Post # 1
Hi ladies. I’m considering stopping the pill and getting an IUD. I’ve been unhappy with the low sex drive and mood swings with the pill, and I think the local/nonhormonal aspects of the IUD vs. the systemic hormones in the pill could be a smart change. Who has experience with IUD (mirena or the copper one)? I’d be grateful for opinions, personal experiences, etc.
Post # 3
mirena releases progestine so if you want non hormonal you’re gonna want the copper one. i really think everyone reacts to all forms of birth control differently. Like I got copper poisining on the IUD and hated the depo shot. But I’m sure another bee will post how much she loves those forms. I would just try it, iuds can be removed at any point
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@SweetyBee: I plan to get the copper one after we have a baby so that I don’t have to worry about taking a pill every day, plus I hate the extra hormones that come with taking the pill every day. But birth control works different for everyone (lots of Bees love their IUD but PP got copper poisoning from hers) so you really just have to try it out to see if it works for you or not.
Post # 5
@Allyg: Wow, what is copper poisoning like? How did you know you had it?
@SweetyBee: I have the copper IUD and I like it for the most part. I had some bad reactions to hormonal birth control (estrogen-based gave me horrible migraines & mood swings, and progesterine-based made my skin HORRIBLE), so this is basically my best option. There are things that I LOVE about it–never having to worry about BC, my moods & sex drive being more normal, etc. I’m not gonna lie, though, cramps are worse & periods are much longer for me now. Like, basically every two weeks I have a period. I’ve had the IUD for about 8 months and I’m really hoping that the periods lessen, but that is definitely something to be aware of.
Post # 6
@lookingforadvice77: its not as serious as what I think when I hear poisoning. It was more like side effects some woMen get from hormonal bc but mine was from the iud. Exhausted, constant uti’s/yeast infections, cramps, loss of hair, no sex drive, dryness, always had a headache and what I went to my Obgyn about was the anxiety & depression. I already take Zoloft but I felt horrible and completely crazy.
i went in to my doctor and told her I’m going crazy lol but really the emotions I felt were not normal for what the situation was. She just said some women get copper poisoning from it and if we take it out it would get better. I had it taken out, returned to normal. But some women have no issues with it so try it out, you can always get it taken out
honestly it just annoys me that doctors aren’t upfront about things, that we go online to choose our bc instead of our doctors because they are just pushing whichever one insurance and medical company’s are telling them to at that time. That’s a whole different rant though!
Post # 7
I just got the copper IUD (Paraguard) about a week an a half ago, don’t have long term experience with it yet, sorry! Inseting it hurt like nothing else on Earth (I’ve never had children), and I’ve cramped and spotted on and off since then. Seems as though I’m breaking out more and I’m a bit more bloated too, but I’m hoping that goes away soon.
Didn’t want to think about getting frisky for about two days after insertion. After the initial pain wore off, though, sex was amazing! My cervix was still pretty sensitive. I haven’t noticed any difference in my sex drive thankfully, its higher if anything!
Post # 8
@Allyg: yikes, copper poisoning sounds terrible, I’m so sorry you went through that!
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
I have the Mirena and I do think I have some mood swings, but I haven’t really paid close attention to them. They come around my period and involve lots of crying; so not that different from normal pms, right? 😉
I’ve also had a drop in my sex drive, but I can’t honestly say whether that’s due to the IUD or just getting used to being in a relationship (sort of like marriage = less sex).
I LOVE not having my period (I realize that might not happen to everyone) and not having to remember to take the pill.
ETA: It DID hurt like a mofo getting it inserted. Happily it doesn’t take that long.
Post # 10
I’ve got the Mirena because the placebo week of BC pills was screwing with my anti-anxiety meds. I definitely get worse cramps now than I ever did on the pill, but I think it has quite a bit to do with the weird reproductive organs my mom passed down to me. I’m pretty sure my uterus is lopsided or off center because it only ever bugs me on one side. (I seriously spend random bits of time contemplating my revalation that my internal organs can be asymmetrical just like my outer features are ever since I got the IUD, it just never occured to me when looking at anatomical diagrams and such.) I’ve been bleeding sporadically, mostly after sex, since I got it about 3 months ago, but I hear it can take 6 months to really settle in. I think my period is stopping though which is nice. So far I like it as long as I have a heat pad around for when the cramps hit.
