Hi ladies. I am thinking seriously about switching my birth control. I've had the copper IUD for about a year now and not only is every moon is still a bloodbath but my cycles are completely irregular. They were 30 day cycles before the IUD (well before I was pg/nursing!). I also had the Mirena in between ds1 & ds2 and I bled for about 30 days after I got it, plus I had horrible mood swings and gained a lot of weight.
To top it off, I think I must have an iron deficiency because I have a major case of pica (craving potting soil--to eat. Yeah, I know!) that gets worse every moon time. I eat plenty of dark green vegs and red meat so this is pretty annoying. That would be ok to deal with (I drink nettle tea if I'm really crawling the walls), but I'm so sick of this heavy bleeding. Some months it last 9-12 days, other times it only lasts 4 days with 6 days of spotting. For my last moon I started late, then was bleeding through a super-plus tampon every half-hour (which is what usually happens on the first day).
So--if you wanted to switch...what would you get? And has anyone tried the Wild Carrot Seeds thing as a backup with a diaphragm/hbc?
I don't like the BCP because I always forget to take it, plus it gives me crazy mood swings and weight gain. I was off BC for a few years...that was great...but that was b4 I met DP. I got pg on the patch, so that's out. I was thinking of a really low-dose Nuva Ring to help get my cycle back on track and then perhaps switch to a diaphragm. We aren't really in that spontaneous place right now for DTD anytime, anywhere (2 small kids), plus DP works on the North Slope so I pretty much know when I will be DTD when he is home. The only prob with a diaphragm is that DP doesn't want any more children and he would be furious with me if I got pg (esp since he knows I want one more kid).
Please share your stories! :)