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post #31 of 42
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom View Post
I just looked it up. They offer it in the US. I might look into that option at my next Dr. visit. But I am scared! Do they use da big needle or do they cut your arm open?
They just make a tiny incision. Definitely talk to your doc though and see what they think and ask lots of questions!
post #32 of 42
Go with the ring...love it!
post #33 of 42
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
Anyway, there's something called Implanon which is a single small rod that gets implanted into your arm just under the skin. It lasts 3 years, and you can get pregnant as soon as it's removed. I think it's in the process of being approved for the US, and has been in use in Australia and I think the UK for a fair while now.
I've just had my Implanon replaced. I love it and will keep using it, nothing to remember, no monthly periods or spotting.
It doesn't hurt to get it inserted or taken out, just a little bruise and the site is a bit tender for a few days.
My doctor injects some anesthetic first so I didn't feel a thing either time.

The only trouble I had was finding someone in Canada to remove it once the 3 years was up, no one would so I had it in a bit longer until I came back to Australia.
post #34 of 42
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It freaked me out a little at first but I really like it. IUDs are what freaks me out.
Same here. I loved the ring. It was so easy and it worked great!
post #35 of 42
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Originally Posted by Februa View Post
at all. One thing I do know is that higher estrogel levels can decrease both quality and quantity of breast milk, so if you are still considering a hormonal option, Id go for something Progestin-only. Alternatively, try the dreaded condom or have a diaphragm fitted for that period of time during which you will be breast feeding.
This is all my OB gives for breastfeeding moms, for exactly that reason, as you are absolutely correct . I actually liked the Progestin-only pill better than the regular (that I had taken 9 years earlier ), but ended up with the rare liver problems, and had to quit. Now we use nothing, as I seem to still have the dreaded "built in" birth control , but we're delighted beyond measure to have the one child we do.

After the sleep deprived first week, you won't have to remember- your OH will probably remind you!
post #36 of 42
Um...do you have to reach all the way in there to get the ring in and out? So it would probably not be a good option for someone with a particularly deep cervix then?
post #37 of 42
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Originally Posted by lionessrampant View Post
Um...do you have to reach all the way in there to get the ring in and out? So it would probably not be a good option for someone with a particularly deep cervix then?
My cervix is tilted all the way up at a pretty bad angle. My doctor told me it wasn't a good option for me- but i like my pills better anyways, so i'm ok with it. Talk to your doctor and see- sometimes it depends on the tilt of your cervix. What might not work for me and others might be perfect for you
post #38 of 42
Hmm... am I like the only person here who thinks it's the guy's responsibility for birth control? I'm a guy, and as a guy, I can tell you one guy can get many more women in trouble than one woman can with many guys. It's the guys that get blamed for unwanted pregnancies. Guys also don't get periods or mood swings, so should have no side effects from any sort of birth control (might shorten our lives, but everything we do shortens our lives).

Guys also produce new sperm on a regular basis, women are born with their ovum and keep the same ovum throughout their entire lives. Start screwing around, and you might mess up all of them and then you're done. It also takes hundreds of thousands of sperm to break through the ovum's outer layer to allow just one to get through, even if there are a few sperm floating around, chances of them breaking through are abysmally low, so statistically male birth control makes more sense.

Problem is, we don't have many options (vasectomy and getting tubes tied, both of which are quite invasive, vasectomy being permanent, and tied tubes can untie themselves). I hear there's a hormone injection (which I hear will leave you limping for a week), and a pill in the works (which apparently has zero side effects). Need more options here, and I bet we'll start seeing some better results.

Anyway, male birth control FTW!
post #39 of 42
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Originally Posted by Lemur 6 View Post
Hmm... am I like the only person here who thinks it's the guy's responsibility for birth control? I'm a guy, and as a guy, I can tell you one guy can get many more women in trouble than one woman can with many guys. It's the guys that get blamed for unwanted pregnancies. Guys also don't get periods or mood swings, so should have no side effects from any sort of birth control (might shorten our lives, but everything we do shortens our lives).

