(Closed) Getting my Skyla in two weeks! Advice on what to expect?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

I just had the Mirena inserted about a month ago. Originally I wanted the Skyla (I have never had a child) but my doctor doesn’t carry it. She was certain she could do the insertion just as easily, even with the slightly larger IUD, and for the same cost, it would last 5 years (though I’ll likely only use it for 2-2.5). So, even though I don’t have the Skyla, my experience I think it will be very comparable.

1). I took 800 mg of Ibuprofen (same as a single percription dosage) before my appointment, I absolutely recommend at least this. It hurt. A lot. The worst part was when she measured my uterus–OUCH. Honestly, it hurt quite badly, I’m fairly sure I muttered a long string of profanities, and it was kind of an intense internal pinching (don’t know how else to describe it) which just made me feel very hot extremeely uncomfortable. It passed fairly quickly to more of a dull ache. Also, I don’t know if your doctor recommended doing the insertion while on your period but mine did, she said it tends to be inserted much more easily during that time, and the pain is often significantly less. I’d look into that for sure. 

2).The serious cramping was pretty consistent for about two days. I had what I would consider painful cramping (like bad menstural cramps) for about a week, week and a half.

3.) Now, about a month out, I still get some very minor cramping every now and then and have been spotting a bit for the last week or so, including just heavy spotting when I would have normally been on my period. So, if I just have to deal with spotting and no more periods, I am definitely ok with that!

4.) The only side effect I’ve noticed is I feel a little more bloated than usual. Not so much weight gain, just that my stomach (which wasn’t perfectly flat to begin with) is a little…poofier than usual. I don’t love this, but should probably step away from the carbs and wine as well. I won’t blame the IUD completely here. 

So far, I am very happy about it. I love that my insurance paid 100% of it, my periods seem to be much lighter, and I don’t have to think about it. I am definitely ready for the occasional cramping to stop, but it has decreased significantly, so I’m doing pretty well. My mood seems more normal (I’m fairly moody on my own, but I feel like it’s me, not the meds). I have my follow up visit in a week, so I guess we’ll see after that. 

TL;DR: It hurts like hell but is so worth it. DEFINITELY take 800mg of Ibuprofen before hand and try to schedule it while on your period (sounds gross/awkward, your doctor will. not. care. They see everything. Literally.)

Good luck!! (Oh, and feel free to PM if you have any questions about anything!)

 

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Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

SilvanArrow:  I have the Mirena, I got it put in a few months ago and my experience has been much like PP. 

I was already on birth control pills when I got the IUD and I was not on my period. I think that the usually recommend being on your period for most people though. The night prior to the procedure and about 1 hour before I had to insert a misoprostol pill vaginally, this softens the cervix to make insertion easier, but it gave me quite a bit of cramps the night before, but I didn’t experience any of the other side effects. About an hour before the procedure, I also took about 800 mg of ibuprofen. Still, the insertion HURT. I have a pretty high pain tolerance and was well aware that it was going to hurt but yeah, it was pretty bad. The upside is that it is quick, maybe about 30 seconds. After that, it was just bad period-like cramps. 

After the procedure, I had bad cramps for the rest of the day and just took more ibuprofen that evening. There was some spotting from the procedure, but after that nothing. I had mild cramps for another couple of days and nothing after that. When it came time for my normal period, I just had some light spotting for about a week. Even lighter for a shorter period of time next month. Nothing so far this month.

I haven’t noticed any weight gain or mood change. I have some acne, but I can’t for sure pinpoint that to the IUD. Keep in mind though, that I was already on the pill before I got the IUD, but I never had any of those symptoms with the pill either. No pregnancy scares, it’s actually potentially dangerous to get pregnant with an IUD so you have to pay attention to your body. Also, in the beginning, make sure to check your IUD strings. You can feel them and if you don’t, that could mean that the IUD moved and needs to be fixed. Your doctor should explain to you how to do this, it was pretty hard for me to find the strings the first time. I have gotten feedback that my husband can feel the strings during sex, but it’s not uncomfortable or anything. I’ve heard as time goes on that the strings soften and can’t be felt during sex anymore.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

SilvanArrow:  I have the Paraguard (5 years now, no children before or during) so I can’t speak to any of your questions except the insertion part.  

