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Out of curiosity I wanted to see what type of Birth Control/Contraceptives people were most wanting to learn about. Let me know which ones you’re most interested in. No cheating and picking all of them, pick only your top 3 if you have more than one please.
There are only two questions, one is which one do you want to learn more about, the other is which one do you know about the best. This is to compare the two, help me figure out what order I want to do my birth control posts, and also I’m thinking of starting making sex education quizzes to test your knowledge and I’d like to compare what people think they know most about and what people actually know most about.
On the state of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that employers could refuse to cover birth control based on religion many people point out that the ACA (aka Obamacare) will continue to cover birth control fully without the employer. This is the compromise that was reached.
However, this weekend the Supreme Court issued an emergency injunction permitting a Christian college to refuse to participate in the compromise around the ACA’s birth control requirement while its case proceeds.
We all saw this coming, these people will stop at nothing to insure not only will employers not have to pay for birth control, but that employers will keep employees from being able to get birth control.
Working on my birth control posts. Here’s the different categories I have so far for the information I need about each type of birth control/contraceptives:
Side Effects: how it effects periods
How it works
How to take it: How often do you need to take it, what to avoid while on it, timing, what to do if I forget to take it, etc.
How is it used to treat certain conditions
counterindications: what conditions you can’t have while on it, how soon you can use it after pregnancy/abortion, if you can use it while breast feeding, what medications you can’t take etc.
How reversible it is, how long you should stay on it before switching, how to stop using it, etc.
What’s best for trans people
What to do if you end up pregnant on it
How discrete it is
availability: by country
Any others we can think of?
What other things would help you figure out what method you wanted to use?
A recent study asked patients and doctors what information they thought was most important when patients were figuring out what birth control they want to try. The results found that most patients want information about how the birth control works and its safety, whereas doctors think information about birth control effectiveness is most important.
Because I can’t pay to look at the full study and see all of the questions used in this survey I wanted to ask y’all what your priorities were as far as information about birth control.
Here are some of the topics mentioned in the articles I’ve found:
How it works
How often do you need to take it
How is it used.
Any other topics you can think of? What questions do you want to ask doctors when you’re considering a form of birth control? I’ll write a post compiling all this information!
Lawsuits are being filed in Canada and the U.S. against the maker of an increasingly popular contraceptive, alleging that women haven’t been properly warned about rare but potentially serious risks associated with the intrauterine device.
This outlines exactly why I’m so passionate about family planning. Bayer keeps getting in trouble for not putting on the packaging that these very rare side effects like the IUD moving or adhesions occurring are possible. In my opinion a lot of the fault is on improper training of doctors as well as just doctors not having enough time to fully prepare patients and take the time they need. If doctors were more educated on various forms of contraception and kept their knowledge up to date, if they could sit down and have an in-depth conversation with patients about their options and the possible side effects and explain everything, and if doctors were trained better on IUD insertion and took their time to get it placed correctly and scheduled a follow up appointment and expressed the importance of a follow up appointment to make sure it is in correctly these things wouldn’t happen. I really see a need for trained family planning counselors who make this their only priority
What Birth Control Would be Best For Me?
What are you looking for in a birth control method?
- Sterilization, a permanent procedure with less than 1% chance of pregnancy
- The IUD, either copper or hormonal. Lasts for several years, as effective as sterilization
- The Implant. Lasts for several years, just as effective as sterilization
- Long Term
- Sterilization, permanent
- The copper IUD, 12 years
- Hormonal IUD, 5 years
- The Implant, 3 years
- The Shot, 3 months
- Hassle free, simple
- Sterilization, one procedure with some recovery
- The IUD, one procedure every few years with very little recovery
- The Implant, one procedure every few years with very little recovery
- The shot, one procedure every 3 months, some pain at site of the shot
- The nuva ring, insert the ring once a month into your vagina
- the patch, put the patch on your skin once a week
- the pill, take one pill every day
- internal condom, spermicide, sponge, insert into vagina before sex.
