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I'm going off the pill now and I'm really nervous about getting an IUD but I'm considering it because I hate condoms so much. Good luck and please let me know how it goes! <img alt="smiley.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/smiley.gif">
 

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<p>I've never used the pill (I really dislike the idea of altering my natural hormonal levels), I did try the patch once, had an allergic reaction on my skin.</p>
<p>I also have considered IUD, but most doctors are reluctant to give you one if you haven't given birth yet. Not sure how safe they are, there are controversial opinions about it, my mother also got pregnant with IUD.</p>
<p>I really hate condoms, I'd rather skip the intercourse if I had to go through that, so for many (many) years I've been using the good old coitus interruptus. I know, I know, there is a lots of hate for this method, but I think as long as you are in a steady relationship where having a child is not the worst thing that could happen, it's worth it. But it wouldn't work for everyone,for one -  I have never been the type you just have to look at to get her pregnant.</p>
 

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I've never used the pill (I really dislike the idea of altering my natural hormonal levels), I did try the patch once, had an allergic reaction on my skin.<br>
I also have considered IUD, but most doctors are reluctant to give you one if you haven't given birth yet. Not sure how safe they are, there are controversial opinions about it, my mother also got pregnant with IUD.<br>
I really hate condoms, I'd rather skip the intercourse if I had to go through that, so for many (many) years I've been using the good old coitus interruptus. I know, I know, there is a lots of hate for this method, but I think as long as you are in a steady relationship where having a child is not the worst thing that could happen, it's worth it. But it wouldn't work for everyone,for one -  I have never been the type you just have to look at to get her pregnant.</div>
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Honestly I'm already getting tempted to just go for it because I <i>probably</i> won't get pregnant... But that's a terrible idea for me personally because I really don't want kids so I have to restrain myself. Bah... It's only been a few days and this is already hard.... <img alt="bigcry.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/bigcry.gif"><br><br>
I wish birth control wasn't such a difficult ordeal, one day I hope they invent an ON/OFF switch for fertility.
 

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Honestly I'm already getting tempted to just go for it because I <em>probably</em> won't get pregnant... But that's a terrible idea for me personally because I really don't want kids so I have to restrain myself. Bah... It's only been a few days and this is already hard.... <img alt="bigcry.gif" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/bigcry.gif"><br><br>
I wish birth control wasn't such a difficult ordeal, one day I hope they invent an ON/OFF switch for fertility.</div>
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Well, it is a risk, but in my opinion it is better to risk it than to hurt yourself with all those hormonal pills. I know that if I was ever close to ''accidentally getting pregnant'', it was with condoms. So it is less fun and more risky! :D If you really do not want children, I'd say go for the IUD. But there is no 100% in any of this.</p>
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<p>Hey, there is an OFF switch! :D But sadly it is irreversible. Perhaps one day, they will invent something that goes both ways. /sigh</p>
 

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I also have considered IUD, but most doctors are reluctant to give you one if you haven't given birth yet. Not sure how safe they are, there are controversial opinions about it, my mother also got pregnant with IUD.</div>
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My doctor was reluctant to give it to me not because of the risks but because of the costs. She told me as long as I'm willing to put forth the money she will give it to me. If I'm not a candidate I still have to pay which was the kicker. $200 for a consult, $700 for the device and $100 for the insertion. And, yes, my insurance is covering it once my deductible is hit so I'm putting forth most the money.<br><br>
I told her I'm tired of hormones and want a hormone free option. I didn't let her talk me out of it and she agreed to do it.<br><br>
I read somewhere that most female doctors (or at least obgyns) have an IUD.<br><br>
ETA: Here's a link to a story the made me want to try the IUD again (several years ago it was talked out of it since I was new to birth control)<br>
<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/10/06/215491647/its-time-to-rediscover-the-iud-womens-health-advocates-say" target="_blank">http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/10/06/215491647/its-time-to-rediscover-the-iud-womens-health-advocates-say</a><br><br>
ETA 2: it made me want to try again in hopes that doctors are becoming more open minded about nulliparous women and IUDs.
 

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So excited! It's almost Thursday and I will be getting a copper IUD. I've been on the pill for two years and it's killed my sex drive, caused sex to be painful (and I'm built loose), and I haven't orgasmed since being on hormones. The last one is the worst. Trust me! I used to have such intense orgasms and the pill took that away.<br><br>
Not worried about the pain for insertion. My doctor gave me some Valium for the procedure; yes, I've got a ride to my appointment and back. <img alt="tongue3.gif" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/tongue3.gif"><br><br>
I'll post back with how it goes! I'm worried since I am nulliparous (haven't had kids)... Not because of the pain but because I'm afraid my uterus will sound too small. Which if that happens then no IUD for me.</div>
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Good luck! Please let us know how it goes. I'm thinking about getting an IUD too.</p>
 

