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post #61 of 87
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Originally Posted by AnnasMom
I thought you were married! If you don't want kids right now, you better do something!
I am married. and have a kid. I am 21!!! I mean I am too young like I am not going to take it right now!!!
post #62 of 87
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Originally Posted by KittyLova
I am married. and have a kid. I am 21!!! I mean I am too young like I am not going to take it right now!!!

We didn't mean any offence... Just didn't know if you're planing on having more or not. How old is your child?
post #63 of 87
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256
We didn't mean any offence... Just didn't know if you're planing on having more or not. How old is your child?
my child is 1. Dont worry you did not offence me.
sorry for acting that way. I am planning to take it next month. because i am turning 22 this friday.
post #64 of 87
I've been taking Sprintec since I was 16 - I only got on it when I was so young, was because my 'monthly' was so bad, with cramps and everything. Its much better since I've been on it. I'm now 22 - so I've been on it awhile, with no problems or side effects
post #65 of 87
I take Mircette. Until recently I took just a generic 21 day on/7 day off pill. But I started having terrible migraines the 3rd day of my period. So we decided it was an estrogen withdrawal, and the one I take now has maybe no estrogen for 2 days and a tiny bit for 5. I've been on it for 13 years, plus about 6 years before my son was born. I have 2 kids 12 months apart. I think if it wasn't for the pill, I'd have 15 children by now! LOL!
post #66 of 87
I'm on Yasmin and like it. The only bad thing is that if I forget, I get stomach cramps on the day I have to take two. It has taught me to not forget though!

I think I'm going to switch to the 4 weeks of active pills though. Will have to ask gyno about that.

FYI, for anyone who does have trouble forgetting, one of my friends gave me a great tip. Put the pack next to your toothbrush. Take the pill in the morning when you brush your teeth. At night when you brush your teeth, double check the pack. Basically, check every time you brush. This saved me from taking two in a day quite a few times.
post #67 of 87
Absteinence ... aka the no life club..
post #68 of 87
Hey Fwan!

The injectable thingy in your arm you're thinking of is Implanon. It's currently available in Australia and has been in wide use for a fair while, and the US is trying to get FDA approval to use it as it's a much better option than the current US equivalent (the 5 matchsticks thing). I think Implanon is in a fair few European countries as well as the UK, but I could be wrong. This is one single small rod which is placed in the arm, and just requires a stitch or two to sew your arm back up and is done under a local anaesthetic. It's just under the skin, and once healed, you can feel it. It lasts about 3 years I think, and is pretty much the most effective method of birth control out there. I think you generally don't get periods, and also don't get the associated cramps, PMS and that sort of thing (but everyone's different). As soon as the rod is removed, you can get pregnant again within days. So you can get the rod removed early if you'd like to get pregnant, or just get it replaced after the 3 years. I hear that occasionally the muscle tissue can grow around it a bit, and a little bit of digging can be involved to get it out, but because of the local anaesthetic it just feels weird as opposed to just painful.

I've been on Depo Provera for years, which is the 3 monthly injections. I chose that option because I wanted something hassle free (I'm hopeless at daily pills), I didn't want anything "fiddly" like IUDs, you generally don't get periods (which I liked because I'm very active (well I was!) and think they're gross ), and I didn't like the idea of having something implanted in my arm.

I knew it could take some time to get pregnant once you stopped the shots, but I wasn't in a relationship at the time, so that wasn't a concern to me.

My doc kept trying to convince me to get Implanon because she wanted to have a go at doing it, but I didn't want to be a test dummy!

Now I'm married and at the end of last year I figured I'd stop the injections soon as we wanted to have kids in a few years, and I should get my body back to normal. Then at the start of this year I discovered I had a heart problem, and it's at the point where it's risky for me to have kids, and we have to have kids sooner rather than later if we want a chance to have our own kids. If my heart problem gets any worse my cardiologist won't allow me to have kids, I'll need a high risk ob/gyn as it is. So I didn't get any more Depo injections, and started researching how long it would take for the Depo to wear off and I would be able to have kids.

I was shocked to discover that it can take up to 2 years and for most people it's 12-18 months. I had no idea it was putting my body that much out of whack. My last injection was in January and I still haven't had any periods.

My dad and aunt died of this heart condition (which is hereditary) when they were 28 and 24, and I'm 25, so there is a good chance this condition will get worse in the next 2 years.

I would ONLY recommend Depo for people who do not want kids ever again. It was fantastic while I was on it, but gee I wish I had either stopped a lot sooner, or gone for a method such as Implanon.
post #69 of 87
I take Loestrin and have for 10 years. I got on it initially because my iron levels were really low, and it also helped clear up my skin immensely. My hormone levels have always been kind of wacky.
post #70 of 87
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sarahp
Hey Fwan!

