- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2015 - Backyard
Just wanted to share my IUD experience for those who are thinking about getting an IUD.
I had been thinking of getting an IUD for several years, after being on the pill and having a family history of blood clots, and finding that the pill was making my migraines worse (I was getting migraines every other week or at least monthly for the last 5 years, and after going off the pill, was migraine free for 5 months). After 6 months of being off the pill, and weighing my options (condoms, diaphragm, etc) I decided to get an IUD because I didn’t want any accidents or to be stressing about getting pregnant. After discussing with my doctor I decided on the Skyla IUD (designed for women who have not had any kids, smaller than the Mirena – low level progesterone so women with estrogen related problems are not effected). And I am SO GLAD I finally went and got it!
Okay, as long as it’s not contraindicated for you, take 600mg Ibuprofen 30-60 minutes before your appointment. Wear sweatpants. Also get some of those stick on heating pads to bring with you.
Insertion was not nearly as painful as I thought it would be. Did it hurt? Yes. I had a cervical block, which mostly felt weird but I’m glad I got one. It was a weird feeling because my body had never felt anything go through my cervix like that before. I did deep breathing, and focused on the cieling tiles. Then they use a sound to measure your uterus – since my cervix was numb all I felt was a uterine cramp – then a 2nd cramp when she inserted the iud. Now, I’ve had bad cramps before (used to be bad enough I almost passed out) so these cramps were definitely up there in the “worst cramps I’ve felt” but nothing that made me pass out or scream. And they were temporary (maybe 5 seconds). Not too bad. Afterwards I sat for awhile before standing up because I had a bit of a vasovagal response (the vagus nerve passes through your cervix so when that’s hit, you can feel funny like you’re going to pass out) and I was a bit dizzy, but this subsided shortly. I was very glad I brought a heating pad and slapped that on before leaving the office.
Then I had intermittent cramps for the next 3 days. Stayed on a schedule of 600mg Ibuprofen every 6 hours. Not too bad – cramps were uncomfortable but not so bad that the Ibuprofen couldn’t take care of it. I would recommend you stay home the day of the insertion because moving around a lot can bring the cramps on, especially right after it’s placed.
I am happy to report I have had basically zero spotting since then (many people spot for the first 3-4 months). My first period, I had cramps for 2 days before, followed by 4 days of spotting (just barely, so hardly a period), followed by another 3-4 days of sporadic cramping. All the cramping is eased with ibuprofen and is not so bad. Other than when I’m ovulating or about to start my period and have this cramping, I have no other changes related to the IUD. Supposedly the cramping should subside after it’s been in for awhile, but even if it doesn’t I’m still happy with it.
Definitely WORTH it for not having to worry about an unplanned pregnancy! Doesn’t interfere with my sex life at all, doesn’t bother my fiance at all.
Check the strings once a month after your period, and that’s it. I have had this thing for 7 weeks and so far, so good. The Skyla IUD is good for 3 years.
*This should not be construed as medical advise and is merely my personal experience. For any issues or concerns, please contact your medical care provider*