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post #1 of 78
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What method of birth control do you use? My fiance and I use Natural Family Planning. It works for us...we've been together almost 5 years and have no kids. We want to eventually have 3 kids, 2 adopted and 1 biological.
post #2 of 78
Do you know what they call women who use the Rhythm method?? MOTHER!!
post #3 of 78
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Actually, Natural Family Planning and the Rhythum method are 2 TOTALLY different things. Natural Family Planning is more scientific. It's more involved. The Rhythum method is just looking at a calender and going; "Well, looks like I'm ovulating. Better not have sex!"

My obgyn actually endorses Natural Family Planning as a form of birth control. She doesn't endorse the Rhythum method because all the scientific research points to the fact that it doesn't work. Also, I'm proof that Natural Family Planning DOES work because my fiance and I have NO children.

Speaking of the facts, here's some info from Georgetown University about why Natural Family Planning does work IF done correctly. That's the same for all methods of birth control. As you will see, NFP is very scientific and actually a very involved process...

http://www.irh.org/nfp.html
post #4 of 78
What's the rhythm method? I use the pill.

Aqua
post #5 of 78
Thread Starter 
Actually, go to this site. The info is more thorough and it explains the difference between Natural Family Planning and the Rhythum Method...

http://familydoctor.org/126.xml#5
post #6 of 78
You forgot the "none" option. LOL. I had a hysterectomy almost two years ago, so I don't use birth control.
post #7 of 78
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Originally Posted by jcat
You forgot the "none" option. LOL. I had a hysterectomy almost two years ago, so I don't use birth control.
Jcat, I think you and I fall under "other"! I had a hysterectomy last year, one thing I can say for it, it is one fool-proof way of not getting pregnant at all!
post #8 of 78
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I wish we could add more options to these polls!

JCat...if you don't mind can I ask you a question about your hysterectomy?
post #9 of 78
The Pill for me, I was on Depo for a long time and I loved it. No hassles, no fuss, no muss. But since it is a shot given at the Dr. office my new insurance wouldn't cover it as a prescription and it didn't count toward my deductible, so I was just out $85 every 3 months....ouch!
post #10 of 78
I don't use anything and I am still intact LOL . But I do feel when I am ovulating and when I do be sure I will say nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo at least for 3 days . I do that since 1992 and so far has worked for me
post #11 of 78
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Originally Posted by vinceneilsgirl
I wish we could add more options to these polls!

JCat...if you don't mind can I ask you a question about your hysterectomy?
Sure, go ahead and ask!
post #12 of 78
hmmmm...
I have a cousin who uses NFP very carefully, exactly as prescribed, and actually teaches others how to use it - I however, do not trust it, and she is a shining example of why - she is a mother of 6 (only two of whom were planned). She has an 'ask me about natural family planning' sticker on her passenger van. It's fine if it's not really that important that you not get pregnant, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone not in a situation where an 'oops' baby wouldn't be a problem, especially for a woman who needs to avoid pregnancy for medical reasons.
post #13 of 78
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Originally Posted by tuxedokitties
hmmmm...
I have a cousin who uses NFP very carefully, exactly as prescribed, and actually teaches others how to use it - I however, do not trust it, and she is a shining example of why - she is a mother of 6 (only two of whom were planned). She has an 'ask me about natural family planning' sticker on her passenger van. It's fine if it's not really that important that you not get pregnant, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone not in a situation where an 'oops' baby wouldn't be a problem, especially for a woman who needs to avoid pregnancy for medical reasons.
My sister has four kids - and was on the pill all four times she got pregnant. As she's an RN, I doubt that she was sloppy about taking it, or didn't know that antibiotics can make it useless. After #4, she had a tubal ligation.
post #14 of 78
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Originally Posted by jcat
Sure, go ahead and ask!
Did it mess up your libidio? I've heard that it can do that.
post #15 of 78
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Originally Posted by vinceneilsgirl
Did it mess up your libidio? I've heard that it can do that.
No, not at all. Actually, it has probably had the opposite effect, because I no longer have to go through several days a month of feeling bloated and having severe cramps. My ovaries are still intact - perhaps it would've made a difference if they'd been removed along with the uterus.
post #16 of 78
I've been on the pill in the past & it has worked great for me. I could never do the shots! For one, I'm scared to death of needles, 2) it has been known to make women gain a lot of weight due to the drugs in it, 3) it's also been known to cause women to not have their period at all & I'd be worked sick thinking I was pregnant the whole time. At the moment, I am not on the pill at all but I am also not active with anyone either. My body has always had women issues as long as I can remember & I was told I had to go off of them for a while. My body gets immune to the drugs after a few months & my cycles get completely wacky. I was actually told by my doctor that when I do decide to have children I will either have a very difficult time conceiving or I'll be Fertile Myrtle! Sometime I just wish I'd be normal...just for one time in my life!
post #17 of 78
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Originally Posted by vinceneilsgirl
I wish we could add more options to these polls!
Your poll has been edited, VNG.
post #18 of 78
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Originally Posted by Aquarius
What's the rhythm method? I use the pill.

Aqua
The rhythm method is also known as "Vatican roulette".

