Thought I should post an update on the ParaGard and the followup effects. I have been lucky in that it’s been an amazing experience, and I have to say that on the whole, it was totally worth the massive copay.
(If you’re queasy about BC in general or female anatomy in general, I’d stop…reading…abouuuut….NOW.)
After the insertion, which I already blogged about, I had spotting for about two weeks. At times it was heavy-ish, but never like a period and definitely falling under the category of “to be expected”. My midwife said that it would be normal to have spotting during the first year, which I thought a bit excessive, to say the least, but it makes sense that your body is trying to re-regulate itself. In the end, all contraception is an interruption of the body’s processes, even if the method is non-hormonal. I have never felt the IUD, unless, of course, I was trying to (which you should do every few weeks to make sure it’s still around). My husband has not, either, which is something I had wondered about, having read about the Mirena and its strings being- shall we say- noticeable.
Here’s what I like: being comfortable. Being spontaneous. Allowing the romance to take place without freaking out about a possible pregnancy (especially in light of a recent birth and ovarian problems in the past). Not feeling out of control of my fertility.
Here’s what I don’t like: wondering if the ParaGard will migrate. Yes, migrate. Apparently one of the “extremely rare” side effects is that the IUD can actually take a little weekend on vacation to your body cavity….and then call in on Monday and resign permanently, deciding instead to inflict infection and surgery upon you. Not to freak anyone out. It is, after all, one of the side effects they tell you about. And in the end, it’s still better for me than hormonal methods, especially considering I’m still breastfeeding.
So, on the whole, I would say GIT ON IT, if you have that option. It’s a definite thumbs-up for me, in my situation- but, of course, talk it over with your doctor, blah blah blah… you may have issues that I do not…and vice versa. For me, the whole experience has been invaluable in that I have thought more about my reasons, my motivations, and my decisions in the face of BC, something I haven’t done seriously before. And, as a person of faith, it’s forced me to uncover my moral and ethical reasons for the decisions I make. Which, in the end, can only be good. Tough, but good. Cheers.