Contraception methods, which is right for you?

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Registered: 08-07-2007
Contraception methods, which is right for you?
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Fri, 11-19-2010 - 2:47pm

Choosing a method of birth control is a very personal decision and it’s always best to decide in consultation with your health care provider. There is no 100% effective method except abstinence and the biggest cause of contraceptive failure is user error. When choosing a contraceptive method, consider the following points, to decide which method would be a good choice for you.

Can you remember to take the Pill at the same time every day? It is very important to take your pills on time to retain their effectiveness. If you have problems remembering then a lower maintenance hormonal choice would be the patch (Ortho Evra) changed weekly, or the ring (NuvaRing) changed monthly or Depo Provera, an injection given every 13 weeks or the single rod implant Implanon which is effective for 3 years.

Can you afford the cost of hormonal - includes patch and ring - contraceptives on a regular basis? Without insurance or discounted most hormonal methods cost about $45 U.S. per month ($1.60 U.S. per day).

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Registered: 07-07-1998
Thu, 12-02-2010 - 10:00pm

The birth control we have chosen for after the birth of this baby is Vasectomy. This is baby #3 and I am 100% done. Baby #1 was conceived while on the pill during a round of antibiotics. I chose the Mirena IUD after her and used it the full 5 years and loved it. Baby #2 was conceived within 2 months of the Mirena removal. I got another Mirena IUD after my son's birth and hated it. I decided not to go with hormonal birth control after that and DH was considering a vasectomy. Baby #3 was conceived during that time while we were using condoms. Yes, they break. :) So, DH is done considering, lol, and is definitely getting the vasectomy. However, if I had to choose another method for myself, I might consider the Paragard Copper IUD. Even with the risk of heavier periods and/or cramping, it outweighs the inevitability of having artificial hormones again.