i ended up switching to the hormonal one after about 6 months because my periods ended up becoming insanely heavy (like i needed to wear a pad AND a tampon and i was still having leaks!). i was quite resistant to the idea of the hormonal one because i've never liked hormonal methods i've tried before however i find the IUD to be quite different. i don't notice ANY of the emotional side effects (no depression, weight gain, mood swings or loss of libido) with it. the one side effect that it does have for me, however, is spotting. i've had it now for almost a year and i am still having spotting on occasion. i think this generally resolves for most people so i'm trying to hold on a bit longer hoping that it will eventually go away. it's annoying but not really the biggest deal. aside from the spotting i really, really love it! it was no big deal to have it inserted (though i've had a baby so i'm sure that makes it easier than for women who haven't).Do you still love it?
I'm going to talk to my doctor about this at my next physical, I don't want to get pregnant again for 2-3 years and am considering getting one.
given my experience with the non-hormonal IUD i can't recommend it! i had normal periods before getting it and was shocked at how heavy they ended up becoming. i'm sure i became anemic during those months i was using it!