I suppose I am very fortunate not to have hair loss with my copper IUD. I am allergic to nickel, so I was afraid I would become allergic to the copper and experience a horrible systemic reaction. So far so good, although now I know what to say to the doctor should I start experiencing sudden hair loss. I'll be in something of a bind, since I can't use hormonal methods, Essure is made of nickel, and my insurance currently doesn't cover surgical sterilization. (I'm crossing my fingers that The Affordable Care Act is upheld). Barrier methods only seem cheap up front, but in the long run, they are far, far more expensive than IUDs or sterilization.
My periods are a week long, which sucks, but my cramps aren't too bad. Nothing Aleve can't easily fix. A caveat is that I had an ovarian tumor and consequent ovarian torsion last year that caused ungodly pain, so my concept of physical discomfort is distorted. The insertion and first period afterwards was absolutely excruciating, and for a month or two afterwards, I would occasionally feel gripping pains/cramps in my abdomen that came on very suddenly. Now, six months after insertion, no pain at all. I wish my periods weren't so dang long, though.
Sweet Jesus I hope I never get hair loss. I lost a ton of hair when I was on an unrelated medication, and I wanted to strangle the doctor who prescribed it.
2c, fine, extremely dense, color-treated, high porosity. Medium length (longest layer just grazes my shoulders).
mod-CG since 10/12