Post # 1
I am so over using birth control pills. Have been on various brands nearly a decade. Considering IUD or family awareness method with condoms at all times.. How painful is it to get an IUD? What is your experience with these?
Post # 2
I have the Skyla which has less hormones than the Mirena and really like it. It’s good for 3 years.
Insertion is not pleasant but quick. There’s like a million horror stories on the internet but it’s worked great for me.
Post # 3
I’ve had a copper IUD (Paragard) for 9 years. I love it! The insertion initially was uncomfortable, but it is quick, and then you have the IUD for 10 years!
Post # 4
Following this…We started off on spermicide which sucked as I got so many UTIs and I didn’t feel it was reliable. I have always been in tune with my body, I usually know when I ovulate (easy to tell when you look for the signs), so I track my fertility using an app, so we are extra careful several days before/after anticipated ovulation day..since sperm can live up to 7 days. I think if you feel like you are regular in your cycle, family planning works but if I had a screwed up cycle…I don’t know. Condoms really aren’t so bad, you get used to them.
Post # 5
ellyd23 : I also have the paragard. I love it, mostly. My only issue with it is that it makes my periods VERY heavy. I normally have super light periods, and once i got the paraguard it completely changed. However, they usually last 2 days of super heavy bleeding and then either stop or get super light.
By super heavy, I mean literally filling a tampon in an hour. SUPER. HEAVY. (at least from what i’m used to!)
Everyone is different though, so you might want to try different things out .
Post # 6
bee123456789 : Which app do you use? I use Clue. I love it!
Post # 7
Also, OP, the insertion I didn’t think was too painful. I had a mirena previously (DO NOT recommend), and that was before I had my son. The insertion of that was very painful but it was quick, but the rest of the day I had pretty bad cramps.
After having my son, I got the paraguard which wasn’t as bad. I heard if you haven’t had a child the pain can be worse for insertion, which was correct in my case.
Post # 8
determinedbee : I actually have two, FFTracker and Natural cycles..natural cycles is nice because it tells you when you should use protection..I haven’t seen Clue yet, I will check it out!
Post # 9
I had Mirena for a little bit, insertion wasn’t bad at all. I’ve heard a lot about the paraguard making super heavy periods, which I couldn’t even try due to being anemic (low iron).
Right now I use Clue to track my cycle and we use condoms 95% of the time, regardless of what day of my cycle I’m on. Of course, I have Plan B as a backup, only used it once in the last 3.5 years. This method has worked for us the past 3.5 years, with no babies 🙂
Post # 10
I know a lot of people don’t like the idea of them, but the diaphram can be a good choice. Just make sure you use it properly. You use it every time and you have to use spermicide. No just using it when you think you are ovulating, that always ends badly.
Post # 11
I had 3 separate IUDs and had problems with all of them. In one case, I ended up hospitalized with PID which was pretty awful.
I think most people that have them are generally happy, but if you’re someone who tends to be super sensitive, you should go with Paraguard instead of the Mirena. It has a low dose of hormones that can still cause problems; mine flared up my ovarian cysts like crazy.
My only complaint about the PG was that it made my odor change because of the copper. It was sort of a turn off. That being said, it didn’t cause me any substantial problems, the way the Mirena did. I just didn’t know better when I had them take it out.
If you haven’t previously had a child, insertion can be more painful, but nothing a lot of IBU can’t handle.
Personally, I found charting and condoms to be the only thing that worked well for me without screwing with me.
Post # 12
I have mirena and I loooove it.
I was one of the horror stories of insertion though. I’d actually heard it was relatively painless so scheduled to have it done over my lunch break (I know LOL). Anyways after insane cramping, dizziness, fainting, etc I ended up just going home. Slept the rest of the day. The next few days were lightly uncomfortable, but not bad. But the actual day of, it was pretty bad. In hindsight (3 years later), SO worth it.
eta – I had no period for about 3 years, but recently started getting light spotting 1 day per month.
Post # 13
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jonasbutterfly : I track my cycle and use condoms during the “high risk week”. That’s all. Almost 2 years no scares.
Post # 14
We use FAM without any protection 🙂 <3
We track my fertility on a chart using waking temperature and a couple of other bodily signs 🙂
It’s worked so far for us! We are avoiding pregnancy sucessfully. I am 27 and totally fertile, as we have had no risks. We are able to have beautiful, natural sex without ‘protection’ or anything like that.
We literally just abstain or use withdrawal on my fertile days (like 5 days of my cycle) and have unprotected sex at other times. It’s 100% accurate with a healthy body, working with natural rhythms which are easily charted.
Post # 15
jonasbutterfly : I’ve refused hormonal birth control my whole life–despite varoius doctors trying to push it on me. My husband and I have been together for 8 years and have used natural planning and condoms the whole time. We’ve never run into any issues, but we’re also pretty attentive and careful when it comes to that sort of thing (keeping track of condom expiration dates, checking for any breakage or leaks afterwards, etc.) I track when I’m ovulating so I know to be more careful on those particular days 🙂