(Closed) IUD's (maybe TMI)

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have an IUD but I don’t have endo or any other issues, so I don’t know if my experience would be helpful.  If it would, let me know and I’ll post more details.  I wouldn’t worry too much about insertion- they give you a muscle relaxer and heavy duty ibuprofen shortly before, so I assume you’ll have better prep than for the scope?  

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I was told by two docs that IUD would not be advised if you hadn’t had children, and then especially if you hadn’t had children and had a flipped/folded/retroverted uterus.

No idea how true, or valid, it’s just what was told to me.

Whatever happens I hope you get relief!  I am always fond of a second/third opionion!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had an IUD and it was the best thing I did as far as my health was concerned. I had suspected endo, although it was nothing compared to your story. I did however have precancerous cells in my uterus that caused spotting for 2 years and bcp wasn’t helping. So, my doctor recommended an IUD. It was definitely painful during insertion and I cramped for days- not too bad, but definite cramps. After 6 months, they did another biopsy of my uterus and the precancerous cells were finally gone. It was amazing that the IUD had treated it! I had it removed shortly after that because we were TTC- but those cells had to be gone before we could try.

I had not had kids and my doctor had no problem with me having an IUD. I was able to get pregnant months after having the IUD taken out.

Good luck- I hope it helps you!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Hey, I am really sorry to hear this! Sounds intense. :/ I have mirena and ive had no children, so it is possible to get it. That said, insertion will be painful since they open up your cervix, so prepare and ask ur doc what med to take before to help with the cramping. It onky hurt for a day. With regard to bledding, your period may completely stop. I get it once every 2 months,  ill maybe spot for a day. I Am very happy with it. Definitely exhaust all your options before the hysterectomy.  Good luck with this!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@MrsTangerine:  I have an IUD and I have never had children….and my sister has a tilted uterus and has one too. It isn’t the most recommended form of birth control but they still do it for people who haven’t had a child and whatnot 🙂

 

@lia22:  Best decision I have made as far as birth control is. I only get a few spotting days once in a while (probably a handful of times in the 3 years I have had it). My sister has a tilted uterus and just put the IUD in while she was menstruating so the cervix was softer and it didn’t hurt so much.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@lia22:  I’m a nurse so everything (and whatever else you want to say) will probably not gross me out. Unless you start talking about snot, that’s about the only thing I gag and am grossed out by.

But yes – do what she says and be on your period. My sister said when she was on her period it was so much better feeling to put the Mirena in (felt like a big period cramp), than when they did pap smears and she was off her period and it hurt like hell to just put the speculum in.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

hormonal IUDs (not copper) have been proven to be helpful for some women w/ endo. copper is sometimes helpful, but I would avoid copper if you have any sort of issues with length or cramps with your period – they can make your period last longer. I have endo as well and tried Mirena almost two years ago. I still had my period, but it didn’t last very long – about a week, maybe a week and an half. It also wasn’t as heavy, adn teh cramps weren’t very bad. Unfortunately, it didn’t really regulate my period, so that was annoying. My reproductive endocrinologist had me add back a bit of hormonal meds to try to maek my period stop and that did the trick! It also really helped w/ random cramping. After less than a year, my IUD started to reject though, and they had to pull it (which by the way, almost no pain). Insertion is usually suggested during a woman’s period b/c the cervix is open a bit more so insertion is easier (also why it used to be suggested for only women who had given birth – however, the literature now supports that any woman can have an IUD. Some doctors are a bit old school and aren’t as accepting of that.)

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@lia22:  If it helps, I have several friends who have Mirenas and I’m the ONLY one who still had a period. One of them had a bit of a period for like two months, but then it went away entirely. not sure if you use Chronic Babe, but it’s a good website for women w/ chronic health (with different boards) so you could try also posting this there.

 

I totally feel you on the extra hormones. My husband and I have been talking recently about what we’re doing, child-wise. I’m back on hormones and really not loving it (more the idea than the side effects). Many women I know who had issues w/ taking hormonal birth control tolerated Mirena very well – b/c as you said the hormones are right where they need to be (a definite pro when I’m teaching about birth control)

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsTangerine:  You were misinformed. 

Nulliparity (not having had children) is NOT AT ALL a contraindication to IUD use and this method of birth control can be a great choice for nulliparous women. If you don’t believe me, look at scientific studies or the WHO or ACOG recommendations.

I have heard that the rates of expulsion and discomfort with an IUD increase with a retroverted uterus, however I have heard of a number of women getting IUD’s with this condition.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

OP, I got the copper IUD in two years ago (not the one you’d be interested in, you’d want the hormonal one), and it has been working great for me so far. Periods and cramps were a little more severe (this happens with the copper IUD), but it has been 100% worth it.

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