Cindy, I know what you mean. My mom went through menopause at 60 - I'm so glad that I've probably been spared 15 years of PMS, cramps, etc.. Thirty-three years were more than enough. I was operated on twice, three days apart. They tried the "button-hole method", only to find that I had adhesions that called for more radical surgery. I was really upset, thinking that I would be horribly scarred, but the surgeon did such a neat job that the "bikini scar" isn't noticeable at all (not that I wear bikinis at my age).
To get back to the original topic - my students and nieces are constantly discussing birth control, and I find today's options (implants, 3-month shots, mini-pills) so much more convenient than when I was a teenager/twenty-something. I'm a bit sceptical of the "natural methods", having gone through measuring temperature, analysing vaginal secretions, etc., while trying to conceive. "Roulette" is a very apt description.
What does disturb me is that an awful lot of "kids" today don't use condoms before being tested for HIV and only then switching to other methods of birth control. So often, I hear kids say, "My bf/gf isn't promiscuous, so we don't have to be careful." Wrong, IMO. You don't have to be promiscuous to become infected - once is enough. A friend of my mom's (in her fifties, married, 4 kids) contracted AIDs during hip replacement surgery; a friend of mine (cop, exposed to blood in various situations) also died of AIDs. Being absolutely paranoid is counter-productive, but everybody should keep in mind that nothing is "fail-proof".