I think I am going to try the Mirena IUD this time. I can't even pretend we will use condoms. I'd rather not do it at all than use them! I can't rely on breastfeeding as AF comes back for me right after the PP bleeding stops. I'm "lucky" like that. I've had side effects from the copper IUD, Depo, and birth control pills. In the past I was okay with charting and using the pull-out method, at this point I do not want an oops baby. 100% on that. :)
Originally Posted by jbk21
Would you mind sharing your IUD experience?
I will! I had the copper IUD for 1.5 years. I bled around 10 days a month for the entire time. And it was crazy bleeding. The first night/ day or two, I actually felt weak. (This may have been in my head, though, just from seeing all the blood). There was literally nothing I could do to stop from bleeding everywhere overnight. No pad/ tampon, whatever combination, nothing. It sucked! Plus, one time mid-cycle, I got this sudden, sharp pain in my uterus and starting bleeding. Kept bleeding for days. Went to get it checked out and they said nothing was wrong. My main problem was the heavy bleeding, though. I'm going to try the Mirena because I hear it actually reduces bleeding. Plus, the hormones are localized, so I shouldn't have the side effects I did on normal forms of BC.
Honestly, I'd love it if dp would get a vasectomy. I know he wants one more kid eventually, but I don't. I feel like four is already pushing it.