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Post natal contraception - coil or implant, or ...?

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connyrabbit Mon 28-Jul-08 15:50:48

Hi all

My DH and I were pretty careless before conception of DS but now he is 8 weeks old and after a horribly vomitful pregnancy, I'd like to take contraception seriously.

I have asked my GP about the various options but I'd like to hear it from the users.

Because I have IBS the pill is a no-no as I flush it down too fast (sorry if TMI!), so I have narrowed it down to a coil (which one!) or an implant... I think.

I am basically looking for something that isn't too much fuss, and that doesn't mess with my body too much: I'm a bit scared of the breast cancer risks associated with hormones... or any other side effects.

The implant really appeals but I am told that you stop having periods altogether... not that I'd miss them but it feels a bit like playing God and I would fear a sort of heavenly wrath in the form of some horribly illness. Any views?

BTW I've tried Billings/Creighton natural methods for over a year and I just don't trust it a bit (and what a messy fussy business!)

Anyway now I'll stop discussing it over and over with myself and put it to you lovely ladies - with all my gratitude for any advice!


Sidge Mon 28-Jul-08 16:03:12

IBS shouldn't stop you taking the pill. As long as you don't vomit within 3 hours of taking it it will be absorbed, even if you have intestinal hurry.

But if you prefer a coil you could have a normal copper coil, which has no hormones. Once it's in you can forget about it for 3-8 years (depending which one you have) apart from checking the strings monthly.

The implant is good for many women but being hormonal may affect your bleeding, in that you may bleed a lot more, or not bleed at all.

The final option (non-hormonal) is a barrier method such as condoms or a diaphragm.

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