I thought since I am at the five month point, now would be a appropriate time to share an update with you gals ( and guys). An update on what? Well, my copper IUD aka welcome to the blood bath.
If you haven’t heard, I had a copper IUD inserted on July 8th 2017, because of all the troubles I was having with the birth control pill. I’ve written about both of these topics separately, so if would want some background I shall link them for you at the bottom of this post.
Today we will be chatting about the five months since having my copper IUD inserted.
In short, it has been swell. The birth control pill was such a nightmare for me, that pretty much nothing could be worse, so my expectations weren’t very high to be honest. I just needed something that was better, not great, better.
The two major things I was warned about when choosing the copper IUD are;
One; they can ( and likely will ) make your periods heavier. Hence the reason you should not get a copper IUD unless you have a very light – light base line period.
Two; the level of cramping you will have can increase drastically.
Before I jump into the side effects I want to give a small amount of attention to the week or two after the IUD was inserted. So, these two weeks were the worst. I was very bloated for a solid week after the IUD was inserted. It makes sense, because you do have a foreign object placed in you body. I also got my first period at the time the IUD was inserted and this period was the heaviest my period had ever been. But, it did get better, I promise.
Let’s start with the first side effect.
Increased menstrual flow.
I wasn’t blessed with a super fast metabolism , incredible math skills or the ability to effectively manage money. BUT I was blessed with a very light period. So at least I won that lottery. Needless to say, I was pretty apprehensive at the thought of a heavier period, especially after I read online forums about copper IUD’s titled “ Welcome to the Blood Bath”.
To my delight it wasn’t that bad. The first period I had with my new IUD was worse than they used to be. Not crazy, aka no blood bath, but heavier than I was used to. I was pretty grumpy about this, but was thankful that it wasn’t as bad as I had expected.
Since having my copper IUD inserted I have had around five periods and the past two or three have been light. They are pretty much the same as they were prior to the IUD. Day two and three are slightly heavier, but I mean SLIGHTLY and the last four days are as they were before. Plus, my period are regular, once a month for six days, no spotting.
In conclusion. The heavier periods, are not a side effect that I have found effect me.
The cramping. This is a side effect that I have felt greatly. Prior to the IUD I would have cramps a couple days before my period started and maybe for the first day or two of my period. They would definitely be manageable, and a 3 or 4 on the pain scale.
With my IUD the cramping is much worse. I will start cramping almost a week before I get my period and somedays they are so bad that I pop 4-5 Ibuprofen a day. I know that is not ideal, but I have to function… I can’t lay on my bed with a heating pad all day long.
To wrap this up, a heavier period is not an issue, the cramping is THE side effect for me. Overall I have liked the copper IUD. It lasts for five years, it cost me $80 and I haven’t noticed any other side effects other than the cramping.