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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!

eek that sounds scary mdv!! good luck/hope it goes well! weelittlebuddy said hers didnt hurt too bad..

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.

;)b

in other news, stupid condom was stupid last weekend and so i had to go get plan b at the stupid store. laaaame. also expensive (though the boy was super nice and paid. aww). i was super scared that i would like DIE after i took it, but there were no side effects or anything.

sometime this week i hope to stop being a wimp and go to the clinic place to ask about getting on the pill. eek. make me do it.

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eek that sounds scary mdv!! good luck/hope it goes well! weelittlebuddy said hers didnt hurt too bad..

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.

;)b

in other news, stupid condom was stupid last weekend and so i had to go get plan b at the stupid store. laaaame. also expensive (though the boy was super nice and paid. aww). i was super scared that i would like DIE after i took it, but there were no side effects or anything.

sometime this week i hope to stop being a wimp and go to the clinic place to ask about getting on the pill. eek. make me do it.

thats why i keep track of things!  and we simply do not do it up to 8ish days before i ovulate and 3-5 after.... haha.  thats a lot of time to try out other things.    babies, abortions, pregnancy, child labor and pills are scary things to me. 

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MD, how was she numbed? Did the gyno use a topical or injected an anesthetic? Speaking from experience (on my 3rd IUD), if the doc doesn't wait long enough for the anesthetic to kick in, it can be painful. I've come to prefer an injection with a topical anesthetic to numb the area of injection. I haven't had any live births, been pregnant twice and neither reached the second trimester.

I definitely recommend taking the oxy before hand, and then follow up with some pain reliever 4 hours later. To prevent your muscles from cramping, take loads of calcium. Also recommend planning a weekend of comfort (ie movies and nummie comfort foods)/pampering.

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Hanashi - She wasn't numbed at all - just told to take 2 250 mg. tylenol an hour before.  I'm going to call my GYN now to see if they offer numbing.

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MD, now that is just plain cruel!!! If they don't do anesthetic, GET ANOTHER GYNO STAT!!!! I'm serious.

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MDV, my IUD was the most painful thing ever, but all I had was a topical anaesthetic gel applied.  Now that I am more wise (::)) I realise that I should have had a better numbing agent.

Aside from the initial pain, it's great.  I was always crap when I was on the pill (headaches, moody or just plain forgetting to take it and so having to take the morning after pill!).  My periods haven't been much worse (if any from hat I can tell) since I've been on it either.

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The nurse-midwife who does the insertions isn't in today.  She's supposed to call me back tomorrow.  The receptionist said she hadn't heard of numbing 'just for an IUD', but she'd see if it was possible.  ???

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It is local anesthetic, like what you'd get at the dentist. Not that big of a deal for them to do, but just like drilling in your teeth, a big deal for you.

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I just talked to the midwife and she thinks that the pain / complications from lidocaine are the equivalent of just 'getting it done'. 

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I just talked to the midwife and she thinks that the pain / complications from lidocaine are the equivalent of just 'getting it done'. 

Uh huh... I'd consult another Ob-gyn office.  Like, right away!!

As for my issues:  Clean bill of health....nothing wrong.  It was the nuvaring that caused all of the pain problems.  Needless to say, I'm terrified to try anything else at the moment.  :-\

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I just talked to the midwife and she thinks that the pain / complications from lidocaine are the equivalent of just 'getting it done'. 

Uh huh... I'd consult another Ob-gyn office.  Like, right away!!

As for my issues:  Clean bill of health....nothing wrong.  It was the nuvaring that caused all of the pain problems.  Needless to say, I'm terrified to try anything else at the moment.  :-\

Don't be scared! I have now been on three different kinds of birth control, and none of them were too scary. I was on the patch, Ortho Evra, for a while. A year after I went off of it, it got recalled. Woops. Then I went on Nuva Ring, most people I know have had that sensitivity and pain, me included, but after the first two months of using it, it went away. Now I'm on the pill, Yaz, and its pretty awesome.

