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Birth Control? Pill vs condoms


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I have been on the pill for over 2 years now and thinking about switching to condoms due to hormones--I just worry about long term affects (I know a little to late but never too late)--I'm just wondering for those of you that just use condoms as a form of bc do you think that are just as effective as the pill? Pros/Cons--and advice..Thanks!           Pill vs condom

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USE THEM BOTH ALL THE TIME.

if you dont like your b/c, swtich to a different kind that you like best. But BOTH ALL THE TIME.
Both all the time? I've only used the pill and never had my doctor tell me anything different.....

I think it's a smart move - I had a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in my lung) because I was on the NuvaRing, so I'm pretty anti-hormones now.

If you are in a steady relationship you could try a copper IUD - no hormones, no worries.

If you are not in a steady relationship go for the condoms!

alle, do you have the copper IUD? If so can you explain a little more about it and I am in a steady relationship of over 4 years

I find this persistent pushing of 2 forms of birth control at once to be very odd. ANYHOW.

I use condoms now because I found I was getting mood swings and was a bit weepy when using the pill and I am garbage at taking it on time so I couldn't go on any of the mini-pills. I actually found the patch to be the best form of birth control for me - it was convenient and easy to use. Sadly I developed an allergy to the glue they use to stick it to the body so I had to give that up.

My husband doesn't love the whole condom thing, but prefers it over having a crazy mood swing wife. I used condoms exclusively with most of my relationships and never had a problem. Spermicidal lubricant was also something I am a fan of, as a "just in case" although I don't use it at the moment because I have complete faith in my husband's (and my) ability to work condoms.

My sister was on the pill from when she was 16 to when she was 33. Went off it to try to get knocked up and was pregnant within 6 months. She has never had any abnormal pap smears nor any other hormonal problems.

Don't know if any of that helps!

I actually have a progesterone IUD (so I really should say I'm anti-estrogen, not anti-hormones).  Here is the website: http://www.mirena-us.com/index.jsp

Info about the copper IUD can be found here:  http://contraception.about.com/od/iud/a/parag ard.htm

 

The reason I chose the progesterone IUD over the copper one was because my doctor told me the copper IUD can lead to heavy periods with painful cramps - which I have a history of.  The way the copper IUD works is it's inserted into the uterus via the cervix and because it is made of copper it creates an environment in the uterus that sperm can't live in.  It can stay in place for as long as ten years.

 The progesterone one works a few different ways - it makes the cervix mucus and the walls of the eggs thicker (so the sperm can't pass as easily) and because there is something in to uterus the body doesn't want to plant a fertilized egg there.  The progesterone one can stay in place for as long as five years.

ya p0nda , I have to agree I have never heard of using 2 forms of birth control and  I see a doctor who never mentions it. Thanks for the info alle, I'm not sure if I want some device in me though! lol! Lots of good info, thanks though
Yea - it is kind of strange to think about, but I can't feel a thing!
pill + condom = how the netherlands manage to have the lowest unwanted pregnancy and STD rates in the world.

In the family planning biz we call using both methods (together) "double dutch" and recommend it quite highly. Ponda, your doctor is shortchanging you if they don't talk about this desirable practice.

If people insist on just using one method, here's the scoop: the pill (if taken properly) provides better pregnancy protection than condoms, but does not protect against STDs at all. Condoms protect pretty well against most STDs, and pretty well against pregnancy, but not as well as the pill (out of every hundred women who use condoms perfectly for a year, two to five will become pregnant, compared to about one in two hundred women who take the pill perfectly). And it's worth noting that most people don't use condoms (or the pill, for that matter) correctly and consistently, so the pregnancy rates in "typical" imperfect users are higher than that. Actual rates are more like, out of every 100 "typical user" women who use only condoms for a year, 15-20 will become pregnant, compared to 2 or 3  out of a hundred "typical users" of the pill only. But if you use both methods consistently and well, it's more like one in ten thousand.

So when you use both, you get great protection against both pregnancy and STDs.  If it really has to be just one or the other, for some inexplicable reason, I vote for condoms: because there are options for unplanned pregnancy but many STDs are life sentences. And again, the pill provides zero protection against STDs. (And just because you're monogamous doesn't mean your partner is - sad but true).

When I was 19 I went on the pill for the first time, and my doctor told me I should still use condoms - at the time I thought the purpose of the pill was so we didn't have to use those :P

I have only used the pill while in long term relationships though, there's no way I'd use only that if I was with someone new, never know what they could have...but anyways being as bootser is with this guy 4yrs, I don't think she needs std protection - so it's more of a secondary precaution against pregnancy.

As to alle's experience, that is why I hate messing with hormones, and why I've only used hormonal bc 3 times (and quit as soon as soon as I'm not with the guy), not to mention they put a damper on my libido -_-. I'm considering the IUD too, more so the copper one as it's no hormones...but I already suffer from really bad cramps :/ ....is it only the estrogen that has potential to cause clots, etc? I wouldn't have a problem with the progesterone only IUD if it doesn't have those health risks (or the libido loss side effect -_-).

