- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
I had the Copper IUD (Paragard) for two years. I wanted to try being hormone-free after being on the pill for seven years. One of the reasons I also decided to get ParaGard was the lower cost. Insertion went fine and I had severe, painful cramps for about 5 hours afterward, but then I was fine.
I temporarily had some tenderness in the uterus area when I worked out… I think I could "feel" the device. It worked well… I didn’t get pregnant… but eventually I couldn’t deal with the side effects.
I knew that I could expect heavier periods, but after that long on the pill I just didn’t foresee a 7-day heavy flow with bad cramps. Tampons just didn’t cut it. Whereas I used to be able to use one or two per day, I would now blow through them while out in public.
To cope, I used a Diva Cup, and that worked really well, but was a but awkward when working out.
However, my periods didn’t get any better, and I started getting bad PMS (moods, cramping, bloating) the week before my weeklong period, and bad hormonal acne. So I felt completely unsexy AND I was "out of commission" about half of the month.
The other thing that bothered me is that I could sometimes "feel" my uterus because of the device. I don’t like being able to feel my organs. Their job is just to sit there and be squishy, not noticeable!
So after the acne thing started getting bad, and our wedding was approaching, I went on Yaz and eventually had my fiance remove the IUD. I’ve been on Yaz since then and it’s cleared up my skin. It does dampen my libido, but I guess I’d rather have than than feeling GROSS half the month.
I was very disappointed with my experience… I’d been looking forward to my IUD so much. 🙁
There is NO NEED to have had children before getting an IUD. They do recommend having a stable, singluar sexual partner to prevent PID, but even this is less of a risk with modern devices.