Hello, I am 25 & have been on The Pill since 17 I have switched at least 5 times now & it’s just getting to be annoying now. I am going to my doctor tomorrow for a follow up on my current attempt Loestrin 24 which I feel has been the worst one yet!
So here’s the switching details. First few were mood issues with depression & irritability. After that was “where the heck is my period?” mood. Which is still the reason for the new switch 2 & 1/2 months ago. A couple I’ve been able to be on a year or so but then there goes it again.
Now so far with Loestrin 24 I have been extra irritability, depressed with not a hint of a sex drive. Also I’ve skipped my 1st period & the 2nd was been very light. Defiantly not staying on this one (I may loose my husband & my friends if I did) I want to still have my period & I pills just can’t seem to allow that happen for me.
On my last visit (when she put me on Loestrin 24) I asked about a Non-Hormonal IUD & she said that most women get heavy bleeding & she ends up removing them & she doesn’t recommend it to women who have not yet had children. And then she somehow convinced me that a switch of pills would be best... again. =-\
I really want to go the Non-Hormonal rout which I will bring up tomorrow with more assertiveness. I just want to be who I am (who ever that is) without an outside hormone affecting me! I’d just like to be prepared with ideas as to which may be right & the most effective for me.
Just need some opinions from women who use or have used Non-Hormonal methods: Sponges, Spermicides, Diaphragms, Cervical Caps, Lea's Shield
You might have Pmdd and not know it. I have that and most people that have it, can not take birth control pills. Don't ask me why, the doctors don't know. I have tried several different b.c's in the past to try to "regulate" my hormones, and instead found myself in your boat. I have used condoms, withdrawal and and sponges. Obviously the best method is condoms (for b.c), but I didn't mind the sponges either. The only problem is I think you have to insert them in 15 min before intercourse and they are around 80% effective (this is all from memory). I think you'll be fine if you use the sponges and withdrawal. Birth control is REALLY REALLY bad for you and I hate that dr's and nurses push them so much. I have friends that have had clots at 18 yrs old. If you google about women who have taken b.c for years and come off of them, they are a wreck. Some women loose their hair etc. I don't think people should really mess with their hormones unless they get a lot of cysts etc. Even so, there are other methods to prevent that. If you do come to find out that you have pmdd, let me know! Good luck!
Well I am off the pill! I was told it could take up to 3 months to be back to "normal" & if I do not get my period by than that I would need to come in so they can MAKE me get one. Which makes me a bit concerned... Can the pill actually cause infertility?
Well I just hope the true me is happier & not as irritable! I think I already feel a bit better emotionally!
Now the next thing is getting my sex drive back & buying some non-hormonal birth control!
I was in the same position as you for a long time. I completely lost my libido, and being 20, my doctor decided that it wasn't an important enough reason to change the type of pill I was on. It almost destroyed the relationship I was in, and was happy with for 3 years prior to having B.C. Not to mention I always felt like nothing could make me happy, I had no drive or motivation to even get out of bed and I was crying all the time for no reason. I finally decided I was going to stop birth control (at age 20 I had already gone through 5 different types including "low hormonal" pill). It took me almost 8 MONTHS to get my libido back (I had been counting) I'm assuming it takes a while for all those hormones we have been pumping through our young bodies to flush out entirely. It was so nice to look at a guy and genuinely feel sexual desire again! Now I'm 22 in a stable relationship and in college (making honors) and even though I'm incredibly happy and I truly feel like myself again (and my libido is back in full force!) I realize in order to maintain my perfection, I'm going to have to protect myself from pregnancy. My roommate has an IUD and she loves it. This week I plan on speaking to my doctor about this.
I don't undertand why doctors aren't more keen on introducing non-hormonal methods of birth control, ESPECIALLY to young women! It's an atrocity that 16 year old girls are being put on the pill, that already alters their delicate emotional state!
No, the pills doesn't CAUSE problems for most women. What pills do for is hide underlying problems and they don't really become apparent until you stop the regulating dosage of hormones. Some women just can't take hormonal birth control though.
