I have some version of the copper coil - a non hormonal IUD. I am prone to migraines, so have learnt to avoid hormonal BC.
I have tried most of the "conventional" methods. Condoms are, by far, the most easy to remember and deal with - as long as your gentleman partner is happy to sheath it, but if you have a "no glove no love" rule and stick to it, then they are quick, easy, and pretty much side effect free. Unless you are allergic to latex (and I have always been curious about those guys who claim they are, wouldn't a side effect be swelling, and, well, that already happens...). Guys complain that the sensation is less, and some girls do too, but it really isn't enough to actually cramp your style, and in some guys' cases, a little less sensation can be a good thing.
The pill I found really annoying. The coating made me gag, and even now the memory of the taste makes me feel ill. To be reliable, you have to take it around the same time each day, which means you have to have it with you at that time, and all that fun stuff. If you forget one pill, you are basically stuffed for the week, from memory they recommend using a barrier method for 7 days from the forgotten pill.
I have also tried the Implanon, which goes in the arm. It started out really well, and it was really creepy to feel this stick in my arm (and make other people feel it lol). However, I started having breakthrough bleeding, starting with a bit of spotting, until I pretty much had my period for 3 weeks, and nothing for one week. It also has left two scars on my upper arm - one from insertion, one from removal.
I tried the Depo shot, again, I had bleeding with this. The first six weeks were great, no bleeding at all, then I had my period for the next six weeks. Not fun at all.
I love my copper IUD now, it is simple, easy, I don't have to remember it, there is no maintenance or anything else. You can feel the strings inside, but you should be checking those once a month anyway, but I have never felt it at any other time, and hubby never has either.
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