Post # 1
I need advice please. I’m 3 months postpartum and just had the mirena IUD inserted because we are not ready for another baby yet (probably like a two+ year gap).
The doctor told me to wait another month before having unprotected sex. A month! The manufacturer instructions all seemed to say it works immediately if inserted according to your period (which I haven’t yet had since DD’s breastfeeding) and if inserted any other time it takes a week to be effective so I was expecting a week.
This same doctor told me not to trust exclusive breastfeeding at all to prevent pregnancy even though I was more than following all the recommended rules for it. So we waited.
Ugh. I can’t use condoms anymore and I want to get my freak on, ha. So bees: have you had experience with the mirena? Or hormonal birth control postpartum? What would you do? She thinks I could “drop an egg in ten days and might not have enough of the hormone built up to prevent pregnancy”. Wut.
Post # 2
Are you going to have another appointment in a month to verify that it is still in place and was inserted correctly? I believe when I had my copper IUD inserted, my doctor pointed out that although it will work immediately, she recommended I wait until I had an ultrasound 4 weeks later to verify that it didn’t move. That was her reasoning on why I may opt to use condoms. But she was also honest that there was virtually no chance of pregnancy.
ETA – If my doctor said “drop an egg”, there is zero chance I would see them again.
Post # 3
… simple solution: if you are serious about delaying pregnancy for 2 years, use condoms in the short term.
Post # 4
lovelyruby : I was pretty horrified with the conversation. Then when I twice asked her what to look for or when to come back she said the only thing was severe pain. No mention of a 4 or 6 week check and I forgot until I got back to my car… She also didn’t even mention the strings so I guess I’m figuring that out on my own. It was frankly a bad appointment.
Post # 5
gryffinfoot : I’ve had mirena 3 times, they typically put it in during your period (so there’s no chance of pregnancy) and then you are good to go. I’m not sure about inserting it PP if your cycle hasn’t come back. It’s probably fine, but I would probably look up the manufacturers instructions online (product insert)
Post # 6
I haven’t had any kids yet, but my OB did suggest to wait a month just in case it moved. He also mentioned sometimes your cervix can be agitated so it can hurt for some women. He didn’t want to blatantly say that balls deep sex would hurt lol
I couldn’t wait though, so we did it. And he was right, it HURT. I bleed after too. So I suggest waiting. Mine was in place and I’ve had it for almost two years now. Maybe some intense foreplay will suffice!?
Post # 7
Why can’t you use condoms? Are you allergic?
Post # 8
If you’re allergic to latex there are some alternatives.
Post # 9
Your doctor is correct not to trust EBF as reliable birth control. I know a number of women whose periods returned at 2-3 months pp despite EBF. Apparently for that “method” to work you can never give your kid expressed milk or even a pacifier, and even then I wouldn’t trust it.
Not sure about the rest of what she said. I’d just use the pull out method in your shoes but I get that it’s not for everyone!