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Old 09-15-2013, 10:42 AM
 
Location: San Bernardino County (previously L.A.)
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I may soon be talking with a dr about birth control options. I'm unfamiliar with what's out there these days. What's the best options/types/brands for someone who is:

- in late 30s
- never had kids before
- does NOT want a long-term birth control (meaning not planning to have kids for 3-4+ yrs)
- never been on any birth control before
- does NOT want the pill
- does NOT want anything that needs to be implanted into the body
- does NOT want anything with harsh &/or lots of side effects

Thanks for any comments!
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:43 AM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Your NOTs don't leave much. Maybe condom, rhythm, spermicide, withdrawal.

Do a little reading here:
Comparison of birth control methods - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:56 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Probably condoms with Plan B as a backup for when they break. Maybe a diaphragm.
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:05 PM
 
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How about a depo provera shot? No pills, no implants, not much side effects..
Depo-Provera (Birth Control Shot) Effectiveness, Risks, & More

Personally, I would go with an inplant. No side effects, you don't even notice it.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:29 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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How about a depo provera shot? No pills, no implants, not much side effects..
Depo-Provera (Birth Control Shot) Effectiveness, Risks, & More

Personally, I would go with an inplant. No side effects, you don't even notice it.
If she's in her late 30's and planning to have kids at some point, the depo shot may not be the way to go, because it can take a couple of years to get pregnant after the shot.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Warren County and loving it!
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What about the patch?
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Location: Location
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Originally Posted by Forever Blue View Post
I may soon be talking with a dr about birth control options. I'm unfamiliar with what's out there these days. What's the best options/types/brands for someone who is:

- in late 30s
- never had kids before
- does NOT want a long-term birth control (meaning not planning to have kids for 3-4+ yrs)
- never been on any birth control before
- does NOT want the pill
- does NOT want anything that needs to be implanted into the body
- does NOT want anything with harsh &/or lots of side effects

Thanks for any comments!
Hmmm. Sounds like abstinence may be your best option.

About the only things you haven't ruled out would be the condom/diaphragm combo. And even then...
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:57 PM
 
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Diaphragm, if you're disciplined enough to use it every time.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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If she's in her late 30's and planning to have kids at some point, the depo shot may not be the way to go, because it can take a couple of years to get pregnant after the shot.
Yes, it can take a couple of years but everyone is different. I've been on the depo shot for 4 years now. I tried the "mini pill" after having my son but I just couldn't remember to take it on time. I had my last shot scheduled for 3 weeks ago but due to an insurance switch, couldn't make it. I figured hey, I've been on this thing for over 4 years. So if my husband and I are intimate, what are the real chances? Then I went to get my depo shot, she saw I was late and asked if I had been active. I said yes and I didn't think the likelyhood of getting pregnant was there since I've been on it for so long. She replied with "it takes some people years to get pregnant when coming off depo and for others it can take only days."

Looking at your criteria, I'd say depo is the way to go. But my best advice is talk to your gyn.
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:28 AM
 
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I may soon be talking with a dr about birth control options. I'm unfamiliar with what's out there these days. What's the best options/types/brands for someone who is:

- in late 30s
- never had kids before
- does NOT want a long-term birth control (meaning not planning to have kids for 3-4+ yrs)
- never been on any birth control before
- does NOT want the pill
- does NOT want anything that needs to be implanted into the body
- does NOT want anything with harsh &/or lots of side effects

Thanks for any comments!
Patch or Ring. You have to put the NuvaRing into your body but it's not implanted. You change them out once a month.

As for side effects, those are incredibly individual.
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