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I am actually not locking this as I'm curious what everyone will have to say.

Birth control options for women suck. They really do.

I was on the pill for years and it was a revelation when I went off of it. I lost weight, stopped having migraines, skin cleared up, anxiety lessened etc.

Now that I am in a serious relationship and exploring BC options, I am slightly bothered by the long lists of side effects/issues listed with each of them.

I am considering the IUD but have been told that it could be a problem as I've never had a kid.

I am really interested in what options other people have settled on. I suppose I could go back to the pill, but I really hate the idea of it.

I've allowed anonymous commenting as well.

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Date: 2011-04-04 01:55 pm (UTC)
princessofgeeks: (Default)
From: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
i tolerated the pill extremely well for years, but i know people who really don't do well on it at all.

our eventual solution was a vasectomy for him, actually.

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Date: 2011-04-04 06:17 pm (UTC)
princessofgeeks: (Default)
From: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
well, if he's utterly certain HE never wants kids, ever.....

on the other hand i have a male relative who simply refused to discuss the subject. it just wasn't going to be an option for him period.

so there is that.

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Date: 2011-04-04 02:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pellucid
Have you tried different pills? I know some people react quite well to some, not at all well to others, etc. Though if it's making you miserable, that may be more trouble than it's worth. (I'm a bit of the opposite in that I've stayed on the pill even when not sexually active because it does wonders for my skin and makes my pms much more manageable.)

I definitely know people who have IUDs and who have never had a child (I don't know whether they've ever been pregnant, but never given birth, anyway). But I couldn't speak from personal experience on that one.

Of course, another friend of mine was so sensitive to all the options that she and her partner just decided to use condoms indefinitely. Not a perfect solution, obviously, but effective, and it kept her from being the crazy person she was on the pill.

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Date: 2011-04-04 08:11 pm (UTC)
pellucid: (I will not be afraid of women)
From: [personal profile] pellucid
Fair enough. It's frustrating that people have such variable reactions to the different sorts of pills. Some people can't handle any pill at all; some are great with some of the formulations and awful with others; my sister, for instance, cannot function without it (it's the only thing that keeps her from being completely incapacitated with cramps for at least four days a month).

Mostly, I hope you can find something that works well for you!

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Date: 2011-04-04 03:47 pm (UTC)
zats_clear: (big grin vala)
From: [personal profile] zats_clear
condoms and that fertility method from that book I linked you to way back when would be the best option for your body. I used that to get pregnant but one of my friends was using it to NOT get pregnant until she had made it thru two weddings - including mine - as the matron of honor. Then she was pregnant the very next week, because she had such a good understanding of her cycle.

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Date: 2011-04-04 04:44 pm (UTC)
abyssinia: Sam Carter's first view of Earth from space and the words "all my dreams" (Default)
From: [personal profile] abyssinia
I tried the pill in college - first the Ortho Low, and then something that was lowest hormone dose of any pill available. It made me crazy. Made my periods longer and heavier and crampier and closer together and more pms-y and made me more headache prone and miserable and took away pretty much all interest in sexual activity and, well, TMI, but made my orgasms harder to achieve and barely noticeable.

I am never going on hormones again. At my last gyn visit she volunteered without me bringing it up that whenever I find myself looking for birth control again, the non-hormonal IUD would be a potential good solution for me. I've known a number of women who've gotten an IUD (either type) without having gotten a kid. They've all said that insertion was pretty painful, but been pleased with their choice later. That doesn't mean there aren't people with problems.

I also have a number of friends who are either married or in long term relationships who get by just fine with tracking their cycle, and using condoms and other spermicide/barrier methods.

I mean, BC options suck, but they're better now than they've been any time in history. What they need is something that a guy can take that will just make sperm completely impotent (or not present) which can be turned on or off as needed. I actually know someone in college who wanted to research on finding ways to do that. We won't talk about his plans to use the technology for world domination...

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Date: 2011-04-15 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Track me down in chat sometime and remind me to talk to you about this.

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