I'm on the Nuva Ring, which I love because of the freedom it allows me. I am really bad about taking pills at the same time every day, so oral contraceptives just don't work for me. The problem with the Nuva Ring is it's expensive. I have insurance, but it's still $30 every three weeks. I have decided not to have my period any more, because it's inconvenient and I live with four men and it makes a mess when my boyfriend and I have sex. Also tampons cost money, and I just don't feel like buying them.
I have been thinking about getting an IUD because ultimately I will save money having one, and friends of mine that have them like them. BUT I don't want to go back to having my period. I like being able to go on vacations etc without having to worry that I'm going to start bleeding, bloating, etc. Is it worth getting an IUD? Can I have it both ways?
Jane, I do not think an IUD will will solve your problem with menstruation.
For cost, you can also look at Implanon (3 year implant) for worry free birth control. The Depo shot is another option but make very sure you do your research before taking it. Your fertility may take quite a while to return after it.
Does your insurance not allow you to order a 3 month supply at once from their pharmacy? That way you cut your co-pay. You can also make your boyfriend pay for it LOL, he is after all the one that gets the advantage as he does not have to wear condoms.
If you want to cut the costs of menstrual supplies, menstrual cups and washable (cloth) pads are the way to do it. On second thought, cloth pads will probably freak out the men in the house so stick with menstrual cups.
The disposable Instead SoftCup is the ideal product to solve messy period sex. It can catch up to 12 hours of flow and it does not interfere with sex or your vacation fun.