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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!

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!!!

report back once you get it!! im intrigued.. for some reason i thought that even the copper iuds had hormones (in my defense, i took health in summer school and we had a horrible teacher :p ). but yay another non-hormone bc option!

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Well, DH was planning to have a vasectomy, but due to our current umm.... 'situation' he's decided to cancel.  I meet with my gynocologist on Thursday and am planning to talk to her about the implant (progestin only) that goes in your upper arm for 3 years.  I can't do an IUD, HBC is NOT working, I'm allergic to latex, (list continues)....  I really don't want kids so I want something that is as effective as the pill. 

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I'm not planning on being sexually active anytime soon, but I have some questions...I learned the other day that the Pill does not prevent ovulation, therefore there is a chance that the egg could become fertalized and that the pill would just make it less likely to implant. To me the concern is that this would serve more as an early chemical abortion than as a contraceptive. (politics aside this is a concern to me.)

So now I'm trying to figure out what method of birth control I AM gonna use...Natural family planning with the temperature and the mucus watching is what my first fiances parents used and they had 17 children....so, I guess i just don't tend to put much stock  in that option. Pulling out Ive heard does not significantly reduce the odds of pregnancy (I was supprised to hear that worked for you and you hubby L2A) If it does work is it just because the sperm cant swim all the way up the fallopian tubes or something?  I guess Ill have to look into fem caps or whatever, but how do you remove it with out accidentally "spilling" the seamen in to the uterus and risking pregnancy?

I am annoyed to have learned this about the Pill...One thing I'm having a hard time with is research that is not religiously biased about the topic of the pill or other methods, although some sites are good at providing their sources...I am, however, glad to be learning this at a time when I can think about it clearly and not have my mind filled with "I just wanna get it on...never mind what birth control I'm using..."

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Zealia, look into the Copper IUD. Copper is a natural spermicide, and it is believed the "T" shape of it helps to prevent the sperm from swimming up the fallopian tubes. It is non hormonal, however, if you do become pregnant, it may induce a miscarraige, simply due to a foreign object being stuck in your uterus. The other down side is that unlike the hormonal IUD, it can cause HEAVY periods (for me I'd bleed through a SUPER tampon in 2 hours or less at times), however, I found that if I doubled my calcium intake during that time, I'd have little to no cramping.

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VHZ, I'm pretty sure the pill stops ovulation most of the time, but there is a chance that you would occasionally ovulate while on the pill.  It also thickens cervical mucus so the sperm are less likely to be able to get through, and thins the lining of the uterus so that on the offchance you end up with a fertilized egg, it won't be able to implant.  But the chance of ovulating in the first place, and then the egg being fertilized  is pretty slim.

If you still have a problem with that you can get an IUD (copper or the hormone one), diaphragm + spermicide, condoms, etc.  Or you could look into a continuous HBC method like the injection or the implant...since you get a constant stream of hormones you're less likely to ovulate (I think taking the pill without taking the placebo pills at the end of the pack has the same effect).

This is all just my own research though, so ask a doctor before you try anything.

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I got my IUD today!

I got it put in about an hour and a half ago. It didn't hurt too bad. Even the cramps while she was putting it in weren't bad at all. I'm on my period as well now, and the nurse practitioner said that that was a good thing because the cervics are slightly more open while you're menstruating. It took about 5 minutes for her to put it in....All in all, it was a good experience. Right now I'm not hurting much. It just feels like I have slight menstrual cramps.

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I liked my copper IUD.  I did bleed/spot for about 10 months with only about 12 days off right after I got it put in... which wasn't convenient and I hated that... but it was about as hassle-free as possible, other than that.

I've used all kinds of hormonal birth control and of them, my favorite was the now discontinued Norplant.  I could not recommend hormonal birth control to anyone, really.  I may go back to Depo-Provera someday but then again I may not.

I've only started using FAM since we've been trying to conceive.  It works!  I think EVERYONE should learn it, whether they rely on it alone or not.

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I got my IUD today!

I got it put in about an hour and a half ago. It didn't hurt too bad. Even the cramps while she was putting it in weren't bad at all. I'm on my period as well now, and the nurse practitioner said that that was a good thing because the cervics are slightly more open while you're menstruating. It took about 5 minutes for her to put it in....All in all, it was a good experience. Right now I'm not hurting much. It just feels like I have slight menstrual cramps.

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Thanks for the feedback, WLB.  I met with my GYN this morning and we're going back and forth between the IUD (which I thought I couldn't get because I have a tilted cervix) and the Implanon (Norplant's replacement).  Then the choice with the IUD is Merida (with hormones, lasts for 5 years) or the copper (no hormones, lasts for 10 years).  I'm leaning toward the copper IUD.

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I went with the copper one, just to let you know

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The last time I got the copper T, I was told it was good for 12 years, fyi.

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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.

I just went on Nuvaring since my GYN wouldn't do the IUD thing because I've got some underlying issues.  So far, I've noticed a little hormone variances with become enraged for no reason.  I've started going for runs as soon as this happens and I find I'm OK afterwards.

But there is one thing I'm concerned about and I'm not sure if it is due to the Nuvaring, the D&C I had, or some other thing...  Sex has become extremely painful!!  I'm going in on Monday, but at 26 and healthy I shouldn't be having all these issues!  :sniff:

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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.

I just went on Nuvaring since my GYN wouldn't do the IUD thing because I've got some underlying issues.  So far, I've noticed a little hormone variances with become enraged for no reason.  I've started going for runs as soon as this happens and I find I'm OK afterwards.

But there is one thing I'm concerned about and I'm not sure if it is due to the Nuvaring, the D&C I had, or some other thing...  Sex has become extremely painful!!  I'm going in on Monday, but at 26 and healthy I shouldn't be having all these issues!  :sniff:

I think the same thing happened to me and I've been on Nuvaring for over a year...not sure if it's connected...

