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B/C advice.. WWYD? Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
12th May '13

I currently have the rod/implanon in my arm & feel like its really affecting me.



- Moods have changed
- No libido
- Skin break outs



Im considering taking it out but can't risk getting pregnant again any time soon - which is why i've kept it in for so long.



My only other option is spermacide/condoms ... i don't particularly enjoy using them or think they're very effective.. but i'd really like to get my 'old self' back & would combine them if that ends up as my choice of B/C.



I feel like im in between a rock & a hard place.



I've had PPD (after my 7mo's birth) and have a 2yr old.. i can't take any form of combined B/C pill (Stroke risks) and the copper IUD isnt an option as one dislodged & the other failed - resulting in my youngest.



WWYD mamas?

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
12th May '13

Condoms and NFP probably. What about the mini pill?

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
12th May '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" Condoms and NFP probably. What about the mini pill?"


I really wanted to do NFP - i was actually planning to do that but ended up pregnant with my eldest.



I fell pregnant on the mini pill (taken correctly, i use to set an alarm) and it also gave me mega acne.



Combined pill = stroke risks, i also fell pregnant on that



Copper IUD = dislodged & then the 2nd one i fell pregnant on even though it was in place.




The one thing that is stopping me from getting the implanon taken out is the fact the i dont feel i could cope with another LO any time soon... im on anti depressants etc but i actually feel like the implanon is what is making my moods etc worse.



I was fine until i got that in.. now my hormones have gone haywire.

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
12th May '13

probably condoms, NFP, and pull out combination.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44071 posts
12th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Ecstasy:</b>" I really wanted to do NFP - i was actually planning to do that but ended up pregnant with my eldest. ... [snip!] ... like the implanon is what is making my moods etc worse. I was fine until i got that in.. now my hormones have gone haywire. "</blockquote>



I've been using VCF products. I had to get myself hormone free. It was awful on my body :(

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
12th May '13
Quoting Ecstasy:" I really wanted to do NFP - i was actually planning to do that but ended up pregnant with my eldest. ... [snip!] ... like the implanon is what is making my moods etc worse. I was fine until i got that in.. now my hormones have gone haywire. "

My hormones go crazy on birth control. I guess there is depo too but everything has its risks. Really sounds like a combo of NFP, condoms (male or female maybe both), and such would be your best bet.

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
12th May '13
Quoting lolajessup:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Ecstasy:</b>" I really wanted to do NFP - i was actually planning ... [snip!] ... gone haywire. "</blockquote> I've been using VCF products. I had to get myself hormone free. It was awful on my body :("


I've got VCF films in my bed side cabinet from when i was post partum & having sex again (while using condoms)



LOL im paranoid about getting pregnant and after so many B/C failures i always double up.



I'd love to be off hormonal B/C.... im just having a hard time making the commitment. :(

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
12th May '13
Quoting Destiel:" probably condoms, NFP, and pull out combination. "


DH & I both arent fans of condoms & the pull out method.. but to be honest, i think he'd be willing to do anything if it meant my libido came back.



I feel like condoms/pull out totally take away the 'closeness' :oops: .. i prefer it without.. but i think i'd rather that then to feel the way i am right now with the hormones in my system.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
12th May '13
Quoting Ecstasy:" DH & I both arent fans of condoms & the pull out method.. but to be honest, i think he'd be ... [snip!] ... :oops: .. i prefer it without.. but i think i'd rather that then to feel the way i am right now with the hormones in my system."

There are female condoms. What about like a diaphragm or cervical cap? What does your OB think? Are you done having kids? Maybe something like Essure.

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
12th May '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" My hormones go crazy on birth control. I guess there is depo too but everything has its risks. Really sounds like a combo of NFP, condoms (male or female maybe both), and such would be your best bet. "


Im def going to talk to DH & will probably end up doing that.



Im just really anxious/scared of having another baby so soon after my 7mo..



Its making the commitment to take that 'pregnancy barrier' away which scares me.



But its either the implanon/protection & feeling weird, or B/C free & back to my old self.



It probably seems like an easy decision to make, but i've been thinking about this for months now & havent been able to make a choice.

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
12th May '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" There are female condoms. What about like a diaphragm or cervical cap? What does your OB think? Are you done having kids? Maybe something like Essure. "


I thought i was - i wasnt coping with the two i have.



But after i started taking meds for my PPD i realised i wanted another 1-2 since i was feeling so much better.



I just need to get all these meds out of my system..



B/C & anti depressants once im coping better.



I do feel like both are a huge factor in my mood/libido etc.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44071 posts
12th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Ecstasy:</b>" I've got VCF films in my bed side cabinet from when i was post partum & having sex again (while ... [snip!] ... B/C failures i always double up. I'd love to be off hormonal B/C.... im just having a hard time making the commitment. :("</blockquote>




I know :( I worry too. But I did pull out forever and never got preg til we got careless. And it took 2 yrs to get preg with dd2. But I've lost 30 lbs so I'm worried that will make me more fertile now :( plus I still don't have a pp period cause of bfing so I wouldn't know if I was preg.

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
12th May '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" There are female condoms. What about like a diaphragm or cervical cap? What does your OB think? Are you done having kids? Maybe something like Essure. "


I spoke to him about it about 5 days ago..



He thinks we need to get my mood levelled out first (we've increased anti depressants) and then look at removing the implanon.



Both can lower libido drastically and implanon can alter your mood.. so hes having a hard time figuring out if its the implanon causing the moods/libido changes or my PPD.



I feel like i was totally fine & coping until i got the implanon put in at 4-6weeks PP.

Kelly-Ann Louise 1 child; 1 angel baby; Australia 853 posts
12th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Ecstasy:</b>" I really wanted to do NFP - i was actually planning to do that but ended up pregnant with my eldest. ... [snip!] ... like the implanon is what is making my moods etc worse. I was fine until i got that in.. now my hormones have gone haywire. "</blockquote>




I have depression too, and got the implanon put in a week ago, and already I have had 3 days of complete depressed crap.
Yesterday was Mothers day in Australia, and I spent the day crying and sleeping and feeling angry.. granted a few things did trigger it like memories of my abusive mum etc, but I'm wondering if it could be the Implanon..

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
12th May '13
Quoting Kelly-Ann Louise:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Ecstasy:</b>" I really wanted to do NFP - i was actually planning ... [snip!] ... granted a few things did trigger it like memories of my abusive mum etc, but I'm wondering if it could be the Implanon.."


Im in Australia too mama :)



... I have this huge feeling it is the implanon.



DH is sleeping right now (night shift) but when he gets up im going to have a talk with him about our options.



I've been wanting to remove it for ages but just have been too scared.



I think i need to.