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  • #16
    @MountainDew: Hmm.. Maybe not such a bad idea..

    I think I should be corageuos enough to discuss the matter with my doctor. Although I have a strong feeling that he will not quite see my point of changing birth control method when I am not currently experiencing any troubles with my pill.. I'll also see if I can get the hold of the recommended book.

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    • #17
      difficult decision to make as a woman. you could either use condoms, pull out (its not effective at all), or a host of chemicals that are probably bad for you too. i went off because i got very bad food poisioning and i couldnt keep anything down anyways. so i stopped taking it after the end of the inactive section. i feel alot better and more energetic, and my libido is higher. i dont get headaches as often. also im in that "if i get pregnant it happens but we arent trying" phase since ive been married for 6 years now and im getting closer to 30.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Autumn View Post
        Ovulation can also happen spontaneous if the woman gets really, really exited and … in lack of a bigger vocabulary … horny.
        Um no, humans are not rabbits (spontaneous ovulation with intercourse), however, certainly nature's design is that a female is really receptive to intercourse when she's likely to be the most fertile. This is sorta the bummer with abstaining during fertile periods--that's when you feel like you want to be doing the nasty.

        Originally posted by Autumn View Post
        My opinion on birth control is still – everything with hormones in it: stay far away from it! The body wasn’t made to be force fed manipulated hormones so nothing good can come from it.
        I was on low-dose birth controls pills for almost 3 decades and recently went off them. No difference except that I now chart my temperature (thanks FAM!) to see when I should expect a visit from Aunt Flo. Even ovulated "on time" with that first cycle (felt the twinge, saw the temperature spike the next day, and got my period 12 days later). Now notice that I do feel more horny mid-cycle, whereas before the libido was pretty much always at the same level. With starting decades ago or stopping recently, I never had any "side effects" (good, bad or indifferent).

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Sarahrob2248 View Post
          lmyers04- if you don't mind me asking a very personal question, why was going off the pill one of the best decisions ever? I ask only because I'm considering it myself...I was on Yasmin for years, but stopped because I thought it was making me super tired and giving me migraines. I did improve somewhat after going off it, but then when my migraines got worse, my doctor put me on continuous Femcon.

          Since going primal, I'm not tired and don't have migraines, so I'm wondering if the CW eating was the problem in the first place.

          My boyfriend and I have been together 7 years, and we can get by without the hormonal birth control, so I'm wondering if I should go off it...

          tia
          The pill was making me feel very bad as well. Mostly in the form of intense nausea, fatigue, no headaches though....not that I can recall. and I read somewhere being on the pill makes it harder for women to gain muscle, and maintain muscle, something that is very important for me. So I stopped. I feel like it was a great decision because I see no reason to pump my body full of hormones, especially if it was making me feel so horrid. I looked into getting an IUD, but my insurance wont cover it and planned parenthood told me it would cost 600 bucks, so I cant really do that right now, but getting a low-hormone IUD is something I will probably try in the future. I pay more attention to my cycles now, and during the days where Im most likely to be ovulating, I avoid vaginal intercourse. Seems to be working, as there is a notable absence of a child in my belly, and I feel great.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by MountainDew View Post
            Why NOT have kids?

            1) Have lots of babies
            2) Buy farm
            3) Use said offspring for cheap labor
            4) ???
            5) Profit!
            this is my dream. grassfed beef, raw dairy, fresh produce......ahhhhhhhh what a life!

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            • #21
              Autumn--

              I'm not sure where you have gotten your information. The book I'm referencing (Taking Charge of Your Fertility) though says you definitely cannot ovulate twice in one cycle. You can have multiple ovulation where you release more than one egg during ovulation, but that can only happen within 24 hours of the first egg release. Toni Weschler, the book's author, emphasizes that you cannot ovulate days apart--that once you ovulate, you cannot ovulate again until another cycle progresses. However, sometimes something like stress will keep your body from ovulating (so you end up ovulating later than usual during your cycle), but before that stress, your body is preparing to ovulate, so sometimes your body can mimic ovulation side effects without actually ovulating. The only way to know for sure whether you ovulated is by keeping track of your temperature. So, it's possible that in the situation you mentioned, that you felt a physical symptom of ovulation (the pain) without actually ovulating until later in the month.

