For most women, the only down-side to getting an IUD is the pain of having it fitted in the first place. Exactly how much pain you experience and for how long is very individual and hard to predict. But I know that my period pain is lessened just knowing I have options available to help. So here are some options!
In the USA, Planned Parenthood (the leading contraceptives provider there) saw a 900% spike in IUD fittings in the first few weeks of Trump’s presidency as women were terrified their right to contraceptives would be taken away from them.
When I was a hippy extremist...
I felt that everything in my life should be natural. My contraceptive choice was the last thing on that to-do list. If I'm honest, it didn't even occur to me. I always thought contraception either works or doesn't so taking the pill was the only option because it was the one that worked. At least, that's what I'd been told.