Post # 1
I FINALLY confirmed that my current insurance (still on mom and dad’s as a grad student, and I’m 23!) AND FI’s new insurance will cover all aspects of a non-hormonal IUD and I could not be more excited! I have a consult for it tomorrow with my new gyn 🙂
I’ve been on the pill for almost three years, probably four or five different brands. They all achieve their most intended purpose (no kiddos for us yet please), but are otherwise totally unsatisfactory all around (weight gain, break outs, moody, weird and preggo-scare periods, and, worst of all for the impending wedding and honeymoon, DEATH to my sex drive!). I can’t wait to feel totally like me again!
any other bees have experience with switching from hormonal to non-hormonal BC and your period? while I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will be so worth it to be off hormonal BC for the sake of our honeymoon and marriage, my BIGGEST fear is that I can’t time my periods anymore and AF will come around the wedding or ‘moon! any stories of making sure that didn’t interfere with your big day? I have such mixed emotions about this change haha.
Post # 3
@futuremrsmcq: I have a copper IUD (a Canadian one that’s smaller than the Paragard) and I love it! I had a Paragard for a while, but for some reason it caused issues for me– I strongly believe that it was uncomfortable because my uterus was the minimum size they can fit Paragards into. I had it for 2 years and found that it made my periods much easier– acually lighter and far less crampy– but I did get some strange random pains from it. After getting it out, I tried HBC and wow, did that make me sick. It completely screwed up my digestion, so I got off that and we used condoms for a few months while I worked out what to do. My periods after coming off HBC were surprisingly normal, and normally timed (I think the first normal period after the HBC came about a month after the withdrawal bleed I had when I went off the pill). I don’t know how it may work if you’ve been on the pill for years, though.
After a little while, I found a clinic where I could get a smaller IUD in Canada, and did so. It’s great! Best birth control ever, with not a single issue!
Anyway, you may get more responses to this question if you ask about it on the Livejournal forum IUD Divas– an amazing source of first-hand information about IUDs and everything related to them. It will come up if you Google the name.
Good luck with getting the IUD! Make sure you take 2 ibuprofens or any other painkiller the doctors gave you, about 1/2 hour before the insertion. That will help. Also have someone come along with you to the appointment for moral support and reassurance if you are nervous! My SO came with me both times, and while he didn’t come in the gynecologist room with me, it was really good to know that he was there waiting. It doesn’t take long– the actual procedure is definitely less than 5 minutes.
One thing to consider if you are worried about getting your period during your honeymoon, is the Instead cup. I hear one can have those in and have sex without noticing it, and it prevents a mess. Using menstrual cups with IUDs is something to do with caution and practice, but it can certainly be done.