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Copper IUD: My Birth Control Experience & Update

Copper IUD Experience

 I’m saving sexxxyyy time for my marriage but my wedding is on May 12 and this girl needs to be PREPARED. Call me lame for being old school, doesn’t matta to me, I hear it allll the time (kind of used to da hate at this point). I’m confident in being different and I think everyone should stay strong to who they are. As you know, when I set out on this blogging journey, my goal has always been to be as authentic and transparent as possible! I love sharing my life with you all, so that should also include topics that are seemingly taboo to discuss for the whole world (wide web) to read! So here we go… Birth control, my copper IUD experience (gasp!) For me, knowledge is power, which is why I choose to share my experiences openly and honestly!

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I made the decision to go with the copper IUD for several reasons:

1. It’s a long-term option. Jordan and I would love to start a family—someday—but now is not that time. Our lives are busy with our new @sassyclub adventure, not to mention taking care of our four-legged, fur baby, Hazel girl, who has infant-diva-like tendencies. Right now, she’s the only “child” we need.

2. It’s a “set it and forget it” option. I didn’t want to have to remember to take a pill everyday (I would TOTALLY forget), or deal with the stress of forgetting and the “what ifs” that come with that. Also, the IUD is non-hormonal, which was a HUGE draw for me. One time I went on birth control for Accutane. It made me super depressed, I didn’t even want to go to our Homecoming in highschool (and I had a hawt date!)

3. It’s a reliable option. Like many other birth control routes, the IUD is extremely effective. Several of my friends in the medical field (LOL I HAZ SMART FRANDZ) recommended getting an IUD. This, combined with the reasons mentioned above, brought me to the conclusion that this was the best choice for me!

So my decision was made—but next came the actual process. (EEEEK) I had heard lots of horror stories of women with terrible experiences getting the IUD, but I trusted my doctor and reminded myself that everyone has a different experience! So was I scared? Yes! But I largely didn’t know what to expect, so I went in with a positive attitude, hoping for the best.

The 10-minute procedure itself was a breeze. “Hey, this isn’t so bad!” I thought. So easy, in fact, I went furniture shopping IMMEDIATELY afterward! The doctor warned that I would likely experience some cramping, and that my subsequent periods could be heavy as a result of my body adjusting to the IUD. Nevertheless, I walked out of the office feeling pretty good, happy with my choice, and relieved it was over.

Fast forward three hours: There I was, laying on my bed in the fetal position with abdominal pain unlike anything I’d ever felt before. When Jordan got home, he lovingly whipped up a DIY heating roll to place on my tummy and lower back.  (What a gem, right!?).

So, yeah, the cramps were brutal. But the good news is that they didn’t last long. Within two days much of the cramping had subsided and I felt completely normal again, with occasional spotting. And even though it’s only been about a week since the procedure, I’m confident and happy in my birth control choice, and would encourage others to consider it as well (or talk to your doc cuz what do I know).

I’m glad I made the decision to get the copper IUD when I did, as doctors note that it can take your body a few months to adjust and regulate. Knowing that our wedding was approaching, I wanted to be sure that this process was all behind me well before the big day, so I could relax and enjoy myself! Since I had the insertion, I was only in pain for 24 hours total and since then have not had many side effects for spotting here and there and some minimal cramping when I run. Overall, I totally think it has been worth it but I guess I need 3 more months to establish a solid opinion. 

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9 Comments

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    Carly T Young
    January 26, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you for this post, Dani!!! You are the absolute best for your transparency and honesty.

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    Katelyn
    January 26, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    I think it’s AMAZING you guys are saving the “special time” (hehe) for marriage! My husband and I waited too, it was extremely hard but totally worth it. My husband was actually my first kiss too (I was 23)! Anyways, I love how honest you are about your decisions and how you share them with us! I know you’re inspiring so many girls. So keep on being you! 🙂

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    Karlie Colleen
    January 26, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Omg our stories are literally identical! I was mainly drawn to it because it’s the only birth control on the market with no hormones! And I did NOT was hormones!

    Abyways, I wanted to let you know so you are prepared your period will get MUCH heavier! I mean every girl is different but at least be prepared. My first period on the IUD I was at work and bled through my pants three times that day, ( I kept changing pants from ones I had in my car, lol) I was going through the super tampons within 30 minutes. It was crazy!!! It was super heavy for about two days and then went to normal and that happened for my first 3-5 periods and then it regulated out! I have had my IUD for almost two years now and I haven’t had any problems with it.

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    Leah
    January 27, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Love you for sharing this! I think more people need to hear that IUDs are not. that. scary. I got the Mirena a little over a year ago, and I’ve never looked back!

    I literally told my doctor I was ready for the “big pain” and was shocked when she told me she was already finished!! I had cramps and light periods for about 9 months, now I’m totally dry and painless 🙂

    I chose Mirena because I wanted less/no periods, a long-lasting time window, and my doctor informed me that the device has less hormones in it than one month’s dosage of birth control pills (and mine lasts 5 years) so the hormone release is super slow!

    One thing I heard about the copper IUD—periods are worse than your natural cycle. My best advice for the cramping is to take actual period pain relievers (Midol, Pamprin, etc.) Those helped me so much more than Tylenol when I was still adjusting.

    Long story short—best of luck! I appreciate you sharing content on such an important topic, and I hope I can help someone out there with my comment as well!

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    Wendy
    January 27, 2018 at 5:18 am

    Hello! Love your transparency. I had the Copper IUD for 6 years. First 3 months I bled a lot like how one of the readers had mentioned. I bled through my pants. That was the downside but overall I was happy with it. I took it off 6 years later because my periods would last 10 days in the 5th and 6th year. Bummer! Once I took it off, I got pregnant within 2 months. Hope to read about your 3 month experience!

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    Maggie
    January 27, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    I’m on my fifth month of accutane right now and would love to see a post on your experience, products you used, and what your skin is like post-accutane. It is really hard to find real experiences online regarding accutane.

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    Mary
    January 28, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    I’ve had an IUD (skyla) and I haven’t had any issues (I tell everyone that they should use an iud instead of other birth control). I have been on birth control-all different types, since I was 15 (I’ve had issues with cysts and endometriosis). It has been the best option I’ve found. I love not having to take a pill or shot! Also, most normal birth control can be messed up by taking an antibiotic and I think the iud is more reliable (so that’ll be great since you want to wait to expand your family)! Hope you continue to have a good experience! Just get your check ups to make sure your string is intact and you can even check it yourself if you ever get worried! Also, I’ve had friends say their husbands can sometimes feel it during intercourse, so if that happens for y’all then you’ll know it’s in place (idk how common it is, but I’m a worry -a lot- (haha) so I would love for my husband to be able to tell me that if he felt it).

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    Brittany
    February 4, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    I love your transparency on the subject. Topics like these need to be discussed more! I can’t say I’d go with an IUD but my friends that have are happy with their choice! Also, just for clarity, not all IUDs are hormone free. The Copper IUD is (the one you have) but other IUDs do have hormones. Just in case people are wondering!

    Brittany | thechicette.com

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    Yesenia
    March 22, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    I have an IUD and i love it. I dont have to worry about it and its the best decision i have made.

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