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#1 of 6 Old 07-09-2008, 03:01 AM - Thread Starter
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What can I do to counter act this problem birth control makes me so tired and useless. But I really don't want to get pregnant again I have tried about 5 different pills in the last 2 years and an mirena iud and they all make me feel crapy! Tired, moody sometimes, depressed sometimes.
I really would like a way to make this work this time I am taking seasonique the one that you take for 3 months at a time.
Also keep in mind I don't have insurance so trying a non hormonal iud is not an option but after the mirena don't think I will ever go there again.
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You could always try something like CycleBeads. Its totally natural and it works great as long as your cycles are 26-32 days long. I looked up the FAQ on them and as long as you follow them, the chance of pregnancy is 5%. It worked to prevent pregnancy in me for 3 years and when DH and I decided to get pregnant there wasn't any time I needed to wean off meds.
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How about something low-tech like condoms, a diaphragm, and/or Fertility Awareness? I was really happy with FAM for getting pregnant and as birth control between babies... personally I will be getting a copper IUD in a few weeks since we have no plans for a third child, but if I have rotten side effects from it we will probably just use FAM ourselves. It's about 98% effective if you learn how to do it correctly, even if you have irregular cycles. I also hate the pill - I've been ever so much happier since I stopped taking them 3 years ago!

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I don't trust myself to do any natural methods I Have had screwy cycles for a long long time. I would like to have something fool proof at least 99.9%. We have 2 and thats enough for us but the insurance for my husband won't cover a vasectomy for a year.
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I was on the pill for over 15 years before I got married - for dysmenorreah, and it really did work. Because I was always on it, I never knew anything different. i stopped because we wanted to be pregnant, and we got our wish pretty quick.

After my first DD, it took 18 months before cycle returned, but I was also not interested in sex, so we weren't worried Eventually, I was persuaded by the gyn to take birth control, so i tried it, but I kept forgetting it, and that was more stressful than anything - and then I started getting moody. Was it the drugs? I don't know. I ultimately decided not to take it anymore. I'm hyper-sensitive/allergic to condoms, so that isn't an option for me.

We just decided to learn about my ovulation cycle, which I guess is similar to charting. I'm not dedicated enough to do more than that! I borrowed an ovulation prediction test (clear blue or something), when we wanted to be pregnant again, and I learned that I ovulate on day 5-9. (prior to that, we just only had sex between day 14 & period)

So, after 2nd DD, I really didn't want to take pills, so I kept track of my days on the calendar. For 4 years, it worked just fine! There were one or two questionable months, when we played russian roulette with the calendar, but we have sex rather infrequently, so waiting a few days was never a problem. The months before we got pregnant this time, I was more amorous than normal. I wanted to BE pregnant, but I was afraid to GET pregnant, until we were sure it would not be a mistake. Things were going really well - we were happy about some stuff in our lives, so we celebrated a bit more, too - you CAN NOT count days reliably when you are drunk We DTD on day 6 and day 9 oops. But we're happy about it. Giddy, in fact!

so, I think that if you're dedicated to figuring out your cycle AND if you're regular, I think you can do a pretty good job of natural birth control and stop worrying so much. There are good books and I think even some threads here on MDC that can give you lots of advice.

**NOTE** you just updated and said you're not regular, so here's one more thought. Get an ovulation tester, and use it. It takes a month to get it adjusted to your body, but I think that it would be helpful for you. A year isn't TOOOOO long.


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I learned FAM and also bought a fertility monitor called LadyComp. Google that and read up, it is very effective and my cycles varied as well.

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