Ok, I DID search this but all the threads seemed to address fairly specific situations (as is mine really) and I were quite old.
Basically I'm considering my options just now, at 23 weeks pregnant we aren't using any because seriously, it's not as though I can get any MORE pregnant and have only had the one partner. I want to have our cover planned though as I ssem to conceive very easily and Mum did even whilst exclusively breastfeeding. Now last time (after I had my son) I had the implant inserted before leaving the hopsital which worked very well and was convenient as it was sorted and long term, however it killed my sex drive dead and resulted in a very dry year and half for my poor husband. I want to avoid this next time for several reasons (not least that I missed WANTING to want him and felt horribly guilty). The week I had it out my libido reappeared as though it had never been gone and I'd rather like to keep it this time. Our situation is complicated by the fact I have health problems, the ones that affect our contraceptive options are Crohns disease, which is currently in remission but still flares sometimes and with the pill it only takes one bad day for it to fail, and epilepsy. I realise that doesn't immediately sound like a factor but I have a catamenial seizure pattern going back to when I was 11, the implant drastically cut the frequency of 'clusters', I still have seizures regardless but they were far less inhibiting and frequent ON the implant. WIth a 2 year old and new baby that is very helpful indeed. WHilst pregnant my brain is totally screwed. It doesn't work, I have seizures several days a week, am on huge doses of meds and they are considering adding in a 3rd if we deteriorate again (finally on top of the wee setting things alight problem).
Basically I would like to hear people's suggestions on non-oral contraceptives, particularly hormone based ones due to the control the implant gave (it made more of a difference than any single anti convulsant to date) and hear people's opinions of them. I'm also very interested in the effect they've had on women's moods as I'm super-high risk for PND etc and dreading the combined drug reduction and hormone crash that's coming (they have to cut levels within a fortnight of me having the baby really, body metabolises it differently, blood volume decreases etc). So, open floor. Thank you folks x