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Paragard, please let me love you.

So I had my first IUD inserted on Thursday. I'm wondering, about, um . . . discharge. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Aug 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Question about missed birth control

Pretty straightforward. I took my combined oral contraceptive erratically for a little over a week - how long should I wait before I resume unprotected sex? [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Aug 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Mysterious Mirena migration

After a year and a half of trusty service, my Mirena IUD seems to have been sucked into unknown parts of my uterus, taking its strings with it and leaving me with dull cramps 24/7. Has this happened to you or anyone you know? [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Jul 31, 2014 - 13 answers

Tell me again why teenagers shouldn't be having sex.

My 15-yr old daughter recently told me she has been having sex with her boyfriend of 10 months (also 15 y.o.) [more inside]
posted by cherrybounce on Jul 28, 2014 - 78 answers

Er ... should it be in, or out?

Got off-cycle with my birth control (NuvaRing) & now period weirdness has ensued, and I'm not sure whether to call the month a loss and just "start fresh" next month or ... what. More (kinda grody, sorry) details inside, because I don't want to be TMI on the front page. [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 on Apr 24, 2014 - 10 answers

How long should I stick it out with birth control before giving up?

How long should I stick it out with the birth control pill before giving up? I've been on it for only a week and a half and already have incredibly obnoxious side effects. [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Apr 18, 2014 - 17 answers

Please give me birth control advice - AFTER condoms.

My partner and I have decided to use two layers of birth control. Her doctor said it was a good idea, because condoms have a small failure rate even when used perfectly. However, she doesn't want her parents to know (she's 20) and is on their health insurance, and she has a family friend that works at planned parenthood. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2014 - 35 answers

If you like it then you shoulda put a NuvaRing on it

What's the most efficient way to get non-condom birth control without health insurance? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Mar 14, 2014 - 26 answers

Trying to decide which kind of Copper IUD: Liberte or Nova?

I'm in Ontario, and my doctor wrote a note for my prescription which basically says "Copper IUD" on it, which means I get to decide which IUD to get of the kinds available here: the NOVA T ($200) or the Liberte ($80). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Depression vs. IUD

I've been dealing with depression for years. I can't tell if it's worse because of my birth control. Help? [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Dec 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Seeking guidance on tricky slipped condom issues.

Is this a job for the morning after pill? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2013 - 26 answers

Yoga body?

Since starting on birth control about a year ago, I have gained SO. MUCH. WEIGHT. (Almost 30 lbs) I want to look like a yogini. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Sep 23, 2013 - 23 answers

Starting the nuvaring mid-month

Planned parenthood tells me it's okay to start the pill any day of the month, and one should use additional protection for seven days following. Does this apply to nuvaring as well? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Aug 19, 2013 - 4 answers

What should I put in my daughter's going-off-to-college survival kit

My daughter leaves for college in a couple of weeks. This MeFi post reminded me that I need to follow through on my plan to give her a survial kit. What should go in it in addition to condoms and lube? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2013 - 74 answers

Birth control options for sad ladies

New relationship, long history of depression, looking for birth control advice. [more inside]
posted by terretu on Aug 9, 2013 - 17 answers

Does using condoms pose a risk if I am mildly allergic to latex?

I have a mild but irritating latex allergy. Does long-term, regular latex condom use pose a threat to my health? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2013 - 24 answers

Should I have listened better in sex ed?

This is a snowflakey question about grey-area unprotected sex, spotting, and plan B. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Experience with emergency contraception?

What is your experience with taking Plan B One Step or other emergency contraception? [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker on Jul 28, 2013 - 34 answers

When will the "Male Birth Control Pill" or "Male IUD" be a reality?

Realistically speaking, how long will it be until a male version of The Pill or The IUD is available in the US and approved by all the necessary government/health organizations?
posted by evil otto on Jul 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Tips on managing crazy weight gain on birth control (Visanne)?

If I eat 3 meals a day, I can put on 2-3 pounds a day. If I eat 2 meals and a snack, I can maintain my weight. I am so hungry it is ALL I can think about. Halp! [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Jul 21, 2013 - 23 answers

I'll take the pill that makes me fat and angry.

Please help me alleviate my fears about going on hormonal birth control for the first time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2013 - 38 answers

Birth control in NYC

I'm in a bit of a pickle- I need to get a new prescription for the pill but the GYN who's been prescribing it can no longer do so. I've been contacting various clinics but I'm getting quoted prices of $60-80 in order to see the doctor before they will write the script. I'm broke and unemployed, but still have insurance. How the heck can I get a new script without paying an arm and a leg? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by fox problems on Jul 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Cervical barriers and rough sex

After years of experimenting with different types of birth control, I have an appointment to get fitted for a cervical cap. I'm curious to hear from other women who use this method how effective it is during rough sex and deep penetration. I know it's supposed to create a suction around the cervix, but how easy is it to be dislodged? Also curious about diaphragm and the Lea contraceptive. [more inside]
posted by E3 on Jul 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Reluctantly giving up my HBC pills -- have questions about the Mirena

I'm a 29-year-old female who's been on birth control pills for 13 years, with one six-month break in the middle. Due to a recent medical diagnosis, my PCP is concerned about my continued use of this medication and has suggested I consider a Mirena IUD. I have questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2013 - 26 answers

I don't feel comfortable being on "The Pill" and I'm ready to get off.

Prior to going on birth control I experienced two very severe episodes of pre-menstrual cramping, and I'd like to go off of the pill, but I'm scared! I'm looking for natural remedies to prevent severe menstrual cramping as I ease off of birth control. [more inside]
posted by Shaitan on Jun 14, 2013 - 20 answers

How many simple rules for dating my teenage daughter?

