Hi there. I'm brand new to this forum and this is actually my first reply to anything. But I do have some advice on this. I'm not sure how your body reacts to hormones, but mine does not like them - I go a lil bonkers on my loved ones. So when I got my IUD I got the non hormonal one that lasts up to 12 years. I was able to have sex literally an hour after getting it in, and I am on my 9th year with it and have NEVER had an issue with it. Ever. Only thing my boyfriend has felt it before, but says he only felt the very end of the string and it doesn't bother him at all. So, if you have a partner that is a considerable length warn him. He may not feel it, but it's really no biggie. Hope this helps. Ask any Qs you'd like that I didn't answer. I'm still learning how this all works so please be patient with me if I don't reply right away. Is there a way to follow this, or will I be notified automatically if I get a reply to this? Thanks!
@kcluvbug you'll be notified automatically via the proboards dashboard (it'll tell you somebody posted in this thread). you won't get a notification on milk for it unless somebody tags you, like i just did
nothing else to add to the thread, just thought i'd answer it since i was notified somebody posted here lmao :3
My body hates hormones. I was on Implanon (implant) for three years and suffered from severe depression. I had been been taking the pill for roughly 6-7 months and LOVED IT, except it's causing me to have some retinal swelling that will cause permanent vision loss, so I just stopped that this week (I'm the 2% yet again...go figure). My options seem to be coming to an end and the copper IUD is something that I've been researching. Let me know what you think of yours when you get it, Samia! I won't get into my gyno until probably January or February.
I like the the pill made my periods regular, which is something that I've never had, but I use birth control to prevent pregnancy. Condoms and the like aren't any fun, so I'm pretty bummed and hoping to hear some good news about the copper IUD. But knowing that it causes a heavier/painful flow is scary and not at all what I want. Ugh! Go figure.
I'm like you, as I don't want kids either. From what I understand, does any reliable birth-control involve hormones, -one way or another. It's needed to say that there may be some differences as to what's being offered in Norway & the USA, so I'm just assuming it's following the same principles, so to speak. Well.. What my doctor told me, is that there are hormonal & hormone free versions of the ones mentioned. The thing is that the 'non hormonal' is less reliable, witch leaves it up to you to evaluate witch one's advantage(s)/disadvantage(s) that's got the highest priority. In Norway, there's a pretty restrictive policy about methods like IUD due to an increased risk of infidelity (if you haven't had a child, they'll hardly give it to you unless there's a medical reason). Because of that, I may have chosen differently if I was in your shoes, but based on how well it's turned out, I'd still recommend to consider the injection. I've used it since forever, and my mother used it for as long as she needed birth control, and neither one of us have had a single negative effect by it (my blood pressure was for instance the ideal 118/80 at my last check-up, I've had a 26 days circle from day 1, I've never had any pain or discomfort in conjunction to my period, and I've been declared healthy as a horse at every check-up).
I wanted to update on this especially for those & Ashley wanting to know about the copper IUD. I've had it since late December and I really love it!
Most specifically I like the idea of natural and hormones can affect your body differently. For me, I didn't have an issue with them. I don't mind birth control pills, but I'm at that point in my life where I've finally weeded myself off any and all medications for the most part. The most I'll take is stuff for an upset stomach, headache, or cramps. As said, I don't think it's practical for me to try to remember to take a pill at the same time every day. I have to set an alarm and my schedule is vastly different on weekends. So, there's some positive things about it, for sure.
I know some people complained about strings and my boyfriend says he can feel them, but they never bother or poke him and he doesn't feel them all the time either. I think once in a while. The biggest issue is heavier periods and cramping. Mine have gotten better finally, but if you have bad periods naturally (without hormone birth control) they can make your's hell. Typically, my periods last 7 days. The first few days are pretty light and there are 2-3 days of heavy bleeding and those are the same days I get bad cramps. The cramps require me to take 1200mg of ibuprofen 2-4 times a day (otherwise I can't hardly walk), which I know is a lot for most people, but it works for me. Also, we think I have endometriosis. I haven't been able to see my doctor yet, but the fact I can handle the pain/cramps and still want to keep my IUD means it's not TOO terrible. Also, my periods is pretty regular in general. I think I had two periods in February, but one was super light and pretty cramp free and mine was a week late early this month, which is fine, but in general I know when to expect them and how long so I scheduled my vacation around it already. Because they are regular, it's easier to see if you have pregnancy.
So, yes, mine lasts 12 years. Not 10. Ian & I never want children as he hates kids and to me, I just don't want them for several reasons. With an IUD it is removable in the case you want kids now or change your mind about having them. I really like it and I don't see it coming out for 11.5 years. haha
Thanks for the update Stormie ⛈️ ! I'm so afraid of cramps. I've really never had cramps before and my flow is typically what I would consider light to medium, so I'm afraid things will go down hill for me, haha! I'm still not back on anything other than condoms as I'm still investigating my eye problem.
I'm glad that it's working out for you and appreciate the update!