Guys also produce new sperm on a regular basis, women are born with their ovum and keep the same ovum throughout their entire lives. Start screwing around, and you might mess up all of them and then you're done. It also takes hundreds of thousands of sperm to break through the ovum's outer layer to allow just one to get through, even if there are a few sperm floating around, chances of them breaking through are abysmally low, so statistically male birth control makes more sense.

Problem is, we don't have many options (vasectomy and getting tubes tied, both of which are quite invasive, vasectomy being permanent, and tied tubes can untie themselves). I hear there's a hormone injection (which I hear will leave you limping for a week), and a pill in the works (which apparently has zero side effects). Need more options here, and I bet we'll start seeing some better results.

Anyway, male birth control FTW!

I definitely think you've made some wonderful points! I belive they are currently working on developing new birth control options for men Hopefully they will come out with something reliable,safe, and good on the market soon for all of the guys out there.
post #40 of 42
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Originally Posted by Lemur 6 View Post
Hmm... am I like the only person here who thinks it's the guy's responsibility for birth control? I'm a guy, and as a guy, I can tell you one guy can get many more women in trouble than one woman can with many guys. It's the guys that get blamed for unwanted pregnancies. Guys also don't get periods or mood swings, so should have no side effects from any sort of birth control (might shorten our lives, but everything we do shortens our lives).

Guys also produce new sperm on a regular basis, women are born with their ovum and keep the same ovum throughout their entire lives. Start screwing around, and you might mess up all of them and then you're done. It also takes hundreds of thousands of sperm to break through the ovum's outer layer to allow just one to get through, even if there are a few sperm floating around, chances of them breaking through are abysmally low, so statistically male birth control makes more sense.

Problem is, we don't have many options (vasectomy and getting tubes tied, both of which are quite invasive, vasectomy being permanent, and tied tubes can untie themselves). I hear there's a hormone injection (which I hear will leave you limping for a week), and a pill in the works (which apparently has zero side effects). Need more options here, and I bet we'll start seeing some better results.

Anyway, male birth control FTW!
That was a wonderful post! This is so true, I would love for DH to be the one worrying about birth control, but in all honesty I wouldnt be 100% at ease! I'd always worry about 'did he forget?' 'is it working?' I'd be more at ease if I were the one taking control and making sure I dont end up pregnant again. I know DH is a bit paranoid and he will still doubt the effectiveness of the BC but I know I would be calmer.

I dont know what kind of birth control I want, but I definately know I dont want these:

I dont want to get the 'clamp'. My cousin had one in for quite some time and ended up getting pregnant. Unfortunately she miscarried. Ive also heard alot of stories of people who get this done and end up pregnant.

Im not getting my tubes tied! I dont want them to untie and have me get pregnant again.

I dont want to go back on depo-provera, I had non stop periods on that.

Im probably leaning towards the tube implant things that are pretty long term, or the IUD
post #41 of 42
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
I definitely think you've made some wonderful points! I belive they are currently working on developing new birth control options for men Hopefully they will come out with something reliable,safe, and good on the market soon for all of the guys out there.
I thought they had a pill for men already. Glad I don't have to worry about that anymore. I knew after 2 kids, I was done, and told hubby it was his turn. He was fine. Just a little snip, and it was over. (Did get him out of shoveling one big snow storm though ) My uncle actually had a vasectomy reversed when he remarried and had 2 more kids, and that was 20 years ago, so I would think its even more reversible now.
post #42 of 42
As far as guys taking care of the BC, DH and I really don't want kids right now, so we're not taking ANY chances. We're both responsible for the BC, lol. I know it sounds very "premarital fear-ish" but it's what we're both comfortable with.

For now, the patch is what I'm gonna...stick with...but who knows what'll happen in the future.
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