• vaginal ring (contraceptive)

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    ronnie-baby [sign in to see picture]
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    Hi, I was just wondering if anyone has used the vaginal ring contraceptive? I'm thinking of changing my contraception to this as I'm getting awfully terrible at remembering my pill and no other type of contraception apart from this is suitable for me and my lifestyle.

    rb

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    WandA [sign in to see picture]
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    No experience of but here is an interesting link:

    http://www.birth-control-comparison.info/vaginal-ring.htm

    Hope it helps.

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    ronnie-baby [sign in to see picture]
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    thanks WandA that link was interesting.

    rb

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    WandA [sign in to see picture]
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    You're welcome, I hope somebody has something more interesting to say!

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    Can I pry and ask why you feel it's the only method available to you?

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    telemachus [sign in to see picture]
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    If I was to consider the vaginal ring as a method of contraception I would also look at the implant. They have the same possible side effects but the implant is more effective and lasts longer. Plus, you can have it taken out at any time. You have to replace the ring every month which is quite often.

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    Sounds interestiong how do you girls feel about taking contraceptives rather than say a condom?

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    I prefer myself to take contraceptives rather than condoms. Condoms dull all sensations for me and I know too for you boys! They just feel odd and not like the real thing. Also they seem to irritate me as I'm very sensitive down there (I don't know if it's the lubricant they use or the latex material though?).

    I don't like the other nasty side effects that come with the other forms or contraception available out there like weight gain, acne and irratic, irregular heavier periods or rather sometime none at all- I like to know where I stand and what's going on with my body, hence why I suggested Nuvaring. I never got any side affects with the pill. I know there's always going to be some side effects whichever contraception method you chose but some are more severe than others and many don't suit my lifestyle to use other methods.

    I don't want the coil either, both my nan and mum had it and both of them needed hospital treatment after it inbedded itself into them. (and this wasn't within months of insertion) Sounds absolutely horrific though if you ask me?!

    The side affects of Nuvaring don't seem as serious plus I'm awful at remembering my pill, I have to say over 6 years you'd think I'd be better at it, but it's gotten worse as I'm much more busy now and also have other things to worry about that sometimes it just doesn't always come top of my priorities. It's not worth the risk and panicking over when I forget and you have a leaflet the length of your arm that is very vague as to what you need to do. :-/

    I've got more info on the nuvaring after visiting fpa clinic who enlightened me on it and says it doesn't live up to it's name as it's more awkward than it explains etc, etc and the pros of it aren;t always said to be true.I've now decided against it and have opted for the contraceptive patch, which I tried years ago and gave up within the first week as I was too young at the time to understand it properly and appreciate its convenience. I think I'm more likely to remember to change a patch once a week than take a pill everyday?! I'll set a weekly alarm or get my OH to remind me when he's home as he's far better at remembeering things than I'll ever be. Plus with the patch, it offers cover against sickness and stomach upsets, which I sometimes experience and panic with my pill as it doesn't provide cover when your ill like this.

    rb

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    i have the Mirena IUD and have had no problems at all with it...the big bonus is no periods (though it can take a little while to settle down) Prior to this I used the patches for two years and they were great but after my 2nd baby I decided I wanted something longer term.

    With the patch I use to change it on a sunday evening as I was less likely going to be busy so remember to change it.

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    This isn't meant to sound funny but don't/can't you set an alarm?

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    In a long term relationship condoms generally aren't favoured, although they are essential to protect against STI's!!! Any hormonal contraceptive can cause the side effects you mention rb. Again if you are looking for long term contraception I would've suggested the mirena ius that also releases progestogen or the implant. Unfortunately while you are adding artificial hormones to your body you'll never have a full understanding of your body.

    It sounds like you've made a choice now though so good luck and let us know how you get on with it.
    B x

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    smirnoff09 wrote:

    i have the Mirena IUD and have had no problems at all with it...the big bonus is no periods (though it can take a little while to settle down) Prior to this I used the patches for two years and they were great but after my 2nd baby I decided I wanted something longer term.

    With the patch I use to change it on a sunday evening as I was less likely going to be busy so remember to change it.

    We just started with that. Seems pretty good. Although I can feel it during intercourse (from male perspective). But yeah its great no more PMT!!!!

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    I thought about the mirena ius but it doesnt appeal to me all the unsettled periods and the thought it could move, and also what with my families troubles with the ius becomming inbedded. I don't fancy the trip to a&e! the only thing that concerns me with the patch is that it carries twice the risk of dvt as what the pill does. Apart from that I have no qualms about using it.

    rb

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    I think it is ok for most, but like all these things it is a personnal choice and a compromise!

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    ronnie - the vaginal ring is still a hormonal contraceptive. You could get side effects similar to those with the Depo injection, implant - ie, weight gain, headaches, acne.

    Coils are good for some and less good for others. I would never consider one. My periods are heavy enough already and it's not a risk I would be happy to take. I avoid hormonal contraception after years of them and would never try the Mirena. I don't hear much better about the copper coil.

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    My wife went on to depo after we had our youngest, well psyco had nothing on her. she stopped that right quick but it took her about 2 months to come right again, i ended up having the snip.
    Is that an option for your other half?

    i had the no scalple method which i would recomend, 1 night of very mild discomfort then nothing.

    Still walked away from th clinic like john wayne even through i couldnt feel a thing.

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    Kinkyfish wrote:

    My wife went on to depo after we had our youngest, well psyco had nothing on her. she stopped that right quick but it took her about 2 months to come right again, i ended up having the snip.
    Is that an option for your other half?

    i had the no scalple method which i would recomend, 1 night of very mild discomfort then nothing.

    Still walked away from th clinic like john wayne even through i couldnt feel a thing.

    I'm guessing it wasn't done by her?

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    Very nearly on several ocasions

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    telemachus wrote:

    Coils are good for some and less good for others. I would never consider one. My periods are heavy enough already and it's not a risk I would be happy to take.

    I was actually recommended it because of heavy and irregular periods.

    ***prepare for TMI, skip away***

    In school, I used to have the highest absorbancy tampon and a highest absorbancy pad, and by the end of one 38-minute class, both had filled, it had soaked though my panties and tights, and was running down my legs. and it lasted for a minumum of a week, sometimes as long as three weeks. I was hospitalised for dehydration and anemia pretty much every time I had one (although getting up to three months between them made it easier). They ran every test they had, and couldn't find a thing wrong with me. The pill made them regular and light enough that the big tampon + big pad combo would last an hour or so before filling, which was amazing for me.

    I've only had the coil little under four months, but it's magic. I've had no side effects, and while I did have a bit of irrelgualr bleeding for the first month, but it was light enough I didn't even need to double up, the "real" period came on time the first two times, and this time, I got two days of mild cramps but no bleeding at all. Hoping it stays away for good, that'd be awesome. But yeah, it's apparently the method best suited to regulating heavy periods, so it might be worth a shot. Plus, when I was asking about it, my local GP can remove it in an emergency (he's a gyno specialist though), so if i have the slightest worry, can just pop up the road and be inspected or have it removed there and then.

    Not saying it'll definitely work for you - as you say, some find it perfect, others a PITA - but definitely don't discount it just because of the heavy periods thing, that makes you more of a candidate.

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    at your TMI warning.

    I have considered the copper coil - I would not consider Mirena as I feel that my days of hormonal contraception are at an end. I have done it for too long, suffered all the side effects and am no longer happy chugging all those hormones into my body. The lighter peiods are only the case for hormonal coils, copper coils are known for increasing the heaviness and length of periods - which is why I discounted them. I long for better contraception methods.

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