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View Poll Results: How many birth control methods have you tried?
None 3 1.20%
Only natural methods like NFP or charting 7 2.80%
1 14 5.60%
2-3 102 40.80%
4-5 91 36.40%
6 or more 33 13.20%
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:38 PM
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-Two kinds of BCP
-Mirena IUD

My favorite is definitely the Mirena. I like not getting periods. I like it a LOT.

I've charted, too, but that was to try to get pregnant, not to prevent pregnancy.
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Old 01-23-2010, 03:07 PM
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Paragard IUD

The only accidents were when we were using condoms. I trust withdrawal more than condoms now, during my fertile periods.
I would not accept an unplanned pregnancy and anything with a high failure rate isn't okay with me. My children were all planned. After this babe, my husband's getting a vasectomy and I think I might get a Mirena for the easier/lighter/fewer periods side effect.
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I voted 2-3, which include Depo (horrible!) and the pill, but both were prescribed for ovarian cysts and not specifically for bc. Other than that, condoms a few times. We have been qf (no bc, including abstinence-based) for about 12 years now and haven't used anything for at least 13. Unless you count breastfeeding, which I do on demand and for a long time, but I don't count on it for birth control.

No accidents while we were using it and even without bc it is always months after I start getting the itch before I get pregnant. (Our oldest, without the bf'ing, took us about 20 months to conceive, and I had one very early miscarriage the month before.)
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:29 AM
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Condoms, BCP, and withdrawal
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I've done a mixture of charting, CMM, CP/exam. CMM alone works well for TTC. Haven't TTA for more than just spacing, and also after a mc I wanted to see what was going on.

I'm not won over by charting...way too hard for me so I would assume BCPs would be a horrific choice for me, ignoring the health issues.

I stumbled upon the cervix project website and was inspired...I'm a visual person so I instantly ordered my tools. I think I will be doing CMM and exams for future TTA/spacing.

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Old 01-25-2010, 04:32 AM
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BCP-was put on pills to try to regulate my cycles mostly
Condoms-this was my primary choice for uh-hmm..casual relations or new relationships.
Charting- Used in steady relationships where an "oops" would be ok.

Mostly I've gone years without any BC because I was told when I was younger it would be very difficult for me to become pregnant without any "help" because I don't usually ovulate. So far, this has been true

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The pill, condoms, Nuvaring, and NFP. Very much prefer NFP, but have used the other methods during college and such when it was important to me to hold off on more kiddos.

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I guess it would be two: Condoms when pregnancy would be a bad idea and w/d when we're not trying, but not really trying not to either.

But fwiw, the old Pull out & Pray method has worked for us for 21 years!

I did get a scrip for the pill once but the warnings scared me too much to even take one. This could cause DEATH! Uh, I'd rather be pregnant, thanks.
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I voted "none"

Dh and I have been together for 24 years and my cycles have always been regular between 28-30 days. We just didn't have sex for 3days during cycle and never got pregnant. Now, at 40 when I wanted to get pregnant we did have sex on cd9,11,13,15 and was sucessfully pregnant at 40 the first month. I also was pregnant two times at 43 with this same method although those pregnancies ended in m/c Trying again at 44 now - currently in tww

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Old 01-25-2010, 03:45 PM
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I voted 4-5 but I forgot some. Guess I should have voted 6+!

1--the pill, in various forms. Most of them made me gain weight, act psychotic when I had PMS, gave me acne (I usually have very clear skin), and screwed up my cycle. Plus I was always forgetting to take them.
2--the patch, got pregnant on the patch.
3--IUD, both Mirena and copper. The Mirena made me bleed heavily for a month afterward, plus I was always spotting. I had it taken out 8 months later because we wanted to TTC. It took me a year to get pregnant after that! Now I have the copper IUD and I am having similar problems--heavy bleeding (like, bleeding through a pad + a tampon every hour) during my moon, extreme irritability, always fatigued...etc. I want to get it taking out but DP has yet to get his V.
4--NFP, which I wasn't very good at, always losing the thermometer! But I did like it.
5--condoms, which I used for most of my single years, either with the pill or without.
6--withdrawal, which was how I got pg on the patch.

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-BCPs. Okay, killed libido
-The Patch. Never again. Longer periods, weight gain, patch sized holes in my skin that took a month to heal, sore boobs, etc.
-Mini-pill. Got pregnant on that one. Lost the baby at 13 weeks. Never doing that again either.
-FAM or NFP. Can't remember which one doesn't involve periodic abstinence. Whichever one that is.
-Copper IUD. Made me bleed too heavily. Okay for one month, but month after month of it was making me anemic.
-Vasectomy. Dh just did it in December. Have been using condoms/and or praying methods since then.

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Multiple types of BCP - Worked pretty well for me actually, until I was diagnosed with Erythema Nodosum at 17 and they took me off of it to see if that was my problem, took us 4 years to figure out it wasn't them.
The patch - I liked it, except for the days I had to pull it off and replace it, I'm a wimp and that hurt!
Nuva Ring - I didn't use it for very long, mostly because I didn't need BC anymore, but it was decent.
Condoms - Currently use them, and while sure they work fine, I'm sick of them.

Was going to try FAM but it made both DP and I uncomfortable, my cycles are regular, but I don't have the patience to keep up with it, and DP was too scared anyway.

