Post # 1
Looking for advice or just to hear your stories regarding experiences with non-hormonal IUDs. My Dr. doesn’t want me taking BC pills anymore, so this Saturday is my last day on the pill. I’m leaning towards the IUD because frankly, I can’t see any other option being as reliable and convenient, but I am super scared about the procedure and potential side effects.
I am pretty squeamish about bodily functions, and it takes me a day to recover from the trauma of pap smears, etc., so I’m really trying to put myself in a positive headspace about the IUD, but I’m just so… scared.
Any stories or advice you have would be much appreciated!!
Post # 3
I don’t have the non-hormonal, but I love love love my IUD. Seriously probably the best decision I have ever made about birth control. I got mine put in last December and I got my period for the first time in October (which they say is normal).
I haven’t had any side effects at all. But, again I have the hormonal one.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I LOVE mine. If you search “IUD” in the search function, you’ll get some good threads. Basically to sum up my prior responses: hurts going in (take lots of ibuprofen ahead of time), makes periods/cramps worse for 6 months, no other side effects, awesome not to have to think about birth control, awesome to not have nasty hormones, awesome that it lasts for 10 years!
Post # 5
I am on my second Paragard and I love it (the first one ran out of time). If you want the security of reliable birth control without having to go through sterilization (permanent!), I recommend! I got a prescription pain pill for insertion, which I also recommend.
Post # 6
Thanks for your responses! I have gained a little more confidence 🙂 Will DEFINITELY take some pain killers before my appointment. I’m glad to hear it has worked out in the long run for you all.
Post # 7
just know that with paragard your periords will most likely be much heavier than on the pill. it doesn’t bother me, but i guess it can be bad for some people. also, my sister had an iud and the insertion went fine but it didn’t really “stick” properly. she could feel it poking out and had to get it removed. it wasn’t a big deal but it was a hassle for her