I didn’t take any full-on pain medications, but I did take 4 ibuprofen (800 mg) before the insertion as well as a random muscle relaxant my friend gave me.  The actual insertion was definitely painful, but SHORT.  It was pretty horrible pain (8-9 out of 10 on the pain scale) for like 5-8 seconds, and then some pretty serious cramps (6-7 out of 10) for another few minutes.  Also I wasn’t on my period although I learned later that usually makes it less painful.  If you do have access to a Vicodin or something, I’d take it.  Why the hell not!  But either way, it’s quick and you’ll be fine.

After that, it was like really bad period cramps for another 12 hours or so, and mild cramps for another day or two.  Keep popping some ibuprofen and you’ll be fine though.

Good luck and yeah, IUDs are the BEST!!!!!!!!  So worth the insertion pain.

ETA: oh yeah, and about the strings.  I don’t know if your husband is also a virgin, so maybe he won’t even notice, but I think men can usually feel the strings at first.  Basically there are a couple stiff strings that stick an inch or two through your cervix into your upper vagina, so you can check it occasionally to make sure it’s still there.  At first they just stick straight through, so he will basically be bumping up into them.  After a while, they start to wrap sideways and back around your cervix rather than straight down, so they’ll be less noticeable, if at all.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

SilvanArrow:  I have a Paragaurd (copper) and love it!  Good luck with your Skyla!  It’s my understanding that the Paragaurd is a little rougher in terms of a transition period than Mirera/Skyla, so take what I am saying with a grain of salt:

1) The insertion did hurt (I guess a 7/10 on the pain scale for me) it abated quickly.  Ibuprophen 2 hours before is a good idea.  

2) Sounds like you have a good plan.  Again, the copper one is supposed to be a bit rougher in terms of transition, and I had pretty bad cramps and spotting on and off for the first month or so. 

3) I got mine about 4 months ago … and I am still adjusting.  But from what I understand the copper has a longer adjustment period, about 6 months.  Periods are a little crampier than usual, but nothing popping a few advil can’t handle. 

4) Even with everything I said above, I’m really happy with it. The only issue for me has been cramping and the occassional spotting. I was on the NuvaRing before switching, and it’s been so much easier on my system. Very happy with the switch. A

Congratulations on your engagement!  I think you are making a really good decision to go with Skyla. Especially if you are worried about hormones lowering your libido,  next to I think the Copper IUD, which is hormone free, Skyla is the lowest. I think the hormones technically won’t even get into your blood stream, so you should have nothing to worry about there! 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

SilvanArrow:  

I had a stint with two different Mirenas that sadly, did not “take”. I was hugely disappointed because I loved them!

I took about 4 ibuprofen 1 hr prior to my appointment and it helped A LOT for me.

I will say the insertion did hurt. I read online TONS of insertion stories and had really psyched myself up for this part of it. I even brought my SO (now FI) with me to hold my hand because I was terrified. It felt like a strong continuous menstrual cramp to me but honestly wan’t that bad. I actually raised my head off the table when they were done and said “That’s it?”. The doc laughed at me 🙂 I’d also had a large ovarian cyst the fall beforehand which caused severe pain so to me, the IUD was nothing.

You’ll be fine w/ a few days off. Honestly I took one day off work and took it easy that day (I was a bit shaky afterwards which is normal because they are moving your cervix around, something called a vasovagal response).

For me, the IUD took about 3 months to settle down, just had some random cramping and spotting but since I was coming off Depo (the shot), it was WAY better than Depo which I hated. The problem for me was both Mirena’s I had, my body expelled them around the 4 month mark both times. It was heavy cramping, bleeding and out it came. I’ve never had kids and my doc told me this can happen with women (usually w/ women who haven’t had kids/been pregnant before).

I was sad because I think it’s the best birth control I’ve been on. Low hormones, not many symptoms and barely existent periods. No pills to remember, nothing.  If I ever have kids and need BC after, I’ll try a Mirena again for sure.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

SilvanArrow:  I have a Paragard (have had it for over 2 years now). As you are reading this, please bear in mind that this was just my experience and it does not mean you’ll have the same experience. Overall, I think the IUD has been great and that the benefits far outweigh the costs.

If I remember correctly, my OBGYN told me to take ibuprofen beforehand and I think she said anywhere from 600-800 mg so I wanted to see how much other women took to help me decide how much I should take. I ended up taking 800 mg because that was what I read the other ladies here recommended. I also have not had kids, but was not a virgin when I got my IUD. And I was on my period, which I would recommend for you.

