BTDT - Birth Control after Baby

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BTDT - Birth Control after Baby
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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 11:50am

Hey ladies, my MW asked me what birth control I wanted to use after the little one was born...She mentioned I can't take the pill or the nuva ring (which is what I normally have) if I want to breast feed. She said I could use Depo or condoms...so I am just curious what others have done.

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Sat, 07-17-2010 - 2:10pm

I've been on the minipill since 7 weeks PP and have had no adverse side effects, although I've never had problems with BCPs. Like Sandy, I also set an alarm on my cell phone so I will remember every day.

My MW advised against Depo and the ring because she said it could take longer for my fertility to return.

I would've gone back to using FAM (used it for 5 cycles before TTC and loved it!) but we hate condoms and can't afford an oops right now so I'm on the minipill for the time being. I'm hoping to go off it by the end of the year. I loved FAM and also I have to pay out of pocket for my BCPs because my employer doesn't cover them.

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Fri, 07-16-2010 - 6:41pm
I used the mini pill for the last months since Fede's birth. However, I finished my last pack a few weeks ago and decided to end it there. At least four or five times a month I missed the right time and so we had to use condoms anyways, so I figured since it was working that way I could very well get rid of the fake hormones.
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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 8:06pm
Megan when I had my Mirena removed I lost weight like crazy as well. Something like 15 lbs. within a few weeks.

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 6:48pm

I do really REALLY badly with any kind of hormonal BC so I pretty much depended on LAM and then did NFP and condoms once AF returned (7 months) We probably should have used condoms when we stopped meeting the LAM requirements but I wouldn't have been upset of I got PG again then (and I think DH just chose not to think about it!).

Once AF returned, I'm pretty sure I started Oing right away, but I was still BFing and my LP was really short for a few months (which I've read is pretty common), so I don't think I could have gotten PG even then.

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 5:20pm

I just used LAM method and watched my symptoms to make sure that I wasn't getting close to ovulating. Technically at 6 months I used FAM, but I had no signs of upcoming ovulation until about 10 months at which point DH and I decided we didn't care if we got pg so we are technically NPP except on the days I really feel like waiting. :) My first AF was a week before Barrett's first birthday, and it was actually an anovulatory cycle.

It was really easy for me to tell when my fertility was returning so I felt comfortable with FAM. I did take the minipill for a month early on but I didn't see the point on staying on hormonal birth control when my hormones were already so wacky from BFing.

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 4:39pm

We had talked about just goin with condoms but I ended up on a lower dose pill. Not a mini pill just a lower dosed one. Since BF never really kicked in and worked the way it was suppose to here.


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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 2:22pm

I just plan on BFing--I don't think it would work as well for you as a birth control, though, because you'll be going back to work--but here's some info about the effectiveness of LAM . . . it is 98-99.5% effective if all conditions are met (at least as effective as most other types of BC).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactational_amenorrhea_method

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 2:06pm
You can take the mini pill. I am on the mini pill as I was breastfeeding. I just stopped this week and I am going to finish out my pills before I get the regular pills. The only thing with the mini pill is you need to take it at the same time every day so what I do is set my cell phone as a reminder. If you can't remember to take it at the same time probably isn't a good form of BC for you. I know there are other things you can use while BF but not sure what they are.
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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 2:03pm

I'm surprised that your OB didn't mention the mini pill or the Mirena. Those are the two options it seems are most commonly given to BFing women...I've never heard that depo is safe. Personally, I wouldn't use it because of the side effects.

I had the Mirena, which worked just fine for me until I stopped BFing and then it threw my hormones all out of whack and I was a miserable, hormonal wreck for the next 10 months. I finally got it out last week and can't believe how calm and steady I feel already and I've lost 4 lbs. without changing my diet or exercise routines, go figure!

Personally, I've decided hormonal methods don't work for me as I've been on 4 or 5 different types of BC pill and the IUD and they all give me funky symptoms, but if you respond well to hormonal BC, you might want to try the IUD or mini pill.

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 1:48pm

You should be able to take the mini pill and still breastfeed. I have heard some really bad things about Depo so I would personally never use it.

That being said we did a combo of Natural Family planning, condoms and abstinence. I just don't feel like sex for at least 3 months after having a new baby and even then it is iffy if I will be interested in it. It has worked for us for both after Desmond and after Eloise.












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