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16 May 2011 @ 02:31 am
Termination and IUD  
After dealing with getting pregnant at a young age and deciding not to carry term I need advice for my future of not wanting to become pregnant until I'm fully ready.

I'm really against hormonal birth control (for me) and I'm way too afraid to rely on condoms or the Rhythm method. Does anyone know about the Copper IUD or have experience with it? I've heard they fall out easier on women who haven't had a child and that'd why sometimes doctors do not like inserting them. Advice? And does it REALLY cause horribly heavy and painful cramps? Naturally I have two heavy heavy days but I can't imagine something worse!! :(
[LISA] No Ka Oimorning_stand on May 16th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
There is a really good community here called iud_divas. the majority of women there that I've seen have not had children and have gotten an IUD with no issues.

I got a Mirena IUD a week after my last termination, but I already have a daughter so I am probably not the best person to ask. But that community is great.
electric misfit love machineeyelid on May 16th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
Second on iud_divas. In general, many women do report heavy cramping for the first few cycles after insertion of an IUD. Most of them also report that this eases after a few cycles. Some never get this harsh cramping at all. My mom loved her IUD but I've had other friends who couldn't deal with the cramping. Impossible to say how it will go with you until you get one.
kcobwebkcobweb on May 16th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
I have a copper IUD and love it. My menstrual flow is marginally heavier, but I don't have much cramping at all (since the first few cycles). But as eyelid says, everyone's different and it's hard to know how it will go with you. Definitely check out the community mentioned above - when I was considering getting mine, I found answers to a lot of my questions there.
hope1517 on May 16th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
I went to my gyno today and while she mentioned it she pushed hbc more. I really want safety against pregnancy WITHOUT hormones. I'm just worried about spending a lot of money (to me) and it possibly expelling. How much heavier/longer is your cycle? And does your actual cycle length change?
kcobwebkcobweb on May 16th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
If your Gyn is not comfortable with IUDs, ask her for a referral to someone who does them. Some doctors don't have a lot of experience with them, and so it's out of their comfort zone..... but a good doctor should be able to help you get what you want. :)

I'd say most of the changes in my cycle were during the first year as my body got used to it, and now almost everything is just as it would be without anything at all. And I don't have to remember to take a pill every day. :) And IUDs really are quite safe - much more so than they used to be.

But seriously - I'm just one person. iud_divas has a wealth of information from lots more people, not just one data point. :)
________puberty________puberty on July 1st, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
I used the copper IUD for the same reasons as you and it expelled twice. The first time it expelled after like 1.5 years and the second time after only a few months. At my doctor, they said they wouldn't charge for a new one if it expels within 4 months but my insurance covered it anyway.

When I did have the paraguard I was pretty lucky in that I didn't have terrible cramps and my periods weren't really that different. I can't say they got worse at all. I just had spotting and occasional cramping for the first 2 months.

I asked my doctor why my paraguard wouldn't stay put and she said it was probably because I haven't been pregnant. The mirena is smaller so supposedly it has a higher chance of staying in. i was reluctant at first to go hormonal but my doc said it was really low dose. i've had worse cramps with the mirena so far. can't speak for periods yet
papermoonriverpapermoonriver on July 23rd, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
I have had the paraguard copper iud for two whole years now and I love it. I have had no complications. I do experience a slightly longer period, (9-11 days, but the first two days is spotting so light I don't even use a liner, and the last three days are very very light as well), and the heavy days are heavier. I experience very little cramping, but I experienced little to no cramping pre-insertion. All in all I am very happy with my IUD. I second the recommendation to check out iud divas. They were an awesome resource for me when I was trying to decide which iud to choose.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that I have never been pregnant!
dopoxottantadopoxottanta on December 20th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
IUD's hurt really bad if you've never had children. If you get one, make sure they use some kind of local anesthesia. They also have Implanon, I believe it's called - which is placed in your arm, although I'm not sure if that's hormonal or not.