(Closed) Anyone Use Non-Hormonal IUD?

posted 7 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Me me me! Answers in a sec….. just excited to share 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

All of this is only MY experience, okay?

1) How long does it take to put in? I heard someone say getting it inserted was “a little intense.” What does that mean? Am I going to be in pain while the’yre doing it or the next day or something?

Yep, it hurts when they do it, although I had 1 nurse do it and the other chat to me about and we were talking about my hometown (I had just started uni) and she was so nice and then it was done before we finished talking. I’m pretty sure she started that convo at the right time though, knowing that was the most painful bit. It does hurt. It is not unbearable. You don’t need any painkillers. It just hurts, then it stops because they’re done….. and then it’s maybe uncomfortable for a couple of hours.

2) How long after it’s in does it start “working?”

What do you mean? When is it effective? Right away. Right, right away. It is an alternative to morning after pill! That’s actually why I got it. It works right away and up to 5 days later (for comparison, morning after pill is only up to 2 days later).

3) Just how reliable is this thing? Fiance and I have been using condoms/spermicide and I heard the IUD is comparable. I guess I’m just nervous b/c I don’t know how much I trust this thing yet (it took me forever to trust condoms). The websites say over 99% effective but I’m paranoid!

I use condoms. I don’t care how reliable it is, NOTHING is 100%. And actually, if you get pregnant on the pill, no biggie. If you get pregnant on the IUD, yeah…. I have read a lot of horror stories, many of which made me want to rip this thing out (the second trimester is most dangerous if they don’t find out you’re pregnant early enough to do IUD removal, so…. it can lead to still births). This just makes me more careful to double up with condoms. Even though I know it works as emergency contraception, because it works like the morning after pill, I hate that idea. I don’t want it to do that for me. I did when I got it but even then I morally objected a bit (I’m Catholic, so yeah…). It has worked for me but NOTHING is reliable 100% and I really wouldn’t want to get pregnant with an IUD, so double up/go unprotected only at certain times of the month. That’s what I do to reduce my risk of miscarrying.

4) Does anyone have any side effects? I hear they’re pretty uncommon, and limited to things like heavier periods and cramps. My periods are pretty light and cramps aren’t terrible so …

My periods got less heavy, less long and less painful (the opposite of what is supposed to happen). But they were really long and heavy and painful before so…. yeah. I get random bleeding and bloody discharge. I quite often bleed a little when I ovulate, I think. Because I bleed so much, I got anaemia. Fairly sure that’s a factor as to why. I also go through loads of pads, panty liners and underwear because I’m never expecting blood and it comes. This was a lot worse for the first year and a bit (or I have got used to it more now). They do say it should settle after 6 months. Mine didn’t, it was over a year at least.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Here is some information from Planned Parenthood about the Paragard.

I was considering getting one but my doctor wants me to stay on hormones as long as I can.  From what I understand, it is actually more effective than condoms or the pill.  It works to prevent pregnancy by keeping the sperm from meeting the egg and it changes the lining of the uterus to make it a less hospitable environment.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I believe it is this “changing the lining of the uterus” that causes me to bleed mid-cycle (to jeep the uterine walls thin and hostile). But it does work, clearly, or I wouldn’t be bleeding at weird times.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had it for 2-3 years.

1- Insertion was very painfuland I had 1 child at the time I had it put in. Definately take Tylenol before you go. I was pretty uncomfortable the day of having it put it and crampy for the next couple days,but I was able do normal activites.

2- I believe it is effective immeadiately!

3- Very reliable

4- The side effects are the reason I had it taken out. Over the course of two year it made my periods so heavy and the cramping so bad it was intolerable. When I had it removed the nurse there told me this was very common, they see it a lot.

Here are other recent posts

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/iud-feedback-opinions-experiences

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/sort-of-embarrassed-to-ask-but-copper-iud

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Mine is the TT380 Slimline. Which I always thought sounded like an aeroplane 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I should also add I’ve had mine nearly 3 years now and it lasts another 7. I think I’ll be wanting babies before then, though 🙂

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have the copper iud and i like it pretty well. getting it put in was painful, but manageable. i would recommend taking the day off work, as the cramps were pretty bad. i had very light periods with non-existent cramping prior to the iud and it definitely got heavier. for the first few months i’d cramp for about 1.5-2 weeks a month and bleed very heavily. after about 9 months it’s getting much better, but it’s still worse than it was before.

 

1) the actual putting in takes just a few seconds. the measuring of the uterus was the most painful and took a couple of minutes. it honestly felt like someone was jabbing my way up in the abdomen with a needle when they were doing the measuring. it was miserable, but if you stay calm it’s not the worst thing ever.

