It was hard to decide for us! We tried on our own for 5 years so we were relatively certain that it was impossible. I ebf'd for 6 months (continued to bf until 18 months) and after doing research felt that was fairly decent protection. We also used spermicide. I was always on the look out for signs of Ovulation, AF and pregnancy but never got AF. I did POAS few times. We would have been happy with 2u2 at first, that was actually the plan. But my OB suggested at least 6 months sicne I had a c/s and then we lost DH's benefits so we didn't want to be foolish. I have PCOS and do not ovulate on my own. When DS was 15 months old I got AF all on my own for the first time in years. I took it as a cue that my body was capable of having a cycle on it's own. I went on cheap $5 bcp until August when we decided to casually TTC again because DH got a new job.
I always felt really sensitive to hormones before but with this bcp I didn't feel as moody etc. Since not taking I do feel better, but that might also be coming with more financial security and getting to SAH again. It took a few months for my body to figure it out. I had crazy bleeding the first and second month.
If we had had insurance or the money I might have thought about an IUD because at the time we weren't sure when we wanted to TTC again. I was feeling conflicted about school and career goals for both of us. But now we definitely want to TTC and I'm glad we didn't do something that only makes financial sense if you're certain about the time frame.
***Twin fraternal girls born at 35w6d in 12/2008***
TTC since May 2006. After 3 failed Clomid cycles, 2 failed Injectibles/IUIs, 2 failed IVFs and 1 failed FET, we moved on to adoption!
Last ditch FET resulted in BFP, and identical twin girls!