The injectable thingy in your arm you're thinking of is Implanon. It's currently available in Australia and has been in wide use for a fair while, and the US is trying to get FDA approval to use it as it's a much better option than the current US equivalent (the 5 matchsticks thing). I think Implanon is in a fair few European countries as well as the UK, but I could be wrong. This is one single small rod which is placed in the arm, and just requires a stitch or two to sew your arm back up and is done under a local anaesthetic. It's just under the skin, and once healed, you can feel it. It lasts about 3 years I think, and is pretty much the most effective method of birth control out there. I think you generally don't get periods, and also don't get the associated cramps, PMS and that sort of thing (but everyone's different). As soon as the rod is removed, you can get pregnant again within days. So you can get the rod removed early if you'd like to get pregnant, or just get it replaced after the 3 years. I hear that occasionally the muscle tissue can grow around it a bit, and a little bit of digging can be involved to get it out, but because of the local anaesthetic it just feels weird as opposed to just painful.

I've been on Depo Provera for years, which is the 3 monthly injections. I chose that option because I wanted something hassle free (I'm hopeless at daily pills), I didn't want anything "fiddly" like IUDs, you generally don't get periods (which I liked because I'm very active (well I was!) and think they're gross ), and I didn't like the idea of having something implanted in my arm.

I knew it could take some time to get pregnant once you stopped the shots, but I wasn't in a relationship at the time, so that wasn't a concern to me.

My doc kept trying to convince me to get Implanon because she wanted to have a go at doing it, but I didn't want to be a test dummy!

Now I'm married and at the end of last year I figured I'd stop the injections soon as we wanted to have kids in a few years, and I should get my body back to normal. Then at the start of this year I discovered I had a heart problem, and it's at the point where it's risky for me to have kids, and we have to have kids sooner rather than later if we want a chance to have our own kids. If my heart problem gets any worse my cardiologist won't allow me to have kids, I'll need a high risk ob/gyn as it is. So I didn't get any more Depo injections, and started researching how long it would take for the Depo to wear off and I would be able to have kids.

I was shocked to discover that it can take up to 2 years and for most people it's 12-18 months. I had no idea it was putting my body that much out of whack. My last injection was in January and I still haven't had any periods.

My dad and aunt died of this heart condition (which is hereditary) when they were 28 and 24, and I'm 25, so there is a good chance this condition will get worse in the next 2 years.

I would ONLY recommend Depo for people who do not want kids ever again. It was fantastic while I was on it, but gee I wish I had either stopped a lot sooner, or gone for a method such as Implanon.
Wow Sarah! *sending you lots of ASAP baby vibes*

Yep Implanon is the one i was talking about, it is fairly new in germany, My ex gyno in Dortmund didnt like it that young girls were using it because it was fairly new to know results.
I dont plan to have the injections untill i am 40 or atleast stop having kids.

Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences!
post #71 of 87
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256
I am unable to have anymore children and am having my tubes tied due to ovarian cysts but I still take Ortho Trycl. because my monthly is REALLY bad if I dont

Again, just a suggestion - but maybe talk to your obgyn about ablation?

Here is a link I pulled for AnnasMom if you're unfamilar with the term:
http://www.womenlivingnaturally.com/...age.php?id=191
post #72 of 87
I'm on Ortho-Tri Cyclen and don't have any side effects from it. I.e. weight gain was nil for me and hardly any depression.

I use to be on another bc called demulin (?) I think thats what its called. Anyhoo, it was horrible for me, I cried everyday gained weight, etc. I went off of it and within a month I was normal. Stayed off since it was my first BC until I really needed to have a form of BC again. Then I told the Gyno what happened before and she gave me something else (also had a better gyno at that point).

So far I love it!
post #73 of 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by Satai
Again, just a suggestion - but maybe talk to your obgyn about ablation?

Here is a link I pulled for AnnasMom if you're unfamilar with the term:
http://www.womenlivingnaturally.com/...age.php?id=191

Hmm I will.. but I'm anemic so I don't know if that will effect it.
post #74 of 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256
Hmm I will.. but I'm anemic so I don't know if that will effect it.
I guess all you can do is ask. All going well, it might be the perfect solution.

