I'm trying to look into other birth control options. Taking a pill every day is not practical for me. I have IBS, I could puke up a pill. I never ever want children, so taking a pill every day for the rest of my life is also not practical.
My doctor suggested an IUD. The one we both like is the copper IUD that is in place for 10 years and does not release hormones. I feel that's more natural, and as said I do not want children so the longer it's in, the better.
I know a lot of you want kids or have kids so that is probably not an option for you, but does anyone here for any experience with an IUD and can tell me any reasons I shouldn't get one, because right now this is the best option because I refuse to have surgery and they won't do it as I'm too young anyway!
Which one are you looking at, the progesterone one or the copper one? I tried the nexplanon implant that lasts 3 years but had out taken out after 18 months as it just didn't agree with me (weight gain, mood swings etc). I'm contemplating the copper implant as it is hormone free but one of the side effects is heavier painful periods... No thank you!
I don't have experience with it but was under the impression they should not be used until you've had your first kid. I'm sure technology has come farther but my sister had to be rushed to the ER twice because of hers. She never had kids and I thought that was her explanation. If I'm completely off base on that, my apologies! A friend of mine has the nonhormonal one that I think she said last 14 years. Maybe it wad the ten you're referring to. She doesn't have any issues with it. I can't speak from experience though so disregard if you'd rather. I am allergic to the patch and the ring made my cramps awful. Pretty much anything with estrogen exacerbates my endometriosis so I just got to know my body and don't use birth control other than during my fertile time. We either use a rubber or abstain during those few days. Sorry I'm not more help. :/
I had the Mirena for almost 5 years. These are the pros and cons for me.
Pros: Only a few periods over 5 years, never had to buy tampons but once or twice. No cramps. No worries about forgetting my birth control.
Cons: Sex was a little uncomfortable for Jody and I...even after my ob trimmed the strings. I just had this nagging feeling towards the end of having it that you are supposed to have a period for a reason. Never worrying about unplanned pregnancy. It took almost a year to get pregnant with Kasen after getting it removed.
I've always had issues with puking up my birth control pills. They have me on something lower dose so its not near as bad. I just take it right before I go to sleep at night. I was sick the whole first week I started though..like morning sickness. I liked the convenience of the IUD but honestly I don't think I;d get another one. Back when I got mine 8 years ago, you had to have already had a baby to get it inserted but that might have changed..I think it actually has but I'm not 100%.
My sister had the Implanon and she bled horribly for a long time so she had it removed. I tried the Nuva Ring but I was constantly getting infections so I gave up and switched back to the pill.
Liz, I'm looking at the copper one. I HATE the idea of hormones in my body, which is why I get off the pill whenever I'm not having sex or expecting it for a month because I don't like what it does to my body! Plus it lasts longer! However, I've always had heavy periods and they've lighten up finally in recent years, so having heavy periods/cramps isn't a new thing for me.
Mande & Laurin, they changed it so you can have an IUD whether or not you have kids. My doctor mentioned that to me and I told her my mind has not change about wanting kids in 8 years and any man I date, one of the requirements is that they don't want kids either. So she said the 10 year one seemed fitted best for me.
Also, Laurin, thanks for letting me know! I'm going to mention the string thing to my doctor when I see her in January to have it inserted. I wondered about that too if the strings would get tugged on during intercourse?
I don't think the strings get tugged on (but rather "omg they poke!" -Jody) and I didn't really have any issues with them myself. But if they aren't positioned correctly, you can feel a little stabbing pain down there and its easy to adjust them yourself. Sorry if TMI- lol. Just being honest!
IUD's have been around for a long time and have changed over time, but it seems that everyone I know that had one wasn't happy with it for one reason or another. I used a diaphragm and liked it a lot. I especially liked that I could insert it hours before the possibility of sex so it didn't interrupt the mood. You might also consider NSP but that is more effective if you are in a serious relationship.
^ i think the injection would be hormonal birth control, which i think is what samia doesn't want c:
i don't have any advice to offer but i just wanted to say that i feel you on taking birth control pills when you don't have any intention to get pregnant lol. i suffer through it because i need hormonal birth control for a medical reason but it's still a hassle to remember and definitely not practical