Post # 1
Me again 🙁 I thought my October period was bad (I had the IUD fitted in August, and September was normal for me) but that was nothing compared to this one. Thanks to you lovely ladies here, I now have an app to start tracking symptoms and dates etc so I can monitor what’s going on. I’m still torn between persevering with the copper IUD because it’s non-hormonal, which is what I wanted, and hoping that things ease off or having the torture-device out at the earliest opportunity.
It turns out I can’t use the most absorbant tampon money can buy because it’s too big and causes the most horrific pelvic floor spasms, so I’m going to have to double up with a tampon + pad, wear black trousers and I might get some of those Thinx panties too. I’ve never had a leak through tampon, panties and (pale blue!) jeans before, and we were on a plane. Luckily it was towards the end of the flight but I still had to get through security and wait for our suitcase before I could get changed. 🙁
My alternative BC options are; condoms which suck, back on the mini-pill which kills my sex drive so it sucks, the Mirena coil which I’ve not tried before and I’m a little reluctant to mess around further with our wedding in March.
How long did it take your periods to settle down, if you stuck it out and they did?
Post # 2
Mine took like 7-8 months before it got back to normal. In the adjustment period (no pun intended har har), my period was longer and heavier than before, and cramps were worse. And remember that hormonal birth control lightens your period, so even when it settles down and gets back to “normal”, it’ll probably still be heavier than before.
I’ve had mine for 8 years and I LOVE IT! The adjustment period isn’t the best, but in my mind it was 100% worth it to be able to have an incredibly reliable, easy, and hormone-free form of birth control. And when and if you do want to TTC, you just get it out and you’re ready to go – no adjustment period while your body sorts out hormones.
I wouldn’t give up yet. You will need to change the tampon more than you did before but eh, that’s not too much to ask IMO.
Post # 3
i waited just under 2 years, never returned to normal–I had it removed. We switched to condoms, but we actually like condoms.
Post # 4
It’s said it should take from 6 months to a year to regulate.
I had mine over two years and it was a nightmare. It never changed and the side effects I went through only worsened and took a pretty serious toll on my body. So, while I do believe it works wonderfully for some, I can’t recommend enough to remove it if you get past one year and are still going through adverse effects.
In the two months that came after having it removed (just stuck to condoms), my body had improved so much. Thus far I’m doing good with the birth control I switched to recently (kyleena IUD) but, with it being so recent, I’m not sure how it will be yet though. I haven’t seen any negative side effects yet in relation so fingers crossed.
Post # 5
The first 3 months were hell – non stop bleeding so bad I had to wear a depends. Cramps so bad I felt like Jason had taken an axe to my uterus. Then it settled all the way down. My cycle like clock work and I knew what type of flow to expect on which day. Overall my flow was heavy the first 2 to 3 days and then tapered off on the last two. Much prefer it to hormonal BC.
Post # 6
I am getting mine removed tomorrow. I have had it for about 1.5 years and I just can’t take it anymore. My periods are SO heavy, I get horrible cramps. For me, it never calmed down. My periods are also super irregular.
We’re switching to condoms until we TTC, because I want to give my body a break from BC.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies, a year seems reasonable I guess. This period is definitely tailing off quicker than the last, although it was way way heavier (and I thought last month was heavy).
Hopefully if I’m better prepared for the next one, it’ll be easier to ride out. I really want this to work for me, as it seemed like the perfect solution.