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February 7th, 2011, 06:28 PM
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Hello ladies. I am 26 & have recently been diagnosed with Factor 2/ Prothrombin Gene Mutation. This was after being admitted to the hospital after the ER found I had a pulmonary embolism. I have numerous clots in my lungs. I can not be on any BC with hormones because of the lifelong coumadin therapy that I now need. I have been told that any new pregnancies need to be planned so I can discontinue the Coumadin & start another anticougulant.

SO my question is...Does anyone know of a highly effective non hormonal BC that will be a good choice for my husband & I??

Thanks a bunch
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February 7th, 2011, 07:28 PM
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Modern forms of Natural Family Planning are highly effective (96-99%, depending on which type of NFP it is). There are absolutely no side effects either. To enjoy the high effectiveness, it is really important to take a course and let an instructor walk you through the learning process. There are several different types of NFP, depending on personal preference. Another perk is that with NFP, you'll always know whether there's a chance of pregnancy or not and have the earliest possible opportunity to switch your meds.
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February 8th, 2011, 09:41 AM
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Thank you for the tip. I will look into it. Do you use NFP yourself?
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February 8th, 2011, 03:22 PM
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Yes, we've used it for both TTC and TTA. We've been avoiding for 3 years now.
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February 11th, 2011, 09:00 AM
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The Copper IUD is non-hormonal. Condoms, diaphragm or cervical cap, sponge and other barrier methods are options. There is contraceptive foam with spermicide and of course natural - withdrawl and timing. If your cycle fluctuates or if you are on medication that affects your cycle I'd go against NFP until you are sure exactly when you ovulate using opk's for a few months along with a tracking tool like fertilityfriend.com.


Sorry about your diagnosis. I wish you health and happiness!
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February 11th, 2011, 01:44 PM
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If your cycle fluctuates or if you are on medication that affects your cycle I'd go against NFP until you are sure exactly when you ovulate using opk's for a few months along with a tracking tool like fertilityfriend.com.
Only the old Rhythm or Calender methods required regular cycles. New types of NFP are more scientific, so you can evaluate your fertility day by day as it happens. New methods are based on daily evidence - no guessing or predicting when the fertile time will be. By following a simple set of rules based on the information your body gives you each day you can avoid pregnancy with 99% accuracy. Much higher effectiveness than withdrawal, barriers, and spermicides. Here's a link to a clinical trial in China also showed one type of NFP had a lower pregnancy rate than the Copper IUD used there:WOOMB Home Page

FertilityFriend is designed for TTC, not for avoiding pregnancy and doesn't get into enough detail for that. A charting system designed for avoiding is much more accurate.
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