Originally Posted by Kikelet
I just got the Paraguard (copper IUD) and I love it so far. No hormones and I feel zero pain. I have no idea when my period will return, but when it does I am praying that it won't be too severe! I am going to chart, too. I still want to know what's going on with my body even though I have an IUD.
The only changed I noticed in my periods with the IUD was this weird thing where I'd start, have slight spotting for 2 days, stop for a day, then have my normal period. It was really weird and kind of annoying, but it was never a big deal. I did start having some really bad mid-cycle pain after I got the IUD, but after a while I decided that was ovulation pain, because it was pretty predictable when it would happen. I must just not have noticed it before having a baby or something. I am not a charter at all, but I will say that there was quite a noticeable change in my cervical mucus after getting the IUD. BIG difference. If you are charting in preparation for removal and conceiving, then that might make a difference - I have no idea.
Sayward, my husband did not really like the IUD...something about the "string" poking him all the time. lol It can cause allergic reactions in some women, some people consider it an abortifacient (it might
work that way sometimes, but not most of the time). I personally have worried about the long term effects of inserting a device that is designed
to cause irritation. However, I will say my concerns are somewhat mitigated by the fact that one study showed a decrease in the incidence of endometrial cancer in IUD users, so at the very least it doesn't look like they're increasing
the risk, although obviously it could be some other factor causing the reduction. Some people don't like the copper IUD because it's impregnated with barium sulfate, which they are afraid is radioactive (it isn't). Then there is also the increased risk of infection, the increased risk of heavier and/or more painful periods, spotting, etc. There are a lot of reasons not to like copper IUDs. (I just also happen to think there are a lot of reasons to like them.