Lauren, I doubt you will have any problems if you go on another BC. Because the Nuva Ring is inserted vaginally and releases hormones directly into your blood stream, I think it makes the area so to say, more sensitive. I haven't had any problems with bleeding or sensitivity sense going on the pill.

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I just talked to the midwife and she thinks that the pain / complications from lidocaine are the equivalent of just 'getting it done'. 

Uh huh... I'd consult another Ob-gyn office.  Like, right away!!

As for my issues:  Clean bill of health....nothing wrong.  It was the nuvaring that caused all of the pain problems.  Needless to say, I'm terrified to try anything else at the moment.  :-\

Well... Part of the issue is that I'd have to postpone it for a few weeks (until like DAYS before my jaw surgery) and I can't deal with two things at once.  I guess I'll find some ~relaxation methods~ before Friday morning's procedure.  I also have low BP and sometimes have problems with lidocaine in my mouth. 

How bad can 30 seconds be, right?  :-\

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I got my IUD!

It wasn't as bad as I was expecting AT ALL.  I mean, it hurt and I wouldn't recommend it for a girls night out or anything, but no screaming, crying, or chest pounding occurred.

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I got my IUD!

It wasn't as bad as I was expecting AT ALL.  I mean, it hurt and I wouldn't recommend it for a girls night out or anything, but no screaming, crying, or chest pounding occurred.

Oh good!  I'm kind of jealous.  ;)b

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i did it! i'm a winner! yesterday i made an appointment at the clinic place, and today i went in. the lady gave me portia because i said i have really bad cramps (i do..but she asked me to put it on a pain scale thing, and i never know what to say to those..like what is ten? i said 8 because all i can do is curl up in the fetal position with a heating pad until it stops) im a little nervous. she said to start taking the pills sunday. so. eek. eeeeek. nervous.

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I got my IUD!

It wasn't as bad as I was expecting AT ALL.  I mean, it hurt and I wouldn't recommend it for a girls night out or anything, but no screaming, crying, or chest pounding occurred.

I'm so glad it worked out good!! I've had mine for a month and I'm loving it. The insertion definitely was not terrible. When she was all finished, I was like "Oh, is it in already???" haha.

P.S. And it's great for spontaneous sex too! hehehe You don't have to worry about carrying around a condom anymore.

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hehe, sponatenous sex...

lol at "wouldn't recommend it for a girls night out or anything"

when i got mine put in my uterus was kind of like "wtf are you doing to me?!" during the procedure but calmed down later (it surrendered). i'm still waiting for the reputed torrential period from hell... it's not happening.

and i was all excited about being able to join the Diva club too.

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I feel so lucky.  I've had almost no cramps (and have taken no pain meds since the oxycodone before the procedure 24 hours ago).  I get an occasional feeling of heaviness in my pelvic area but deep breathing or doing child's pose alleviates the pain.

*fingers crossed*

The midwife confirmed that I can use a Diva cup w/ the IUD even though the Diva website doesn't recommend it.  She said that it might be painful the first time or two, but it won't affect the IUD.

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I have had my IUD for 5 weeks now. I started my period on Saturday and it's been super heavy and all that jazz, but the problem I have is: today when I was going to the bathroom, I noticed my IUD string coming out of my vagina. Once I got off the toilet, the string went back up inside, but it is still really close to the opening. I'm kind of scared. I'm not sure if this is normal or not and I cannot call the advice nurse until the morning. Has this happened to anyone else???

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I have had my IUD for 5 weeks now. I started my period on Saturday and it's been super heavy and all that jazz, but the problem I have is: today when I was going to the bathroom, I noticed my IUD string coming out of my vagina. Once I got off the toilet, the string went back up inside, but it is still really close to the opening. I'm kind of scared. I'm not sure if this is normal or not and I cannot call the advice nurse until the morning. Has this happened to anyone else???

How far out would you say it came? If it was just a little tip, then I'd say don't worry about it.

The only way to see if the IUD has moved at all is to reach up and gently tug on the strings. If it feels like something is "sliding" then you may need to go in and get another one. The first month to three are more prone to ejections due to uterine spasms (ie cramps).

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