IUD anyone?

JC - posted on 08/01/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I wanted to know if anyone got the IUD and what do you think? I'm really thinking about it but want to make sure it's for me.

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Allison - posted on 08/01/2009

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Hi. I dont know what IUD you were thinking about getting, but I had the Mirena IUD inserted after I had my second baby in September of 2007. It was a little uncomfortable going in, but nothing severe. I was crampy that evening, but again, nothing major. For the first few months I thought it was great. I spotted pretty reguraly, but my Dr. told me that was normal and would stop. After about the 3rd month I began to realize somthing was wrong with me. I was cranky and irrational almost all the time. I felt like I was losing my mind most of the time. I had a constant headache, but the worst thing was that my hair was falling out in clumps. It was awful. I went to 3 different dr's and they all told me that basically It was all in my head. I had tests to check my iron levels and my thyroid. All came back normal. Finally after a little over a year I went to another dr. She removed it without any question and told me that even though the Mirena only has a small level of hormones all women are effected by them differently. Its been about 8 months and although I still feel "iffy" sometimes, my hair has stopped falling out, im not nearly as moody and I feel much better overall. Im on regular ole Loestrin 24 and so far so good. This is not something that tipically happens, but I thought you should know that IT CAN happen before you make this decision. The Mirena website doesnt tell you any of this, but there are hundreds of threads out there with women who have had the same experience that I did. Good luck!!!

Ashley - posted on 08/01/2009

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I got the IUD and i think it is great...So many people told me that it was going to hurt but it didn't. It works great...I have had no problem but everyone is different.

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Taryn - posted on 08/04/2009

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i got one right after i had my third i have been pregnant for three years straight and i don't want anymore and that was the next best thing besides haveing my tubes tied and i didn't really want to do that cause i didn't have a c section so the IUD is working really great for me

Tiffany - posted on 08/04/2009

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I got the Mirena IUD. Overall, I think it is a wonderful thing. My periods are a little out of whack, but I haven't had any horrible side affects, and it was too terribly uncomfortable getting it put in. I think it is the best thing for someone who doesn't plan on having anymore children for a few years. I've had it now for almost 2 years. Just got it checked out, and plan on keeping it for another couple years. Atleast until we decide to try for another.

Brittney - posted on 08/04/2009

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im also really cranky with my iud i also have problems with heavy bleeding infact i bled for a month so im goin to go get it checked out i also get alot of cramps with it too

Maria - posted on 08/04/2009

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I got the IUD after my first child, as I am unable to take the pill due to hormonal reasons, lol. The IUD was difficult to get used to at first, I was in a fair bit of pain for the first week. Since then I have experienced minimal bleeding and pain, its been 6 months now and I barely know I have a period and I dont have to worry about taking a pill everyday. For me this method works great.

User - posted on 08/04/2009

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I have Mirena and I am experiencing similar side effects as Allison Allen. I have had it since Oct of 2008 and it has made me super cranky. I have terrible moods swings, and my hair is falling out. My hair is already thin and fine and everyday, more falls out. I don't have hardly any cramping during my period and it has made them much lighter. I am debating on removing it but don't want depo and have never been successful with the pill. I have 3 kids ages 4 and under and I don't want to end up with #4 by removing Mirena. I do experience some discomfort when I have periods with the string, I think I need to have my doc cut it to be shorter. I am taking biotin vitamins and prenatal pills hoping this will help my hair stop falling out. I have dropped 15 lbs also since I have been on Mirena without even trying to. Hope this helps

Rebecca - posted on 08/04/2009

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have you thought about the copper IUD????


