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    Family planning, what permanent contraceptive method did you have?

    Ok so as per title, what permanent contraceptive (sterilisation) technique have you had. Was it successful, what were the side effects, would you recommend it?

    I currently have the copper IUD as all the hormonal methods caused me severe health complications and I am considering getting sterilised to replace this method. The IUD is likely due to run out soon but have been unable to contact anybody to determine when exactly this is for over a week now. I only had the IUD fitted as I suspected I would be denied sterilisation at 25. Now I'm 30 I imagine I could get it. The side effects of the supposedly side effect free IUD have been less than desirable and I only had it fitted as a temporary measure.

    Just wanted feedback from women who've had it done to see if it's got any adverse issues I need to be aware of, since I was told my current contraceptive was side effect free apart from perhaps heavy bleeding and more pain.

    Disclaimer: I don't want a baby, now or ever for a number of very good reasons for those of you who might ask. It's not negotiable so not really interested in discussing that.

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    I don't have an answer for you, but wanted to warn you about what happened to my friend. She got something called Essure for permanent birth control, and her experience with it was absolutely awful. She had to quit working, needed a hysterectomy and her health still hasn't recovered even though it's been several years.

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    I have a copper IUD for the same reasons you do. I got it when I was 27. I was told they are effective for 12 years. I have more bleeding and stronger cramps but it has been worth it to me. Now that I'm 32 I assume I could get my tubes tied. But I don't have health insurance so I'm not in any rush. Who told you that the copper IUD was side effect free? Maybe find a more informed health care provider and talk about your options.

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    I know you don't want to discuss it. But i didn't want kids at 25, nor 30. At 35 all that changed completely after meeting the right guy. I am not trying to convince you otherwise, but just sayin

    I think the only truly effective permanent sterilization method is to get your tubes tied and a hysterectomy.

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    Or this...
    Originally Posted by abitbroken
    I think the only truly effective permanent sterilization method is to get your tubes tied and a hysterectomy.
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    Originally Posted by gebaird
    I don't have an answer for you, but wanted to warn you about what happened to my friend. She got something called Essure for permanent birth control, and her experience with it was absolutely awful. She had to quit working, needed a hysterectomy and her health still hasn't recovered even though it's been several years.
    I think Essure is one of two methods available on the NHS and the initial overview sounded very promising but reading further a very high percentage of women who had it required further corrective work due to pain!

    When I looked into sterilisation previously, before I decided on the IUD the other method of clipping the tubes had lots of potential complications and horror stories of clips coming off the fallopian tubes and floating around the abdomen causing agony.

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    [QUOTE=Wiseman2;6792824]Or this...

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    Or I could get rid of my bf and date women? Sounds far more fun that celibacy (bf might disagree) 😇😂

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    I also have the copper IUD. Like rosephase, I was also told they last for 12 years. I think they may actually "last" longer, but that is when they like to take them out (gruesome thought). For me, that will be seven years from now so I should be well on my way towards menopause.

    It did change the intensity of my cycle, but that is the only side effect. Overall, I really like it. I don't like the idea of pumping my body full of hormones (in this country, we get enough of that from the meat!!).

    By the way, I am 40 and less interested than ever in having children.

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    Originally Posted by rosephase
    I have a copper IUD for the same reasons you do. I got it when I was 27. I was told they are effective for 12 years. I have more bleeding and stronger cramps but it has been worth it to me. Now that I'm 32 I assume I could get my tubes tied. But I don't have health insurance so I'm not in any rush. Who told you that the copper IUD was side effect free? Maybe find a more informed health care provider and talk about your options.
    You might want to check up on that. The copper IUD is now only effective for 5 years, I'm assuming either because the failure rate went up after 5 years or they originally had more copper which created too many side effects (I have copper poisoning symptoms).

    The first doctor I went to was an absolute d*ck and tried talking me out of the copper coil and into hormonal contraceptives even though I told her every one I've tried has exacerbated my physical and/or mental health problems and that they don't fit the coil to women who haven't had children. I refused point blank to accept any other contraceptive method. She booked me in for fitting then botched it up and told me she couldn't fit it.

    Went to my local family planning after that and told them my experience and they were very good and supportive of my right to make the best choices for my body and I had it fitted there.

    I was told there will be no hormonal side effects but the fitting of the coil could cause heavy bleeding, additional discomfort or lighten and reduce them, increased potential for ectopic pregnancy and perforation of my womb or expulsion of the coil.

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    Originally Posted by thornz
    You might want to check up on that. The copper IUD is now only effective for 5 years
    Maybe you're thinking of the Mirena?


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