ask jane - birth control
*what is the best form of non-hormonal birth control?*
non-hormonal or non-combined-hormonal?
non-hormonal leaves you with the copper iud, diaphragm, caps, shields, and condoms. not to mention abstinence and "the rhythm method" (if i find out you're doing the rhythm method, i will personally spank you and your inevitable babies). the iud and condoms are the most effective of the bunch, condoms' efficacy increasing with lube and withdrawal. diaphragms, caps, and shields all require spermicidal lubricant to work (gross and bad for cunt).
non-combined-hormonal, aka progestin-only has a few more options. there's a progestin-only iud (which i'm getting this spring), the shot (i veto because it thins your bones if you use for more than two years), and progestin-only pills (POPs). now, pops have far less side-effects than combined hormone pills. but you have to take them at the same time every day. seriously. you miss one dose by three hours and you have to use a back-up method (condoms) for the next 48 hours. no fun.
yes, we need another option. but until one shows up, there you go.
for more precise stats, check out www.plannedparenthood.org. facts about birth control and your contraceptive choices are two good brochures they have posted. they also have method-specific brochures.
smooch, darling. i hope this helps.