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Contraception help please!

(28 Posts)
Katieemilyxo Wed 06-Jan-16 23:25:02

I really need to go on a contraceptive after having my child five months ago iv been , being very stupid and had two scares about being pregnant im really worried as it saids one of the pills have a cervical cancer risk with taking them and I never had my jab against it and it runs in my family would it still be okay to take condoms im to scared incase they tear can anyone suggest me a contraceptive or any advice on the pill I'm only 17 years old so should I not be worried about the pill

HeffalumpTrap Wed 06-Jan-16 23:33:34

Are you breastfeeding? That affects what types of contraception you can use.

The combined pill does slightly increase your risk of breast cancer and possibly cervical cancer, but is protective against ovarian, endometrial and probably vowel cancer too. some info here

Condoms are brilliant for reducing the risk of transmitted infections as well as pregnancy but it is always sensible to use another method too if you really don't want to become pregnant. Have you thought about the coil (impalanon or copper), depot injection, or implant?

Book an appointment with your GP or family planning clinic to talk through your options

Katieemilyxo Wed 06-Jan-16 23:36:40

No I don't breastfeed and im not worried about sti's and I only have intercourse with my boyfriend(father of the baby) and been together for nearly two years I dont really want anything permanent want something I can control myself as I would like another child in the future once I am financially stable and thank you x

AuntieStella Wed 06-Jan-16 23:39:13

I think you need to go to a specialist clinic, such as Brook and talk through your options there. The website tells you where their clinics are.

If you cannot get to one, then go to FPA or your GP.

In the mean time, use condoms.

HeffalumpTrap Wed 06-Jan-16 23:47:31

All options above are reversible, and as you're not breastfeeding all open to you.

Make that appointment as soon as possible to talk through your options, and definitely use condoms in the meantime - stress about possible unwanted pregnancies are not sexy

Katieemilyxo Wed 06-Jan-16 23:52:38

Do you think the pill will be safe with the cervical cancer risk x

HeffalumpTrap Thu 07-Jan-16 00:04:48

Safe is a relative term. See the link above - higher risk of some cancers lower of others. Being pregnant and giving birth of course come with their own risks. Is crossing the road 'safe?' Very difficult to answer objectively and definitively.

You need to make the decision you're most comfortable with and to do that you need the relevant information. Talk it through with either your GP, practice nurse or family planning clinic.

As you have asked for my opinion: yes it is a risk I have personally felt to be acceptable to me based on the other risks it reduces.

Babymamamama Thu 07-Jan-16 00:11:42

Mirena coil? Or copper coil? Implant? Have a chat with a nurse at your go practice?

Katieemilyxo Thu 07-Jan-16 00:22:24

Thank you for the advice can I call my local gp? For a appointment x

HeffalumpTrap Thu 07-Jan-16 00:34:17

Discussing contraception is a big part of your GPs job, please do book yourself an appointment and feel free to be open with your concerns etc. They can help you to make an informed choice about the best contraception for you.

HeffalumpTrap Thu 07-Jan-16 00:35:23

In the meantime you can read about all the pros and cons of the different options here

Geexox Thu 07-Jan-16 00:42:06

I'm in exactly the same boat! Had my son 5 1/2 months ago and also had a scare after I'd had a bit to drink whilst baby was at my mums, i don't want anything too permanent but I don't remember to take the pill so at present just using condoms I'd say they're pretty reliable, it's just a bit of a passion killer! Have you tried the contraceptive patch?? X

Katieemilyxo Thu 07-Jan-16 00:46:31

No I havent , havent even heard of that either its a pain isn't it you want something but to scared to use anything xx

Geexox Thu 07-Jan-16 00:53:10

Look the patch up Hun I used to be on it, you basically wear it on your leg and change it once a week instead of taking the pill everyday!smile although before I got pregnant I was on the implant I had it taken out and was pregnant within the first couple of try's even without a period smile my dr told me your fertility returns 10 hours after getting the implant removed xxx

scaevola Thu 07-Jan-16 07:01:48

You might also find it useful to browse the threads in MN's contraception topic here

Topsy34 Thu 07-Jan-16 07:43:45

I would book an appointment with your gp, i had my 6 week check and spoke to her then, asked questions and decided i would have the mirena coil again.

I like the mirena, i had a few pg symptons a year in, but apart from that, once its in, thats it for 5 years unless you want to have it removed to conceive.

QforCucumber Thu 07-Jan-16 07:58:41

Depo injection is also worth looking into if you think you may worry a lot about the pill

Geexox Thu 07-Jan-16 09:24:57

I didn't really rate depo, i was on it for years, they told me it takes a very long time to conceive after it that's why I stopped it and had the implant X

dementedpixie Thu 07-Jan-16 09:36:10

Depo can adversely affect the return of ovulation after stopping it and can take up to a year for your fertility to return. It can also affect bone density so not good for the age group of the OP. There is also a tendency to put on weight (I put on loads of weight and constantly bled with it)

QforCucumber Thu 07-Jan-16 10:18:47

how odd, everyone will react differently in the same way as the pill - I was on depo for 4 years between 23 and 27, fell pregnant within 3 months of stopping it, had no bleeds at all throughout the 4 years and didn't put on any weight.

It was recommended to me by the nurse who said that the implant was more long term and that depo would be preferable in case I decided to ttc in the upcoming future.

dementedpixie Thu 07-Jan-16 10:25:43

The depo shouldn't be used for more than 2 years without discussing all the side effects and risks. Should be used under 18 years unless no other contraceptive suits due to the bone density issues.

dementedpixie Thu 07-Jan-16 10:27:44

www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/sexual-health/a6532/depo-provera-medroxyprogesterone-acetate/

I currently have the mirena coil and am pretty happy with it. No periods which is a big bonus

dementedpixie Thu 07-Jan-16 10:28:21

Shouldn't* not should in the other post I wrote

Katieemilyxo Thu 07-Jan-16 11:45:27

I was told they dont let u have the injection till ur over 21 x

HeffalumpTrap Thu 07-Jan-16 13:04:09

Who is telling you all this? If you choose the link about the contraceptive injection from the NHS site I gave you the link to above link here it says 18. Are you not in the UK?

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