I have a copper IUD and think it is the best. it doesnt have any hormones, the way it works is to make the uterus a unfavorable inviroment for a fertalised egg to implant.


i have had it in for 15months, although my periods are a little worse than before, i think that is a little price to pay so i dont get pregnant as i am very fertlie (fell pregnant with my nearly 2yo while on the mini pill, using condoms and i took the morning after pill coz the condom broke and i wanted to be safe , obviously my son was ment to be)





oh and the copper iud lasts for 10years while the merina lasts for 5years

Sandy - posted on 08/02/2009

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Please tred carefully here. I got the IUD after my 2nd child was born and thought it would be effective for the next 5 yrs. I got pregnant 2 yrs later and it was a nightmare. The doctor told me I would loose the baby or have birth defects, etc. He also told me that it was perfectly fine, the device. He said it looked like it was perfectly placed, it just didnt work. The first trimester was a nightmare, waiting for everything to be ok! She is a beautiful 6yr old now but I will never forget now scary it was!

Nichole - posted on 08/02/2009

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i have an IUD and i have had it for 4 years now. i havent had any major problems with it and it didnt hurt when i got it put in. the only thing that is bad (which it really isnt if you think about it) is my stress level determines how heavy my flow is. other then that no problems. i will say though that i think it is better to get the 5 yr epdidural just because it has less symptoms then the 10 yr epidural.

Kayla - posted on 08/01/2009

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I have the IUD paraguard.....and am so glad i made that decision instead of the pill or shot. Whats good about the one i am on is that is has no hormones which is really good if you have problems with that as i did. Not to mention your not going to forget it and get pregnant unexpectedly and its a ONE time thing. I would definately go for it if you dont plan on haveing another child in the next few years. Good Luck

Stephanie - posted on 08/01/2009

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I have the Mirena also and had no trouble at all with getting it inserted. Several hours later, I had very very mild cramping (not enough to get in the way of normal daily activities)...it only lasted for a few hours, if that. I got it inserted in January and as of today I still have breakthrough bleeding regularly and because of that it seems like I am on my period almost ALL the time (which is quite annoying)...its not heavy bleeding but enough to wear a pad. My doctor says that this is normal even up to a year later. That's been the only downside that I've experienced. I have heard of others having complications but so far so good for me. Before having my baby I tried the Nuva ring...that was also a good method. You just have to remember when to insert it and when to remove it. I found this to be much better than pills!! I never had any complications at all with the Nuva Ring. Sometimes I think about going back to it.

Amanda - posted on 08/01/2009

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I have Mirena IUD and absolutely love it! It was a little uncomfortable during insertion, but once it was in I only had some minor cramping through the afternoon and evening. I had spotting the first couple of months and then all cycles completely stopped. I do have occasional spotting about once every 6 to 8 months, but it usually only lasts one day and panty liners are enough. It just isn't heavy. My sister and sister-in-law both have Mirena too and they like it as well. I don't even know it's there. No worrying about forgetting to take a pill. I have heard it can get infected if you have more than one partner. That is the only negative I have ever heard about it.

Chantal - posted on 08/01/2009

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i love my MIrena I was on nuva-ring and loved it but i needed somethiing not to worry about or even think about.... Mirena has been awesome my Gynecologist knocked me out for the procedure best sleep ever btw!! and i got my period the next night now the first year you get really heavy bleeding duriing my cycle but nothing big except for a little discharge right before i get my period... Mirena is awesome its easy and i do recommend it... i have heard horror stories about the actual procedure but if you ask you gynecologist i dont see why they would say no to anesthetics for the procedure....

Rachel - posted on 08/01/2009

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I have had trouble with hormone birthcontrol...so I asked the doctor about choices and they have an IUD witout hormones and thats what I got..I haven't had any trouble with it...cramps are a little worse and my periods are a bit heavier. It's nothing like the pills, they made me not right and depo....I was a crazy person. Hope this helps...

JC - posted on 08/01/2009

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That is why i hate all these new birth controls. If you mess with your body things are going to happen. We have no idea the long term affects about over half these new birth control and what they can do to our body and unborn babies. Years ago i tried almost every birth control pill and it made me sick. I ask my doctor about the needle and he discouraged me from it. I'm really trying to do my research about all these birth controls and it's not looking good.

JC - posted on 08/01/2009

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Thanks! I'm scared to get it in but I'm sure it's going to be harder getting it out.

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