IUD troubles...

Kara - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I got an intra-uterine device after the birth of my second daughter. This seemed the perfect solution for me b/c I can't remember the pill, didn't want shots, can't stand the thought of a vaginal ring, and want more kids later on in life. I got the one that is supposed to last for up to ten years. With an IUD, your periods are supposed to be lighter and shorter. Mine are now much heavier, longer, and very painful, I even have cramps when I'm not on my period. Has anyone else had problems w/ an IUD? Are there any suggestions for birth control besides the ones I mentioned above and condoms? I need something pretty effective b/c now is just not the right time for us to have another baby!

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Brandy - posted on 08/16/2012

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I had trouble with an iud, sounds just like what your saying but I ended up bleeding for 8 weeks :( when I said enough and had it removed I stopped and it went back to normal, I do get a shot every 3 months and have no period except for some spotting when I should be on it, I do hope they help you soon, those cramps are the worst

Meaghen - posted on 12/03/2012

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J havent had any troubles with Iud until recently, I have had it almost 2 years and now I am having pregnancy symptoms, period a few days late but still came had false pregnancy test and now I cant feel the strings, starting to dislike this thing.

Sara - posted on 01/29/2010

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I got the mirena IUD on Dec 31st .. MOST PAINFUL THING I HAVE EVER HAD DONE. I had my son via c-section, tilted uterus and narrow birth canal .. all lead to an extremely painful 45 minute process of having it inserted. So far I had cramping and bleeding for 3 days after implantation and then when I had my first period Jan 8th ... it lasted until Jan 20th (which is a HUGE difference from my 5 day normal flow period). I went to the dr got it all checked and basically she said the first 3 months I will just have to deal with it. I am considering taking it out and just forcing myself to remember to take the pill daily (this is how I got pregnant .. and I was horrible at taking my prenatels too so ...) ... oh and did I mention I started bleeding again yesterday ... OMG HORRIBLE!!!! but I will give it until April and see how it goes ... my sister, friend and aunt all LOVE it and say it was TOTALLY worth it so I will deal for 3 months and see.

As for you having it for over a year ... yeah I'd be done. One option that wasn't mentioned is the patch. Since your dr was concerned about the amount of hormones I am not sure this would be an option ... I will tell you I have used the nuva ring and I loved the convenience of only remembering once a month but it has a high level of hormones that made me crazy. The low dose pill really was the best option but the remembering daily is a task (and with a child I imagine it would be worse).

oh and the one implanted in the arm is either Implanon (which i think is very expensive and lasts like 3 years) or Norplant (http://www.enotalone.com/article/7869.ht...) this is a newer one I think only released last year. I don't know much about them but they are similar to the mirena in that they release hormones into your blood stream.

Good Luck and I hope you find what is best for you.

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Rachel - posted on 08/14/2012

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I used mirena after having my daughter and I completely agree! My periods are everyday and very painful. I would just call your doc thats what Im doing :) hope all works out

Bonnie - posted on 01/29/2010

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I had the Mirena IUD for 2 months and in that short time I bled for the entire 2 months and the damn thing slipped twice! After having it put back in right after the first slip (very painful) I decided to have it removed. I personally recommend the Depo shot, except for the side effect of weight gain. :-)

Cassandra - posted on 01/27/2010

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Oh wow so I just read it that you had it put in over a yr and a half ago... yeah I would get that taken out fast!!! Ive hear lots of good stuff about the mirena..... I personaly take the pill every day and just set an alarm on my phone!!! I refuse to use the Ring because that is how I got pregnate with my 2nd daughter... Goood Luck

Cassandra - posted on 01/27/2010

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I've never had one but my Aunt that has said that it took about three months of going through all that and then after the three months she loved it!

Kara - posted on 01/27/2010

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Thanks for all your help girls! To answer the question of how long I have had it, it's been about a year and a half. I actually did go to my doc once b/c I thought it might be falling out b/c I could feel the string much more than I had at first. He did an exam and said it was still in place. Yes I have the paragard IUD. I chose that one b/c I was having hair loss & my doc didn't want to aalter my hormones even more w/ the hormones in the Mirena. I called my doctor yesterday and told him I would like to come in to discuss more bc options b/c I just can't deal w/ this pain any longer. I will just have to do something else I guess! I will definitely talk to him about the shot some of you ladies mentioned. Thanks for all the advice! =)

Lindsey - posted on 01/27/2010

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I got the mirena after the birth of my first daughter, I haven't really had a period since, just very rare spotting. However, my fiance says he can feel it and sometimes I can feel it during sex too. I think that's just par for the course with an IUD

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I had alot of problem with mine too. After a few months my periods were very heavy and painful, then I started to have them for a month straight. My OBGYN gave me 1 pack of birth control pills to regulate it, but then 2 months later it happened again , period for 6 weeks ... that's when I said to hell with this, if I could take my prenatals everyday, then I can take the pill too.....I take mine every moring when I brush my teeth, at first I put a sticky note on the mirror, now I don't need to it's habit

Ashlee - posted on 01/26/2010

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I've had Mirena (5yr) for about 3 years now and am 90% happy with it. But for the first 3-6 months, it was difficult - heavy/irregular/non-stop periods, cramping, etc. (this was partly because I have not given birth vaginally, which increases adjustment time.) Now It seems to be worth the trouble, because now that my system has adjusted my periods are very light and last only a few days, only a few times a year.