Jcat, I had a tubal ligation, in 1979 and a hysterectomy, in 1990, so I voted "other". If I had known 30 years ago, what I know now, I'd have had that hysterectomy, back then!
post #19 of 78
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Originally Posted by jcat
My sister has four kids - and was on the pill all four times she got pregnant. As she's an RN, I doubt that she was sloppy about taking it, or didn't know that antibiotics can make it useless. After #4, she had a tubal ligation.
That is just frightening.
post #20 of 78
Cindy, I know what you mean. My mom went through menopause at 60 - I'm so glad that I've probably been spared 15 years of PMS, cramps, etc.. Thirty-three years were more than enough. I was operated on twice, three days apart. They tried the "button-hole method", only to find that I had adhesions that called for more radical surgery. I was really upset, thinking that I would be horribly scarred, but the surgeon did such a neat job that the "bikini scar" isn't noticeable at all (not that I wear bikinis at my age).
To get back to the original topic - my students and nieces are constantly discussing birth control, and I find today's options (implants, 3-month shots, mini-pills) so much more convenient than when I was a teenager/twenty-something. I'm a bit sceptical of the "natural methods", having gone through measuring temperature, analysing vaginal secretions, etc., while trying to conceive. "Roulette" is a very apt description.
What does disturb me is that an awful lot of "kids" today don't use condoms before being tested for HIV and only then switching to other methods of birth control. So often, I hear kids say, "My bf/gf isn't promiscuous, so we don't have to be careful." Wrong, IMO. You don't have to be promiscuous to become infected - once is enough. A friend of my mom's (in her fifties, married, 4 kids) contracted AIDs during hip replacement surgery; a friend of mine (cop, exposed to blood in various situations) also died of AIDs. Being absolutely paranoid is counter-productive, but everybody should keep in mind that nothing is "fail-proof".
post #21 of 78
Thread Starter 
Once again, NFP and the Rythumn Method are 2 TOTALLY DIFFERENT things. If you go to that second site I mentioned on the first page of this thread it explains the difference.
post #22 of 78
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Originally Posted by vinceneilsgirl
Once again, NFP and the Rythumn Method are 2 TOTALLY DIFFERENT things. If you go to that second site I mentioned on the first page of this thread it explains the difference.
I do recognize the difference. It's just that I've learned that any method, other than absolute abstinence, doesn't work 100%.
post #23 of 78
I take the pill.. I started taking it last year after being on depo since 1997, which caused me to gain weight, so that is why I quit taking it.
post #24 of 78
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Originally Posted by katl8e
Jcat, I had a tubal ligation, in 1979 and a hysterectomy, in 1990, so I voted "other". If I had known 30 years ago, what I know now, I'd have had that hysterectomy, back then!
I wish it were as easy to get fixed as a human as it is for our kitties. Some of us actually KNOW that we don't want kids and we aren't going to change our minds. My sister never wanted kids, always had female problems, but they wouldn't even consider a hysterectomy until she turned 30 (apparently the magic age where you know what you want ). I wanted kids up until I was about 17. After that I have never even thought about it as a serious option. I have no desire at all to have kids.
post #25 of 78
I've been on the pill off and on since I was 12 years old to regulate my period. I go on for 6 months then come off for six months unless I'm active then I'm on it always, its a system that has worked for me and I have yet to become pregnant. My cousin got pregnant while on the needle, and my other cousin got pregnant while using implants so nothing is absoulutely safe except not having "it"
post #26 of 78
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Originally Posted by valanhb
I wish it were as easy to get fixed as a human as it is for our kitties. Some of us actually KNOW that we don't want kids and we aren't going to change our minds. My sister never wanted kids, always had female problems, but they wouldn't even consider a hysterectomy until she turned 30 (apparently the magic age where you know what you want ). I wanted kids up until I was about 17. After that I have never even thought about it as a serious option. I have no desire at all to have kids.
I totally agree with you. I want to stop at the one child, I don't want any more (even though I am being pressured by my female friends to have more kids!) I mean, it is OUR choice whether we want to have kids and why can't they let us do what they want. I am trying to convince Jake to get the snip, its less invasive and the recovery time is quicker
I cannot use the pill, it causes really severe headaches for me, I cannot function.
post #27 of 78
How about more than one? I've had irregular and very painful periods since I first started having periods. I've been on a very low-dose pill for quite a number of years now to address these problems. But, I use the pill as a treatment and not as birth control. For birth control, I rely on condoms and spermicide.
post #28 of 78
Just to give you guys a heads up on a fairly new form of birth control, that my clients are raving about! It's called the nuva ring...it is NOT like a diaphragm or IUD. It is a low dose (lower than the pill) estrogen ring that sits in the vagina for 3 weeks, yes 3 weeks. Unlike the diaphragm it is easy to insert, easier than a tampon. Meaning you do not have to insert it into yourself as if you were reaching for the moon.You can not place it incorrectly either, which also happens with the diaphragm. You can't feel it, your partner can't feel it. You remove when you get your period, wait a week then insert a new ring. Constant birth control for an entire month, even the week of your period. It is even being used for menopausal women to relieve hot flashes. Here's the link, below. Went to a great inservice on it a few months ago, was greatly impressed!

www.nuvaring.com
post #29 of 78
I just started using Ortho Evra--the patch. I like it so far, I was really worried about them sticking, but they did. It's much better than remembering a pill each day.

As for the Rhythm method, I think my roommate in college used to call it EYT--Estimated Yank Time.
post #30 of 78
Another 100% method of birth control is a ovario-hystorectomy. LMAO there's NO WAY you can get prego that way. I new a girl who was doing some sort of period-cycle monitoring method, and she was preggers in less than a couple of months. So much for that.

We have been looking into Vasectomies too. But it is a bit pricey, and a lot of doctors won't do it if he doesn't have any kids (which we don't). Tubals are even harder to get if the woman doesn't have kids.

Aqua
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