Post # 1
Not only is it extremely painful because the cramps are horrendous, but my flow is frighteningly heavy.
I have the copper IUD because hormonal birth control was giving me unpleasant side-effects while I was on it. I complained about my periods to an OBGYN during my last pelvic exam at my university this past summer. She just shrugged and said, “go on oral contraception” even though I had JUST told her that wasn’t an option because hormonal BC makes me gain a lot of weight and it gives me crazy mood swings. I just wanted her to suggest or perscribe something that would mitigate the heaviness of the flow, I obviously wasn’t looking for another form of contraception. I didn’t press the matter with her.
The super tampons are really uncomfortable and I soak through them within an hour anyway. This can’t be normal. Pads feel like diapers, and I have the same issue. They get soaked really quickly. Those weird diva cups are a no-go.
It’s only a one or two day stretch where the flow is super, super heavy. I’ve enough of it though, and I’m tired of my uterus deciding to do an impression of a SAW film every month.
Not including hormonal birth control, what stems the heaviness of the flow?
Post # 3
I have no experience with IUD, so my comment is with reservation. It seems the IUD may be contributing to or causing your problem. Normally I would recommend red raspberry leaf tea. However, I have no clue if it is safe with copper IUD.
Post # 4
@CorvusCorax: At lot of times women just have a really heavy flow :/
If it’s something you think your IUD ight be contributing to, I would definitely talk about different birth control methods. There are other options.
I would go back to the doctor, or seek a second opinion. Especially if this is something that started after the IUD was placed.
Post # 5
@jb20: I have no idea. I’ve been on various forms of birth control pretty much since the time I was 15. Then right after stopping hormonal BC when I was about 22, I had the IUD put in.
I know that some women have really heavy flows and I may be one of them, but one would think there would be something out there than can mitigate it.
Post # 6
@CorvusCorax: Not to the best of my knowledge, but I would make sure to ask the doctor about your iron levels. I’m sorry you’re dealing with this, my period is hell on me so I understand :/
Post # 7
The only things I’ve heard that help are hormonal BC and possibly lots of exercise.
Post # 8
@CorvusCorax: What about using the fertillity awareness method? And/or condoms?
I have heard that heavy periods are a rough side effect of the coppper IUD.
Post # 9
@CorvusCorax: you should try divacup
Post # 10
@CorvusCorax: lots of exercise and a change in diet can dramatically change your flow.
Any changes in diet reducing sugar and gluten should contribute to an easier and possibly shorter period!
Post # 11
@CorvusCorax: my sister’s BFF is a naturopathic doctor and has recommended dandelion tea for my extreme menstrual symptoms. I am currently on the pill, but when I’m not, it does help with some if my symptoms.
Post # 12
@CorvusCorax: I actually have this same exact problem as did my roomate in college. Neither of us were on any form of birth control at the time. However for both of us the flow would start our super light then on the last 2 days it would just be super super heavy. I have to use a super tampon plus pads on the last 2 days. I asked my OBGYN about this before he said that is normal and just happens that way for some people. When I was on hormonal birth control my periods usually lasted about 3-4 days and were super light, after I went off they would last 7 days and the last 2 days would be super heavy. I have heard though that the IUD can cause heavy periods, I would talk to the OBGYN about it.
Post # 13
@CorvusCorax: Not saying this is fibroids, but your symptoms certainly match. If this IS fibroids, it’s just going to get gradually worse, unless you take action. In your shoes, I’d find a doc willing to give a transvaginal ultrasound, to rule out fibroids and cysts as culprits.
There is a medication combo that doctors can give you to reduce the volume of your period: tranexamic acid, which reduces blood flow, and mefenamic acid, which is an NSAID. In many countries you can find both in a single tablet; I think in the U.S. docs prefer to prescribe them separately.
(Finally, if you find out it IS fibroids, come back and PM me. I’m a tremendously happy camper these days — light tampons are too “heavy duty” for me. But once upon a time, I could have written your post. I’ll be happy to share more detes if you need them.)
Post # 14
I know that the IUD is probably contributing to the problem, but there’s no chance of me going back onto hormonal BC. It pretty much made me a moody monster and I gained a lot of weight, lol. Hormonal BC and I don’t mix well.
I’m not willing to risk an ‘oops’ with the rhythm/pull-out method (and pulling out ruins half the fun) and condoms ruin all of the fun. 🙁
I’m not looking to have the IUD removed, I’m just looking to address one of the symptoms that it’s possibly causing. I honestly couldn’t believe that at this point in time, they can’t do anything to reduce a woman’s menstrual flow and cramping.
Thanks for suggesting the medication combo.
I’ll ask about fibroids, though.
Post # 15
ive been asking about the copper iud for my post baby birth control plan. My doctor warned me that for some women very heavy flow and cramping are part of the associated symptoms and it looks like you are one of the unlucky ones. doesnt seem like there is anything to reduce flow unfortunately 🙁