Your most reliable option is the non-hormonal IUD, a copper IUD.angelsole said:anyone use a diaphragm? thinking i want to get off the hormones but looking for alternatives to condoms. thoughts?
but they last for a few years right? (at least my copper IUD was okay for 2 years) so divided over 24 months that's only $16.60 / month which is probably about the same as the BCP.Fidelity said:My Mirena review (everyone loves annectodals):
- $400 if you don't have a drug plan
I totally see where you are coming from. For me, since I have been previously pregnant, I'm relatively confident I'd be able to see the signs again in my body without the missed period as an indicator.urbansoul said:this would scare me indefinitely.
i'd be constantly paranoid.
i can see the benifits but it's not for me.
Um, I think I'll take my medical advice from the medical profession, thanks.Kiera said:Totaly posted this in the wrong thread:
Hormonal Birth Control Survey results: http://www.geocities.com/nullphonic/hbc/
freaky shit "lack of sex drive - 63.6%" omg!
More info on BCP (including which pills have which side effects) if you still want/need to take it:
And another message board about all things birth control:
I have a diaphragm (that these days sits in its little carry case and reminds me of my single inactivity *sigh*)angelsole said:anyone use a diaphragm? thinking i want to get off the hormones but looking for alternatives to condoms. thoughts?
I'd be interested in hearing whether it works for you - it's probably my top choice atm. I've been off the pill for a few years because it was messing with my head. My periods were fairly regular until maybe the last 6-12 months where my cycle would get longer some months and then normal in other months, which meant I was very nervous when it was late. The last straw for me was this month when it was 8 days overdue...I can't take stress like that![SQUARE] said:I have an appointment to get a traditional copper IUD coming up. I was on the pill for about 5 years and I've also been off the pill for about the same amount of time. I'm not comfortable with the idea of messing with my hormones. I've since been using condoms but I'm paranoid about getting pregnant so I want some backup. Both my roomates have IUD's and are happy with them so I'm going to give it a try. We'll see how it goes.
Well I'm getting it "installed" this week. Last month I had myself convinced that I was pregnant. I'll take the heavier periods and possible cramping over constantly worrying whether I'm pregnant.Skipper said:I'd be interested in hearing whether it works for you - it's probably my top choice atm. I've been off the pill for a few years because it was messing with my head. My periods were fairly regular until maybe the last 6-12 months where my cycle would get longer some months and then normal in other months, which meant I was very nervous when it was late. The last straw for me was this month when it was 8 days overdue...I can't take stress like that!
i used it for three months which is the norm for my body to adjust to hormone levels. i have discovered this timeline due to trying a number of different pills. my own hormonal regulation is pretty awesome actually and super regular etc. i am looking for a bc method but have decided non hormonal ones are just better for me.Persephone said:^ how long have you been using nuvaring? With some hormonal BCs it can take 6 months for your body to adjust
Don't feel frustrated if its not working for you. Every BCP/ring/injection uses a slightly different progesterone analogue. Not every woman will respond the same way or be regulated by the same hormone. If NuvaRing continues to show success in the market place you may see other hormonal offerings with the same delivery method.
With that being said, if you went on BC becaue of out of control cramps or periods, don't be surprised if your body hasn't changed. Mine didn't after 10 years. *sigh*
you are correct. the doctor that prescribed my IUD was different than the doctor who did the insertion and he strongly advised against insertion but I did it anyway. The reason is because having a kid stretches your uterus and therefore the IUD shouldn't cause as much cramping as in a non-stretched uterus.Ms. Fit said:looking forward to the IUD updates as well...but the doctor i went to said that IUD is best for woman that have already had children...or am i mixing that up with another method of BC?