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Hiya, Vegwebbers!

With the helpful backing/suggesting from the Diva Club, I made this thread as a place where we can all discuss various modes of birth control and/or safe sex. Even as an animal-rights kinda place, I know lots of us are concerned about cruelty-free and/or natural lifestyles...So if you're not a fan of cow-exploiting, skin-scorching latex rubbers, or of the way hormonal b/c pills screw with your body and mind, HERE is where we can all help each other.

This can be a place for advice or general information on various methods/devices...like If you want to know what hormones in your pills are doing what, and how that will affect you, etc.; or if you want to know about materials used in different kinds of condoms (and which aren't vegan!); or just how effective such methods are statistically...HERE is where you can tell what you know, or find other reference sources. HERE we can help each other learn what works best for each of us in regards to our own needs/situation.
Sound fun? HELLS YES.

Condoms
Female Condoms

Dental Dams
Diaphragms
Spermicides
Pills
IUDs

Nuva Rings
Injections
Cycle-observation/timing

Herbal Solutions

...and other Good Resources for many/all of the above methods


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Feel free to suggest important links or resources,
and I'll add them to this post as a sort of reference library.
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let's go!

WLB,  Did you talk to your doctor yet?

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I went to the gynecologist today and my nurse practitioner told me that nothing was wrong. Since I've only had the IUD a month, she said the strings just haven't had the chance to coil up and so they seem a bit long. She felt up in my vagina, and I guess everything was fine. WHEW!!

I was so scared.

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I'm so happy to hear that!  What a scare.

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I might be joining the IUD club! I went to the doctor this morning for my regular exam & asked her if she thought the pill was really the best option for me anymore & she recommeneded an IUD. She gave me a booklet to look through. The name brand is Mirena. I have to see if my insurance will cover it.

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I might be joining the IUD club! I went to the doctor this morning for my regular exam & asked her if she thought the pill was really the best option for me anymore & she recommeneded an IUD. She gave me a booklet to look through. The name brand is Mirena. I have to see if my insurance will cover it.

How exciting!! I have the copper IUD (which lasts 10 years/no hormones at all), the Mirena lasts five years and does have hormones, but my nurse practitioner said the hormones were only equivalent to 2 pills of "the pill". Either one are really a good option! I hope everything works out good!

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I might be joining the IUD club! I went to the doctor this morning for my regular exam & asked her if she thought the pill was really the best option for me anymore & she recommeneded an IUD. She gave me a booklet to look through. The name brand is Mirena. I have to see if my insurance will cover it.

I have the Mirena.  I had a $300 deductible on my insurance and hadn't met any of that for the year, so that's what mine cost.  I think the total cost would have been $500-600.  Much cheaper than the pill!  (My copay on HBC pills was $50/month.)

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They say that an IUD is a much cheaper birth control method in the long run. Initially, it costs quite a bit (with my consultation, insertion, the actual IUD, and the check up mine was about $350), but if it lasts 5 years (or 10 if you get the copper) it is much cheaper than the pill/other methods.

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Has anyone tried / heard anything about the Lea's Shield?

http://www.leasshield.com/

I'm sort of interested, but the website doesn't seem all that informative.  Plus I'm not sure if it's even available outside the USA.

I'm also still thinking about a copper IUD or FAM...so many options. *sigh* It would be nice if I could find a doctor that I actually like and trust enough to talk about these things.

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*Raising this thread from the dead!*

I'm really thinking about getting an IUD now. The Mirena is what my doctor suggested.... I was iffy about it but a friend of mine on the pill recently had a blood clot that went into her lung & almost killed her. Scary, scary stuff. The pill didn't nessasarily CAUSE the blood clot, but it doesn't increase the chances of getting one.

I would be going from 10+ years on Ortho to the Mirena. So questions I have, How much did the IUD hurt? How wacky was your period after insertion? What are the strings like that hang from it? do they get in the way during sex? Any problems with using the diva cup with the IUD? Any other side effects? like mood swings, weight gain, pimples?

