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Contraception - what do you use post children, would you recommend etc?

(60 Posts)
MamaG Wed 10-Jun-09 13:55:03

I got pg with BAbyG whilst on the pill, so I'm ruling that out

ljhooray Wed 10-Jun-09 14:15:32

I had an IUD fitted straight after dd. I had been on the pill for many years though b4 having dd and just thought it wasn't worth going back on it and wanted to give my body a break (it was also one less thing to think about and when you sometimes can;t remember your own name in the first few months of having a baby, I thought it was the best way to go!). FOr me , its been great, don't have to think about contraception. A word of warning though, it can make some women have heavy and more painful periods. Saying that< i used to have v painful periods before going on the pill and having been on it for 10 years plus was dreading what a 'normal' period would be like. However, I've had no probs at all with the IUD.

ljhooray Wed 10-Jun-09 14:17:32

Also, thought it was a quickly reversible form of contraception should I want more children. Although as it turns out, loving my time with dd so much (now 2 and a half), not sure I'm gonna have anymore anyway! But I personally found it took a good 6 months before my body totally got over being on the pill when trying for dd.

FabulousBakerGirl Wed 10-Jun-09 14:18:26

Depends whether you want more babies.

Dh had the snip. sad

SoupDragon Wed 10-Jun-09 14:19:44

I put a post-birth photo of my nether regions up on the bedroom ceiling. works a treat. Unless you're not at home. Or in the bedroom.

ljhooray Wed 10-Jun-09 19:19:49

LOL SoupDragon grin

LovelyRitaMeterMaid Wed 10-Jun-09 19:21:49

I have a mirena coil

cheshirekitty Wed 10-Jun-09 20:25:19

Think children are the best form of contraception available!!!!!!!!

expatinscotland Wed 10-Jun-09 20:28:58

condoms+persona (no sex at all during the fertile times).

i can't use progesten-based contraception due to side effects/depression.

i can't use combined-hormone contraception due to hypertension.

don't like how the copper coil works.

don't want to get sterilised whilst they're still using the GA+blow up tummy with gas method.

DH won't get the snip.

so this is what we're left with.

emma1977 Wed 10-Jun-09 21:52:52

I use cerazette (newer mini-pill)- no periods, no problems. Plan to come off it soon to TTC. Have been very happy on it for 18 months and would use it again.

I wouldn't recommend depo as a great option, as it can delay your fertility coming back once you stop it and has several unpleasant side effects.

If you can take the combined pill, there's also a weekly patch version. Implants and coils are also v effective, easily reversible and take the faff out of having to remember to take something daily.

whomovedmychocolate Wed 10-Jun-09 21:56:54

I tried Cerazette and it sent me loopy (crazed hormonal loopy as well - not a good look for me). Now DH is having the snip. Consultant point blank refused to do me and pointed at him and invited him to step up (and he has hurrah!)

Must chase up his appt actually

expatinscotland Wed 10-Jun-09 22:02:35

i never stopped bleeding on cerazette, i got terrible acne, mood swings from hell, and lost my libido entirely.

whomovedmychocolate Wed 10-Jun-09 22:08:46

Expat - are you feeling a bit better? How are the bairns?

expatinscotland Wed 10-Jun-09 22:10:34

the bairns are doing much better. i'm still feeling a bit bad and still got the damn cough.

and those swab tests+blood test are NOT fun.


just glad DD1 is getting a little colour back and wee man is eating well again.

whomovedmychocolate Wed 10-Jun-09 22:12:26

Ah that's marvelous Not that you are still feeling crap obviously! My cough lasted five weeks. I still get funny headaches even now so I feel for you!

expatinscotland Wed 10-Jun-09 22:28:05

thanks, WMMC! . we'll live, for sure, thankfully.

and at least, DD1 will be okay for her birthday next week.

expatinscotland Wed 10-Jun-09 22:28:07

thanks, WMMC! . we'll live, for sure, thankfully.

and at least, DD1 will be okay for her birthday next week.

MamaG Thu 11-Jun-09 18:02:44

Arse. I feel the same as you expat about hte various contraception (inc DH refusing snip!)

Doc gave me cerazete and I've not taken it yet - Don't think I will either!

tokentotty Thu 11-Jun-09 23:17:20

Am interested in people's thoughts on the various different IUDs as have no knowledge of them but it seems to be the way I'm being nudged post children. Any recommendations?

expatinscotland Thu 11-Jun-09 23:21:43

the second you turn 35 and have children and ask about contraception is the second they never let up trying to hard-sell you those blardy IUDs.

tokentotty Thu 11-Jun-09 23:22:57

And have you succumbed ?

expatinscotland Thu 11-Jun-09 23:24:49

it was a real disaster for me, token.

i found out the hard way that progesten-based contraception and i are not destined to ever get on.

i don't like how the copper coil works so it's not for me, either.

but there are plenty of threads in the health section about them both so have a browse!

GossipMonger Thu 11-Jun-09 23:25:04

implanon - thingy in arm

99% effective plus condoms

expatinscotland Thu 11-Jun-09 23:26:49

plus condoms?

are you not in a monogamous relationship then?

Tortington Thu 11-Jun-09 23:28:10

vasectomy - my dh refused at first - until i told him he was staying at home with the kids if i got pregnant again.

its just a question of fairness. its not fair that i had to have doctors hands up my fandango, forcepts etc - its your turn mate. becuase i refuse to have my body treated this way any more.

i told dh i wasn't taking anything else and if we got pregnant - then he was looking after them

anyway - my dh did becuase he didn't want any more kids

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