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        03-25-2014, 02:35 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    I am looking at Nuva ring and the patch/pill now.
    I weight 130lbs so I could do the patch , does anyone have experience with how well the patch stays on (I figured some barn gals like yourselves would know how well it stood up to sweating etc.)
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        03-25-2014, 03:28 PM
      #22
    Started
    I'd start off with pills, patch or ring (never could get comfortable with the ring myself, but I also can't comfortably use tampons, so YMMV). I had Implanon for the full three years and LOVED it. I had it taken out and am back on pills ATM, but have an appointment to have a new one put in in a couple weeks. I don't have to remember anything or worry about anything with it, and from being on pills I already knew how my body was going to react to the hormones so there were no unexpected or unpleasant surprises.
         
        03-25-2014, 04:23 PM
      #23
    Foal
    1. You need to find a gynecologist. Or visit planned parenthood. I started with planned parenthood and found them a wealth of information.
    2. It sounds like you are very uneducated about fertility options, std prevention and types of birth control (many are covered on this thread)
    3. There are many books, pamphlets and online resources that you can use as well.
    4. An annual visit to your gynecologist needs to be part of your routine. That includes a Pap smear pelvic exam and to talk with any concerns as your reproductive needs change over the next few decades.
    5. Std testing is not difficult, and not a bad place to start with a negative base test, and if you ever change partners, just to be safe.
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        03-25-2014, 04:34 PM
      #24
    Trained
    Why is so important to move in with your BF? Can't you find a female room-mate?

    It is obvious to me that you haven't thought through what you're going to do if you get pg, bc he'll probably move out...or something else. I used the pill 3x and 3x it failed me. I have 3 lovely DD's, and I've been married to their FATHER for 35 years.


    Just askin...
    Guess it's a LOT easier to post on a forum about animal neglect instead of people neglect. =/
         
        03-25-2014, 04:50 PM
      #25
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    Why is so important to move in with your BF? Can't you find a female room-mate?

    It is obvious to me that you haven't thought through what you're going to do if you get pg, bc he'll probably move out...or something else. I used the pill 3x and 3x it failed me. I have 3 lovely DD's, and I've been married to their FATHER for 35 years.


    Just askin...
    Guess it's a LOT easier to post on a forum about animal neglect instead of people neglect. =/
    As much as I agree with (some of) the things you said this is not what OP asked. She's obviously talked this over with her parents and his, and isn't just jumping into it. I don't think it's a great idea but the OP asked about birth control, not your opinion on her moving in with him. She doesn't need a stranger telling her to get a female roommate. Yes, birth control fails a small amount of the time. Yes, I'm sure she's perfectly aware of that.

    Telling teenagers not to have sex is not going to work, so you might as well get them as safe as possible about it. Abstinence only type education does not cause less sex among teenagers, it simply makes them less educated and safe about it.
         
        03-25-2014, 05:37 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    Why is so important to move in with your BF? Can't you find a female room-mate?

    It is obvious to me that you haven't thought through what you're going to do if you get pg, bc he'll probably move out...or something else. I used the pill 3x and 3x it failed me. I have 3 lovely DD's, and I've been married to their FATHER for 35 years.

    Just askin...
    Guess it's a LOT easier to post on a forum about animal neglect instead of people neglect. =/
    We are moving into a house that his parents own. We have had a "sit down talk" with his parents and mine seperatly and the parents have talked about it amongst themselves. If my bc failed and I got pregnant we know what we do and we are financially prepared for it if, god forbid, it happened soon.
    My bf is in NO way selfish, he bends over backwards for me day in and day out and never asks for anything in return. He has never pressured me to have sex or told me that he would leave if I didn't. I think it was very rude of you to assume any of what you said. I am the one who has been holding back on having sex but I think it's time to be realistic about the possibility of something happening while we are living together.
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        03-25-2014, 05:41 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    Reading through this thread, I think you got a lot of good advice already. I just want to say that the Nuvaring has been my favorite birth control method so far. It's super easy to manage. When my doctor first recommended it I was afraid it would be uncomfortable, that I would feel it, or that it would be difficult to take in and out. It's not at all. I don't even notice it. The steady release of the hormones does cut down on side effects and you don't have to remember to take a pill every day. My side effects on the Nuvaring are bit of weight gain and lighter, less-painful periods (which is good!).