The IUD will probably not help in getting a normal period. Otherwise, non hormonal birth control is fine as long as you double up methods. Condoms and spermicides is a good choice.
i was only on the pill for a month, then "the patch" for like 4 months (which i later found out I should never have been given), and "the ring" for maybe 6 months... avoid everything! I started having pseudo-siezures & I had to have a shunt put in because the fluids were not draining from my brain properly, which they said could have been clogged by the build up of hormones from all that birth control... a year a later i'm still tryin to get completely stable... still get headaches and just stopped gettin regular spinal taps 3 months ago... like i said... ur right to want to stay away from the hormones in birth control.
I was on the pill for about 5 years, then I stopped and went back on it, also tried the nuva ring. Then after that I just couldn't take it anymore. Hormonal birth control gave me awful mood swings, made my depression worse, I also had quite a bit of hair loss, and it gave me systemic candida which caused rheumatoid arthritis, and candida is so difficult to get rid of. I've been suffering from joint pain and muscle aching so much because of it, and it's worse when I have pms. Your best bet is to stay away from hormonal birth control like evlangel89 said. I just tried spermicide w/ condoms which is non-hormonal but I'm allergic to it unfortunately. There's a non-hormonal pill called Centchroman, which was developed in India but I think you would have to order it online because Western doctors don't really have them available. Not sure how effective it is though. I'm still looking for more options that are effective and simple to take, without all the nasty side effects.
I have to agree with Maddie. Birth control pills masks health issues. I was on the pill for 7 years and was asked to go off of it by primary because my iron count was low. I went off in Oct. 2008 and my period never returned. After begging my gyno to run hormone tests in Jan, it was discovered that my prolactin levels were 340. After going to an Endo, it was discovered that I have a small tumor on my pitiuary gland. I've been on meds since, my levels are down to normal, and my period has finally returned on its own. I go next month for an MRI to see if the tumor is gone. If I never got off the pill, I would never have known; but if I was never on the pill I would have known sooner.
I am in the same shoes that you are in. I am 32 and have been thru tons of different types of birth control due to their hormonal changes since I was 21. I was on tricyclin?? for about two years and was fine and then all of a sudden I started to get severe migraines. They were every day all day to the point that I was given time off from work but I didn't know the birth control was the cause. I was in and out of dr's offices getting tested for everything. Then I got married and decided to start a family. I got off the pill and didn't have any migraines at all. After I had my baby my dr put me on Yaz - I loved it for the first few months - light 4 day periods and my skin was just beautiful lol I didn't have any migraines or hormonal changes at all. But then out of the blue I started to get all the same side effects again. It seemed that when I was taking the hormonal pills for the 3 weeks I was fine and then as soon as I started taking the last week of the placebo pills to start my period I would have severe migraines and irritability for the entire week and then just as fast as they came I would start the new package of pills and be fine for 3 weeks till my next period. My husband talked me into not taking them anymore and Honestly I was frightened to death of getting pregnant again right now, my daughter is only 1 year old, but in reality your body is telling you that the pill is not good for you by the side effects and it is better to just practice safe sex with condoms and the pull out method than to risk your health because it will keep getting worse as you get older as it did me and the risks that birth control can cause are just not worth it. I have been off the pill for several months now and I feel wonderful - I have no worries of my health and I have been taking the precautions to keep from getting pregnant - I refuse to "shove" anything up inside me like a diaphram but they do make foams that are very convenient and easy to use they aren't runny or gooey and now that I am off the pill I must admit its the smartest thing I ever did for my body. This might sound stupid but Listen to your body - it knows best and you can't force it to do something that is can't handle. Good luck and take care of yourself
HI Eveyone. I'm having some issues with my Ocella/Yasmin pills and I really need some advice. After reading all (and I mean ALL) of the posts above I have come to the conclusion that I HAVE to get off my pills. I had one injection of the depoprovera shot (3 months) and nearly 12 months of yasmin/ ocella pills. Since starting Birth control I have developed High blood pressure (even though I completely cut salt out of my diet and I have started going to the gym DAILY) as well as cysts on my breasts and weight gain (15lbs.).
So I'm getting off birth control pills... but here is the problem that got me into all this mess: I'm allergic to Latex and most spermicides. Does anyone know of any anti-latex condoms or any of other methods. I wanted to try an IUD but my doctor basically refused because of my age (and I haven't had children). Any suggestions?
