Congrats on your babe!
I had a copper IUD for 3 years pre-TTC DD. I loved, loved, loved it for two of those years. For one, I hated it more than anything.
I hate hormonal bc, both physically, mentally and philosophically, so, logically, a copper IUD is about the best non-hormonal bc there is. I never worried about an oops. (also, totally compatible w/ nursing) No mood effect.
Insertion, for me, was not painful at all. That said- my MW gave me a cervical dilating med the night before insertion. She said it was optional, but I took it bc I have a tender cervix usually.
At first, I mean, for years even, it was no deal at all. My AFs were regular. Yes, they were heavy and longer, but it wasn't a huge deal.
I really liked how in control and worry-free I felt about bc. TBH, condoms/withdrawal always make me nervous and, since I wasn't a reliable pill taker bc I hated them, that made me nervous, too. So, the boost to my sex life was really good. I never realized what a downer nervous energy about bc was having on my sex life.
Honestly, it was just a nice method for me bc I didn't hardly think of it and when I did, it was comforting not "omg, what if it failed..."
It should be noted here that I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis after my IUD was out. It is possible that my symptoms I attributed to the IUD were, in fact, symptoms of my endometriosis.
That said, copper is a noted irritant and, for someone with endo, should never, ever be used in utereo bc it causes a flare of the endo and endo adhesions to form- so likely what happened to me was that I had underlying endo all the time and the 3 years of IUD use made it significantly worse.
Very unlikely it would happen to you, but I something to note if you have a family hx of endo or any reason to think you might have it.
okay, so about 2 years into my IUD, all of the sudden AF was out. of. control. Like, first day pp bleeding. Clots and blood spilling on the floor when I stood up even with my diva cup freshly in. It was a bloodbath. This would last for at least a week, and then it would taper off. I think I was on a two week bleed/two week not cycle.
Then, pain. Tho, very, very likely this was the endo, but I started having random pelvic pain, plus, oh the cramps during AF! I had a US for placement and it was fine. Sex hurt, tho, so I wasn't getting much benefit from the IUD, yk?
Eventually, almost a year after AF got out of control, I was fed up. I pulled it out myself. (w/ my MW's blessing). It was therapeutic
Anyway, my story is likely a total outlyer bc of the endo, but you never know, so I thought I'd share.
TBH, I'm actually sad I can't get one post-birth this time. Thinking about what instead bums me out. If
I didn't have endo, I would try it again, even if it meant a repeat of the bad experience I had- I just liked it that much when it was good.
ETA: OP, I just saw that this thread is pretty old- what did you end up deciding? Are you happy with it?