2) it works immediately. i’ve heard it can even be used as emergency contraception within a couple days of unprotected sex, as it makes the uterus nearly completely uninhabitable. 

3) i’ve heard it’s between 99.2% and 99.6% effective. My understanding is that tubal ligation is somewhere around 99.6% also, so it’s pretty darn effective.

4) my periods became so heavy that i became severely anemic (like, so badly anemic i wasn’t allowed to exercsie because they were concerned i’d damage my heart). i think that’s pretty uncommon though, and i’m prone to anemia anyway so i’m not sure how much of that was just me. at any rate, pay attention to any differences in the way you feel.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

1. It took about 15 minutes to have it put in. They recommend getting it put in while your on your period (I wasn’t), and I found it hurt quite badly (to the point I had to get her to stop a few times). That doesn’t mean it will hurt that badly for you though, I heard some ladies say that they didn’t feel a thing, I would recommend getting it inserted while on your period!

2. It starts working right away! You probably wont feel like haveing sex for about a week though, its a little uncomfortable.

3)  Well I haven’t got pregnant while using it! I have had it in for about 2 years now, and we dont use any other form of birth control. If you are really paranoid you can always use condoms too which would really decrease the odds!

4) The only side effect I have is I don’t have a period at all. I remember I did bleed for the first month quite a bit, and I had a period for a couple months, but I haven’t had a period since. I also dont have any cramps.

So overall I would recommend it! I havent had any problems with it yet!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t have one, but I’m planning to get it soon. I have a number of female friends who have had IUDs (I think all non-hormonal) and while they’ve been very positive about them, I have heard that the insertion is pretty painful, as PPs have said. My sister lives in Europe and they have other non-hormonal IUDs besides Paraguard, like VickyAurea said, and I am jealous!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I have the mirena which is hormonal but I believe the placement is pretty much the same.  They wanted me to come in when I had my period because it is supposedly easier to place.  I have never had any kids either.  It was VERY uncomfortable and it had to be placed twice in like a 5 minute period because my body decided to push it out the first time but it was pretty quick.  I think I have read about a lot of people taking aleve or tylenol before and that helps a little. I had bad cramps afterwards for a few hours (I would recommend having someone drive you).

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve had Paragard for probably about four years now.  This is *my* experience, but I absolutely *love* it and would not ever go back to hormonal birth control in a million years unless I absolutely had to.

1) How long does it take to put in? I heard someone say getting it inserted was “a little intense.” What does that mean? Am I going to be in pain while the’yre doing it or the next day or something?

My entire appointment was about half an hour.  First they had to measure my uterus- I haven’t had kids, and apparently my uterus was just barely big enough to get the IUD.  That was uncomfortable, but not painful.  Insertion itself took maybe 3 minutes total.  Not gonna lie, it sucked. It felt like really bad cramps.  Deep breathing helps.  But it’s over so fast, it might not even be 3 minutes.  I was period-crampy for the next couple days, but nothing a Tylenol couldn’t handle.

2) How long after it’s in does it start “working?”

Immediately. 

3) Just how reliable is this thing? Fiance and I have been using condoms/spermicide and I heard the IUD is comparable. I guess I’m just nervous b/c I don’t know how much I trust this thing yet (it took me forever to trust condoms). The websites say over 99% effective but I’m paranoid!

I got my IUD three months before I met Fiance (they tell you not to get it unless you’re in a serious relationship, because your chances of infection are higher.  I made the appointment six months before, when I was still with my ex, which was long-term.  We broke up in the meantime but I kept the appointment because I lost my insurance and couldn’t afford my pill anymore.  Before Fiance and I slept together, I made us both get tested.  We used condoms for the first six months or so anyway, but then it just got annoying and we forgot them when we traveled or whatever.  So we gave up on them.

Since then, our only birth control has been my IUD.  He doesn’t pull out, we don’t take any other measures, and I only had one scare in the last three years (which was actually a raging ovarian cyst that mucked up my cycle, it had precisely zero to do with birth control).  That’s fewer scares than I had on the pill/condom combination with my ex.  It’s more reliable, IMO, because it’s always there. You don’t need to take it, put it on, put it in, remember it, or think about it.  You don’t need a prescription, you don’t need to go to the doctor after the follow up appointment (a few weeks after insertion).  There is nothing standing between you and your birth control, it’s just there. 