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As mentioned, use both. Neither have 100% success rate, but together your chances are much better. Plus STDs really aren't anything to $#$* with.
Just realized I missed the gist of the question...

Birth control pills are quite safe. There is no evidence of long term negative effects. When you go off them, your fertility returns within a few months. They have been used for long enough, and in millions of women, that long-term studies have been possible. There is no medical reason to go off them if you have adapted well to them, there's no medical reason to take a break from them.

Now, it is worth mentioning that "quiet" STDs like chlamydia or gonorrhea (that usually don't have symptoms in women) ARE a significant cause of infertility, if they are left untreated. Rarely, women who go off the pill after a long stretch will find that they can't conceive, and their first instinct will be to blame the pill. However, it's almost certainly due a quiet, long-ago, "healed" STD that they never knew they had, which left scarring. (And if being on the pill made her feel "safe" enough to not use condoms, that just increases the risk of this happening). The pill gets unfairly blamed for a lot of these cases of infertility. Same with prior abortions. The real culprit is the quiet chlamydia, but what sticks in our minds is the things we felt weird about (pills and/or abortions), so naturally we assume it's that.

Which is why I say, STDs are a really big risk and something to worry about. The odds of someone in a LTR getting an STD from their partner (who presumably has not been holding up his part of the bargain) are probably not much lower than those of getting pregnant with perfect pill use. Not everyone cheats, of course, but it's a significant chunk... (not to mention all the married/coupled guys who see sex workers, etc...)
condoms and the pill are recommended for adolescent women because they're (a) often inconsistent with both and (b) highly fertile.  if you're a responsible adult in a monogomous relationship, under most circumstances, one or the other is fine.

I have used several methods of BC over the years.

Pill - I mostly had the low dose with virtually no side effects. I liked the assurance of knowing it was highly unlikely I'd get pregant from them, 99.9%. After awhile I got tired of the cost and taking a pill daily.

Diaphragm - I used this during my first marriage for quite a few years after I went off the pill. I used a spermicidal jelly along with it. The effectiveness is good as long as it's used properly. I was very careful. It is very easy to insert and remove, and you can't really feel it once it's inside you. This is a great BC method when in a long-term relationship, especially after children hit the scene, cuz you're probably not having sex as often.

Sponge - I loved this. Unfortunately it's no longer available.

IUD - I now have the copper one. I wanted a reliable method that I didn't have to mess with that is also cost effective. My periods are heavier, much heavier. I never really had cramps before in my life and have not experienced any cramping with the IUD. If you do experience cramping, this IUD can make them worse. The insertion of the IUD was very mild.

I never used condoms purely for BC. I didn't feel the effectiveness rating was high enough.

I was on the pill then in November 2006 I was rushed into hospital and they discovered a blood clot on my brain. Over a year on it's still there, and i'm lucky to be alive.

The reasons given for the clot? a combination of the pill and being overweight= increased rick of thrombosis.

I stopped using the pill when I broke up with my long-term boyfriend. That was more than a year ago and my periods still aren't back to normal. My doctor told me that even though the hormones are out of my system by body hasn't adjusted yet and it takes a while. I was on the pill for 3 years. When I stopped using it I had one normal period, then didn't get it for 4 months. Now it's anywhere from 3-7 weeks between periods. A lot of my friends and family who went off the pill had the same problem.

The pill is really convenient when you're on it, but I would never go back on it because it messes up your normal body functions.

I've never had a problem with just condoms, before I started using the pill or after I stopped. But you have to be smart about what you're doing, and very careful.

I was on Ortho-Cyclen for nine years.  I stopped taking it because of my perceived libido problems (which may or may not have been associated with the pill), and I haven't had any trouble with menstruation.  Nothing like the issues described in post #16.  I suppose everyone's different.

My libido's back, but that may be a function of having broken up with my long-term boyfriend.  Undecided

Switching from pill+condom to just condom was one of the smartest decisions of my life. The pill causes tons of health problems, not to mention an unnatural amount of hormones are injected into your body.
i say use them both
Original Post by moonikins:

I have used several methods of BC over the years.

Pill - I mostly had the low dose with virtually no side effects. I liked the assurance of knowing it was highly unlikely I'd get pregant from them, 99.9%. After awhile I got tired of the cost and taking a pill daily.

Diaphragm - I used this during my first marriage for quite a few years after I went off the pill. I used a spermicidal jelly along with it. The effectiveness is good as long as it's used properly. I was very careful. It is very easy to insert and remove, and you can't really feel it once it's inside you. This is a great BC method when in a long-term relationship, especially after children hit the scene, cuz you're probably not having sex as often.

Sponge - I loved this. Unfortunately it's no longer available.

IUD - I now have the copper one. I wanted a reliable method that I didn't have to mess with that is also cost effective. My periods are heavier, much heavier. I never really had cramps before in my life and have not experienced any cramping with the IUD. If you do experience cramping, this IUD can make them worse. The insertion of the IUD was very mild.

I never used condoms purely for BC. I didn't feel the effectiveness rating was high enough.

 

 

The sponge is back!  Just this evening I looked at a box of them on Walgreen's shelf.  I think they came back either this summer or fall. 

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