Calling all IUD users

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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1009 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’ve had Mirena for over a year and a half and love it. The insertion was a bit painful but my gyn gave me a Percocet to take before and it was fairly quick. I had some bleeding that day and about a week of bad cramps like period cramps. But since then I’ve barely gotten my period and only get spotting if that. I love not having my period and I love not thinking about BC. I also went with Mirena because the copper IUD can make periods heavier which was a no go for me. Whenever I read a thread like this there is skyways one person who had a bad experience but that will be the case with any BC since it’s different for everyone. But my experience has been overwhelmingly positive and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. 

Post # 4
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7795 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I have a Mirena and I love it. Insertion sucked, and I spotted for a few MONTHS till I cleared it up with an herb tincture. But now 2 Years later I LOVE it. I barely have a period. It’s awesome. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I did not go for the copper as it makes periods and cramps heavier and mine were brutal to begin with. From what I understand Mirena hormones are local (in your cervix/uterus not in your blood stream like BC pills) so depending on how severe your sensitivity is you might be fine. Talk to your gyno.

Post # 6
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3402 posts
Sugar bee

ment.to.be2013:  I have the copper IUD or Paragard and so far I love it.  I’ve had it for three months now, but only two cycles.  I got mine inserted at the tail end of a cycle.  I haven’t really noticed a heavier period, however I think I’m not the norm since I know several people said their period got heavy and then lightened back to normal agian. I chose it because I don’t do well with hormonal BC.  I haven’t noticed any weight gain or mood swings.  It’s like I’m me just with an IUD, so I’ve had a very positive experience.

Post # 7
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5791 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

ment.to.be2013:  I have a horrible reaction to BCP–I turn into a crazy woman. But I choose the Mirena because I was having crazy heavy periods, like any heavier and I would need to go to the hospital. Didnt have a problem with the hormones at all. 

Like the others have said, insertion hurt like a MF. Think really intense sharp cramps for 30 sec to 1 min, then over. I had they put some lidocain on my cervix.  After a few months, I went through this weird cycle of months of nothing, followed by months of really light spotting, then months of nothing. Still loved it. 

Post # 8
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551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

ment.to.be2013:  another for Mirena! im on my second Mirena and I will never use another birth control. I had my first one for 4 years and 10 months, removed it because of complications (things I had wrong with my uterus before the mirena) got pregnant 6 months later and got it at my 6 week PP checkup. In the last 7 years I have only had 2 real periods (it’s pretty freakin awesome) and we got pregnant as soon as we started trying after it was removed. 

Post # 9
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25 posts
Newbee

I just got the newer mini version of Mirena called Skyla. I’ve never had any children, so my gyno recommended Skyla since its smaller. As PP have said, insertion sucked. My gyno inserted mine while I was on my period since my cervix would already be open, and the my period stopped the afternoon after I had it inserted. I had a bit of cramping for the first week, but nothing more than a normal period, and a bit of spotting for a few days. I also noticed a bit of cramping for about an hour or so after sex, but again, nothing even close to a normal period. IUDs are great!!!!

Post # 10
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635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Ceremony and Reception: Historic mansion on the water

I had Mirena for about 6 months.  The insertion almost made me jump off of the table.  The pain was only for a few seconds but sheesh that thing hurt.  I had cramps afterwards for a few hours but after that I was good to go.  No spotting or anything.  However, I took it out after 6 months as I experienced water retention and weight gain which I hated.  My FH could also feel the cords during “playtime”.  After I took it out I felt more myself again.  

Post # 11
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667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June, 2014

ment.to.be2013:  I got a Skyla a few months ago and I love it. It’s hormonal, but fairly low hormone and the hormone is released directly into the uterus so I’ve found that my hormones have evened out and been better since I got off the pill. 

I love the rare periods and the periods I have had are short and light with almost no cramping. Also it’s smaller than most IUDs and it’s specifially geared toward women who haven’t had children. 

Mild discomfort when it’s inserted, but not too terrible. I’d recommend it.

Post # 13
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4635 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

ment.to.be2013:  I had a Mirena for a full 5 years, and just had it removed back in May. I loved it. Insertion was painful, but I’m a wuss when it comes to pain and medical stuff. I never had a period or any weird side effects. I thought it was awesome and will definitely get another one. Had I not intended to start TTC this year, I would have had another put right in.

Post # 14
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883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

mggBoyles:  thats great to hear my 5 years with Mirena is up a few months after my wedding and I was concerned about TTC after having it in for 5 years. 

ment.to.be2013:  I chose mirena because my cramping and bleeding was horrific I would bleed for2 months straight heavy stop for week (or just a coupledays) and start over again my GYN had me on 4 BC pills a day trying to stop my period and this was a “lets give it a try” becUse a side effect was it could stop your cycle. Incertion didn thurt for me but iwas already prescribed lortabs for peroid cramps. I bled for 2 days then I havent seen it since! I would do it again in a heart beat and plan on it once I have a baby!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

The clinic I went to froze me prior to insertion so I didn’t feel a thing. I have Mirena and I love it! Yes the first few months suck but it’s worth it in the long run. It effects u less than oral bc. 

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