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Copper IUD: My Birth Control Experience & Update

I’m saving sexxxyyy time for my marriage but my wedding is on May 12 and this girl needs to be PREPARED. Call me lame for being old school, doesn’t matta to me, I hear it allll the time (kind of used to da hate at this point). I’m confident in being different and I think everyone should stay strong to who they are and what they believe. As you know, when I set out on this blogging journey, my goal has always been to be as authentic and transparent as possible! I love sharing my life with you all, so that should also include topics that are seemingly taboo to discuss for the whole world (wide web) to read! So here we go… Birth control, my copper IUD experience (gasp!) For me, knowledge is power, which is why I choose to share my experiences openly and honestly!

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I made the decision to go with the copper IUD for several reasons:

1. It’s a long-term option. Jordan and I would love to start a family—someday—but now is not that time. Our lives are busy with our new @sassyclub adventure, not to mention taking care of our four-legged, fur baby, Hazel girl, who has infant-diva-like tendencies. Right now, she’s the only “child” we need.

2. It’s a “set it and forget it” option. I didn’t want to have to remember to take a pill everyday (I would TOTALLY forget), or deal with the stress of forgetting and the “what ifs” that come with that. Also, the IUD is non-hormonal, which was a HUGE draw for me. One time I went on birth control for Accutane. It made me super depressed, I didn’t even want to go to our Homecoming in highschool (and I had a hawt date!)

3. It’s a reliable option. Like many other birth control routes, the IUD is extremely effective. Several of my friends in the medical field (LOL I HAZ SMART FRANDZ) recommended getting an IUD. This, combined with the reasons mentioned above, brought me to the conclusion that this was the best choice for me!

So my decision was made—but next came the actual process. (EEEEK) I had heard lots of horror stories of women with terrible experiences getting the IUD, but I trusted my doctor and reminded myself that everyone has a different experience! So was I scared? Yes! But I largely didn’t know what to expect, so I went in with a positive attitude, hoping for the best.

The 10-minute procedure itself was a breeze. “Hey, this isn’t so bad!” I thought. So easy, in fact, I went furniture shopping IMMEDIATELY afterward! The doctor warned that I would likely experience some cramping, and that my subsequent periods could be heavy as a result of my body adjusting to the IUD. Nevertheless, I walked out of the office feeling pretty good, happy with my choice, and relieved it was over.

Fast forward three hours: There I was, laying on my bed in the fetal position with abdominal pain unlike anything I’d ever felt before. When Jordan got home, he lovingly whipped up a DIY heating roll to place on my tummy and lower back.  (What a gem, right!?).

So, yeah, the cramps were brutal. But the good news is that they didn’t last long. Within two days much of the cramping had subsided and I felt completely normal again, with occasional spotting. And even though it’s only been about a week since the procedure, I’m confident and happy in my birth control choice, and would encourage others to consider it as well (or talk to your doc cuz what do I know).

I’m glad I made the decision to get the copper IUD when I did, as doctors note that it can take your body a few months to adjust and regulate. Knowing that our wedding was approaching, I wanted to be sure that this process was all behind me well before the big day, so I could relax and enjoy myself! Since I had the insertion, I was only in pain for 24 hours total and since then have not had many side effects for spotting here and there and some minimal cramping when I run. Overall, I totally think it has been worth it but I guess I need 3 more months to establish a solid opinion. 

UPDATE: I went back for a routine check up in April to see if the IUD was still in the right place. Turns out my body rejected the implant and the IUD was in my cervix. My doctor had to immediately remove it. Removing hurt a little more for me than getting it placed but maybe because I was not mentally prepared. This was pretty frustrating because since I am self employed, my medical insurance has a very high deductible / does not cover the copper IUD. I paid over $900 out of pocket for the IUD and my body rejected it. I always knew there was a slim chance this could happen was just crossing my fingers I wouldn’t be one of them.

Since then, I decided to take the pill because my insurance doesn’t cover the alternative to the Copper IUD, Nexplanon (the birth control implant that goes in your arm). Today was my first day on it and it has been terrible. I’m taking the brand Tri-Lo-Sprintec and I feel extremely nauseous and irritable. I was on the phone with my mom laughing and the laugh somehow morphed into a sobbing cry and I HAVE NO IDEA WHY. I wasn’t even sad!! Now I am just super moody and it’s awful. (Sorry, Cassidy!!)

Anyway, if y’all have any questions – I will try to answer them in between eating Cheetos and chocolate.

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20 Comments

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    Carly T Young
    January 26, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you for this post, Dani!!! You are the absolute best for your transparency and honesty.

