@miwome Biking in Boston is totally not that bad. I bike everywhere. My friends and I actually have a little unofficial bike gang and we go on longish rides around town in warmer months... usually followed by pints. Join us! bostonbicyclebelles.tumblr.com. And also, hell yes to biking in heels and skirts. I love my Dutch-style upright to pieces, and I bike regularly in dresses, boots, heels, etc. There is no reason to wear fancy REI biking gear. Wool coats are the best: super breathable and warm. If you can walk briskly in it without sweating, you can bike in it.
@piggie Word. Gilbert Blythe and Lloyd Dobbler ruined me for men. But, at least in those scenarios, the heroines were whip-smart and independent (if perhaps, a tad stubborn).
@Lily Rowan Agreed. Completely. I'm a-okay with condoms, and any boy who puts up a fuss likely isn't someone I want to be involved with anyway.
@TreatYoSelf Yes! It took me way too long to figure this out (13 years of being on-off various forms of birth control), and this was why I decided I needed to go hormone free for awhile to really see if it made a difference. I too have just started dating again, and have been going back and forth about how to handle it, but have decided condoms are the way to go for me for now. Especially given what you and others have said about the process of getting used to an IUD. Man, this makes me wish we could talk to our health care providers more honestly and openly about all this. I even see a nurse practitioner, who is easier to talk to in general, but I feel like she still gives me the Rx company's brochure copy whenever I ask questions about specific BC options.
@Monkey Yaz was the worst. Nuvaring was a lot better, but still not great. I decided to get off (ha) all types of birth control when my bf and I split up eight months ago, and I am just now starting to feel like a normal sex-crazed lady. I have been thinking copper IUD for whenever I am next in need of long-term birth control. All, hi 'pinners. Long-time reader, first-time caller.
@charizard Yes, I thought the same thing. Had the exact same experience at the start of a relationship a few years back, and through process of elimination, determined it was all Yaz's fault.