Hi beautiful. I am extremely excited to talk about this topic today because I hope this post can help women out there looking into birth control methods. If you’re sexually active, and do not want to get pregnant, than you should definitely look into birth control and talk to your doctor about what birth control method is right for you. The reason I want to talk to you about the IUD is because I have first hand experience with it, and I want to make sure women are aware of what the good and bad are for some of us, when it comes to using this method for birth control.
IUD stands for Intrauterine Device, which is a device placed inside your uterus by your doctor. It is a small piece of flexible plastic, shaped like a T. It is a tiny device that put into your uterus, by your doctor, to prevent pregnancy. Its long-term, reversible, and one of the most effective birth control method out there.
There are two different types of IUDs. There are the copper IUDs and hormonal IUDs
How do they work?
They both prevent pregnancy by changing the way sperm cells move so they can’t get to an egg. If sperm can’t get to an egg, pregnancy can’t happen.
The copper IUD uses copper to prevent pregnancy. Sperm doesn’t like copper, so the IUD makes it almost impossible for sperm to get to that egg. It protects you from pregnancy for up to 12 years.
The hormones in the hormonal IUDs prevent pregnancy by thickening the mucus that lives on the cervix, which blocks and traps the sperm, and the hormones also sometimes stop eggs from leaving your ovaries. No egg, no pregnancy. It protects you against pregnancy from 3 to 6 years, depending on the brand.
Before I talk further about the IUD, let me remind you that this is my own personal experience and other women may have totally different experiences than I have.
My personal experience
I have been having my IUD for about 14 months now, before that I was using the pill for birth control. I have always gone to planned parenthood when it comes to birth control. When I was talking to my doctor about which type of IUD was right for me, she immediately recommended a hormonal IUD because of how much smaller they are than the copper one. She recommended the copper one to women who have had kids already, because women who have not had kids have a smaller cervix. She showed me the Mirena IUD and the Copper one and there is a vast difference in size. So I went with the hormonal Mirena IUD.
- It Last 6 Years
- this was the main reason I decided to switch birth control methods. I was tired of having to take a pill every day at the same hour. What I love about the IUD is that I do not have to do anything for 6 years and I am still protected against pregnancy. I got the brand Mirena. Different brands have different longevity.
- They Last For Years, But Are Not Permanent.
- If 3-12 years are too long and you want to start/extend your family, you can always go to your doctor, and get it taken out immediately.
- It Has Made My Period Lighter.
- It Is The Most Effective Birth Control Method, Other Than Abstinence.
- It Is Convenient
- It Is Private
- It Has To Be Inserted In Your Uterus.
- Not going to lie, when I got my IUD placed in, it was painful. Not a level 10 type of pain, but around a 7. The process didn’t take long, it took a few minutes, but it felt like a long time. The pain I experienced, I would describe as a huge period like cramp, and it just felt like a lot of discomfort. By the time my doctor told me she was done I was so relived because I had already started to sweat from the pain and discomfort I was in. Once the device was inserted most of my pain went away, except for some slight cramping that lasted a couple of days.
- Irregular Bleeding and Menstrual Cramping.
- I got irregular bleeding, spotting like, for about a month after I got my IUD, and then it went away. The cramping lasted a few days after I got my IUD, and that went away as well. When I get my period I do get stronger cramps now, than I did before. I am one of those girls that hardly ever get cramps, but now I know when my period is coming because I can actually feel them, unlike before, and that only happened after getting my IUD.
- The previous cons I did not mind so much, BUT acne I did! After getting my IUD I was fine, and about 4 months into it I started getting A LOT of acne. Ive never had much acne in my life, just the normal pimple here and there, but that all changed 4 months into getting my IUD. I got so much acne and because of that I was getting so many scars. I started to buy many treatments to try to improve my skin. Luckily now I’ve tried so many things that now I know how to control it. I still don’t have complete clear skin, but it’s good enough that I do not feel insecure about it anymore, but it is something that I am still struggling with occasionally , specially when I get flare ups.
Overall, in my case the pros outweigh the cons. The only reason I would have gotten my IUD taken out, would have been if I would not have been able to control my acne. In fact, I gave myself a time frame and had decided I would have it removed if I didn’t find a solution to that problem in that time. Luckily, I am able to control most of it now. The rest of the cons are not something that bothered me too much. I would rather go through a little pain of having an IUD inserted, and have the convenience of not doing anything else for years. Like I said earlier, this was my personal experience and I have talked to many women who have had this type of birth control, and have had absolute different experiences than I have. Either way you can always try it out and if you realize you do not like it, you can have it taken out and try another type of birth control. Whichever option you choose to go with what is most important is that all you beautiful women who are not planning on getting pregnant and are sexually active, choose a birth control method and find out what is right for you. Let me know if you had the same experience I did what the IUD and/or what type of birth control method has worked best for you and would recommend. Thank you love, talk to you later!