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Sweet Girl
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Even though I'm not currently sexually active, I was wondering if there are any other options as to what I can do for birth control, because my doctor won't let me go on birth control pills or depo-provera cause I guess I'm high risk for alot of the health risk. So does this restrict me for what my options are, or is there different options?
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LilBlueSmurf
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Well if you're at risk for BC pills and depo, norplant probably isn't an option either.

There really is nothing wrong w/ using just condoms and lubrication, ya know. On top of which, you can keep track of your menstrual cycle and stay away from sexual activity. The chances of you getting pregnant w/ both of these are very slim.

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Rizzo
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Couldn't you look into getting a diaphragm?
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alaska
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I second what Rizzo said - if hormonal methods aren't possible, how about a barrier method, such as the diaphragm, cervical cap or lea shield?

If you team these up with condoms, these are very good, very safe methods, too.
As is charting your cycle, always using condoms and abstaining from all preocreative sex on your most fertile days.

Why don't you schedule an appointment at a sexual health clinic or your doctor to discuss other contraceptive choices for you so that you know what there is and can go through the pros and cons with someone who knows lots about everything that's out there.

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Starry Night
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Hmm. Well, I'm at an extremely high risk for blood clots, so I can't take the pill. However, I can take depo at a relatively low risk.

You might want to check out combinations of mini pills that have low levels of certain hormones. Just remember, there's nothing wrong with....CONDOMS! They're easy to use, portable, and there's no mess involved! Do I sound like an infomercial or what? Remember to use a great lube, like astroglide, or even ky jelly if that's what you like. You can double up with a spermicide (as long as you have tried it before and know it won't irritate you) or a diaphram..or you might look into IUDs. Interuterine devices can be put in your uterus by a doctor and essentially prevent a baby from developing. Just head on over to the gyn or Planned Parenthood for more options, or check out ST!


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Heather
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As a note, IUDs are rarely reccoemended for women who have not given birth before, and they are not suggested at all for young women.

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Starry Night
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I always wondered why IUDs lost popularity (or were banned) in Europe and the US. Thanks for telling me, Miz Scarlet!
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Heather
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Actually, they have never been suggested for young women.

But they lost popularity because one type of IUD, the Dalkon Shield, caused massive health problems (including PID and permanent infertility) in scads of women years and years back.

The never IUDs are apparently much safer, but IUDs in general are still not suggested for younger women (those under 25), or for women who have not given birth. IUDs can also increase the risks of HIV transmission, it increases the risk of PID and vaginal infections, and can perforate the uterus. IUDs generally cause heavier periods with more crramping. It is also not advised for women who may want to have children in the future, as due to PID, it can lead to infertility.

Really, an IUD is not a method -- even with improvements in the last few years -- I suggest to anyone in terms of birth control.

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