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beehive
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I had a copper IUD put in on February 20th, and I have been bleeding ever since. Sometimes it's like a period and sometimes just spotting, but it is getting a bit annoying and I would quite like to know if it's ever going to stop! I went back to the clinic about two months ago and they said it was still in place and I didn't have an infection. How long do you think it will take to settle down? When should I go back to the clinic? I really don't want it taken out because otherwise it's really convenient and I prefer non-hormonal contraception, but I'm not prepared to bleed non-stop for five years either. Please advise?
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orca
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With copper IUDs there can be some irregular bleeding for the first few months, but this may be something you want to see your doctor about if it is quite heavy. You can always call up your doctor, too, and ask if you have any uncertainties or questions. Take a look at this thread where some of our users discuss their experiences with IUDs to see what you can expect. Understand, though, that different people can react differently to IUDs (or any type of birth control, for that matter).

There are a LOT of other birth control options out there, though, and I see from your other posts that you've had some difficulty with hormonal methods, so how about looking at other methods, maybe some nonhormonal ones? We have a great article if you are interested:
Birth Control Bingo!

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