Time taken to "adjust" to the copper IUD

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
2922 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

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
9406 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

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BeeDD :  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
3030 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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
1007 posts
Bumble bee

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
2503 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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.

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