I chose Mirena precisely because of the side effects you are describing with Paragon, the copper 10-yr IUD. Paragon is far harder on your system but lasts longer because there aren't any hormones to expire (though it is the hormones that made the IUD easier to tolerate).

Tammy - posted on 01/26/2010

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the 10 year IUD is copper. there are MANY women with complaints about this product. I had it after my first child only to get it removed 6 months later due to pain. After my second child I had the MIRENA (5 year) put in and it was great. I never had a monthly cycle, however, I was having issues losing baby weight and had it removed after 2 years. I was told that it was very hard to lose the pregnancy weight after inserting the MIRENA.

Erica - posted on 01/26/2010

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I've had the same symptoms as you are talking about. Severe cramping, even when I'm not bleeding, and very heavy periods. I actually talked to a nurse about it(not one that works in my ob's office) and she told me that the IUD, either kind, can cause a lot of irritation in the uterus, and can even cause scarring..which can lead to scar tissue and complications in any future pregnancies. I plan on having mine taken out next week when I go in and having something else done, because i don't think it's worth having it if that can happen. I would talk to your dr, and as him/her about the scarring, and irritation. I hope this helps. :)

Carolee - posted on 01/26/2010

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How long ago did you have it put in? It takes a while for your body to adjust to having a big T in there "plugging" you up. If it's only been a couple of months, your uterus is still trying to get back to it's normal size, so it's cramping more... and hitting the "road-block". That will go away in a couple of months. Yes, cramping can be worse with it in, and for a while your period will be heavy and long. But, that will all fade gradually. I had mine in for two years before I had it taken out. It wasn't that bad. My periods actually did stop eventually, but the cramping stayed in time with when I would have had my normal cycle. (I got it taken out to try to have another baby... which we are.) Give it a couple more months, then decide.

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I have the same IUD as you have. It's actually my second one. I had one for five years, then had it taken out to conceive our second baby, and had another placed after he was born, so about a year ago. I love this IUD.

First of all, it is not supposed to make periods shorter and lighter. That is Mirena, which involves hormones. Paragard (what we have) is non-hormonal. Now, it is a known side-effect that it can make periods heavier. That happened to me both times, but honestly, to me, avoiding synthetic hormones is worth a box of Super tampons each month. LOL

OK, the important question is, how long have you had your IUD? If it's only been a few months, ride it out. I had all the side-effects you described to varying degrees, but they all got pretty minimal after about the 6 month mark both times. Periods always remained slightly heavier, but certainly not unmanageably so. I say, if it's only been a few months, give it some time. If it's been longer, then yes, it would be a good idea to go back to your doctor or midwife (whoever placed the IUD for you) and ask them what you can do to minimize these side-effects.

Iysha - posted on 01/26/2010

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I have Mirena ad I got heavy bleeding at first....like almost 3 months of constant bleeding. It's normal to have irregular bleeding for about 6 months. That can be longer, heavier, shorter, lighter, just spotting to full blown 3 month period! I was told that the copper IUD was the one that caused more women to experience heavy and painful periods, not Mirena. That was the reason I chose Mirena.



I think there is a birth control that can be implanted in your arm. Never tried it, just heard of it.

Katie - posted on 01/26/2010

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I had the 5 year IUD. I didnt have any problems till mine was removed. It confused my "clock". I had a very sever period that lasted over 2 weeks. I ended up in the emergancy room because I was clotting very bad. I had to get medication that bascially pushed reset on my "clock". Everyone that I have talked to that had the IUD had the same problem or worse. I would talk to your doctor about your concerns.

Andrea - posted on 01/26/2010

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I had the mirena put in about 5 months ago and it is great I had mild cramping and spotting for the first 3 months or so but after that it has been fine I have a 3-5 day heavy period once a month and thats it. My ob-gyn said after 6 months I may not even have a period at all. He also said not to do the 10 yr one he said the risk of ovarian cyst is increased as well as hormone issues...

Justine - posted on 01/26/2010

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I heard that the 10 year IUD was bad. There are many complications. They say the five year one is ok. Not many side effects. You should def go to your dr and see if something is wrong. My sister works at an obgyn office and she told me an=bout the 10 year IUD

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Yeah i agree you need to go to the doctor. Maybe it was put in wrong or something but i don't think you should be having cramps like that, especially if your not even on your period. I took the depo shot for 5 years and it was awesome. (Never had a period for 5 years) It's very effective and except for stopping in at the clinic every 3 months you never have to worry about forgetting.

Kimberly - posted on 01/26/2010

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I had some similar problems after being on the depo shot. After being on it for 3 years, and I started a period that lasted 42 days, and it was very painful cramping. IMO you should go see your doctor. Something may be going wrong in there, and they would be able to go into detail about all the available bc choices, because there are SOOOOO many! I am getting the Mirena IUD on monday.....and I'm hoping that after a few years I don't have the same issue that I had with the Depo shot...but I'm willing to try. The shot does work for a lot of people with out ever having a problem. (I've always been sensitive to just about every bc i've tried). It didn't hurt at all! You barely feel it, I got it in my bum, rather than the arm. In the arm it would be bruised for a few days so I stopped getting it there. Anyways I loved it when I was on it, until the end...So yeah, go talk to your doctor! :) Good luck.

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