Thanks for the reply. Sorry to hear you've had a rough time too!
It's a pain being restricted in contraception but I cannot explain how much better I've felt since ditching cerazette and having my implant removed. I finally feel like me again, im happy and not paranoid, sex drive has returned and im losing weight again. I refuse point blank to ever put these hormones into my body again. I felt less hormonal actually being pregnant than when I was taking cerazette and had the implant.
I've got a copper coil in and it's great, i also take cerazette as I'm exceptionally fertile and having had a baby while on a Mirena coil, one on the pill and one on the depo injection, we're taking no chances!!!!
Having just had to ditch cerazette to save my relationship (it was making me impossible to live with), I was going to ask for the Mirena coil but really I prefer the idea of no more synthetic hormones in my body. How reliable is the copper coil?
I love my copper coil. I had a few problems to start with, as my first one was quite painful when first inserted (like very very bad period pains), caused heavy painful periods and fell out after 6 months (I found it in my mooncup). After that I had a smaller, 5 year model fitted with no problems at all.
Hello, bit late here. The doctor's advice on the copper coil sounds a bit off the wall - lots of women are fine with them. Another option is natural family planning/fertility awareness - learning when you're fertile and then avoiding baby-making sex at the crucial time. Or using a condom, or abstaining, whatever suits you.
And it would help if I wasn't posting in a hurry! Sorry I missed that you'd already looked into natural family planning. You don't have to ovulate on day 14 for it to work. We're all different and often change when we ovulate from month to month. NFP is about being confident in recognising the signs for yourself. Takes a little while to learn but then it's easy - like trying shoelaces or riding a bike.
Is a copper coil the old non hormonal one? If so, I got pregnant while using one (ectopic) I also got pregnant on the pill (tfmr) and depo seriously disagreed with me. I gave up hormonal contraception at that point.
With DH we used condoms for 3 years or so before we started ttc. Ironically, when using no contraception I couldn't get pregnant at all, and after 8 years ttc we had ICSI
I second Saranza's point. I read Taking Charge of your Fertility by Toni Weschler last June when I came off the pill.
I started charting my temps and checking my cervical fluid but decided that to be safe we would always use condoms.
After a couple of months it became glaringly obvious to me that by following the rules, there were times when I absolutely could not conceive, so I now use the fertility awareness method for birth control as well as keeping an eye on what's going on with my gynecological health.
No hormones involved and I know exactly when I'm most fertile so when I do start trying for a baby there'll be much less guess work involved.
I highly recommend the book, even if you don't end up using it for birth control.