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

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Post # 32
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Busy bee

I had the copper coil for 5 years and had it removed when deciding to TTC. 

I had it at about 23 years old, insertion wasn’t fun and they eventually did it under anaesthetic even though I have a fair pain tolerance they just couldn’t get it in!

It made me periods heavier and a lot more painful but i could cope with that for the ease the rest of the month – I’m currently 7 mos pregnant and will be having another one after this pregnancy. 

I know of 1 person whose IUD got expelled and I know one other person who fell pregnant with it – but I actually know quite a few people who have them and I was always comfortable with the odds. I know more people that have had ‘accidents’ on the pill!

Post # 33
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1002 posts
Bumble bee

IUD’s are great now.  I’m on my second Mirena, and am only having it removed (early) in a few months because I’m going to be getting a tubal ligation (as I don’t ever intend to have children, there’s no reason to keep things down there in “working order,” and I’m now finally old enough that physicians take my “don’t want kids” speech seriously).  I highly recommend IUD’s as safe, comfortable, long-term, low-maintenance contraception.

Post # 34
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Helper bee

Polyphemus:  If you don’t mind me asking, how old is that? I’m almost 29 and seriously considering tubal ligation but I’m not sure any OB/GYN would be willing to do it until I’m like 35.

 

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’ve had my Mirena for almost 3 years and I have been thankful to have it.  I had some issues while it was getting settled – I had to take high dosages of ibuprofin for about 6 weeks after I got it, because I was cramping and bleeding fairly heavily.  My dr said it was because my ladybits were inflamed inside.  Once that got settled, it’s been smooth sailing.  I rarely have very light spotting and am fully satisfied with my device.  

Darling Husband and I don’t plan to have babies, so when this Mirena expires, I plan to get another one.  I like being period-free so much that I’ll continue to use the Mirena for as long as my Dr will let me.

Post # 36
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Carolsays:  I got my Paragard (copper IUD) when I was 17 (almost 18), because hormonal birth control made me a nut case for years. The insertion was extremely painful for me, since I’ve never been pregnant. Aside from the insertion, and slightly more painful/heavy periods, I couldn’t be happier! Definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Post # 37
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Bumble bee

timethief:  I’m 30.  I’ve been asking off and on since I was 19.  I’ve been consistently told “no,” but once I hit 30, it became a magic, “yes.”  (I may help that I’ve also started telling doctors that if I get pregnant despite my use of supposedly effective contraceptives, I’ll go straight for an abortion, no hesitation, because I cannot bear a healthy child and trying to carry to term would be hazardous to my health.  Apparently having decided, in advance, that I will have an abortion is a horrifying, terrible thing.  I should have started with this refrain years ago, I might have gotten my tubes tied a lot sooner!)

Post # 38
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Helper bee

Polyphemus:  I tried to obtain a tubal ligation when I was 25. When doctors asked me what I would do if I change my mind in ten years, they were dissatisfied when I told them I would adopt a child. I would even explain to them that I’m happily adopted and I would welcome the opportunity to pay it forward should I decide I want a child.

I had an IUD for six and a half years, and became pregnant anyway quite recently. I decided to have an abortion. I would rather be permanently sterilized with the possibility of slightly regretting it later than ever have to go through that again – but I will have another abortion if I become pregnant again.

Post # 39
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Bumble bee

timethief:  Tell your doctor(s) about your decision.  Be vocal.  You’d be amazed how much more willing they are to perform a tubal.

Post # 40
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

timethief:  I’m so sorry to hear that.

I’m also happily adopted! And I’ve had several similar experiences/arguments trying to obtain sterilization in my 20s. But, I’ve been reasonably satisfied with my IUDs so far.

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