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The title says it all. I've been on hormonal birth control for nearly 7 of my 21 years and am totally fed up with it. I've done the pill, the patch, and depo provera and they all leave me feeling like a different person (cranky, depressed... just different). I'm currently in a monogomous relationship (we have a lot of sex) and am looking for a birth control method that is both effective and convenient. We don't like condoms. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":help:">
 

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<a href="http://www.plannedparenthood.org/pp2/portal/files/portal/medicalinfo/birthcontrol/pub-contraception-choices.xml" target="_blank">http://www.plannedparenthood.org/pp2...on-choices.xml</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ilovemydragon</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><a href="http://www.plannedparenthood.org/pp2/portal/files/portal/medicalinfo/birthcontrol/pub-contraception-choices.xml" target="_blank">http://www.plannedparenthood.org/pp2...on-choices.xml</a></div>
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Right, right.<br><br>
I suppose I should have specified. I'm aware of what's out there, I'm just curious as to whether or not any of you have tried them and, if you have, which, if any, would you recommend.
 

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Everyone is differant. Some may say they hated one thing but you might love it. I would suggest trying something that's been tried and true for awhile.
 

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I've had success with the diaphragm and would recommend it to anyone. The only drawback is that you have to have it with you, ruling spontenaity a little out unless you're at home (and then you have to leave it in for at least 6 hours). Otherwise, it works well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I've had success with the diaphragm and would recommend it to anyone. The only drawback is that you have to have it with you, ruling spontenaity a little out unless you're at home (and then you have to leave it in for at least 6 hours). Otherwise, it works well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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What are your reasons for liking it, though? Is it comfortable? Is it difficult to remove? Are they easily broken? I've never seen one before, in person. I don't know what they feel like.
 

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here's PP's info on it:<br><br><a href="http://www.plannedparenthood.com/pp2/portal/files/portal/medicalinfo/birthcontrol/pub-diaphragms-cervical-caps.xml" target="_blank">http://www.plannedparenthood.com/pp2...vical-caps.xml</a><br><br><br><br>
A diaphragm is basically a rubber "bowl" with a springy ring that keeps its shape in addition to holding it in place.<br><br><br><br>
Here's an image search on what they look like:<br><br><a href="http://images.google.com/images?svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&q=contraception+diaphragm&btnG=Search" target="_blank">http://images.google.com/images?svnu...gm&btnG=Search</a><br><br><br><br>
Their effective rate isn't as high as hormonal BC, but then I haven't seen anything that IS as effective (in stats) as hormonal BC, including FAM.
 

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oooh a fun little wizard <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.arhp.org/patienteducation/interactivetools/choosing/index.cfm?ID=275" target="_blank">http://www.arhp.org/patienteducation...dex.cfm?ID=275</a>
 

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I'm like you I HATE HATE HATE hormones. I was on them for a while when I didn't want to take any risk of getting pregnant whatsoever, and we used both the pill and condoms all the time, but a year into our relationship we were a bit more stable and decided to start using FAM with condoms during fertile times... FAM I've read all different stats for FAM but it really depends on how carefully you follow the rules... some people have trouble I guess, lol. I've seen stats that say it's up to 99% effective though... It's been good for me, personally, and relatively easy to learn. And I feel like ME again. I hate condoms too, but to me it's worth using condoms during fertile times because I have my libido back, and I actually have a RANGE of emotions, lol.
 

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i think it's really sad that you've been on hormones since you were 13. that's before your body has even regulated into it's own cycle. man. . .<br><br><br><br>
anyway, if you're diligent, fertility awareness method is great. you can use barrier contraceptives when you're fertile, and when you're not, you don't have to worry about it because you're not fertile. if you follow the rules, it's as effective as the pill. if you don't, like any form of BC, it will fail.<br><br><br><br>
here's some links: <a href="http://www.ovusoft.com" target="_blank">Taking Charge of Your Fertility</a> and <a href="http://www.gardenoffertility.com" target="_blank">Garden of Fertility</a>
 

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So... I'm thinking FAM along with a diaphragm. That could work. I'll definetly look into those links, zoebird! If it looks like something that I might be interested in, I'll get a few books. I've read a few things here and there about FAM and have always thought that it sounded great. I'm so excited to start! I'm not due for another exam until April, so I plan on waiting to switch until then. It feels good to have a tentative plan, though.
 

