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jsh


Dec 1, 2009, 9:30 AM

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Re: [aimeerose] Mirena users
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Thought I'd add my rants about birth control here ...

I am 37, no kids.

Tried various pills in my 20s, but none were 'for me' because of the various side effects like unsateable hunger, weight gain, and the crazies ;-). I also tried a Nuva Ring, and sadly found the same deal (it was advertised to use a lower dose of hormones, but that turns out to be far from true).

I tried a copper IUD in my late 20s. I was warned that it works best if you've had a baby, and that it might make your period worse (mine is very light, basally, so I thought I might do ok). I cannot describe the nightmare of the insertion itself. What was worse, was the 4 months or so where I bled 3 weeks of 4; and I bled like a stuck pig (super-plus tampon in 2 hrs, usually). The cramps were unending, and 8 Advil didn't touch them. I really wanted it to work. It really didn't. I think this has a lot to do with the innervation of your cervix, which gets waaaaay stretched to pass a baby - it's constantly irritated by a foreign object. If PAP smears are hard for you, think twice.

I used a diaphragm &/ rhythm for the years following - but these are hard to get right. Thankfully, I am still not mommy.

I went on Yasmin about a year ago, to give it one more whirl. I don't know whether my own hormonal makeup or response has changed with age, or whether it's a different pill; I do know that I have had NO side effects. I am no crazier than normal ;-); if anything, I am less moody. No weight gain (from the pill, anyway). Skin is clear. And ... better yet ... I used it once or twice to skip periods, and now I barely even have a period. The only drawback, really, is that without a period I have no verification that I'm not pregnant, which is a little scary. But ... no period!

Aimee, were I you, I'd give the copper IUD a whirl since you've had kids. You have time to figure out whether it'll work for you. If it doesn't, try Yasmin or Yaz.

Best, Julie


(This post was edited by jsh on Dec 1, 2009, 9:34 AM)



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