iud's for birth control!

Leanna - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 40 moms have responded )

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i currently have an iud after having my last son almost 8 months ago. there are no realy side effects but after reading the possibilities of pregnancy being almost as great as regular birthcontrol and the effects from it along with the chance of the fusing to my cervix and more!

any thought or opinion on iud's?

anyone have them?

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Mandy - posted on 12/30/2009

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My grandma had one and only had problems with them. Then my sister thinking they had changed got one and almost died from it. I don't know what happened but I know I won't ever get one... good luck with it!

Stacie - posted on 12/30/2009

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hi there, yes i had one a few years ago and oh my god everyone is different and effects them in different ways. but after having one in my periods where so heavy and so painful but i kept on with it until just under a year of having it in i got pregnant with my second daughter and the pain i was in my god, and believe me it hurts way more getting it out then having it in. the iud dropped quite low which caused the pain and me to get pregnant



so good luck with whatever you decide

Amber - posted on 12/30/2009

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I would highly suggest looking into Natural Family Planning where you don't need to insert anything into your body or swollen any artificial hormones which are not good for your health. NFP has come a huge way since our grandparents days - just as effective as birth control pills and everything else - 99% effective and it's safe and healthy. You can look on ccl.org for a local teaching couple near you. It's worth it!

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Mirena is AWESOME! I've had it for over two years now and I've had NO problems at all. It hurt the first day the doc put it in, with cramping and such, but no problems since. I haven't had a period in over a year and I don't even spot! Doesn't get any better than that! Good luck!

Dalaney - posted on 12/30/2009

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I also have heard a lot of negative things about IUDs from topical pregnacies to worse, I went with implanon it is a little stick the put under your skin in your arm, it doesnt hurt at all, it is totally more effective, it seems creepy at first but no side effects so far, it is a systemic conticeptive, not a localized one but the hormones are equievelent to the mini pill, so its like taking the pill everyday but no having to remeber. I like it much better than the IUDs.

Natalie - posted on 12/30/2009

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I also have mirena and clearly its not for everyone but has been a wonderful thing for me I to am a worrier thought all the side effects and then they tell you 1 out of 1,000 people have had a whole poked in there uterus from it so anytime i get a pain i worry and i'm like " ahhhh im getting a hole in my uterus" lol but my doctor told me you know when something is wrong with your body if you feelk something isnt right you should come in to the office because the sooner they know the better cause things are unavoidable! i hope it works for you and try not to stress to much because you know your body bettere than anyone so just know if something doesnt feel right chances are something isnt right so just go visit your doctor!! : )

Mary - posted on 12/30/2009

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I've had both types of IUD in the last year and a half (or so). I started with the Mirena, and I absolutly hated it! My mood swings would change by the second. I feel into a deeper post-partnum depression. The mood swings are common within the first month of the insertion, well it's not supposed to be common a year later. So after a year of giving it a try and feeling misserable, I asked my doctor to switch the Mirena to the ParaGard (non-hormonal IUD). The three month with the IUD I wasn't bleeding. I felt the cramps become stronger but not blood. After the third month, My period came and it lasted about 2 whole months. after that it's been normal to one a month. For me, the ParaGard makes my cramps stronger but only for the first two days. I take excedrin and it relieves it almost instantly and my period lasts about 1-2 days longer. I rather deal with cramps and a day or two more with the period than no period but with mood swings every single second of my life. As far as my inimacy with my husband, he would always feel the strings with the Mirena, but has not commented about the strings "poking" or "stinging" him.

Several women that I know have had this IUD inserted for YEARS and none have become pregnant since the insertion. After having me, my mother had the ParaGard and I don't have any younger siblings, just my older sister. I think the ParaGard is the safest out there along with the Mirena, but again, the Mirena was a bad experience for me and I would not recommend it.

Monica - posted on 12/30/2009

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I have an IUD- and got it 6 months after my daughter was born, and she will be 2 in march and we are still not expecting baby number 2 yet. The only side effects that I have are those of an actual period, Cramps and bloating. But not having a period is very nice!! One less thing I have to worry about with a 2 year old running around

LaRisa - posted on 12/29/2009

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I had on put in after my second son because I wasn't good with taking the pill when I should and my husband and I didn't use condoms. I didn't have any side effects and I had it in me from 2003-2005 and the only reason i had to get it out was because I was told I had hpv which led to having pre-cancerous cells and I had to have surgery to remove those cells but I never had any problems with it. My period came on time no dfferent changes to my body or anything like that. But that is the first thing i advised my friends of when we talk about birth control so I say do what ever works for you and your family. Hope this helps and have a blessed day.

