Post # 16
childfreebee16: I’m on my second Mirena IUD and love it. I had the first from 2007-2012 (5 years per manufacturer recommendations) and got my second inserted at the removal of the first. This IUD is due to be removed in 2017, so my partner plans to get a vasectomy in the next 6 months so that it overlaps with my IUD for about a year (there’s a few months after the vasectomy that viable semen is still excreted, so we wanted to overlap at least 6 months to be safe).
I still may get another IUD inserted since I like not having periods and the hormones are very low, but I haven’t made up my mind yet. We definitely are not open to an “oops” so if I don’t go with the IUD then we would probably opt for testing as available for semen just to be sure.
Post # 17
I’m not in this position, but I love my paragard IUD! It’s good for 10 years!
Post # 18
I have an IUD and it’s the best decision I ever made. It was horrible for me getting it implanted because I hadn’t had a period in like 3 years or so before getting it. It’s easier and less painful to get it inserted while you’re having your period. I can’t have my period because it causes a bunch of medical issues to flare for me, so it just makes sense for us. I have the Mirena and it’s been so awesome! I did the pill during college and right after, then in did the ring for 2 years, then the shots for 3 years. I can say, the IUD is by far the best I’ve experienced. I have little to no side effects, shed around 10 lbs right after getting it and don’t have to worry about it.
Post # 19
I have a fair bit of trouble on hormonal BC, but I also don’t want an IUD (too many horror stories) so for now I’m on the ring. Some side effects but managable.
We’ve talked about Fiance getting a V – he very much appreciates that it isn’t fair for me to be the gatekeeper indefinitely especially with side effects. We’re holding out hoping Vasagel will have positive results in its clinical trials. Something about an injected substance vs cutting/tying/burning the tubes understandably is more mentally comfortable and seems like less of an ordeal.
Post # 20
I wish my SO would get a vasectomy. We have been together 10 years, getting married next year and have long since settled on CFBC. Yet still I am taking pills and have been for 17 years. My OBGYN keeps wanting to switch hormones because she is worried about my age (now 37). I can’t use Mirena, because it has hormones that don’t work with me and I am allergic to copper so paraguard is out.
The tubal ligation is both expensive and risky for me. I wish he would just offer up the vasectomy already.