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there were some good online reviews, but some scary stuff too, so at least i know what to look out for!
i'm afraid the patch would fall off, and i do some fairly sporty stuff, not sure it's for me.
not doing the tubes tied thing, even though i'm 36 and pretty sure this is my last pregnancy, it's a little TOO permanent for me!
looking forward to what yous other moms are thinking of doing.
Mama to DS R (June/06), DD K (September/07), DS M (October/08), DD R (June/09)... waiting for #5 in late 2013!!
If we ever use anything again in the future it would have to be something non-hormonal. I have had too many bad experiences with the hormones & firmly believe that if I had never started the pill I wouldn't have had near the problems I have with pcos & depression. Natural family planning would never work because my cycles are much too erratic.
Surviving sleep deprivation one day at a time with dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08).
I don't do well on hormonal methods of birth control at all... weight gain, depression, the whole she-bang.
I do not react well to hormonal birth control, and I tried the Mirena IUD but it was not at all for me. I have a slightly irregularly shaped uterus, so I think that contributed to the problems. It also killed my sex drive.
DH keeps saying he's going to get a vasectomy, which I guess is probably what we'll do, but for some reason it doesn't sit well with me. I guess it's the permanent reversal of one's fertility... even though I know we don't want more kids it just seems so... unnatural. There are also some speculative side-effects that worry me. But really there doesn't seem another way that is that effective. I did FAM for quite a while but we're not *that* good at it.
If only there were a better way! :
and Brigid Eleanor (11/20/08)
"Be careful how you speak to your children. One day it will become their inner voice." ~ Peggy O' Mara
Cloth diapering, babywearing and co-sleeping has been a way of life for almost a decade now
I have used the mini-pill (hated it sooo much, couldn't lose weight and got pg on it) and Mirena (liked this more, had trouble when they put it in due to anatomy, killed my sex drive). I am just not a fan of bc for my body. So, DH offered to take one for the team.
DH had promised to get the big V. Then, when we had insurance, and I gave him the number to the urologist, he backpedaled big time. What with his genetic thing, and the fact that only 1 out of 3 kids got it, I'm done, taking my money and running. That coupled with the fact that I've discovered I don't really like being pregnant. It's cool, it's amazing, but at 31 I ache constantly.
So my tubes are getting tied in the hospital sometime after babies birth. Some teeny part of me is a little hesitant, but honestly, if I really want another baby we could consider adoption. But I think I'll be busy enough with 3!
RT knitting mama to 3 (& 8 who didn't make it) wife working on 13 years to a silly man who drives me crazy.
Wife to J, SAHM to W (03/06) at 32w4d, C (10/08) , and H (02/11)
And we are joyfully awaiting a new addition in April 2011! <><
I used it after DD was born (she was 9 months, so my milk supply was well established), and it dried me up a lot.
There is actually some sort of class-action suit or something against the maker of it because it is a substantially higher dose of the hormone, therefore has more risk of side effects.
The reason they have to put more hormones in it is because different people have different thicknesses of skin, so they have to put the maximum amount to account for the thickest-skinned people who would be using them.
Hope that makes sense, I'm not feeling well today.
I'd go back to it this time, but DH is getting snipped. I maybe be "only" 28, but I'm done. Procreation is wonderful, but pregnancy is not my cup o' tea. I told DH we're not doin' it after the baby's born unless he's snipped. Ha! And when he asked about getting my tubes tied, I scoffed and said it's about time HE gets the physical brunt. Besides, it's safer.
I have to caution you about the Mirena if you plan on BFing. I didn't have any supply issues, but I had yeast issues and hormonal BC can make them worse (and it did!). I also had some very weird skin problems while on it, and my dermatologist said he thought they were hormone related and they definitely were because they disappeared after my OB pulled it but while I was still BFing.
Also, be sure you know what you are getting into with the patch. I've known of several pregnancies while using it (including one where it was applied at PP), and I had a couple of my black students who got something like chemical burns where they had applied it. I'm not sure if the latter applies to you, but seeing their burned skin was enough to make me want to warn women interested!
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Depo didn't work for me, it gave me a horrible rash where they gave me the injection. I might try the mini pill but the regular pill makes me sick to my stomach. We want to have children close together so Im not sure the IUD would work for us.
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