Help me avoid unnecessary hormones
February 11, 2013 11:08 PM Subscribe
What are my best options for hormone-free or low-hormone birth control?
posted by happyjuice to Health & Fitness (18 answers total)
My SO and I would like to stop using condoms... but after my last experience with hormonal birth control in a previous relationship, I'm a little nervous to go back. I was on the NuvaRing for about 2.5 years, which is supposed to be low-dose, and to this day, I'm not positive whether my severe mood swings were a side effect of the ring or a symptom of my relationship at the time, which I realized, in retrospect, was quite dysfunctional. Maybe it was both. Either way, I've felt a lot happier and more stable since ending that relationship -- which, coincidentally (or not?), I broke off about 6 months after ditching the NuvaRing.
I felt the most angry, depressed, clingy, and crazy during that time period than I've ever felt in my life, and now that I'm in a very satisfying, peaceful relationship, I'm anxious that hormonal birth control will rock the boat somehow. I like the way that I feel sans hormones, but at the same time, I'd like a more reliable birth control method than just condoms. (And obviously, my partner would prefer no condoms as well.)
What are the chances that I'd be able to get a copper IUD without having had any kids? (I'm in my early twenties.) Are there any other options? What have your individual experiences been with finding a quality long-term birth control option, and how were you able to tell which feelings or problems were caused by the hormones and which weren't?