(Closed) Copper IUD – what was your experience??

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 16
1011 posts
Bumble bee

mrsbevan2bee :  Same! I was in so much pain with mine, and it took more than a year after I had it removed to stop bleeding during sex. 

They definitely work for some people, and have a great rate of pregnancy prevention, but can also be a doozy! 

Post # 18
1812 posts
Buzzing bee

I had mine for a year because I wanted to give myself a break from hormones. I hated it.

Turns out I needed some hormonal balance–my skin was awful without the pill and on a copper IUD–like cystic acne (which I had never had before, just normal breakouts). The insertion was painful but then again I wasn’t told to take anything beforehand like Advil. And my periods were super long and super heavy the entire year I had it. All of this equals a nope to me. I removed it and went on generic Yasmine. Now I don’t have periods at all except once a year to be able to report I’m still having them to the gynecologist. I stop the pill for 2 days and voila–there’s the period, albeit it’s light and very few breakouts.

Post # 19
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

It made my periods much heavier (large tampons bled through in a couple of hours), longer (8+ days vs my usual 4-5) and much more painful; I had it taken out after a few months as it had dislodged and was “travelling out” of its own accord. I’m sure they’re great if they fit right and you aren’t too badly afflicted by the pain, but personally I would never use one again. 

Post # 20
3183 posts
Sugar bee

My SIL got pregnant on her sixth year with it. Luckily, they were planning to start trying the next year anyway, so it just sped up their timeline. 

Have you looked into Mirena too? I have had a great experience with it so far. I’m on my second one. 

Post # 21
6442 posts
Bee Keeper

sugarcloud :  I had it for a year and loved it, had it removed so we could start trying again.  I loved it and well be getting it again after I give birth to this one.

Post # 22
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - .

sugarcloud :  The thing about side effects though, is that not everyone gets them. My periods are super light (TMI, but I can go a full 12 hours without emptying my size small mentrual cup), last about 4 days, and are usually pain free. And Compared to hormonal birth control options, the copper IUD is far safer – there is no added risk of stroke or heart attack. It’s really worth a try in my opinion. I also would probably say to give it a try even if I hated mine, just because everyone’s body is different, and every doctor’s skill level is different.

Post # 23
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - The Tall Ship Elissa, Galveston, TX

I had Paragard put in a little over two years ago, and it was one of the greatest decisions I ever made. My circumstances are a bit different, though. I’m almost 50, childbirth was 20 years ago, and I am in the clutches big-time of perimenopause. I also can not have any hormonal anythings due to blood pressure and other concerns. But condoms aren’t any more fun at 49 than they were at 19… and my fiance and I were sick of them, lol. We discussed all the pros and cons, I discussed everything with my doctor, and I decided to go for it.

Insertion wasn’t a party, but it was quick and tolerable. I did go toward the end of my period when my cervix was more open, and I dosed up on ibuprofen beforehand, My periods are way heavier now, but I can’t at all say if it’s due to Paragard or the hormonal insanity I’m currently dealing with. I can say that we are LOVING the spontanaetyand the freedom, and I love that I won’t have to think about birth control again until I’m on the other side of menopause.

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