iuds anybody have anything bad to say about them??

Liliana Aguilar - posted on 06/14/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering cause I got it yesterday .. and I'm feeling bloated and cramping ..

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Are you talking about the normal copper iud or the Mirena? I have a Mirena and have had a few issues with it. Firstly, if your breastfeeding, it can reduce your supply. That happened to me to the point where I dried up over the course of about 6 months. Secondly, if you are prone to depression, it can exacerbate the problem or just plain bring on depression. I do think that my Mirena contributes to my problems with depression.



The bloating and cramping and light bleeding are normal in the beginning. I had it for bad for about a week and then lightly for another 2 weeks. Apparently the first year is the hardest, but really it's only bad the first couple months. The hardest part after that is the actual menses, or lack thereof. I don't really have a period anymore because of it, but I'll spot occasionally as an annoyance more than anything else. I also still get wicked PMS, but no actual period or cramps. I've now had it for 2 years 4 months, but when the 5 years is up I won't be getting another. I'll most likely get a copper one.



Another thing to be aware of is you may get lightheaded in the first week or two. My OB said it's a relatively common side effect as the hormones are new to your system.



If you have a regular copper iud, I don't really have anything bad to say about them as I have no experience with them. From what I understand they are safer than the old ones and you have to watch out for them slipping out of place, which you also have a risk of with the Mirena one.



Katherine, did you get your Mirena removed?

Katherine - posted on 06/14/2011

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I had a horrible time with Mirena. Some people can tolerate it and the bloating and cramping is perfectly normal.

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It's supposed to have a high efficacy rate. We've been having unprotected sex since I've had it and it's worked so far. Mind you, I was on the pill from 17-36 and never had a problem either. I get pregnant fairly easy too. When my husband and I decided to try for a baby, I went off bc and in my second cycle was preggo, despite my GP telling me it could take up to six months because I'd been on the pill so long and I was 36. The same thing happened when we decided to have our second. Stopped using condoms and I was up the duff within the first cycle.

Liliana Aguilar - posted on 06/14/2011

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Oh okay...well I'm pretty good for taking pain...but is it really effective of not getting u pregnant? I know its not 100% I'm just scared of getting pregnant again LOL the husband doesn't like condoms so I'm kinda paranoid :/

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Yup, headaches are normal. I think as long as you're aware of them you'll be prepared if they happen to occur. If you can ride out the first couple months (the only real bad stuff is in the first couple weeks) it's not all that bad after. While I've had some issues with it, overall it's been good. I like that you get it put in and forget about it for the next 5 years.

Liliana Aguilar - posted on 06/14/2011

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I have the mirena..well I've just been getting headaches and I never get headaches! So idk I hope I don't get like any of those bad side effects! :\

Liliana Aguilar - posted on 06/14/2011

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My younger sister had it and she was getting all crazy with it lol...well I'm glad that its normal to be bloated and cramping ...thanks @ Katherine Collins :)

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