... getting headaches.i was thinking about the iud or essure procedure? can anyone help? at my age,not knowing how many years i have left to worry about it,but absolutly do not want to get pregnant,whats the best choice for me?? one person told me "todays sponge" is very effective,but i need something very reliable.and also,for the last few years my periods have gotten bad.i have severe cramping,and pain during my periods,and had to go buy the super long pads.