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what birth control did you go on after LO was born?

DH and i don't want any more kids for at least another 3-4 years, so at my 6 week PP appt. i'll be telling the doctor i want BC. which one did you go for and why? a lot of people are recommending the Implanon, but i don't know how i feel about having a stick in my arm for 3 years lol. 

 

TIA! 

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Re: what birth control did you go on after LO was born?

  • I have the Mirena IUD and it's great.  I had it before we started TTC for 3 years and had no side effects or problems at all and none of the side effects that I always had when I was on regular BC pills (low sex drive, migraines once a month, PMS mood swings).
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  • I'm doing the depo shot.  I'm leary of the BCP since we had a fail with that one (partially my fault..missed 3 days and here we are with our little peanut!) Depo is supposedly one of the most reliable forms of BC.  I originally was annoyed of having to go every 3 months to the Dr's office but since going through pregnancy and going every month then every two weeks then every week, every 3 months doesn't seem so bad!  We will also wait 2-3 years and my Dr didn't think an IUD would really be worth it then. It could take up to 12 months to ovulate after stopping the depo shot, but if you go on BCP afterwards and then go off it will only take up to 3 months to ovulate.  Another big plus is "supposedly" you don't get AF while on the depo, but I still get mine and I swear this latest one has lasted 10 days.  I'm hoping it stops after another round or two of shots.

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  • Pull and pray!... Just kidding, sort of. We will be using fertility awareness and investing in a fertility monitor. I like the non hormonal approach.
  • BCP here. I was on the pill before and it worked great. BF though so I'm more paranoid about the timing but trying to be very diligent. We are going to try for number 2 in two years so no point Mirena. Plus I work for a Christian hospital so insurance doesn't cover any of it. which will be lovely when hubby needs a vasectomy.
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  • are you breastfeeding? i am about to start the minipill

    the one i have is micronor and it only contains one hormone and only little will pass through the breastmilk 

  • image mrsj0423:
    Pull and pray!... Just kidding, sort of. We will be using fertility awareness and investing in a fertility monitor. I like the non hormonal approach.

    we always have done the whole pull and pray method and never had an oops! I HATE bcp and I'm nervous for anything else. But everyone says you are more fertile after having a baby (not right after, in general). So now I'm nervous to rely I. That. No matter how talented DH usually is lol.

  • I did the copper IUD, no hormones, no worries. Worked great, periods were a little worse, but I liked not thinking about BC. When we decided we wanted anothe baby, we got pregnant on the first try, 4 days after having it out.
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  • We are using condoms, not my husbands first choice, but we also don't want me to take any hormones while I am nursing. Before I got pregnant with my 2nd we used the pull and pray method and it worked for a year, but we said we were ready to get pregnant anyway so we weren't worried if it happened. After the 2nd we used condoms again every single time, except one time we (tmi) started and I told him wait put a condom on and wouldn't you know it that was enough to get pregnant. It was exactly a year after DS was born. I am still trying to get him to agree to a vesectomy, he says he is thinking about it. We both feel three is enough for us. 
  • image mrsj0423:
    Pull and pray!... Just kidding, sort of. We will be using fertility awareness and investing in a fertility monitor. I like the non hormonal approach.

    Same here!

  • I have the ParaGurad because I'm sensitive to hormones, I would recommend the Mirena if you don't have trouble with them. I had one before I was pg and it was great! (until the effects of the hormones came on)
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  • After I was done BFing, I started Loestrin 24 (BCPs). It did not work well for me - I was having 2 short periods a month and didn't feel good. I switched to orthotricyclin pills and they have been great. They make my periods lighter than before. I had not taken BCPs in 7 years before having LO and was totally against them but now I'm happy I'm on them.
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  • image mrsj0423:
    Pull and pray!... Just kidding, sort of. We will be using fertility awareness and investing in a fertility monitor. I like the non hormonal approach.

    Same here.

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