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Hiya, Vegwebbers!

With the helpful backing/suggesting from the Diva Club, I made this thread as a place where we can all discuss various modes of birth control and/or safe sex. Even as an animal-rights kinda place, I know lots of us are concerned about cruelty-free and/or natural lifestyles...So if you're not a fan of cow-exploiting, skin-scorching latex rubbers, or of the way hormonal b/c pills screw with your body and mind, HERE is where we can all help each other.

This can be a place for advice or general information on various methods/devices...like If you want to know what hormones in your pills are doing what, and how that will affect you, etc.; or if you want to know about materials used in different kinds of condoms (and which aren't vegan!); or just how effective such methods are statistically...HERE is where you can tell what you know, or find other reference sources. HERE we can help each other learn what works best for each of us in regards to our own needs/situation.
Sound fun? HELLS YES.

Condoms
Female Condoms

Dental Dams
Diaphragms
Spermicides
Pills
IUDs

Nuva Rings
Injections
Cycle-observation/timing

Herbal Solutions

...and other Good Resources for many/all of the above methods


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Feel free to suggest important links or resources,
and I'll add them to this post as a sort of reference library.
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let's go!

question are latex condoms vegan? weve tried using non latex but they are so expensive and they  are to tight :( has anyone used the contraceptive sponges??

How does a contraceptive sponge work?  I've never used one, but I've seen that episode of Seinfeld.  ::)

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question are latex condoms vegan? weve tried using non latex but they are so expensive and they  are to tight :( has anyone used the contraceptive sponges??

How does a contraceptive sponge work?  I've never used one, but I've seen that episode of Seinfeld.  ::)

i'm pretty sure you put spermacide on it, shove it in and it has to stay there for a certain amount of time before and after you do it.  thats why i dont like it.  michael and i are to ... um.... last minute.  we dont plan ahead for these things.  haha.

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question are latex condoms vegan? weve tried using non latex but they are so expensive and they  are to tight :( has anyone used the contraceptive sponges??

How does a contraceptive sponge work?  I've never used one, but I've seen that episode of Seinfeld.  ::)

i'm pretty sure you put spermacide on it, shove it in and it has to stay there for a certain amount of time before and after you do it.  thats why i dont like it.  michael and i are to ... um.... last minute.  we dont plan ahead for these things.  haha.

Hmm, yeah, I don't think that would work too well with DH and me either, lol.  I'm not that organized.

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I once tried the "Today sponge"....and never will again...

I was super excited when they came back on the market and felt all empowered buying them... but I seriously thought I was gonna have to have that thing surgically removed! In theory, it is a good concept. It is basically like a disposable diaphragm with built in spermicide.

The problem is that you have to get it wet and squeeze it to activate the spermicide.And trust me, it gets super-duper soapy. Imagine shoving a large soapy sponge up your cooch....

Anyway, I got it in no problem. I then proceeded to um...ya know...test it out...

After some "activity" I got a little worried about my sponge and went to the bathroom to check it...but that thing was no where in sight! The thrusting(can I say thrusting?) had shoved it so far up I honestly didn't have fingers long enough to feel it. I finally reached way way way in and could feel it, but it was so so so slippery I absolutely could not get a hold of it.

Now, these things are designed with a string to grab to pull it out, but mine had somehow turned around backwards and I could not get it. I spent the next hour(I kid you not) in the bathroom up to my elbow in cooch trying to get that thing out! (this was way before my diva days so i didn't exactly know what I was dealing with. turns out that the vagina is actually quite short but elongates when aroused...so eventually my vagina shrunk down to normal...)

I would love to here from someone who has had a positive experience with this thing. My advice would be to only try it if you have really long fingers or an extra pair of salad tongs lying around to help with retrieval.

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My advice would be to only try it if you have really long fingers or an extra pair of salad tongs lying around to help with retrieval.

:-D

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ha ha, i would have made him dig it out. i just love the idea of "foamy soapy" sponge going on.

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ha ha, i would have made him dig it out.

Excellent.  :)

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I definitely had him try, but just got pissed because he was not succeeding at all. I wish I could describe how slippery these things are...imagine a smooth squishy ball covered with slippery soap...I did feel extra fresh and clean in there once it was all done ;D

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i'll add sponges to my list of "reasons why i'm happy i'm a homo" list  ;)b

(not that that is a decent distinction, given my track record, anyways.  ::)

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and i thought the contraceptive film was bad it was like tring to fly papper up "there" it just so sticky,but aleast you dont have to remove it once you get it in.

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is anyone taking yaz/anyone know anything about it?
ive seen those commercials and theyre prettyyy convincing for getting rid of really bothersome pms symptoms, which is something im interested in, and theres the added bonus of no babies.. :p

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I'm 18 and am looking into getting an IUD. I'm not sexually active right now, and won't be until I get on some sort of contraceptive. On Monday I'm going to make an appointment with the gynecologist. However, I've looked on the internet and some respectable sites say that IUD's do not cause fertility problems, but other sites say that you shouldn't get an IUD unless you've already had kids. I was hoping someone had some experience with IUD's? Did your gynecologist mention any of these problems to you?

