Hi all...need some help here. I was on the pill for years...just can't remember to take it. I am going into surgery, so I need something dependable and EASY. So, I tried the nuva ring - was great for the first 2 months, then for three months in a row...I got infections and had to take it out. So, I tried the patch, which was somewhat irritating, but I thought I could at least give it a month or so. Had it in for 4 days when the announcement came out about it releasing 60% more estrogen than originally thought and that women are 3 times more likely to die from clots and stuff from the patch than the pill. So, took it off that day. My dad died from bilateral PEs...I am on OB right now (I am an osteopathic intern...have to do a month of OB during internship) and I mentioned the news release to the attending and told her my history a little. She couldn't believe I'd never been tested for a clotting disorder before ever being started on the pill. She said she would have never given me estrogen. For the record, my dad and I have very different lifestyles...he was a good-ol-boy. Smoked, drank...fairly active as far as being outdoors non-stop, but ate the wrong foods, no aerobic exercise...etc. I, however, have an HDL of 86, am training for a marathon and have always been healthy and fit. I just assumed his issues were because of his lifestyle and that I wasn't at risk. So, when I took off the patch after having it on for 4 days...WOW...I went into the biggest funk. When I took off that last ring, I'd been on nothing for almost 3 weeks. I put the patch on for 4 days and I start to go down hill. Remove the patch (which I don't think it was removing the patch...I think it was just the estrogen being newly - once again - introduced to my body). That was 3 days ago. Feeling somewhat better with regards to mood. So, I have decided to try to go with something non-hormonal. My question is this....1)should I be tested for clotting issues? 2)does the hormonal IUD have estrogen? I watched an IUD be placed yesterday. The woman's uterus was tilted posteriorly - almost at a right angle (we know this because 3 days ago the attending tried to insert ESSURE and the hysterscope couldn't manipulate such a tilted uterus). So, she used one of those clamps and clamped onto the cervix to move the uterus into a little more alignment.....I about got sick! Here I am going into surgery, but I get sweaty and about puke during anything that involves causing pain to the cervix!! (colpos w/biopsy, etc...) I only have 1 kid, I am 31, married...If anyone has any input, I would appreciate it! I worry about the risk of the IUDs...perforation and such. Also, the copper IUD...does it really cause that much more spotting?? I guess I am trying to decide between the copper and the hormonal. This sucks, because I was SO happy with the RING.... Anyway, any help would be great.