Men who subscribe to my feed? You might want to back away slowly from this post. It's lady talk time. Hi/bye Papa!
Since I had the revelation that just because I don't want my tubes tied it doesn't mean I have to have more babies, I have been researching birth control. It almost makes me want to just keep getting pregnant so I don't have to deal with it (almost). There are so many opinions and so many options out there that it's hard to know where to begin.
This is why you always begin with your doctor. Dur. Which is exactly what I did. When I told him that I officially did not want my tubes tied, but I was interested in what options were available out there in terms of long-term, non-hormonal, reversible birth control, his immediate response was the copper IUD (or ParaGuard).
To give you a little background: birth control pills are not for me. I have tried the NuvaRing and I have tried several varieties of traditional pills, and both succeeded in making me a raging hormonal nightmare. I had weird side effects like extra sweaty hands, feet, and armpits, not to mention I was prone to epic emotional meltdowns for no apparent reason just three days before my expected period EVERY SINGLE MONTH! I was a delight on the pill, let me tell you. So, with my husband's support and encouragement I quit the pill several years before we began talking about trying to have kids. We became an, er, barrier method couple. Which worked out fine. I didn't get pregnant until I was trying to, and there was never a failure birth control-wise. It wasn't until later that when I actually looked into hormonal birth control and I realized that I actually had some major moral objections to birth control in this form (if you must know, I take issue with the notion that it does not prevent conception, only implantation). So! It only confirmed our decision. Moving on.
Now that I am an older lady, looking onward to twenty-ish more years of fertility that I fully intend to waste with my particularly virile partner (dudes, we've been pregnant 5 times ... that I know of), the idea of a copper IUD appeals to me in theory. No fuss! Reversible! Set it and forget it! I am told that the side effects of a copper IUD are minor and include heavier bleeding during periods, which doesn't bother me as I don't have issues with this, but I want to know more than what the internet and my doctor can tell me. Ladies? Are you out there?! Have you tried a copper IUD/ParaGuard? Does it, er, poke your partner? Did you get pregnant whilst using one? What is your experience and/or opinion? If you want to email me or comment here, either is welcome, as is any and all information you can pass on. I have read about some rough side effects with Mirena. I am planning to pick up race training as soon as I can after this baby is born (the first race tentatively on the docket is the LA Marathon in March ... we shall see about that big, hairy goal), and if any of you athlete mamas out there have anything to add that would be super helpful.
So. What your experience with IUDs? Yea or nay?