Post # 1
I currently have a copper IUD, and I really liked the idea of it on paper. I have had it for about six months, but it is starting to really bother me. When I got it in, I went into shock and threw up, and shivered for about an hour on their medical table. The cramps lasted a few days, but they said this happens sometimes and it’s all normal.
My periods were a LOT heavier, and they seem to be getting worse. Sorry for the Too Much Information, but I could bleed through a super+ tampon in less than ten minutes. When I called my doctor, they said that’s a lot, but some people do have that as a side effect. I recently bought a Diva Cup, which measures the amount of blood loss, and I did a little research, and I lose more blood in one day than most people do their whole period. ALSO, my periods last forever! From start to finish, my last one lasted eight days, with spotting at the beginning and end, and about 4-5 days of heavy bleeding. It really sucks, my husband made this joke about how the entire month consists of me either PMSing or actually being on my period, and it is starting to feel like the truth! Also, the cramps are awful. I cramp sometimes just out of the blue, and it’s like a dull ache. Again, I told my doctor but they said these are just normal side effects.
I am looking for an alternative! I am extremely sensitive to hormones (even the nuvaring and loestrin caused me to have horrible mood swings, and awful acne) and some people have recommended me the depo shot, and others say I should ask for birth control that they give to nursing moms and have lower hormones. I am hoping some input might give me some direction, since I really don’t to use just condoms and risk having a baby right now, but this IUD is wearing me out!
Thanks in advance for all your help Bees. 🙂
Post # 2
I’d try the Progestogen-Only Pill/Minipill that’s given to nursing moms. My best friend, who is a LOT like you (she was like a whole different person on hormonal BC), found success with that one.
Post # 3
As someone who just got off BC, I cannot tell you how happy I am. I am NEVER going back on. I am currently using condoms (they work) and tracking my cycle to be extra careful.
Post # 4
There are other IUDs (Skyla and Mirena) if you’re interested in that. I have a Mirena and I’m 3 months post partum and exclusively breastfeeding. The mini pill is also given to nursing moms but it has to be taken religiously on time to be effective. I believe it has to be taken as close to the usual time as possible with your cutoff being an hour.
The minipill doesn’t always suppress ovulation due to its lack of estrogen, so if this is a concern for you it might be something to consider as well. It also has a higher failure rate than combination pills.
The Mayo Clinic has an excellent article about it. 😀
Post # 5
I had similar issues with the IUD, and I can’t take the pill. Ultimately, we decided to just go with condoms – they work for us and there are no physical complications for me.
Post # 6
Oh you poor thing! You’re certainly going through it.
I have similar reactions on hormones. I’ve tried so many different combination pills. I bled constantly, I could also go through a super+ tampon in no time at all. It stopped me from going to work and uni sometimes, because I just had to stay home and bleed. I bled badly in a lecture once and made quite an embarrassing mess. It was horrible. I was prescribed a medicine to help stop the bleeding and it did help do that, but I became incredibly allergic to it to the extent that it could have killed me. So I came off that and continued on the pill alone. My GP wanted me to run three packs together before having a withdrawal bleed, but before I got to the end of the first pack I was bleeding heavily. Then I started passing decidual casts which were excruciating. That’s when my GP said no more, and advised me to look into the Mirena. The copper coil was never ever an option for me, because they do make people bleed more heavily. Mirena has a small dose of localised hormone. It wasn’t too nice having it fitted, and I did cramp and bleed for a while after. But then it settled down and was amazing. I had very few very light periods. I loved it. I did pile on the pounds though. I was very slim but put on two and a half stone in no time. A year and a half later, my Mirena came out. I have decided not to have it put back in becuase I hate my weight gain. Instead I’ve gone for the progesterone-only pill, and I love it. I feel much better. I’ve been taking it for about 5 months and I’ve had two week-long periods which have both been easy to manage, with some light cramping.
Don’t have the injection. It’s a lot of hormone, and it’s in your sytem for a while. If it doesn’t work for you or causes problems then there isn’t much you can do but wait it out. Whilst you have it 3 monthly, it can take a year or more to actually exit your system.
I recommend you look into Mirena and the mini pill. Talk to your GP or gynae if you can.
Post # 7
The minipill (pill for breastfeeding) is not too effective compared to other methods- failure rate is like 10%. If you’re considering that then I’d probably consider a mirena before that. Same hormones but they’re localized so it’s much more effective. You can temp and chart your cycle and cervical fluid and succesfully avoid pregnancy but it’s much more hands-on. You need a lot of knowledge, regular cycles, and the diligence to not have sex (or use condoms) before you ovulate. It can work extremely well, but user-error is much easier (IMO) compared to other methods.
Post # 8
I can’t recommend the Mirena IUD highly enough, it’s hormonal, but very low dose, so you might not have issues. Periods are much lighter or go away completely for most women and it’s extremely effective. I haven’t had any issues with mine and I haven’t had a period since I got it.
Post # 9
Mirena IUD is progestin only and delivers a tiny amount of hormones locally. I actually don’t have a period at all on it. I had spotting for a couple months and then nothing. Highly recommend it.
Post # 10
My gyno told me the copper IUD did sometimes cause heavy bleeding. Since I have never had a baby, am going to ttc soon, and am sensitive to usuall bc, I chose to go with the Skyla. It is smaller, lasts three years, and had the lowest amout of hormones.
I was on the pill for over ten years and it made me a different person. I was on them for heavy, painful periods and it turns out I had fibroids. After I had surgery to remoeve them I came off the pill. Best decision ever for me. The skyla did hurt upon insertion, but it was sell worth it!