FAM or IUD or baby but please god, no pill
May 2, 2012 6:56 AM Subscribe
Hate the Pill -- IUD or FAM? If so, how so? Snow flurry inside.
posted by mibo to health & fitness (43 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Late 20s female in a committed relationship. I've been on a Pill of one kind or another for 10 or more years. My doctor switched me to Camila (progestin-only) in November of last year because of a history of (rare) migraines. I've gained twenty pounds and have only had one period -- I hate this pill.
My partner and I have discussed our options, which look to be a copper IUD or the fertility awareness method. Which way go we go?
My primary concern with an IUD is the expense -- we'd only need it for a year and a half or two years before trying for kids. (My insurance doesn't cover it.) I'm also a bit skwicky at the idea of foreign objects hanging out in my uterus and I'd hate to go from no periods at all to a monthly gully wash. TSS as a potential side effect doesn't sound fun, either.
I lean towards the fertility awareness method and I'm about halfway through TCOYF. My primary concern is, of course, my own ignorance and how to avoid pregnancy while figuring it out. Also, if you've gone from a Pill to FAM, how do you know when your cycles get back to normal or if you actually have anovulation or something?
We have an appointment on Monday to discuss an IUD with my doctor. I really don't want to take this pill anymore, even for the next six days. On the other hand -- what happens if you just stop?
I know YANM doctor or my doula, but please give me anecdotes or information to help me decide what to do. Bonus if you help me save my $30 copay by reassuring me that I'm smart enough for FAM starting now.