Originally Posted by Atti11
I'm getting the copper (non-hormonal) IUD on wednesday. I saw my doctor today, and have come to the conclusion after trying extensively to use hormonal methods (different pills, the ring,) that hormones are not for me. I am an emotional wreck, gain weight, have horrible acne that doesn't affect me off of the pill, and am anxious all the time. So I am getting the copper IUD on Wednesday, and of course, still worried about the surfeit of side effects that can potential occur, as well as nervous about the entire insertion process.
I should metion that I am a soon to be engaged 23 year old woman who has never had children. I was given some presciptions to take the night before and an hour before (a painkiller and a cervical dialator).
I never have had horrible periods, and am aware that I may bleed more and ahve more cramps. I'm ok with that. I'm more worried about it getting lost or implanted or something! Can somebody calm by fears?
Since you have NOT had children, I would say that the painkillers that your doctor gave you are absolutely necessary and your doctor was extremely kind to give you them. I had mine inserted less than a month ago and I have not had children, and not to scare you, but it was extremely painful. I had to have her stop once because I almost passed out. I asked her several times before how painful it was since I hadn't had kids but she still didn't offer me ANY painkillers or anything so the whole experience wasn't one I would repeat again or would recommend to anyone who hasn't had children that are going in without anything to ease the pain or help with dilation. That stuff is definately necessary. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise - TRUST ME! Advil or Tylenol won't do the trick.
My doctor does have the Paraguard herself, so I figured if she has it, it must be a great form of birth control; and like you I was sick and tired of being a wreck on hormones. But, like any other form of BC, it has it's risks and side effects. But I was willing to take longer periods and more cramps for less moods etc... you know what I'm talking about!
But it is over 99% effective and it's actually MORE effective than any other form of BC out there. Check the website, if you haven't already! Good luck with whatever you decide. But remember, if you do, GET ALL THE PAINKILLERS! YOU CAN!