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I'm 18 and am looking into getting an IUD. I'm not sexually active right now, and won't be until I get on some sort of contraceptive. On Monday I'm going to make an appointment with the gynecologist. However, I've looked on the internet and some respectable sites say that IUD's do not cause fertility problems, but other sites say that you shouldn't get an IUD unless you've already had kids. I was hoping someone had some experience with IUD's? Did your gynecologist mention any of these problems to you?

I'm on my third IUD (2 "copper t"s and 1 mirena), the reason they recommend this is because often women who haven't been pregnant don't have a large enough uterus for it to fit! The dr will "sound" your uterus that involves them putting a measuring stick through your cervix 'till they hit the back of the uterus. They will numb you before hand, I recommend requesting the topical + local anesthetic, the only thing is when the local anesthetic wears off I've felt a strange pinching feeling all the way in there. On one of the other topics involving IUD's I went into much more detail and my rec's for how to go through it w/ as little discomfort as possible.

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I'm 18 and am looking into getting an IUD. I'm not sexually active right now, and won't be until I get on some sort of contraceptive. On Monday I'm going to make an appointment with the gynecologist. However, I've looked on the internet and some respectable sites say that IUD's do not cause fertility problems, but other sites say that you shouldn't get an IUD unless you've already had kids. I was hoping someone had some experience with IUD's? Did your gynecologist mention any of these problems to you?

IUDs can lead to uterine infections, which is quite rare but very serious.  I would suggest that if you notice ANYTHING out of the ordinary 'down there', that you get medical attention as soon as possible.  That said, a lot of people, including my Mum, have used them with no problems at all.  Because they prevent implantation of the fertilised egg rather than preventing fertilisation itself, some people have problems with them on an ethical level.  (I'm not sure whether these days they are made to release stuff that prevents ovulation or not).

This info is c/- my hubby who is a registered nurse.

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is anyone taking yaz/anyone know anything about it?
ive seen those commercials and theyre prettyyy convincing for getting rid of really bothersome pms symptoms, which is something im interested in, and theres the added bonus of no babies.. :p

I'm taking Yaz.
I like it so much better than the Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo I was taking.
With Yaz I don't have really bad moodiness (there is still the occasional day right before my cycle that I have my "Don't bother me" moments but nothing like I use to have)
Cramps are at a minimum.
And my cycle only last about a day.

I would definitely try it. It's possibly that if you go to you gyno (if you have one) they may give you a free pack to try out. I know they gave me like 4 free packs.

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is anyone taking yaz/anyone know anything about it?
ive seen those commercials and theyre prettyyy convincing for getting rid of really bothersome pms symptoms, which is something im interested in, and theres the added bonus of no babies.. :p

I was on it but not for long.  I was having break-through bleeding I think.  I ended up switching to Nuva ring which I'm pretty cool with.  Everyone is different with birth control pills, you just have to find the one that works for you.

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I'm getting IUD on October 31 (if my period comes by that time)!!!!!!

I'm so happy that I don't have to get on the pill/patch. I really wasn't looking forward to getting extra hormones. My gynecologist gave me the option of choosing either the copper IUD (10 year, no hormones at all) or the 5 year one (which has a tiny amount of hormones). I chose to go with the copper one.

YAY for contraceptives!!!

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I've been on Yasmin/Yaz for several years now and i'm pretty happy with it- I guess as happy as one can get taking the pill-

I did try the mirena IUD a few months back and it was hell. It was put in at 4pm, and I self removed it by 9pm. I couldn't deal with the emotional swing- it was BAD!

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I did try the mirena IUD a few months back and it was hell. It was put in at 4pm, and I self removed it by 9pm. I couldn't deal with the emotional swing- it was BAD!

Emotional swing? Uh-oh! What happened exactly?

(And you self removed it? It seems like you could easily harm yourself)

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I did try the mirena IUD a few months back and it was hell. It was put in at 4pm, and I self removed it by 9pm. I couldn't deal with the emotional swing- it was BAD!

Emotional swing? Uh-oh! What happened exactly?

(And you self removed it? It seems like you could easily harm yourself)

i felt myself swinging between angry/sad/happy yknow just not feeling mentally right- im not normally a cry-y person and I swear any little thing could have set me off in tears.

Yes- I self removed it. I googled it and read a few stories of several other women who had done the same- it has strings that hang down for removal by the dr- you just gotta get all up in there, find the strings and pull-

When I tell you within an hour of that thing being out I went back to emotionally normal, I kid you not. Even my husband was like omg i've never seen you like that it was scary.

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