ETA: it might even help with the anemia - for some people I've known, their period is 9/10th of the problem.
post #75 of 87
I'm using Ortho Evra - the patch thing - and I really like it, used to take the pill as a teen cause my acne was soo bad but I just kept forgetting to take it, especially on weekends where my day was different from weekdays So when I met my bf No.2 (at 24, I was a late blossomer, I guess...or rather really shy around boys and my mum wouldn't let me go out anyway ), I was glad I had been taking it for a while and since I've been living together with bf No.3 for over a year now I'll stick with it, changing it once a week and that's it
post #76 of 87
I'm on diane 35. Its meant mainly for acne. I was on the patch before but it kept falling off every couple days.
post #77 of 87
Loestrin FE has iron in it- it's actually in the reminder pills. That was the reason my doc put me on it- because I also had anemia, caused by my stupid period!
post #78 of 87
I was on the patch for the worst 3 months of my life. I was depressed, horrible mood swings, hysterical crying, etc. I completely lost my sex drive (and have yet to get it back!). My gyno encouraged it, telling me it was one of the lowest doses of birthcontrol I could take (found out later it was actually on the higher end) and when I wanted to go off it, she acknowledged that the depression was probably caused by the patch, but the loss of sex drive must be because I was having relationship problems (what?!)

So now my form of birth control is to not have sex! Still working on how to get the sex drive back tho . . .

On the plus size, while on the patch, I became quite . . . busty. And I'm not a bust girl!

~Julia
post #79 of 87
I was on Orthotricyclen for a few years and then I switched to Orthotricyclen Lo but had too much spotting. Now I'm on Nuvaring and I love it.
post #80 of 87
For me its Marvelon 21..I have been on them since I was like 14. I have never had a problem or a scare with them..They are really good. I also have don't get cramps or any PMS at all with them.
post #81 of 87
I use Tri-Sprintec. I think its just the generic brand of Ortho tri-cyclen. But I did use ortho tri cyclen for years before I got on my own medical plan. Both are fine for me!
post #82 of 87
I was on the pill forever....from 16 to 26. I had a horrific period that included severe cramps, diarrhea, sweats, and nausia, causing me to miss school monthly at least for the 1st day of it. The pill made it regular, light, and over in 3-4 days... also, I was allowed to skip it for 2 mos at a time and get it the 3rd month. So I only got my period 4 times a year, and I loved it. But like Sarahp, the one thing they don't tell you is that it will take longer for you to become pregnant when you take them for so long. Which wouldn't have been a problem @ 16, but when I consulted my gyn 2 yrs ago about conceiving a child I was told it will take about 2 yrs after I stop taking the pill. Now this may not be the case for everyone, but it is for me (my sister too). The Dr said your body is so used to not functioning in a normal way to become pregnant, it will take time for all the hormones to get out of your system, and then more time for your body to start functioning properly, then more time for it to regulate itself.... 2 years later and still no baby. So whatever you decide to go with Fran, make sure you have your future in mind... I would've stopped taking the pill when we got married had I known it would take this long to have a baby.
post #83 of 87
Thread Starter 
I do have my future in mind
This is why i dont want to go on the pill, because it has more down side effects for me.

I stopped taking the pill back in october, my period is normal, but its not the same as it used to be.
post #84 of 87
I was on ortho tricycline but gained approx 20lbs.. My breasts were HUGE though. Switched to Yasmin and I promptly lost 15lbs in the first month, including boobage. I just got off Yasmin 3 months ago and am going pill free. Currently am using abstinence. If in the future I have the need to ever let a man touch me again I will probably get fitted for a cervical cap or diaphragm. I don't feel comfortable with the pill anymore. My mom relied solely on rhythm for her bc method (not doing it on days she could get preg) and in 30 yrs of marriage it never failed her. She's a spaz though and probably checked her temp 30 times a day. Even when I was on bc I used rhythm loosely, not having activity on days surrounding ovulation. But I have craps during ovulation so mine is obvious. Catholics don't believe in bc Although I guess rhythm to some extent is a bc device in and of it's own. IDK.
post #85 of 87
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Originally Posted by Satai
I use Yasmin (pill) and it's fine, though pricey. I've used a number of different pills over the years - really liked Mercilon (pill) too - cheaper than Yasmin. I would have to take the pill even if I wasn't interested in BC.

We also use condoms.

ETA: I may switch to Seasonale when it becomes available over here.

I used Yasmin for a while...but I had bad effects with it....so I don't take birth control pills anymore...we just use condoms..
post #86 of 87
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Originally Posted by Alaynna
I used Yasmin for a while...but I had bad effects with it....so I don't take birth control pills anymore...we just use condoms..
I'm sorry

No type of pill is going to suit everyone because of the hormones, I think.

For me though, the only down side is the price, but my GP thinks it works better for me, so I don't mind too much.
post #87 of 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by KittyLova
my child is 1. Dont worry you did not offence me.
sorry for acting that way. I am planning to take it next month. because i am turning 22 this friday.
It's my birthday this Friday too! but I'm turning 31.
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