Michelle - posted on 12/28/2009

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i got my mirena once in aug but it was put in incorrectly so it was replaced a couple weeks later at my check up so ive had it a couple months now, and randomly i get serious cramps n breast tenderness n nausea...basically i dont feel like other than birth control the mirena hasnt helped with any womanly issues of pms

Sara - posted on 12/28/2009

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i have the IUD and i love it. i got it in march of 2008. my periods are much lighter like next to nothing. this is the first form of BC ive tired, but ive had friends that have done the pill (i cant even remember to take vitamins everyday) and the shot. Anyways, i love my IUD.

Danielle - posted on 12/28/2009

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I have an IUD and I have had it in for 8mths now. It has caused me alot of problems. very heavy periods, horrible cramps, bloating. My husband complains about it every time. I have had serious weight gain. Where I was on the pill 2 yrs ago and none of these side effects were happening that I have now. I am going in this week to get it removed.
Every womans body is different. You may not have any of these issues.


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Samantha - posted on 12/28/2009

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I have the copper IUD (that lasts up to 10yrs) because I didn't wish to take any birth control with hormones... I wanted something that I didn't have to remember ever day/week/month as well. I've had no problems with mine either and I've been checked a couple times to see how things are down there. I've had mine in since September 2007 and I feel completely normal. It doesn't cause weight gain, period changes, or anything like that.

Mellissa - posted on 12/26/2009

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I had an IUD put in the Mirena and I loved the fact that I didn't even get a period while on it! I hated that I could feel the darn thing after 1 year of painful relations with my husband and pain with the strings and feeling the IUD constantly my OBGYN decided it was time to remove it. If you have no pain and the IUD is in perfect place you can go 5 years without having to worry about birth control and it is VERY EFFECTIVE. There is very little risk of getting pregnant while on the IUD. The time in which you could get pregnant is when it is first put in that is when you run the highest risk of getting pregnant. There are A LOT of woman that use the IUD and my OBGYN highly recommends this one over the Depo Shot (as you loose Calcium in your body from the shot). Getting pregnant AFTER the IUD EASY I didn't even have a period and I ended up pregnant after my IUD was removed I was waiting to have a period to start the patch and that didn't happen. After my 3rd pregnancy I decided to have my tubes tied BEST decision we every made!

Erica - posted on 12/25/2009

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i completely agree with teresa simpson. do not get the shot- i was 140 lbs when i got the shot- ans 225 lbs when i finally decided to quit! I exercised daily, hardly ate...and was just in terrible shape! Within 2 weeks of no more shots, i lost about 20 lbs! I am now on the nuva ring, and I love it- easy to remember, still get your period. No weight gain. good luck!

Ashleigh - posted on 12/12/2009

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I had the Mirena implanted at my 6 week appointment after my daughter was born. So I have had it since July of 08. I love it. I had some spotting and breakthrough bleeding for a month or two after it was put in. Since then I haven't had any bleeding at all. I am thinking about having another baby soon, so I may get it out in the near future. But after another child, I am going to get another one put in. I think it is awesome.

Alexis - posted on 12/12/2009

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I also have an IUD shortly after our daughter was born. I absolutely love it because I don't have to worry about it. Before our daughter was born I was on the patch and then the pill. I did not like them at all so I stop using them. The IUD might sound too weird, but you don't get pregnant up to 5 years. The best part is, you get to decide when you want it to be taken out.

Mackenzie - posted on 12/02/2009

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I wouldn't recommend an IUD, as I know personally no less than 11 people who got preggers while they had one in! and I had one in for a year and a half and had the worst cramps and spotting almost constantly. I was always told it would go away, that it was normal, but I don't think it's normal for my body to feel that way constantly for so long! Just my personal opinion!

