or 3 days.
     
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    I use the generic of Orth Tri Cyclen...no real side effects, I tend to want to eat everything during PMS and when I'm on my period, which would probably happen anyway - but I really have to use my willpower otherwise I think that's what would cause the weight gain. And this may be TMI, but I find my libido decreases during weeks 2 and 3, but comes back strong when I'm on the placebo pills...lol.
     
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    You know, I've kind of noticed that too, but thought that it was just me.
     
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    LOL, not to sound gross but you're in heat... Of course your libido is heightened.
     
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    Haha yeah...it's just funny how it goes pretty much from zero to...well, you know.
     
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    tb71 - I would look for a second opinion if I were you. At 38, sorry to say it - ugh - but things are going to get worse before they get better. I have just gone through a year of searching to find a doctor who could figure out what was going on with me - too long to go into that. Just this week I think I finally found a specialist who is going to hit the bull's eye. Turns out the Nurse Practitioner I've been seeing for several years gave me the opposite treatment of the ob/gyn I consulted in Seattle! Could have had disastrous results.

    All that to say to all of us, if you don't get the help you need, get a second or third opinion. We shouldn't have to suffer with all the possibilities out there.
     
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    Kim - I did the YIKES to in regards to Blue's post about getting pregant after having her tubes tied!!

    anyway - I am 45 and about three years ago was experiencing the same things you are. My kind, loving and wonderful male GYN suggested while I was having my tubes tied I undergo an additional procedure called an ablation. Basically, he would scape off the lining of my uterus so I would no longer have a period. So, three years later I have not had a single period, no mood swings, no altering my hormones and increasing risks of certain cancers. I would highly recommend this procedure to anyone having troubles with periods and no longer are trying to have children. It is out-patient surgery with no real pain.

    THREE YEARS WITHOUT A PERIOD!!!! Need I say more :D
     
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    There are so many side affects to birth control pills/patches etc... that I decided to stop.

    Especially once you reach a certain age (30 or 35) the risks increase, blood clots, stroke etc... Not to scare anyone, but these are possible rare but possible.

    Like someone else said, there is something about having a drug control something that is supposed to happen naturally that just seems strange to me.
     
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    All of the hormone-based one made my blood pressure go way too high. So, I had a tubal banding. I haven't had any side-effects at all. I had the banding done when I was 31.

    I fall into the "women over 35" group.
     
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    Does anyone use a diaphram? No hormones and you only use it when you need it. And very effective when used properly.
     
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    It may be natural, but it's also debilitating. Not that limited wardrobe choices are the end of the world, but there are literally 12-14 days a month where the only pants I'm comfortable wearing are black. I must wake up at least 2 times a night on my heaviest days to change my "protection" or I ruin set after set of sheets. I have to plan my day around where the most available bathrooms are, because I really only have 2 hours between visits. Forget the pool or the beach on those days, and because it's so unpredictable, we can't plan a beach vacation ahead of time. This may really be tmi, but I can't suddenly stand up after sitting for an hour or more...it's almost like wetting my pants.

    And, of course, I'm anemic.

    But, physically, in the opinion of 4 different doctors, I'm normal. I'm aging. Nothing is wrong. I've had sonogram after sonogram, I've had a D&C, I've had an MRI. I'm perfectly normal.

    I'm so willing to try a pill to make my life livable.
    Kim
     
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    Kim - this was me three years ago - seriously, you need to speak with your doctors about an ablation. It totally changed my life. But this is only if you are truly not planning on having any more children.
     
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    My arms are too short! :blush:

    Who would have thought? :confused:
     
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    I was scheduled for an ablation, but I had to cancel due to other family medical issues at the same time. However, I need to reschedule. The people I know who have had it done say it's wonderful!
     
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    I will ask, IN teacher. Thanks. Yes, we are DEFINITELY done having kids!!!
    Kim
     
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    :rofl::toofunny::clap:

    Arms too short!
     

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