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Family planning

Those not on hormonal contraception...

18 replies

rainsbow · 05/08/2017 19:05

What do you use if you don't mind me asking.

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MrsAukerman · 05/08/2017 19:06

Condoms at risky points in the month, nothing at less risky times.

SquedgieBeckenheim · 05/08/2017 19:08

Condoms until DH gets his vasectomy

rainsbow · 05/08/2017 19:08

Bloody hell you must be mega regular for ovulation and start of period each month then. I'm not, anywhere from 24-27 day cycles

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IllBeAtTheSpa · 05/08/2017 19:08

Copper coil. No hormone and so far no adverse symptoms

QuietNinjaTardis · 05/08/2017 19:09

I've been sterilised. But you're probably not wanting to be that extreme?

rainsbow · 05/08/2017 19:09

Spa the family planning consultant sadly put me off that when she said I would have ultra heavy bleeding each month with that.

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Ollivander84 · 05/08/2017 19:09

Copper coil, on my second. No heavier but periods last a day or so longer

rainsbow · 05/08/2017 19:10

Tardis presumably you still have periods?

No, nothing "final". I've got two kids, no plans for anymore but I'm only 29 so may want another in the future.

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IllBeAtTheSpa · 05/08/2017 19:14

Rainbow everyone's different and react differently to it. Mine so far have been normal length and bleeding just normal flow (sorry if TMI) but your right some pepole do experience heavy bleeding I was advised if I did it would settle in 6 months and for 5 years stress free hormone free baby free years ill take that Wine

T4taylor · 15/08/2017 00:52

Natural Cycles app. Have been using it for 6 months following 12 years of hormones (pill, depo and mini pill). It's been amazing for helping me understand my cycle and see when I'm ovulating. All you do is take and record your temperature each morning, it will tell you if you are at risk of being fertile each day and so then you use condoms or abstain. The app is super cautious until it understands your cycle so you have to be patient for a few months. Since coming off hormones I'm happier and more interested in sex. Can't recommend it enough.

HeartburnCentral · 15/08/2017 01:12

You would definitely want to be using a barrier method of contraception unless an unplanned pregnancy wouldn't be a problem for you. It's not worth the risk otherwise imo

Weathergirl1 · 15/08/2017 07:58

Another one for the Natural Cycles app here, in combination with condoms - been using that for about 18 months now after years of the pill. Like Taylor, gaining an understanding of the way my body works has been really great. I think I'd actually be keen to use it even if I wasn't trying to avoid pregnancy for that reason.

Also definitely happier not being on artificial hormones.

chamenanged30 · 15/08/2017 08:06

I can't use natural cycles as I'm not regular. Cycles anywhere between 22-27 days.

chamenanged30 · 18/08/2017 12:13

Abstinence Confused

Bert2e · 18/08/2017 12:29

Copper coil - love it!

neverbee · 23/08/2017 20:48

Is that natural cycles thing any good? I currently use an app called clue to track my periods and usually just avoid the highlighted fertile days hope for the best. (Took us a long time to conceive our two children so not very risky, unlike my sister who got pregnant from her OH just looking at her funny)

We Considered the snip but then heard horror stories and it just seems so final.

I thought natural cycles sounded good. Do you have to be regular as mine vary from 24-35 days?

T4taylor · 23/08/2017 22:25

Hi neverbee, I don't think it matters too much if your periods are a bit irregular, it's more about being consistent in taking your temperature with a Basel body thermometer every morning as soon as you wake. You can do a month's free trial to see what you think of the app but it won't be much good before coming you get a thermometer x

Weathergirl1 · 26/08/2017 22:53

I agree with T4. Also depends why you're irregular too - follicular phase (bit before ovulation) can vary because of stress etc. The app is over cautious so it'll just give you more red days before it knows you've ovulated. My luteal phase has been fairly constant since I started tracking 18 months ago so overall length is definitely variable due to ovulation day varying sometimes.

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