celery_soda (celery_soda) wrote in vaginapagina,
celery_soda
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Birth control questions

I'm a virgin, but my boyfriend and I are getting a bit heavier about making out, hands over clothes and under clothes and such. We've had the birth control talk; he's offered to split the cost with me (so it's less of an issue, but still an issue) and we will use condoms on top of it (condoms, of course, will also be split). He has also gone in for a sexual wellness checkup, and was issued a clean bill of health.
 
I will be going to Planned Parenthood in a week, so I'll talk about options there. I have my little heart set on the shot. I'm looking for something I don't have to muck around with daily (like the pill) and I'd prefer the shot over the NuvaRing (scared of not putting it in correctly). In order of preference, just from reading the PP website and comparing: 

1. Shot
2. Ring
3. Patch
4. Pill

I'd much prefer the former two, since I don't have to worry about taking them as often. I also don't like the latter two because of the visible evidence, though I'd take the patch over the pill -- I'm twenty and still have the occasional visit to my parents' place to worry about. I'm not scared of needles.

What is your experience with all of these? Any weight gain with the pill (or any of them)? Difficulties inserting the ring? 

I'm really eager on the shot, so I'm interested about it specifically -- I've heard about weight gain and extra body hair from it. How much weight gain? I know about the loss of bone density; I've researched that, and the NIH says it's reversible after you stop taking it, but any personal experiences would be great to know about.

I've also been looking at IUDs, but I plan on studying abroad and will probably have it removed before I go over there. (I may end up in a very Catholic part of the country, and I worry about if it slips or something else happens. The doctors there speak perfect English, certainly, but I don't want to have to deal with talking to my parents/advisers about it.) Same worry with the implant. Also, with the implant, any scarring upon insertion or removal?

Thanks so much for your help! I just like hearing about personal experiences -- you might raise some positives/issues I can discuss with the doctor (I already have my own pros/cons of each as well as questions listed to take to the doctor).
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