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Problems with Birth Control

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  • Posted By: kiminiminy
  • June 13, 2008
  • 06:17 PM

So, about a year and a half ago I decided it was time to go on birth control. In part because I didn't want a baby yet (either did my boyfriend), and in part because I got tired of the cramps, heavy bleeding, and all that fun stuff.
First I tried a pill--Femcon FE. I wasn't on it long before it made me throw up every morning. I felt worse than I did before. So, in January, I had a mirena put in. Wow, they said that for 3-6 months there would be cramps. I wasn't expecting cramps everyday, just as bad as they were before I got birth control. Also, I have gained weight right around that area--people have actually asked me if I am pregnant. None of my clothes fit--which is starting to irritate me. My flow is just as bad as it was before. I just have nothing good to say about my experiences with birth control.
Now, I am thinking about having a couple of kids, then getting an hysterectomy to get it over with. The cramps and such are interfering with my life, and I want kids sometime. But, I'm not so sure my boyfriend of almost 2 years wants kids.
Has anyone else had problems or been unhappy with their birthcontrol?

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  • I suggest getting the mirena out asap - this IUD can contribute to PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) which can cause your current symptoms. I am not a fan of hormonal birth control. I recommend using the good ole fashioned diaphragm as it has NO hormones and is extremely effective IF YOU REMEMBER TO USE IT;). Yes, it is a bit inconvenient, but IMO it is much safer and less toxic a choice. A hysterectomy can cause a host of new horrible problems - please don't do this without looking at all the side effects and life changes it can cause!!! Please go see a good gyno and get a transvaginal ultrasound done to rule out fibroids, PID, ovarian cysts etc. You need to get your periods regular and without pain - this is very hard to do using allopathic medicine IME. Consider trying acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine - this can be so helpful for women's issues! If you can find a good practitioner who specializes in women's health this can help get your cycles back on track. Lastly, I recommend having a good long talk with your partner about having children and if he isn't on board with it you are NOT going to convince him. He may not be the right one for you...but of course you are the only one who can make that choice. Best wishesDOM
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