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Yeah, you can always do some reading and stuff now and then you'll be prepared come April. It is definitely advised to make sure that you've got backup for in the beginning when you're doing FAM and getting used to how it works.<br><br><br><br>
Best of luck! Sounds like a great tentative plan. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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we use a 'back up' too. a barrier contraception with FAM is very effective.<br><br><br><br>
one of the benefits of FAM is that you know/understand cervical position. knowing when your cervical is at it's 'largest' and 'lowest' point (fertile period) helps when fitting a cervical cap or diaphragm. these two fail usually because they are ill fitting, because a woman doesn't know when to go in for a fitting because she doesn't know where or cervical is or when it will be in the best position for fitting! that is, a lot of women get fit when they're not fertile, so that when they are, the diaphragm or cervical cap is too small and then the device fails.<br><br><br><br>
by practicing FAM (even while on the pill) before you start using it as your primary (with the diaphragm being your secondary), you'll get a good handle on how it works and when you should schedule your fitting!
 

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I LIKE the hormones in the birth control pills....they keep me regulated..my period AND my emotions. I'm making another attempt to go off of them, so wish me luck. (Don't need alternatives unless I can find a doctor willing to remove my womb.)
 

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heh... yeah... the hormones did have a few good side effects for me. One would be reducing my menstrual cramps, and the other would be keeping my skin clear. For me, the bad overpowered the good. Lack of sex drive, lack of er... lubrication, feeling completely unemotional all the time, and being worried about possible long term effects on my cycles all made me feel like the pill was not for me. However, for my mom, for example, they are great, never had bad side effects, and effectively kept her non-pregnant whenever she didn't want to be pregnant and cleared her system fast when she did want to be.
 

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No sex drive works well for me since I'm single. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> That's another of the things that I like about bc pills. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I don't like hormones because it takes away my sex drive, but the last time I thought I'd try to get off them I got such horrible cramps all three months I was off them, I decided it was worth my lowered sex drive.
 

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there are ways to discover the origins of cramps and ways to allieviate them naturally.<br><br><br><br>
the really sad part about the lowered sex drive thing is that current research on the topic is beginning to show that the effect may be permanent, well after the woman has stopped using the pill, as compared to women who never used the pill or only used it for a small amount of time (like me, who only used it for about 4 months).
 

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there are ways to discover the origins of cramps and ways to allieviate them naturally.<br><br><br><br>
the really sad part about the lowered sex drive thing is that current research on the topic is beginning to show that the effect may be permanent, well after the woman has stopped using the pill, as compared to women who never used the pill or only used it for a small amount of time (like me, who only used it for about 4 months).</div>
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Are you serious? Do you have a link to where you read that?
 

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Stellar, like you, I've been on BC (both oral and Depo-Provera) for a long time and am looking for other methods. We have been together 10 years and do not want children, so we are looking at getting him snipped. I already went off the pill in May, and we're using condoms while we wait to see how I like being off the pill, but condoms are not a satisfactory long-term method for us. The thought crossed my mind that FAM + diaphragm might be workable if we don't wind up doing the vasectomy.<br><br><br><br>
I'm also alarmed at zoebird's report of this new research. Lack of libido/lubrication was one of my bigger annoyances with BC! My libido did bounce back somewhat when I went off, but things seemed to even out after a couple months, and it's not really much higher than it was before. Of course, I've been on the pill so long, how would I even know what I'm like without it??
 
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