During my last relationship, I constantly sought out contraceptives that 1) didn’t require too much work and 2) were hormone free. I had read time and time again how The Pill and other hormone heavy forms of birth control not only changed my chemistry but also altered the types of people I was attracted to. I have a tendency to over-think things, and birth control was one of those things that scared the shit out of me.
After a few friends received, and coincidentally loved, an IUD, I decided to investigate this contraceptive more. It came in a hormone free version and had a one time application–filling my requirements perfectly. The only downfall was the initial pain associated, worry of it “falling out,” and the stigma still associated with it. In its early inception (Dalkon Shield), studies found it lead to an increased change of Pelvic Inflammation. However, the newer versions have seen less frequency of the infections.
Jezebel had a great write up on IUDs today. Check it out. It may help you and your partner make a more educated choice when it comes to contraceptives!
For more information about IUDs and other forms of birth control: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control-4211.htm