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What type of bc do you use???

post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 
I don't use anything...other than good ol condoms. What do you use? ill not use the IUD or any type of pill...so that seriously decreases my choices.

I was just wondering what type you use and if you like it or not!
post #2 of 39

Me too!!

Just condoms.

I don't like the fact that the pill and IUD's prevent an already fertilized egg from attaching. That bothers me a lot and unless they come up with something else that doesn't do that, we will only use condoms. Of course we weren't using anything when our daughter was conceived, we were just counting days, and we figured whatever happens happens.

I'm interested to see what everyone else has to say.

aprilbaby and Katie (a very wonderful surprise)
post #3 of 39
Thread Starter 
Yup...we were counting days too and doing mucus levels....unfortunately we have NO self-control!! So, now we have Tracy...but our self-control is much better now that we have a reminder
post #4 of 39
We just use condoms.
post #5 of 39
NFP

Keri
post #6 of 39
VASECTOMY!~
Do I like it? Heck yeah! Hubby had it done on a Friday morning, went back to work Monday. No musss, no fuss, no preparation, no worries. I highly recommend it
post #7 of 39
condoms. I tried five kinds of pills and they all gave me a breakdown.
post #8 of 39

Re: Me too!!

Right now we don't use anything as we are TTC, after the baby is born I'm not sure what we'll do - probably just condoms until we're ready to TTC again.

Quote:
Originally posted by aprilbaby

I don't like the fact that the pill and IUD's prevent an already fertilized egg from attaching. That bothers me a lot and unless they come up with something else that doesn't do that, we will only use condoms.
I knew and IUD did this, but the Pill does too??? I thought the Pill prevented ovulation? Do you have more information?
post #9 of 39
There is another thread about this in the toddler forum.
post #10 of 39
Since I registered on this site at work, I haven;t been able to post from my home computer, so I decided to see if registering with a different name would help, and it worked. At work, I am april baby, at home I am momof1baby.

I wanted to answer your question about the pill. I copied this off a website. Here it is:

There are two types of oral contraceptives: combination pills (containing estrogen and progestin) and progestin-only pills. Estrogen and progestin are hormones made in the ovaries.

Both pills are intended to prevent pregnancy, but they work in different ways:
Combination pills prevent a woman's ovaries from releasing eggs. (ovulation)
Progestin pills can also prevent ovulation, but they usually work by thickening cervical mucus. This prevents sperm from joining with an egg.

Combination pills also thicken cervical mucus, and both types of pill may also prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus (womb).

HTH!
aprilbaby
post #11 of 39

Re: Me too!!

Quote:
Originally posted by aprilbaby

I don't like the fact that the pill and IUD's prevent an already fertilized egg from attaching.
Actually, this is not true.
Mirena, a new IUD, contains progesterone and it actually prevents conception, not just implantation.
An internet search could turn up more info if you're interested.
I have ethical issues with BC also and plan on using Mirena after the baby is born.
post #12 of 39
Just wanted to make sure you all are aware that condoms used alone (without a separate spermicide, and without abstaining when you're fertile) are only 86% effective. That means that if 100 couples use them for a year, 14 will get pregnant. So if you definitely do not want to conceive right now, it's best to use something else too.

I had a cervical cap for 9 years and loved it. Unlike a diaphragm, you can insert it way in advance and leave it in for a couple of days while having as much sex as you want, without adding spermicide. It's smaller than a diaphragm so less noticeable and less likely to cause urinary tract infections, and it stays in place better even if you get creative. It's hormone-free. Here's some more information.
post #13 of 39
We use FAM (Fertility Awareness Method). Charting/timing was deeply important for us to conceive... and for the flip side, having learned all about fertility awareness has rendered us an extremely convenient, aparatus free, hormone free method of BC.
post #14 of 39
Thread Starter 
Posted by Envirobecca:
"Just wanted to make sure you all are aware that condoms used alone (without a separate spermicide, and without abstaining when you're fertile) are only 86% effective. That means that if 100 couples use them for a year, 14 will get pregnant. So if you definitely do not want to conceive right now, it's best to use something else too."



We use condoms with spermicide. Does that count as "using something else"
post #15 of 39
Nothing right now since I just had a baby. We have been talking about what to use later. I can't use a lot of types of bc because I can't take horomones and I am allergic to latex. We have tried sheepskin condoms in the past, but dh couldn't stand the way they smell. I have heard that there are condoms made of polyurithane(sp?). Has anyone tried them and know how well they work?
post #16 of 39
With the FAM, don't you usually use it in tandem with a barrier method? I'm just thinking that the times I most want to have sex are when I am fertile, so I'd have to use a condom during that period anyway. Or I guess you could just make sure the semen goes somewhere else.
post #17 of 39
The .Planned Parenthood Website says, "There is currently no evidence, however, that condoms lubricated with nonoxynol-9 (N-9) are more effective at preventing pregnancy than other lubricated condoms." A doctor told me that the amount of spermicide on condoms is not enough to make much difference; it's best to use 100mg of N-9 in a gel, foam, capsule/suppository, or film, all of which are available in drugstores.
post #18 of 39
This has become a real pain in the neck for us. For years I was on the pill, and it worked really well. But now that I'm breastfeeding and approaching 35 years of age, I'm not comfortable with it anymore.

I asked my OB about an IUD, but since I did not experience labour (c-section) she said my cervix will be very tight and it will not be easy to put it in or remove it. And since I want another child in a couple of years she said it isn't worth the effort and possible discomfort. I wasn't too comfortable with the idea of something foreign in my baby-house either, so I was easily dissuaded.

Spermicides do not work well with our sex life since...well, let's face it - they don't taste very nice and they make your tongue numb....okay, now I'm blushing but hey - one must consider these things! So a diaphragm or other such device is not something I'd want to use. I am curious about the cervical cap though. My OB didn't mention that and I'd assumed that one still needed spermicide...I'll check out that link when I get a chance.

So...all this leaves us with the only other option - condoms. I hate them and so does DH. But I absolutely do NOT want to get pregnant for at least a year. I need to recover fully from my csection and lose some darned weight!!!

Oh, and the OB also said that b/c I'm so soon postpartum, bfing, and not had a period yet, NFP won't really work for me b/c my temps and cervical mucous will be all over the map for a while until my periods become regular again. She said I could probably rest easy for about 4 months postpartum, but that if it were her, she wouldn't rely on bfing to hold off ovulation much longer than that.

You'd think somebody could come up with something a bit better in this day and age for breastfeeding moms. Ah well, it's not like we are having that much sex these days anyways, lol!
post #19 of 39
Piglet68, if you check back in on this thread, check out Sheila Kippleys "Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing" I used this approach and didn't get a postpartum period for 16 months, and was immediately able to start charting again. It really reduced the amount of time we felt we needed to use condoms.
Now we are back to FAM full time (to answer the original question!)
post #20 of 39
Well we had been abstaining for the most part since ds was born last October. I was on Depo because I'm not willing to the chance that I might get in the mood and what some, then end up pregnant again. I've been well over a year without a period and I'm loving it. So I decided that I will continue down this path and go with the homones (none of the non-hormonals will stop your period) Currently, I'm on the patch. This is my first week but things seem to be going well. Once I got passed the fact that I was worried about it coming off every time I moved, I mostly forgot about it. Hopefully, this won't cause the same problems I had while on the pill so I don't have to deal with the imcompetence that runs rampent at my dr's office every three for a depo shot
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