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11-13-2008 06:01 PM
LegalScrapper We're about 98% sure we are done having children. So DH will go in for the big "V" when we are sure. Until then I'll have the Mirena IUD.
11-13-2008 03:34 PM
Kellie_MO4 Once we get our medical conerage figured out I'll be going in for a tubal.. but if our coverage doesn't cover that completely, then I'll make DH go in, instead ... LOL... I don't mind, but right now every $ counts, so if it's cheaper out of pocket for him, then him it's gonna be... While I love babies and having them and being preggo, we just don't have any more room (really! we only have a 7 seater.. lol)
11-12-2008 04:37 AM
funfunkyfantastic
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Originally Posted by ehunter27 View Post
And, dp and I DTD w/o any protection a few nights ago...we just couldn't resist, I was finally feeling better, and condoms are a deedender w/ him...is it true one is most fertile in those first three months? I hope not!
We might be seeing you in one of the upcoming ddc's! (just teasin ya)
11-12-2008 12:24 AM
Lexi_029
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Wow momma! Any you gave birth to them both? Not adopted one or anything??? Geez! That's amazing! You go girl!
Yep, they are both mine. DS was our little surprise when Athena was barely two months old.
11-08-2008 11:17 AM
EarthyLady
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Originally Posted by Lexi_029 View Post
FAM with condoms during the fertile phase for us. Two babies 10 months, 3 days apart are enough for me to handle right now. We'll start thinking about baby three after DS is a year old.


Wow momma! Any you gave birth to them both? Not adopted one or anything??? Geez! That's amazing! You go girl!
11-08-2008 05:27 AM
Lexi_029 FAM with condoms during the fertile phase for us. Two babies 10 months, 3 days apart are enough for me to handle right now. We'll start thinking about baby three after DS is a year old.
11-07-2008 01:36 AM
lwuertz
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Originally Posted by lcaitlin View Post
ugh, this is such a bummer to have to think about. I'm another fertile myrtle (we joke that I got pregnant just talking about it), and I definitely do not want to be pregnant again anytime soon.

for these early months if we are relying on constant breastfeeding... I'm assuming you have to ovulate before bleeding when AF comes back, so it's likely you won't get any advance notice about being fertile again. is that right?
My doc said you don't always get AF first. She has a client that had twins three months ago, has been EBF both of them and just found out she's pregnant again and not happy about it. We decided we are going to do condoms and spermicide because I just can't get back into the FAM routine right now.
11-06-2008 07:06 PM
lcaitlin ugh, this is such a bummer to have to think about. I'm another fertile myrtle (we joke that I got pregnant just talking about it), and I definitely do not want to be pregnant again anytime soon.

for these early months if we are relying on constant breastfeeding... I'm assuming you have to ovulate before bleeding when AF comes back, so it's likely you won't get any advance notice about being fertile again. is that right?
11-06-2008 05:13 PM
ryansma VCF - I hate condoms and won't take any kind of pill. VCF works well for us.
11-05-2008 03:04 PM
neshamamama Not sure what we are going to do either. DH was supposed to get a V but has decided not to...he is a big baby about going to dr's and stuff. I told him the onus is on him to take care of bc because I am not willing to do anything hormonal...
11-03-2008 04:53 PM
youngsoul I'm a FAMmer all the way...used it successfully for years and years before I got pregnant. I hate the pharmaceutical companies and the pill scares me. Condom usage is really only required about 5 days/month (for me), so it works pretty well.
11-03-2008 04:35 PM
ehunter27 Uh...not exactly sure what we are going to do...
DP doesn't really want another, though has said if we do have another he'd want it really soon, so we can "grow up as a family"...which is reasonable.
I, however, really want another, but would rather wait about 3 years. We have a 2 yr old, a six week old (today!) and that is lots of work...(Actually, the newbie seems so easy, it is keeping up with our loveable and baby-regressing toddler that is hard!)...

Anyway, I was thinking the mini-pill, but don't like idea of hormones, etc. and am worried about forgetting it or something...

We used a diaphragm b/w dc1 and dc2, a sure mood-killer, but not much side effects...except, i've seen some scary literature regarding spermicides, etc...

I have thought of an IUD, but it is WICKED expensive, our ob quoted 1100$ roughly?

hmm...

And, dp and I DTD w/o any protection a few nights ago...we just couldn't resist, I was finally feeling better, and condoms are a deedender w/ him...is it true one is most fertile in those first three months? I hope not!
11-03-2008 01:33 PM
nia82 The regular pill, if taken correctly, suppresses ovukation on each cycle, makes the uterus lining thin. The minipill doesn't suppress ovulation, only in about half of all cycles and not in all women. It also has to be taken at the exact same time each day. As soon as I stop BF I will take Alesse again- I have no side effects and it gives my ease of mind...
11-02-2008 11:38 PM
truffle Well, I know with the minipill you need to take it at the same time each day.

