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Because I can't remember/care to take BC pills consecutively to save my life, I just started the Depo shot November 4th. I can't do the "T" shaped thing because just eh idea of the procedure freaks me out (no, I don't want to be convinced that it's fine. I get nausea thinking about it, so moving on...)

Holy Sheet, I had no idea what women meant when they started gaining weight on BC.  I was on the pill before, but my whole body is bigger in such a short amount of time. I have reduced my activity level quite a bit because of the internships/school, but my appetite is insatiable. I had a huge, healthy lunch, and I could eat double the amount. Yes, I'm eating enough.

Any tips for me? I've been chugging water (need to up that some more, right after this OP) and thought about taking diuretics to reduce water weight. Anything else? Can I lower the estrogen in a shot..will that reduce my appetite?

 

Thanks!

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Depo is the one birth control that I've heard from so many people that their weight shot up that I have to think that it isn't the usual suspects (water retention, increased appetite, or teenage women going on the pill at the same time as growing).

(((MJ)))  I'm of no help because none of the methods I've ever used have ever caused weight gain.

Well, unless you count the fact that despite taking it at noon every day, I got preggers with DD *while* on the Pill.  Yeah, that caused some weight gain.  (You know how it says it's only 99% effective when taken as prescibed?  Guess who falls into that 1%?!)

Would the nova ring or a diaphragm work for you?

I did the depo shots for 5 years (and now they tell you it is unsafe for longer than 12 months?) and it caused extreme weight gain.  While it is possible to lose weight, it is very difficult because the weight gain is most likely due to the fact that you have introduced additional hormones to your body; at least that is what my doc told me.  Extra water, etc. never worked for me to lose =(  While I loved the initial side effect of depo (no totm), the weight gain and mood swings did me in.

Original Post by mjsophia:

I can't do the "T" shaped thing because just eh idea of the procedure freaks me out (no, I don't want to be convinced that it's fine. I get nausea thinking about it, so moving on...)

Is the T shaped thing all IUDs, or just the copper one (I'm largely under-informed about iuds). If it's only the copper, would Mirena avoid the nausea-over-the-idea-of-it issue?

The copper and Mirena are both kind of "T" shaped.

And the procedure is next to nothing. Even for the women who say it hurts like hell. It's inserted up there so quickly the pain lasts all of 20-30 seconds. A stubbed toe hurts worse for longer.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Depo is the one birth control that I've heard from so many people that their weight shot up that I have to think that it isn't the usual suspects (water retention, increased appetite, or teenage women going on the pill at the same time as growing).

Once I put my weight gain together with recently starting the shot, I read that the Depo shot stores fat at a higher rate than w/o the pill. Okay, I'm not a scientist, so that is probably not exactly what I read, but it was along the lines of: Depo = higher fat storage.

man, I so do not want a kid right now, not until after I finish the internships, but I don't want to undo the work I've done.

Do you think I should just weight it out (next shot is feb 4th) and see if I "adjust" to the hormones? Or should I get off ASAP?

I've never done a diaphragm. Is that inserted only before sex?

Original Post by moonikins:

The copper and Mirena are both kind of "T" shaped.

And he procedure is next to nothing.

Now see, when I think or hear about it, I have to push my hands over my ears to protect the closest/most appropriate orphus to stop freaking out.

 

I used a diaphragm successfully for several years. Yes, you only insert it before sex. You can insert it a couple of hours before. I loved the diaphragm. I'd insert it if I thought I might be in the mood before going to bed. I've heard of some couples having fun inserting it together. It's easy to learn how to insert, it's completely painless,  and once you pay for it, it lasts a long time.

Original Post by moonikins:
A stubbed toe hurts worse for longer.

yes, but my toe, last I checked, was nothing like my vagina. *covers ears*

Original Post by mjsophia:

Original Post by moonikins:

The copper and Mirena are both kind of "T" shaped.

And the procedure is next to nothing.

Now see, when I think or hear about it, I have to push my hands over my ears to protect the closest/most appropriate orphus to stop freaking out.

 

What have you heard? I've had cuts, bruises, and sprains that were much more painful.

Original Post by mjsophia:

Original Post by moonikins:
A stubbed toe hurts worse for longer.

yes, but my toe, last I checked, was nothing like my vagina. *covers ears*

Have you ever gotten a mirror and really checked out what your labia and clitoris actually looks like?

I used a diaphragm after I got mental on the nova ring. A diaphragm is a bit of pita - and not the safest BC around (although that might be due to people not using it properly). You need to get it it fitted, need to insert it before sex (not too early, though) need to leave it in the whole night and if you want to go for another round the next morning you need to insert more cream :-/ Not great if you like spontaneous shags.

