chancycat (chancycat) wrote in iud_divas,

Paragard doubts: 3 months in and considering removal in favor of the Pill.

I posted this over on reddit, but not many people have responded. Figure I'd have more luck over here!

I'm not terribly comfortable with the idea of hormonal birth control. Tricking my body into thinking it's pregnant all the time and then suddenly pulling back the curtain to tell it that it's not pregnant and can bleed for a week, does not really jive well with me. I'm more of an all natural kinda gal, and I question how safe it really is for our bodies. Plus, I'm wary of all the side effects and have had a bad experience in the past, though I think that had more to do with the pill I was on than hormonal BC itself.

So, I got the Paragard Copper IUD three months ago, but I'm considering taking it out because I've been having pain during sex. Last time it was really scary and I thought the damn thing was falling out. I had this intense pinching pain and some cramps. Way worse than any pain I'd had before. It wasn't falling out, but now I get anxious about it during sex, which isn't exactly an aphrodisiac.

Additionally, my periods are beastly. The cramps are better this month than previously, but I'm borderline menorrhagic with how much I've been bleeding each month. I have to change my diva cup every 6 hours, and just this morning I bled through it in only 3 hours!! I used to be able to change it once every TWELVE hours. Also, people on the internet talk a lot about potential copper toxicity. Something I hadn't come across as I was researching this IUD before I got it put in, but now I'm like o.O seriously? Is that for real?

I could really just use some advice cause I feel like I'm looking at the lesser of two evils here, but don't know which is which.

What makes birth control pills a good option for those of you on them? Can anyone convince me that they're actually quite harmless to be on?

Anyone have the Paragard that has any tips or knowledge to impart about it? They say these side effects go away with time, but that's not true for everyone, so I'm a bit anxious about it. If I'm going to have to worry about pain during sex all the time, is it really worth it? There's always condoms, but me and my SO aren't the most responsible with them, despite our best efforts.

TL;DR I got a copper IUD 3 months ago and it's come with pain during sex and beastly heavy periods. I am unsatisfied. I instinctively feel like hormonal BC is bad for the body, but am willing to consider it because I don't think there are better options out there. Any insight or help would be much appreciated.

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