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post #1 of 74
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What is everyone doing in terms in BC now that the baby(ies) are here?

I plan to start back on the pill at my 4 week appointment. I know this may affect my bf'ing but I have VERY irregular cycles and have to be on them anyway.
post #2 of 74
Mineria IUD, it is so convenient and I used it twice before. I was talking to dh about vasectomy but that is sooo final. We are pretty sure that this will be it, but it is so hard to make that permanent with surgery.
post #3 of 74
We are going to do NFP. No drastic changes here (permanent or temporary BC). I have tried pills and had UID and they don't work well on me... they actually did more harm than anything else... Too many mood swings, skin break outs, weight gain, irregular or painful menstrual cycles, no thanks! We researched Vasectomy and decided to skip it as well, my husband has family history of Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases AND one of the reasons my husband supported me with No Circ our son was that he didn't wanted to get 'fixed' himself so why he would cut his son? I tried NFP for six years before deciding to have my first kid and it worked like a charm. Unfortunately I lost track of our NFP after my first and 3 kids later here I am We are planning to do it again with full force to avoid the need of artificial BC
post #4 of 74
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Originally Posted by AKA_PI View Post
What is everyone doing in terms in BC now that the baby(ies) are here?

I plan to start back on the pill at my 4 week appointment. I know this may affect my bf'ing but I have VERY irregular cycles and have to be on them anyway.
Yes it will. It may very well end any chances at breastfeeding. Why do you need to be on them just to regulate your cycles? If you aren't experiencing pain or other problems you don't need to have regular cycles.

If you do go on BC pills you should ask them about the low dose pills or perhaps the Nuva Ring.


We are relying on breastfeeding and then dh is getting a vasectomy in January.
post #5 of 74
Won't breastfeeding cause irregular cycles anyway? Adding artificial estrogen to the mix seems dangerous.

I've been casually looking into progesterone-only options since we absolutely want to have a significant spacing between kids and there are a few too many "no idea when I ovulated" younger siblings here at MDC to rely on NFP/LAM.
post #6 of 74
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and there are a few too many "no idea when I ovulated" younger siblings here at MDC to rely on NFP/LAM.
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With DS we exclusively breastfed the first 6 months and I never had a period. After introducing solids like once a week, period came back full force. I think we just didn't dtd that much that first year to even actively be aware of birth control.
post #7 of 74
NFP. Absolutely no artificial hormones entering my body with the history of breast cancer in my family.
post #8 of 74
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NFP. Absolutely no artificial hormones entering my body with the history of breast cancer in my family.

Hear hear!!!
post #9 of 74
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NFP. Absolutely no artificial hormones entering my body with the history of breast cancer in my family.
Any of course the longer your breastfeed the lower your chances of breast cancer.
post #10 of 74
I'll be on low dose ortho tri-cyclen while I breastfeed/pump. I used regular ortho tri-cyclen for eight years before I got pregnant, it cleared up my skin, evened out my moods, regulated my periods, made my period cramping stop (I was usually on the floor clutching a heating pad) and it never changed my weight. The man will get a vasectomy after our second child.

One of my co-workers breastfed and took the pill and still managed to get pregnant six months after she had her first. Makes me nervous.
post #11 of 74
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One of my co-workers breastfed and took the pill and still managed to get pregnant six months after she had her first. Makes me nervous.
That might have more to do with a newborn making her forget pills and take them at different times of day.
post #12 of 74
nothing not a thing i have enough hormons dont need anything extra

last time we were going to do the pull out method but that didnt work to well or worked 2 times then it just became a hassel lol and breastfeeding works great
post #13 of 74
no added hormones for this babe. bfing works really well for us, and if we're feeling careful we use non-hormonal solutions.
post #14 of 74
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I'll be on low dose ortho tri-cyclen while I breastfeed/pump.
I totally forgot about doing low doses of OTC. I'll have to mention that to my doctor.
post #15 of 74
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there are a few too many "no idea when I ovulated" younger siblings here at MDC to rely on NFP/LAM.

because it's tricky! There is a women center (where my mw has her offices) that offers NFP workshops. You need to be in tune with your body and hubby needs to be in tune with you too - it is not just a woman's task but your partner's as well! It is recommended to bring hubby to all these classes so both are in sync and learned how to do it together. I did it for 6 years and it is my mw's method as well. Her last kid is 8 years old It can be done!!!
post #16 of 74
We will use withdrawal until my cycle get more regular then back to FAM. We used withdrawal for 6-7 cycles during fertile times before ttc with success. The first time we tried and intentionally didn't pull-out we concieved Natalie so I feel pretty confident using that methods again.

I refuse to used hormones to prevent pregnancy ever again. They do bad things to my body and are not worth my breastfeeding relationship with DD.
post #17 of 74
No hormonal BC for me, it doesn't do me well and I don't like taking it while nursing anyway. My old OB gave me the mini-pills to take when DS was nursing but I never took them.

I don't think we are ready for DH to get the big V yet, but I think it's somewhere in our future. So I guess until then it's condoms? Sucks, I know...but I don't know what else to do. I don't think I'm up for temping when not TTC. If we had an oops I'd be okay with that anyway
post #18 of 74
We used vcf - vaginal contraceptive film. It worked well for us since there isn't that much spontaneity after kids (cosleeping, bfing, etc) anyway. And it's effective after 15 minutes which means dh has to spend some time on foreplay so it's a win- win.
post #19 of 74
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Any of course the longer your breastfeed the lower your chances of breast cancer.
Absolutely

Of course, it's a huge bummer to me that breastfeeding doesn't hold my cycle off for any length of time. 4mo post partum after both births ... and the second time I was exclusively nursing twins. Totally unfair, I tell you!
post #20 of 74
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Absolutely

Of course, it's a huge bummer to me that breastfeeding doesn't hold my cycle off for any length of time. 4mo post partum after both births ... and the second time I was exclusively nursing twins. Totally unfair, I tell you!
That was me too. Exclusively bf ds, no pacis, on demand, many many overnight nursing session and still started my period 5 m pp. :
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