I've heard a properly fitted diaphragm in the right body is great & many women are perfectly happy w/ their IUDs. I used a sponge for a while just prior to planning my son. It was great, even though I had to leave it in for hours after (it has spermicide in it). However, it wasn't on the market when I needed contraception after my boy was born. It may be back now, I don't know. Also, there are many different versions of the Pill, varied types & amounts of hormones. So I wouldn't worry too much. I'm sure there's good option out there for you.
Good luck & take care.
And my own two cents here, I've been using Nuvaring for five months and so far it's better than any pill I've taken on ALL fronts, and I've had some significant trouble with certain pills. I've gotten my vulvodynia in near-remission, I feel pretty darn normal, I don't have to futz with it, and for now my insurance company hasn't realized it's a contraceptive and is paying 80% on it! I can't say enough good things about it, but some women's anatomies aren't well-suited to the ring (it's a trial-and-error thing).
You're all welcome to come over to Birth Control to talk about it (or even just search for it, there's over 500 posts about it)!
And if Alana wants to try another pill, Yasmin might be a good next choice, it's got low incidence of water weight gain because the progestin is derived from a diuretic (it blocks the signals that the estrogen gives the kidneys telling them to hoard water). It's not a weight-loss pill as some people are saying, but it is a try-to-prevent-pill-induced-weight-gain pill.
P.S. Here's the link: http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-bhcontraceptEdited 4/17/2003 5:31:12 PM ET by judie_rae