Post # 1
I have been on birth control for about 10 years now. I started off with the depo-shot and then moved on the IUD (copper one). I had the copper IUD for about 3 years until I had to have it removed when I had an abnormal pap-smear. I had to have the top layer of my cervix scrapped off due to abnormal cells. Once the procedure was over, I had a new IUD inserted but this time I got the Mirena (hormonal). Which I love because I havent had a period in over 3 years.
I recently had someone from our church tell me how bad the IUD is, how it causes infertility, and my body is rotting inside since I haven’t had a period, and blah blah blah.
Well now, I am super freaked out. Has anybody had any problems getting pregnant after removing an IUD? I am only 26 and would love to some day have children. And now I am super freaked out about the possibility of infertility. Is this person just trying to freak me out (since he is anti-birth control)? Or should I consider changing my method of birth control? Any recommendations?
Post # 3
@mcj040916: I thought they wouldn’t give you an IUD until you’ve already had a child? Not having your period will not rot your insides. That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard. However, I do think that the IUD does have a higher risk of causing infertility, because it has a higher chance of giving you a pelvic infection which can go unnoticed and cause infertility.
Post # 4
@mwitter80: Now a days, they give it to anybody. The Dr suggested the IUD since I was in a stabled relationship. I’ve been with the same person for 8 years now and I love the IUD. But now that I am older and thinking of having kids in the near future, I am so afeaid I wont be able to.
Post # 4
There is a small (.08% or so) chance of infertility w/ an IUD. Mainly due to scaring due to perforation of the uterus or when being removed or untreated infection. I don’t think it’s worth worrying about.
For what it’s worth, I wouldn’t let let any man who doesn’t have an M.D. after his name get to me. Especially if he has some kind of birth control bias. It’s easy to be biased when it’s something that will never concern him.
Post # 5
The risk is so, so small. Please don’t freak out needlessly, if this is working for you there’s no need to stop it early.
There is a lot of misinformation regarding birth control that goes around the church circles. He’s just as likely to tell you that you’ll die from a blood clot if you take the pill. Didn’t your doctor go over the risks of Mirena with you before you had it put in? She or he should have, and probably did mention a small, small risk of infertility. It’s no bigger now than it was when you were consulting with your doctor about what kind of birth control would suit you best. If you’re really worried, call up your doctor and have a five minute chat.
Post # 6
You will not rot out if you don’t have your period!! There is no medical reason to have your period when you are on birth control. In fact, the period you do get on the pill isn’t a regular period, but sort of like a mock period (look it up online). My aunt had a IUD for years before she had her three children. I agree about talking to your doctor if you are really worried.
Post # 7
All the PP are right– you aren’t rotting and there isn’t a high risk of infertility! The reason they used to not recommend an IUD to women who haven’t had children is twofold (according to my doctor)– a big one is your are more likely to experience some complications or discomfort with the insertion, since your uterus has stretched out to accommodate a baby yet, and yes, there is a slightly higher risk of infection (seems like it would also be due to the whole small uterus thing, but that is just my thinking).
It sounds like a great option and everyone I know who has one loves it. I only know one person who had a kid after it, but that’s just because not that many of my friends have kids yet.
Post # 8
Thank you all for making me feel better!
Post # 9
As others have said, don’t worry about it. I haven’t had a period in 3 years because I’ve been on continuous BC. The doctor put me on it and I doubt he would if it would cause me to have infertility problems, it’s actually to prevent more infertility.