Whats an alternative to hormonal birth-control?

So I've had an IUD in for about 8 months. I've had to deal with random spotting, yeast infections, changes in discharge, weight gain (about 10lbs), dry skin/acne, and ovarian cysts. The only reason I got it is because I wanted extra protection along with condoms or if in the moment we were too caught up to use a condom my boyfriend and I wouldn't have to worry. Before the IUD we used spermicide and condoms but it kill the mood plus the consistency of spermicide felt like vasline. What else can I try?
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  • I always struggled with hormonal birth control myself... weight gain, no sex drive, terrible mood swings. Unfortunately, other options are less reliable. There’s the copper IUD. My gynecologist had to reinsert it twice because it kept popping out. The last time I just gave up on it. You could also try a diaphragm or female condom but those seem inconvenient to use. Condoms are effective if he uses them every time. However, I know from experience that guys don’t always want to use them and they can break. We eventually just settled on a contraceptive foam, which is less messy than the gel... and then he pulls out in addition to that. It’s not perfect but we’ve stayed baby free for 2 years now.

  • I tried nuvaring and two combo pills- none of which worked and similar to you, led to many negative side effects.

    I decided to ditch HBC entirely. My fiance and I have been using the withdrawal method paired with the rhythm method (so... use condoms if I'm 7 days away from ovulation).

    • How long did it take your body to return to normal after ditching hormones?

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  • Yes. I doesn't stop a pregnancy it stops you carry-on with a pregnancy. It stops the egg sticking to the wall of the womb.
    Like an abortion every month...

    • What

    • Didn't they explain how it works. The action in the womb scapes the inner lining, so it stops a fertilised egg from getting fixed. So it basically kills the egg. That's why you are getting blood spotting, and dis comfort. But you will get use to that...

    • Hormonal iuds prevent pregnancy by thickening the cervical mucus so sperm can't reach the uterus

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  • Be careful dear sometimes overdoing protection can cause consequences to ur health.. u do know r risking ur fertility right?

    • Explain please? I've only either used condoms with spermicide or the IUD with condoms

    • The chemical composition of the product can affect ur ovary.. i learnt a thing or two in my bio class in col

    • Lehe

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  • Physical birth control (yes, there are options other than condoms) and surgery.

  • Implant!

  • Have you tried pills? The amount of hormones vary between different brands, some may not have any secondary effects on your body.
    If you definitely want to ditch hormones, then maybe try the diaphragm or a normal non hormonal IUD.

  • Have you tried a nonhormonal IUD? What about the sponge? There is the nuvaring. The implant that goes in your arm.

    • There is also the diaphragm and the female condom. Even the cervical cap.

    • I initially thought to get the non hormonal iud but went against it bc it was huge and lower effective rate. I haven't tried any of those other methods yet

  • an IDU is just a copper wire. Are you sure this is all from a copper wire? Or is this a different thing?

    • There are two kinds of IUDs the nonhormonal copper one and the hormonal one.

    • These IUDs are divided into 2 types: copper IUDs (Paragard) and hormonal IUDs (Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla).

      The Paragard IUD doesn’t have hormones. It’s wrapped in a tiny bit of copper, and it protects you from pregnancy for up to 12 years.

      The Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla IUDs use the hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy. Progestin is very similar to the hormone progesterone that our bodies make naturally. Mirena works for up to 7 years. Kyleena works for up to 5 years. Liletta works for up to 7 years. Skyla works for up to 3 years.
      www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/iud

    • ^^correct. More specifically I have Skyla. Which last 3 years and had the best amount of horniness

  • Try me... I have a vasectomy!