A Question For Grandpa Viv

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apr - February 4

Ok, I am not a teen (I am 21 years old-perhaps I am), but I see you answer questions on here often so I just wanted to ask you about spermicides (suppositories) as a form of birth control. I am married and my son is 6 months old, but I would like to wait until he is 1 to ttc again. We are using them 100% correctly, but I was told that they are not very effective. I was on the pill, but it didnt agree with me. Please note that if I do get pregnant its not the end of the world. I would just like to put it off for another 6 months if possible. Thank you

 

Grandpa Viv - February 4

Vaginal spermicide has a pretty high failure rate. I do not suggest using it except as a backup method for condoms. Frequent use can also produce irritation from the harsh chemicals. If this is your preferred solution and you have regular cycles, why not improve your chance of success by abstaining during your fertile window 6 days before and 2 days after ovulation, which is normally 14 days before your expected period. Sperm last up to 5 days, but eggs only a day or so. Did you ask your doctor to try different bc pills to minimize the side effects? How about patch, Nuvaring, etc? All hormone methods have side effects, but the body often adapts after several months of use. Good luck!

 

apr - February 4

thank you Grandpa Viv! One more question if I may. I wanted to get the IUD but my OB did not recomend it before 2 children since it may take a while to get pregnant after having it removed. Is this true? What other side effects are there? Because I would probably go for that next time

 

Grandpa Viv - February 4

Google > IUD side effects <. The references I checked say it is possible to get pregnant immediately after removal (not true 0f Depo or hormones). One type of IUD does contain hormones. Ask your doctor for references on her statement. Good luck!

 

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