College 101: Advice on Best Birth-Control for Busy Lives

College 101: Advice on Best Birth-Control for Busy Lives

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…Maybe you’re here from my post about how I get my free birth-control.

Also info on

  • Free BC RX, Annual Check-ups etc
  • Track fertility, period symptoms, mood changes
  • Tips on preventing pregnancy
  • Get all your sex-related questions answered by the professionals

Scroll down if you want info about: Nuvaring, Spot on, Plan B, Other methods of birth-control.

By reading this you acknowledge that I, Doorress, am not a women’s healthcare professional, provider, nor adviser. Also, that all decisions should be made with the consultation of your (an) actual certified health care provider, which I and this blog are not

Let’s Get it On

I have tried all types of BC pills. I hated that they made my stomach ache severely; and I knew both from experience, astute observation, and finally OBGYN-confirmation that certain BC like the pill, or the shot DOES lead to an increase in weight gain, ranging from 5 lbs-20lbs +

Also, long-term usage of some of BC can lead to issues with fertility. I did not want a contraceptive that would take too long to leave my system.

After talking to my gynecologist, she and I decided that Nuvaring would be best for me. Next, I went to my local Planned Parenthood office, did the paperwork, they handled the rest, and the $185 bill every month πŸ˜‰

Real PROS and CONS to Nuvaring

Spot on App Gives Me Tips

The following list details some of the Health Benefits of Nuvaring, as listed by Planned Parenthood, per their website:

Nuvaring may help prevent:

  • acne
  • bone thinning
  • cysts in the breasts and ovaries
  • ectopic pregnancy
  • endometrial and ovarian cancers
  • serious infections in the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and uterus
  • iron deficiency (anemia)
  • PMS (premenstrual syndrome)

What I love most about Nuvaring

I can pop it in, and I don’t have to think about it until I’m ready to have sex. I choose to physically remove it, enjoy my lover, then reinsert it. Additionally: it helps with making menstrual cycles lighter and less painful.

“I used to have heavy cycles that would last for two weeks. After 6 months the pills did not regulate it; Nuvaring worked the next month. When I remove my ring my cycle begins in 2-3 days, faithfully. That way I also control when I want my period”

– Doorress Creator of Athena’s Purse

Word to the Wise: Also, a HUGE trip-up with BC pills if a patient takes an antibiotic it will cancel out their pill = in unexpected pregnancy. Not with Nuvaring.

Questions and Answers about Nuvaring

Top Question 1: “Omg! You have to be the one to pull it in and out of you!?!?”

Top Question 2: “Wait, why do you take it out before sex?” “Won’t you get pregnant?” “Why not keep it in?”

Answer 1 Yes, it’s flexible and no larger than a regular-sized hair scrunchie. I squeeze its sides until its oblong; I insert it like a tampon until it’s inside and I no longer feel it.

There is no ‘right’ place to put the ring, as long as it’s inside of you and it’s not causing you any discomfort, you’re golden. (PS And yes you can use tampons, and the Nuvaring simultaneously BUT be cautious when removing the tampons though.)

Answer 2 Either he or I remove it right before we begin, then he puts on a condom. The ring can be outside of your body for NO MORE THAN 3 hrs.

I am exclusively on Nuvaring, but my partner and I also use condoms. I do not keep it inside because if your partner is able to ‘reach’ the ring, he could scrape against it. Not a particularly pleasant feeling for either of you.

If the thought of removing, and reinserting a vaginal ring bothers/disgusts you, there are several other different types of birth control. Nuvaring has been my personal favorite for years. Just saying I feel like its the least harmful. Please consult with a professional, as I am not one.

Word to the Wise- Something entering your vagina needs to be as clean as possible, ideally sterile. Before removing, and before inserting: Wash hands with soap and water or just insert while bathing.

I feel that Nuvaring is the least harmful option for me because:

  • Long-term usage won’t cause damaging effects to my fertility, if I do decide to have children.
  • I can choose when to remove my ring which = choosing which week to have my period.
  • It’s NOT put under my skin, or implanted my body; AND it can easily be removed at anytime I choose
  • Helps my skin be blemish free
  • Tons of health benefits

CONS (determined by me)

  • Periods are still possible. I know a lot of people don’t like having a period, and desire to eliminate it by way of using BC. Nuvaring can accomplish this for you, but I say just have your period anyway.
  • Personally, when I first began the ring I noticed severe emotional mood swings. Aggressive PMS if you want to call it that. This may not be an official ‘con,’ but it certainly increased, and FINALLY evened out after 6 consecutive months of being on it. Upon inserting a new ring, I anticipate it, and I’m better able to deal with it because I understand the effect the hormones have on me.
  • My partner is particularly ‘blessed.’ We cannot keep the ring in during sex.

