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Ortho Tri-Cyclen - pill - Just like your natural levels of hormones vary throughout your cycle, so do the hormonal doses in ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN, delivering three levels instead of just one. So you get the right amount of hormones throughout your cycle to prevent pregnancy—with a low dose. As you go through your normal cycle, every 28 days or so, the pituitary gland releases hormones that signal the ovaries to prepare an egg and send it to the uterus—to be fertilized. However, when you take ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN, which contains two types of hormones (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol), it inhibits this process from occurring and, as a result, no egg is released. It also thickens the cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus. So it's easy for you to prevent pregnancy. (99% effective when taken correctly)
www.orthotri-cyclen.com

Ortho Tri-Cycle Lo - pill - (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a "triphasic" birth control pill, A triphasic birth control pill delivers a constant level of estrogen and three different levels of progestin throughout your cycle. Phasing the progestin over the course of your cycle helps ensure that you receive the minimal amount of hormone needed to prevent you from getting pregnant. (99% effective when used correctly)
www.orthotri-cyclenlo.com

Yasmin - pill - YASMIN is a monophasic birth control pill. This means that each of the first 21 pills contains the same amount of estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and progestin (drospirenone). The last seven pills in a 28-pill, monophasic pack contain no active ingredients and are there to keep you in the habit of taking the Pill every day. (99% effective but 95% effective when taken typically)
www.yasmin-us.com

Seasonale - pill - Prescription SEASONALE® is the same kind of trusted hormones as your current Pill. It has the same reliable effectiveness, too—99% when taken as directed. Plus, you get just 4 periods a year. (99% effective)
www.seasonale.com

Ortho Micronor - pill thats safe for breastfeeding mamas - ORTHO MICRONOR also known as the mini-pill, is a "progestin-only" pill. Unlike conventional birth control pills ("combination pills"), ORTHO MICRONOR contains no estrogen and a lower level of progestin than conventional birth control pills. As a result, ORTHO MICRONOR will not affect the quality or amount of your breast milk and it has no adverse effects on the health, growth or development of your baby. (99.5% effective)
http://www.orthomcneil.com/healthinfo/womenshealth/products/orthomicronor.html

OrthoEvra - patch - The ORTHO EVRA birth control patch is a highly effective, weekly hormonal birth control patch that is worn on the skin to prevent pregnancy. The patch is worn for one week and replaced on the same day of the week for three consecutive weeks, with the fourth week "patch-free." ORTHO EVRA combines the efficacy of the birth control pill with once-a-week dosing. (99% effective)
www.orthoevra.com

NuvaRing - ring -NuvaRing® is a different kind of birth control. The comfortable, flexible contraceptive ring that is about two inches in diameter is used to prevent pregnancy. You insert NuvaRing® into your vagina just once a month. The muscles in your vaginal wall will keep NuvaRing® in place for three weeks. During that time, it will slowly release a low dose of female hormones that are needed to prevent pregnancy.When 21 days are completed, simply remove NuvaRing® to allow your body to have its menstrual cycle. After a seven-day break, you will insert a new ring to continue to be protected against pregnancy. (99% effective when used correctly)
www.nuvaring.com

Depo-Provera - shot - One less thing to think about every day. Get your injection, and you’re protected for 3 months DEPO-PROVERA works by keeping your ovaries in a "resting" state so that eggs are not released. With no egg, of course, sperm have nothing to fertilize, and pregnancy can’t happen. Each DEPO-PROVERA injection suppresses ovulation (egg release) for 3 months, so you only need to take DEPO-PROVERA just 4 times a year! (99.7% effective)
www.depoprovera.com

ParaGard - IUD - ParaGard® is made of soft, flexible material in the shape of a “T” with a small amount of copper on the arms and stem of the “T”. ParaGard®, which is 1 3/8” long and 1 1/4” wide, is designed to fit comfortably in your uterus.
www.paragardiud.com

Mirena - IUS - Mirena is a small t-shaped frame about the size of a quarter. It is made of flexible soft plastic. Once in place, it releases a tiny amount of the hormone levonorgestrel into the lining of your uterus. There are several ways to explain how Mirena may work to prevent pregnancy. Thickening of the cervical mucous to prevent passage of sperm It thins the lining of the uterus. Inhibition of sperm movement.
It is unknown which of these actions is most important in preventing pregnancy. What is known is that Mirena is more than 99% effective
www.mirena-us.com

The Mini Pill AKA the Progesterone Only Pills - Mini-Pills are progesterone-only birth control pills. Mini-Pills come in packs of 28 pills and one is taken every day. They have a synthetic form of the progesterone hormone and no estrogen. The Mini-Pill affects the mucus around the cervix and makes it harder for sperm to enter the uterus. It also affects the transport of the egg through the fallopian tubes. In these ways, the Mini-Pill prevents fertilization. Mini-Pills are more than 95% effective, slightly less than regular birth control pills.

