(Closed) I have to quit the pill. What's your experience with IUDs and the Shot?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 47
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I got Mirena in November and I highly recommend it! I love it. The insertion was a little painful, but that was only because I had not taken any pain meds before it. PM me if you have any personal questions!

Post # 48
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523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I wanted to go off the pill, and tried the Mirena IUD about 6 months ago. It was a disaster! The insertion was nbd-bit of cramping but not nearly as bad as I was expecting. However, the problems started to come up right away. Firstly, I have a smaller set va-jay, and my Fiance is pretty average sized. When we would have intercourse, it would hurt both of us SOO bad! I could feel it being bumped and I started to worry about scarring-not to mention that his little buddy would be mangled from hitting it (I had a couple appointments and they cut the strings, readjusted it, etc-none if it worked). It also super fucked up my hormones and I was a raging emotional monster. I had that shit taken out a month later.

However, I have many, many friends who love theirs and experience no issues. I would still go this path over the depo, but I feel like when I was looking into it, I never found examples of the IUD going wrong, so I was unprepared when I started having so many issues.

Post # 49
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816 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

@NY152:  I have the Mirena. I love it. Love it. The insertion kind of sucked but it was pretty fast and I haven’t had problems. Every 6 weeks or so I’ll go pee, wipe, see a little bit of blood, and that’s my period. It’s great. And I haven’t had weight gain and my libido has actually increased which is a nice bonus. I was previously on the Depo shot and I found that about 10-15 days before I was due for the next shot I’d start bleeding and basically have a regular, fairly heavy period for like two weeks. That’s me though, and my body tends to be pretty sensitive to this stuff, I was amazed I didn’t have more weirdness from the Mirena. Either way if you don’t like one you can change pretty easily.

Post # 51
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66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have the Mirena. I’ve had it for about 2.5 years. I haven’t had a period in over two years. I do not have any children and I am thinking I will not have any at this point.

Post # 52
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118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@NY152:  I think the Mirena is an excellent choice! I had to get switched off BCP because it was increasing my Bridal Party and frequency of migraines, meaning I was at risk for aneurysm, and I switched to Mirena. The great thing is that even if the MUCH smaller amount of hormones is still keeping your blood pressure up, you can always switch it out for the Paraguard! 

The insertion for me was pretty terrible, not going to sugar coat that one for you. But I can confidently say, that after 2 years, that one really sucky day was sooooo worth. 

Post # 53
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305 posts
Helper bee

@NY152:  I am on a beta blocker for Bridal Party. It seriously changed my life! I feel so much better now and have so much more energy If it continues to bother you, I would really suggest trying the beta blocker! 

Post # 54
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589 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

I was on Depo for a year. No periods but gained 50 pounds. Not worth it in my opinion! I’m hoping to try an IUD. 

Post # 55
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275 posts
Helper bee

I would highly recommend going on a beta blocker for your blood pressure. My SO (22 yo) has hypertension as well (he runs in the upper 140s I think). Before going on the medication, he was tired all the time and couldn’t fall asleep due to the pounding in his head. He is doing much better since being on the beta blocker and he exercises all the time to try and control it. Hopefully the change in birth control makes a difference!

Post # 56
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@NY152:  Hormonal birth control methods made me depressed- I hated it. I was scared to use non-hormonal methods though, because I was worried about an unplanned pregnancy and hormonal methods have a lower failure rate. Well, I ended up using a diaphragm OR condoms for over six years and never got pregnant. We started trying to get pregnant in July and it happened in October so it’s not like I was infertile or anything. I guess my point is that barrier methods are almost as reliable if used properly, and for me they worked just fine. I loved having a normal cycle leading up to trying to conceive as well and I didn’t have to wait for my period to come back or whatever. I’d say it’s a different story if you never want kids, though, or don’t want them for like, 10 years or something.

Post # 58
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Helper bee

@NY152:  Oh good!! I really hope it works for you!

Post # 59
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@NY152:  I was just put on a mild diuretic that treats hypertension. There are alternative medications To beta blockers. Discuss all options with your MD. Good luck 

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