Copper IUD experiences

posted 2 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

She probably means that your period will be heavier for 4-6 months, not continuous bleeding. I had the copper IUD for 4 months. My period’s were OUT OF CONTROL for those 4 months that I had the IUD. Sorry if this is TMI, but I was bleeding through the heavy duty over-night pads every hour. I ended up having to get it removed on month 4 because I bled for 22 days straight. I really really hope you have better luck than I did! It seems like the Copper IUD is either a hit or miss. It is amazing for some women and just terrible for others. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

awakemysoul:  I’ve had my copper IUD for 5 yrs.  The best BC I’ve ever had! I don’t have any children so that may make my experience different?  After I had my IUD inserted I had spotting for on and off for 3-4 months.  The first 3 or 4 periods I had after insertion were heavier than my normal (I’ve never really had issues with heavy periods).  That stopped but my cycles are still heavier than pre-IUD.  But nothing I can’t live with.  I’d just wait and see.  I don’t think you have anything to worry about right now.  Hopefully the bleeding will turn to spotting.  But if you continue to bleed heavily like this for long periods of time, this may not be the BC for you.  I know that you have a baby so you’re most likely tired anyway.  I’d just watch that you don’t become abnormally tired as it could be a sign of anemia.  Often caused by blood loss. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

I’ve had my copper iud for 4 months and can’t say I’ve noticed a difference in anything! I was made aware that it can take 4-6 months for your body to get used to it. The only thing I’ve noticed is I’ve gone from a 28 day cycle to a 30 day cycle and bleed for 5 days not 4. Good luck 🙂 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Aug 30th, 2014

I’ve had my IUD for 7 years. I don’t remember any spotting or bleeding while not on my period, but my periods were very heavy and lasted about a week for the first year and a half. After the first year, they suddenly got shorter – now I bleed heavily for about three days and then it’s over.

It can take a while for things to settle down, but they eventually do! And I agree with the previous posters, your nurse probably meant that your periods may be heavier for a few months, not that you’d be bleeding continually!

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

awakemysoul:  I bled for an entire year until I had my copper IUD removed. So I can believe the 4-6 months thing. I had a horrible experience with my IUD that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, but I’ve also never had children. They say it’s worse if you haven’t had kids. I think I was allergic to copper maybe? I got constant infections, bleeding, and eventually became anemic. I hope you have a better experience than I did!! I *really* wanted my IUD to work :/

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

It’s a known side effect that the copper IUD causes heavy periods, and I believe IUDs in general cause spotting for the first few months (I know that was my experience, but I have one of the other types of IUD)…if you’re concerned, would it be possible to switch to the Mirena or Skyla? They have low levels of hormones, but the opposite effect on periods.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I love my copper IUD but it has definitely made my periods heavier. For about 9 months, my periods were 2+ weeks long and very heavy. Now that it’s been about 15 months, things have calmed down a bit and my periods are back to a few days of heavy bleeding with a longer “light bleeding/spotting” period afterwards.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I had the non-copper IUD and I can say that I bled/spotted intermittently for about 4 weeks after insertion.  I had regular periods until about a year in, and then they stopped completely.  Good luck!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

awakemysoul:  Oh boy. I am giving you my honest experiene. For the most part the pros outweighed the cons but it got unmanagable and I had it removed May 30th. My insertion was painful more than I anticipated. It is the worst feeling I have experienced in my life to date. The first 3 months after insertion I had random extremely painful cramping just sporadically any time of my cycle. I also spotted inconsistently for 3 months. Once the spotting sorted itself out I was still plagued with the awful cramping but at this point it was mainly limited to my actual period. Sex was so uncomfortable I was actually nervous each time. Also, my FI had hit my IUD a few times which resulted in doubled up pain and me being curled up in a ball for a good 45 mins. The good news is that after 6 months almost all the uncomfortable symptoms went away. After that I was left with terrible mood swings and awful cystic acne…. remember we’re talking about the copper IUD that is hormone free. I also suffered from horrible migraines on a daily basis. by the time I had it removed I was basically a walking zombie. I also had reoccurent BV and 2 bladder infections which I had never had in my life. Don’t get me wrong, it served its purpose and I had my good days and bad but the comparison between who I am now and who I was the last couple months I had my IUD are frightening. I researched quite a bit when I was struggling to under stand why i was going through these things and I found a few other people had similar experiences. I do believe it is a great fit for some people but for myself it was just completely disruptive to my life.  

Since having it removed I am migraine free, my acne has cleared up aside from the monthly hormonal breakout and most importantly my mood has improved dramatically which is the biggest deal to me as it was severly affecting my relationship.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

FutureDrAtkins:  I also had all these complications. My doctor said some people just react negatively to the amount of copper in the body. It is unfortunate as it was the most natural option I could find.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve had mine 2.5 years – Never had kids yet though.  But my periods are still very heavy.  Like, the first day is insane heavy.  BUT my periods are like 2-3 days.  So I enjoy that it’s short.  The first few periods had super cramps, and now I’m just back to my normal shitty cramps.  When I was on the pill I got used to breezy, cramp-free periods.. now I’m back to feeling like I’m dying that first day.  But that’s how I was before when I used no bc. 

I love my IUD… I never have to worry about pills or weight gain from pills, I don’t have to worry about condoms or fuss… I never worry about getting pregnant.  Its wonderful.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

missjz:  Yep. I just read what you wrote. I didn’t experience head aches like you, but I had repeated bouts of BV and yeast infections. It was HORRIBLE. I never in my life had experienced either of those until I got the thing put in. I also had a horrible insertion experience and was required to have 3 days of bedrest, but ended up taking the entire week of work. That should have been my first sign that it wasn’t going to work out, but after the initial pain/trauma of the insertion I wanted it to work for me even more! I wonder if I’d have any luck with the Mirena, but I’m too big of a baby to go through the insertion again.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

I had the copper IUD a few years ago, and I hated it.  But I’m very sensitive to those things.  It’s possible she meant you could lightly bleed for 4 to 6 months.  That’s what happened to me.  It’s like, I’d wipe, and there would be a pinkish discharge.  I hated it.  It never went away.  I eventually had it taken out at, I think, 4 or 5 months into it.

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