Post # 1
I started off my birth control saga on the lowest hormone dose pill and it turns out it made me crazy. The theory was that I couldn’t handle the constant swings in hormone level. So I switched to the depo shot which gave me one big batch of progesterone that slowly depleted over the next 3 months. The shot has been great except for the side effect that most women seem to love. I stopped getting periods. I had my last period when I’d been on the depo shot for 2 months and I’ve been on the shot for close to three years now. And frankly I’m tired of buying pregnancy tests. I had to create a schedule to take them and I kept extras on hand for those days when I just ‘didn’t feel right’. Waiting the two minutes to see the results kills me. So I recently (3 days ago) got the copper IUD put in. And I’m (strangely enough) looking forward to actually having a period again.
With background out of the way… If you switched from the depo shot to the copper IUD when did you get your period again? (I omit the Mirena IUD because it is known to stop your periods because it is also progesterone based.) Did you notice any other changes as a result of changing birth control methods?
Post # 3
I haven’t made the switch so just *bump*-ing in case anyone else can help you.
I have a copper IUD though, if you have any questions about it in general.
Post # 4
Same here, I haven’t switched by I have a copper IUD and love it!
Post # 5
I switched from depo to a copper IUD and I didn’t get my period for… *gasp* 9 months. I was freaking out. I probably did a pregnancy test a week for 6 months straight. I felt weird. Bloated. My boobs hurt. I had so many signs that pointed to me being pregnant but every test came up negative. I went through a very stressful time towards the end of that 9 months (seperation from my then husband) and I thought maybe that had something to do with it but finally my period came. It lasted about 6 days (now it only lasts 3 or 4) of heavy heavy heavy flow and then I have had it like clockwork every month since.
I was on depo for WAY too long though. About 10 years. I switched because my hormones were so out of control. Now that I am having my periods again on a monthly basis and I have the PMS and cramps to go along with it I really wish I could go back on depo but I know that is not a good thing for my body so I will just make due. Just yesterday I actually made a comment to my SO that I was “removing my ovaries!” LOL Obviously I was kidding 🙂
Post # 6
@VickyAurea: & @MsCarabiner: Thank you for keeping the thread alive for me!
@soon2bmrsjackson: 9 months huh? I think I’ll survive that. Thank you so much for your response. I’d asked my doctor about it when I first got the IUD put in but she didn’t know anyone who had gone from the depo shot to the copper IUD.