Kelly - posted on 12/01/2009

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I have the Implanon and I absolutely love it. I heard of horror stories of the Mirena hurting with sex and causing infections, so I didn't want to take the risk. The reason I got pregnant is because I took my birth control patch off when I was getting in the shower, and forgot to put a new one on for a couple of days. Therefore, I didn't really want to go back to the patch (even though I loved it) or the pill. I refuse to have a shot, so the only option besides the ring (which i didn't want because my friend had problems with it) was to have the Implanon put in. It lasts 3 years and has a VERY low chance of getting pregnant. It is amazing. I don't have cramps with it, I only had my period for about 2 months after it was put in, and the only way I can feel it is if I feel my arm. I can't even feel it in my day to day activities. I have now had it in for about 2 years and I am starting to get sad to have to take it out in just a year! I could put it back in, but we have decided to keep it out so hopefully I will get baby #2!

Paige - posted on 11/27/2009

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I have Mirena and absolutely LOVE it! I'm terrible with the pill, the patch was too sticky and gross, and my NuvaRing slipped out at very bad point in my cycle (i.e. why I'm now a single mom). However, all of the above are really great, they're just not right for everyone. Good luck!

Simone - posted on 11/24/2009

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Love my IUD i have too have the coper IUD or non hormonal one and don't feel a thing. After having my son it was easier and one less thing to worry about. very few spotting and before i get my period i feel a little cramping the day before as my warning LOL. No complains I say try it if you don't like ask your dr to take it out.

Polly - posted on 11/24/2009

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Well im going on my 3rd IUD, I get the non-hormonal one because if I wanted hormones i'd just take the pill...
The last one I had was in for 10 years and i've never had an issues with any of them and highly recomend it unless you're prone to PID or not in a TRULY monogomous relationship. They make period cramps a bit more anoying and lasts an extra day, but thats the only thing.
I have them keep the string a few in long and just pull it out myself while on my period in a hot bath. And I get pregnant within weeks!
I ♥ MY IUD!

Angelique - posted on 11/23/2009

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i had an iud put in after had my child and i had complications my cycle was off and very heavy them they cldnt find it i went through a lot till they finally did an mri and found out it wasnt there anymore so they asume it fell out but they never found it so wld i suggest it to anyone no!!!!!

Ami - posted on 11/18/2009

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I have Mirena, have had it for about 15 months now. I LOVE IT. no problems, have a cramp or two every once in a while, but thats it. This is the ONLY form of birth control that we use... TMI, but not even pulling out. And it has worked just fine. I read all of those side effects too. I was a little nervous at first. But its fine. And the chances of a fuse are highly unlikely. Good luck!

Brittany - posted on 11/15/2009

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I have the Mirena IUD, had it for 2 years. I tried the depo shot after my son was born until he was 6 months old and all i did was bleed and gain weight. So when I got sick of the depo shot I went straight to the IUD : ) It has been the best form of birth control for me. I get my period every month and its just perfect. I havent had any bad side effects so I hope this helps! I did have a lot of pain during insertion but if your not ready for another baby it is definitely worth it .

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I had an IUD in for a little over a year after I had my son. I spotted a little at first but that was it. It was nice that I did not have to worry about taking the pill like I did before I got pregnant. I got to take it out when I wanted and my husband and I didn’t have to worry about having another baby right away. The only thing that makes me wish I did go back to the pill instead of an IUD after I had my son is the pill regulates you. It helps you have your period around the same time each month. I think it would have been easier to get pregnant again when we wanted to. After getting the IUD out, back in September, it is taking me a while to get regular again.

Vena - posted on 11/13/2009

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I have had the mirena for about a year now. I choose this form of birth control after had my son. I like the fact that there is no pills to take or anything to forget. But it really messed my cycle up. It made me bleed heavier and longer then before I had my son. But thankfully y last two cycles have been lighter and only two days long.

Teresa - posted on 11/13/2009

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PLEASE PLEASE do not use the shot. Many women have had problems conceiving after going off. Not only that but the weight gain is TERRIBLE!!! I am on mirena which is a form of IUD I love it. I hardly ever have a period, and I can not get pregnant. There is like a 1% with merena. And nothing to remember, but you have to have one partner preferably. And it doesn't protect against STDS. Which we already not basically a condom only does that. And no history of PID.

It sounds like you are concerned with the "side" effects or should I say what possibly might happen. With everything there is always a plus and minus.You have to chose what is best for yourself. Are you willing to take the pill everyday at the same time etc. I know the ring and the patch you have to be a certain weight, ig yo are even 7lbs, I think it is over that weight you can get pregnant. So again it is up to you and what is best for YOUR body.

