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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:14 am 
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No periods had me almost convinced! I had the nexplanon put in yesterday though and I didn't feel a thing, just a weeny bit sore today :)

I know I'm heading for (likely) messing up of my periods but for a few reasons I erred on the side of the implant. If it doesn't suit me I will definitely try the Mirena!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:52 pm 
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I am thinking of going with the copper IUD and I'm scared! Reading this thread has helped some, but I'm still afraid of a negative reaction - it's all I seem to find when looking around online, people talking about how awful it is / was. Would love any updates from the copper loving ladies!!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:45 am 
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Icy, I think everyone's different! You just have to try it and see. I feel like most people love their paraguard and that I'm the exception

My copper iud causes me so much pain that I'm switching it out for a mirena next month. I'm so so so sick of having my insides clawed out every time I have to use the toilet or feel stressed out. I gave it about 5 years, I think it's safe to say it's not going to get better like people kept telling me it would. :-/ Looking forward to lighter/no periods and hopefully less pain!! If this doesn't work I'm going to try the implant.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:56 am 
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Before I got my Mirena, it seemed like all I could find online were negative experiences. I had to remind myself that people are always more likely to complain than praise, and there are probably many, MANY more people who are having a completely uneventful experience than who are having a bad one. Not specifically about the copper, but hopefully helpful.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:53 am 
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icy wrote:
I am thinking of going with the copper IUD and I'm scared! Reading this thread has helped some, but I'm still afraid of a negative reaction - it's all I seem to find when looking around online, people talking about how awful it is / was. Would love any updates from the copper loving ladies!!

People go to the internet for the worst things--never the positive!

I will never go back to anything else. Copper was my first and I'm on my second. The first insertion and following periods were pain city but after my experience with the second insertion I think my (inexperienced) first doctor just stabbed me a little bit more than I needed to be stabbed. Went to a sexual health clinic for the second and it was a breeze!

I'm 33 and haven't totally ruled out children (ugh but even saying that fills me with terror) so I'm not sure if I should replace this one with a third. I still don't really know how long it is supposed to last. I've heard anywhere from three to twelve years! I'm on year four...


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:28 am 
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zelavie wrote:
Before I got my Mirena, it seemed like all I could find online were negative experiences. I had to remind myself that people are always more likely to complain than praise, and there are probably many, MANY more people who are having a completely uneventful experience than who are having a bad one. Not specifically about the copper, but hopefully helpful.

Agreed. You never know til you try these things.

I know people in real life (and on here) who've had great luck with the mirena and those who have had terrible experiences with it like me. It won't be for everyone but some will love it!

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
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I planned on getting the mirena, but for my own weird little reasons I got the implant as well. There are really conflicting accounts of that too. I've realised that it'll either work for me or it won't; if it doesn't I'm off to get it taken out and will try something else :)

But yes, also I think people are more likely to complain than praise! I spent the night of my implant insertion browsing the #nexplanon hashtag on Instagram. Aieeeeee, I'm so glad I didn't do it before!!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:06 pm 
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Thank you, ya'll! I know everyone is different and that people will complain (so much!) online! That's why I was hoping for a little surge of positive energy from the people who love their IUDs (especially the copper ones!) ;) I'm probably going to go for it, but with the expense as it is for me, if it doesn't work out, it'll be a major bummer.

I am afraid of an outcome like couroupita's! I'm sorry to hear it's been so painful for you. I hope the Mirena helps!

vijita, it's lovely to hear your experience has been so great !


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:53 pm 
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icy wrote:
Thank you, ya'll! I know everyone is different and that people will complain (so much!) online! That's why I was hoping for a little surge of positive energy from the people who love their IUDs (especially the copper ones!) ;) I'm probably going to go for it, but with the expense as it is for me, if it doesn't work out, it'll be a major bummer.

I am afraid of an outcome like couroupita's! I'm sorry to hear it's been so painful for you. I hope the Mirena helps!

vijita, it's lovely to hear your experience has been so great !

I had mine for 4+ years before getting it removed (to have a baby) and I loved having it! My period got 1 day longer and that's pretty much it. It's the only form of birth control I ever want to use now--I'm getting another inserted this week!

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thank you so much for sharing, vegetalion! ...makes me feel loads better! That sounds ideal.


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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:29 pm 
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I replaced my paraguard with a mirena yesterday! I had about 30 seconds of severe cramping when the paraguard was removed and one strong cramp with insertion. I think taking Advil in advance really helps.

Today I'm craving all sorts of acidic foods (seriously, I drank a shot of balsamic vinegar at lunch) so I'm wondering if my hormones are all wonky. I was googling to see if I could attribute that to the mirena and in the process noticed a lot of people complaining about weight gain. I didn't experience wait gain when I was taking the pill so I'm hoping it will be similar with the iud. Has anyone here had issues?

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I've always been on the full-figured side, but no more or less on the pill or on the Mirena. The main hormonal effect I experienced on the Mirena was fuzz and zits on my jawline.


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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:23 am 
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I came here to ask if anyone else has experienced mild acne / spots on the mirena and saw Aelle's post as it seems that I'm not alone!