I was on yasmin for years and happy with it, but when I moved, my new pharmacy put me on ocella (which as im sure you know, is the generic version of yasmin) and my body FREAKED OUT. Apparently there's something slightly different in ocella that a lot of women just can't handle...I switched back to yasmin and everything was just fine. Its a little more expensive every month since its not the generic brand, but I've been happier ever since.
I have been on the depo shot since I was 13 years old. I am almost 21 now, so its been quite a looooong time. I have had no side effects what so ever on the shot and I love it. Recently I have been starting to have some weight gain, maybe its delayed side effects but I doubt it. I do suggest the depo shot over a pill any day. I mysellf have been looking into some non-hormonal birth control options though which is what led me to this site actually. But I would give the shot a chance if you already began it.
I love the depo shot, i had no mood swings. I recently got off it bc my boyfriend and I have been discussing starting a family and it can take up to 18 months to become fertile again. I took the pill for only a month anda half and it made me so insane that it almost ruined a nearly perfect relationship. If you arent looking to have kids in the near future i also support the depo shot.
Cori, There are many polyurethane condoms. Just look at the box. They will normally indicate that they have no latex in them. All the major brands have them.
The spermicides are pretty nasty so avoid them if you react to them.
You can try FAM (fertility awareness methods). Just use the google machine to look for "fertility awareness method" on the interwebs. A site with an extensive free training program is fertilityfriend dot com. That in combination with condoms may be of some help.
I am sure I don't have to teach you how to use condoms but remember to inspect them for tears and leaks afterward, use enough lube, make sure he knows how to pull out when he is done, and make sure you can get Plan B when there is a failure.
I totally relate to all of your posts, and am really glad that I found this page. I have been on bc pills for ~5 years now, and they have made me a miserable person. I have switched brands multiple times, and I still get the same reactions. I become incredible irratible and emotional in my 3rd week, and it's ruining my boyfriend and I's relationship. I have stayed on the pill for the fact that I do not want to use condoms, etc. and obviously am not ready to have a kid. I decided last night that I am going to stop taking them, and figure out a non hormonal way. I have been thinking this for a while, and just haven't actually done it, and am very excited to stop taking bc pills!! All of the risks are not worth it, and every month I worry that I"m going to get blood clots. I'm excited to be worry free (except from a pregnancy stance) but it will be totally worth it to go back to 'normal' and be who I really am, not who the hormones make me out to be.
i know a lot of people like to say that it is rare for women to have bad side effects from bc pill. to all of them i would like to say BS!! read websites like this one. go to aprhoditewomenshealth.com
go to askapatient.com (there are several more,cant think of the names). just ask me. i have been on some form of bc for 11 years. for the past 2 1/2 months have been going through hell due to bc pill. DEPRESSION and ANXIETY being the worst side effects. have been off bc pill for 3 weeks and 2 days and have not returned to my old self yet, though i do so see improvements. there are other methods out there. they may not be as convienant but your mental health is much more important.
I was on yaz for about two years when i then developed a blood clot. The doctors told me it was directly related to the use of yaz. I feel that this birth control should be taken off of the market. I am 20 years old and now have to take blood thinners becaues of this medication. Yaz is very appealing to women because of the short and lack there of periods. It also gets ride of PMDD and acne. It worked well while it was on it but it was not worth the DVT that i currently have. I was looking into the non hormonal IUD also and wondering what other women thought about it. I am no longer aloud to ever have hormonal birth control or estrogen therapy when going through menopause.
I used to be 100% pro birth control pills... now what?
I recently stopped taking birth control pills after 13 YEARS! I stopped more of by accident than anything else- moved to a different state and ran out of my prescription. Wasn't having sex, so just decided to stop taking them. blah blah.
Anyway, since then, my life has completely changed for the better. I always used to be the one telling my friends that struggled with the pill, "you just need to find the right kind. It's really not that bad." Well, after I stopped taking the pill, I realized I had been so messed up for so long, I didn't even know what it was like to be "normal" anymore. I started taking the pill when I was 15 and now that I'm 28 and not on the pill for the first time since, my boobs started to grow again! I know, crazy, but I think the pill stunted my boob growth. My boyfriend is loving it! Also, I decided to stop taking my anti-depressants and I feel awesome. It's been 8 months no bc and 6 months no wellbutrin and for the first time in as long as I can remember, I'm not a total psycho b%$#h! When I'm sad, it's because I have something to be sad about. When I'm happy, it's because I have something to be happy about. It's awesome! I feel like I'm in control again!
