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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:54 pm 
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It probably depends on the type? On the pill I still had 7 day periods, on the mirena I had none ( but lots of cramping so I had to get it out).

My partner is getting a vasectomy Friday! I am super excited and ready to take good care of him this weekend.

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Totally depends on the type, but estrogen will do a really good job suppressing your period, so if you're on a combination pill (which is most of them), you generally won't bleed as long as you're taking the active pills. So a lot of people will mess around with their pill packs to be taking more active pills/fewer placebos, which seems to be perfectly safe, even over the long run (some people will spot if they do this long-term, but you won't know if that's you till you try). That way you can skip whole months if you'd like, or just lengthen the time between periods and shorten the period itself, depending on how you personally react to the pills. If you're taking a "mini-pill," the kind with just progesterone, you won't necessarily get that effect, and for me, anyway, taking this kind of pill has just made my period completely erratic.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:31 pm 
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I'm thinking of going on birth control to shorten my period. I can't find anything concrete on this as it seems to be a "may happen" sort of thing. Does anyone have any experience with this? I can't take 7 days of it anymore!


My periods on hormonal birth control pills tend to last 3-4 days. My periods were very irregular beforehand due to PCOS so I can't say for sure that will be your experience, but anecdotally, the women I've known that have taken BC have had shorter periods.

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I decided to come off the Nuvaring because starting it seemed to correlate with when my ibs got worse so, I figured it's worth a try.

I took it out a week and a half ago and ever since I've had these awful headaches that just won't go away! They're even waking me in the night. Ugh I guess it's just withdrawal but it's getting too much, I have things to do that don't include hurting!

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Hey all, I am conducting a straw poll after I've finally given up trying to get my ol' faithful Microgynon prescribed for me again. I'm nearly 34, don't smoke, have a-ok blood pressure and do a 10 mile cycle ride 3 or 4 times a week. I have no family history of blood clots, cancers, headaches or the like. I'm in perfect health except for the fact that I'm a bit fat (around 220lbs I think, in American....) and clearly obese in the eyes of the medical profession!

I've been on Microgynon since I was 15 years old, and my GP moved me over to Cerelle recently. I started bleeding and didn't stop, so after a month of that I stopped taking it. I'm planning to try out either the coil (Mirena) or the implant and gathering opinions so I can figure out which to go for first. What I really want to avoid the MOST is non-stop bleeding or spotting.... I can manage cramps or moods, but I hate having non-stop periods!

Has anyone got any anecdotes? Particularly if you were moved off a combined pill?

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 5:21 am 
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Jenny, have you looked into the Nuvaring? I didn't get on with it in the end but that was due to headaches and if you've got no problems with that you'll do fine.

It's a bit weird to start off with, putting it in etc but you soon get used to it. And its a good test to see how your body handles hormones coming from that area before you commit to a Mirena. I never had any problems bleeding on it, infact it made my periods short and light!

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 5:32 am 
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My doc has just put me back on Microgynon after the nurse freaked out when I gained weight and changed me to Cerelle over a year ago. I took that for a month and stopped as I bled non stop. I've mentioned on here before how hideous my experience was with the mirena. I basically bled for 3 months which was bad enough but oh my god the cramps were the worst! Some people get on great with it though.

In the end, the doctor weighed everything up and decided that yes there's a risk of blood clots, but she thought I'd be at more risk if I got pregnant! She put me back on microgynon and said to monitor for any signs and to come back in 3 months but continue trying to lose weight (which I am doing).

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Oh my Lard, I know I need to be more of an adult, but this made me go 'eeeeeeeee':

"NuvaRing can accidentally slip out of the vagina while removing a tampon, during intercourse, or straining during a bowel movement. Some women have accidentally inserted NuvaRing into their bladder."

O_O

Gah, I really wish I could have a sensible conversation about Microgynon. I know I am a bit large but I keep fit and am otherwise in tip top health. I'm planning to visit a sexual health/contraception clinic rather than my (man)-GP because I'm hoping they'll be open to the idea of me using it again but monitoring me. I'm just worried that if I start to get non-stop bleeding on either the coil or implant, I won't be able to stop as easily as stopping a pill :/

I should really just buck up and choose one and see how it goes. Having ovaries is the worst sometimes.

