I absolutely hate the pill. I hate how sore it makes me and this breakthrough bleeding is incredibly irritating (I think this is the third month I've been on it). Is the patch going to have the same side effects as the pill? I'm on Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo by the way. Our insurance this year absolutely blows, and does not cover the pill besides with a HUGE copay and ordering a three month supply (it's almost equal to buying it in the pharmacy). I've had an IUD for 6 years and I loved it, but it slipped out of place and hubby didn't want me to put one back in. We hope to have a baby, but not for a couple more years after I get out of school. Any other suggestions? The ring was irritating so I don't want to go back to that. I just want something nonhormonal based if possible (I can't stand this constant PMS feeling- painful breasts etc). ANY suggestions besides the condom? I'm pretty tempted to look into NFP soon.