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Safe sex... pssssht.

kidding.

I know nothing about IUD's, but I'm too scared to switch birth control due to

Any other side effects? like mood swings, weight gain, pimples?

UGH.

GL Lisaanddini

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i started taking portia about a month ago (less than that--i started the white pills yesterday). hopefully my periods will be better and also more predictable (the lady said they'd always start on tuesdays), since what really drove me to make the appointment at the clinic was being immobilized by cramps and missing a bazillion classes and a speech.

before starting i was super super super scared about the side effects like weight gain, pimples, dying, moodiness (which i already have issues with), and decreased sex drive. but! aside from being a little crazy (can't tell if it's the normal moody stuff or because of the pills) and a few zits on my back, i havent really experienced anything bad. aaand there has been no decrease in sex drive.  ^-^ ive probably just jinxed it and next month im gonna get incredibly fat and all the zits haha *knocks on wood*

also i realize that could be a pun, but i do not intend it that way. i intend it the superstitious way, pervs :p

oh wait. the pills im on are a higher dose of hormones (lady gave them to me because of bad cramps) so there are lower dose pills out there that probably have less scary side effects. AND the portia's only 20 dollars a month because it's a generic. doooo it meggs.  ;)b  ..i used a lot of parentheses in this post..

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I forget to take pills. It's a baby waiting to happen.

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ah..
i set my cell phone alarm for 10:33 pm. and then i remember. there was only one time it was weird, and that was when i went to a friends show at someone else's house. i had to sneakily take the card out of my back pocket, sneakily remove a pill, and sneakily take it with a glass of water. a guy there looked at me weird, so i gave him the glare and then knifed him.

no i didnt. i just like to pretend im badass.

no i dont. im just being silly. (:

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You're hilar.
I esp like the 10:33, multiple "sneakily"s, knifed, and basass parts. And yes, you are part badass. We all are.

Even if I set an alarm (which, FTR, my life is run by "reminders" on my phone) I'll be at someone's house and my pills would be at home, or something of that nature. Meh.

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i have an aversion to real times. my alarm this morning was for 6:57, and a reminder to call someone else about finals was set for 7:03.  hm. maybe if i had more friends and like..places to be, i would forget the pills. but the only place i ever really go is jbb's house. that is where the pills are. i used to keep them in my purse.
now i should study for chemistry.

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nerdity (and being unwilling to hide/deny it) is the ultra contraceptive.  i speak from experience.

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nerdity (and being unwilling to hide/deny it) is the ultra contraceptive.  i speak from experience.

Flik, don't fear...Nerdy is the new sexy!

I am going to make this into a bumper sticker for my illustration class...

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Flik, don't fear...Nerdy is the new sexy!

Seriously, nerds can be hot. A lot of one's hotness is personality, imo.

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*Raising this thread from the dead!*

I'm really thinking about getting an IUD now. The Mirena is what my doctor suggested.... I was iffy about it but a friend of mine on the pill recently had a blood clot that went into her lung & almost killed her. Scary, scary stuff. The pill didn't nessasarily CAUSE the blood clot, but it doesn't increase the chances of getting one.

I would be going from 10+ years on Ortho to the Mirena. So questions I have, How much did the IUD hurt? How wacky was your period after insertion? What are the strings like that hang from it? do they get in the way during sex? Any problems with using the diva cup with the IUD? Any other side effects? like mood swings, weight gain, pimples?

I have the 10 year IUD. It has NO hormones at all, it is just composed of copper. It is the Copper Ions that kill the sperm. The Mirena has a small amount of hormones (equivalent to 2 of the birth control pills) and lasts 5 years. This is what my gynecologist told me.

