Post # 1
I’m researching contraceptives. Using anything with a hormone (ie: the pill) is not an option for me. The only thing I can think that’s left is an non-hormonal IUD. Does anyone have any experience with this?
Or, are there other things I haven’t thought of, that are more effective?
Post # 3
great thread, i am very interested also. I cant/wont do hormones either.
Post # 4
I don’t think anything is more effective than the IUD besides the Depo shot, but that must be hormonal.
Post # 5
I have a Paraguard (the non-hormonal IUD) and love it but it was quite painful to start out with and I still have worse cramps than I did without it. Other than Para, there’s NFP if you’re good and barrier methods (m/f condoms, diaphrams), oh and I guess spermicides – all of which don’t have the best reliability…I can’t think of anything else. Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be a lot of options.
ETA: There have been a lot of threads on IUDs if you search around for them. There was one maybe a year or so ago that had a lot of great input.
Post # 6
I just recently found out about Natural Family Planning (NFP) method thanks to some very helpful Bees! I don’t know much about it yet but from what I’ve been learning, you’re only fertile for about 5-7 days and with this method you learn which days you are fertile and which days you’re not. It seems to be very effective. You can actually put it into search here and it’ll come up with other topics about it. You can also Google it.
Post # 7
Just read that the only two IUD’s are Mirena and ParaGard.
Mirena releases progestin (which tins the uterus and thickens cervix mucus)
ParaGard releases copper (and thins the uterine lining).
Well, that stinks. I was hoping IUD could just ‘block’ things…
Post # 8
@noenyu: While that’s true, that only works well if you have a regular cycle and ovulate on schedule. My cycles are all over the map, so this wouldn’t work for us.
Post # 9
@noenyu: I’m kind of skeptical about the method. There’s a good deal of slop about when you are fertile. The method may reduce your likelihood of conceiving, but it won’t bring it to near zero.
Post # 10
@oracle: Well, it’s not “blocking” but the swimmers’ tails apparently don’t like copper as the ParaGuard also hampers sperm motility. I’m guessing your concern is adding things to your body rather than effectiveness though? If that’s the case, NFP + barriers might be your best bet.
ETA: Just saw your other response. Never mind about the NFP…
Post # 11
@caitlanc: thanks for sharing your experience with Para – bummer on the cramps!! 🙁 I thought that was the way to go until just reading about the copper. I don’t like the idea of copper leaking into me! We currently are doing barrier (male condom) – but are looking into other options because of sensitivity issues.
Post # 12
@oracle: Hmmm. That is tricky then. I don’t envy you! Have you read Taking Charge of Your Fertility? I’ve only read parts of it but learned a lot from even that little bit (and I’ve always considered myself
quite knowledgeable on the subject!) Actually, you might be able to do NFP and just use condoms more often or any time you’re unsure. I’m not an expert on it, but a couple ladies on here definitely are. Is Chelseamorning still around? You might try PMing her.
ETA: How do you feel about spermicide? It’s not something I would trust alone but if you’re reasonably sure you’re not fertile it’s probably a safe enough bet. Would that get around the sensitivity issues?
Post # 13
@oracle: Your comment is false and I am proof of that. I have extremely irregular cycles and have used it 100% effective with never a close call. You are most likely thinking of the calendar method however the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) is scientifically rated as 99%+ effective at preventing pregnancy.
@kaylee26: Like I said above it is just as or more effective than HBC’s. There are very easy ways to know when you are approaching ovulation and then see when you have already ovulated.
Anyhow, we use NFP and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. It’s works perfectly and is amazing. Search the bee for FAM or NFP and youll see that there are a LOT of us here doing it and some have gone years already successfully.
Before you make up your mind, I really can’t rec enough the book, “Taking Charge of your Fertility.” It’s stupid how we women don’t know what in there… every women deserves to know what’s in this book and it will help show you your options. Search TCOYF or the whole name on WB and you’ll see oodles and hundreds of bee’s rec it!
Post # 14
Here are the options I am aware of:
- Periodic abstinence (such as NFP)
- Male condom: 15% failure rate
- Female condom: 21% failure rate, typically made from polyurethane instead of latex
- Diaphragm with spermicide: 16% failure rate. Requires physician visit. Must use spermicide with each intercourse act, and if within 6 hours, use an alternative contraceptive method.
- Cervical cap: can keep in place for up to 48 hours, decreased efficacy after childbirth, cannot be used during menses
- Contraceptive sponge: may remain in place for up to 24 hours, but for at least 6 hours after intercourse. Dereased efficacy after childbirth, cannot use during menses
- Spermicide alone: 29% failure rate
- Copper IUD: can leave in place for up to 10 years, but can increase menstrual flow
Statistics are intended to provide a general idea of the effectiveness with “average” use.
This is not meant as medical advice. You should talk to your personal physician to find out what is the best option for you.
Post # 15
condoms, spermicide, vaginal films, natural family planning
Post # 16
As far as I know, I’ve never actually heard of anyone having issues from the copper in Paraguard. You naturally ingest copper, and it’s a component of certain enzymes in your body, so the idea of adding extra copper isn’t that crazy – your body will excrete everything you don’t need. I would talk to your doctor, but if you don’t want kids anytime soon, that may be your best option. I know one commenter said she had increased menstrual cramps, but I don’t think that’s a common reaction.