Hi guys, this is a little odd for me- I'm usually so smart when it comes to sex-related things, but I'm a bit concerned and hoping at least one of you can help.

Some facts; I'm 17, and have been sexually active with the same person since I was 15. We first started with condoms, then I went on BC. It was plain BC control (tri-something) and I was on it for a little under a year. It made me sick and vomit nearly everyday so I finally got off the stuff about three months ago. I had my period last month on the 21st. Now, I still haven't gotten my period. In between now and my last period, we had sex with a condom twice. I didn't break from what we could tell- could the BC still be messing with my period? The first two periods were fine and on time. I'm getting worried.

Thanks so much, guys.

Edit: Also, I've been showing symptoms of PMS (zits, moodiness, serious bloating, ect.) for over two weeks now.


newbie question

hi guys!
just a quick question, I am currently taking Kariva as a birth control method (this is my first month taking it) and I want to skip my next period. I tried to google for an answer, but I felt a little safer asking here as well, just to make sure that I am on the right path. Rambling aside (haha), my question is How can I skip my period while taking Kariva?
Thanks everyone for the help!!!
Miss Smoking

Time change

I'm sure this has been asked before, but I'm curious about time changes with bc. A couple years ago, I traveled down along the east coast to Mexico, etc. while on birth control and realized half-way through the trip that the time was changing and you're supposed to take bc at approximately the same time every day. I'm on Loestrin 24Fe, if that's at all important. In the next few weeks, I'm going to England (from NY) and I'm wondering if I should try changing my time for bc. I typically take it at 11:30PM, and there's about a 12+ish hour time difference. Does it matter if I take it at 11:30PM while overseas, or do you think I should convert the time? Thanks!

Other forms of birth control?

Aside from hormonal contraceptives, what other options are out there these days? I have tried three different birth control pills (gave each a fair chance, at least 6 months to a year) and all have made me feel pretty crappy, sometimes even depressed. My boyfriend of four years does not want to use condoms because we have been together for so long. I don't really hear much about the diaphragms/sponges/etc, are they even still around? Still effective? I see no other products mentioned or at the drugstores. Any advice?
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Suggestions for Hormonal Birth Control

Hi - I'm 27, NP, current method of BC is the copper IUD, which I have been using for over 5 years. I had my first inserted when I was 22, and it was great for 4 years. Then I had an ultrasound, and I was told it was sitting "a little low," so I got it replaced. 5 months later, that one came out. I decided to try for a third at Planned Parenthood because they're experienced. So far, it seems to be staying put, but I am not okay. I'm always worried about it, obsessively check it, obsessively think about it, always running to the clinic to get it checked, and I even had to go to the ER for an anxiety attack related to it. I am currently taking meds and seeing a therapist for my anxiety issues (which I've always had, but the IUD seems to be making them worse), but my husband suggested I just get it removed.

However, I don't know if there are any good BC alternatives for me. From age 18-22 I was on 5 different types of monophasic pills and NuvaRing, but I always had breakthrough bleeding in the final week of active pills, so I always just assumed they weren't working correctly. One doctor thought that because I have Crohn's disease, my body might not be absorbing the pills correctly which is why I tried Nuvaring, but the same spotting happened. That's when I switched to the copper IUD.

I want a method where I can get a monthly period, because it makes me feel better, so implanon is out. I thought about the mini pill but I read that weight gain and depression are side effects, and I don't want that. My question is, has anyone had spotting issues on monophasic pills and had better luck with triphasic? Or are there any other methods that I should look into?

Thanks so much.
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BCP Not Working Anymore?

cross-posted to birthcontrol community

Hey everyone, So I can't find anything about my particular problem anywhere online, so I'm hoping that someone here has had a similar experience and can help me out. I've been taking Micronor (progestin-only) for 6 years straight, normal use. I got a period like once a year, randomly. Other than that, no period, which is common on this pill.

Last July, I got a period on my birthday (that was fun) after having not gotten one in a year or so, which happens once in a while so I didn't think much of it. But then I got another period in November, and then one in December, one in January, and now one again in February, getting more and more regular each time. I've also noticed my skin clearing up a great deal. I had never had skin problems before I began taking the pill 6 years ago. For 6 years I've had awful skin problems, and now they are clearing up drastically, at the same time that I am starting to get regular periods back, the way they were before I started taking BCP.

What is going on here? Is my BCP just not working anymore? I'm not doing anything differently, no medications, other pills or vitamins, no weight loss/gain, no drastic daily routine changes. Is it possible that Micronor just stopped working for me after 6 years of continual use?


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I just switched last month from Loestrin 24fe to Trisprintec. So, the first pack of pills of Trinsprintec, my period came the last week of the pills normally and only lasted four days which was awesome. When I was on Loestrin, it would come the third week of the pills and usually last almost a week.

But this month (my second month on Trisprintec), my period started on the third week of the pills(this past Sunday). And it has yet to end. Theres been a few days here and there this month though that I didn't take my pill til in the early morning(like 7 or 8 in the morning). I normally take it at night between 10 and 11. Is this why? I'm just wondering why this is? 

For a day I had brown bleeding. Maybe two days ago. Then it was back to regular bleeding.

I just need to know what I should do? It's been eight days and it shows no sign of stopping.  I've kept taking my pills as normal, I'm on the last week of them right now.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
actress ; audrey ; wistful

Condom slippage.

Should I be nervous about condoms slipping down (it was still covering about two inches of penis and appeared to contain all fluids) but NOT off? Is this counted as a condom failure?

Is it obvious (to either or both parties) if a condom leaks?

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Diaphragms and spermicide...

Hello all, it's been a while since I've been on LJ! I have been trying to research diaphragms and spermicide on the net to find a forum, and I'm not having much luck. Thus, I'm hoping someone on here knows something about them! I got a diaphragm, and I found a recipe for spermicide, (because I can't really find much in the stores, heard the FDA ordered a stop to it or something) 3 drops of lemon juice to 1 tbsp aloe vera. I finally tried the diaphragm for the first time today. I checked the placement after sex, and it felt a little crooked, so I righted it. And I'm figuring if anything got past it, the spermicide should catch it. One of my issues thus far, is I can't reach my cervix when I have the diaphragm in to check and make sure it's in place. Even the nurse who fitted me had trouble finding it to make sure it was covered. I just have an abnormally long (not wide) vagina. The way I check it's placement, is I just make sure it's still behind my pubic bone. And I assume that if it is behind my pubic bone, it must be covering my cervix. I'm wondering if anyone else has that problem. Also, what do you do if you have to poop within the 6 hours you're supposed to keep it in for? Cause I went to go poop, but I felt like it was starting to dislodge when I tried to poop, and I don't want it to dislodge and let the little spermies still in there past the diaphragm. I'm married, it wouldn't be the end of the world per se if I got preggers, but it is certainly undesirable right now. I have tried almost every form of hormonal birth control out there, and they do not agree with me. I've even tried a copper IUD, but it just to the point where the side effects were too much for me. I'd use condoms, but they make sex so much less fun for my hubby that he doesn't like to have it as often when we use condoms or pull out. It seems like my only option left is a diaphragm, and these are kinda weird to get used to... Help? Any experiences you've had with diaphragms, or alternative birth control ideas, would really help!
Thanks a bunch in advance!
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