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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.

I just went on Nuvaring since my GYN wouldn't do the IUD thing because I've got some underlying issues.  So far, I've noticed a little hormone variances with become enraged for no reason.  I've started going for runs as soon as this happens and I find I'm OK afterwards.

But there is one thing I'm concerned about and I'm not sure if it is due to the Nuvaring, the D&C I had, or some other thing...  Sex has become extremely painful!!  I'm going in on Monday, but at 26 and healthy I shouldn't be having all these issues!  :sniff:

I think the same thing happened to me and I've been on Nuvaring for over a year...not sure if it's connected...

Are you still having pain during intercourse?  Or did it go away?  If it did go away how long did it take?  I was possibly thinking of maybe removing the ring for sex and then reinserting it since you're protected from pregnancy as long as the ring isn't out of your body more than 3 hours.

Thanks for answering my first post and thanks in advance if you can shed any additional light on my other questions.  :bigsmile:

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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.

I just went on Nuvaring since my GYN wouldn't do the IUD thing because I've got some underlying issues.  So far, I've noticed a little hormone variances with become enraged for no reason.  I've started going for runs as soon as this happens and I find I'm OK afterwards.

But there is one thing I'm concerned about and I'm not sure if it is due to the Nuvaring, the D&C I had, or some other thing...  Sex has become extremely painful!!  I'm going in on Monday, but at 26 and healthy I shouldn't be having all these issues!  :sniff:

I think the same thing happened to me and I've been on Nuvaring for over a year...not sure if it's connected...

Are you still having pain during intercourse?  Or did it go away?  If it did go away how long did it take?  I was possibly thinking of maybe removing the ring for sex and then reinserting it since you're protected from pregnancy as long as the ring isn't out of your body more than 3 hours.

Thanks for answering my first post and thanks in advance if you can shed any additional light on my other questions.  :bigsmile:

Well- I'm in a long-distance relationship, so I can't really answer that.  Sorry!  I got all checked out by the gyn- I was actually bleeding a lot from contact, both from sex and from the exam.  She tested me for everything but said I was fine...so I have no idea.  Haven't had sex since then.

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should i be as frightened as i am of hormonal bc? for some reason, the idea of it scares me a little, probably because they say there are side effects like weight gain and acne, which i reeeally don't want. but at the same time, the pill seems like the easiest thing... blah.

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actually, HBC tends to affect each individual woman in different ways....but some side-effects are common, like weight and skin condition changes, and changes in sex drive and mood.

When I went on it, I gained *maybe* 5 or 6 pounds, but it seemed to go right to my boobs! It also made my skin perfectly clear, which was awesome. Sex drive and mood changes, if any, would be hard to identify since I have so many complications with those things anyway....

Maybe it's right for You, and maybe it's worth talking to Your doc/gyno about it...and You'll never really know how it will affect You until You try; and often times, the first 2 or 3 cycles on HBC are full of strange adjustments/fluctuations/changes.....but of course, as this thread is meant to demonstrate, there are LOTS of other options worth looking into as well.
Feel free to ask any other questions You might have! We are here to help!

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Two things--I took plan B once ($50 +, that wasn't fun). Then I read the label, and it has gelatin in it. I'm much more likely to be ok with 'consuming' a dairy product than a dead horse-hoof product, so since then I've been using a diaphragm + condom. The diaphragm is ok, actually, once you get used to getting it up there with the spermicide in it. I've heard a few times that it's possible for the other person to feel it, and also more lube is required.

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I'm going to the gyno tomorrow and I'm trying to decide whether or not to go back on the pill.  I went off in June b/c I lost my insurance.  I like not taking the hormones, but I really liked the convenience. 

HH, how did your visit go today?

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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.

I just went on Nuvaring since my GYN wouldn't do the IUD thing because I've got some underlying issues.  So far, I've noticed a little hormone variances with become enraged for no reason.  I've started going for runs as soon as this happens and I find I'm OK afterwards.

But there is one thing I'm concerned about and I'm not sure if it is due to the Nuvaring, the D&C I had, or some other thing...  Sex has become extremely painful!!  I'm going in on Monday, but at 26 and healthy I shouldn't be having all these issues!  :sniff:

I think the same thing happened to me and I've been on Nuvaring for over a year...not sure if it's connected...

Are you still having pain during intercourse?  Or did it go away?  If it did go away how long did it take?  I was possibly thinking of maybe removing the ring for sex and then reinserting it since you're protected from pregnancy as long as the ring isn't out of your body more than 3 hours.

Thanks for answering my first post and thanks in advance if you can shed any additional light on my other questions.  :bigsmile:

Well- I'm in a long-distance relationship, so I can't really answer that.  Sorry!  I got all checked out by the gyn- I was actually bleeding a lot from contact, both from sex and from the exam.  She tested me for everything but said I was fine...so I have no idea.  Haven't had sex since then.

Yeah...I went back today.  Removed the ring, being tested for everything, on antibiotics, and have an ultrasound appt for Monday.  No idea what is going on up there.  It's definitely an issue with my cervix though.  At least that is where all the pain seems to be coming from.  :-\  I hope you don't have any problems when your long distance man gets into town.  ;)b

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Hey everyone with IUDS!!!

I talked to my cousin who had an IUD put in (and removed!) this summer.  She said it felt like someone was twisting her insides like a wet dish towel.  Is this much pain normal (for women who haven't had children)?

I get mine on Friday and 'acquired' some oxy to take before the procedure because I'm a wuss.  She said that she was screaming and crying during insertion.  We have the same gyno.

I'm scared!

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