4) Does anyone have any side effects? I hear they’re pretty uncommon, and limited to things like heavier periods and cramps. My periods are pretty light and cramps aren’t terrible so …

I have endometriosis, which causes terrible cramps.  I also have always had heavy periods.  Yes, my cramps are still bad, and yes, my periods are still heavy.  I haven’t noticed a real increase in how bad either are.  If you’re light to begin with though, you’ll probably notice they get a little more severe. 

There is the potential for some serious problems. It can increase your risk of infection (PID, that sort of thing).  There’s also the very slim chance that it could rupture your uterus, which would require surgery to fix and could kill your fertility.  That happened more in the 70’s with the first IUD’s, now it’s extremely rare, but you need to be aware of the possibility (it’s kind of the same possibility as the pill causing a stroke).  It also does increase your risk of ectopic pregnancy, so if you miss a period on it you need to be on top of that situation- when I had my cyst, the doctor ordered immediately tests because of the chance of the ectopic pregnancy. 

Really, the side effects are no worse or better than any other birth control, and are entirely person-dependent.  I encourage people to at least seriously explore the option, because for me it really was no small miracle- the hormones in the pills were making me crazy (suicidal, depressive), and they freaked out my body- weight gain, skin problems, the whole nine.  Once it comes out, I can get pregnant immediately, then get one immediately reinserted after the baby comes, which is 100% what I intend to do.  It lets us be spontaenous, which we really value.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have the Paragard. I’ve had it for 2 1/2 years now. I had a terrible time with the pill and the nuva ring because I am so sensitive to hormones, so the IUD has been great. I have to say the insertion and the first few weeks weren’t fun but now I love it.

1) How long does it take to put in? I heard someone say getting it inserted was “a little intense.” What does that mean? Am I going to be in pain while the’yre doing it or the next day or something?

– I have an inverted uterus and because of that my experience with the insertion was horrible. (You should not have the same problem if your uterus isn’t folded like mine is.) They dilated my cervix and then measured my uterus which felt like pressure and bad cramping. Then they insert the IUD through the tool that they used to measure. Once the IUD was in they sent me to have an internal sonogram (yuck) to make sure that the IUD was in the right place.

Because my uterus is inverted the IUD did not go all the way up like it needed to. So I had to go back to the exam room where they pulled the IUD out and started all over again. Then back to the sonogram. We did this a total of 4 times. My insides were so irritated that it took longer each time she pulled it out and then tried to dilate and measure again. It was extremely painful, I threw up twice in the office. My appointment lasted about an hour and 15 mins and the doctor said she had never experienced anything like that before. After resting on an exam table for a half hour after it was finally in place, I got up to leave but they made me call Fiance for a ride home. 

2) How long after it’s in does it start “working?”

– It is effective immediately, but I would wait a few days before having sex if the insertion was uncomfortable bc you might still be a little irritated. 

3) Just how reliable is this thing? Fiance and I have been using condoms/spermicide and I heard the IUD is comparable. I guess I’m just nervous b/c I don’t know how much I trust this thing yet (it took me forever to trust condoms). The websites say over 99% effective but I’m paranoid!

– It’s been super effective for us. We don’t use any other form of birth control and we haven’t had any scares at all. Its nice bc you can’t forget it, you don’t even have to think about it!

4) Does anyone have any side effects? I hear they’re pretty uncommon, and limited to things like heavier periods and cramps. My periods are pretty light and cramps aren’t terrible so ..

– My periods and craps were always pretty irregular, long and intense. For the 1st week I had cramping and spotting, and my first period was a bit off. After a month or 2 my periods have become more regular and shorter. Instead of 7 or 8 days now it’s 4 or 5 which has been awesome! :)I do still spot a little when I ovulate.

Over all I have to say my experience with Paraguard has been great. I have recommended it to friends and I recommend it to you as well. I know my 1st day was a little traumatic but I think it was all worth it. I’m supposed to have it removed in 2014 and I’m not sure if I will have another put in yet. I was going to wait to see how the removal goes.

If you decide to go with the IUD, I would recommend taking an Aleve before you go to the appointment.  Best of Luck to you!

 

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Okay, I am on Paragard so I will answer!

1) How long does it take to put in?   It literally took about 10 minutes. The actual insertion? 2 seconds

2) How long after it’s in does it start “working?” Immediately!

3) Just how reliable is this thing? Pretty reliable. I have only had it since July but we never use condoms and no baby.

4) Does anyone have any side effects? Definitely heavier periods. I have always had periods that last like 3 days. Nope. When I first got it, it last like a week and it was super heavy. I had 3 periods in one month. So far this month is only one period. They say that within the first 3 months, it does act like this and after that it evens out – lets pray. Cramps are hell. Nothing that keeps me in bed all day but definitely having to take a pill when I get them. 

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