(Closed) Can an 18-year-old use the copper I.U.D.?

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Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yes.  But be warned it hurts like hell going in!  And yes, bleeding increases significantly. 

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 9 months ago by  peanuthead.
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - SLS Las Vegas

I’ve had two IUDs without ever giving birth and yes it hurts like a mother effer!! I threw up off the table once. They had a hard time getting it in and yes cramps for a few days but thennnnnn……. Wonderful, amazing, fabulousness! No periods ever!!! No cramps!!! No tampons!!! iuds are amazing!

Post # 6
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Worker bee

They should be able to put her under anaesthetic if she requests it. I was put under anaesthetic for mine.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Sassafraz in Toronto, Ontario

They can also give you pills (misoprostol) inserted into the vagina prior to the appointment to errr…”ripen” the cervix.

To compare, I had my first IUD attempted insertion without it (and with someone who probably wasn’t an expert) and the inertion failed, was horrifically painful and bloody. My second time was with a well respected obgyn and it felt like a quick punch/stab to the cervix (pleasant, I know!) but it was over in a second. I was a little dizzy on the way home, but otherwise okay. 

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - SLS Las Vegas

worriedmom:  ahhhh yes I have the more a bit for insertion information I would imagine the same. They told me to take Advil and that is bullshit! The second time I took two Vicodin from my dental procedure and it still hurt!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I know many people who can’t tolerate the hormones of birth control pills, patches, shots etc. are able to tolerate the effects of hormonal IUDs as the effects are more localized (stay in the uterus/reproductive system). I have never had one, but I’ve looked into them and many people report no problems with mood changes, nausea, headaches etc. There are hormonal IUDs now that are smaller and made for women who have not had children – one brand is Skyla, but there are others. I don’t know if this would be an appropriate option for your daughter, but maybe would be something to talk to her doctor about. I’ve heard some not so great things about the copper IUD (though many people have wonderful experiences) which is what peaked my interest in the newer, smaller IUDs. Without hormones, I have heavy periods with bad cramping and was worried that this would get worse with the copper IUD. 

I’m sure she is already well aware as it sounds like you are a pretty conscientious mother, but the nurse in me just wants to make sure that she understands that all of these methods provide pregnancy protection, but do NOT protect against sexually transmitted infections. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I’ve had the copper iud for three years now (got it when I was 21). The Dr did inject local anesthesia so that was the first thing that hurt…a needle going into the cervix. They did that so they could artificially dilate my cervix, as I’ve never given birth either. I don’t want to scare you, but even with the anesthesia, it was one of the worst pains of my life. I cried the whole time. I was sore for the next 24 hours but afterwards it has been wonderful. I’d say it was 100% worth it. It made my periods heavier for sure but otherwise no side effects and I’ve never had as much as a pregnancy scare (and I have ‘raw’ sex with my Fiance for all three years so I know it’s working). It’s actually MORE effective against pregnancy than the pill! And I don’t feel it. If I didn’t know it was down there you couldn’t convince me it was.

The copper IUD is also fantastic in terms of readjusting for the body. One can get pregnant as early as 5 days post removal, so it won’t affect her future fertility.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Omg I had an IUD put in (no children) and I passed out after because of the pain, it was horrible, so horrible I would never put in another one hahaha 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

mwby2017:  Amen sister! It’s honestly THAT bad! Worst experience of my life!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I’ve heard so many horror stories about IUDs, I would personally never have one. Not just the insertion, but horrible complications afterward. Condoms suck, but I’d much rather go that route.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

What about a Skyla or Mirena? They are smaller and more designEd for girls who haven’t given birth. I had the Mirena put in (no kids), and yes it hurt, and I had cramping for about a week but after that it’s been wonderfu! I haven’t had a period in 2.5 years!! 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would never get an IUD. I always used condoms with past boyfriends.. best protection against Save-The-Date Cards as well. With my husband I chart my basal temperature and we combine that with the pull-out method and had no scares till our 1 planned pregnancy.

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