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What Do You Use For Birth Control?

It might seem like I have sex birth control on the brain. Last week I asked you about your experience or lack thereof with the female condom. Although it's most often talked about in intimate settings, birth control is in the news.

Concerns are being raised about the safety of the Yaz birth control pill, the top selling pill in the US, according to the New York Times. Women taking Yaz might have a higher chance of developing blood clots compared to other birth control pills, a claim that drug maker Bayer disputes. Investigation is ongoing, as are 74 lawsuits charging that Yaz and Yasmin, a similar product by Bayer, created health problems in women taking these pills. The lawsuits are tricky business though, since warnings about clots are presented in the pharmaceuticals' literature. Bayer strongly stands behind its product.

These new fears about the most commonly used contraceptive pill in America emphasize that avoiding pregnancy can be a difficult task, sometimes with medical consequences. I am curious about you . . .

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CarlyHP226685 CarlyHP226685 6 years
I agree with #37 I dont like the idea of only having 3 periods a year. I don't think it has been studied enough for them to say its perfectly fine. Whats the big deal anyway? Its only 3-5 days a month for most women. I also don't really trust the pill in general. As someone who was born with a birth defect, I dont trust putting unnecessary pills in my body, i want to do everything i can to make sure my future children will be healthy. I have to be on thyroid meds already so i dont want to add anything else. Condoms are the only option for me.
Sanveann Sanveann 6 years
Other ... I use natural family planning, which is NOT the same as the rhythm method. (The rhythm method just involves counting days, whereas NFP involves reading your body's fertility signs.) I've been using it for almost six years, since my husband and I were married. If anyone's interested, I highly recommend Toni Weschler's book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility."
sparklestar sparklestar 6 years
Withdrawal method? I guess it's not a form of birth control but I'm not pregnant after nearly 5-6 years of it so something must be working !
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 6 years
I agree with TADOW. I will not take pills, they scare the shit out of me. I'm married anyway and luckily, not very fertile. I'm pregnant with my second son but they are 4 years apart so that tells you something. BUT, if I were to get pregnant with number 3, something permanent would have to happen...to my husband! lol
ginafly ginafly 6 years
Wow, it is so interesting reading everyone's experiences. I was on Ortho for about 6 years or so. I started about a year before I was even sexually active, because I had horrible menstrual cramps. It was great at first, but then I started getting migraines and had issues with vaginal dryness and yeast infections. Several of my friends were all quitting BC pills for similar reasons. I think that after 5+ years or so, the pill is maybe not so good for some people. Now I use a diaphragm (and he uses a condom). I like that it is hormone free. I would consider an IUD, but am extremely chicken about the insertion process. Multiple bc methods are a must for us because we really do not want kids and I don't like the odds of ANY method when used alone. Even tubal ligation is 0.5%. Too risky for me.
mollyanne mollyanne 6 years
I used to be on ortho-tricyclen lo but it made me seriously depressed for the week before my period. After talking to another friend who had the same problem I switched to Yaz and have been very happy ever since, no moodiness or the blinding cramps that were the reason I started taking the pill.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
cotedazur, I've never heard the spider vein thing, but all the sudden over the past year, I have noticed a few on my legs and I don't understand why I have them all the sudden. Maybe it's too many years on the pill. I tried OTC low and I put about 10 pounds on with that and it didn't help me at all so I went back to OTC and have lost all of those pounds. I skip the week of "sugar" pills and start a new pack immediately and every 3 packs I'll take a week off to get my period for a few days and then start up a new pack. This way, I only have my period once every 10 weeks and it's still only about 3 days long. My doctor recommended I do this to reduce the number of migraines I get.
cotedazur cotedazur 6 years
I took orthotricyclin for one year, but gained about 20 pounds and had spotting. I've been on Yasmin for about five years now and I've never had problems. I do have one question, though: I read somewhere (can't remember where) that the hormonal changes from taking the pill can cause spider veins. I have really awful veins in my legs, even though I'm only 25 and have never had kids, and I seem to remember that they started showing up when I started the pill. Has anyone else had this experience?
Alithyra Alithyra 6 years
Condoms. Only real option for me. I know I won't remember another daily pill [already forget my other daily meds at least once a week] and the patch & ring both didn't work well. I gained a bunch of weight and was a real bitch to be around. The "only have X periods a year" methods frighten me. That's not how the body is supposed to work. Thinking about trying the shot. In a rock solid relationship and condoms are starting to be a pain, not to mention expensive.
OneBodytoLove OneBodytoLove 6 years
I use nuvaring, but now after reading these comments I am wondering if it is the cause of the severe weight gain and inability to lose weight I've been experiencing.
Allytta Allytta 6 years
oh, and it made me less moody and more positive person. like my private antidepressant
Allytta Allytta 6 years
cileste. i had some serious problems with my period, pains where i'd almost pass out, so went on it to keep functioning during that time
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I'm on the pill, but mostly for the hormonal benefits. It makes my skin look really nice and it regulates my estrogen levels.
jelibeann jelibeann 6 years
I've been on Yaz for about 2 years now and it's been fine mostly (used to be on EstroStep...horrible...my boobs hurt all the time and I had so much spotting, plus I gained almost 10 lbs, which my gyno thought was "not a bad thing..."), but now two out of the past 6 months, I've had spotting...I realize this happens sometimes and my doctor told me not to worry, but it's annoying... I would love to try the ring and now that I'm reading more about the IUD, I'm highly intrigued...I would also be into Seasonale, but I know quite a few people that had a really hard time with spotting and never got to enjoy the whole "4 times a year" situation...honestly, I'm pretty lucky because my period doesn't cause me too many issues, but I just feel like it's sooo long and before the pill, I used to get it ever 32-33 days and now it's exactly 28...boo
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 6 years
I'm with Anonymous. I'd really like to get the non-hormonal IUD. Feesje - how much lower is the amount of hormones from the Mirena IUD than regular BCP? I've been taking Ocella/Yasmin.
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 6 years
I'm on Ortho-Tricyclen Lo. I've been on the pill for 9 years now. If I'm not on bc I would get violently ill on my period. I wouldn't be able to get up and walk, nauseous, headaches, cramps, etc.
Feesje Feesje 6 years
Not many people use an IUD, apparently? I had been on the pill for nearly nine years, but decided a couple of months ago to opt for the Mirena IUD (mostly for my anemia). It hurt like hell to insert it, but I'm SO glad I did it. I don't have to worry about taking (and forgetting) a pill no more, it lasts for about 5 years, it releases less hormones than the pill and the best thing of all: no more periods!
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
The Pill. I have taken a few since starting when I was 15...but I have been on Yasmin for years now, and have had no problems whatsoever.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 6 years
I was on ortho regulate my cycles, and while it worked (cleared up my skin too), it did raise my blood pressure. So I got off of it, and my skin and cycle are still great. I now stick to condom. I tried depo once as well, but it caused the worst on-going cramps.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Condom. It's the only option for me.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
I've used Seasonale (BCP) for the past few years and love it. I've tried several different pills over the last 15 years, mostly because every time I moved and switched doctors the new doc would have a new pill to recommend. I was on Yasmin for a year when it came out, and I had no problems with it. But it didn't work any miracles for me, either. I still had the eight day long periods and accompanying migraines. So now it's no periods, no migraines! Love it!
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