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Old 01-16-2012, 08:15 AM   #1
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What do you do about birth control?

I'm sure there are other threads on this, but I'm terrible with the search function.

DS2 is 5 months old this week and is still EBF, we'll probably start solids next month(ish). DH and I haven't been doing anything for BC since I haven't gotten PPAF, but as we approach the 6 month mark, I'm getting nervous. So, I'm just curious what other mamas do.... have you waited for PPAF before starting BC? What do you use for BC? I just can't seem to come up with a good option... I hate condoms, don't want hormones, and am nervous of an "oops" with NFP...

We want a 3rd, so an "oops" wouldn't be the end of the world, but I know I'd be a much happier mama if I got a good long break between weaning DS2 and getting pg again.

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Old 01-16-2012, 09:13 AM   #2
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We do condoms. I refuse to go on and off hormonal BC inbetween kids. And we use them from the beginning. You can ovulate once before AF comes back.
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:23 AM   #3
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Re: What do you do about birth control?

With my DD, we used Lactational Amenorrhea until she was 5.5 months (and we followed all the rules), and then I started using the NuvaRing. I hadn't had an AF yet at that point. I considered Fertility Awareness, but with so much nightwaking, I didn't think I would get a reliable temp chart.

This time, I tried the Mirena IUD about 6 weeks after DS was born, but I expelled it after I'd had it a few weeks, so I went with Implanon instead. I've been really happy with it.

If you don't want hormones, maybe you would like the copper IUD.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:33 AM   #4
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Re: What do you do about birth control?

my dh got snipped. before that we charted and avoided during fertile times. My dh has never been home while i have been nursing though, thanks to the army.
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:31 PM   #5
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Right now we're old school with condoms but as soon as I can I'm getting back on nuva ring. I'm not sure when its considered safe though. I should look into in I guess. lol
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:29 PM   #6
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I originally got the depo shot and hated it. I went back to a mirena which I feel pretty good with. I got my AF back pretty quick due to LO being a preemie and EPing for 2 and a half months. The Mirena is nice because the hormones are released locally instead of going thru the bloodstream and I didn't notice any hit to my supply.
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:32 PM   #7
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I have a paraguard.

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I used the mini pill until each LO weaned. AF didn't return unitil each one weaned for me which was at 7 months. Then went to the regular pill between DS1 and DS2 but wasn't good at taking in and we had DS2 a little sooner than planned. After DS2 I went nuva ring and loved it. It was so easy, make my AF so light and easy to manange. I discovered my hormones/moods were much better regulated with the nuva ring.
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Condoms and FAM while breastfeeding. I didn't like to use any hormones until they weaned.

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