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Scooby1220
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I have recently been researching birth control methods online, and have had a friend tell me that "the shot" is the best choice for me. Are there any people that can tell me a little more about the side effects and the effectiveness of this? There wasn't much information on this online....
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ladydexter
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Yup - your friendly neighbourhood doctor.

Seriously, if you're looking at birth control, discussing it with a doctor is your best bet, as they can work out what is the best method for you (so your friend says the shot is perfect - how does she know? Mine said the pill would be good for me, but I'm allergic to oestrogen! Only a medical professional can really tell what your best option is) and discuss all the side effects of it with you.

Remember also that just because there are side effects doesn't mean you'll get them, also. Everyone's body reats differently to birth control, so the side effects vary from person to person.


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Scooby1220
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I see what you're saying...my dilemma is that (even though i'm 19) i don't want my parents to know...so only having to get a shot every 3 months seemed like the best option. I also have no transportation, so thats a big issue also. I will go to a doctor before taking anything....because of the fact that i smoke...i'm trying to quit, but i know that doesn't always work. I was just curious as to what other people thought about it....but now i see that their opinion might be different from mine.
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Kisses Me Pink
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Although you only need to get one shot every 3 months, other options can be only every 3 months as far as transportation and such things go. I, personally, am on the ring and I'm 15 with no transportation, my mom would kick me out of the house if she knew I was on birth control. I went down to Planned Parenthood where they gave me 3 rings to start out with, so I don't have to go back once a month. I'm pretty sure this is true with pills and patches too.

Depo also lowers bone density, so it's not recommended for younger people, which is the reason I didn't get it.
It really is best to speak to your doctor, or better yet a GYN about birth control options.


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smileygrl
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I'm a college student, so my GYN writes my prescription so I get 3 pill packs everytime I get it filled. Speak to your doctor- I'm sure you can work something out.
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Scooby1220
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I never would have thought about that....just getting enough for a few months....i also don't know if i'd be able to take the pill every day...i didnt last a week on antibiotics. I will go see my doctor, but i appreciate the advice.
Another quick question....just curiosity....is it unhealthy to take the shot or this pill Seasonale because it stops your periods??

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I actually read that the FDA was thinking of pulling Seasonale from the market, due to some problems and lies about the test data. As for depo, it works great for some people, whereas others experience bad side effects (like with any hormonal birthcontrol) or bone loss.

Just speak to your doctor and discuss your options.


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Definitely talk to you and your doctor about what BC options will work for you. Only you and your doctor know your body. We don't. So therefore, we can not tell you what would be best for you.

Every BC method reacts differently to everyone. Like Girl A may do well on Depo where as GirlB has really bad reactions to it.

While we all have same female parts but the functions and the reactions themselves are very different as we all have different DNA, genes and etc.

So again, see your doc/gyno and it can be sorted out from there =)

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