Looking for a halfway decent method while you wait for these new methods to be developed? Tried most of the current methods (pills, NuvaRing, copper IUD, progestin IUD, condoms) and they’re not doing it for you? Here are some methods we know about that we consider the best of a bad lot.
• If you have the money to travel: the GyneFix frameless IUD in Belgium, England, or Vancouver. See IUD Divas for more information and UK contact info. In the U.K., family planning services are free through the National Health Service, even for foreign visitors. See the manufacturer’s site for contact e-mails for availability in other European countries. Clinic contact for Vancouver, Canada can be found on IUD Divas. And Vancouver is a lovely place to visit!
• If you have plans to travel to China or have relatives to visit there: the uterus-shaped Yuangong indomethacin IUD, a copper IUD with a slow-release ibuprofen-like drug right inside it to prevent the increased bleeding seen in the first few months of using a copper IUD. The manufacturer is ISO9000-certified Yantai Family Planning Medicine & Apparatus Co., Ltd., and the quality appears to be good. Discussion can be found at IUD Divas.
• If you are young enough to still have regular cycles (say, still in your 20′s or 30′s) and are a careful and conscientious type: the Fertility Awareness Method coupled with condoms during your fertile time. See Planned Parenthood or the website of the most popular book on the subject, or do a search for “fertility awareness method,” to learn more.