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Jenny you need to see a gp who is an expert in the mirena. In my practice there's 2 or 3 of them that specialise and they are much more knowledgeable on the subject than the other GPs!

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Thanks baps - yep, I've decided to make an appointment at the clinic that specialises in contraception choices, rather than my GP, so I'm hoping they'll be willing to talk me through it all in more detail! Maybe at my ripe old age and gargantuan size, this is the way to go from now on.....

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 7:50 am 
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Haha the Nuvaring warnings are a bit scary but it really doesn't happen! The whole bladder thing, well, it's harder to put in than a tampon so unless you've ever shoved a tampon up your urethra, you're safe! And re the coming out part, for me it never came out on its own even once, my husband said he never noticed it, and, I have IBS and even through bouts of uh, straining lots, it stayed put.

If you're squeamish about fiddling round down there though it's probably not for you.

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I've used tampons since I was 15 so I ain't ~too~ squeamish about all that, but BLIMEY, how does anyone end up shoving it into their bladder??

I might ask the clinic about that too, thanks :)

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Sometimes I wonder if I'm in the minority, but I LOVE the mirena more than life itself. No period for 5 years, minimal hormonal symptoms (occasional bloating/breakouts, but not much), and minimal pain for me upon insertion and immediately following. Oh, and no fluctuating sex drive, and my partners have never felt the strings. I intend to get another when this is due to come out in September, provided they allow me (I have a normal, but benign, paps).

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So after being off of birth control for years I'm finally back on it. For a number of reasons, I decided on the shot. I'm trying to hold off any feelings about it until I've been on it for a while but one of the side effects is acne and I have definitely been breaking out like crazy on my face. Is there anything I can do about it? I've been trying different cleansers, masks, spot treatments, etc but will it eventually even out?

Another question- has anyone used the arm implant and if so, how did you like it? My cousin had it and when she had it taken out to be replaced it looked like they dug a giant hole in her arm.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:06 pm 
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Mr. Shankly wrote:
Another question- has anyone used the arm implant and if so, how did you like it? My cousin had it and when she had it taken out to be replaced it looked like they dug a giant hole in her arm.


I've had it for nearly six years and found it to be excellent. No worries about forgetting the pill or doing something which might unintentionally make it less effective, plus in my case I don't have periods any more. I had Implanon for 3 years and then it was replaced by a new one (Nexplanon). The scar is tiny and barely noticeable.

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Mr. Shankly wrote:
Another question- has anyone used the arm implant and if so, how did you like it? My cousin had it and when she had it taken out to be replaced it looked like they dug a giant hole in her arm.


I had the nexplanon put in on 19th Jan (just over a week ago). I purposefully ignored any stories/pictures about the procedure or the implant itself until afterwards because I knew that everyone has different experiences and that I wanted to try it out.

The procedure was totally fine. They use a local anaesthetic so I didn't feel a thing. Not a sausage. I didn't even realise when she was done because it was so quick and I literally felt nothing. They wrap a bandage round TIGHT to try and minimise bruising, which feels a bit weird. I took mine off pretty quick because I have a fat arm and it felt weird and I didn't really care too much about a bruise. Mine actually hardly bruised at all. It looks WAY worse than it is; the actual 'incision' is TEENY. My bruising is 100% gone now and there's like a tiny freckle where it's nearly finished healing.

Can't report on the hormonal effects yet because it's only been a week, but I'm gonna give it a good try even if it's weird or unpleasant, because I REALLY like the idea of 3 years 99.99% protection!

I think when folks have it replaced it looks worse but I think it's mostly just a whole lot of bruising and you don't feel a thing. Just make sure you don't go reading too much about it beforehand; I would definitely have scared myself out of it for no good reason if I had!

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I've just had my implant replaced for the second time (I've had one six years now; 3 years Implanon, 3 years Nexplanon and the new one is Nexplanon too - they all have the same active ingredient as far as I'm aware).