I'm still on the quest for the perfect BC.

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I feel like I have tried a ton of varieties...
8 varieties of the pill
nuva ring
Mirena-- this is what I have now and it is my favorite so far but not quite perfect
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--various brands of the pill
--Depo Provera
--Spermicidal inserts

--Paragard IUD; my current form of BC for the last 7+ years
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- partial abstinence: aka "doing everything but" when I was a teenager (generally when we didn't have any condoms available.)
-cervical cap
-BCP (one month only)
-NFP (watch fertility signs, abstain during fertile times)
-FAM (watch fertility signs, use spermicide and/or barrier during fertile times)
- abstinence (I've used this method for years- it's 100% safe, 100% natural, and 100% effective! )

I've used a few different kinds of spermicides without a barrier (gel, foam, and inserts) but only as part of FAM, so I won't count those separately.

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- withdrawl
- the pill
- condoms
- abstinence

planning NFP after the bay

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Old 03-11-2010, 07:17 AM
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Condoms, diaphragm, mini-pill and depot shots. I think that's it. Umm - add in the sponge. I've only ever used FAM to GET pregnant, so I'm not counting it.

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In order:
-the Pill (ortho tri-cyclen)
-charting (with VCF when I was especially twitchy)
-the Pill (generic ortho tri-cyclen)
-copper IUD

All have worked for me, all had pluses and minuses. I'm CRAZY fertile, so I've always been very careful with whatever BC I was using. I'm SO happy to have my IUD now so I don't have to think about BC for 10 years! When my IUD needs to be removed, either I'll have Essure or my husband will have a Vasectomy.

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Old 03-13-2010, 08:38 PM
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Condoms +/- spermicide
Pill (Ortho tri-cyclen)
Diaphragm + spermicide

Still haven't found a method I like. I never remember to take the pill plus we are going to want another LO in a couple of years and I don't want to mess with my cycles. My DH is sensitive to spermicide (and so am I, a little bit) so that kills the sponge and the diaphragm.

Right now we are using a combo of condoms, w/d, and very infrequent sex due to catnapping cosleeping LO.

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The pill
The mini pill

We've also used withdrawl but I didn't count it because I don't see it as 'birth control' (eg the 12 year old sitting next to me).

ETA: does the morning after pill count as birth control?
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:51 PM
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3 methods: Pill (both combo and mini), condoms and IUD. Love the paragard IUD.

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Old 03-14-2010, 10:20 PM
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I voted 1, but I forgot to count condoms. I have a copper IUD right now. I like it, but do have more cramping/heavier bleeding than I did before. I get a lot more cramping before AF now too.

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3 methods.

Started with condoms.
Went on the pill for a few years.
Went off the pill and back on condoms.
Now use condoms for the most part but also sometimes Billings method. That is, sometimes we don't use the condom when I feel pretty sure I'm safely past ovulation, as determined by CM but not BBT charting.

It seems like nobody else uses condoms in marriage. Works fine for us though.

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3-bcp for exactly two months
4-fertility awareness

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Old 03-15-2010, 12:25 AM
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lets see:

Depo, the pill, NuvaRing, condoms, diaphragm, FAM, withdrawal.

No babies yet, so all have worked for me so far.
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:59 AM
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Voted 4-5, should have voted 6+ The other responses made me remember one more.

-BCP killed my libido and made my emotions weird
-the Patch messed w/ my sensitive skin. I had a rash around where ever I stuck it.
-NuvaRing My favorite of the hormonal methods
-NFP I didn't like charting
-diaphragm didn't use it much. I didn't like how it felt. I might give this one another shot.
-withdrawal/abstinence ie everything but

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depo provera
"the patch"
lunell (the "once a month shot"--is it even around anymore?)

And they're all a pain in the @$$.

The patch and the once-a-month shot were short lived, in college when I had the time/energy to experiment with other options. I found depo and never looked back. Then those warnings came about about compromised bone density, and we decided to try for DD. Although a lot of people have problems with it, depo worked really well for me. No periods (good or bad, depending on what you believe), and I was pg 4-5 mos. after my last shot. I'm on the mini-pill now but will transition back to the combo-pill when DD (13 mos.) weans.

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I've tried the pill, condoms, and the copper IUD, in addition to FAM, LAM, spermicide and withdrawal. Condoms win as far as being effective without messing up my body, but dh doesn't like them.

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calendar method
Diaphragm + spermicide
Cycle beads
NFP - billings
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-Depo Provera for 5 years - Never again as it took 2 years for my cycle to return (that's 7 years without a cycle, it's a miracle I even got pregnant with DS), killed my libido, made me crazy, and I gained weight.
-Several types of BC pills
-BC patch - Hated it as it never stayed stuck on for a week straight.
-NFP - Most likely what we will continue doing
-Abstinence - Aside for a two week period, I've abstained for the last year and it's worked pretty well so far
-Condoms - I'm allergic to latex, but luckily there are several good non-latex brands out there. We will use these in conjunction with NFP.

I thought about an IUD but honestly I don't want anything that will interfere with my normal functioning or prevent me from getting pregnant when we decide to have more children. NFP has worked very well for me at preventing pregnancy and achieving pregnancy so it's the one I feel most comfortable with, charting occasionally slips my mind (imagine that with two small children) so we will use condoms as back-up.

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