I have been conducting much research on the appropriate contraceptive for my body without screwing around with hormones too much, but I seem to be at a loss. I am in a monogamous relationship and we both hate condoms for several reasons. First, my boyfriend is well-endowed, so even though we are using Magnum XL he still finds it uncomfortable. He is uncut and keeps good hygiene. His head often becomes irritated after using condoms to the point that we have to give it time for him to heal. The magnums do not irritate me, but in the past I have become very irritated by spermicide in regular condoms frequently developing yeast infections from them.
Furthermore, I was on birth control a couple of years ago but I never felt comfortable relying on it since I could not rely on myself to take it at the same exact time each and everyday, and I know its effectiveness is diminished by not abiding by a strict schedule. I also disliked the weight gain and it did not regulate my periods as I had hoped it would. I also seemed to develop headaches but never fully attributed it to the birth control. As for other contraceptives, I disliked the idea of having a device implanted in me (unless I was married), and I do not feel like a cervix barrier or sponge would be reliable birth control without the implementation of spermicide. I have also used Encare, which always caused a YI and burned the head of boyfriend's penis! There seemed to always be so many different contraceptive options, but now I feel severely limited.
SO, my question is - what other contraceptive methods has anyone tried and what were the pros / cons? Does anyone have any personal experiences with Depo Proverathe - the BC shot?