Sperm banking and vasectomy.
(we’re waiting until we’re married before sleeping together so I’m not or ever have been on a birth control)
Reasons: Um… yeah. The hormone nonsense can really mess you up. Seriously. I’m legit scared of that stuff and pissed that it’s so casually dispensed, especially when things like RISUG exist elsewhere and have for like 30 years and it magically somehow just can’t make it here… “Final trials.” Thanks big pharma, you continue to be not evil and self-serving, as usual. And then they had to just change it, make it less safe, and call it Vasagel. I guess it’s better than nothing, but still. ugh. Such a bloody business.
And condoms just seem tedious and mood-killing and too much to worry with and just not reliable enough and well… they’re condoms.
Copper IUD seemed to be the best bet for a while… but I found it has its own set of problems, and quite frankly I’d just be constantly paranoid that it becomes dislodged or whatnot and suddenly I’m pregnant but it’s complicated and terrible. Plus, increasing inflammation is totally the opposite of what you want in your body, especially 24/7 for months or years.
And really, anything that’s not like at least 98% guarantee, I’m not interested because I am NOT ready for a surprise for at least a couple years after we get married. I need to be totally super mentally prepared for that, because I’m not a baby person and the whole idea of pregnancy terrifies me, honestly.
SO… what we’re doing is sperm banking + vasectomy by super skilled doctor that we’re flying out of state to see to make sure it’s done right. Even if the sperm banking stuff doesn’t for some crazy reason, a vasectomy now is pretty much successfully reversible if it’s performed right the first time. Mobility and quality might be be affected somewhat for a while when reversed, or might not, but… whatever. Statistically, if it’s done within 5 years, it shouldn’t be a problem anyway. The sperm banking is what we’re relying on anyway because a reversal is expensive, but it won’t be impossible if the banking stock doesn’t work for some reason.
So yeah, no hormones so no worries of weight gain/mood swings/LOWERED LIBIDO/clots/long-term damaged endocrine system/myriad of other issues… No worries about taking the pill the same time of day every day or it might not be as effective… Nothing. Yay!
Still angry about RISUG though. Totally super bitter about that. It should be so available now, and definitely WAY before MALE hormonal birth control. Ridiculous.