But it is super easy on the body. No hormones, no thing stuck inside you, just a rubber cap with some spermkilling cream (I recommend the cream, not the gel)

If you can handle hormonal BC try the nova ring. Because it sits right inside you the dose is minimal.

Just remember to put it back in after sex the next morning the very latest - if you do take it out, which isn't really necessary.

Original Post by moonikins:

I used a diaphragm successfully for several years. Yes, you only insert it before sex. You can insert it a couple of hours before. I loved the diaphragm. I'd insert it if I thought I might be in the mood before going to bed. I've heard of some couples having fun inserting it together. It's easy to learn how to insert, it's completely painless,  and once you pay for it, it lasts a long time.

Now this may work for me. We really do not have sex that often (damn schedules) and that was part of my reason of forgetting the pill). 

Original Post by mjsophia:
We really do not have sex that often (damn schedules) and that was part of my reason of forgetting the pill). 

Huh. I started taking the pill years before becoming sexually active. It was part of my routine. Brush teeth, take out contacts, take pill. The few times I'd forget, I'd lie in bed knowing that something was missing, until I remembered.

Original Post by moonikins:

Original Post by mjsophia:

Original Post by moonikins:
A stubbed toe hurts worse for longer.

yes, but my toe, last I checked, was nothing like my vagina. *covers ears*

Have you ever gotten a mirror and really checked out what your labia and clitoris actually looks like?

Have I? I love it down there!

Yes, I have. It's not that I'm scared of my vagina, I'm scared for my vagina. What I've heard *puts on earmuffs so I can type* is that it's essentially sewn into place. SEWN INTO PLACE? WTF?

I have a queesy reaction to things like this, and honetly, I'm probbly more terrified of passing out during the process, or if it's in me: thinking about it randomly during the day, then about the procedure or if it "breaks", then passing out. I have a fear of passing out, apparently.

 

Original Post by mjsophia:

Original Post by moonikins:

I used a diaphragm successfully for several years. Yes, you only insert it before sex. You can insert it a couple of hours before. I loved the diaphragm. I'd insert it if I thought I might be in the mood before going to bed. I've heard of some couples having fun inserting it together. It's easy to learn how to insert, it's completely painless,  and once you pay for it, it lasts a long time.

Now this may work for me. We really do not have sex that often (damn schedules) and that was part of my reason of forgetting the pill). 

It isn't that expensive to try it out for 6 months or so. Kikt gave a good rundown on some of the drawbacks. I did like the gel over the cream, but either is fine. Cuts down a bit on the spontaneity, but not much more than a man having to stop and put on a condom.

If you want to go at it the next morning, I usually had to pee first anyways, so I'd go pee, insert some more spermacide and continue on.

Original Post by moonikins:

Original Post by mjsophia:

Original Post by moonikins:

The copper and Mirena are both kind of "T" shaped.

And the procedure is next to nothing.

Now see, when I think or hear about it, I have to push my hands over my ears to protect the closest/most appropriate orphus to stop freaking out.

 

What have you heard? I've had cuts, bruises, and sprains that were much more painful.

I also tried to get the Mirena inserted after I stopped depo.  Because I had never given birth vaginally my gyno was unable to insert it in her office (I passed out from the pain).  I was sent to a specialist obgyn office to be manually dialated and they were still unable to get it inserted properly (I do not have any known medical issues).  In my situation it was painful (and I have a high threshold normally) but the pain only lasted about a day.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by mjsophia:
We really do not have sex that often (damn schedules) and that was part of my reason of forgetting the pill). 

Huh. I started taking the pill years before becoming sexually active. It was part of my routine. Brush teeth, take out contacts, take pill. The few times I'd forget, I'd lie in bed knowing that something was missing, until I remembered.

Not me. My parents were psycho and I never set foot into a GYNO until i was 19.

Original Post by mjsophia:

Original Post by moonikins:

Original Post by mjsophia:

Original Post by moonikins:
A stubbed toe hurts worse for longer.

yes, but my toe, last I checked, was nothing like my vagina. *covers ears*

Have you ever gotten a mirror and really checked out what your labia and clitoris actually looks like?

Have I? I love it down there!

Yes, I have. It's not that I'm scared of my vagina, I'm scared for my vagina. What I've heard *puts on earmuffs so I can type* is that it's essentially sewn into place. SEWN INTO PLACE? WTF?

I have a queesy reaction to things like this, and honetly, I'm probbly more terrified of passing out during the process, or if it's in me: thinking about it randomly during the day, then about the procedure or if it "breaks", then passing out. I have a fear of passing out, apparently.

 


OH GAWD NO, it is not sewn into place. They just shove it up inside you. They don't "break". Occasionally one will perforate a woman's uterus and that is pretty rare.

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