Let's talk about hormonal birth control....

I haven't been on a hormonal birth control method in years. Way back when, I was on Ortho Tricyclen, and that was all fine and good prevention wise, but it didn't seem to help my mild/moderate acne and it did seem to hurt my sex drive, so I went off it. That was at least three years ago.

My husband and I have decided that we have no interest in having kids right now, and may well decide not to have kids at all. It seems like a good time to think about trying new hormonal birth control methods.

Ideally, I'd like to do something a little more permanent than a daily pill-- I'm 27 and haven't had any kids, so even if I wanted one a ligation isn't an option. But, if there's a method that won't mean I haven't remember to take a pill every day that could potentially help my acne and that won't damage my sex drive (and preferably won't make me gain weight) I'd certainly prefer it. I'm pretty sure it would be tough to get an implant as well, given my childlessness and my age as well (though feel free to correct me if I'm wrong).

I've done a bit of research myself, but I'm curious about other people's experiences with other birth control methods, specifically the shot and the nuvoring.

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I had the implant (here in Australia its called Implanon). I was 22 at the time with no kids and there was no argument about giving it to me. It lasts 3 years and my understanding is that it has a lower dose of hormones so you are less likely to get side effects. Your arm will be quite sore for a couple of days then just a bit achy until it completely heals. It is definitely less invasive than some of the more permanent options (I hate the idea or IUCs etc) after 3 years they take out the old one and just slide a new one in while they're there, you can also get it taken out as early as you like if you decide to conceive. The scar is about half a centimeter long, they put it on the inside of your upper arm so no one will ever see it. The implant does feel a little odd at first...kind of like having a small bobby pin under your skin. Oh and as an added bonus some people stop having periods all together when they have the implant, other only have on every couple of months. HTH
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I've done both the shot (Depo Provera) and Nuvaring. Of those two, I prefer Nuvaring. It didn't give me any worse side effects than the pill and I liked not having to remember it daily. Depo made my periods very irregular and long.

You could consider an IUD. Some doctors will give it to women who haven't had children--mine said she could insert it during your period when the cervix was more open to make the procedure easier. There is a copper IUD that's non-hormonal called Paragard if you want to avoid hormonal birth control. I have that right now and my experience has overall been positive. I really want to avoid hormonal birth control because it is very bad for my sex drive--what a cruel joke that is.
I know you are looking for hormonal birth control options, though just thought I'd throw this out there. Have you ever considered natural family planning?
I've been using nfp on and off for 5yrs now, to both conceive and avoid. If you have regular cycles, especially, it's a very effective method of birth control
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Sorry to be snarky but please don't use NFP, its tricky to get right, very easy to get wrong and therefore easy to get pregnant. Unless you have specific religious beliefs then I would advise against it, its far too much effort for rather unreliable results. No offense intended mamacurl3, I just don't think its a reliable method.
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NFP is actually very reliable. It's people who are unreliable. It requires a lot of abstaining, and lots of people have a hard time with that when they're horny. NFP is a lot of work...every day...temp taking, mucus checking, cervical position...then charting it all and graphing it. If you think remembering to take a pill every day is a nuisance, wait til you get involved in an NFP project. Ay yi yi...it's a lot of effing work.

I would suggest you look into Nuvaring if you want something you don't have to think about as often (as long as you aren't a smoker). IUD's are a possiblity, even though you haven't had any pregnancies. The progesterone-only implants and shots are possibilities, and they are really really great for many women, but they really really suck for others, and once it's on board, it's a long wait for it to come out/wear off.
mdrb, I think that there is are a lot of misconceptions (no pun intended lol) regarding what natural family planning and fertility awareness is and how it works and it's effectiveness. Thought "rhythm" and calendar methods are relatively unreliable (basically because these methods were formulated from the textbook 28 day cycle, ovulation on cycle day 14 etc..). Though, natural family planning (if done correctly) is very effective; and nfp paired with a barrier method (condoms, diaphragm etc) before ovulation is really not all that tricky or time consuming once you get the basics down. imo
I don't know much about the ring, though agree with RCW that if you are looking to do something that requires less effort, the ring's probably the way to go. I think it's something that you replace with your cycles, so approximately every month or so. My sil did use the ring for a few years, has been free of it now for a few mos (trying for a baby) and is having a really hard time with her cycles regulating or even ovulating at all (pretty common with all forms of hormonal bc). Just something to consider IF and/or when you decide to have children (to factor in extra time for your cycles to regulate themselves)
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and is having a really hard time with her cycles regulating or even ovulating at all (pretty common with all forms of hormonal bc). Just something to consider IF and/or when you decide to have children (to factor in extra time for your cycles to regulate themselves)
Originally Posted by Mamacurl3

Just interjecting...

