Copper IUD Experiences?

posted 2 years ago in No Kids
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

DaniGirl03 :  I’m in New Zealand and paid $30 for insertion and $30 for removal. $60 is not bad at all for the 4 years I got out of it! The IUD is the cheapest option here!! And now that I’m pregnant all of my doctors visits, my midwife and my scans are free. I’m going with a private obstetrician for the birth but if I wasn’t, that would all be free too. 

The US needs to catch up!! 

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee

tillymac :  I didn’t pay to have mine put in or taken out. I did have to pay my insurance deductible, my health insurance will cover 90% of a prescription I have to pay the rest, I think it cost me $85 the first time and $35 the second time.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee

For those bashing our health care, it depends on your insurance. Mine was provided for free and removal was also free. Thanks, Obama.

Post # 19
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1755 posts
Buzzing bee

MRSsrm85 :  It’s not a bash, it’s just astounding to me as a completely different reality to what I experience. When I was having my daughter I didn’t have to worry about a possible $3k or higher bill after deductible. The Canadian system isn’t perfect, but people don’t lose their homes and go bankrupt over getting sick without insurance. 

Post # 20
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I haaaaaaaaaaated the copper IUD.  I swear it scraped my uterus raw for 2 years.  I bled nonstop.  I always have very painful periods but this was off the charts–fall down on the ground wherever it hits me, curl up in a ball, skin white as snow while housemates/then-boyfriend (now DH)/strangers look on and wonder if they can help me, cold-sweat type pain.  

Without the IUD exercise usually staves off the worst of it.  With the IUD?  I could be out on a run and BAM I’m on the ground.  

And SO MUCH BLOOD.  I bled for a full week any time I had my period, and it was SO heavy.. I also bled for a full week any time I ovulated, though it was less heavy and less painful. My ovulation felt like a normal period, my periods felt like hell.  

The first year people kept telling me to wait it out.. it’d get better after a year.  It did get better, but not to the point I was in tolerable pain.  So finally I was like screw this and the $500 I paid to have this put in, take it OUT.  Removal for me was free.

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee

Well, to be honest–nothing made me appreciate birth control pills like a copper IUD!

I am one of the ones that had a not-so-good experience. After my regular birth control pills were discontinued and the recommended replacement caused me breast pain, I looked into a non-hormonal option instead. The insertion was painful (removal not as much). I had the most painful, heaviest, longest periods I’d ever had. I also ended up with cystic acne (never had that before). After 9 months, I decided to pull the plug (literally) and had it removed. After, all the aforementioned symptoms subsided. 

I still like the idea of non-hormonal birth control but the copper IUD just didn’t work for me.

Post # 22
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Helper bee

1.) Insertion was a nightmare. I fainted on the table because the idiots at the office told me to take 800mg of ibuprofen before the appointment and they used some kind of lidocaine shot on my cervix that doesn’t work. There are a lot of women who find the experience very painful, so these offices should be offering conscious sedation or twilight anesthesia, as well as Vicodin or Percocet or something. Demand it. I know I will if I end up going back to the Paragard.

2.) My periods were heavy and crampy. However, there is a pill called Lysteda that fixes this. The generic name for it Tranexamic Acid. For some reason, OB/GYNs hem and haw about it and try to switch you to a hormonal birth control before even thinking of Lysteda. This has been my experience, at least. While it was kind of pricy with the shitty deductible plan I had at the time, it made my periods tolerable while I had the Paragard and you only take it for the first three days as soon as your period shows up so I didn’t have to shell out the cash every single month.

3.) I was content with my Pargard for six and a half years and then I somehow got knocked up even though it’s supposed to be good for ten years. You are supposed to get it checked a month or so after insertion to make sure it didn’t shift, and then once per year (usually at your annual exam). It had been checked and given the green light not even a year before I got pregnant. At the clinic, the ultrasound technician told me that it looked like the IUD had moved. It was a mystery because usually if your IUD is going to move, it will do so within the first few months of insertion. Not six and half years after the fact.

Post # 23
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

Gsxr06 :  omg I forgot about the cystic acne!!! Yes!! So much of it!

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