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So, some of you might notice that I posted a Tubal Ligation thread a while ago too. Since I'm young, there's pretty little chance I'll get my tubes tied any time soon (although I'm going to a fertility clinic September or sooner, where we'll discuss that and IUDs both), and so I've been looking into a copper IUD. I can't do hormones, that's why I'm not getting on BC pills or patches or anything, and condoms aren't sure enough for me.<br><br>
I'm attracted because it's supposed to be 98% effective, and works fairly longterm, meaning I don't have to worry too much for a while, other than checking its placement, until maybe I can get a reevaluation for a tubal ligation (I haven't had my first evaluation yet, again, but I'm fairly doubtful).<br><br>
My doubts lay in that I hear it can make menstrual cramps much worse, and mine usually have me unable to move for about six hours (although extreme pain for a short amount of time definitely is okay compared to a painless rest of the time). Has anyone had this, and is it manageable? I know it varies by body, but I'll put it this way- <i>are/were your worst cramps etc, with an IUD, noticeably worse than beforehand, and, if so, was it bearable through painkillers/over a day/with hot compresses/etc?</i><br>
And otherwise, were there any other side effects I seem to be unaware of?<br><br>
I know I haven't asked much about expulsion or failures, but I'm just hoping against both of those-they're fairly low percentage-wise, and there's not really anything else I can do, other than checking.
 

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I am totally against IUD because one of my friends daughter had a very bad problem that tore her uterus while they got it out. This also will be preventing future pregnancy and she only has one child and can't have no more because of the IUD. I recommend going elsewhere besides IUD. I don't want to scare you nor hurt you in any way however, IUD is not 100 percent safe because whe happened to my friends daughter.
 

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I think it's been long enough that i can politely bump. And peacefulveglady, I'm sorry I never responded, I was just trying to keep an optimistic mind/wait for more responses before replying.
 

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My friend had one in for a couple years and she said her cramps were like horrible agony every month. Plus she said the actual procedure was painful and kind of traumatic, she felt violated. Definitely hasn't made me eager to try it myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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I'm going to talk to a doctor in September (right now, I live a bit of a drive from any, but there are counsellors, nurses and GPs and a sexual health clinic on my university campus), so we'll discuss all this and alternatives then, I hope. Do you know whether that was copper or hormonal, werewolf girl? Those were more the sort of complications I was wondering about, too, rather than the more surgical type ones
 

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I'm going to talk to a doctor in September (right now, I live a bit of a drive from any, but there are counsellors, nurses and GPs and a sexual health clinic on my university campus), so we'll discuss all this and alternatives then, I hope. Do you know whether that was copper or hormonal, werewolf girl? Those were more the sort of complications I was wondering about, too, rather than the more surgical type ones</div>
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Hers was copper. Apparently the severity of her cramping was out of the ordinary though, if that's any comfort.
 

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Since I don't ever want kids, I'm not personally worried about stuff like this. Having my uterus damaged would be a plus for me.</div>
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As you probably caught from the fact that I'm also looking into permanent sterilization, I agree, but I also understand that that would be a horrible consequence if one felt otherwise or could be a medical concern in general, so I didn't want to mention it. Having support though, it would be a plus, just a very inconvenient way to come about it.<br><br>
And yes, werewolf girl, that is definitely a comfort. I can't wait to go to the clinic...
 

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I have paraguard, the copper iud and I love it. Iud's are the best birth control out there besides not having sex, so that's a great thing since I don't want children. I also can't tolerate hormones so that's another plus. Insertion was painful, but they have to open your cervix to insert it so there's no way around that. But once it was in I felt fine. A little shaky. As rabbitlvr said I had a little twinging pain as my uterus got used to the foreign object, but it's fine now. My period is completely unchanged and regular with some cramping that will subside with advil. I have noticed though that a couple of weeks before my period is when I cramp (for a couple of days), and on the first day. I have had mine for about three years. And when the ten are up I'll get another put in. Any other questions just ask! I love mine and I would recommend it to anyone.
 

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Being in Canada, I could probably get it covered from what I've heard, but finance isn't the problem- even if you can afford it, few doctors (very, very few) will give a tubal ligation to someone who is neither over 25 nor has 3 children, because the reversal is difficult and troublesome and some people in the younger age category (I'm feeling 30%, but I'd have to look it up) change their minds. But starting to look into it now and getting an IUD and being persistent enough with doctors that after a couple years they agree to give it to me is the plan thus far.<br><br>
On a similar, though not this thread note, a couple recently, young (I think wife was 23?) were in the news because wife couldn't find a doctor to perform a tubal ligation. She had two children, who her and her husband were happily supporting, but neither believed they needed more children, nor could they comfortably support them. But unless she'd had three or waited several more years, they wouldn't do it. Agh.
 

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I used IUDs from college through menopause. The first was the infamous Dalkon Shield in 1972, which was painful and all kinds of horrible, and I got rid of it after a couple of months. After that and from then on it was copper ones (CU-7), which were cramp-free and hassle-free, and the insertions were no big deal. Only removed twice, for two intended pregnancies, replaced six weeks after both deliveries.
 

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I'm glad for the many positive votes for copper IUDs, especially because, with the internet, most people who bother to reply on forums tend to be those giving horror stories.
 

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I know, and will, but I wanted to get some words about it before I went through the time and pain and effort
 

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I have the copper one and I love it. Originally my partner and I had intended that one of us would get sterilized after we were done having children, but I'm happy to continue with IUDs until menopause. My period has gotten a little bit heavier, but not bad, and I swear my cramps actually got better.<br>
Having it put in was painful, but only for about a minute. My cousin got hers out in order to try for another baby, and she said that didn't hurt.<br>
It's truly wonderful having a birth control method that I rarely have to think about.
 

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I had it, and it was a horror story.<br><br>
It wasn't covered by my insurance, so it cost about 700$, plus all the costs of the visits and follow-ups. It was painful to get inserted, but bearable, thinking it would last for 10 years made one uncomfortable afternoon tolerable. It was torture every month, I'd never had cramps before and I haven't had them after I got it taken out, but I felt nauseous and would pale and feel like I was going to collapse for 1-2 days a month. It was really bad.<br><br>
My friend who got hers before me had better luck, she said the cramps were bad, but she was determined to stick it out. Then it started to come out, so she had to go back and have it re-inserted, which was apparently was a very unpleasant experience.<br><br>
So for me it lasted about 1.5 years, cost a lot of money, caused a lot of pain. So that's me... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 
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