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Cliff1016 Posted: Fri, Jan 20 2017 10:49 AM

Hi ladies-

Goodness, I did not think I'd ever find myself posting on this part of this forum! We just had a little boy on New Years Eve and I'll be needing to use some kind of bc starting in February. I plan to chart, but until that becomes reliable, I need something else! 

I'm not comfortable taking anything with hormones and would rather not have an IUD. So I know that doesn't leave me with many options. What are your thoughts and experiences? I'm mostly interested in hearing about cervical caps and diaphragms but open to whatever. 

I'll be EBF for at least 5 more months, but I got my first ppaf after my dd at 11 weeks and got pregnant on my third cycle, all while EBF... so I def can't count on that.

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justtryingthisout replied on Fri, Jan 20 2017 1:05 PM

DH and I used condoms for years before TTC and were quite happy with them. 

I also have a diaphragm. It was quite expensive, because it wasn't covered by insurance. I don't totally trust it, because I'm not sure if it really fits correctly, and diaphragms are not as effective as other methods.

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hb12red replied on Fri, Jan 20 2017 2:02 PM

I used they Caya diaphram for a few months before deciding to ttc this time around and I liked it.  It seemed like a nice alternative to condoms, although it took me a little bit to have confidence in it.  I'll be using it again after this one is born till charting is more reliable.

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barnheartbabe replied on Fri, Jan 20 2017 8:57 PM

We've done the diaphragm almost our entire marriage that we weren't pregnant or trying to get pregnant. We both like it. I ended up with the caya brand this time, which is a one size fits most in a silicone material. I've had sized diaphragms in both latex and silicone, but prefer the silicone. It's harder, sometimes, to track CF but ymmv.

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Heather678 replied on Fri, Jan 20 2017 11:26 PM

I want to say that I haven't used the diaphragm but my best friend has used it for many years, and she loves it. It has worked for her very well and it's something I will consider when our tta time arrives. The main hassle with it is that they are harder to find and her Dr makes fun of her for it. Haha!

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Cliff1016 replied on Sun, Jan 22 2017 2:44 PM

Thank you ladies! This is all super helpful!

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krislin replied on Mon, Jan 23 2017 7:56 PM

We used charting + condoms during the fertile phase while TTA for a few years and were happy with it! I think the key to that being so successful for us was using a condom anytime there was even a remote chance I was fertile. My cycles were very predictable though, so that definitely helped us have confidence about when O was each month.

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kersteve replied on Tue, Jan 24 2017 12:00 PM

When we were TTA right after we got married we used FAM + condoms. It turns out we probably didn't need to be using anything (ha!), but we were happy at the time. Condoms are kind of a hassle, but it was the best option for us. Like you, I need to avoid hormones and wasn't comfortable with an IUD, so it didn't leave many options. We used condoms after day 5 during the fertile phase and then nothing after I confirmed ovulation. We were super strict and never "cheated," which is huge if avoiding is really important to you! Good luck finding something that works for you guys :)

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Cliff1016 replied on Thu, Jan 26 2017 1:14 PM

Thank you!! I'll let you know what we decide in a few weeks after chatting with the midwives!

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kbella replied on Tue, Jan 31 2017 9:15 PM

Let us know what you decide! I just asked about a diaphragm at my 38 wk appt today since you got me intrigued. I guess I can do a fitting for one at my 6 wk PP check. I think it would be nice to have an option besides condoms or wd

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Cliff1016 replied on Thu, Feb 2 2017 8:57 AM

Good to know! Hopefully they can fit me at my appt if thats what we decide. It's on 2/15

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Cliff1016 replied on Wed, Feb 15 2017 11:18 AM

Just an update after my pp appt today. We decided to go with a diaphragm, which I will get fitted for next week. Plus FAM

obviously. We discussed the paraguard  IUD since its non hormonal but she said it would make my periods heavier and crampier and didn't recommend it if they were already bad. 

Thanks for all the input!

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Heather678 replied on Wed, Feb 15 2017 3:15 PM

Great! Please update us after you have used the diaghram for a while and what you think of it. 

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kbella replied on Wed, Feb 15 2017 8:34 PM

Thanks for the update!

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