I'm 18 and have recently started having PIV sex. My doctor, my boyfriend and I all agree that I should get on some method of birth control other than condoms, and I have a couple of questions about a couple of different kinds I'm looking at. I did do some searching in the community but didn't quite find what I was looking for. If there are any threads that cover my questions I'm happy to just follow links to them.
I'm considering trying out a diaphragm first to see if it works for me, then switching to Implanon if I don't like it. However, I might just go straight to Implanon, depending on what my doctor thinks. I'd like to try a copper IUD but my doctor is unwilling to fit me with one as I've never been pregnant. I'd like something fairly user friendly and without particularly harsh side effects. If anyone can recommend any other forms of birth control they think would work for me (I'm fairly happy with the options I'm looking at, but I'm open to anything else), please let me know :)
For anyone who has used a diaphragm - what was your experience with it? Did you like it or dislike it? I've heard that it can increase the likelihood of UTI's, which are something I suffer from a lot - did anyone find this was the case? Also, how much did it cost? I'm living in Australia so if anyone knows the approximate price here that would be great.
In regard to Implanon, I'm interested in the high effectiveness rate but a little wary about the side effects. Did anyone here experience constant bleeding/no more periods while on it? What was that like? Also, did anyone find it decreased their sex drive at all? I know that seems like a frivolous question but I feel like if I'm using something that allows me to have sex more safely, it shouldn't decrease my desire to do so.
Also, has anyone used a copper IUD before having children? What was your experience with it?
Thank you in advance :) Sorry about the long post.