Switching from IUD to pill

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Is there a reason you aren’t going to a copper iud? It’s the single best contraceptive I’ve ever used and I’m getting one reinserted after my baby is born. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

tillymac :  I can’t speak to the OP’s reasons, but the copper IUD is not recommended for women with heavy periods as it often makes periods heavier and more painful. I personally am using and will always use hormonal birth control because I really like having consistent/no periods and not being in serious pain.

OP: I haven’t gone from the iud to the pill, but I went the other way. First starting the pill was a little rough for me. It took 2 types of birth control before I found the right pill for me. The ones that didn’t work gave me really bad headaches. Switching to the iud after the pill was easier than going from nothing to the pill. By 2-3 days after insertion I had no side effects and I didn’t have any of the headaches and bloating and issues that first starting the pill gave me. I think a big chunk of it depends on the person, so your mileage may vary. I’d give the pill 2-3 months and if you’re still not used to it (getting weird side effects) talk to your doctor about switching to a different version that may have a slightly different balance.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

piper628 :  Oh, I do want to say, that it’s false that you need to have a child before having mirena put in. I have never given birth (nor do I plan to), but I have a mirena that went in with little issue and it has been happily in the same spot for the past 3 years.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

piper628 :  When I was having trouble finding a pill that worked for me, the doctor I was seeing suggested I make an appointment with a specific nurse practitioner at the office. She did a lot of bc appointments and had built up a knack for listening to symptoms and past experience and choosing a good bc for someone. She figured out what I needed right away. Maybe see if there’s anyone like that at your doctor’s office?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had my last copper IUD for 12 years, and a month ago had it removed and a new one inserted. I’ve never had children, and it was not difficult to get placed (my period cramps hurt more than having it put in, both times), but my body seems to have rejected the new one this go around, just had it removed after weeks of pain and making sure the uterus hadn’t perforated, ultrasound said the IUD was in the right spot, etc., but now we are going to have to figure out wlhat to do for birth control as we don’t want kids anywhere in the near future, if ever. The pill I tried for 3 months as a teenager and it caused wild mood swings and migraines, but I might be willing to try again if my OB doesn’t think trying again with the IUD is a good idea. I’ll be following this thread to see what other people have experienced, while mine wasn’t a hormonal IUD, I’m still curious to see what others experienced with going to the pill. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Didn’t get any side effect. Business as usual. Not really an adjustment period other than having to remember to take the pill.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I went from pill, to mirena (complete nightmare… I made it a month with terrible pains before having it taken out and then it took a few weeks before the pain subsided), back to pill. I had shockingly few side effects considering the rapid change in hormones. Mirena has such low levels of hormones vs the traditional pill so I’d almost consider it like starting bc for the first time again. I think if anything I had a bit of moodiness while the hormones stabilized but anything felt amazing after having that evil thing stabbing me in the uterus for a month…

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I’ve been on birth control pills for nearly a decade and personally wouldn’t do an IUD. I follow a pathologist who gives a lot of insight on the cons of IUDs. She actually collects them! Some pop out with the placenta..😩 some are taken out due to bad experiences..

of course everyone is different, but I rather not have the worry!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

piper628 :  I’ve never had children before and I had the copper iud in for almost 4 years and conceived my baby very quickly after it was removed so that information is false. You don’t need to have had a child to have one. I have a few friends with one in who don’t get have children. Maybe the rules are different in the states. 

I also had very heavy and painful periods prior but still had it inserted. I had a small copper one called the Multiload IUD. My periods were still heavy but not as painful while it was in. I was actually never even asked that question prior to insertion. I’m assuming it’s different here in New Zealand. I dunno

All the best switching to the pill x 

 

Post # 15
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Wannabee

I had the Merina in for 5 years and had it removed 6 monthes ago. I decided to go back to the pill for similar reasons to you piper628! When I first had the IUD inserted it was a nightmare. It took 3 separate doctors appointments to have it inserted and once it was I didn’t feel the greatest for a good year. 

After having the Merina removed I decided to go to the pill. So far it’s been amazing! I didn’t realize the symptoms I had on the IUD until it was removed. My acne has improved alot! I used to have breakouts on my back and my face constantly. Now my back is clear minus the occasional breakout and on my face I only get one to two pimples every 3 weeks or so (which I can live with). I also noticed an increase in limbedo which I can’t complain ;). The only negative side effect I have noticed is being a little more moody. 

My doctor recommended sticking with the pill for 3 months and see how it made me feel. Maybe give it a little time for your body to adjust and see. I hope this helped! 

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