August 31st, 2013

IUD...or no IUD, that is the question?!

Hello all!
I've been following this site for a few weeks now gaining information about IUDs and trying to decide if its something I want or not...
Little about me, im 24, no kids, and I have been on the same HBC pill for the last 7 years. I never had any problems with the hormones in the pill.

I know there are the 3 main different ones out right now, (para, mirena, skyla) and I honestly have no idea which one I would choose in the first place. My concerns about mirena and skyla are risking weight gain and acne due to the localized hormones. Bad acne runs in my family, I battled with it as a teen and the pill helped me with it. My body is so used to taking a little pill every day the thought of going off of it scares me to be quite honest :)
I'm not opposed to switching off hormones altogether and going with Paraguard either, but I don't want my body to go completely haywire by doing that.

So anyway, looking for thoughts/experiences/suggestions about this...ideally those of you who have been on the pill for a long time and then made the switch to one of the IUDs. Pain doesn't bother me, and I do not want kids any time soon.

Thank you ladies! Any advice is appreciated

Post-Paragard Removal Update

So I had my Paragard taken out Thursday! I loved my little copper buddy, but my partner got his vasectomy cleared, so I thought I might as well see if my periods would be better without it, since it's redundant anymore anyway.

I was nervous, but honestly, the worst part was the speculum. We got set up, she asked if I was ready, there was a tiny cramp, and it was all over. In like, half a second. So easy! And she let me keep it. :P I had to wash it off, obviously, and I don't know what I'll do with it, but it seemed wrong to just throw it away. I sat up a little too quickly afterward and got dizzy, but was good to go within a few minutes, no problem. Sex was fine a few hours later, too, but I think my orgasms feel slightly different now? In a good way, but I still didn't expect that. It makes some amount of sense, with uterine contractions and such... Anyway, fun fact I guess.

So yeah! I've got a week to go before my period, but there was no post-removal bleeding or cramping for me at all. :)