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Birth Control Options after Failed IUD


I had the ParaGard IUD in place for 9 years. Against all odds, I became pregnant. I went in to have the IUD removed, and had actually intended on continuing the pregnancy, but ultrasound showed that I was measuring weeks smaller than I should have been, and I miscarried naturally shortly thereafter.

Since I wasn't actually trying to get pregnant, after the miscarriage I went in to have another IUD put in. Less than 2 weeks later, it expelled, unbeknownst to me - I had no cramping, pain, or signs otherwise; went to check the strings and it was gone. Confirmed with my OB that it had come out, and 2 weeks later missed my period and had another positive pregnancy test this past Sunday. I would be about 4-5 weeks along right now. I know the probable date of conception because my boyfriend and I live about 1.5 hours away from one another and only see each other on the weekends.

It's like my body is suddenly rejecting the IUD after almost 10 years of no problems.

After careful thought and consideration, I have decided that I will not continue this pregnancy. This is NOT a pro-choice/pro-life debate, so please don't even go there! My decision is my decision, and having another baby (I have an 11-year old) is not in the cards for me right now, period, for a variety of reasons. I was on BC and I was not irresponsible.

My question is; I am so fearful of the IUD now. I need another form of BC. I want BC that does not cause weight gain and preferably that does not make my periods heavier or longer. The only disadvantage to ParaGard for me was, apart from these recent issues, my periods would last 7-10 days and be SO heavy.

What are my options?
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replied August 23rd, 2012
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Have you thought about the mini pill or implant?
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