Haven't posted much here but I've been lurking alot....
I had the copper IUD for 10 yrs, and am going in to get another one in a few weeks. I LOVED the IUD. I stopped the pill because the hormones were awful, I'm allergic to latex so condoms were out, and I didn't want to have to think about BC every day. The copper IUD was perfect for me.
Here are the highs and lows as far as my experience went:
- Insertion was not pleasant - felt like very heavy period cramps. But I expect getting the second one now that I've had a baby will be no big deal. Taking it out was quick and painless.
- It did cause HEAVY periods with cramping for the first three months after insertion. Like super absorbency tampon AND pad and needed to change frequently. After that, my periods returned to normal, which for me was not bad.
-I had my husband check the positioning for the first few months (I have short fingers and couldn't feel the string) to make sure it didn't slip down. I guess some people expel the IUD - but *usually* if that doesn't happen in first few months it won't happen (not always).
-After that, I didn't think about bc for 10 years.
-I never felt the IUD inside me, never had an infection, never had cramping or anything (that was due to the IUD).
- Once I had it removed and wanted to get pregnant, I succeeded in the second month - so fertility returned right away.
- I liked that if I did have issues with the IUD, I could have it removed at anytime. Not like hormonal bc where there will always be lag time for it to leave your system.