IUD – are you on it or have been on it?

posted 8 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had the copper one for about 2 years. I really liked the fact that I wasn’t using hormones and it was pretty low maintence. It hurt when they put it in and I had a tender abdomen for a day or so. It didn’t make me tired. Over time though I started having really heavy periods and the cramping got so bad I had to take it out.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have mirena, I’ve had it for about three months now and I love it.  I had really bad cramps and heavy periods before, and now I spot often but my periods are really light and short!

It hurt SO BAD putting it in (I’ve never had any children so it tends to be more painful), and I cramped really badly for the first week, then moderate cramping for about two weeks after that… After about three weeks it settled and I only get occasional cramping now.  I love it, but I think with Mirena you either love it or hate it.  I also took the minipill for four months before getting my iud because my doctor wanted to make sure I reacted ok to the progesterone, since I had such a bad reaction with tri-sprintec (super depressed, numb and just generally not happy).

But I do love my iud so far, my spotting is slowing down and my doctor is confident it will eventually stop, but it does take about 6 months to a year for you to completely adjust to an iud.  So ride it out even if you don’t like it at first, give your body enough time to get used to it!

good luck!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I also have the mirena…Ive had it for about 3 years and love it…my cycle is quick and easy, my period lasts for about 2 days, thats it…if that sometimes….

I have 3 children and am done, so this was the best option for me..low hormones and lower side effects…

Post # 6
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981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

There are 2 types– Paragard (Copper) and Mirena (low-dose, non-systemic hormonal). I had the Paragard for 2 years and ultimately decided to remove it, for reasons I’ll share below.

They’re very effective today, not unreliable like the ones around when our moms were trying them. Some providers will not do an insertion if you have not had a child… only because it can be more difficult (tighter cervical opening), but it’s really not a good reason. They request you to be married/committed to one sex partner because of risk for Pelvic Inflamatory Disease, but I have known non-monogamous girls who had them and were just careful and never had a problem.

I decided to use the copper IUD after 7 years of being on the pill because I wanted to try being hormone-free and give my system a rest. I also assumed that it would help my libido, as being on BC and anti-depressants at the same time often kills that. It DID help my libido, but present a whole host of other sexual problems, and I’ll get to that in a sec.

Also, being hormone-free is not always a good thing… besides the heavier periods that come with being off the pill and using the copper IUD, you may suffer from whatever hormonal maladies your body normally has. It had been 7 years since I was hormone free, so I barely remembered… but apparently for me, that meant crappy skin and crazy-town PMS.

For me, the insertion itself wasn’t terrible. I mean, it hurt, but not the worst thing ever. It was AFTERWARD that I had a lot of pain. When the device shifted to settle, it gave me awful cramping (think contractions) for about 6 hours. I felt like throwing up, passing out, crapping, and crying… but the only real option I had was the last one. But a while with a hot pack and I was OK. It settled after that but I always could feel my uterus. Not painfully, mind you, but there was always an awareness of where it was and that there was something in there. Really subtle, but an odd feeling when it concerns an organ you normally don’t notice. A lot of my friends have reported the same thing. I didn’t really like it.

So, the reason I had it removed (removal is really easy, Mr. CP just did it) was that although being hormone-free helped my libido, it also gave me really awful periods and really awful PMS, such that I spent 2 weeks of the month feeling too awful to have sex.

The week before my period, I felt gross with bad skin and had huge mood swings. I also had awful cramps during onset (a common side-effect is worse cramping with copper IUD). During my period, my flow was INSANELY heavy. I mean, not even normal compared to 7 years of light flow on the pill, but crazy. I had to switch to the Diva Cup because I started blowing through super tampons while I was out and about. That has NEVER happened to me before. Bjork says “I’m a fountain of blood, in the shape of a girl.’ That’s how I felt. I’ve never objected to sex while on Aunt Flo in my life. Until I was on Paragard. It was just a mess. Literally.

So! I had it for 2 years before our wedding. I ditched it in favor of another lo-dose pill, for menstrual control and acne control. Next time, I will try the Mirena because the hormone dose is so low and so local that it shouldn’t be hard on my system… Mirena often causes women to completely lose their periods, too… so YAY to that!

On the plus side, Paragard was VERY effective and really cost-effective. I was taking Yaz beforehand, and the price was becoming prohibitive. I didn’t switch to Mirena immediately afterward because I knew we’d start trying for kids in the next 4 years and it seemed silly to waste another IUD.

