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I have been taking a hormone birth control for a couple years now and I would like to get off of it. 

I didn't want to be on medication of any sort to begin with! I do not like the thought of medications altering me. Also, since i've been on it my blood pressure has slowly gone up and so has my weight. 

I am 30 with an 11 year old boy and I am POSITIVE I don't want anymore kids for a million reasons.

I would really like to do something natural or without hormones.

The things I'm considering are

a non-hormonal copper IUD 

or getting my tubes tied

How do you ladies handle your birth control needs?

Any suggestions or advise?

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Getting your tubes tied would be the best idea. I haven't heard too many great things from the copper IUD. Here's just one of the many reviews I've seen: http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com.au/2013/05/the-copper-iud-what-yo...

I got off birth control in november and I feel MUCH more emotionally stable, also weight has gone down. I am now tracking my period using an app called lovecycles, might be just for android but there's so many apps like that for iphone too. Pretty worth it!

Tubal ligation is a personal decision, but one deserving of deep examination.  It is major surgery, accompanied by all risks inherent to such a procedure, and can result in a host of side-effects:

http://tubal.org/symptoms_of_pts.htm

That article does not cite a single scientific source and makes some pretty outrageous and unfounded claims. 

*sighs*
http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/paragard/basics/risks/pr...

Mayo clinic basically summarizes the risks mentioned in that previous article. Sounds like you just came to your own conclusion without doing further research..

Am I missing something here?  Windlord supplying a link regarding tubal ligations while your link discusses copper IUDs.

When I had my tubal, I encouraged the doc to cut, burn and destroy any chance of me having kids.  He laughed and said they only clip the tubes with a plastic bit that acts much like a hair clip.  If you find a doc who offers the same procedure (my doc was the first local guy I found so I am assuming that's the norm in Australia but have done zero research) the you can just have the clip removed if you find you have any symptoms.

Are you asking me or Steffani?

I posted a link about ligation because she recommended it, and because Jeanette is considering it.  

I was asking Steffani because Pixie was questioning your link and Steffani replied with a link about that didn't have anything to do with ligation and I didn't understand why it was offered in reply to Pixie.  I was expecting Mayo Clinic info about ligations, that's all.

My story was added to reassure Jeanette that even if those symptoms or side effects were true, my experience 16 years ago included easy-to-remove plastic clips rather than hard-to-reverse cutting and the like. So finding a doc using clips should be easier now.

Basically, I lucked out because I didn't do any research because I had zero worries about wanting to reverse the procedure in the future and the few surgeries I've had in my life have been completely fuss-free and I rarely get sick.  That said, I know everyone else's MMV, and I thought my experience might help reassure Jeanette during the course of her research.

Pixie may correct me, but based on the thread line, it looks like she was taking issue with Steff's link.  My link does contain supportive scientic evidence.  

Chinese whispers strike again!  *grin*

Correct. 

Yeah...I don't see anything in that link about how an IUD causes infertility because of blocking the menstrual flow because of some Chinese medicine non-sense. In fact, your own link (above) says that the risks of complications with using an IUD are extremely rare. 

Western medice is law and chinese medicine is nonsense.. i see. The author of the first link is trained in chinese medicine and natural fertility. Her career must be nonsense to you, though I'm pretty sure she's not trying to !@#$%^** people with this info.

Where does it say it's extremly rare again? Maybe that piece of text is not showing up in my phone.

Have you used copper IUD before? For being so critical of the links i provided you must have something positive to say about it. Please, enlighten me.

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