(Closed) Expirence with IUD's

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Should i get an IUD?
    yes : (13 votes)
    52 %
    No : (6 votes)
    24 %
    Maybe : (6 votes)
    24 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Member
    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I voted maybe because it depends on what your comfortable with. I have Paragaurd because i cannot have hormonal birth control because i had a blood clot while on the pill. I absolutely love my IUD. I have not had children so insertion was uncomfortable, had some cramping for 24 hours after but it wasnt as bad as i thought it would be.

    Post # 4
    Member
    203 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I also have an IUD, it hurt like crazy to put it in and I have kids.  However, I feel like it was a great decision for me, my periods are few and very light almost to the point of spotting and I no longer have tummy and back pains like I did with the patch and other bc methods. 

    Everyone will have different experiences so be sure to ask the doctor lots of questions before making your decision.  

    Post # 5
    Member
    3230 posts
    Sugar bee

    I have mirena and love it! Getting it put in was absolutely terrible and I spotted for one month but after that, it’s been smooth sailing. A friend once told me that someone else gained soooo much weight on it. My response was, “Huh, that’s strange, I’ve lost weight since being on it (due to proper diet and exercise.).” FH says I am much less moody too. There’s a new one out that last 3 years too. Oh and I’ve never been pregnant. 

    Post # 6
    Member
    132 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Best bet is to discuss it with your doctor, BUT I’ll tell you what happened to me…

     

    After lots of positive feedback from my friends, I got an IUD. I immediately had a terrible reaction. Some people have a reaction to the insertion where their body attempts to reject the device. Mine was so intense they sent me to the ER and called Fiance to pick me up. My blood pressure was so low I couldn’t stay awake and the cramps were unbearable. 

     

    Afterwards, I enjoyed not having a period and not having to worry about my pill. But I had some serious side effects. I gained some weight. Normally, I’m a very calm person but all of a sudden I had intense anxiety. I frequently would wake Fiance up in the middle of the night with a panic attack. I developed a nervous tic, floaters in my vision…. I was a mess. MY doctor kept insisting it couldn’t be the IUD but as soon as I had it removed things started to improve.

     

    Obviously mine was an extreme case, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

    Post # 7
    Member
    1044 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I had an iud, most of my friends have iuds too. I had the Paragard Because I dont want the hormones. I didn’t have the best experience with it but I highly recommend it as a method of birth control. My cramps were more intense, my periods were heavier, and I had spotting… Still given all that, I’m anxious to get my replacement! 

    Post # 8
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    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Yes totally get one! I had Mirena put in a few months ago. The insertion hurts a little but it’s not awful. You feel fine in a few hours. I haven’t had a period since, which is a HUGE bonus and the main reason I switched. 

    Post # 9
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    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I am curious about this too.  my insurance approved the mirena and my doctor told me to buy the para guard from a canadian online pharmacy if I go that route since its only about $30 there. I am having a hard time choosing which one, would prefer the non hormonal version however I’ve heard ( doctor also warned me) that periods can be much heavier and monthly cramping is a problem.  Right now I have the best periods lol , last 2-3 days, no cramps , very tolerable so really seems silly to mess with that ( not on any pill or method right now) I’ve also read horror stories Mirena causing weight gain , big fear for me since I have to be very careful since I can gain weight very easily.  Any advice would be great! I can deal with the pain from insertion, just worried about long term stuff like I mentioned.

    Post # 10
    Member
    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I am curious about this too.  my insurance approved the mirena and my doctor told me to buy the para guard from a canadian online pharmacy if I go that route since its only about $30 there. I am having a hard time choosing which one, would prefer the non hormonal version however I’ve heard ( doctor also warned me) that periods can be much heavier and monthly cramping is a problem.  Right now I have the best periods lol , last 2-3 days, no cramps , very tolerable so really seems silly to mess with that ( not on any pill or method right now) I’ve also read horror stories Mirena causing weight gain , big fear for me since I have to be very careful since I can gain weight very easily.  Any advice would be great! I can deal with the pain from insertion, just worried about long term stuff like I mentioned.

    Post # 11
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    6221 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I think an IUD might be a great option for you. I went with a hormone IUD even though I had a bad experience with the pill because it’s a smaller, localized dose. I would have gone for the copper, but my period is already very heavy and I’ve heard that the IUD makes it much worse, whereas the one I have, mirena, is supposed to stop your period after a year, or at least make it much lighter

    Post # 12
    Member
    1112 posts
    Bumble bee

    Look at the post I made today about getting my Skyla IUD put in!

    Post # 13
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    2515 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    i loved my mirena. i thought about getting the copper one but i didn’t want heavier periods. insertion was extremely painful and i had cramps for a couple days but that was it. i had no side effects from it at all. i got it out a couple months ago to start TTC but after we have a baby, i’m getting another one put in. i had it for 2 1/2 years and didn’t get a period at all after about 6 months (so no period for 2 years). i highly recommend them. even though the mirena has hormones, it’s a very low dose and it’s localized. your doctor can explain it better.

    Post # 14
    Member
    412 posts
    Helper bee

    @MrsOrange:  i’d do it if i were you. the paraguard is supposed to make *your* periods comparatively worse. so if yours were twice as bad (probably high estimate), would you be okay with it? then do it. mirena will make them a bit less worse though, so you’d probably go down to nothing or next to nothing. i used to go through a maxi pad every hour or two on the first few heavy days, so i ran far far away from the paraguard.

    @Jen51287:  since the mirena releases directly into your uterus (vs bloodstream), i think the dosage is lower, and it’s localized (i’m not a doctor, and i’ve had mine for awhile, so don’t quote me on that). BUT the side effects i used to have on bc, i don’t get with the mirena. biggest downside for me is i naturally have a heavier flow (you didn’t reference yours), so i sometimes still have unpredictable spotting, which is super annoying. it’s like any other bc: it’ll work well for some, and less well for others. but i think of the 10+ people i know who have it (mirena or paraguard), only one person has had a bad reaction and gotten it removed.

    Post # 15
    Member
    69 posts
    Worker bee

    I am going in for my 2nd Mirena today.  I had one before, for six years, after the birth of my 2nd child.  It sounds like you are leaning towards Paraguard (for non hormonal reason) but if you are considering the Mirena, I highly recommend it!  I did not gain weight on it.  It was a long time ago so I don’t remember details of when I first had it inserted but I had 5+ years of no periods at all, which was heaven & alleviated my endometriosis.  GL with your decision! 

    Post # 16
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    2550 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’ve had the Paraguard for 4+ years now & it was easily the best decision i’ve ever made! I have not had kids so the insertion was painful, but over in less than 10 minutes. My cervix is tilted so they had to go at it twice but still, it took 10 mintues or less. I had some intense cramping that night & the next day, followd by a general stuffy feeling (like a head cold for your lady bits almost). My periods became muh much heavier for the first 6ish months & after that they kinda leveled back out to regular. Now I get a really intense period maybe once every year- otherwise it’s smooth sailing! Just a word or precaution that no-one told me about, but shoudl have been obvious, you may have some skin issues after leaving the hormones behind. That was my biggest issue- my skin has taken longer to adjust to the new hormone levels than my lady parts did! I had maybe a year and a half where my usually under control acne got kinda crazy, but with the help of an estitician, regular microderms/glycol peels, cutting most refined sugars out of my diet, & a very strict skincare regiment my skin is better than ever & hormone free!

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