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Copper IUD vs Birth control implant

Copper IUD

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Overview

Rated 3.8

9 reviews

5 - 10 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 3.2

32 reviews

Every 3 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Copper IUD ingredients

Copper coils are made of a T-shaped frame of polyethylene (plastic) and barium sulphate. Copper wire is wound around the vertical arm.

Birth control implant ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control implant

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Benefits: What this birth control can help with

There are no benefits that are recognised in scientific research or guidelines for this birth control

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Copper IUD reviews

9 reviews

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
21 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  19th Mar 24

  •  Still using

I've never used any forms of birth control before, so I don't know what to compare it to other than being normal and not on birth control. Insertion was uncomfortable but not very painful, and I had pain in my cervix and spotting for about a week afterward. My body adjusted very quickly and I had normally spaced periods right after. The most noticeable difference is that my period is lighter and longer. My sex drive noticeably decreased, and my emotions are dampened/numbed. I forget that I even have it 99% of the time, as I don't notice it in my daily life. If all you're looking for is plain and simple low-maintenance birth control, this is it.

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
18 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  17th Dec 23

  •  Still using

Cramping is significantly worse than before I had the IUD. Periods have lasted about 3 weeks when they used to only last 5-7 days. After the IUD was inserted, I ended up having 3 UTIs and cervicitis.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
28 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4th Dec 23

  •  Still using

I don’t know yet. It’s only been 3 weeks since I got it but I have not stopped bleeding (it started as only spotting and the blood looked brown on my pad and the amount increased to a light period then it went back to spotting.) now after the 2nd week the blood started to look red again and its still only spotting. So now I don’t know is this is my regular period or what! I have iron deficiency anemia, all this bleeding can’t be good. Is this going to be always. I have no cramps which I’m greatful for.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
21 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  19th Mar 24

  •  Still using

I've never used any forms of birth control before, so I don't know what to compare it to other than being normal and not on birth control. Insertion was uncomfortable but not very painful, and I had pain in my cervix and spotting for about a week afterward. My body adjusted very quickly and I had normally spaced periods right after. The most noticeable difference is that my period is lighter and longer. My sex drive noticeably decreased, and my emotions are dampened/numbed. I forget that I even have it 99% of the time, as I don't notice it in my daily life. If all you're looking for is plain and simple low-maintenance birth control, this is it.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
18 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  17th Dec 23

  •  Still using

Cramping is significantly worse than before I had the IUD. Periods have lasted about 3 weeks when they used to only last 5-7 days. After the IUD was inserted, I ended up having 3 UTIs and cervicitis.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
28 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4th Dec 23

  •  Still using

I don’t know yet. It’s only been 3 weeks since I got it but I have not stopped bleeding (it started as only spotting and the blood looked brown on my pad and the amount increased to a light period then it went back to spotting.) now after the 2nd week the blood started to look red again and its still only spotting. So now I don’t know is this is my regular period or what! I have iron deficiency anemia, all this bleeding can’t be good. Is this going to be always. I have no cramps which I’m greatful for.


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Birth control implant reviews

32 reviews

Used for 12 - 18 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Apr 24

  •  Still using

This is a good birth control compared to the other options. I previously tried the patches and it gave me an allergic reaction. Anyways, It was uncomfortable when they first insert the implant into your arm but then you get used to it. I will say that it is different for everyone but for me it has given me more acne spots, regulatted my periods, and given me more facial hair. Those being the only cons.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  29th Mar 24

  •  Still using

This birth control severely impacted my mental and physical health. This includes anxiety, depression, pelvic pain, irregular periods, heavy periods, spotting, headaches, laziness, grogginess, etc. Please do your research! Speak with a doctor you trust or multiple! Lastly, please consider if birth control is worth the side effects.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
30 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  19th Mar 24

  •  Still using

I liked the first two years and now I have weird symptoms, on the flip side it could be a couple of other things


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Apr 24

  •  Still using

This is a good birth control compared to the other options. I previously tried the patches and it gave me an allergic reaction. Anyways, It was uncomfortable when they first insert the implant into your arm but then you get used to it. I will say that it is different for everyone but for me it has given me more acne spots, regulatted my periods, and given me more facial hair. Those being the only cons.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  29th Mar 24

  •  Still using

This birth control severely impacted my mental and physical health. This includes anxiety, depression, pelvic pain, irregular periods, heavy periods, spotting, headaches, laziness, grogginess, etc. Please do your research! Speak with a doctor you trust or multiple! Lastly, please consider if birth control is worth the side effects.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
30 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  19th Mar 24

  •  Still using

I liked the first two years and now I have weird symptoms, on the flip side it could be a couple of other things


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
17 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  17th Mar 24

  •  Still using

Know your body and know what’s going into you. Do your research and know the risks!


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
34 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  13th Mar 24

  •  Still using

I like the efficacy and not worrying about pregnancy. I dislike the mood effects and weight gain.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
32 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  12th Mar 24

  •  Stopped using

While I did not get pregnant, the side effect of bleeding so continuously made it difficult to do daily things and enjoy anything because I was constantly needing to ensure I had supplies with me as well as discomfort, irritation, and rawness.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  28th Feb 24

  •  Still using

not too bad, want a big fix.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  28th Feb 24

  •  Still using

I learned to live with it because I forgot it was there. The side effects were intense the first couple month then I got used to it and stopped realizing how bad it was. The headaches come and go but are significant, I always thought it was my MS causing it until it didn’t come with relapses. I’m pretty much always bleeding or spotting, I gained 10 Pounds and it’s been very hard to control cravings. My emotions are everywhere or I have none. My sex drive which is normally very healthy is gone… And I get utis super frequently since I’ve been on it. My period was always 4 days before, currently it’s 5 days of heavy bleeding followed by weeks of light spotting. I hate it, I gave it a full year try, I’m having it taken out tomorrow.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  27th Feb 24

  •  Still using

Insertion pain was next to none, just typical pinching/uncomfortableness that pelvic exams bring. Bleeding after the fact lasted for a week that tapered off into spotting for a day or two. The only serious cramping I experienced was about 3 hours after the fact. It lasted about 30 minutes and almost felt like contractions. Second week brought a snot like mucus, A LOT, that had spots/streaks of blood now and then. 3 weeks in my normal white discharge starting coming back with occasional snot like mucus again and then my first period. I can’t say it made my period heavier as I feel that it has naturally been heavier since I gave birth ( 4 months ago). This is my first month after having the IUD inserted and so far, so good. Very excited to see when the spotting will stop and if my period will even out to pre pregnancy normal.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  24th Feb 24

  •  Still using

Love this! I decided to leave a review because when I was looking into getting it all of the reviews were bad. You have to realize that if you don’t like something, you tell 9 people, if you do you tell one. Most people who like the implant simply never leave a review because they kind of forget it is in their lives. That’s how easy it is. I’ve had it for 4 months. I feel the exact same. My period STOPed! My boobs are a bit bigger and sore but i don’t really mind that. If anything i maybe gained one or two pounds:) Insertion was not bad at all. Try it out and you can always take it out after! But for me, I love it so far!


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