The downside is my periods are longer and heavier- like when I first started menstruating, and my skin breaks out a little when I'm about to start my period, but I don't care. I am far more attractive with a pimple and not being a psycho estrogen time bomb than I was when I had perfect skin.
I'm trying to decide what kind of birth control I want to take because, SURPRISE! I'm actually capable of holding down a healthy relationship and I have an amazing boyfriend. I'm considering diaphragm, or the IUD, but neither seem like ideal options. For 1, I think I'm allergic to spermicide and you have to use that with the diaphragm. If my vagina didn't feel like I just used icy hot as lube everytime I used a spermicide, I'd consider this a perfect option. The IUD sounds awesome in theory, but I know it will make my periods longer and because I've never had kids, there is a very high likelihood that my uterus will just reject it, or if my uterus doesn't just spit it out, it may hurt. Also, as much as I like my boyfriend now, I can't guarantee he'll be around in a few years, or that he'll be 100% faithful and if by some chance I do contract an STD, the IUD could actually make me infertile. Condoms are a great option in theory, but they get expensive after a while and lets just be honest, if you are in a monogamous relationship, naked sex is kind of one of the big perks.
So, if anyone has heard of a non-spermicide diaphram, or had luck with a cervical cap, let me know. Also, did anyone experience the same crazy mood swings with the Nuva ring? FOr some reason, I feel like since it is liek a topical birth control right on my cervix, it won't be as bad as the pill that you have to digest. I know that is not true, but I am thinking about trying it before I get the IUD.
I am currently on Nuva Ring. This is my 4th one (4th month). I was on various different BC pills from age 14 to about 19 or 20. At that point (between 19 or 20), my doc. gave me a 3-month supply of Nuva Ring to try. Shortly after starting it, I suffered a horrible loss so I wouldn't be able to say which of my symptoms (migraines, insomnia, depression, anxiety, etc.) might have come from Nuva Ring or grieving.
I had my first (& only so far) child at 21 and a few weeks before her 1st birthday I got Mirena (the hormonal IUD). The reason I got the hormonal was because the whole reason I ever started BC right at 13/14 was because of irregular cycles. I mean, I would either get a period every 2 weeks or less, or it could have been as bad as bleeding for 2 or 3 days, stopping for 2 or 3, bleeding again for 2 or 3, & I think you all get the point.
So, Mirena did a number on me! It's really too bad I didn't make sense of it all for so many months & made myself continue to suffer because my doc. encouraged me to "ride it out" when I kept coming in saying "why have I been bleeding for 26 days out of nearly every month?!". It was ridiculous & I switched doctors since then because of the whole debacle.
I got it removed but since my husband and I both agree we are not ready for #2 yet, I started Nuva Ring a week after getting Mirena (a.k.a. the devil) out. I was very curious to see what it'd be like to wait for a longer period of time (like a month or 2) to see how I'd feel or if my periods would still be irregular as they had always been but being on Mirena & losing ALL of my sex drive, I felt terrible for my husband and was hopeful that Nuva Ring would solve all the problems, give me back my sex drive, my *true* personality and my ability to be happy again.
I am going to set up an appointment a.s.a.p. to speak with my doctor about Nuva Ring. I thought Mirena made my psycho (more than any pill I had ever taken) but Nuva Ring is practically right up there with what Mirena made me feel like. I just will NOT accept living this way any more & the most devastating thing has got to be when I lose my cool around my 2-year-old. I will blow a gasket over something that a "normal" person could handle with much more self-control. I just know that I am not being the kind of person, wife, or mom that I truly feel I am inside.
In middle school and high school, I was highly sensitive and emotional (as tons of regular teen girls can be) but I don't ever recall feeling emotions of rage/extreme irritability/anger/frustration, instead, my sensitivity and emotions were more centered around feeling sad or hurt or even anxious at times...like, someone could say or look at me wrong and I would have to fight to hold back my tears of hurt/sadness and now if someone says or looks at me the wrong way I react with uncontrolled rage/anger/frustration/irritability. I'd much rather be the "cry baby" than the psycho raging crazy person. I'm doing something about this right away, I just hope I can find a doctor or a BC method that will actually help and make me feel like ME again...