I figured since people are always looking for advice on BC there will be all different kinds in one place. Theres websites for each (except the Mini pill) so you can find out more info if you need it... :D

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could a mod make this a sticky???

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Thanks for posting this info! :)

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here are some other benefits to the pill

http://www.girl-mom.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=7530

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Might be helpful if some posted their experiences with various birth control methods. I've heard many horror stories from friends and co-workers about the shot. Everyone I've known to have had it got VERY sick the day of the first shot. And many gained a lot of weight in the months after taking it.

As for me, I've taken Ortho Tri-Cyclen (pre-Laila), the mini pill (for a short time while breast feeding) and OT-C Lo (currently).

OT-C is great. Lo causes my periods to be off. I usually start about halfway through the third week, which is annoying. The mini pill was horrible for me. Caused me to have a period about every two weeks. Lasting 6 days each, I only got about 8-10 days between. Crappy.

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Thats a great idea.

ORTHO EVRA ~ I have been using it for about 6 months now. I personally don't like it cause I don't feel "safe"(I am changing next month). I haven't liked it because it also cause really bad iratation on my skin. I have tried it on my lower abdomen and my butt and every time it gets itchy and then the day I take it off it has like a rash from the irratation. Everyones skin does react differently so it might be great for someone else.

The NICE thing about it is you change it once a week so if you forget it can last a few extra days. But if you forget the pill you can screw it up(personal experience).

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i am currently on the mini pill aka progesterone only pills(pops) and i used to be on alesse way back when.

I liked alesse my periods were regular and i had reletively light ones. it helped a lot with cramping. Pops, i dont like. you never get your period so i am always like, hmm am i pregnant? but i know im not... but they are ok to use while breastfeeding so...

this is a really good idea!

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*bump

So, you say on the mini-pill you don't get your period? Damn, I would have loved that... although, like you, been paranoid about being pregnant. But still. Ugh... half my month was a period on those. I finally just stopped taking them and used condoms for the months that I was breastfeeding, and then a really long time afterward until I not only got insurance but, then, also conjured up the will to have a papsmear... blah. I have a weird cylce I guess. I can't wait to get back on OT-C.. or the generic brand (which isn't available for Lo).

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SkyKid45 wrote:
i am currently on the mini pill aka progesterone only pills(pops) and i used to be on alesse way back when.

I liked alesse my periods were regular and i had reletively light ones. it helped a lot with cramping. Pops, i dont like. you never get your period so i am always like, hmm am i pregnant? but i know im not... but they are ok to use while breastfeeding so...

this is a really good idea!

I'm on alesse right now, I love being able to predict when my period will come, I never used to have even a clue.

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does anyone know about the safety of breastfeeding and being on ortho-evra, the patch? I hated taking the pill, don't want to do depo, no iud's...any briliiant advice ladies? Thanks

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hey thanks for that i read about the injection which i gotta have or the pill

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Saw this post and thought I'd share my experience with birth control.

I'm on Ortho Evera (the patch) and I've been on it for about 8 months now. I really haven't had any side effects from it, and I was worried about it falling off at first, but it stays on fine. I like it because I tend to forget things, so only having to do it once a week was easier for me to remember.

It's not the most comfortable thing to pull off when the week is up, but it's not that bad. I don't have any skin irritation from it, although I have to scrub to get some of the stuck on 'glue' stuff from around the edges where the patch had been off. I usually don't put it on my ass because of that, because it's not easy to see if I've gotten all of it off or not, lol.

If you have sensitive skin it probably wouldn't be good, but otherwise I've had no adverse affects or anything. My boobs were sorta sore when I first started taking it, but that cleared up in a few weeks.

