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I'm a longtime oral bc user (currently on Yasmin) and I want to change.
I really want something non-hormonal for several reasons. I am finding it harder and harder to stay slim (I know part of this is metabolic changes as you age--I am 27) and I think it is due in part to the hormones. I'm also having trouble becoming sexually aroused (yes, I know this can also be due to aging and monogamy). I also would like to prevent the long-term negative health effects associated with extended oral bc use.
I don't think a diaphragm or cervical cap is effective enough and they also sound cumbersome and annoying to use. If I'm going to use a barrier method we might as well go back to using condoms, but then there is the issue of effectiveness. I am currently leaning towards an IUD. This sounds a little scary to me but I am willing to try it. Has anyone here used this device and what did you think of it? I have heard that it's a bit painful when they insert and remove it, but what about while it's in place? I don't have especially painful PMS or periods, but I had ovarian cysts when I was a teenager (they have not recurred). So I think I'm a good candidate for an IUD.
Has anyone here become pregnant using a cervical cap or diaphragm?
I will get my next well-woman exam in May, so I want to be prepared to discuss this with my MD.

Thanks for any advice,
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