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Nuva-ring, depo shot or IUD????

post #1 of 36
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Does anyone here use the nuva ring or an IUD? I really need a more permanent method of birth control. I neevr heard of teh nuva ring before yeasterday, has anyone tried it? I can't use it until Mare's weans but I'd still like to hear about it. In teh mean time what about teh depo shot or an IUD? Anyone have any experiance with those?

I'm really not interested in chart planning, I'm not disiplined enough for natural family planning to work. SO I need something low maintance that works well while nursing, any thoughts?
post #2 of 36
Stay away from Depo. Far away. Unless of course you want to gain weight and lose bone mass and have a chance at hair loss and some delightful mood swings and depression. Plus you could see a drop in milk supply. And it messes up your cycles. It may stop them altogether, which can be a nice break but you could also be one of those poor suckers who bleeds constantly for 2 weeks.
I'd go with the IUD if I were choosing between the ring, the shot and an IUD. It probably won't be pleasant getting it put in, but once it's in you can forget about it for a while, and it's reversible. With the ring, you've got to trade it out every month and with the shot you can't undo it and you can experience side effects for months afterwards.
post #3 of 36
The depo is awful. I'm gaining weight, my hair is coming out in clumps and my sex drive is almost non-existent. I'm due for another shot in a week but I'm not going to get it. DH and I discussed it and decided it was time to look into something more permanent so he has an appt to find out about getting a vasectomy. I wouldn't recommend the Depo at all.

Edited to say I just read Elphabas reply and I totally forgot about the cycle thing. For the first 2 months on the shot I won't have a period at all but then for the last month I'll have a period the whole month.
post #4 of 36
I have a non-hormonal copper T IUD and I have to say that it's been FABULOUS! I don't have to think about it at all and the only side effect has been PMS . I never got PMS before af, only during, but now I get a bit before. Oh, and a get more spotting before and after and slightly heavier bleeding during the 1st and 2nd day of af.

The insertion wasn't exactly what I'd call 'comfortable', but it wasn't bad. I just got one monster cramp when he inserted it and the discomfort that goes along with a pelvic. I spotted a bit for 3 days after that, but that's it! Small price to pay for never having to worry about birth control . This one is good for 4 years, but it's most effective for the 1st two. We're planning to TTC at around 2 years tho, so I'm gonna have it taken out then.

I've heard horrible stories about the DEPO but nothing on nuva ring!
post #5 of 36
I used the nuva ring for awhile but (TMI I know) it was like instant yeast infection for me.
post #6 of 36
I have had no problems with the Depo shot. I was on it for years- it did cause my periods to stop though. I also had no fertility problems afterward. (I was pg 6 months after my last shot.) Nor did I have any probems with my milk supply. However, my cousin bled for almost 3 months on the shot and still got pregnant so maybe I was just really lucky. I don't know anything about the nuva ring or IUDs- my Aunt (an OB nurse) advised me against IUDs and the ring is too new.
post #7 of 36
PLEASE WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT GET DEPO PROVERA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Depo Provera caused me so many health problems. Horrid Mood swings, to the point that I really thought I was insane, 100lb weight gain, that I can not seem to get off, 5 years of infertility, major hair loss, major loss of sex drive, ect...

Do you know that they use depo provera on sex offenders in prison? They use it to chemically castrate them.

There are support groups all over for people that used depo provera and regret it.

PLEASE DO NOT USE DEPO PROVERA!!!!!!!!!!
post #8 of 36
I've used the nuvaring for a year and I love it. Yes, you have to remember to change it once a month, but I can handle that. I haven't had any side effects. Dh says he can occasionally feel it during sex, but it's not a problem.
post #9 of 36
I've had an IUD for around 6 months and have really liked it. The only thing I've noticed is heavier flow each month. Cramping was worse around my first cycle but haven't noticed it since. The dr said that was it "settling in to place". I had been on bcp for years before having my dd and didn't want to do anything hormonal anymore. I've been happy so far.
post #10 of 36
I just thought I would add my experience here. I had my first Depo shot in November and I bleed for 5 months straight, had no sex drive and was horribly moody. I have a friend who has been unable to concieve after being on Depo for 5 years. That is very scary to me. I never got the second shot because I hated all the bleeding and how it made me feel.

I just had a Mirena IUD inserted this morning. I took Ibuprofen before the insertion and it was only a bit more uncomfortable than a pap smear and took about five minutes. The nurse assisting with the procedure told me she has had hers for a year and loves it. The hormone dosage is so small that there are very little side effects. I'm really hoping that this is the answer for us. We know we want anothe rbaby, but not for a few years.

Good luck with your decision. I know it is difficult. I could not chart either...I'm just not disciplined enough.
post #11 of 36
I'm with the majority who are against the depo. I was on it for a year and gained 30 lbs., it was nice not having a period all that time, and it didn't affect my supply (I did nurse for 18 mos.). I liked the shot, but did I am still paying for the side effects.
post #12 of 36
I love my mirena IUD. Go on the fertility forum and you'll find lots of threads concerning the IUD.
post #13 of 36
I have not used any of those things but I have a few friends IRL and way too many people online say stay the hell away from depo. Good luck!
post #14 of 36
Moving this to Family Planning...
post #15 of 36
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Originally Posted by MamaChel
I have had no problems with the Depo shot. I was on it for years- it did cause my periods to stop though. I also had no fertility problems afterward. (I was pg 6 months after my last shot.) Nor did I have any probems with my milk supply. However, my cousin bled for almost 3 months on the shot and still got pregnant so maybe I was just really lucky. I don't know anything about the nuva ring or IUDs- my Aunt (an OB nurse) advised me against IUDs and the ring is too new.

T I thought you were supposed to wait for a year after your last shot before TTC?
post #16 of 36
I wasn't TTC. We were actually hoping for an 18-24 month timeframe b/c of all the other meds I had been on and I was expecting a longer wait due to all the issues I've heard of with the Depo. My family is blessed with much fertility.

I'm not recommending the Depo shot, all of the research I have done since going off it have shown me that I was extremely lucky- I just wanted to share my experience.
post #17 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by MamaChel
My family is blessed with much fertility.
T again, I know how you feel . Ds was concieved during condom use.
post #18 of 36
I have been using the nuvo ring for about a year now and it has been great especially since it now comes with a little timer thingie to help remind you about taking it out. I worried about yeast infections but so far so good...
post #19 of 36
Here's my 2cents. I use the ring and I love it. It's so easy. I haven't had any yeast infections. And it's been relatively easy for me to remember to remove it. Also, my OB/GYN thought it would be good for me cause it has less hormones than the pill, etc. My body's really sensative to all that. Anyway, I've used it for several months and I'm happy. Maybe you should give it a try and see what you think?? Good luck!
Chrissy
post #20 of 36
Thread Starter 
Thanks one and all! Definitly going to saty away from the Depo! I would like to try an IUd while I'm still nursing. DH soesn't think it's a good idea as it's suppose to be for four years but he wanst to have another baby in the next two( I wonder who he's having him with, but that's another problem).
I think I'll have a consultation for the IUd.
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