- No prescription
- the withdrawal technique
- fertility awareness
- the pill and other forms of birth control*
*in some countries
- No hormones
- The copper IUD
- sponge, diaphragm, cervical cap
- the withdrawal technique
- fertility awareness
- breast feeding
- withdrawal technique, free
- fertility awareness, free
- condoms, free at clinics about $1/each
- breast feeding, free
- spermicide $8/package
- sponge, $9-15/package of 3
- cervical cap, $60-75 (reusable until breaks)
- diaphragm, $15-75 (reusable until breaks)
- the pill, $15-50/mo
- the patch, $15-80/mo
- the ring, $15-80/mo
- the shot, $35-100/3mo
- the implant, $400-800/3yrs
- IUD, $500-1,000/6-12 yrs
*may be able to get some for free depending on your insurance, where you live, or government programs
- Regulate periods
- the combination pill, tends to make periods lighter, can be used to skip periods
- progestin only mini pill, more effective at regulating periods but can’t be used to skip periods although it may cease your periods
- nuva ring, tends to make periods lighter, can be used to skip periods
- the patch, tends to make periods lighter, can be used to skip periods
- the shot, gets rid of periods altogether but can make them worse the first few months
- the implant, tends to make periods lighter, may cease periods altogether
- the hormonal IUD, tends to make periods lighter, may cease periods altogether
- Acne treatment
- Some brands of the pill, usually combination pills.
- Also protects against STIs
- The Condom
(let me know if anything should be added to the list)
Birth Control Series: Part 1 - IUDs
This series of posts on birth control methods will not cover condoms and other barriers to be used during sex. For information on condoms and barriers, see this post. None of the birth control methods discussed during this series are effective at preventing the transmission of STDs and STIs.
An intrauterine device, also known as an IUD, is a small (no thicker than a tampon string), T-shaped object inserted into the uterus to mess with the way sperm moves and intercept it from fertilizing an egg. There are two main types of IUD, Mirena and Paragard. The Mirena IUD is hormone-based, and the Paragard IUD is copper. Once inserted, an IUD lasts for several years (up to 12, depending on the kind) before it will need to be removed and/or replaced.
An IUD is one of the most effective forms of birth control, right up there with sterilization. Less than 1 out of every 100 people using the IUD method of birth control will become pregnant when an IUD has been placed properly. It is also easy to use and maintain. The insertion process takes about 60 seconds and you are protected from pregnancy immediately after insertion. After insertion, assuming that there are not complications, you do not have to worry about the IUD until the point where it needs to be replaced or removed. It is discreet and private, many people who use an IUD say that their partner(s) cannot even tell that it is there. Occasionally, the string that hangs down from the cervix (for removal at a later point) can be felt during intercourse, but this can be trimmed if needed.
The Mirena IUD is hormone based. It works by secreting a small amount of progesterone each day. It contains no estrogen, so there are fewer side effects than other hormone-based forms of birth control, but there are still some hormone-related side effects for certain users of the IUD. The Mirena IUD lasts for 5 years as stated by the manufacturer, but in Europe it is approved for use for up to 7 years. Side effects at first include unpredictable and irregular bleeding, but it is usually only spotting. After the first 6 months, most people’s periods stop altogether, or are much lighter and shorter.
The Paragard IUD contains copper and is hormone free. It is the ONLY super-effective hormone-free form of birth control available, other than sterilization. It lasts for 10 years as stated by the manufacturer, but many studies have shown evidence that it is effective for up to 12 years, and many establishments that provide Paragard insertion services (Planned Parenthood being one of them) agree that it is effective for 12 years. Most users of the Paragard IUD experience heavier, crampier periods for the first few months, but most people’s menstrual cycles return to normal after 6 months.
In a healthy person, regardless of age and whether or not one has given birth or had an abortion, IUDs are a viable option. IUDs, however, are not right for every person. An IUD could be wrong for you if you have any of several health conditions. You should not use an IUD if you: have had a pelvic infection following a birth or abortion in the past 3 months, have or might have an STI, have or might have a pelvic infection, are pregnant, or may be pregnant, have untreated cervical cancer, have cancer of the uterus, have unexplained vaginal bleeding, have pelvic tuberculosis, or have a uterine perforation during an IUD insertion.
The Mirena IUD in particular is not for people who have severe liver disease, or who have, or might have, breast cancer.
The Paragard IUD in particular is not for people who have, or might have, an allergy to copper, or who have Wilson’s disease, an inherited disease that blocks the body’s ability to get rid of copper.
If you are interested in using an IUD as a method of birth control, see your doctor - either a OB/GYN or your general practitioner should be equipped to discuss it with you.