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QUESTION: What is your preferred choice of birth control? I always forgot to take my pills so am considering an IUD or Depo shot

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  1. I use the patch one. Just put it on your body and change it every week. You have a patch on for three weeks and nothing for the fourth week. As someone coming from a family not open to sex, being on patch is very useful.

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  2. I tried (emphasize on tried) to get an IUD. It was the most painful thing I've ever experienced... Some people have no problems, but my body was having none of it.

    I just use the pill. Easy, and has kept me going for years.

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  3. I've heard the shots are bad for your bones... You may want to consider the side effects.

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  4. Have a Mirena, and the insertion really wasn't as bad as I imagined. Takes a few months to settle out, and the length of time is different for everyone, but it's reliable and I like that I never feel anaemic anymore.

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  5. I've been on the pill for 7 years, and am thinking about switching to the IUD now for convenience. I would get my tubes tied but doctors seem to think you can't make your own decisions at my age.

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    1. The problem is there were probably enough girls that got it and then regretted it that all doctors decided it wasn't worth it just in case. It's inconvenient for you for a few years until you can but for the girls that thought they wanted it and then realized they didn't too late it's heartbreaking.

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  6. On Nuvaring. No daily pills, lower dose of hormone. Slightly higher risk of blood clots. Definitely been my favorite thus far.

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  7. I have an IUD- the Mirena. I got it done through Health Services on campus. I was on the pill for 5 years prior to insertion. It's been a great experience for me.

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    1. How much did it cost you? Do you still get your period on it?

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    2. Not 7, but also got a Mirena through Health Services. I don't think I paid more than $16, with student health plan. It's been about 6 months, and I'm down to spotting for about 6-7 days per month. Only have to use liners.

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    3. 7 Here.
      I paid the dispensing fee from Walmart, so $16. The school's insurance plan covered the rest for me. It's between 400-500$ outright so if you pay for the insurance plan even for one term, it's worth it in my opinion. I spotted for the first little while, maybe 2-3 months, and sometimes my cycle would sync with my roommate's so I would get heavier spotting. I've had it for over a year now and I don't get my period anymore (which has been fantastic and is completely healthy). I highly recommend it.

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  8. The pills and I did not get along so I decided on the Mirena IUD. The first insertion went really well, very little pain, but it fell out a month later. They sent me another one free of charge so I decided to give it one more try and the second one's fine. There was a couple months of constant spotting and no period which was annoying but now there's nothing for the last four months.

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  9. The pill + condoms. It took me a while to find the right pill with little side effects so I'm a bit weary doing a shot or something in case I had bad side effects. At least with the pill you can just stop taking it and get it out of your system quickly if the side effects are bad.

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  10. Copper IUD, worst pain I've ever had for the insertion. But I was on birth control for a while and didn't like the effects of hormones. IUD is working out well for me, it lasts 5 years, but the insertion was really painful.

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