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Where Do You Stand? Taking Hormonal Birth Control

Many women use hormonal birth control such as the pill, the NuvaRing, or the patch because it's effective, it's easy, it can control or eliminate your period, and it allows you to be more spontaneous when having sex. I know some women, though, who refuse to use it because they don't like how it decreases their sex drive, makes them moody, or makes their breasts grow. Still others just don't like the idea of putting chemicals into their bodies.

So where do you stand? Are you for or against using hormonal birth control?

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jpowell jpowell 8 years
I've been on the Nuvaring for about a year now and I don't think I'll be renewing the prescription. I still have really bad cramps when I'm on my period (which isn't any shorter than it was when I was off BC...) and most importantly, I have NO sex drive whatsoever anymore. It's horrible to have that missing in your intimate life, let me tell you. I've talked about this with my boyfriend and we've decided to go back to condoms.
hillamaria hillamaria 8 years
My Nuvaring works perfectly, I haven't had any mood swings after the first month. I felt very angry before the first periods after getting the ring but since that it's been all good. It's easy solution, I wouldn't want to change back to pills.
traceyleigh traceyleigh 8 years
Funny story--when I was 16 and went to Planned Parenthood and got on birth control for the first time, I broke out in hives! My mom didn't know about it so I told her I had German Measles.. haha. I've tried over 5 different birth controls and every one made me bleed during sex. I thought I'd lost all hope until I found Yaz. It is GREAT. Birth control is a great way to keep our world from overpopulating (well, more than it already is). FOR FOR FOR!
missjessie missjessie 8 years
I use mirena and i hate it, i feel so emotional and i break out soo bad. I want to switch to a copper IUD. Against it.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
yaz works for me.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I was on the depo injection for a few years and it really messed me up. Then I started taking the mini pill and it made me really sick. Urgh. It's not worth it.
OliveBlack OliveBlack 8 years
I think the pill is a great invention, but it's not for me. I eat organic food and use natural cleaning and beauty products, so it follows that I hardly want to flood my body with chemicals in this way. I don't have particularly bad periods most of the time, so I feel no need to manage them, and I've always used condoms without incident, so I've never felt worried about pregnancy. Also, the pill increases your risk of blood clots, which run in my family, and aren't something I want to put myself at further risk for.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I can't live without the Pill! I get moody, cranky, I gain weight because I can't stop eating and my period is so heavy I either pass out or start to vomit. The fact that it stops me getting pregnant is fantastic too.
dimples128 dimples128 8 years
FOR. i'm on the nuvaring and i don't experience any side effects anymore. i love it! there's no difference for me to even tell that i'm on it and it works the best for my bf and i. i don't even know where i'd be without it! ...oh wait, yeah i do, pregnant. :P
redjupe44 redjupe44 8 years
I wish I didn't have to take it, but I have poly cystic ovary syndrome, so it helps with my side effects.
graylen graylen 8 years
Splendourific- I would recommend asking your doc about a low-dosage pill. I had really bad side effects with Yasmin and two others from the same vein. I'm on Yaz now (low-dose of Yasmin) and it's much better. I like being on the pill for the help it gives my periods and cramps, but I wish I weren't on it. It does affect my libido. Plus, I just really suck at taking it at the exact same time everyday. Unfortunately, all of the patch/ring ones I tried were very bad for my body... mostly the Nuvaring which I loved the ease of, but it ended up shutting down my estrogen production. Really scary and back to the pill!
splendourific splendourific 8 years
I'm one of the people who can't handle the side effects. I have tried four types: Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, Nuvaring and Seasonale... And I've become a moody, irritable mess every time, without fail. The most recent time, I tried Seasonale... I started getting anxiety nightmares and would cry for no reason. I honestly wish I could handle the effects because I know so many other women have great success with it. It's not that I'm against it... I just know it's not for me. I don't like the person I am when I try to mess with it. As my periods are remarkably regular as is, I don't really feel the need, although it does make me more careful about other methods of BC.
mo-p mo-p 8 years
Obviously, everybody has a different reaction to birth control. I love the pill for its effectiveness, and luckily I don't have any side effects from it. However, I wish it didn't cause environmental issues like causing fish to have hormonal problems. If only there were a perfect solution...
emalove emalove 8 years
Well, I was on the Pill for almost 15 years, so I guess you could say I'm for it...
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
umm which pill helps your boobies grow? def. for me! LOL!! I have no side affects on the pill...Only thiing I hate is that if I miss 1 or 2 my period dissapears for months leaving me biting my nails!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Not for me. I'm better off not taking it.
MzKita MzKita 8 years
I'm def pro-pill. I didn't start taking thm until I was 18, and no complaints yet.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I use the Pill. No problems to report here.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
It's a GREAT gift from science - we tend to forget that unplanned pregnancies and childbirth deaths were the norm before hormonal birth control - it's saved countless lives. That said, personally, I'm not a fan of any drug that changes my body as much as BC does - but it's a completely necessary medication for me. I'm in an LDR and I'm a sexual person, an adult, and I want to have that in my relationship. So yes, I'm 100% pro-BC and wish that it were much more affordable and accessible - but for myself, I can't wait to be off of it and use NFP when I'm married.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 8 years
I haven't had a bad experience with the pill. I love it I know when my periods come and I don't have them as bad as I used too. My sex drive is still intact thank goodness!!!
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
I resisted HBC for a long time; I didn’t know if I could remember to take a pill every day and I didn’t like the idea of all those hormones and chemicals. But when I met my husband we had one pregnancy scare too many and I decided I needed reliability. I’ve been on the patch and now I’m on generic Apri. I’ll be glad to go off when we start TTC. One less thing to remember to do each day. My periods were never a big problem (though I do love the predictability), so I don’t much care that they’re shorter and lighter. And thanks to the super high estrogen in the patch, my breasts have grown 2 or 3 cup sizes (and they were plenty big to start with, around a DDD). But I hear they won’t go down when I go off HBC, so boo to that.
ur_momm ur_momm 8 years
I was on the pill for about 6 months last year and I lost all sex drive, which is no good since im in a long term relationship. i couldnt do it, i was just so down all the time. so i went off it, I just wish there was something easy without messing up my body!
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I am on BC, and won't go off until I want a baby. It did nothing but improve my periods, my mood, pretty much everything. I'm a disaster when I am not on BC.
geebers geebers 8 years
Funny I have been on it for over 3 years and finally decided I miss my body's natural response. I feel depressed and have very low libido (and trust me- that was never an issue before the pill). I know the pill is causing issues because during the 3 years I decided to go off for a few months and felt SO good. Then I met my BF and went back on it- back to the same issues. I need another option - I am really careful about not getting pregnant so I am torn.
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