(Closed) Any crunchy/holistic bees…thoughts on Paragard (copper IUD)?

posted 6 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t have one, but I am interested in hearing about other Bees experience because I am looking into getting one as well 🙂 My body won’t do hormones!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I will be getting one as my body is on hormone overload. I think absorbing copper is better than all the hormones from BC at least for me. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m right there with CallmeC on this. To me, it’s a pretty small amount of copper, and I’m not under the impression that all that much of it is actually absorbed by the body, though I could be wrong. I would much rather have a slight difference in alkaline balance than have a lot of synthetic hormones all over the place, or use condoms forever. I’ll be getting one very soon.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Let us know what you find out. I feel kind of silly asking about non hormonal BC when I am pumping my body full of them for IVF. My OBGYN gave me the side eye for that, ha. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I actually have an appt this afternoon with my gyno to see about non hormonal options, so I will hopefully get some good info to bring back!

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@mixtapehearts:  you are going through IVF but are still on birth control?

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I am not crunchy 🙂 but I had Paraguard for a year. I wanted reliable BC after my son was born and I was not excited about hormones again…I found the insertion not a big deal (I had a c-section, so it was similar to anyone who hasn’t had a baby) – uncomfortable but not more than the typical stuff that is done.  My periods were much heavier and longer for a few months, than they got a bit better. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsSl82be:  Yep. It’s annoying, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@mixtapehearts:  I was just making sure I was reading that correctly!! Can I ask why that is, if you don’t mind? Totally just curious about it, because it just seems contradictary to a person who knows pretty much nothing about IVF

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Heartly:  I’m not necessarily holistic, but I do have the paragard. It is leaps and bounds better for me than hormonal birth control. The only side effect I’ve had have been cramps-which is easier for me to deal with than the side effects from the pill. About 3 years after the iud was put in I had some irregular cycles, but a short dose of hormone corrected that. The insertion of the iud was painful for me (my sister also has one, but has kids and said there was no pain with insertion), but the pain only lasted 30 seconds or so. I haven’t had any issues related to the copper. Before I had it put in the doctor said that copper allergies can happen, but are really rare. As far as risks, there is some risk of the iud poking through the uterus on insertion, but if you have a doctor who has experience placing them that shouldn’t be a problem. There is also a risk that your body will expel the iud, so you should check for the strings initially, but if it stays in for the first year then it’s not going anywhere.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I am not sure I would define myself as crunchy, though I do try and lead a healthy live. I LOVE my Nova T (Canada’s version of the Paragard).

I am on my second one, so have been using a copper IUD exclusively now for about 7 years or so. I actually went on it to get away from hormones, due to certain health risks posed by my own genetics.

I can’t even describe how much better it feels to be OFF of hormones. I do think the copper absorbed is minute, and a hell of a lot better than synthetic hormones throwing off my own hormonal balance.

If you are worried about copper allergy, you can get tested before getting one.

Insertion sucked, both times. As did removal the one time. But the trade offs are more than worth it.

My periods were/are heavier, but I was also on pill for ten years so hardly a surprise they would be. I have never really had cramps, and still don’t (maybe the first period or so after insertion I did).

I am happy enough with it that I can see using this as my birth control for the rest of my fertile years (I am child free, but have no real urgent desire to get sterilized due to having the IUD).

 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have the paraguard too (1.5 years). I love it, mostly. I was on BCP for 11 years and ended up with pretty much non-stop spotting every day for the last 2 years of that. Got off the pill and after 2 stressfull months inbetween on to the paraguard. Insertion was a bit painfil for a couple hours after (I have no kids), but fine since then. My periods are about 2 days longer and one day in the middle is super heavy now, but otherwise fine. I do get stronger cramps too, although excercise helps a lot. I feel soo much better being off the hormones, I know all my emotions are my own now, and I’m not flooding my body and the water system with hormones. I’d highly recommend it to anyone. My sister also recently got it after her second child, and she had no pain with insertion.

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