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Honestly I'm already getting tempted to just go for it because I <em>probably</em> won't get pregnant... But that's a terrible idea for me personally because I really don't want kids so I have to restrain myself. Bah... It's only been a few days and this is already hard.... <img alt="bigcry.gif" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/bigcry.gif"><br><br>
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<p>I know, I want the On/Off switch too!</p>
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<p>After so many years on the pill and not feeling normal, I will gladly use a condom any day. Hormones mess me up!</p>
 

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Good luck! Please let us know how it goes. I'm thinking about getting an IUD too.</div>
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Thanks! I will update for sure. Really started to feel the nervousness this afternoon when I realized my appointment is in less than 24 hours. I keep telling myself (tmi alert)...<br><a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Warning: Spoiler!</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden">if I can get a piercings down there (which I don't have anymore), I can handle this.</div>
 

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Thanks! I will update for sure. Really started to feel the nervousness this afternoon when I realized my appointment is in less than 24 hours. I keep telling myself (tmi alert)...
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Warning: Spoiler!</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden">if I can get a piercings down there (which I don't have anymore), I can handle this.</div>
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<p>You can do it!</p>
 

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Dealing with major cramping right now! So glad I took sick leave.<br><br>
The procedure was just a sharp, very short pain. My exact words were, "that's it?" I mean I'd do it again. The pain was over with quickly. Really wasn't bad at all.<br><br>
The cramps are like really bad period cramps. Manageable but uncomfortable. I haven't had cramps like this in years so many may be used to period cramps.<br><br>
I'd do it if you're on the fence. Valium never really kicked in so I went in unprepared really.<br><br>
I'm going to go curl up now and watch netflix. I'll give an update when the cramps stop. Their like waves of pain. Lol.<br><br>
(Did I mention I don't get period cramps so what's unusual for me may be a monthly thing for many women?)<br><br>
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Two and a half hours after insertion and cramping has subsided considerably! Feels like a minor period cramp. Haven't taken anything other than the Valium. The Valium is only now starting to take effect. <img alt="sad.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/sad.gif">
 

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The cramps are like really bad period cramps. Manageable but uncomfortable. I haven't had cramps like this in years so many may be used to period cramps.<br><br>
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<p>Had to laugh seeing ''really bad period cramps'' and ''manageable'' in the same sentence :D I usually start taking painkillers even before they start because I am terrified of ever experiencing that again. There were a couple of times I was left with no painkillers (or possibility to get some) and it was such excruciating pain I swore never to have children if giving birth feels anything like it. :D</p>
 

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My doctor was reluctant to give it to me not because of the risks but because of the costs. She told me as long as I'm willing to put forth the money she will give it to me. If I'm not a candidate I still have to pay which was the kicker. $200 for a consult, $700 for the device and $100 for the insertion. And, yes, my insurance is covering it once my deductible is hit so I'm putting forth most the money.<br><br>
I told her I'm tired of hormones and want a hormone free option. I didn't let her talk me out of it and she agreed to do it.<br>
I read somewhere that most female doctors (or at least obgyns) have an IUD.</div>
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<p>That's strange, isn't it up to you to decide whether you can afford it or not? It's expensive though, but I guess that's to be expected. What determines whether you can or can not be a candidate?</p>
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<p>I guess it's possible that most docs have IUD, but in that case they are also hypocrites. I have yet to meet a decent obgyn, most I encounter are inflexible and judgmental. They usually give me a speech how irresponsible I am with my pull-out method, (speeches that would be more appropriate when given to a teenager) however whenever I ask about IUD and explain my stance on hormones, they won't hear it and keep pushing the pill on me. If I'm especially unlucky, they will do something stupid and unrelated, for e.g. - start pushing all kinds of vaccines on me for flu, etc. (I'm strongly against them). I don't know about U.S., however in here most docs are know-it-all's, so full of themselves, they are used to the general population doing whatever they are told and not doing their own homework. If somebody questions their methods, a speech is what you get. So I am a bit reluctant to go to them or to ask about the IUD again. :/</p>
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<p>I guess I have to figure out whether it is worth it at this point, I do want kids within the next 5 years, but of course nothing is for certain and that might change.</p>
 

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I never took the Norco they prescribed me until it got worse at 9ish. I wish I had taken it sooner but I was afraid of interactions with the valium. The Norco made the pain non-existent. Today there is some slight cramping but I went to work since it is mild even with no pain killers. I was afraid to drive on the Norco even though it doesn't make me drowsy or loopy in anyway.<br><br>
Retrospective, I failed at explaining that cost bit, didn't I? My doctor was more concerned if I'd still be okay paying the money if I wasn't a candidate. I had to special order my IUD. I told her I was willing to try because I hated pills that much.<br><br>
I also shopped around for a doctor. I called a few places and was up front about finding a doctor to perform this procedure for me. I explained my situation briefly and stopped when I found an office that told me the doctor did it frequently and the pharmaceutical rep with paragard visited frequently.<br><br>
During the visit I didn't take no for an answer and explained I'd been thinking about it for awhile. The paragard is approved for use in nulliparous women, end of story. And unless you have a small uterus you can get it. When I get home from work I can dig up some of my old information to give you ammo for the consultation.<br><br>
ETA: I totally assumed everyone's in the United States.
 