It's been great and I've not had a single "proper" period in all that time, although I've had a bit of spotting both times as the implant has come to the end of its life.

I have a tiny scar from it being taken in and put out but you can hardly even see it. I didn't feel anything except for when they put the needle in for the local anaesthetic. My arm is a little tender today but that goes away.

One thing the nurse mentioned when she did the procedure yesterday was that it's a progesterone-type hormonal contraception, so if you've had issues with other hormonal contraceptives based on oestrogen it may have a different effect on you to those.

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Had a checkup and some testing done today, so now I'm only waiting for an appointment for tubal ligation! The gyno said it would be within three months. I've never had surgery before, so I'm a bit nervous about the procedure.

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So, I had my second Depo shot last month and it was wayyyyy easier to handle this time. It felt like nothing changed whereas when I first got the shot I was shaking all of the time, feeling terrible and my mood swings were insane. Nothing like that happened this time (except I did shake a bit during the first week). I still don't know if I like it though. I love being able to just get a shot once every three months and then done but I have gained a lot of weight since being on it and while the birth control may only be one factor in me gaining weight, it still makes me nervous. I love not having a period though, I love not getting sick all of the time and I love the freedom that it gives me. The weight thing just bothers me. I also feel like it's making my moods worse but that may be because I've been very stressed out for a while.

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I had the copper IUD for 8 months and had to get it removed last month. It was AWFUL. I wanted it because I didn't want to deal with hormones, but what a nightmare! I had constant cramps, SUPER heavy bleeding, weight gain and heart palpitations! Never ever again. After watching me deal with that for 8 months my partner agreed to get a vasectomy (YAY!)...consultation is Wednesday.

It just makes me mad. I'm 37 years old, have never wanted kids, yet I can't get a hysterectomy unless it's for health reasons. Such bullshiitake!

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I didn't know you could only get a hysterectomy for health reasons. Is it more dangerous than a vasectomy?

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I didn't know you could only get a hysterectomy for health reasons. Is it more dangerous than a vasectomy?


Vasectomies are reversible I believe, whereas a hysterectomy is a major surgery and permanent. I guess as a woman you aren't taken seriously when you say you do not want children because OF COURSE you will change your mind!! It's probably more of an insurance issue though where they wouldn't cover it if it were elective. But I wanted one in my twenties and they told me no.

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A hysterectomy is removal of the uterus, and definitely a much bigger deal than a vasectomy! Normally, a healthy woman who wants to be sterilized would get a tubal ligation of some sort, where the fallopian tubes are cut, sealed or blocked off (there are a few different methods these days, surgical and nonsurgical), not have a hysterectomy. Tubal ligations are also bigger deals than vasectomies, so that's AWESOME that your partner is going to get one, FellowshipVeg!

As a side note, while many vasectomies could be reversed, sometimes they can't be, so someone probably shouldn't get one if you think you might want to reverse it one day.

On another side note, I've known plenty of women who wanted to get sterilized and not been taken seriously, particularly at a young age or without children, but even when older or after having had kids, but I dont personally know any men who have tried to get sterilized in their 20s or even 30s... not that surprising, I guess, but I wonder what type of reactions they would get from healthcare practitioners.


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electric_claire wrote:
On another side note, I've known plenty of women who wanted to get sterilized and not been taken seriously, particularly at a young age or without children, but even when older or after having had kids, but I dont personally know any men who have tried to get sterilized in their 20s or even 30s... not that surprising, I guess, but I wonder what type of reactions they would get from healthcare practitioners.


I know several men who had vasectomies in their 20s and either got no hassle or only minimal questioning regarding their decisions. Having spoken to women who tried the same thing at the same age, they all got much more scrutiny, if not outright refusals from doctors. (This of course is only anecdotal evidence, but the disparity from my small sample size doesn't surprise me in the least.)


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It's crazy! I've known since I was a teenager that I don't want children. I'm in my 30's now, still don't want them but still get the runaround about being sterilized.

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