I scheduled my insertion right after I got my period, as that was what my doctor recommended. I was told to call the office when I realized my period was starting and that they were going to schedule me to come in in the days after that. Usually my doctor is heavily booked, but she made sure to get me my appointment. I’m mentioning this to say that if your period hasn’t started the day before your appointment, I would recommend that you call your doctor to see if she can move your appointment back a couple of days.

During the measurement of my uterus and insertion, I did feel significant pain. It doesn’t last that long, if I had to estimate, I would say the severe pain only lasts for about 30-60 seconds total, so it’s definitely not a long-lasting pain. After the insertion, I had period-like cramps for about 30 minutes and then my cramps disappeared completely. I didn’t have to take it easy. I went to school that day and resumed all of my regular activities. That was how my body reacted to the IUD. I had a friend who had severe pain for a few weeks after insertion, so everyone’s reaction is different.

In the next couple of months, I did experience a bit of cramping a few times as my body got used to the IUD, but the pain that I had was short-lived. The other side effects of the Paragard (the ones relating to my period) took more time for me to get used to. It took me about 8 months to feel like my period was back to what I considered mostly normal. My gynecologist told me it would take 6 months, so it definitely took me longer but it is what it is and our bodies are all different. The spotting or the longer periods didn’t bother me much. With the Mirena, you’ll probably have spotting and your periods may disappear.

Overall, I really like having the IUD and I always recommend it to my friends when they complain about birth control pills or if they tell me they are looking for a different form of birth control than what they are currently using. I think a lot of women are afraid of IUDs, but I finally convinced one of my close friends to get one for herself, so I do speak well of it. I really hope that more women look into it because I feel that once your body gets used to having the IUD inside you, you’re set. There’s nothing to remember or do. It’s great. I’ve never been on the pill, but I can’t imagine I would ever want to be, considering that I’ve had a great experience with the IUD.

Good luck with your insertion and I hope all goes well! Let us know what happens 😀

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I just wanted to share my experience with the Skyla insertion! After reading all of the horror stories online.. this may give you peace. I got my Skyla inserted today (March 2016) and it was a breeze.. A little background: I had my first child in January 2016.. at my 6 week appointment they told me I had to wait until 8 weeks to get the skyla placed because they wanted to make sure my uterus was shrunk back to normal size and they also said I should be on my period because the cervix is sightly open at this time. Naturally my period started on a Wed. and ended Saturday and I got the Skyla placed on a Monday. I took 800mg of Motrin an hour prior to going and I barely felt a thing. The procedure took all but maybe 2 minutes and was very similar to getting a PAP done. Once the Skyla was placed I had slight bright red spotting which they said was normal and can last a couple of days..they provided a pad to wear home.. As I was getting dressed I felt a mild back pain that was constant but no where near what my period cramps feel like. Everything has been fine since I’ve been home.. the backpain has not got any worse and the spotting has not increased. Once I was home I took bayer back and body for the mild back pain and it helped along with a heating pad.

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I just wanted to share my experience with the Skyla insertion! After reading all of the horror stories online.. this may give you peace. I got my Skyla inserted today (March 2016) and it was a breeze.. A little background: I had my first child in January 2016.. at my 6 week appointment they told me I had to wait until 8 weeks to get the skyla placed because they wanted to make sure my uterus was shrunk back to normal size and they also said I should be on my period because the cervix is sightly open at this time. Naturally my period started on a Wed. and ended Saturday and I got the Skyla placed on a Monday. I took 800mg of Motrin an hour prior to going and I barely felt a thing. The procedure took all by maybe 2 minutes and was very similar to getting a PAP done. Once the Skyla was placed I had slight bright red spotting which they said was normal and can last a couple of days..they provided a pad to wear home.. As I was getting dressed I felt a mild back pain that was constant but no where near what my period cramps feel like. Everything has been fine since I’ve been home.. the backpain has not got any worse and the spotting has not increased. Once I was home I took bayer back and body for the mild back pain and it helped along with a heating pad.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Mine became a horror story as mine rejected. However the insertion hurt like a BITCH but only for less than 5 seconds. Deep breaths and it’s over. Mild cramps the rest of the day with some spotting, easily taken care of with midol. That part wasn’t so bad and was totally worth the piece of mind. Mine didn’t work out but it was my weird body so you should be fine. 

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