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IUD if you haven't had a child? And compared to the pill/shot/whatever?
My lady and I have been discussing various forms of birth control since she really does not like how condoms feel... While we're experimenting with different kinds at the moment, we are also giving thought to using a different form of birth control with no "doubling up" as it were - so it needs to be highly effective so things like cervical caps and sponges aren't going to be considered.
Up front, neither of us have health insurance nor a lot of spare money - I'm not sure how big of a deal that is or not but I'm sure that means the stuff will be a lot more expensive.
I know the pill is the most common method, but I've seen what the pill can do to some of my family, so I really don't like the idea of hormonal based contraceptive. I was looking at the Mirena IUD - it seems like it'd be more cost effective for us, I like that the hormones are a very localized small dose and don't have nearly as many side effects, however the website implies you had to have a child to consider this. Planned Parenthood did say that it was more likely to slip out of women who never had a baby, but didn't say anything besides that. I realize it's a large upfront cost, but considering how long it lasts I am willing to pay that.
Any women or boyfriends/husbands with sexual partners that use it? Any feedback on it, is it worth it compared to other forms of birth control? Any thoughts would be helpful.