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Contraceptive Choices

From condoms to cervical caps to hormonal rings, patches, and many types of birth control pills, today we have so many contraception options from which to choose!

What birth control do you use? What are your birth control's pros? Its cons? Are you thinking of switching to something else?

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Posted by: umfaatimah on Jan 28, 2008
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Mirena....Oh Mirena...

I use Mirena. The best thing i like about it was the fact that i did not have to worry about changing, replacing, remembering to worry about the IUD for up to five (5) YEARS! It was exactly what i needed. Also i did enjoy very much so the less amount of periods and period days. But the thing i do have a problem with, (maybe it is me) i feel like i have small amount of blood but longer period days at some points during the time i have been on Mirena. Meaning, one month i could bleed for two days..(wooowhoooo) other i would bleed for 13-19 days...(bummer) though the doc said it could be because of vitamins that i was taking...anywho..that was the upset at times. I am now with Mirena for three (3) years. I was thinking about having another baby, but hey..i am enjoy the time i have now...*smiles*

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Posted by: Shaye on Jan 23, 2008
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HA! I'm the QUEEN of birth control

HA! I am the QUEEN of birth control! I've tried everything from the patch, the foams, the rings and even some natural method my friend suggested. In the end my husband and I like condoms the most. I think it's because we can "see" them working and it's comfortable for both of us. He was scared of the ring (and I don't blame him!) and the patch made my skin dry and itchy. He didn't like the foam because it didn't "feel natural" so we've been using condoms for the past 3 years now and they've been working out great! The only downside is, is that when you're really "in the mood" it sucks to have to find a condom, open it and put it on. Other than that, condoms are number 1 in my book :)

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Posted by: zinf77 on Jan 18, 2008
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Mirena is for me

I recently just had my first child and before then didn't use any type of bc. When the time came for me to pick what I was going to use, I did a lot of research. I was afraid that I would forget to take a pill everyday so I decided to go with Mirena IUD. For the cost it is def. worth it since it lasts for 5 years. The only cons are for the first 3 - 4 months you can have spotting and heavier periods but after that, 30% of women don't have periods at all. The rest of the women have lighter shorter periods. My obgyn told me that if you can handle the bleeding the first months, then it is def the way to go because you don't have to worry about it and it is pretty much the same effectiviness of getting your tubes tied. My husband loves it too because we don't have to worry about another child until we are ready.

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Posted by: Heinz57 on Jan 14, 2008
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LOVE THE RING, LOVE THE RING, LOVE THE RING

At the age of 35 & married, I have tried A LOT of different kinds of birth control. I had increased problems with Migraine headaches when I used birth control pills. MY METHOD OF CHOICE IS THE NUVARING!!! It is so nice to be able to put in the birth contol & completely forget about it until you see the little sticker on your calendar to take it out. No more panic of "did I take my pill today?" "I hate the smell/irritation/taste of this gel/foam/condom/sponge!"

I used to get my prescriptions in the mail by 3 month supply. I would keept them in the fridge (the heat of your body releases the hormones from the ring). After you get over of the box of birth control is next to the cheese slices, IT IS ALL GOOD!!!

Easy to use, little or no side effects, no "killed mood" issues, cannot imagine using anything else . . . GET A PRESCRIPTION TODAY!!!

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Posted by: MissLady on Jan 3, 2008
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It Depends on Your Experiences...

I used the Alesse pill for 3 years, but switched to the Desogen pill when I began having breakthrough bleeding with Alesse. I got off of Desogen this past May after 2 years of use b/c I was ttc with my husband. I had a m/c in October and since then decided that I will NOT take anymore hormones for birth control (I haven't told my husband this). I recently got fitted for a diaphragm (spelling?) and intend to use that for pregnancy prevention until I am ready to ttc again. I will probably continue to use this or the withdrawal method after I (prayerfully) have a child.

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Posted by: UnMom on Jan 2, 2008
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For Acne and Cramps I use Ortho Tri-Cyclen

For the last 5 years I have been using Ortho Tri-Cyclen.

I used to have really bad cramps and terrible acne and this Birth Control has practically cured BOTH!

My face is almost always clear now and my cramps are minimal to none.

I keep my package next to my bedside table and before I turn off the light, I take my pill and it's almost always at the same time every night (which is important as well).

This bedtime habit makes remembering easy and remembering to take it is really the hardest part.

Taking the pill regularly has the highest success rate for birth control use; 99.97% EFFECTIVE!

Ortho Tri-Cyclen costs about $20 a month for a pack.

If you're new to the pill you may feel nauseous for the first day which is mild and after a few months usually goes away.

If you miss a pill you're going to have to take 2 in 1 day to make up for it which can make you feel a little nauseous as well.

Women who miss a pill or more every month should consider an alternative to taking the pill, because missing the pill could mean welcoming baby :/

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