(Closed) How safe/unsafe are I.U.D.'s today?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I got my IUD (Paragard) at 21/22ish and have had it for three years and I LOVE it. The worst horror story I’ve heard personally is one of my girlfriend has unpredictable cramps throughout the month with hers(Mirena).

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’ve used Mirena for 6 years now (I’m on my second one).  I love it, and will never go back to any other form of brith control.  It’s low maintenance, highly effective, and bonus that I haven’t had a period in years!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Carolsays:  Paragard is the one without hormones, all copper! Insertion was not comfortable by any stretch of the means, but it just felt like very, very intense cramps. I should have taken the rest of the day off, but I sillily went back to my nanny job in the afternoon which I probably shouldn’t have, but I would have been fine returning to a desk job afterwards. 

Get it inserted at the end-ish of a work day, or even better a Friday. By the next day, I didn’t have any cramping.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

Carolsays:  I’ve had Mirena (hormonal) for over a year now and I love it. I had no issues and I don’t have to deal with periods. It’s great. Insertion was painful, but only lasted a few moments, then I just had cramping (not much worse than normal period cramps) for the rest of the day and was fine the next day. 

The NP that inserted mine has been doing it for decades and she said they are incredibly safe now. She said that years ago there were some bad ones and people got scared off, but we don’t use those anymore.

 

ETA: With hormonal IUDs many people stop having a period or have only a light period or spotting. I had some spotting when I was due for my first period after insertion and nothing at all since. I didn’t even spot after insertion, though many people do spot or have a full blown period for a while after insertion. Many people also get IUDs inserted while on their period, though I did not. With the copper IUD paraguard, many people report heavy bleeding and heavy periods to start, though this normalizes after a while a lot of the time.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by  SithLady.
Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I just had paragard inserted 2 weeks ago, my first IUD.  It was slightly painful but I did go back to work without issue.  I did have uncomfortable cramping for a couple of days.  The thing that is bothering me now is that I have had heavy spotting for the past two weeks and it hasn’t let up yet.  I have heard that after a few months the bleeding isn’t as heavy at first so I am going to wait it out and see.  It is worth it to me to have BC without hormones because they make me kind of crazy.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

IUDs are much much safer than the previous generation of them.  It definitely hurts going in – like REALLY really really bad cramps, but only for about 10 seconds – then does continue to feel like fairly bad cramps for another few hours or a day.  And you will often have heavier periods and more cramping for several months.  But it’s SO worth it!  I’ve had my Paraguard for 5.5 years now and I absolutely love it….. no pills, no hassle, no hormones for 10 years!  And they’re statistically as effective as sterilization.  I’m a huge fan.  See stats and info here:

http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/intrauterine-device-iud-for-birth-control

acsweetpea:  Mine took a solid 6 months before the heavier cramps and bleeding toned down to normal levels.  (And I’d been on birth control for ~8 years before then, so my concept of “normal” bleeding was off anyway, since it lightens your periods.)  Hang in there, it should get better.

Post # 9
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Worker bee

I got the Skyla (baby sister to the Mirena), and I love it. It hurt alot when it was put in, but it was over in less than a minute. There was about four months of adjustment, extra cramping and spotting. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

I got the Mirena about 2.5 years ago. I was 25 and never had kids. The insertion was painful and I had some cramping for about a week afterwards but otherwise fine. Haven’t had a period since. In fact, my doctor recommended it to me as I was having troubles with the pill. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Carolsays:  perfectly safe. get the facts from your doctor, not the internet. any horror stories you read are anecdotal, and can’t hold a candle to actual studies about IUDs.  also keep in mind that unhappy consumers are more likely to complain publicly when things go wrong, while happy consumers tend to just not do anything. 

but if you do want to hear word of mouth experiences: when I was younger I tried the copper T (non-hormonal) IUD, and hated it. it gave me terrible, awful cramps — but it wasn’t unsafe. it just didn’t work with my body. supposedly if you get bad cramps or if you’ve never had a baby, it’s not recommended. 

later I tried the mirena, and was on it for 8 years. I LOVED IT. eventually no cramps and no periods for me. 5 of my girlfriends are on it, and they all love it too. I don’t know anyone personally who had a bad experience. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I LOVE my Mirena! It’s been in for about two years and I’ve had zero problems (and no period other than some light spotting here and there)… insertion was agonizing, though, but totally worth it in light of how awesome its been since then. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I love my IUD.  I have Mirena, inserted in 11/13.  I was a pretty bad pill taker.  I remember it hurting quite a bit when it was getting inserted, and I had discomfort for a day after it, but after that I don’t remember having any other pain asosciated with my IUD.  I had some spotting for a couple of months.  After a year, I no longer got my period.  It’s great.

Post # 14
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892 posts
Busy bee

laisa:  the insertion sucks. when I got my second mirena placed, my doctor gave me Lorazepam. let me tell you, that really helps!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had the Skyla for about 2 years (took it out before TTC this summer) and I really liked it.  Honestly, most doctors I’ve had say they use IUDs, so that says a lot to me.  The insertion hurts, but it was worth it.  And everyone has a different experience.  SOme women can go back to work after, and some can barely move.  I was in the middle I think- I went and sat with a heating pad for the rest of the night, and had on and off cramping/spotting for the rest of the weekend.  It wasn’t fun, but it wasn’t terrible.  And to not worry about birth control for the next two years?  So worth it!

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