I'm getting my Mirena out asap for the same reason as you - it's the ever-lovin devil! It should not have been named Mirena - a more accurate name would have been "Rosemary's Baby Part 2 - The Devil Inside You". I am not my fun-loving, eternal-optimist self anymore AT ALL. I'm an uptight, angry, psycho! Even toward my 2 yr old who is just doing normal 2 yr old things.
I'm having trouble even finding someone to get it out. Everyone says the dr who placed it needs to be the one to remove it, for legal reasons... but my dr refuses to even acknowledge that Mirena has ANY side effects whatsoever, let alone associating my symptoms as even POSSIBLE Mirena Side Effects. (yeah... she's pretty much a know-it-all jerk-face. I'm horrified to remember that she delivered our son.)
-Weight Gain (47 lbs!! I actually lost 70 lbs in the 3 months between having our son and having Mirena placed... more than half of that was due to edema - swelling - caused by pregnancy, so 3 months to lose the 25-30 lbs that WASN'T water weight wasn't bad at all. Now, regardless of how well I eat and/or exercise I still gain. I feel like I did toward the end of my pregnancy, which leads me to believe this may be edema again. I started taking Diurex to help, but I have to take twice as much as the recommended dose just to make it have ANY affect.)
-Mood Swings (More accurately - NEVER ENDING SEVERE PMS)
-Anxiety (to the point where I have chronic ulcers)
-ZERO libido (a simple hug or touch just sends chills down my spine, and the thought of kissing literally makes me nauseous. Not exactly promoting a healthy sex-life for me and my husband!)
-"The Fog" as some posters from another forum call it. (That feeling where you just can't seem to think clearly)
Good luck with your future Birth Control endeavors I hope you (and ME!) find the right one... y'know... something that doesn't cause us to feel like we're possessed by evil... lol
I 100% agree with Mirena being full of side effects! I used all different kinds of pills and the nuva ring but none did what Mirena did to my body. I will forever have scars on my face from the cystic acne it gave me!! I was a complete wreck while I was taking it. I had daily headaches, dizziness and fatigue. It was a fight with my body every day just to make it through with out needing a nap. On top of that it gave me a nice pooch almost like I was 2 months pregnant! I even took a test (on Mirena I had no period) to see if I was in fact pregnant because I've never had problems with a chubby tummy. Not to mention mood swings on top of all of this. DO NOT take Mirena unless you a willing to have these side effects and it's not something you can just stop taking. A doctor appt is needed and is costly considering they code the removal as a minor surgery. No hormones for me anymore.
I was on nuva ring and i do NOT reccommended it at alllll. I was on it for 3 yrs and had severe heart palps to the point that right before i decided it was time to remove it, I was awakened in the middle of the night by my heart pumping so fast it felt like i was having a heart attack.. Ever since i removed it the palps went away. My midwife told me nuvaring is the worst b.c. for your body because it is a steady constant stream of hormomes in your body. I have the copper iud now and i will admit it is horrible periods, they are super heavy and there is alot of discharge in between periods, and ever since i stopped taking a hormone my skin breaks out more and my hair and skin are much more oily than when i was on hormones, its frustrating but its better than being awakened by your heart pounding out of your chest!
Paraguard is the nonhormonal IUD. I had it in for about a year and a half before I gave up on it. Truly, it is a reliable form of birth control that doesn't affect your mood, but the cramping and bleeding will be the worst you'll get in your life. I wish I could have stuck with it because I hate birth control pills too. If you've had a child, it's supposed to be a lot less painful. I'm considering the Mirena IUD because it has only a very small amount of hormones and only one kind of hormones. The pill uses both a dose of estrogen and progesterone, but the Mirena uses only progesterone. The mini pill (not as effective as the pill) also uses only one type of hormone, which I have tried before. Luck to everyone. Wish there was an easy solution for all of us... Hey, when are they coming out with that male birth control pill?
please make sure you research the mirena a LOT more before getting it. I have it, and it is HORRIBLE. The "progesterone" is actually a SYNTHETIC progestIN - not progesterone itself. Because of the constant flow of this synthetic "progesterone" your body decides it doesn't need to make any natural REAL progesterone anymore. This causes awful hormonal imbalances, and also affects other hormone levels - such as estrogen. Estrogen levels also end up dropping because your body is pumped so full of PROGESTINS, so your body packs on BELLY FAT to compensate and try to start making more estrogen on it's own.
