I have some questions about birth control.
When I had my first exam to be put on birth control, I was just put on the pill, no questions asked. It was pretty much "you want birth control? Here's your prescription." And it was fine, because I really wasn't aware there were other options. Fast forward 7 years, and I just recently had an exam to get back on some sort of birth control. It's been a few years since I've been on any sort of birth control, and so when she asked me what I had in mind, I was kind of baffled. I didn't really have an answer, so she gave me an information sheet, listing the different types, and told me to think about it, since I have another appointment on the 15th, to discuss some other health issues.
I don't remember there really being bad side effects from BC pills, but I was also taking an anti-depressant, and so I'm not sure which side effects I had were from which pill. I did put on weight, and my sex drive diminished. (much to the annoyance of my husband) I do have problems remembering to take it at the same time every day, even with an alarm, so options like Depo and Mierena are appealing to me. I guess I'm looking for advice from people who have had either (or both?). The weight gain is a big concern of mine, since I'm already really overweight. My Mother-in-Law advised against an IUD, because one of her friends had one (I'm assuming in the 70s or 80s, since she's in her 50's now.) and it was inserted incorrectly and she was unable to have children after that. I don't have kids of my own, but I'm not 100% sure that I don't want kids, so I'm hesitant to have any sort of sterilization done.
Any advice you guys can give would be greatly appreciated!