I'm in two minds over this so please feel free to throw in your $.02. I'm just relying on condoms at the moment for birth control, which I'm finding kinda stressful, would love to get an IUD which has a very low failure rate, but I'm scared of doing anything new medically which could add an extra wrinkle to my M.E. saga. Not keen on hormonal birth control, no particular reason (I've never been on it before) just a bit finicky about the idea of hormones, plus as I mentioned, the IUD is more effective. I'm pretty high functioning with my M.E., I lost my part time due to M.E job about a year ago and it was a case of ill wind blowing some good, as I think the rest I got subsequently was a big factor in my health improving. I'm starting to genuinely believe there's light at the end of the (4 year) tunnel, and fingers crossed, could make a return to full health. In other words....I really don't want to jeopardise anything! That said, from what I can see the copper IUD is not really contraindicated with anything autoimmune or serious health conditions, could find no data on me/cfs. I doubt I'm going to luck upon a me/cfs expert at the IUD clinic, I don't have a real specialist for the me/cfs yet that I can ask, The doc I'm seeing is ok and I've just emailed him asking him about it. My main concern is that the IUD works by basically stimulating the bodies response to a foreign object to prevent pregnancy. Any inflammation is localised apparently though the inflammation part is ringing alarm bells for me. I'm trying to get an appointment at nova south eastern, hopefully should be sometime in the new year, do I wait it out until I can ask someone there? The lack of knowledge from doctors about ME has left a bad taste in my mouth and I don't know if I'm being sensible or over-cautious on this one.