    I started taking birth control before I was sexually active or even intending to be because I have extremely heavy, painful periods when I'm not on hormonal birth control. I literally get sick every month and I was missing a lot of school because of it. Since I've been on birth control, my periods are much more tolerable.

    I do want to caution you though. Because birth control is not 100% effective against pregnancy and it is not effective against STD's. You should use a back up method of birth control (condom) for added protection. Abstinence is the only 100% effective method of birth control, so be prepared to deal with the reality of your decisions should an accident happen. If you are taking any other medications, always ask your doctor if it could interfere with your birth control. Use added caution if you are handing any chemicals or administering drugs to your horses too. Some substances can be absorbed through the skin and interfere that way. I speak from experience here!
         
        03-25-2014, 06:05 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Great advice on here.

    My best advice is to talk with the women in your family and see what's worked best for them. Genetically you are similar and will react similar.

    My mother and I both got pregnant while on the pill. I use a non hormone IUD now because the pill and anything else causes me to gain weight or break out or... But many DR's don't use it unless you've had a child. But some do if your body can handle it, I HIGHLY suggest them if possible.

    I'd stay away from any chemicals if you can. There are so many risks, especially if you are genetically prone or smoke or are out of shape.
    When I used the IUD with hormones I was fit, but over the years I could tell a difference in my circulatory system.

    A condom and spermicide would be my choice if I had to do it all over again.
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        03-25-2014, 06:09 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    I like and dislike the NuvaRing. There's a lot of cons to it, but I can't stay on it in hot weather. During the winter and cooler months I'm fine on it, but in the summer it's dropped me to my knees from cramps. I'm planning on scheduling an appt to switch to an IUD.

    What I like about it is that I only have to worry about taking it out once a month and putting it back in a week later. Thus far it hasn't failed me (even when making drunk mistakes..don't drink around guys that are asses!). My periods are much lighter with only 2-4 days of bleeding.
    Though, the cons are outweighing the pros for me. For me, it causes an unnatural amount of..discharge. I can't deal with that; I work outside all dag and can't really be flying to the bathroom to change a liner or such. Another thing I absolutely can't stand is that I have to take it out to have sex comfortably. I've tried placing it differently and everytime it either gets caught (and eventually yanked out, rather painfully for myself and partner) or it's so noticable it just can't stay in.

    I'm hoping that the Mirena doesn't give me the horrid cramps in hot weather, it'll be just as effective (lightening periods and as a contreceptive), and that it won't be noticable (which I've been told by a few people that it isn't).
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        03-25-2014, 11:44 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    I currently use nuvaring.
    So far, I love it.
    I've used the Patch, Ortho Evra, and I loved it. Only draw back is the stickiness. Don't put the patch on wet skin, it won't stick. : p
    Once my medicare was up (I turned 18), I found I couldn't afford the fifty dollars monthly for that specific kind.

    Tried using pills. My schedule is too hectic for it, so I'd take a pill, trying to get in the habit and I'd miss a day. I'd start bleeding, and I'd be a mess because I couldn't get settled.

    Now, on the ring, I don't feel it at all, it hasn't slipped out on me yet, and for me, I get no periods. I'm on continuous use, so I get to keep it in for four weeks vs. three.

    Edit: Like Iseul, I too, have to take it out with PIV sex. However, it's more for my boyfriend than me. I'm a weirdo, and don't mind things poking my cervix. My boyfriend, however, doesn't care for the chafing his penis gets with the ring.

    The other plus is, you can take it out for three hours without any problems conception wise. This is extremely helpful if it DOES happen to slip out. Because then you have a three hour window to slip it back in.
         

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