The Paragard is good for you, right?
November 29, 2012 1:50 PM Subscribe
I'm getting a copper IUD next week, yay! I did a little too much background reading about it and am now totally psyching myself out, boo! Can you talk me back into being excited, or at least calm, about this decision?
posted by Be cool, sodapop to health & fitness (35 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in my mid-20s, nulliparious, and in a long-term monogamous relationship. I've never been on the pill because I can barely remember to take my antidepressants every day, and the only hormonal birth control I've ever tried is Depo Provera. Depo was a total mess. Not only did I have mood swings and breakthrough bleeding the entire 3 months I was on it, but I continued to spot almost every day for about 10 months after the shot supposedly wore off. Sucked.
I did a bunch of research about my options, asked my gyno about the Mirena, and was told that it would probably have a similar effect on me as the Depo. He recommended the Paragard instead, saying only that it might result in heavier periods and cramps. Since my periods aren't particularly bad to begin with and I get annoying-but-not-debilitating cramps for the first day or two, I figured that wouldn't be a big deal. I have no abnormal piping that I know of (apart from a sensitive cervix, whatever that means) and am not prone to UTIs or other similar problems.
Well, the actual procedure is next week, and I've done far too much reading in the intervening time on AskMe and Livejournal about all the things that can go wrong with a Paragard. The stories about cramping so much you had to lie down for 4 days after the procedure, of heavier and heavier periods for months until it was just removed altogether, of the possibility of copper poisoning and pain during sex and weight gain and anemia and AHHHHHHHH.
Back in the good old days when I was rational, I (and my doctor) clearly thought this was the best decision for me, but now I'm so anxious that I'm tempted to call and cancel my appointment altogether. I know people who are happy with their experience don't tend to speak up as much as people who really hated their experience, so there must be more happy stories about the Paragard out there. Please, tell me about how awesome my life is going to be.
Alternatively, if YANMD but are convinced that I'm making the biggest mistake of my reproductive life, feel free to tell me that, too.