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    03-31-2014, 02:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Corazon Lock    
I use birth control, not because I'm active, but for acne. So far, it's been okay. No sickness or side effects. Once you get into a routine, it works out pretty well as far as taking it goes. I've only been on it for three weeks, so I can't say too much, except that my acne isn't clearing up yet.
Hi CL, when I was around your age I had that problem and it was really painful, not "just" a cosmetic problem, and they tried all sorts of things which didn't work. Then I got a female dermatologist and she put me on low-dose Roaccutane, and that worked wonders. None of the male dermies wanted to prescribe it because they are so convinced that us girls are going to get pregnant no matter what we do, and Roaccutane causes birth defects. The female dermatologist had been through this herself and had a higher opinion of women...
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    04-01-2014, 01:46 AM
All this talk about paps is making me nervous! I'm close to 20, and I've never even been offered the option to have one. Guess I'll have a talk with my doctor next time I go in.
About birth control, for the love of God, do not think that the "pull-out" method is in any way effective. No, no, no. Be warned!
The Depo shot made me gain insane amounts of weight, so I don't consider that an option now.
Pills are great, if you remember to take them. I don't. So not an option
The patch was fabulous. I used it when the weather was warmer, so I put it on my hip. It does get sticky after a little bit, and wrinkly, but super easy and no weight gain.
I really looked into Mirena as well. Because I'm on-off active, I opted for the patch, so I could stop it at any time. If you're in a long-term relationship (like years), I think it would be a great option.
    04-01-2014, 03:04 AM
I highly recommend the copper iud..the paragard. The doctor inserts it past your cervix. It works for 12 years! And it has no hormones, so side effects are not common.I didn't have any effects at all. And it is also very effective and you don't even feel that it is there. You also never have to remember about taking a pill or anything.
    04-01-2014, 05:13 AM
Smokey, I read that it's like, excruciating pain when they insert it? Is that true?
    04-01-2014, 07:16 AM
No it isn't excruciating at all. It felt uncomfortable, getting it put in, not painful. Feels like pressure. Then for a few hours afterwards, I felt cramping like a bad period. And then I couldn't feel it at all. I would recommend taking some Tylenol before getting it in, so it can start taking effect right when you get it in, so the cramping wont bother you.
    04-01-2014, 07:17 AM
Oh and mind you, I have a very low pain tolerance.
    04-01-2014, 12:51 PM
I have some version of the copper coil - a non hormonal IUD. I am prone to migraines, so have learnt to avoid hormonal BC.

I have tried most of the "conventional" methods. Condoms are, by far, the most easy to remember and deal with - as long as your gentleman partner is happy to sheath it, but if you have a "no glove no love" rule and stick to it, then they are quick, easy, and pretty much side effect free. Unless you are allergic to latex (and I have always been curious about those guys who claim they are, wouldn't a side effect be swelling, and, well, that already happens...). Guys complain that the sensation is less, and some girls do too, but it really isn't enough to actually cramp your style, and in some guys' cases, a little less sensation can be a good thing.

The pill I found really annoying. The coating made me gag, and even now the memory of the taste makes me feel ill. To be reliable, you have to take it around the same time each day, which means you have to have it with you at that time, and all that fun stuff. If you forget one pill, you are basically stuffed for the week, from memory they recommend using a barrier method for 7 days from the forgotten pill.

I have also tried the Implanon, which goes in the arm. It started out really well, and it was really creepy to feel this stick in my arm (and make other people feel it lol). However, I started having breakthrough bleeding, starting with a bit of spotting, until I pretty much had my period for 3 weeks, and nothing for one week. It also has left two scars on my upper arm - one from insertion, one from removal.

I tried the Depo shot, again, I had bleeding with this. The first six weeks were great, no bleeding at all, then I had my period for the next six weeks. Not fun at all.

I love my copper IUD now, it is simple, easy, I don't have to remember it, there is no maintenance or anything else. You can feel the strings inside, but you should be checking those once a month anyway, but I have never felt it at any other time, and hubby never has either.
    04-01-2014, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by LemonZeus    
All this talk about paps is making me nervous! I'm close to 20, and I've never even been offered the option to have one. Guess I'll have a talk with my doctor next time I go in.
Ask for a female doctor!

About birth control, for the love of God, do not think that the "pull-out" method is in any way effective. No, no, no. Be warned!
Wow, did anyone actually suggest that? I completely missed that. Do I need glasses? Or a better search function?
    04-01-2014, 10:46 PM
SueC, no, nobody suggested it! I just know that I was naive enough to think that it was sufficient at one point. Then I realized I was an idiot and got the shot Just putting it out there for anyone younger looking through this thread!
And both the doctors at the clinic I go to are both girls, no worries there ! Although one always has cold hands, heh.
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    04-01-2014, 11:38 PM
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Hi LZ! Cold hands, arggh.

The strangest contraception story I know is: The girl who sat next to me when both of us were in high school biology classes, and who got high marks in the subject, rang me a month after her honeymoon when she was 21 and said rather despondently, "I'm pregnant." I asked about contraceptive use, and she said, "Well no, I didn't use any, but I didn't think I was going to get pregnant in just one week on my honeymoon!"

That really made me scratch my head. So here she was, having a baby and juggling that with full-time university study. Looking back later on she says that this was one pressure point in her life she could have avoided in the first place...

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