Anyway, that’s my story. Too Much Information, I’m sure. I was a real evangelist for IUDs, and I still am, but I was disappointed in my experience with Mirena. 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@CherryPie How well does the Diva Cup work? I’ve been looking at getting one, but have been balking at the expense for something I hadn’t heard of before.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I have been on the Mirena IUD for 2 years and I love it. No problems, very little side effects (nothing serious) and NO menstral cycle.  You do need to have a child first to have this form of IUD. I know the copper IUD you don’t. Good luck with your decision. 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@diy rae: I think that just depends on your doctor, because my doctor said it had to be the other way around: mirena if you hadn’t had kids (and seemed like a good candidate, she really put me through the ringer… she’s not very nice and actually made me cry the first time… state health doctors ugh!), and that the copper one you had to have had kids already…

The copper one wasn’t an option for me, I already bled like crazy and had terrible cramping so I didn’t even want to try it!… But with mirena my cramps have been manageable and they are getting less and less painful.  but I do get them randomly throughout the month…

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

well apart from initially getting a break out its worked pretty well.my period had remained normal no real overbaearing heavy flow. i do wonder how i might be affected once i take it out and want another kid but u have that concern with all birth control.oh by the way i was tired with all the hormones thats what sent me looking for an iud in the first place.i have a copper one it called the copper t somthing cant remember.i have had it in for a year.good luck

ps for the break out i used proactive and it worked.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve had the mirena for 5 years now (time to get it replaced… ugh). It did hurt to put in, and I had cramping for about 2 days afterwards, but its been fabulous! No pain, no cramping, and I only get occasional (once every 3-6 months) short periods. I have an appt in a few weeks to replace it – its been fabulous!

@diy rae – whether you can have the mirena without having had kids depends on a number of factors – your doctor’s opinion, your insurance, other health issues, etc. I had to get special permission from my insurance to get it 5 years ago (i’ve never had kids and can’t use a lot of birth control due to other health issues), but I’ve heard from friends that its become easier to get.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I had mine “installed” a couple of months ago and LOVE it. I always got really light spotting and periods on hormonal birth control, and I’m already not getting my period, just light spotting. It did hurt to put in, and about an hour after getting it I had the cramps, wanted to pass out, needed to poop, etc. It passed in an hour, but I would highly recommend going at night and having your FI/DH or a friend drive you home. I can’t believe they don’t recommend this, because if I got the first wave while driving, it could have been bad.

Overall, though, I’m absolutely thrilled.

My general physician is Chinese, and she said that in China, IUDs are the most common form of BC, and is a big proponent. Error is almost non-existant, and the risks really are super low, including clotting risks. She interested me in the method.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have Paragard as well, and almost everything CherryPie says, it’s true! I went on it due to severe migranes with auras, and the risk of a birth control related blood clot/stroke.  Periods are so heavy, that I’ve decided along with my Fiance, that after we get married, I’m having it removed and just let whatever happen, happen with pregnancy. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had the Mirena about five years ago, but took it out after about 10 months because of the side effects. I had no period while on it, so that was great, but I had horrible cramps! I don’t know if it just wasn’t in right, or what, but I had awful cramps for 10 months!!! I know it’s normal to have cramps at first, but 10 months of continuous pain is not okay. I kept going back to the dr and they kept telling me that it would go away, but it didn’t. It got to the point where I was taking ibprophen all day long and sat with a heating pad whenever I was home. I finally went to a different dr who agreed that I should have it removed and that my symptoms were’t normal.

Another friend got it at the same time as me and loved it, though…

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I have Paraguard. I switched because I’m sensitive to the hormones in other methods. I’ve only had my IUD two months. So far, my periods have only been heavier for one day per cycle. I’ve always had super-heavy flow, so it doesn’t bother me so far. I haven’t even had really bad pms or cramping (which is a total shock to me because normally I’m a monster). So far, I love it, but only time will tell.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

I have had the Mirena for three years.  Overall, I love it.  I haven’t gotten my period in 2.5 years, which is awesome, and I have no PMS or cramps (big issues for me in the past).  The insertion sucked, but the pain only lasted a day – a tradeoff I’m happy to have made given the pain cramps were causing me.  I think that it has had a slight negative effect on my libido, but not to the point of being an issue, and again, better than the negative effect of having serious cramps for a week each month.  I got it from a university health system which was unconcerned about whether I’d had children, but they definitely asked whether I was in a long-term monogamous relationship. 

As some previous posters’ experience shows, though, it’s different for each person, and you probably can’t predict in advance how it will be for you.

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