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Birth Control Suggestions? (NOT Mirena)

  1. Foodnerd81

    wonderful cherry / 21504 posts

    If I were you I would try going without anything for a few months and see how you feel then (using condoms of course). Otherwise I feel like you won't know what is your "normal" and what is the pills. But I know I dislike comdoms too.

    Previously when I was on the pill I liked yaz, which then had all kinds of warnings about blood clots- could that be the one you used to take? When they switched it to a generic o felt all crazy and just never really liked the pill again.

  2. birdofafeather

    pineapple / 12053 posts

    after coming off BCP after 10 years of being on it, i knew i was never going back on. it's condoms, NFP and abstaining for us until we have another and after that, DH told me he's getting snipped. hormonal BC was really bad for me emotionally and even though my skin was amazing on it, the downsides, like low libido, were too much. and i didn't know it was an issue until i got off of them.

  3. PurplePeony

    pomegranate / 3113 posts

    When I first went on BC, I was on Depo-Provera and it was fine for me (but I was also like 18...). Went off it after a couple years because they were saying it was potentially harmful if taken long-term and tried the pill for a few months, but I'm horrible at taking pills so I switched to NuvaRing. Ugh. I had horrible PMS and it totally killed my libido. I haven't been on BC since 2009 and I still have a very low sex drive, it never really recovered. DH and I are both on board with me not messing with my system any further, so it's condoms for us.

  4. lilteacherbee

    cantaloupe / 6791 posts

    @birdofafeather: exactly everything you said.

    I was on several different birth control pills over 8 years and I didn't realized how awful they made me feel until I stopped taking them. I haven't taken anything in almost 5 years since TTC my first, just charting for a few months here and there because luckily breastfeeding kept my periods away for almost a year each time. I'm pregnant with my third and after this, DH is getting snipped.

  5. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    @Adira: I know this is an old post but what did you end up doing? I’d like to get my mirena removed but not sure what to use afterwards. Did your sex drive get better? I’m having the same problem

  6. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts

    @gotkimchi: I got the Mirena remove and am taking Kariva (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol tablets). It's been sooooooo much better!!! My sex drive is definitely up and my sensitivity is back! Both my husband and I are much happier! I have my period again, but it's very light on this pill.

  7. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    @Adira: great thank you I’m going to try to get that bc. I have an appt in a few weeks and I’d like to get this show on the road

  8. gotkimchi

    nectarine / 2400 posts

    @Adira: how long until you felt better after mirena removal? I got mine removed on Thursday and I’m wondering when to expect the effects to wear off

  9. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts

    @gotkimchi: I honestly don't remember, but maybe one full cycle? It wasn't immediate, but wasn't longer than a month I think.


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