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    Katelyn
    January 26, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    I think it’s AMAZING you guys are saving the “special time” (hehe) for marriage! My husband and I waited too, it was extremely hard but totally worth it. My husband was actually my first kiss too (I was 23)! Anyways, I love how honest you are about your decisions and how you share them with us! I know you’re inspiring so many girls. So keep on being you! 🙂

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    Karlie Colleen
    January 26, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Omg our stories are literally identical! I was mainly drawn to it because it’s the only birth control on the market with no hormones! And I did NOT was hormones!

    Abyways, I wanted to let you know so you are prepared your period will get MUCH heavier! I mean every girl is different but at least be prepared. My first period on the IUD I was at work and bled through my pants three times that day, ( I kept changing pants from ones I had in my car, lol) I was going through the super tampons within 30 minutes. It was crazy!!! It was super heavy for about two days and then went to normal and that happened for my first 3-5 periods and then it regulated out! I have had my IUD for almost two years now and I haven’t had any problems with it.

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    Leah
    January 27, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Love you for sharing this! I think more people need to hear that IUDs are not. that. scary. I got the Mirena a little over a year ago, and I’ve never looked back!

    I literally told my doctor I was ready for the “big pain” and was shocked when she told me she was already finished!! I had cramps and light periods for about 9 months, now I’m totally dry and painless 🙂

    I chose Mirena because I wanted less/no periods, a long-lasting time window, and my doctor informed me that the device has less hormones in it than one month’s dosage of birth control pills (and mine lasts 5 years) so the hormone release is super slow!

    One thing I heard about the copper IUD—periods are worse than your natural cycle. My best advice for the cramping is to take actual period pain relievers (Midol, Pamprin, etc.) Those helped me so much more than Tylenol when I was still adjusting.

    Long story short—best of luck! I appreciate you sharing content on such an important topic, and I hope I can help someone out there with my comment as well!

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    Wendy
    January 27, 2018 at 5:18 am

    Hello! Love your transparency. I had the Copper IUD for 6 years. First 3 months I bled a lot like how one of the readers had mentioned. I bled through my pants. That was the downside but overall I was happy with it. I took it off 6 years later because my periods would last 10 days in the 5th and 6th year. Bummer! Once I took it off, I got pregnant within 2 months. Hope to read about your 3 month experience!

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    Maggie
    January 27, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    I’m on my fifth month of accutane right now and would love to see a post on your experience, products you used, and what your skin is like post-accutane. It is really hard to find real experiences online regarding accutane.

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    Mary
    January 28, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    I’ve had an IUD (skyla) and I haven’t had any issues (I tell everyone that they should use an iud instead of other birth control). I have been on birth control-all different types, since I was 15 (I’ve had issues with cysts and endometriosis). It has been the best option I’ve found. I love not having to take a pill or shot! Also, most normal birth control can be messed up by taking an antibiotic and I think the iud is more reliable (so that’ll be great since you want to wait to expand your family)! Hope you continue to have a good experience! Just get your check ups to make sure your string is intact and you can even check it yourself if you ever get worried! Also, I’ve had friends say their husbands can sometimes feel it during intercourse, so if that happens for y’all then you’ll know it’s in place (idk how common it is, but I’m a worry -a lot- (haha) so I would love for my husband to be able to tell me that if he felt it).

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    Brittany
    February 4, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    I love your transparency on the subject. Topics like these need to be discussed more! I can’t say I’d go with an IUD but my friends that have are happy with their choice! Also, just for clarity, not all IUDs are hormone free. The Copper IUD is (the one you have) but other IUDs do have hormones. Just in case people are wondering!

    Brittany | thechicette.com

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    Yesenia
    March 22, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    I have an IUD and i love it. I dont have to worry about it and its the best decision i have made.

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    Ann S
    May 2, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    I got the Paragard and have had no issues! I had lot of pain initially and some twinging but it hasn’t moved. I originally was taking sprintec and it was a nightmare. I became a crazy person and lost all motivation to workout or ve active and it made me gain weight. Non hormonal was a godsend for me. Hope it all works out for you!

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    Kate
    May 2, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Birth control made me super depressed the first time I took it too!! My dosage was apparently way way too high for a first time user. I went off of it for a year but when I got a new boyfriend I decided to try it again, because of the similar horror stories I had heard with IUD and the arm implant I really didn’t want to try either of those options.