Carla - posted on 11/02/2009

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I had Mirena put in a month ago and I am so ready to have it taken out, I have had breast tenderness as if I was pregnant, cramps, bleeding every since I have had it put in, I am so over the bleeding it isnt even funny. I go to the doctor on Weds and I know they will say give it a chance but I want it out, I would rather take the pill and know when I am going to have my period rather than having it non-stop like I have been. It did not hurt when I had it put in, I guess that varies from person to person. I wish I had read more about it before I got it put in, side effects are rare I know but this just isnt for me.

Christina - posted on 11/02/2009

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I have had the Mirena for three years. The only side affect I have had was some spotting in the begining, but went away. Occasionally I will have spotting for a day or two, but mild cramps. I have had trouble w/ almost every birth control out there, pills patch, depo, and the ring.. None of those worked for me. The Mirena has been wonderful. Yes it did feel like I was having contractions all over again when they placed it in, but the pain went away very quickly. You really just have to find the one that works for you because all of us are different and we all react to birth control in different ways.. hope this helps good luck

Tammy - posted on 11/01/2009

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I also have the Mirena IUD that was implanted almost 2 months ago. It was implanted during a laparoscopic surgery for an ovarian cyst so I didn't feel anything when it was put in. I was having it implanted to try to get rid of the awful cramps that I have during my period, it has not helped that though. I also had a Depo-Provera shot last month to try to aleviate those cramps. It didn't help either. I'm not sure what will help, but my doctor and I are still trying. I haven't had problems with the IUD itself, just the cramping from my period.

Sara - posted on 10/26/2009

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I have an IUD, and had it for 7 months now, I love it! I have had only one week of spotting, but that is it. When they put it in, I felt like I was going into labor again, but it subsided quickly and had no problems since. I know the risks of getting pregnant is about the same as the pill, but you don't have to worry about taking the pill at the same time everyday and worry about if you take certain other medications that the birth control won't work. There is a chance in any birth control option, but I think that IUD's have the best protection!

Stacy - posted on 10/26/2009

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I had an iud after my last child 4 years ago. I constantly had cramps, and was really uncomfterable. I had my dr. take it out, and just deided to get my tubes tide. I didn't like it.

Tonya - posted on 10/25/2009

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I have had Mirena for 5 years now (ready to come out) and LOVE it. I haven't had a period since before I was pregnant! I have had some light spotting at times throughout the years. The only side effects I have had is severe cramping (only 1 time) and had to go to ER where I was diagnosed with PID (only 1 time). Now this my seem bad to some people but in my opinion to have only 2 side effects in 5 years is great. I had the pill before and didn't always remember to take it. With Mirena I don't even know it's there. Sex is not an issue for me with Mirena.

Like any other Birth Control method you need to discuss and research this with your doctor. I hope you find the right one. GOOD LUCK!

Deidre - posted on 10/24/2009

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I have a mirena and LOVE it. I have had it for one year now (got it put in Oct of last year) and no real issues :) I had spotting for the first 4mo or so but that has thankfully stopped. I now barely bleed at all, not even once a month. I barely need to put a liner on for it!

You can get pregnant with the IUD just like any other birth control. Only way to assure that you don't get pregnant 100% is to be abstinent. You can get pregnant with the iud still inserted, unlike what a previous poster says. I know of a couple people that got pregnant while on the iud (and the iud was still in place, hadn't moved to a wrong position or fallen out).

Kimberly - posted on 10/23/2009

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i am sooooo scared of the mirena because when they tried it it hurt soooooooooo bad so now im on depo & it sucks too! sorry not to much help probably

Courtney - posted on 10/23/2009

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What type of IUD do you have? I have the mirena and the only way I can get pregnant is if it fell out without me knowing about it. So it's a lot better than the pill.

Also there isn't much medication, so getting blood clots isn't a high risk like it is with the pill. I personally hated to have to worry about taking the pill everyday. Especially when I'd forget.

If you have no problem with taking the pill everyday, than maybe you should go on it.

Kristen - posted on 10/22/2009

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sorry, the furthest away from the pill I went was the patch and the ring. I hated NuvaRing too, but I loved the patch. An IUD just weirded me out too much...not that I judge anyone who has one, just wasnt comfortable with the "what ifs" for me. I guess there's compromise and risks with every kind of birth control, right?

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