              Also ovulation cannot happen spontaneously, as there needs to be a continuous build up of the hormone estrogen in order for ovulation to take place and this needs to happen over a period of time. However, heightened sexual awareness and desire occurs as the estrogen builds up, so women tend to be hornier around the time of ovulation, so this may be what you are talking about.

              The book also claims that after the egg is released, it begins to disintegrate in 6-24 hours, which is why you should err on the side of caution and assume 24! :-)

              And, yes the cervical mucous is the secretions.

              I hope I haven't misunderstood anything you've said. I must say, your English is quite good if you can write in English using medical terms!

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              • #22
                Originally posted by fable View Post
                I think I should be corageuos enough to discuss the matter with my doctor. Although I have a strong feeling that he will not quite see my point of changing birth control method when I am not currently experiencing any troubles with my pill
                That's what I was expecting when I first brought up the IUD idea, but my doctor just said "Oh, sure, we do those. Have you done all the research or do you need more reading material? Want to make an appointment right now to get it inserted?" I don't even remember her asking me WHY I wanted to change. =P Birth control isn't an essential medication, so I think any caring and intelligent doctor will be really open to you deciding to switch things up or quit it altogether.
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                • #23
                  It is an interesting question, though - since we are meant to be pregnant or breastfeeding for most of our childbearing years, does the pill come closer to mimicking that than years of not having babies? I'm just wondering because hormonal birth control confers some protection from ovarian and endometrial cancer, just as multiple pregnancies do. I certainly do not think that the pill is perfect or primal. I'm just thinkin'

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                  • #24
                    I hated the pill. Hormonal bc wreaked havoc on my body, and I'm so happy to not be on it! We happily used condoms (I seriously don't get the big deal) and now hubby had a vasectomy. I will say that pulling out does not work! My sister got pregnant using that "method" and so did one of my closest friends in high school.

                    Doesn't bc cause increased risk of cancer?
                    The more I see the less I know for sure.
                    -John Lennon

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
                      now hubby had a vasectomy. I will say that pulling out does not work! My sister got pregnant using that "method" and so did one of my closest friends in high school.
                      I agree that vasectomy is the best way. Besides, no guy likes to pull out...unless it's for decoration purposes.
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
                        I hated the pill. Hormonal bc wreaked havoc on my body, and I'm so happy to not be on it! We happily used condoms (I seriously don't get the big deal) and now hubby had a vasectomy. I will say that pulling out does not work! My sister got pregnant using that "method" and so did one of my closest friends in high school.

                        Doesn't bc cause increased risk of cancer?
                        Pulling out works. It's about as effective as condoms. Nothing but abstinence is 100% reliable, though. Pre-ejaculate doesn't contain sperm unless a man has sex again without urinating. You must absolutely trust your partner to pull out at the right time, though.
                        ~Sandy

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                        • #27
                          Tubal Ligation works, too. :-)

                          I know not if you are planning to have kids in the future, but once you're done it's nice to have that worry off your shoulders for-evah!
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                          • #28
                            +1 for Mirena. Less hormones than pills, and NO PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!! Love it!! I went off the pill because after 15yrs I was tired of it; it wasn't giving me any problems, I'd just had enough. My doc said that was pretty common. I was thinking of getting sterilized but I like Mirena so much now I can't be bothered.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Beef Cake View Post
                              I agree that vasectomy is the best way. Besides, no guy likes to pull out...unless it's for decoration purposes.
                              Oh Beefy!!! lol
                              The more I see the less I know for sure.
                              -John Lennon

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                              • #30
                                I found a link that may be useful:

                                http://www.eovulation.com/articles/p...-calendar.html

                                This is how to avoid pregnancy by counting days. In this article I can see that some of my information is outdated a bit. Better read up

                                Autumn

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