(Closed) IUD Discussion

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

1) how much does it really hurt? Like scale of 1-10 (1 being removing a band aid, 10 being    

    labor pains) 10!!! Omg I was screaming when they tried to insert it. Worst pain of my life. However, I apparently have a very small cervix/uterus which made placing it difficult. 
2) is the pain worth the relatively worry free 5-10 years of BC? DEFINITELY! Absolutely love my IUD. I too suffered from debilitating cramps. I have not experienced cramps for 4 years and am afraid I have forgotten what they feel like. 
3) If you had Mirena how did the hormones affect you besides less periods? Mirena is extremely low hormone. I developed blood clots after being on Yaz due to the hormones. An IUD was my only option because of the low hormone
4) Those with copper IUD, are your periods worse, better or the same? N/A


i would be happy to answer any other questions. feel free to ask. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I had my IUD for 9 years and it didnt hurt one bit. The only thing was that my periods where a bit more heavy and had a bit more cramps but to me it was worth it. I would rather have those side effects then get pregnant or have to take hormones. I recommend it 100%.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@youknowlmoe:  Your questions are really good!  I have a copper IUD and have had it for 4 months now.

1.  On a scale of 1-10 it was a 10 for me.  It was probably the most painful thing I have ever experienced.  I’m just being honest…it was bad.  I was half screaming, half hyperventilating while it was being inserted.  My adrenaline kicked in and I made it through, but I was shaking like a leaf after.

2.  While I have only had it for four months, the pain was worth it.  Not having to take a pill everyday, and also take a pill I HATED has been a relief.

3.  I don’t have a Mirena.

4.  I have the copper IUD.  I find my symptoms are much worse.  I have extreme bloating, cramping, and PMS but it’s nothing a Midol once every 4 hours for a few days can’t handle!  My periods are heavy, but not uncomfortable or with the possibility of embarassement.

Overall, though, i think it’s worth it.  When I’m not on my period, I forget it’s there and just enjoy the fact I don’t have to take a pill!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@youknowlmoe:  I have mirena. While I can’t really tell you whether it’s effecting my emotions (I’ve only had it for a few months, and during that time, I’ve lost a cat, and a grandmother…. so I’d be sad anyway) it definitely didn’t effect my sex drive though. And by the way, I LOVE being able to be spontaneous with DH. That’s the best benefit yet.

Periods: I have cramps during the time where a period should be coming along, but I bleed minimally. Enough for a panty liner, but not much else. My gyno said the longer the IUD is in place, the less of a period you’d get over time. It will gradually get lighter and lighter. Most women won’t have one by the time they hit 6 months.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

1. It was a really rough two seconds.  Ok well the whole exam sucked, because they had to measure my uterus first to make sure the IUD would fit (verdict: just barely).  But it was just an uncomfortable 20 or so minutes, with two seconds of intense cramping.  If you’ve ever gotten a piercing through a thick piece of cartiledge, I’d compare the pain to that in length and intensity, only it’s in a place you’re kinda used to feeling pain already so it’s more tolerable. Breathing deep helps.

2. YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES.

3. n/a

4. They’re heavier and crampier.  Nothing earth-shattering, but definitely heavier and definitely need Midol now more often than before.  Overall, well worth reliable BC that doesn’t require me to actually do anything.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

1) how much does it really hurt? Like scale of 1-10 (1 being removing a band aid, 10 being labor pains)
Hmm… a 6? 7? I have had a child, but I had my IUDs placed well after she was born. The first one, I had put in when my daughter was a little over a year old I think, and it hurt but not horrifically. The second and third (second expelled instantly) were put in 5.5 years after I gave birth and it hurts for a second but then it’s done, and you’ll likely have cramps for the rest of the day. It’s really the sounding (measuring) of your uterus that sucks – they insert the sounder through the cervix which is not very pleasant, but then they pop it in and it’s over.

2) is the pain worth the relatively worry free 5-10 years of BC?
For me, 100%. I love my Mirena, and the pain is *nothing* in the long-term.

3) If you had Mirena how did the hormones affect you besides less periods?
I haven’t had a period in years but that’s about the only side effect I’ve experienced. The hormones are localized in the uterus so you’re unlikely to experience the kind of side effects some people have on other hormonal BC. I don’t have cramps, didn’t gain weight (not that I can blame on anything but eating too much candy, anyway!), don’t think there’s been any decrease in sex drive or anything.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

1) how much does it really hurt? Like scale of 1-10 (1 being removing a band aid, 10 being labor pains) – It was probably a 5 for me. I’ve never had kids and had never had sex when they put it in. The doctors did say that I handled it abnormally well (I think I’m just a little embarassed about showing pain in front of ppl, so I tried really hard not to be in pain?), but often they have screaming and swearing patients. I had cramps that day which sucked, but weren’t much worse than normal cramps. And my husband (then FI) pampered me with sorbet and flowers and I got to hang out under a blanket with the wedding bee. So, all around not too shabby. 

2) is the pain worth the relatively worry free 5-10 years of BC? – absolutely. I’m really nervous about hormones might affect me, but also nervous about getting pregnant before we’re ready. 

3) If you had Mirena how did the hormones affect you besides less periods? – NA

4) Those with copper IUD, are your periods worse, better or the same? – My periods are definitely heavier. In the beginning they were crampier as well, but that went away. For some reason I’m not getting PMS symptoms at all lately (which was a bit frightening when  my period was later than I thought it would be, no cramps, no soreness, no period….spooky). I’ve only had mine 7 months, but the heaviness of my periods has also gone down. I did switched to a large capacity menstral cup which helped me deal with heavier periods though I’m hopeful that they’ll eventually go back to their pre-IUD state as they have cramps wise. 

I love my IUD and recommend it to everyone I know irl who is looking for BC. Good luck deciding!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@youknowlmoe:  nope, no change in sex drive that I can tell. i have not experienced a true period since it was inserted. However, I have had occasional spotting – like 1-2 times per year. 

Also, I definitely still experience PMS. Without a normal period identifying my irrational behavior or crazy thoughts as PMS has been tricky. It isn’t until the following week or so where I can look back and be like ooooohhhh I must have been PMSing… 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

1) It hurt, but it really wasn’t that bad getting it in. I was talking to the nurse and my dr, and just had to stop talking for a couple seconds. No screaming, etc. and I drove myself home right after. The pain later in the day was worse because I went to a dance lesson, and for the whole night after I was having intense contraction-like cramps. It stopped the next day thoguh.
2) DEFINITELY. It’s already been worth it and I only have had it for four days. Just not having to worry all the time has made my sex life a lot more fun. Plus, I hated the pill and it made me crazy.
3) I don’t really know the answer to this because I just got it four days ago, but the pill made me crazy right away every time I tried one, and I haven’t felt any different with the mirena yet.
4) N/A, but this was the reason I decided not to go with the paraguard and to get the mirena instead. My periods were already kinda heavy so I didn’t want to risk it.

 

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