Post # 16
I’ve had a copper IUD twice now.
My first was before I had any kids. I cannot be on hormonal birthcontrol (I had been on it 7 years before my IUD and it caused me so many emotional and mental problems that I just could not do it anymore). The insertion was not too bad, but for the day afterwards I can contraction-like pains that were uncomfortable. Ibuprofen seemed to help.
I had my second placed after my daughter was born.
Each of my IUD’s I had for approximately 2 years. The only issues I had were that I needed the strings trimmed afterwards, as my DH could feel them (it’s a very easy visit to the OB to have them trimmed though). The other issue was that after about 2 years, my periods became much heavier and longer, which is a common side-effect, and I started getting a lot of yeast infections (something I am prone to).
Post # 17
Go to Walmart and watch the little demons running around. That’s usually pretty good birth control for me!
I’m only sort of kidding. I’m on the pill and have no good answer for this thread, just wise-cracks. 🙂
Post # 18
IUD insertion isn’t terrible (check this out: http://iud-divas.livejournal.com/). I’ve never had children and did decide to try Mirena (it is the hormonal IUD, Paragard is the copper one w/ no hormones). I was TERRIFIED going in because of all these horror stories on the internet about women passing out on the table. I even made my BF (now FI) go with me and hold my hand, much to the chagrin of the nurses/doctors.<br /><br />They finished putting it in and said “we’re done” and I actually raised my head off the table and said “That’s it?”. I expected end of the world pain. It was a strong menstrual cramp that ended rather quickly and was way way way less painful then I expected.
Unfortunately for me, my non-baby-bearing uterus didn’t react well to having the IUD in it and I’m in the small percentage of women who’s bodies expel them (both of mine at the 4 month mark). At least until I have babies which is when I plan to try one again. I loved it while I had it, worry free birth control (and VERY low dose since it is in the spot where it needs to deliver hormones to) with very little side effects.
That said, I have a nexplanon (arm implant) now and no issues with it (and lighter/no periods too).