And rather than leave it up to God, The Universe, pulling out, knowing my body so well that I can chart the second an egg pops out of my ovary, or whether today’s political headlines turn me off or on (will any babies be born 10 months after November 8, 2016?!), I make damn sure that my chances of being surprised with an unplanned child #3 are very, very, VERY low.
Once upon a time, for a long time, I used a version of the Pill, and lived with the side effects and the stress of needing to remember every day to take it. About six years ago, I was bemoaning my love/hate relationship with the Pill to my gynecologist, when she mentioned a different form of birth control that she herself used and that she credited with revolutionizing her life: the IUD.
A low dose of hormones placed directly in my uterus that has less side effects, is good for five years, is nearly 100% effective, covered 100% by my insurance, AND with the bonus of probably making me never have a period?! SIGN ME UP.
I am currently on my third IUD, and I effing love it, for running and for life in general. And I think you might, too.