It's really awful. For those of you who hated the NuvaRing because of the constant hormones, you will hate Mirena even more because the hormones aren't even natural, so they mess up YOUR natural hormones...
I am also considering the Mirena IUD...I have had the Paraguard for only a month, but my period was so heavy this month that i literally had to change my tampon every 20 minutes or else i would have a big mess...I had to wear pads for the first time in my life and this lasted for 4 days straight...I am now on my 8th day of having my period this month....And it is not showing any signs of stopping...I also spotted this entire month before i actually got my period...I don't think i can take another month like this. I feel so much better mentally though...I don't have the mood swings or anger i had with the Nuvaring...But I feel like im losing way too much blood with this IUD. I am just scared of going back to a hormone because my mom is going through menopause...And her doctor wanted to put her on hormone replacement medication, but he said it greatly raises your risk of getting breast cancer..So why can they admit that hormone replacement therapy raises your risk but they cant admit that about hormonal birth control??? Because its a multi billion dollar industry perhaps??????? Scary.
P.S. Having the IUD inserted was NOT painful at all...I have 2 kids but it felt like a mild cramp that lasts 10 seconds. I don't know why people say its so bad!
I have an appointment tomorrow with my OBGYN. I just had a son back in June and when it was time to start back on birth control my doctor gave my Orthocyclen. Within the next months I would have horrible migranes at least 3 or 4 times a week and if it wasn't a migrane it was just a headache. And I've had headaches and mirganes for a few years now never thinking it could be my birth control then back in November I had my period for 3 weeks and decide to just stop taking my birth control. And I have not had 1 headache since then. I am completely amazed at how great I've been feeling. So no more hormones for me! I'm going to ask about Paragaurd tomorrow. I've always have been on the fence about trying it but me and husband have been having unprotected sex and so far not pregnant and don't wanna be lol. So can't wait to find out how well I will like it. I will post again in a few months to let you guys know!!!
At first, all was fine with the Mirena and then about 6 months down the line, I started having bad migraines, feeling very depressed, extremely fatigued all the time, have decreased to non-existent sex drive, dull abdominal pain (lower stomach), infections (such as recurring yeast and urinary tract infections), lower back pain, joint and muscle pain, breast pain/tenderness, recurring upper respiratory infections (such as the common cold and bronchitis), on and off nausea, painful menstrual periods, weight gain of over 20 lbs (that I cannot seem to loose, no matter what I try), sinus infections and last but not least, my blood pressure went up... way up (I am on high blood pressure medication)! I thought I was nuts for feeling the way I was until I recently started researching online and found hundreds of other women experiencing the same or worse symptoms! I am taking this thing out today and hope, as some others, that the symptoms will subside soon.
OMG I have a Mirena IUD for 2 1/2 yrs. I am finally removing it tomorrow. I have had all the problems you have but did not relate it to the Miren till now. I am in so called menopause 55 yrs old. Still need some kind of birth control, we will go back to condoms, I think.
I did the same thing,I got the mirena right after i had my second child.I've been back twice to the obgyn n told them that I have not lost one pd since having my daughter even with diet and exercise I've had horrible head aches fatigue bloating chest pains lack of interest in sex & they said oh it doesnt have n e thing to do with your birth control mirena doesnt cause weight gain or have n e thing to do with weight its not shown to have n e of these other side effects so,I made an appt with my family doc today to have blood work done to see if it could be something else.But she seems to think that it is 100% the mirena.So if all my blood work comes back normal I am keeping the appt I made for Tuesday to get this taken out.It took me awhile to realize this could be it but after doing my own research online and seeing that alot of other women are having these same side effects I am sure that once i get this out i will feel myself again
The method of birth control I use is a device called Persona and I could not be more thrilled with it. It is the most non-invasive form of birth control to the body you could find!
