We recently had a reader ask about switching to an IUD after being on the pill. And with the intrauterine device's rise in popularity, we're thinking she's not the only one with questions about nonhormonal birth control options.
Hormonal options range from the ring to the patch to the pill, but what if you want to avoid the consequences, including mood swings, weight gain, decreased sex drive, or other side effects? You're in luck — different methods of hormone-free birth control exist. And if you have health insurance, almost all forms of birth control are free under the Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare."
I've rounded up some basic info — including effectiveness rates and pros and cons — on several different nonhormonal options that will let you enjoy freedom from pregnancy. If one or more sparks your interest, talk to your gynecologist about whether it will work for you.