--When the IUD was put in, it really didn't hurt all that bad. My gynecologist advised me to take a couple tylenols (or advils, i don't remember which) before the procedure, but I'm against taking pills for such silly circumstances, so I just went through it naturally. It felt some intense cramping, but I imagined the pain to be much worse. The whole thing took all of about 4-5 minutes and when she was done, I asked "Oh, are you done already??" because the pain hadn't been too bad.
--I had NEVER got menstrual cramps before, but after my IUD was inserted, a couple days before my period started I got cramps. They weren't that bad...I also noticed that my period was much heavier and more "globs" of blood came out. I think it is normal for your period to be a bit heavier, but over time I believe your period shouldn't be so heavy.
--The strings that hang down are not really not noticeable. You are supposed to feel be able to feel the string when you reach up inside (and you are supposed to check those strings after every period to make sure that the IUD is still in place). My gynecologist told me that after a few months the string should coil up around the cervix and won't feel so long. At one point I saw my strings outside of my vagina, and worried, I went to the OB-GYN and they told me that it is totally fine. That the strings just haven't really coiled up much and I think she just pushed them up a little bit.
--It definitely does NOT get in the way during sex. The second time my boyfriend and I had sex he was getting poked by the strings a little bit BUT it hasn't happened since. The LOVES that we don't have to use condoms and we can have sex anytime because I'm always protected.
--There are no other side effects from the copper IUD. There are no hormones so it won't mess up your own bodily functions. No weight gain will come from the copper IUD at all. It's a really natural birth control method.
--And you can definitely still use a Diva Cup. I have a diva cup and I still use it. The actual IUD is up in your uterus, so it doesn't get in the way at all.

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*Raising this thread from the dead!*

I'm really thinking about getting an IUD now. The Mirena is what my doctor suggested.... I was iffy about it but a friend of mine on the pill recently had a blood clot that went into her lung & almost killed her. Scary, scary stuff. The pill didn't nessasarily CAUSE the blood clot, but it doesn't increase the chances of getting one.

I would be going from 10+ years on Ortho to the Mirena. So questions I have, How much did the IUD hurt? How wacky was your period after insertion? What are the strings like that hang from it? do they get in the way during sex? Any problems with using the diva cup with the IUD? Any other side effects? like mood swings, weight gain, pimples?

Thanks! You really eased my concerns... I'm going to call my doctor as soon as I get a chance!  ;)b
I have the 10 year IUD. It has NO hormones at all, it is just composed of copper. It is the Copper Ions that kill the sperm. The Mirena has a small amount of hormones (equivalent to 2 of the birth control pills) and lasts 5 years. This is what my gynecologist told me.

--When the IUD was put in, it really didn't hurt all that bad. My gynecologist advised me to take a couple tylenols (or advils, i don't remember which) before the procedure, but I'm against taking pills for such silly circumstances, so I just went through it naturally. It felt some intense cramping, but I imagined the pain to be much worse. The whole thing took all of about 4-5 minutes and when she was done, I asked "Oh, are you done already??" because the pain hadn't been too bad.
--I had NEVER got menstrual cramps before, but after my IUD was inserted, a couple days before my period started I got cramps. They weren't that bad...I also noticed that my period was much heavier and more "globs" of blood came out. I think it is normal for your period to be a bit heavier, but over time I believe your period shouldn't be so heavy.
--The strings that hang down are not really not noticeable. You are supposed to feel be able to feel the string when you reach up inside (and you are supposed to check those strings after every period to make sure that the IUD is still in place). My gynecologist told me that after a few months the string should coil up around the cervix and won't feel so long. At one point I saw my strings outside of my vagina, and worried, I went to the OB-GYN and they told me that it is totally fine. That the strings just haven't really coiled up much and I think she just pushed them up a little bit.
--It definitely does NOT get in the way during sex. The second time my boyfriend and I had sex he was getting poked by the strings a little bit BUT it hasn't happened since. The LOVES that we don't have to use condoms and we can have sex anytime because I'm always protected.
--There are no other side effects from the copper IUD. There are no hormones so it won't mess up your own bodily functions. No weight gain will come from the copper IUD at all. It's a really natural birth control method.
--And you can definitely still use a Diva Cup. I have a diva cup and I still use it. The actual IUD is up in your uterus, so it doesn't get in the way at all.

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