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I am Christy. I have four kids, my youngest born in March 2010. I am currently on the mini pill for two reasons: I am breastfeeding and I have high blood pressure.
My doctor only gave me a 6 month script for the POPs. The plan was for me to take them for six months and then we would decide on the Mirena or Implanon.
I need to decide what to do. I am still nursing and do NOT want anything to interfere with that. I just recently added solids to his diet, but breastmilk is what he gets 95% of the time. I also work full time and have to pump 2-3 times a day on weekdays.
Should I do the Mirena, the Implanon or fight the doctor to stay on the POP?
Well, you shouldn't have to fight your doctor on anything. It's his job to present you with your options, inform you of the risks in consideration of your health history. Not his job to make the decision for you or try to pressure you into a decision you are not comfortable with.
Both the Mirena and the Implanon warn against using them if you have high blood pressure. You can read the pharmaceutical information on them online. With high blood pressure, I personally wouldn't want to take chances with any further risks caused by synthetic hormones.
Do you know about modern forms of Natural Family Planning? They have effectiveness rates which are on par or higher than that of the mini-Pill (depending on the type of NFP it is.)
I am interested in learning on how to NFP correctly, but don't know if I can get hubby on board.
I got off of regular birth control pills Oct. 2008. We were using condoms during my fertile time. I conceived April 2009 and miscarried early May. Back in 2002, we did the same thing for over a year and didn't have any problems.
I would love another baby, but can't until at least 2 more years due to work. Hubby doesn't want another one ever, and has mentioned the "V" word a lot. I have major issues with that. I know that it increases his chances for prostate cancer and he already has a family history.
Well, as you've already discovered - condoms do have a failure rate. They are not compatible with NFP because they reduce the effectiveness of it. Would DH be willing to attend an NFP class with you? It doesn't have to mean you've made up your mind about it, but lots of people go to class just to be fully informed while they weigh their options. Maybe it would help him understand the biology of how it all works?
you shouldn't have to fight with the doctor. i use to be on pops and i liked it but i just had a hard to remembering to take it at the same time everyday. so i got the implanon. i was trying to get the iud BUT the iud didn't want to go into my uterus like it was suppose to which sucked. but the implanon is great but i dont know how it would go with breastfeeding. either way good luck... mirena or implanon either way you don't have to worry about taken it everyday. thats the good part...
good luck once again. take care