I'm a woman and I take a combined oral contraceptive pill. Oestrogen and progestogen. Achieving hormonal balance is going to be hard when using these, right? But I can't not use them unless I want a whole clutch of kids! Can't use condoms, I'm allergic- even to the hypoallergenic ones!
How have other people managed this? I want to lose some weight and feel very healthy.
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I went off the Pill/Patch after two decades and I have used a German fertility monitor for eighteen months now. It's fantastic and I wish I bought one many years ago. It's called "Lady-Comp" which is a silly name for a tough, smart piece of medical equipment. You take your temperature first thing before you move in the morning. If you wake up in the night to pee, (or respond to care-taking duties, insomnia, etc.) take your temperature before you move. I got used to this very quickly and I rarely remember temping, but I almost never fail to do it. I'm taking my temperature in my sleep. I've traveled a great deal between North America and Asia and had no difficulty with the time-zone shifts. If you can't use barrier methods during your fertile time (which is functionally about five/six days because sperm are long-lived little zygotes) then this method definitely relies on mutual buy-in and trust with one's partner. I have the rechargeable model and it is said to last ten years. The initial expense is significant (about $400.) but I did the math across a decade and for me it's been totally worth it. Here's another woman who loves her Lady-Comp describing her experience http://thehairpin.com/2011/06/lady-comp-how-i-quit-hormones
Here's the official site https://www.lady-comp.com/
Have you considered an IUD? Or tracking your ovulation with your temperature and spit? There's a book Taking Charge of Your Fertility that I've heard is helpful.
When it comes to your decision to take the pill, it really comes down to your own personal experiences. Some women feel awesome on the pill, which is great for them! On the other hand, I felt like crap taking the pill and I tried several different ones. You just need to figure out what is right for you. Luckily, there are different options for preventing pregnancy. Good luck!