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You are not supposd to take any type of birth control that contains estrogen in it while breastfeeding not because it harms your milk but because it tends to dry you up I am taking the mini pill it seems to be the only other meyhod except of course barrier methods of BC

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I saw this post and felt compelled to share my own experience with the pill.. But first off, I do want to note that my intentions are NOT to discourage anyone from using hormonal birth control, but rather to educate others about the risks..

About three years ago, when I was eighteen I went on the pill for the first time.. (I was on Yasmin I believe).. Anyways after just a month and a half on the pill, I ended up in the hospital with potentially life-threatening pulmonary emboli (or blood clots in my lungs).. They often mention the risk of hortmonal birth control causing a "rare but serious copmplication in some women, espercially those over 40 and women who smoke in refering to the risk of blood clots", but I just so happened to be one of the lucky "young" ones.. after this experience I was promptly taken of the pill and told I could NEVER use hormonal birth control again.. (which would account for my current pregnancy which may have been unplanned, but definitely not unwanted..)

But anyhow, I just want to raiseawareness of this potential risk.. and if you are on birth control and experience chest pains, difficulty breathing, etc.. PLEASE seek medical advice.. it could save your life!

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i have tried the mini pill which i reacted to and then i was put onto the ortho tri-cyclen pill i think but that wasnt all that good as i have a poor memory so i often forgot

then i was on the depo injection which was great as my periods were extremly light and regular as clockwork but i did occasionally get really bad cramps but now im on a form that wasnt mentioned.Its an implant that is fitted in the arm just between the skin and the muscle and its brilliant-no periods and no cramps and best of all no weight gain or greasy skin-its called Implanon and its a progestogen only-subdermal implant-it lasts 3-4 years

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I think we should have more information about non conventional kinds of birth control. I have had bad experiences and continue to hear horror stories about synthetic birth control and though, I respect the rights of all the women on this board, I don't think it should be promoted without real facts about people's experiences with them, because the statistics that are out there are largely innaccurate. Have you ever been in a drug study? Heres how they get thier information, say, glaxosmithkline in philadelphia puts an ad in the city paper about getting paid 100$ for a birth control study. The study involves you coming down to the office once a week, requires that you are heterosexual and in a monogamous relationship, and that you take thier birth control for a period of say...three months. OR, they might even be giving you a placebo. So 50 dykes sign up for the study, lie out of thier asses about thier "monogamous hetero significant other" and the effects the birth control has on them, get paid and split, and whala, theres your statistic. I know hundreds of people who are in these studies, I know people who have written books about the pharmaceutical industry and what a load of bs it is, and the amount of fillers they put in the medication that is not legal. Ive been in these studies, and lied, just to get paid. This is how alot of people make money, i know people that buy houses with the money they make from bs drug studies. And the corporations make money too. So everybody wins. Except the people who end up actually using the product. Again, I don't want to make anyone on this board feel shitty about thier descisions, but these are things women should know about and take into account when deciding what kind of risk its worth. Since I went on this rant, I will try to post as much information about alternative forms of birth control and what I use, so as to make this a "hit and run" problem rant without offering a solution.Check out the book "Guinea Pig Zero" for more info about the pharm industry.

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I never noticed this thread before, like ever.

I really want to learn about non hormonal birth control or any other effective methods that don't involve getting my chemistry all fucked with. I remember feeling shitty on the pill and I'm pretty scared to get the shot because I've heard some sketchy things about that too.

You mamas know any other safe and non-scary options??

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The para-guard IUD is really good! I had it in for a year and just had it taken out cuz it slipped a little and was hurting me. When that happens they just put a new one in but I opted out for that since we're going to ttc in like dec/jan some time and it just seemed silly to get another one in to have it taken out so soon. The only side effects I had were cramping, and I went longer in between each period (but hey! Thats a good thing!). I think the only other side effect if you are at higher risk of a PID. Its cuz that string is hanging down it can be a portal for infection. But if you know your partner is clean and trust him don't worry about it.

As natural family planning is another one. But you really have to have a very regular period and chart it (mymonthlycycles.com is a good one) and then go off of there. The website shows you your average period length and also when you probably are ovulating. You just use condom on the possible ovulation dates. Which is about a week long to be safe.

Those and condom are the only ones I know of with no hormones and the least side effects. Obviously with the family planning if you chart wrong, there's very real possiblity of getting preggo. With the para-guard my dr. compared it to getting your tubes tied but reversable, and no down-time.