I wanted to get feedback on either of these birth control methods. My daughter is 3.5 and we've decided that we don't want kids for now... prefer these methods because they're hormone free. Thanks!
I like my diaphragm fairly well, but don't love it. It is a little inconvenient, but it is the least-bad method of contraception I've found so far. You can put it in well in advance of needing it, so it allows for more spontaneity than condoms, but I don't like to have mine in all the time just in case, so that is not as much of a benefit as it might be. Great for people who have predictable date nights though. I do not currently use it with a spermicide, since I'm not comfortable with nonoxyl-9 and Contragel Green is expensive (and I'm nursing and haven't gotten my period back so I am less worried), so I can't speak to that.
It can be hard to find someone to fit you for a diaphragm, but keep calling around. Try asking midwives.
I wouldn't use a cervical cap, they become dramatically less effective after you have given birth.
I don't know anything about cervical shields.
I recommend the Diaphragms and Caps Yahoo Group. They have lots of good advice. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/DiaphragmsAndCaps/info
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