It all sounds so complicated, so many choices, so much information to learn, so much to consider. Let's see, our choices were rhythm, diaphragm, condom, or Cuba. We used diaphragm, it's gel, and condom. This worked for 3 months. We had planned, and hoped, to wait for 5 years before having children. The pill came along after our first child. My gyno tried it on me but a few months later stopped it because the tiny hairs (silia?) inside somewhere had disappeared. So he thought it dangerous for me. He was of the philosophy that a drug should be in common use for 10 years before he considered it known or safe.
After our second child was born, hubby had a vasectomy. Why him instead of me, because for him it was a cheap, easy office visit. For me it would be the hospital for 3 days, with possible complications. And either was permanent. Things may be different now. But we're sure glad he had it done. I seemed to get pregnant when he dropped his pants.
I hope the cramping goes away soon, Wonder. Loved your pictures. And I do hope your gut gets better. Let me know how it goes.
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