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I work in an OB/GYN office, and they put in lots of iuds, including in teenagers and women who have never been pregnant. Go to someone who has practice inserting them, and preferably with small hands. If you need ammo for your US gynecologist :<br><br>
"Increasing familiarity with changes in practice guidelines and improvements associated with the newer LARC devices may address some health care provider reluctance to encourage LARC use. Although health care providers generally have favorable attitudes about IUDs, they may use overly restrictive criteria to identify IUD candidates (16). For example, IUDs may be safely used by nulliparous women and by adolescents (17, 18). Although there is a slight increased risk of infection in the first 20 days after IUD insertion, evidence indicates there is no increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease or infertility in IUD users (18).
 

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It's been less than one week and have been back to normal since yesterday. Cramping subsided by Sunday completely; I was inserted Thursday. Thursday were almost unbearable cramps, Friday was slight cramps, Saturday was a slightly cervical pain, Sunday was normal. So far no break-through bleeding. Haven't had sex with it yet; I was waiting a week to allow things to recover. Haven't had a period with it but expecting my previous 7 day long periods to return like they were with no hormones. The transition off the pill hasn't done anything to me either. Slightly more interested in sex but it could be a placebo effect. I was on an Ortho-Tri-Cyclen generic (Trinessa).<br><br>
Retrospective, I don't have anything but USA information which I'm fairly certain won't be useful for you since I think you live elsewhere.
 

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 Slightly more interested in sex but it could be a placebo effect. I was on an Ortho-Tri-Cyclen generic (Trinessa).</div>
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<p>Not likely, the pill can absolutely affect your sex drive.</p>
 

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<p>I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with eye problems while on BC? I'm thinking of switching brands to see if the problem will cease, but I'm really sensitive to birth control and switching really puts me through a loop. I'm hoping someone has one they can recommend so that I don't need to try dozens. I was also wondering if someone had contact lens issues while on BC, and what happened after they went off of it. I'm quite terrified that even if/when I go off the pill I still won't be able to wear lenses. I need to be on birth control right now, but I still don't want to risk any lasting damage to my eyes. </p>
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<p>Maybe this is what has been happening to me. I have been on the generic version of Alesse for 2 and a half years. I have been lucky and have had pretty much no side affects at all so far. I do wear contact lenses and lately my eyes (especially the left one) have been getting red and irritated and I have no idea why. At first I thought I just needed a new pair of contacts but I changed them and it helped for a while but now they are getting irritated again. Its an on and off kind of thing. I will have to do more research about this. I wonder if it is something that can happen after years or if it normally happens as soon as you start taking bc.</p>
 

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<p>I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with eye problems while on BC? I'm thinking of switching brands to see if the problem will cease, but I'm really sensitive to birth control and switching really puts me through a loop. I'm hoping someone has one they can recommend so that I don't need to try dozens. I was also wondering if someone had contact lens issues while on BC, and what happened after they went off of it. I'm quite terrified that even if/when I go off the pill I still won't be able to wear lenses. I need to be on birth control right now, but I still don't want to risk any lasting damage to my eyes. </p>
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<p>Maybe this is what has been happening to me. I have been on the generic version of Alesse for 2 and a half years. I have been lucky and have had pretty much no side affects at all so far. I do wear contact lenses and lately my eyes (especially the left one) have been getting red and irritated and I have no idea why. At first I thought I just needed a new pair of contacts but I changed them and it helped for a while but now they are getting irritated again. Its an on and off kind of thing. I will have to do more research about this. I wonder if it is something that can happen after years or if it normally happens as soon as you start taking bc.</p>
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It might not be the birth control. Usually when that affects eyes, it changes the fit of contact lenses. The redness isn't normal. You may have a small cut on the cornea and the lens is irritating it, or your are allergic to the contact lens or its solution. A corneal cut or abrasion can happen if you're sleeping in lenses, or a lash or something under the contact scratches it. For that, they usually give antibiotic drops and recommend no contacts for an amount of time.<br><br>
Are your eyes dry? The bc can cause this, but an over the counter contact lens eye wetting drops a few times a day can help there.<br><br>
If you want to get off the bc pill, the iud is being used more frequently these days. They can be used on women who haven't been pregnant, can stay in for years, and can be removed if the woman wants to conceive. There is a hormone-free copper one that coincidently my daughter is getting put in next week.
 
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