Advantages Non hormonal, doesn't damage the ecosytsem and avoids ethical issues, lasts 10 years.
Disadvantages Periods were ever so slightly heavier, but not very hard at all to cope with.
I had the T-Safe 380 copper IUD inserted about a month ago. To give you some background, I am a 20 y.o. who is nulliparous and has regular, short and light periods naturally, studying full time at university (very busy schedule, likely to forget taking BC pills etc.) and I am in a monogamous relationship with my boyfriend of two years. I have never touched a hormone in my life and never wish to either. I am almost definite that I do not want children in future life as well so a sterilisation would have been ideal for me, however a lot of professionals would not follow through because of my age. Alas, the copper IUD seemed to be the next best thing: hormone-free, MORE effective than hormonal BC pills (with an average of LESS than just 1 woman out of 100 accidentally falling pregnant with the IUD in 5 years! Source: FPA: Sexual Health Direct), I don't have to remember to take it every day and it is effective for up to 10 years! For women that do want children at a later date the IUD can be easily removed by a clinician with fertility instantly restored and unaffected. When I first read up about this 18 months ago it sounded almost completely ideal but I was scared about the side effects and the actual procedure itself, after reading lots of horror stories online.My boyfriend had been very patient with me with us using solely male condoms over the last 2 years, so after building up the guts I called the local GUM clinic in town to arrange to have one done. There was a small waiting list (had to wait about 2 weeks) because it was done on the NHS, so I didn't have to spend even a penny woohoo! All those incentives, why did I put it off so long just because some other women didn't have a good time with it? Remember you are your own person and your reaction will be totally unique. Before you have the device fitted I had to be checked for any STIs that I could have potentially received from my boyfriend (although very unlikely), so I needed to go for a routine checkup. This was my first time ever in a place like that and I found the general swab taking etc. a bit weird but not uncomfortable, the nurse was very friendly and reassuring (she wasn't doing my IUD). Then she told me I didn't need to go in the day before because I was going to get the checks done right before the insertion (I had to get up at stupid o'clock to go in for it too - d'oh!). So after the swabbing she gave me some one-off dose of Azithromycin antibiotics just in case I had something. My God, I was really glad I had the check done a day before insertion. The antibiotics had some very adverse effects on me and I had to try my best to not throw up my entire gut contents and I had the sh*ts all next morning. Could you imagine all of that and your body getting used to the IUD at the same time?
Anyway, the next day in the afternoon I had the insertion procedure (which was now quicker because I had already had the routine checks the day before). I sat down with the woman who then spent the next 10 minutes chatting with me, making sure I wanted to get this done.
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