Women who have irregular cycles before using hormonal birth control will usually have irregular cycles after stopping hormonal birth control. The pill doesn't cause irregular cycles, but it does mask them, so there are some women who either "forgot" they used to be irregular, or were on pill and didn't know their cycle changed for some medical reason.
I have no idea how u feel about shots , i mean i hate shots and cant even look when i get one . But ive been taking the Depo for years and have no issues with it. People say they have irregular periods on it , well i have no periods , im lucky if i spot ever so often and thats like once a year. No weight gain on it , no PMS. Ive always been a petite girl but do work out and eat healthy. (I too dont have kids yet ) It beats having to take a pill and i did take BCs but it made me sick every time i took it. My friend took the depo , decide to try the patch and had mirganes galore on it. So she been back on the depo and been fine with it. Everyone gets diff symptoms on certain BCs.
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Thanks for the replies.

NFP is not something I'm interested in, at all. I'm glad it works for you but its definitely not for me. Thank you for your perspective.

RCW, I am an occasional smoker, so I don't know how big a deal that is. I'd be happy to quit for the most part, but if a lapse in quitting on Saturday night after a couple of drinks is going to be a huge issue, that would concern me.

I'm not a huge fan of shots, but I can manage it okay. I'm not 100% on board with not having my period at all... That seems weird to me. I like that periodic (get it?) reminder that I'm NOT preggo. So I hesitate to just give that up entirely. Once every three months or so would be awesome.

I might end up back on the pill, so that I can see what a hormonal does to my sex drive before I make a long term commitment. If its okay then perhaps I'll upgrade to the ring or the shot.
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RCW, I am an occasional smoker, so I don't know how big a deal that is. I'd be happy to quit for the most part, but if a lapse in quitting on Saturday night after a couple of drinks is going to be a huge issue, that would concern me.
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I don't think they know the reason why, but Nuvaring is associated with higher risks of stroke/bloodclots/cardiovascular-events than birth control pills, higher in smokers. I personally don't think any smoker should be using hormonal birth control, regardless of age.
and is having a really hard time with her cycles regulating or even ovulating at all (pretty common with all forms of hormonal bc). Just something to consider IF and/or when you decide to have children (to factor in extra time for your cycles to regulate themselves)
Originally Posted by Mamacurl3

Just interjecting...

Women who have irregular cycles before using hormonal birth control will usually have irregular cycles after stopping hormonal birth control. The pill doesn't cause irregular cycles, but it does mask them, so there are some women who either "forgot" they used to be irregular, or were on pill and didn't know their cycle changed for some medical reason.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves

RCW, I think that in my sil's situation, it's more the residual hormones leaving her system and her body readjusting to producing it's own hormones to regulate her cycle. It's not necessarily having irregular cycles, which she was regular before just heavy periods, she's not even ovulating yet. I think it's pretty frustrating for her.

Anywho, Michelle. Michelle, that's cool you're not interested. Just thought I'd throw it out there. GL
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I was also going to suggest considering an IUD (either the hormonal or copper one). I think my Paragard is the bestest birth control ever. My dr didn't have an issue with the fact that I don't have kids.

I was on the Ring for a while, and while it was convenient, I experienced more side effects than I had with the pill. Obviously, hormones effect everyone differently, so YMMV! I considered Depo for a bit, but I just heard one too many horror stories about it. Also, like you, I don't like the idea of more or less stopping my period altogether.
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I know you are looking for hormonal birth control options, though just thought I'd throw this out there. Have you ever considered natural family planning?
I've been using nfp on and off for 5yrs now, to both conceive and avoid. If you have regular cycles, especially, it's a very effective method of birth control
Originally Posted by Mamacurl3
I tried this, I don't think it's too much work at all(for not having to take drugs) but I am not reliable about using condoms during the horniest time of the month! Mostly it has to do with the fact that I really don't like condoms.
Michelle, maybe the paraguard iud. I agree..I did have the iud once and it was very low maintenance

Josephine, it definitely took some warming up to the condoms. Though with some experimenting, dh and I were able to find a really good one. I think it's the Durex extra sensitive no spermicide. And as horrible as it sounds, I don't mind not needing to clean up afterwards either :O
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Michelle, maybe the paraguard iud. I agree..I did have the iud once and it was very low maintenance

Josephine, it definitely took some warming up to the condoms. Though with some experimenting, dh and I were able to find a really good one. I think it's the Durex extra sensitive no spermicide. And as horrible as it sounds, I don't mind not needing to clean up afterwards either :O
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Thanks, I'll try those. And cleaning up...hmm that's the best part
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Michelle, maybe the paraguard iud. I agree..I did have the iud once and it was very low maintenance

Josephine, it definitely took some warming up to the condoms. Though with some experimenting, dh and I were able to find a really good one. I think it's the Durex extra sensitive no spermicide. And as horrible as it sounds, I don't mind not needing to clean up afterwards either :O
Originally Posted by Mamacurl3
Thanks, I'll try those. And cleaning up...hmm that's the best part
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We've used these in the past...win/win!
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I'd be happy if the ole hag nevah came around, but alas, apparently my age is catching up w/ me.....
ditto that Wile, I think we liked those too.
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The pill I take (Mircette) is low dose and helped a lot with regulation of pms and irregular periods. I know it's not your preferred method; just mentioning that perhaps there are some pills out there that wouldn't affect you as strongly as the last one you took did.

But the daily necessity never changes, alas.
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Here's a good w/s, as well...
http://www.wdxcyber.com/ncontr13.htm

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