    I’m not a doctor, but going to a lower dosage of birth control helped me a lot and while mood swings are still a little part of the package, I have found that it’s less horrible with a lower dose. I take levonorgestrel (.15mg/.03mg) and I would definitely recommend it!! Hope you feel better and start having a better experience staying safe!!!! I love your transparency and admire it, this isn’t talked about enough

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    Ellen
    May 2, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Dani, I’m so sorry you’re having such big issues with the IUD and now birth control pills! I wanted to comment and let you know that you have another option for family planning that doesn’t involve all of these crazy side effects. It’s called Natural Family Planning, and there are various methods you can use to either get pregnant, avoid pregnancy, or just figure out what’s going on with your body during your cycle! I really encourage you to look into a method that works for you and your fiancé. You can take a quiz to figure out what’s best for you at https://naturalwomanhood.org/quiz-choose-fertility-awareness-method/

    I want you to have an awesome marriage that involves BOTH people in the family planning experience! NFP isn’t easy, but it’s so worth it.

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    Leigh
    May 2, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Dani! I love your honesty and transparency, it’s what keeps me coming back! As for the birth control – just give it some time and your body will adjust. And if not, there are plenty of other brands on the market! I had to switch to a progesterone only pill because pills with estrogen made me crazy. Maybe that’ll be an option for you! Good luck and feel better!

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    Angelica
    May 2, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us! When I got married I was on the same pill as you are (a little over a year ago) Being on the pill sucks! You don’t have to worry about having babies but there are many other things that your body will experiment with the pill. I had read about the Family Awareness method, and finally decided to give it a try about four months ago. I love not being on the pill anymore, and not altering the normal hormanal balance of my body. What I love he most about this method is that I get to understand my body and get to know myself better every day! I got the book Taking Charge of my fertility from Amazon. Also there is a body basal thermometer named Daysy that I have been dying to try, but it’s just a little expensive for my right now. I hope you can find the best method for yoy and your body!

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    LP
    May 3, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    I love your honestly and transparency, and the fact that you’re saving yourself! But it breaks my heart to see you going through such pain and emotional rollercoasters! Birth control definitely did the same to me and I had to get off of it after a year of weekly meltdowns over nothing haha! I discovered the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” and it saved my life! It’s a little high maintenance but it won’t hurt you or mess up your hormones. Plus I find comfort in the fact that it’s essentially what women have been doing since the beginning of time to get or not get pregnant. Just a suggestion, but for me it was totally worth not having pain or constant meltdowns and enjoying my first few years of marriage!

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    Savannah
    May 3, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I had an IUD and just got it taken out in January. March would have been 3 years that i had it. I never had a period on it until i had it for about 2 years. I would spot and have a light period and then i started getting bad UTI’s. My gyno couldn’t figure out why and even referred me to a urologist. They called it a “chronic” UTI that i had for over 6 months and i took just about every antibiotic in the book and they said that it was drug resistant at that point. They suggested i get my IUD removed and to start the pill instead to see if that helped. So i literally got it taken out the next morning and was finally infection free a week later. So even though my insurance covered my IUD only making it around $100, i racked up the costs from all the medicines real quick. So maybe God was trying to save you more money by you rejecting it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    I started the pill after, i was on Lo loestrin and my boobs got extremely tender very quickly, i was irritable, crying (which is so weird for me) and i could just tell it was my BC pill making me feel that way. I didn’t even take it for a month and went back and told my gyno. She told me not to worry and not to feel bad that this happens all the time and we would keep changing it until it was right. I am now taking Lutera and have been for 3 months and it works great for me. I have no side effects and no weight gain at all. You know your body best so listen to what it’s telling you. Sending prayers and good luck!

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    Hannah
    May 3, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Dani! I am so following this to hear your updates. I am getting married in August and my future husband and I have waited…which means this is the first experience with birth control I will have! I am debating on what method to try and I appreciate you sharing your experiences so so much. THANKS A MILLION!

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    Paige
    May 3, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Hey Dani!

    Loved hearing about your experience. Don’t get so down about the IUD. I know it was unfortunate that you had to pay a pretty penny for that but I have been taking the pill since I was 15 (22 now) and it has been nothing but great. Got the pill to control my periods because of heavy bleeding and AWFUL pain from cramps. Mood all depends on how you treat it. I stopped thinking about the pill itself and thought of it as my morning vitamin instead. It truly has helped with my look on the world and my life. I am always happy and upbeat everyday still today even thought my pill has been changed from brand to brand due to insurance. Keep positive!

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    Abigail
    September 24, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    I always reacted badly to birth control, especially horomonally. I just got put on Lo Lo Estrone BC and I haven’t had any horomonal side effects which is amazing! It’s the lowest dose of birth control and I haven’t had any complaints with it. I’m sorry your IUD failed 🙁

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