I have been on birth control on and off since I was 14 years old. In the past I had done birth control pills for most of my teens and early 20's. After my first daughter I used the Nuva Ring for about a year. Now that I was a 30-something Mom of 2, I knew that remembering to take a pill everyday and finding time to get the prescription refilled every month was going to be a challenge. I loved the Nuva ring, but with the health insurance I had, it was going to be pricey. I started researching different types of birth control. I needed....
- Something that I did not have to remember to take daily
- Something that was long-term
- Something that I could stop or remove if we wanted to have another child
- Something that was cheap
That was almost 2 years ago and since then I have experienced the following:
- I was told my periods would lighten and eventually go away. HAHAHA! Not for me. About 6 months into having the IUD I had a heavy period, for 3 months straight. No joke. According to my doctor this can be a side effect.
- My normal cycles are very irregular. Instead of a 28-day cycle, mine went from 35-50 day cycles. Now with my IUD I have a 14-day cycle. I am on my period every 2 weeks.
- Instead of a lighter flow I have a super heavy flow.
- I had never had cramps before and now it feels like there is a war going on in my uterus every 2 weeks!
- PMS! I have become the stereotypical woman who goes crazy during "her time". I am pretty mild mannered and laid back but when I am PMS-ing everything people say annoys me. Okay not people, but mostly my husband. It is a real change in my personality and I don't like it.
So why after all this do I continue with my IUD. Well to be honest I am cheap. The IUD cost me a total of $20.00 for 5 years of birth control. And it is effective. My husband and I have given ourselves a few more years to decide if we want to add to our family.
When we are 100% certain we are done having kids, I will schedule his vasectomy.