Figuring out birth control (and your life) is so hard, especially when you can’t seem to find a method that works for your body. It’s a process of trial, error, and understanding your body. As you can see, this is my second experience with an IUD.
If you haven’t read about my first experience with the Paraguard IUD, check out my story here.
Why would I go back if it expelled the first time?
Well, I really don’t have an answer for you. I was going to get the arm implant, but the only reason I didn’t get it was because the doctor I was with had never done an implant before. And I’m high key paranoid that I would get some kind of nerve damage with the implant. (I know it’s rare, but I’m paranoid.) And I’ve heard so many negative things about the shot, so that was a no go, too.
I started dating my boyfriend in April of 2019, and as we started to get serious, we decided that I needed to get back on birth control so we would have a back up method. We found a clinic that gives birth control to women under 26 for free. You heard me. FREE. If you live in the greater Denver Metro area, let me know if you want the name. I’ll hook a sister up.
In June of 2019 I decided to get a progesterone only IUD (Kyleena.) To my surprise this insertion process only took about 5 minutes. But I also triple warned the doctors that I had a very difficult cervix to work with, so everyone was prepared this time. I won’t lie; it wasn’t all butterflies and rainbows, it still hurt like a mother f******.
From June until now (January 2020), I have a few complaints about my now hormonal IUD.
- As all doctors and labels will warn you, hormonal birth control can compliment your depression. AKA: my depression looms over me more than usual. I never want to do anything, and I can be super moody, which is annoying.
- I have almost NO sex drive whatsoever. I’ve had this problem before, but never this bad.
- Last but not least, my hair is thinning out so bad. I thought it was stress at first, but I’ve read about so many other women experiencing the same thing with the same IUD.
Those are the only complaints I have right now. (knock on wood) As soon as my new insurance kicks in, I’m scheduling an appointment with a gyno to voice my concerns. I refuse to have the first IUD experience be a repeat. Be an advocate for yourself and your reproductive health.
How is your birth control journey?