It's basically a high tech way of using the rhythm method. Ãï¿½ÃÂ It is a monitor that tracks not only your ovulation but also the very subtle shifts in your hormones so it takes into account that you can get pregnant 5-6 days before you ovulate because the sperm can live in your body for that long. Ãï¿½ÃÂ Therefore it is FAR more effective than the traditional way of practicing rhythm method. NIt remembers your cycle information each month. Ãï¿½ÃÂ You dont have to have a very regular period, you just have to have cycles that are longer than 23 days and shorter than 35. Ãï¿½ÃÂ As long as you fall within that range its extremely effective. Ãï¿½ÃÂ It hasnt caught on in the US and Im not sure why. Ãï¿½ÃÂ Its very popular in most European countries and gives you an option of birth control without devices or artificial hormones, etc. Ãï¿½ÃÂ It's 94% effective, which is more effective than a lot of other birth control methods "used typically" and almost as effective as condoms "used perfectly." Ãï¿½ÃÂ It obviously provides no protection for STIs but its a really fantastic option for women in committed relationships that are not concerned about STIs. Ãï¿½ÃÂ There is a list on the link below of women that it would not be effective for (for instance while you are breast feeding).
I was a huge skeptic at first and really nervous about using it because when I first started using it I did NOT want to get pregnant. Ãï¿½ÃÂ My husband and I used it effectively (meaning that we did not get pregnant) for almost 4 years. Ãï¿½ÃÂ The way it works is simple, it's a monitor that comes with pee test sticks. Ãï¿½ÃÂ Each morning you open your monitor. Ãï¿½ÃÂ A green light means you can safely have unprotected sex without getting pregnant. Ãï¿½ÃÂ A red light means you should either not have sex or use protection (like a condom) because you could get pregnant. A yellow light indicates that you need to pee on a stick and insert it into the monitor to see if it is a red or green day. Ãï¿½ÃÂ Once the monitor reads your hormone levels from the pee stick it will then give you the red or green light. Ãï¿½ÃÂ You have to pee on a stick 6 times a month. Ãï¿½ÃÂ Its honestly is quick and easy. Ãï¿½ÃÂ THe only work is to pee on a stick 6 times a month. Ãï¿½ÃÂ You keep your monitor in the bathroom so if it is one of those 6 days that requires a test, you can pee on the stick with your first pee of the morning (most effective). Ãï¿½ÃÂ You get your red or green light within 30 seconds of inserting the test stick.
And, you can interpret the lights opposite to help you get pregnant as well. Ãï¿½ÃÂ So once my husband and I decided we did want to have a baby, I was able to see that red light days were good windows to try. Ãï¿½ÃÂ And the monitor flashes an "O" when you are ovulating so you can even try based on the exact day of your ovulation. Ãï¿½ÃÂ When we started having unprotected sex on red days, I got pregnant immediately (first month of trying). Ãï¿½ÃÂ That actually gave me confidence that it had been working effectively the 4 years prior I used it!
Anyway, Im obviously a huge fan of this because I like that it gives women another option to family planning that is perhaps less invasive. Ãï¿½ÃÂ There are obviously zero side effects. Ãï¿½ÃÂ It isn;t as statistically effective as say an IUD for instance, but if 94% feels acceptable to you and you are okay with that 6% chance of a pregnancy..its a great option. Ãï¿½ÃÂ I just try to get the word out about it so that women can have it as an option for not getting pregnant OR for help in getting pregnant. Ãï¿½ÃÂ
As I said, this hasn't caught on in the US so you have to order it on-line from the UK (or another European country).
Thank you for the information on Persona! It sounds like a great alternative to hormonal BC! I have felt stuck with birth control pills for SO long. Makes me angry they don't offer this in the U.S. Do you know of a website that I (in the U.S.) might be able to purchase this from using U.S. dollars by chance? Thanks so much!
Wow! I was googling around about Persona because it sounded great and I found ClearBlue which is available to buy in the states, and it is also an electronic fertility monitor maybe even made by the same company cuz it's made in the U.K. It IS available in the US As soon as I'm done nursing I am getting it. Thanks again for sharing!!