This is an update on my IUD.
All going fab so far - my cycle went straight back to normal after being on the Pill for 5 years, I am now in phase with the moon as I was before which is quite nice.
The cramps aren't bad, stronger than I'm used to but not awful. I don't take painkillers for them but the less stoical may prefer to. Regular exercise helps. No cravings, no mad increase in appetite, no bloating...quite hormonal and oddly a few spots (haven't had spots since I was going through puberty
) but I think that's post-Pill hormonal fluctuations.
My period is now 7 days instead of 5, with spotting to begin and end and one insanely heavy day. I'm glad I've got a mooncup it makes my period so much easier. On my non-heavy days I keep it in for 8-12 hours, it's like not having a period
So, so far (and I don't see this changing) I would really reccommend the copper IUD. No hormones, no lactose, no fuss.
Oh, and get a mooncup/divacup/your country's equivalent, they're FAB!
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