Brief background: I had DD when I was 17 years old. After she was born, I began looking for a good birth control method. I was afriad to try ANY form of the pill due to a past expeirence- I started my period when i was only 9 ( yes, 9! ) and had very horrible periods. The pain and bleeding would last for months and I couldnt go to school during these times. I was put on low dose birth control pills when I was 10 to help with the pain and bleeding-it worked. My bleeding evened out as I got older. I began taking BCPs again in high school to prevent pregnancy and suddenly had yellowish skin and eyes. Thanks to the very severe Jaundice I had when I was born, I was told that I couldnt take BCPs because it made it return. Shortly after, i stopped taking any form of BC and..DD was created. After DD's birth, i knew that I didnt want to try the pill. So i tried the patch, it made me itch and wouldnt stick to my skin. So my doctor suggested the Depo shot. I tired it and loved it. I had no symptoms (that I remember ) other than hot flashes the day of and a few days after the shot as well as mood swings-but nothing any worse than PMS. If i gained any weight, it was maybe only 5 pounds.
Now Im 23, I had my second child, DS, back in 2008. I BFd for a little over a year and so this was a natural BC. We combined this with the pull out method and it worked fine. Once my periods returned to normal, I began NFP combined with the pullout method as well as using condoms if i even THOUGHT i MIGHT be the slightist bit fertile and this has worked great for us all of this time.
I would like to get myself back on some other form of birth control, not only to insure that I dont become pregnant, but also to add the spontaniousness back into our sex lives. BUT since the birth of my son, Ive developed a few major health issues. Silent Migranes with auras so severe I loose 90% of vision in left eye, High blood pressure and not to mention I have never had a high sex drive so i dont want the little bit that I do have to go away due to the BC method I use..that would just be ironic. I also smoke ( i know, I know- with all of my issues- NOT SMART! ) so I dont have many BC options. Though I was on the shot before and didnt have any severe side effects, Im afraid that since my health isnt as good as itI could be, it might affect me differently. Ive done alot of research on the shot recently- and its down right SCARY.
An implant is not an option for me, as the thought of having a ring or impant..anything in there makes my skin crawl. So, pretty much my only options will be to have my tubes tied or try the shot again. I really wouldnt mind having my tubes tied, so im sure I dont want any more children but I feel that having your tubes tied causes early menopause like symptoms. I have been researching this myself for while and have found some intresting facts, but none of them serious enough to make me change my mind as to this being an option.
What do you ladies think?
If you HAVE have your tubes tied ( especially if youre around my age ) please let me know your expeirence afterwards. How did you feel physically and emotionally? Did your sex drive change? Did you have any issues with infections or other complications?
Is there anyone out there that has had a good expeirence on the Depo shot?
Which would you reccomend?
Sorry for the length ladies and thank you so much for taking the time to read and reply to my post. Your advice will be a huge help.