I've had it for four years now and at first it was literally just one or two spots occasionally which was fine (but weird for me as I'd never had them before) but now it's getting so much worse. I don't really do anything to my face, no make-up, but I've been travelling in sunny places for the last year so I thought maybe the suncream was the cause but I've been somewhere cooler with less sun for about a month now and I've been washing my face with a LUSH cleanser for the last two weeks and it's still just as bad. Should I just be being more patient and seeing if the cleanser sorts it out? I was using Herbalism but I just switched to Dark Angels as Herbalism wasn't really doing anything. I bought a face mask too so I'll give that a go but any solidarity zit stories are more than welcome!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:44 am 
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I liked my copper Paraguard, too. I had it for four years, also had it removed to have a baby, and am going to be getting another one. I don't recall having big issues with pain- yes getting it inserted hurt, but not unmanageably. I was totally able to walk home from the clinic (probably an hour walk- it was a beautiful day!) I didn't get painful periods, either before or with the IUD. My always heavy periods did get a bit heavier for the first several months. But then in more recent years it settled down more and my periods were shorter and lighter after the first two days than they ever had been, so it can definitely get better. On that front too!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:46 pm 
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This isn't exactly about IUDs but I could use some advice from people who have probably been through the same thing!

My insurance is trying to bill me $500 for an office visit I had to have my pap smear, IUD removal/new insertion, and for STD lab tests. It's my understanding that under ACA these things are supposed to be fully covered but the office I visited is billing everything as a new patient visit and not preventative care. I've always been lucky to have good insurance and never had to deal with billing. This year I tried an HSA to save money and now I have to wade through all this or face paying in full. I called my insurance and they were like, sorry, not our problem! Call the doctor's office! It's so frustrating and I don't even know if I'm in the right or if there's something I'm missing. It's such an uneven playing field. Have you guys ever dealt with something similar?

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This isn't exactly about IUDs but I could use some advice from people who have probably been through the same thing!

My insurance is trying to bill me $500 for an office visit I had to have my pap smear, IUD removal/new insertion, and for STD lab tests. It's my understanding that under ACA these things are supposed to be fully covered but the office I visited is billing everything as a new patient visit and not preventative care. I've always been lucky to have good insurance and never had to deal with billing. This year I tried an HSA to save money and now I have to wade through all this or face paying in full. I called my insurance and they were like, sorry, not our problem! Call the doctor's office! It's so frustrating and I don't even know if I'm in the right or if there's something I'm missing. It's such an uneven playing field. Have you guys ever dealt with something similar?


Ugh, talking to the medical center now and they're saying I have to be an established patient to be able to code a well woman exam as just that, otherwise it's a "new patient visit". This sounds like just BS, and the Dr's office never said anything like that when they were booking me.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:53 pm 
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Whether they code for a new patient or established patient visit is separate from whether it's coded as a preventive or problem/procedure visit. I would assume that they coded your visit as an IUD removal and reinsertion rather than an annual preventive exam. They make more money that way so the providers are probably trained to bill that way. You would have to dispute it with the provider's office and ask them to look at the coding again. They probably won't change it but it's worth a try. I have been in your position as a patient and was PISSED, and I am also pressured as a provider to get more money out of patients but I try my best to do the opposite. The system is bullshiitake. Good luck!


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So I got my copper-t yanked out and replaced yesterday. It was the most painful yet. She couldn't get it out. Apparently in this province they do not care about scheduling removal/insertion at the correct time of my cycle, and my cervix was hiding. And they had a twenty year old medical student standing there staring into my vagina but I didn't even mind him--at least some future doctor will actually know what the fizzle to do.

Really awful cramping--it took her about 10 minutes of tugging. Ugh.


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Bye bye IUD! You did your best, but I need more (so I had a tubal ligation).

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Bye bye IUD! You did your best, but I need more (so I had a tubal ligation).


That's cool! How was the healing process?

I had my Mirena removed and replaced yesterday and holy hell the pain was the worst. I felt super fainty and shakey afterwards and the lovely nurse gave me the satsuma from her lunchbox because it was the only vegan sugary thing she could find! Apparently the combo of not knowing where I am in my cycle (I haven't had a period in years thanks to the Mirena! Do I even have a cycle anymore?!) and the scar tissue from when I had a whole bunch of cells removed from my cervix almost 15 years ago means that getting it up there was challenging & therefor super painfu. I took some intense codeine last night (I wish I'd just taken the good 30mg stuff before my appointment rather than the 8mg + paracetamol I did take) because the cramping sucked but I'm feeling okay now. A tiny bit of mild cramping but nothing significant. Crossing my fingers that that continues!

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Hope you keep feeling better jojo! I always take one of those mini packs of lotus biscuits to hospital appointments with me because they can inevitably never find anything vegan to eat.

My specialist told me since there's nothing more they can do for me, the only thing she can recommend is getting a Mirena. She said to get it done at my GPs. Apparently my GP doesn't fit anything like that. So now I have to choose whether to get it done at one of the sexual health clinics (bad experiences in the past, they're usually pretty cold) or try to get back in contact and see if I can get it fitted at the hospital...which they won't be pleased about.

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I usually take gummy sweets but I totally forgot. So stupid! I rested all day yesterday and slept in this morning but I'm totally fine today. There was a little cramping but it was very minimal. I took some paracetamol but I definitely didn't feel like I needed anything stronger. There doesn't seem to be any bleeding either (a tiny bit yesterday) which is unexpected but great.

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That's cool! How was the healing process?


Fine. I slept most of the time for a couple of days and was tired for a couple more. I was on opioids for two days, then paracetamol for another two.

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My period seems to be trying to come back and failing. I am 14 months postpartum and have a Mirena and I had my period, sort of, and also had it two weeks ago, sort of, and this is pissing me off.


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OK when am I going to stop bleeding? This is getting old.


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