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First timer here, I've never used my own contraception but I thought it might be a good idea to add another layer of protection. Can anybody tell me about their experiences on different contraception?
I'm afraid I'll forget to take the pill and all this hormone talk about adverse effects kinda freaks me out.
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Condoms are 98% effective. Take the pill every night at the same time so you wont forget. Mark it on a calendar so you know that you've taken it.
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First timer here, I've never used my own contraception but I thought it might be a good idea to add another layer of protection. Can anybody tell me about their experiences on different contraception?
I'm afraid I'll forget to take the pill and all this hormone talk about adverse effects kinda freaks me out.
you won't know if you'll have any issues with side effects until you try it but perhaps you might be able to try the coil which doesn't have hormones.
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I would go and see the GP or Family Planning Clinic and get advice on all the options. There’s still no ideal solution and sadly. Condoms serve a need and are a barrier against STI but I think its pretty widely felt that one of the advantages of a long term relationship is being able to do away with this messy and uncomfortable barrier. My gf has used implant and Mirena coil and got on ok with the later. We’ve also tried the Femidom, bonkers really. And I’ve wondered what the diaphragm would be like, but can imagine its a messy uncomfortable faff too. Sadly there is still no male oral or implant contraceptive so we can share the burden.
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I would go and see the GP or Family Planning Clinic and get advice on all the options. There’s still no ideal solution and sadly. Condoms serve a need and are a barrier against STI but I think its pretty widely felt that one of the advantages of a long term relationship is being able to do away with this messy and uncomfortable barrier. My gf has used implant and Mirena coil and got on ok with the later. We’ve also tried the Femidom, bonkers really. And I’ve wondered what the diaphragm would be like, but can imagine its a messy uncomfortable faff too. Sadly there is still no male oral or implant contraceptive so we can share the burden.
I have the same opinion on the diaphragm. But I'll deffo try seeing the family planning clinic about it. I also want something discreet so would you say that the implant is easily noticeable? Don't want family finding out lol.
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Hope my wife opts for an implant. Lasts 3 years. 99% effective and it doesnt mess with hormones like pills do sometimes.
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I have the same opinion on the diaphragm. But I'll deffo try seeing the family planning clinic about it. I also want something discreet so would you say that the implant is easily noticeable? Don't want family finding out lol.
I would say the implant is discrete and unnoticeable. Unfortunately my gf found it affected her mood badly though. I always think a female doctor is likely to be the best source of advice.
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Hope my wife opts for an implant. Lasts 3 years. 99% effective and it doesnt mess with hormones like pills do sometimes.
Implants are a hormonal method, they can mess with hormones as much as the pill does and then it's harder to get sorted when it takes time for an appointment to have it removed. did you mean a cooper coil?
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I would go and see the GP or Family Planning Clinic and get advice on all the options. There’s still no ideal solution and sadly. Condoms serve a need and are a barrier against STI but I think its pretty widely felt that one of the advantages of a long term relationship is being able to do away with this messy and uncomfortable barrier. My gf has used implant and Mirena coil and got on ok with the later. We’ve also tried the Femidom, bonkers really. And I’ve wondered what the diaphragm would be like, but can imagine its a messy uncomfortable faff too. Sadly there is still no male oral or implant contraceptive so we can share the burden.
I would argue that sex without a condom is a lot messier!
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Hope my wife opts for an implant. Lasts 3 years. 99% effective and it doesnt mess with hormones like pills do sometimes.
You might want to do a bit of reading about different types of contraception - the implant technically contains more progestogen than the pill.
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I have the same opinion on the diaphragm. But I'll deffo try seeing the family planning clinic about it. I also want something discreet so would you say that the implant is easily noticeable? Don't want family finding out lol.
The implant itself isn't usually noticeable. You will have a little scar though (little line around 0.5cm in length on the inner part of your upper arm).
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The implant itself isn't usually noticeable. You will have a little scar though (little line around 0.5cm in length on the inner part of your upper arm).
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The implant itself isn't usually noticeable. You will have a little scar though (little line around 0.5cm in length on the inner part of your upper arm).
Condom sticky lubricant and waste left overs are pretty unpleasant in comparison to natural mess in my experience.
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At the end of the day it's what works for you.

I have been on the combined pill and had no issues with it. since my diagnosis I've had to switch to progesterone only so I got the implant fitted.

Lasts 3 years easy once you get it fitted. I did have minor frequent spotting issues but a week or two of the pill alongside it at the start helped
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