Post # 11
There is only one real reason I would never get an IUD. It is because if you get accidentally pregnant on the pill or the implant, for example, you just stop taking them/have the implant removed and the baby will be fine. However, because the purpose of the IUD is to prevent implantation, if you accidentally get pregnant whilst on it then it can really harm your baby because it stops the placenta forming properly.
If you would definitely want to keep an “oops” baby in the (admittedly highly unlikely) case of BC failure, that fact is a real turn off… and not something many doctors will even tell you, because they don’t consider it’s something that you might want to know.
It might not be a factor for you (it isn’t a factor for many women), but it was for me…
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I have the Paraguard (copper IUD) and it’s great.
Cons: Insertion hurts like a bitch (take at least 4 ibuprofen ahead of time), my cramps were worse for about 6 months, and my period is heavier than when hormonal birth control kept it light.
Pros: better sex drive, don’t have to remember to take a pill, no artificial hormones, no hassle at all, good for TEN years!
All in all, I am a huge fan and highly recommend it.
Post # 13
@SweetyBee: I have been on Mirena for about 6 years now (on my second IUD). I love it and have no major issues. Insertion hurt like a b****h, but other than that, no problems. Occassionally, I will have a sharp pain in that area (which I hear is normal). My periods are nearly non-existent or super light. Oh, I haven’t had children and it has not been an issue (they used to be hesitant to putting the Mirena in women who hadn’t given birth).
Post # 14
I had a copper one for a couple years. It had its upsides, but the way it messes with your period really, really sucks. It was heavy like you wouldn’t believe and I had terrible cramps. Everyone said that the cramps would get better over time but for me it actually got worse and worse. I’m a bit of an exceptional situation though, because what I didn’t know at the time I got the iud was that I have endometriosis! So, maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad if I didn’t, but I do know most people get really heavy periods and cramps.
I now have the Mirena IUD. It does have some hormones but much, much less than the pill. When I was on the pill I had terrible side effects of mood swings and depression, and it happened with every brand I tried, but I haven’t had that problem at all with my Mirena. My period has also become almost non-existant. I like it!
Post # 15
I’m kinda interested in trying the copper IUD, I was on BCP for 16 years. I think BCP did give me some headaches (I’m pregnant now and my headaches overall have been lessened a lot but not completely gone) but overall I really liked being on BCP because it made my periods super light and with little cramping. I didn’t notice any mood swings or sex drive decreases, but I also went on at 13 originally.
Mine only concern is that women can get heavier periods with the IUD. Mine were terribly heavy and extremely long and so that was the reason I went on BCP in the first place, so I hate to mess with something that was working so well. Of course my cycles could have regulated by now, the only way to know is to be off the BCP completely to see.
So I have no personal experience with an IUD but those have been my thoughts on it. You might as well try it out! Everyone has such different experiences with birth control there’s no real way to know until you try it out.
Post # 16
@SweetyBee: copper IUD for 2 years now and very happy about it. I’m back on my natural cycle and it’s great (that also means my sex drive is back). I lost the extra weight and do not have bellyaches, migraines and other side effects anymore. I do have mood swings though (ex.: depression and food cravings before my period), but nothing I feel is non manageable. I’m charting my cycle, I know it’s just hormonal changes making me extra-emotional and wanting to eat a cheeseburger a few days in a month, no biggie (I don’t have suicidal thoughts or heavy PMSing other than that). However, I’m suffering from acne since I’ve stopped the hormonal birthcontrol. It’s bothering me to the point I’m wondering if I shouldn’t take a low dosed BC pill on top of my IUD. I don’t want to get a Mirena IUD because of the progesterone. I used to take Depoprovera injections for 6 years and this is the shittiest BC that exists. I could go on for hours about just how much it has messed up my health.
ETA : I actually have a lighter period and less cramping with my IUD than with any other BC. It did increase the first 2-3 months I had the IUD, but overall I don’t even need to take my prescription painkillers anymore ! I can also use my menstrual cup with the IUD, no problem.