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I posted this here because birth control talk is healthy and exploring reproductive health issues is a must for all women. Anyway, I've been on BC pills for about 4 years now. I feel it is time for me to be off of them (I am almost 35 and history of blood clots in family) They have worked great for me, but I am wondering about IUD's. If you have one (had one) did you like it? What are the drawbacks? Did you choose copper or the hormone impregnated one? Trying to make an educated decision by researching and hearing from other women. Thanks!
 

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If you have cramps, heavy bleeding, or clots with your periods, the IUD will make them 50 times worse. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Rainbow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rainbow peace">
 

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I got a copper iud last march. I haven't had any problems so far. Even the mini-pill was causing issues for me (emotionally), so I wanted to avoid hormones all together. I've also had my 2 and am done, but dh and I aren't comfortable with surgical options. I'm still nursing (ds is 15 mo), so I still haven't had a cycle yet to see what happens.
 

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I have the Mirena IUD, which releases very small amounts of progesterone. Women who choose this IUD <i>usually</i> don't have periods. That is the main reason I chose it. After my first was born, I got my first pp period at 14 months. After never having PMS in my life, it was so bad that I actually considered checking myself in to a psych hospital. It was THAT bad. My next two cycles were the same. Thankfully I got pregnant again after that. I got my Mirena put in when ds was 6 months old, just so I don't have to go through that horribleness again. Anyway, I had spotting and cramping after insertion, but haven't even noticed anything since. I love it. Oh, and the progesterone is very minimal, so it's completely safe for breastfeeding. Good luck making your choice!
 

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I also have the Mirena IUD. I have a long history of problems with BC, but besides the initial discomfort, I've had no problems with this.<br><br>
Note: I was told by some that it would help with my problem with endometriosis, while others said it wouldn't. It has been almost a year and I've had some light spotting but no real periods, which means the endo isn't active. It has helped a great deal. I have no pain. If it hasn't stopped the progression, it sure has slowed it down.<br><br>
Another note: The last time I got mastitis I took an intense regimen of echinacea tincture. It boosted my immune system, which got rid of the mastitis quickly, but seemed to cause my body to reject the IUD. I felt tenderness in my cervix, but as soon as I stopped taking the echinacea, the tenderness subsided. Makes sense, really.<br><br>
Besides the Mirena IUD being unnatural (which bothers me), I'd have to say I'm in favor of it.
 
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