So, can anyone share their copper IUD experiences with me? I'm 99.9% sure that I don't want a hormonal bc, and my husband is no longer super on board with FAM, as weve had two unplanned babies (due to user error, obviously). We are also 99.9999999% done having kids.
pomelo / 5720 posts
This is the one I'm considering as well so I'm interested to hear the responses. My coworker has this and has been happy with it.
clementine / 830 posts
I have Paraguard and am pretty happy with it. Installation was a cinch (a little cramping, a Lttle bleeding) and the only side effect has been heavier periods but nothing crazy. One sonogrms shortly after to make sure its in place correctly. I love not having to think about birth control for nine years.
cantaloupe / 6610 posts
I have had paragard since 6wk PP. It was fine until I got AF back around 7 mos pp. I've had occasional light spotting when not on my period. And my periods are SUPER heavy. I want my husband to get snipped but he is not too fond of the idea.
pineapple / 12566 posts
I have a copper IUD, but not the Paraguard brand, and I've had it for about 2 years. Insertion was completely painless but I bled A TON for the first week after. My periods were really heavy and long for the first 6-8 months, but have settled down since. That's the biggest drawback, otherwise, nothing to complain about.
Also, my doctor just checks mine via ultrasound when I go in for checkups. He told me I didn't need to check for strings myself since they can curl up and be hard to find.
kiwi / 526 posts
I used it for 13 months (removed because we want to try for a baby now). I cramped quite a few months after it, mid-cycle and before my period. That levelled.off though. My periods however lasted 10 days while on it, mostly spotting. I would bleed heavily for 4 days, then spot. It was bad. 10 days is long for me.
With that being said, I might get the copper IUD again in the future, as I don't want to mess with hormones (bad migraines).
persimmon / 1005 posts
I had Paragard for 2.5 years. Despite knowing it would come with heavy bleeding, I was shocked at just how much I bled. Periods were a nightmare of changing super plus tampons with liners every 1-2 hours some days. I always felt insecure during my period about potential leaks and where the closest bathroom was. Also I started having this pain in my tailbone that got worse and worse. I didn't relate it to the Paragard until it was out and the pain disappeared. I went with Mirena after baby and am undecided on it but have had zero bleeding yet which is a nice change!
persimmon / 1281 posts
I was considering the copper IUD as well because I had issues with hormonal BCP (blood clots...scary!) anywho, after reading a few crazy stories about them, I'm not convinced. I know the issues are considered rare but they just scare me.
kiwi / 696 posts
@Portboston: I agree. It's so hard to decide when the "risks" are worth it. I've also considered a diaphragm, but don't love the idea of spermicide in my vagina.
persimmon / 1281 posts
All the options suck. I wish there was an on/off button