Half the time he gently removes it for me, and wraps it in tissue. After he rinses it in cool water, and I put it back in no more than….

3 hrs later Spongebob Narrator’s Voice

How to Know When to Change Your Nuvaring

I put my ring in on the 1st of every month, I wait three weeks, and remove it. In about 2-3 days my cycle begins, on the fifth day of my cycle I put in a new ring.

Word to the Wise: Be aware if using tampons that they can accidentally pull your ring out when removing them. Sex can also do this. Another reason why I remove mine during sex only.

Many women use Nuvaring to ‘escape’ their period. To do this, they put Nuvaring in for three weeks straight, and when the fourth week begins they insert a new ring. I love that I can do this but I also still believe it’s best to allow your body to have a period.

What if I forget?

I know life gets hectic, college takes over all important thoughts. How do you keep up with when to take it out, or when to put in another one?

If you’re scared you’re gonna forget I use the app Spot On. It was created by Planned Parenthood. I use this app to keep up with everything that goes on. I do mean everything.

  • I’m using the Spot On calendar to mark the days I have sex (old habits die hard…and irregular periods can have you paranoid)
  • I can track my fertility, period symptoms, mood changes
  • Also I can track my BC RX, Annual Check-ups etc
  • Offers Tips on preventing pregnancy
  • It has a superb FAQ layout for getting sex related questions answered. FORGET Web M.D YoU’re gRoWn NoW!!!

Honestly, I could go on forever about why, and how, but even if you think you know everything about you, and your elephant-like memory will not fail-get this app anyway.

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If you don’t use a Birth Control the app will just keep up with everything else you input

It even asks if you want it to help you prevent pregnancies, by warning you when you may be fertile.

I’m telling you, it’s awesome!! And I’m not getting paid to say this by the way.

Messed up Big Time? We all need a

Plan B

I have used the Plan B pill, both generic and name brand. It is usually sold at Drug Stores/Pharmacies; price ranges from $30 – $60.

Plan B works best if taken NO MORE THAN 3 DAYS AFTER unprotected sex. If you are already pregnant, this is not an option for you. There are more types of pills, and options depending on your situation.

Check here to find out more.

Look at the main ingredients of the Plan B pills. Ask questions to the Pharmacist on duty. They will tell you generic does the same as the name brand, but I will attest that name brand is a little easier on the stomach.

The following paragraph is taken directly from Planned Parenthood’s website, and their article concerning this issue. Only the next paragraph is not my own work.

“Plan B One-Step usually costs about $40-$50. Next Choice One Dose, Take Action, and My Way generally cost less β€” about $15-$45. You can also order a generic brand called AfterPill online for $20 + $5 shipping. (AfterPill can’t be shipped quick enough to use if you need a morning-after pill right now, but you can buy it and put it in your medicine cabinet in case you need it in the future.)” -Planned Parenthood

I agree with Planned Parenthood, buy condoms and a Plan B for backup and keep it in your medicine cabinet.

Pregnancy Tests: Dollar Tree, Walmart, etc almost anywhere sells them.

Word to the Wise: When using a stick pregnancy test, pee on the stick the next morning when you first wake up…better for more accurate results. Buy at least 2 tests to double check.

Regardless, schedule an appointment with your doctor or at a local clinic to be positive you’re positive.

Which Birth Control is for me?

Planned Parenthood is just my overall go to when it comes to researching sex-health answers to my questions. I’m one of those people who wants to know everything before I move forward. From there, I call and schedule an appointment with my gynecologist.

There are tons of options to fit all types of needs, and lifestyles. Check out this link here to find the one best for you.

If you’re not sure you want to have sex… I wrote on losing your virginity in college

Losing Your Virginity in College
Read Life Advice. Please share.

All together now

I hope you learned a little bit, and to refresh your memory:

  • Nuvaring Pros and Cons
  • Plan B/ Morning After Pill
  • Find a birth control that works for you

Take care of your sexual health too loves.

Bye for now,

Doorress

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