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Hiawatha
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Hi there. I'd like some feedback/opinions from anyone here who's used Lea's Shield. Did it cause any discomfort for you or your partner? Could your partner actually feel it? Is it fairly easy to insert and remove? Anything you guys wanna throw out here would be much appreciated, as I'm pretty curious about other women's experiences with Lea's Shield. Thanks!

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Heather
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I haven't used it myself, but have suggested it to several friends who really liked it.

All reported not being able to feel it, their partner not being able to feel it, and a lot more ease with insertion than with diaphragms.

Just bear in mind that you need to use it with spermicide, so if you have any sensitivities to that, it won't be a useable method for you.

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Hiawatha
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Oh, yeah, and a question about the spermicide... is there any way to avoid the use of spermicide? For example, I've been charting my monthly cycle for a while now, so would it be effective at all if I just avoided intercourse during those several days, or used a condom during those days? I am 20 and have been menstruating for nine years.

If that is a very bad idea, are there any other forms of contraceptive you might be able to suggest for me? I am looking for something non-hormonal (tried Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, and am experiencing severe depression), also I would like some more options other than condoms, as my boyfriend and I are both free and clear of STIs, and I find them to limit the whole sexual experience.

So, to summarize all that, basically I love the freedom and spontaneity allowed by oral contraceptives, but the hormones are messing with me a little too much for me to continue with this method of birth control. So I'm trying to find some options besides condoms that would give me the freedom oral contraceptives have.

Thanks, sorry for the length of my post.

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