Curious about IUDs? Well, I got one and here’s what happened…

Sorry, sisters. I know you want a baby Baker yesterday, but I did have an IUD inserted. Yes, I know I’m turning 30 in August and I have a ticking clock, but my husband and I are simply just not ready to have kids. Don’t get me wrong, we love kids, but right now, we are both working on establishing ourselves in our careers. So, here’s how it happened…

At the beginning of the year, I decided to stop taking the pill.  I’d been on the pill for over 10 years and did you know it’s not healthy to be on it for more than about 3 years? It has it’s benefits if you take it for up to 3 years but after 3, it’s actually not the best for your body and can cause things such as blood clots, loss of sex drive, and the added hormones can also play a part in depression. Not to mention constantly feeling bloated and raging hormones. (Sorry to anyone who has been the victim of my crazy hormones over the last 10 years!). I can honestly say that I have experienced many of these during the 10 years I was on the pill. So, yea. No thank you. I do not want those pills anymore.

So, what happened during those months I wasn’t on the pill and the hormones left my body? First, I went through a little bit of mood swinging. That lasted through the middle of February. (Again, sorry if I offended anyone during this time! LOL) But, in the last month, it has been amazing! My mood changed for the better. I’m not ever bloated, (except when I’m having my menses), and, I lost weight. Not that I was trying to, but it just goes to show that the extra hormones from the pill may have given me a couple pounds I didn’t need in the first place. And, bonus, I have extra energy! I don’t get fatigued working out as quickly as I used to.

But, of course, some things weren’t all perfect. My husband and I have sex. (Sorry mom and dad.) And without the security of being on the pill, it can be like playing Russian Roulette. So, we had to figure out something. I wasn’t about to get back on the pill and we weren’t too thrilled about using condoms again. So, I looked into IUDs. Low and behold, the Paragard! A non-hormonal IUD that is good for up to 10 years! And if/when we do decide to have kids, I can have it taken out at any time with no downtime due to hormones. Perfect!

So, today was the day. And you know, the worrier in me was reading all about the “painful” experience it was from my google searching last night. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous as I don’t have a high tolerance to pain. So, I go in, undress, feet in stirrups, doing my yoga breaths… and it was done. It seriously didn’t hurt and lasted less than 5 minutes. There were some quick high voltage cramps that lasted maybe 2 or 3 seconds, but nothing crazy nor unbearable. Now, two hours later, sure I feel crampy, but it’s not even close to my worst menses cramps. I absolutely recommend this!

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