Hormonal birth control

Just curious, but how many people here are using only condoms as their form of birth control? I've tried the pill, and I've decided that I really don't like hormonal forms of birth control. I was also considering getting the Paragard IUD, but I've decided against it because I also don't like the idea of having some foreign object stuck inside me for a long, extended period of time (it's the same reason I use pads instead of tampons), amongst other personal reasons.

So, for now, I'm sticking with just using condoms as my method of birth control. I only use Trojan polyurethane condoms, since I have a serious latex allergy. They seem to be really strong, stronger than latex condoms. I've been very...active during sex, and I've been sexually active for at least three years straight, and not a single one has ever slipped off or broken in that time, so I feel very safe with these condoms. I guess the fact that I'm in a monogamous, long-term relationship also helps keep my worry-free.

How many other people use condoms as their only source of birth control?

I know, this is my second sex-themed thread posted here. Where is my mind?


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There have been times when condoms was the only thing that worked for us...like right after having a baby. Or, when the diaphragm started giving me UTI's. In general, I don't like the way condoms feel...BUT, they do have the added advantage of containing the mess.
I use condoms combined with fertility awareness. After I am sufficiently post-ovulatory, we dispense with the condoms. This won't work for casual dating, but it's what BF and I use in our relationship at present.
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I use condoms OR spermicide and pulling out. I refuse to go on hormonal BC again because it makes me very moody. The side effects are not worth it for me.

I'd probably be open to using other barrier methods but for now, condoms work quite well. My partner doesn't mind using them.
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Before I was exclusive I only used condoms. Now that I have a BF I use the NuvaRing which I love. I put it in once and forget about for 3 weeks, remove it to have flow, then replace it. It's all very easy, but as you said some women dont like inserting anything inside of themselves or are concerned about objects remaining inside. I dont feel my ring though..so
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My husband and I have been having sex for over ten years and we've only ever used condoms. We never forget, so far (knock on wood) we've not had any breakage, and we're pretty careful about proper usage.

I've dabbled in hormonal birth control, and hate it. It amplifies my anxiety and completely destroys my sex drive. Oh, the irony.

I've been tempted to try other things, but frankly, I lack motivation. I think condoms have a bad rap. They're really not so bad.
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My husband and I have been having sex for over ten years and we've only ever used condoms. We never forget, so far (knock on wood) we've not had any breakage, and we're pretty careful about proper usage.

I've dabbled in hormonal birth control, and hate it. It amplifies my anxiety and completely destroys my sex drive. Oh, the irony.

I've been tempted to try other things, but frankly, I lack motivation. I think condoms have a bad rap. They're really not so bad.
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I agree. Just today, even, my father flat out told me that he didn't believe condoms were safe. Not condoms used improperly were unsafe, just condoms in general. What?

Okay, I know a lot of people are pro-pill nowadays, and that's fine, but it seems like so many people I meet are also anti-condoms and I see no real reason for it. Condoms are over 90% effective when used properly (I forget the exact number), and the difference in effectiveness between condoms and birth control pills is about a minor 1-2%. I'm sorry, but that's just not enough of a difference to convince me to take this pill that screws with my body and basically tricks it into thinking it's pregnant when it's not.

Personally, I just don't like the idea of hormonal birth control. I know many people do, and that's fine, but I'm just not one of them. My body seems to be regulating itself just fine on its own. Why do I need to screw that up?

Plus, in the long run, I'm much more likely to forget to take this pill at this specific time everyday than I am to forget to tell my SO to put on his rubber shield.

My doc wrote me a perscription for Ovacue. Hopefully my insurance will take it.
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I think it's important to be aware of your body and your own fertility. If you calculate your ovulation times (and eventually even if you aren't keeping calendar track, you just KNOW) AND you're using condoms, you're already double protected. I think that's totally safe.

Remember that any type of birth control has the ability to fail. If you're sexually active, there is a possiblity of getting pregnant - although maybe a small possibility - no matter what you use. But I hate hormone therapy birth control too. And I hated my IUD.

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