Post # 1
Short background info: I was on hormonal BC (ring, then the pill last 6 months) and went off everything in Feb 2009. I did this because my libido was in the gutter and I never liked the way hormonal BC made my body feel.
Anyways, we only use condoms right now and have had no problems in the year that we have done this. I am kind of interested in getting an IUD, but Fiance says there’s no reason if we are both happy with condoms, which we are. I do think it would be good to have a back-up plan in place since we want to wait about 5 years to have kids and don’t want to use stuff like spermicides etc…
I do not want to try Mirena since that is a hormonal IUD. I would like to try a copper IUD. When I ask my OB/GYN about it at my last dr’s appt she kind of ignored me and encouraged me to go on mirena! I don’t want to try anything else hormonal!
Does anyone have a copper IUD or have experiences with one? Please share your experiences!
Post # 3
I’ve never heard of the cooper IUD but, I had the Marena(sp?) and it feel out in the show! I have a very heavy period the entire time I had it in and was passing huge clots! It was the worst side cramps. Now I am scheduled to have a tubalization(sp?) this coming uo Thursday. Oh and I almost forgot to add that I also had the Essure(sp?) and that failed too, so I’m at the point that I feel that I really need to close this chapter in my life. From day one, I knew that I wouldn’t be having anymore children. I only have one, but the pain was something that I will never forget and I knew in my 8th month of being pregnant that I wasn’t EVER,NEVER going to do that again. Good luck on your findings.
Post # 4
I don’t have a Paragard but I really really want one! I need to find a place to get one inserted. You can read a lot of stories about people’s personal experiences with it here.
Post # 5
I have a copper IUD right now. I had to go this route because I ended up in the hospital for blood clots in 2007 and I can no longer go on any sort of birth control that is horomonal. And because I have a genetic disorder and cannot risk a surprize pregnanacy. I think I will soon be getting rid of it because it is causing me some issues. For one my libido is also in the gutter.. I don’t have any desire to have sex, I never use to be this way. Also cramping during my period is 10 times worse, so much so that I have to take strong pain killers once or twice a day to keep the crapping pain under control. I actually thought I was going to have to go to the hospital one day, that’s how bad the cramping was. My flow is also EXTREMELY heavy…. so much so that I cannot wear any type of tampon for longer that 1 to 2 hours and I have to change pads constantly. These side effects are listed as common for this type if IUD, I thought that I would escape some of them, but I haven’t. This form of IUD is considered “old” and I’m not surprized that your OB/GYN brushed off your questions about the copper IUD as almost no one goes for this type anymore unless you are in my boat. I’m sorry if it seems like I am trying to scare you away from this type of IUD. You could get this IUD and never have any of the problems that I have been having. I just wanted to make sure you knew about all the issues I have been having before deciding whether or not it is for you. Hope my experience helps.
Post # 6
Yea, a Paragard, my Dr. briefly mentioned it (I didn’t know what you were talking about when you said coope device because my Dr. didn’t discuss it anymore than saying he name Paragard) which made me think that she wasn’t a big fan of it. I was really closed off to any other ideas of birth control anyway, so maybe that’s why she didn’t talk more about it. Another reason could be because my body had already rejected two other forms of devices…. I don’t know, maybe my body will reject ANY foreign objects. Dang it! Makes me scared to get breast implants!
Post # 7
It does seem like a lot of doctors in the US are against IUDs. I’m not really sure why since they are the main form of birth control in other parts of the world. I think a lot of them are going off the old Dalkon Shield that caused so many problems in the 70s.
Post # 8
eh, dont believe everything you read on the internet, i’m a nurse and drs are warming up to the idea more and more. i Have Mirena and i love it, no libido crash for me. Copper IUDs are a thing of the past and could cause serious medical conditions….VERY rare ones, but still…
Post # 9
Yeah, I wouldn’t suggest an IUD BUT if you’re set on it, then don’t go w/ copper.
Post # 10
Personally I wouldn’t risk it, I’d stick with condoms. My friend’s sister had an IUD put in and she ended up in ICU bc it was inserted incorrectly. She had to have emergency surgery to remove it and got a massive infection. Condoms sound pretty good after you hear a story like that!
Post # 11
@sctigergirl81: Why do you say that copper IUDs are a thing of the past?
Post # 12
I have a Paraguard, and now that it’s settled in, I love it! Like you, I didn’t want anything hormonal, and my OBGYN was ALL for the Paraguard; she has one herself! I’ll admit that the first year SUCKED. My period went from 5 days to 10, the flow was heavy and the cramps were insane. After the first three months, my period reduced to about seven days, and after a year, the cramping was better and the flow reduced. I still have a six day period and a heavy flow, but I love my IUD… I do think, though, that after we’ve had kids, I’ll go for the Mirena instead… I don’t know that I could go through the year-long adjustment again. A friend of mine went for the Mirena, and because the hormones are so low dose, it didn’t affect her the same way taking BC did. She’s had no problems except the occasional spotting. I think that if you’re really interersted in the Paraguard, though, go for it, but make sure you go to someone who’s put in MANY before, and be prepared for a long adjustment period.
Post # 13
I have a Paraguard and absolutely love it. Like HisButtercup I also had a long adjustment period – 8 months maybe? I ate ibuprofen like it was going out of style and was shocked that flows could be that heavy but for me it was totally worth it. It’s definitely not for everyone but I love it.
I would say that if you already have a heavy flow, get bad cramps and have a low pain tolerance you shouldn’t go for it. Otherwise? It’s worth a shot. And as far as doctors go, some seem to only deal with and recommend the pill any more while others definitely sing the praises of the IUD.