Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
For those of you who have an IUD, how long did it take to “settle” in? Since I got mine in July, I get bad period cramps, periods are heavier and last longer, and it sucks. I had it good before with my short light periods and no cramps, and I went and ruined it! I have the hormone free version, if that helps.
Post # 3
I got the Mirena in December 2011, had bad cramps for like a week and it’s been smooth sailing since. I didn’t get my period for almost a year, just some super light spotting every now and then. I now get my period every 5-6 months
Post # 4
@sherryberry: I got mine (Mirena) almost 5 years ago. I had cramping and spotting for about a week, then my periods stopped altogether. I had had the Implanon implant previously, which thins the uterine lining, and also had a D&C when they put the Mirena in, so I had nothing to shed for a period.
Is the non-hormonal one copper? I’ve heard they can be a lot different – periods can be much heavier and don’t disappear.
Post # 5
@sherryberry: I just got the Paragard, same one as you have. Everyone definitely reacts differently to it– reading accounts on the internet I was convinced I was going to be miserable. But I got it in last month and I juust got my period– few cramps but nothing as bad as the cramps I had the week or so following insertion.So far so good.
Honestly, its just what I said; everyone reacts differently. I am having a good experience, but youre having a bad one. If its too much and you prefer hormones, I hear Mirena is better for lighter periods (or none at all) and no cramping. To me, it was important to be hormone free so I went with this, even with the looming idea of bad cramps and a heavy flow. I just lucked out.
Post # 6
Hmmm… With my Paraguard (copper) I had those crazy bad out of the blue cramps a lot more in the first few months than I did the rest. They tended to even out but could still be bad. My periods tended to last longer than without it, no matter how long I had it. Mostly this was because I would spot 2 or so days before, then get my pd, then spot for awhile after so spot to spot it was like a week. At least I ALWAYS knew it was coming.
As far as the cramps, pre IUD, I usually sucked it up and never took anything for them, but i found that with my IUD if I tried to do that then they would hit me like a freight train, usually at 3am, and would take me 6 ibuprofen and an hour and a heating pad to be able to sleep. If I could feel light cramping and took some ibuprofen, it usually kind of “headed the bad ones off at the pass” and I wouldn’t get the crazy bad cramps.
Oh and yeah they were definitely heavier. I had probably 2-3 days of each period where I went through 4 supers in one day? But honestly overall having an IUD was worth every damn second! Also I suggest you download a period tracking app. I started using Period Tracker with mine, and it helped me a lot in knowing when it was going to show up and when I might start cramping etc…
Post # 7
@1stRosie: To me, it was important to be hormone free
This is exactly why I got the Paraguard myself. I have a hard time with pill hormones, and trying the Mirena, and having to pay for most of it myself since I have a crazy high deductible, wasn’t worth possibly having issues.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
It probably took 6 months for things to stop being really crampy and heavy, but 3 years later, it’s still heavier / more painful than when I was on hormonal BC. (Since BC lessens cramps and periods.) So worth it though – I love not having to think about BC or have hormones. Hang in there! Ibuprofen is your friend 🙂
Post # 9
I have a non-hormonal (i.e. copper) one! I got in back in August. I would say it took about a month to settle in? I was spotting one and off, lightly and then gradually more heavily until it became a full-blown period. That first period post-insertion was quite painful, but I had some painkillers and they helped a bit.
Pre-IUD, I’d either have cramp-free, fairly light periods, or VERY crampy and heavy periods. I knew I was taking a gamble getting the copper because it could make the bad ones much, much worse.
All in all, I’d say my cramps and period volume have increased maybe 20-40% – I assume when it’s 20% worse, those would’ve been my painless, light periods, and when it’s 40%, those would’ve been my painful, heavy periods if I didn’t have an IUD.
It’s taken a while to adjust but I think I’ve adapted well, and I’m very glad that I have a reliable, hormone-free method. Unless your periods are absolutely excruciating, I say carry some ibuprofen with you at all times, keep a heating pad (and chamomile and/or ginger tea!) at work/home, and stick it out for a bit. According to my research, healthcare pros suggest trying it out for a year before making a decision about whether or not to keep it. I think it’s sound advice seeing as how painful it was to insert!
Post # 10
@MsJ2theZ: I’m having a similar experience as you! I spot before and after, and I also take ibuprofen at the first sign of cramps to stave off the worst ones. I was also told by someone that ibuprofen helps lighten periods, but I’m not sure if that’s actually true. I get migraines so I can’t use most hormone methods – I’m so glad this is working pretty well so far for me. And I use iPeriod. 🙂
Post # 11
@ChicFoodist: Hmm…. it might be somewhat true? I know it’s an anti inflammatory so that may be why. Interesting that you have the same method to the madness!
I have my IUD out now and am PG so now insetad of waking up with killer cramps I wake up to pee every night at 3am lol.
Post # 12
My sister has the copper IUD!
She said the first month was horrible, still pretty bad around month 3, better by month 6, and her periods were only slightly heavier than usual after month 9!
She’s had it for 3 years, now!
Post # 13
@sherryberry: I’m curious about other’s answers, as well. I’d heard so many people say their cramps lasted “only the day of” or “a couple weeks”… not me. Bleh. I got my IUD late August and I still have ‘out of the blue’ cramps and spotting and heavy periods. Pre-IUD I also had pretty light periods so I’m battling bitterness towards my IUD, but I have to remind myself how AWESOME it is to not have to worry about anything for years! Sucks right now, but wouldn’t trade it. Crossing my fingers it gets better!
Post # 14
My first week was terrible! After that, i had killer cramps (I’m not someone who really gets cramps) about once a week for six weeks. And then it was done and I basically never had another period again for about 3.5 years until I took it out.
Post # 15
@sherryberry: I have a Paragard. I had cramps for 2-3 days, and very heavy perids for a couple months, which gradually tapered back to pretty much normal. I hope you feel better soon!
Post # 16
@sherryberry: I have the hormonal IUD (Mirena) but I’ve heard the non-hormonal one can cause heavy periods and the copper irritates the uteral lining (hence preventing an egg from attaching).
I did a lot of research before switching and unfortunately I didn’t hear a lot of good things about the non-hormonal IUD aside from lasting longer and being hormone free. :-/