IUD failed - what now?
October 9, 2012 7:44 AM Subscribe
My copper IUD was removed a month early - because I got pregnant. As it's been five years since I had to think about it, I was wondering what contraception to go for next.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I had a termination, and although I am very pro-choice it was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. I'm in a long-term relationship, so it isn't really feasible to avoid sex (non-penetrative sex is fun but sometimes you want regular sexytimes) and now my 99.6% effective contraception has failed - leaving me angry because I did everything I need to to avoid getting pregnant and risking my health and avoiding the risk of birth defects with the medication I take - I'm wondering what to do next.
- When I had the IUD fitted, I was on medication that meant I could not take the Pill. I'm on different medication now but I know all too well that I forget to take tablets, and I don't want to take that chance.
- I've had to take the morning-after pill twice when using condoms, so I'm wary of relying on them long-term, as well as them being a bit of a pain if you're having regular sex.
- I used Depo-Provera about ten years ago, and I found it had a severe effect on my mood. I've since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. For that reason I'm wary of hormonal methods, though I would be interested to know people's experiences on ones which are not the Pill. (Aside from NuvaRing which I don;t think you can get here.)
- The other issue with DP was that I put on a lot of weight quickly - as I take quetiapine I don't wish to add to the medication weight gain as it's got to the point where I need to take action to stay healthy.
- Although I have never wanted children, the pregnancy stirred up a lot of unexpected - and to me, uncomfortable - feelings which have made me wonder whether they will or won't be something I want, so I'm not looking at sterilisation. (GPs here are reluctant to refer women who have never had children anyway, so I would have to go private which would be expensive!)
- I'm in the UK so cost is not a factor.