My 15-yo daughter has been dating a guy for about a year, has recently become sexually active with him, and we're moving toward getting her on hormonal birth control. The fact that she even came to me to talk about this is a minor miracle. How can I encourage a sex-positive attitude? What boundaries and limits, if any, should I establish? [more inside]
posted by SomeTrickPony on May 5, 2013 - 47 answers

What was your experience getting off the pill after many years on it?

A lot of people experience intense moods and emotions while their body transitions off the hormones. After that, some people notice that their personality has changed one way or the other for good. I've real some studies that show hormonal birth control also has an effect on the kind of person you are attracted to when you are on it. Does this mean you might not be as attracted to the person you're already with? What was your experience?
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night on Feb 28, 2013 - 28 answers

Progestin pill side effects (especially dizziness/spotting ) duration?

I've been on a progestin-only pill to prevent pregnancy for three weeks, and I am unhappy. Wondering if anyone experienced similar symptoms, especially dizziness/hypotensive episodes and irregular bleeding) and how long they took to go away for you. (details within) [more inside]
posted by Fire on Feb 14, 2013 - 14 answers

Essure, Paragard, or other?

Considering long-term, permanent birth control options. [more inside]
posted by waving on Feb 13, 2013 - 21 answers

Is it possible to interrupt a period that has already started?

Is it possible to interrupt a period that has already started? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Jan 19, 2013 - 18 answers

Identifying a female-sterilization-friendly gynecologist

Looking for a gynecologist who will not give me--28, no kids, not in a relationship--a hard time about getting a tubal ligation. How I can ascertain this from the website, a phone call, or (if necessary) the first visit? Maryland/DC area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2013 - 12 answers

Three days of the month, I'm not all that fun to be around either.

I never ever ever want to have another period/breakthrough bleed. Which birth control should I be on? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Dec 6, 2012 - 27 answers

The Paragard is good for you, right?

I'm getting a copper IUD next week, yay! I did a little too much background reading about it and am now totally psyching myself out, boo! Can you talk me back into being excited, or at least calm, about this decision? [more inside]
posted by Be cool, sodapop on Nov 29, 2012 - 35 answers

All those women are also x

Are there things we can say about women who do not do well with hormonal birth control as a group? [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on Nov 19, 2012 - 9 answers

BC Makes me crazy, and I'm going to have to take it anyway (PCOS). If you're crazy on some, can you be OK on others?

Just Diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)... BC makes me crazy, but am going to have to take it... eep! Anyone else crazy on some BC but not others? Tell me there's hope! [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Oct 30, 2012 - 28 answers

Mirena and acne... is it forever?

IUDs and acne. How long should I wait before seeking serious acne treatment? Will the hormone acne subside? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Oct 17, 2012 - 16 answers

Is there a connection between the Pill and food allergies?

Could there be a connection between a food (yeast) allergy and birth control pills? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Oct 9, 2012 - 5 answers

My Pussy Is Not Rioting, Thanks.

So I've got some questions about my (aging) vagina. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 18 answers

Hormonal Birth Control Question #3493, you are our next contestant! Come on DOWWWWN!

I've been on Ocella (Yasmin) for about 4 years now. Like a great relationship, things started out wonderfully, but I think my baby-making hormone changes are coming between us. [more inside]
posted by Sayuri. on Aug 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Treating endometriosis with birth control

Had an endometrioma surgically removed. Deciding whether to start the pill. [more inside]
posted by perryfugue on Jul 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Low to no medicine birth control options

please advise on birth control options particularly if you have experience with low-medicine or no-medicine methods. [more inside]
posted by saraindc on Jul 4, 2012 - 37 answers

Convoluted Birth Control Pill Question

I take Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo birth control pills and accidentally started a new pack the day I was supposed to start the sugar pills. I've only taken one so far. While I can keep going and just skip my period if necessary, I'd rather not for timing reasons. What would the effects be of: A) Taking one pill and then stopping B) Not taking the first pill of the new pack next week?
posted by Lady Gotohell on Jun 12, 2012 - 6 answers

I don't even remember what my periods were like in 2004, man.

What was it like for you to quit hormonal birth control after using it for a long time - let's say 5 or more years? [more inside]
posted by town of cats on May 22, 2012 - 40 answers

FAM or IUD or baby but please god, no pill

Hate the Pill -- IUD or FAM? If so, how so? Snow flurry inside. [more inside]
posted by mibo on May 2, 2012 - 43 answers

The ins and outs of sex with the Nuvaring

I've looked at every question here dealing with the Nuvaring, and read all the patient information, and yet still I don't know: What does it feel like during sex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 - 23 answers

IUD>NuvaRing?

[BC filter] Will an IUD (Mirena) be a good option when I didn't like the Nuvaring? Particularly, it lowered my libido and gave me mood swings. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Mar 9, 2012 - 18 answers

BCP at any old time, or...

[BCP filter] Taking the pill at different times each day: how risky am I being? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Mar 2, 2012 - 26 answers

Troubled times

Birth control/emergency contraceptive question. To panic or not? [more inside]
posted by Small Pockets on Feb 21, 2012 - 20 answers

Birth Control

Some questions about hormonal birth control. [more inside]
posted by lali on Feb 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Mirena and Fertility Awareness

This may be naive: is there any way to have my fertility tested while I have a Mirena inserted? [more inside]
posted by swingbraid on Jan 30, 2012 - 11 answers

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