When I started Satisfy Her Soul, I was on a mission to empower, inspire and support women. Above all, this is the main reason I love blogging. I want to share stories, experiences and positivity as well as create a safe space for women to turn to in this sometimes overwhelming online world. However, I never expected I would be sharing such personal information as what I am about to share with you today. Exactly one year ago, I got a Copper IUD, also known as the Paragard. I have decided to share with you my personal experience so far, in case it helps any other young ladies who are thinking about this method of contraception.
Disclaimer: As a 25 year old, I feel comfortable discussing this topic. If you do not wish to read about this topic, please feel free to jump to another blog post.
When making the decision to get a Copper IUD, I was able to find the medical statistics online, but struggled to find information by real women who have had the procedure. For this reason, I have decided to share a few of the pros & cons I have experienced in the past year in hopes it may help somebody else. It is a very important topic of conversation that we as women should not feel ashamed to speak about, in my opinion.
What is the Copper IUD?
The Copper IUD, or Paragard, is a non-hormonal version of an intrauterine device intended for long-term contraception. It can last 3-10 years, depending on the brand.
How is it inserted?
It is inserted in a 10 minute procedure, very similar to a pap-test. A speculum is inserted into the vagina, your cervix is cleaned with an antiseptic solution, and then a small tube inserts the Copper IUD past your cervix into the uterus. Two small strings remain in the vaginal canal until the device is removed, years later.
Does it hurt?
Yes. Everybody is different, but I experienced very severe lower abdominal cramping for about 30 seconds after insertion. It was like a period cramp on steroids. Very unpleasant but worth the pain in the end. I have never experienced childbirth, but it makes me cringe at the thought of bad contractions because I can only imagine it will be similar to that pain.
Did the pain last?
I was a little bit uncomfortable the afternoon and evening of the procedure, but by the next day I felt much better.
Does it affect your period?
Yes, it can. Personally, I experienced way more pain and cramping, pre-menstruation. During menstruation, my period was a lot heavier and lasted a couple days longer. After about 5-6 months, my symptoms lessened and I now experience my normal cycle.
Why choose the Copper IUD?
Because of the history of heart disease in my family, hormonal birth control methods such as the pill, or Mirena (Hormonal IUD) are not the best option for me. My doctor recommended I switch from the pill to the non-hormonal Copper IUD, and after researching the pros and cons, I agreed and went ahead with the procedure.
How effective is it?
Aside from abstinence or a vasectomy (permanent contraception), the Copper IUD is the most effective! Take a look at this chart from Buoy Health:
Is it worth it?
It is extremely nice not to worry about taking a pill the same time, every single day. I won’t need to worry contraception for years, which is comforting. As much as the initial pain was awful, I believe it was worth it. I like the fact that there are no long-term side effects that could harm you, it is extremely effective, and you can get it taken out at anytime if you so choose.
That being said, keep in mind this method of contraception does not prevent against sexually transmitted infections. It is also fairly expensive, but it’s a one-time fee and is probably less expensive in the long-run to many other types of contraception.
Like I mentioned, everyone’s experience will slightly vary. However, I hope my review of the Copper IUD helps someone with their decision.
Again, I believe we should never feel ashamed or embarrassed when speaking about sexual health. It is important to help educate and inform our fellow females and young couples about various options.
If you have any questions about the Copper IUD/my experiences with it so far, please reach out. I will definitely get back to you.
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