IUD vs Arm implant birth control?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have the implant. I got it about 9 months ago. I really love it. I was always terrible at taking the pill correctly, so I’m glad that the implant just works and I don’t have to do anything. Since getting the implant my periods have been a little irregular, but they are also very light. I also had some irregular spotting for the first couple of months, but it wasn’t a lot and it has stopped. Insertion really wasn’t painful and I can’t even see the implant when I look at my arm (I can still feel it with my hands though so there’s no worry). I’m not sure what else to say, except that I am so happy with the implant. Please let me know if I can help you with any specific questions.

Post # 5
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3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Which IUD are you thinking about getting, the copper or hormonal?

I’ve heard terrible things about the implant and had friends that had to have it removed.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have a Mirena IUD.  If you have never had a baby (as i have not) know that it hurts really really bad to get it inserted (they said slight discomfort which was a total understatment).  That being said it is good for 5 years.  I think the biggest reason to consider and IUD is that the copper one doesnt have hormones and the mirena onky had localized hormones so you dont have synthetic hormones floating through your body.

if you do get an IUD make sure they cut your strings “just right.”  Mine were cut too short (because supposedly if they are long your partner can feel them during sex)…your strings are how you check that the IUD is in place but mine are so short i cant reach them.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Maybe-TMI warning! This is my story: I have a Nova-T (copper) IUD. I was on the pill for about a year and my mood just sucked, all the time. I did all the research and decided on a copper IUD before I went to the doctor. I was able to have it inserted within about 2 weeks of the initial appointment. It was $175.00 and will last for 5 years. I was given antibiotics to take for a week before and after the insertion as well as something that was supposed to dilate my cervix. Those didn’t work, unnfortunately and yes, insertion was a bit painful. A little like a really, really REALLY bad menstrual cramp. Afterwards I got up too fast and got very dizzy, so I had to lay down for at least an hour. I had mild cramps for the rest of the day but could control them with ibuprofen. As for side effects, I haven’t really had any except for a heavier flow during my period (not anything crazy, but definitely noticeable). I’ve always had pretty bad cramps so I haven’t noticed a difference there.

So that’s my story, hope it was helpful. TBH I never really considered the implant because I didn’t want to use a hormonal method, so I’m no help there. Overall I’m very very happy with my choice and I’m sure you will be too!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

Is there a reason you don’t want to use the Nuvaring anymore? That’s what I use and love it!! I’ve always been skeptical of doing the IUD or arm implant because I really don’t want something that ‘permanent’ inside me if that makes sense.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BlondieBee28:  I’ve got the arm implant and highly recommend it! I know it doesn’t work for everyone but for me its great.

3 years coverage, no need to thing about BC-exactly what I needed.

Periods very infrequently (every few months, not regularly however, but they’re very light as well)

No side effects (for me) such as weight gain (although I’d like to pretend otherwise!)

Once the 3 years are up it’ll get removed and I’ll have it replaced (if we’re not ready for babies).

And when you do have it removed you’re apparently ‘good to go’ wrt being ready to conceive rather than with the pill having to wait months for your hormones to get back to normal.

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I got a copper IUD two weeks ago. I’ve never had children, and insertion was really no big deal. I’d give it a 2 out of 10 on the pain scale. What helped was that my doctor gives a cervical block to her patients, so you really don’t feel much. I didn’t even feel the clamp on my cervix — it works really well. What sucked was the cramps that I had for the next 18 hours. I cramped for about six days solid and bled off and on, but it was manageable with Tylenol, Aleve, and a heating pack. The last week has been totally normal pain-wise, and I’ve lost about eight pounds since stopping the pill.

I haven’t had a period yet, so I can’t say how bad the cramps and bleeding will be, but I’m just so happy to be off hormonal birth control.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I’ve had the Paraguard (non-hormonal IUD) for 3 years and I love it! Honestly it hurt like a bitch going in, but that was only for 2 seconds so no biggie. It’s good for 10 years, I don’t have to remember pills etc, and I don’t have any artificial hormones. My periods are definitely heavier but I don’t really mind. After a few months my cramps weren’t any worse. Do it!!!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had the mirena and it didn’t work out for me… but I would totally try it again. I will say that I paid for it out of pocket, so it was a bit pricey (but I know a lot of Planned Parenthoods will work with people). Insertion sucked, well technically the sounding sucked and insertion was quick. THe sounding is rather quick, but 30 seconds of some of the most intense pain I’ve ever felt in my life (and I’ve had kidney stones and a bone sticking out of my leg, so I like to think I can deal w/ intense pain). My cervix was really tender for several weeks. My period never stopped (Although the majority of my friends who are on it had their periods either go away or get really light). My period did lessen in time (went down to maybe 7-10 days), so that was actually pretty good. I would get random cramps though, which I didn’t like. Anyway, my Mirena ended up rejecting.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I have the implant, and I love it.  I had a bit of irregular bleeding at first after I had it inserted, but that settled after a few months.  It’s fantastic only having to think about birth control once every 4-5 years!

Post # 14
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752 posts
Busy bee

@BlondieBee28:  I have tried all kinds of birth control pills, the Mirena, and the Paragard.

BC pills – made me gain weight and get super emotional. Like, nuts. So they said “try the Mirena, it’s localized, not so many side effects, blahblahblah”. I did and apparently I am ridiculously sensitive to hormones because again I was super emotional and gained weight. Finally I said, “Eff that, I need non-hormonal” and since then the Copper T has been it.

The only side effects are when it’s first inserted (some pain), and increase in cramping (but I also have endometriosis). HOWEVER – I made the decision to manage physical pain over emotional pain and am very happy with this decision.

Good luck!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Oh, I’ll also mention that because of Obamacare, my health insurance picked up the entire cost of the IUD and the insertion, minus like a $13 copay. I had a bigger copay when I cut my finger and the doctor put some superglue on my skin. Seriously. Five years ago when I was first looking into the IUD, it would have been prohibitively expensive for me, like $1000 including insertion. Having it be so affordable now was just a bonus.

 

Post # 16
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1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I got the copper IUD and my periods have actually been lighter and less crampy. I am loving the non hormonal BC!

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