What I was trying to say though was that my understanding was that when used correctly the minipill prevented ovulation, while the regular pill prevented pregnancy but not ovulation.
11-02-2008 11:16 PM
Tattoomom
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I thought the minipill did stop ovulation, but the regular pill didn't. The minipill is a steady stream of progesterone, which is only in the body normally after ovulation. It tricks the body into thinking it has already ovulated so it won't again.
Apparently, the mini pill doesn't always stop ovulation. My midwife was telling me at my pp visit that the mini pill is pretty trustworthy while breastfeeding -if you take it correctly- but they've had several mom's get pregnant on it once they were done nursing.
11-02-2008 04:17 PM
truffle I thought the minipill did stop ovulation, but the regular pill didn't. The minipill is a steady stream of progesterone, which is only in the body normally after ovulation. It tricks the body into thinking it has already ovulated so it won't again.
11-02-2008 06:17 AM
Alcyone That's nice that it doesn't bother you, but it doesn't stop it from fundamentally being an offensive term. A quick google search shows I'm far from being the only person to think so, and that the origins of the term are indeed as derogatory as they appear to be.
11-02-2008 12:23 AM
EarthyLady Ah. I'm Irish and it didn't bother me a bit. I thought it was a pretty well known term! LOL!

As for BC, we won't use anything. In the past, I wasn't fertile again until 21 months with both kids (you can check out the book Natural Child Spacing for more info on nursing and getting your fertility back)...at which time I got pregnant again. Even this last time, we used a backup method of the contraceptive foam...and it failed and we got pg anyway. So, we've decided why even bother! If it's God's will we get pg, ain't nothin' gonna stop it anyway!
10-31-2008 03:01 PM
Tattoomom Condoms We don't love them but they are the best option for us right now.

I tried the Mirena IUD 4 years ago and had a horrible experience with heavy bleeding and repeated UTI's after insertion. All the infections lead to rounds of antibiotics- that led to thrush- that led to being invaded from head to toe in yeast- that took me and my babe months of Diflucan to get rid of! Needless to say, I had it removed!

Aside from the 3 month battle with the Mirena, we've used condoms by my cycle for years in between babies, by being careful and using condoms when I thought it was OV time and we never got pregnant... until we decided to TTC and stopped being careful and viola! Happened every time
10-31-2008 02:32 PM
nia82 @ Funky: Tricare covers Mirena.

We decided against hormonal contraception until DS is weaned... I don't like the minipill as it doesn't stop ovulation (neither does Mirena), which is way to unsafe for my taste. In Europe they have a minipill that stops ovulation and is safe with BF, but of course the FDA hasn't approved it yet here (Cerazette).

So.... Condoms it is....
10-31-2008 05:11 AM
funfunkyfantastic
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Originally Posted by e'smommy View Post
I really want to get the Mirena IUD.
Same here. My midwife says it's a good idea. I'm going to see if my regular family doctor will put it in for me. If not, my midwife agreed to set up an appointment to do so. I'm not sure if my insurance covers it or not. I know they cover the pill (but i've never been good at taking the pill on time)
10-29-2008 09:24 PM
spiderdust BF's getting a vasectomy soon, so that will take care of it for us.
10-29-2008 06:22 PM
allisonrose I was thinking about the minipill but hubby doesn't think it's a good idea since it took us a while to get pregnant after being on the (regular) pill for years. We want a second child someday but not sure yet of the timing so I don't want to the expense of an IUD if we're going to get it removed in a year. Hubby agreed to use condoms for a while so we'll be experimenting with different brands.

Anyone around know when you can start with FAM?
10-29-2008 05:19 PM
trayls
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Originally Posted by lwuertz View Post
but I already have baby fever so...
10-29-2008 03:50 PM
Logan's mommy I'm getting the Mirena IUD, because we're not 100% sure we're done, but don't want another one anytime soon. Also I'm terrible at remembering to take pills everday, so this sounds like my best option.
10-29-2008 01:14 PM
HinesMaMa ha ha no pull and pray for me...I am fertile myrtle and will get pregnant if DH even thinks about sex! Mircette pill works fine for me until he gets his vasectomy
10-29-2008 01:01 PM
lwuertz FAM, Encare, fertility problems (took a year w/ Clomid/Prevera for this one)and EBF... I hope that works at least for a little while, but I already have baby fever so...
10-29-2008 09:24 AM
e'smommy After talking it over with my NP (she's also my AWESOME LC!), I really want to get the Mirena IUD. I tried the mini-pill after DS1 and I spotted all the time. I don't think I will ever had a tubal ligation (too permanent for my liking). DH hates using condoms. My LC says that the Mirena actually can increase milk production. The only problem is my health insurance does not cover birth control and those things are about $800-$1000! So still trying to decide what to do.
10-29-2008 04:25 AM
Alcyone
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Originally Posted by emski4379 View Post
Irish twins are when 2 siblings are born within the same year.
I kinda figured, given the context. Still screams "offensive" to me.
10-28-2008 11:23 PM
alyssatuininga Ugh I just posted on the NFP board. We are trying to figure out what the heck to do about birth control and I am at a COMPLETE loss. I am exclusively nursing so I know we have a few months. My dh is positive he doesn't want to have any more. I am still feeling like I want to have one more so feeling like I am NOT ready for anything permanent. Here are our issues...

1. I have PCOS and a VERY irregular cycle so although we have used NFP for conceiving I am concerned about using it as our only form of birth control.

2. He has allergy issues (with spermicide) so that leaves most barrier methods out.

3. I am nursing 2 boys and uncomfortable with hormonal methods during this time.

Any suggestions? We have been around it so much and I feel like there is nothing safe. I would hate to get pregnant with him so against the idea of another but I feel like we have NO options. Any ideas????
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