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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:52 am 
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I just wanted to say the cramping did get far less than that post made it sound! Like by month three or so I only would get cramping while running or some other physical activity, and it would only be for a few seconds. That's totally gone now. i just realized how horrible that post made the first few months sound!

Hopefully ibuprofen first thing in the morning helps you! I was taking it just when I would cramp too at first, but like you it didn't really help since by the time it kicked in the cramp was over.


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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 6:17 am 
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So taking ibuprofen before I even get up does seem to help a bit but if I forget then I'm in trouble! However, I can't take it anymore and I've decided it's coming out.

Waiting for the doc to call me so I can discuss it with them and get an appointment booked asap.

Back to the drawing board :/

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 7:32 am 
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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 8:06 am 
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It's ok, it was worth a try! It's coming out on Thursday and I can't wait! :)

My doc just tried to talk me into the copper iud instead. Not happening!

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:13 pm 
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I've been reading through some of this thread (and will probably go through all of it soon), and I'm seriously considering the Mirena. One question I have - for those of you who are experiencing irregular periods, do you have any warning that it's coming? Or is it just surprise bleeding every so often? I know with my periods now (no BC at the moment), besides them being fairly regular, I have a few signs that will tell me that it's gonna start in the next 24 hours.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:35 am 
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I had a Mirena put in this past March. I feel a strong cramp for a short bit, then my period starts. It's longer than before, but much lighter. There's also some surprise bleeding in between, but I haven't had to use a tampon yet. I'm hoping to be lucky in that it will stop completely.


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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:29 am 
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I experience cramping much earlier with the Mirena than off BC. I basically cramp for a full week before I bleed (and then the bleeding is extremely minimal).


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:23 pm 
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zelavie wrote:
I've been reading through some of this thread (and will probably go through all of it soon), and I'm seriously considering the Mirena. One question I have - for those of you who are experiencing irregular periods, do you have any warning that it's coming? Or is it just surprise bleeding every so often? I know with my periods now (no BC at the moment), besides them being fairly regular, I have a few signs that will tell me that it's gonna start in the next 24 hours.

My period was not irregular when I got the Mirena in and I never got cramps, I knew my period was coming because it was always on time. After Mirena my period still came every month on time, I was crampy beforehand, and it lasted a bit longer each month (used to be about 4 or 5 days before I had the Mirena put in, and was then 6, 7, 8 etc.). At the peak of the long periods it lasted for 17 days (6 months after I had it put in) followed by a week or so of spotting. But since that marathon 17 day period a couple months ago I haven't had one at all.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:30 pm 
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I have an appointment to get the Mirena in a couple of weeks! My gyn was really cool - she gave the usual chat about how it may not be the best fit since I haven't had kids, but was recommending the 3-year one as an alternative. But after the exam, she said I'm completely okay to get the Mirena. I appreciate that she never questioned my motives, just made sure I knew what the alternatives and possible side effects were, and trusted me when I said I had done my research. I guess I've read too many horror stories of docs who tried everything they could to talk women out of things, and I was halfway expecting that experience. She just put me completely at ease, which makes me only barely nervous about the procedure.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 12:10 am 
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I have to get mine out in a month/get a new one put in. Aaaarrrgh. I hope that they're as easy as they were for me upon initial insertion. I definitely wish I could talk myself into the copper one because it lasts way longer, but I love, love, love not having my period too much.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
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People who have had their Mirena removed and gone hormone free, did you experience any side effects? Mood-wise in particular, anything I should expect?


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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
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My appointment is tomorrow! I'm so glad I found this thread. Hearing so many people say that, while it can be pretty painful, it tends to only last a few minutes has made me considerably less nervous than I might have been otherwise. I'm basically just really excited to get this done!

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:11 am 
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Okay, so that really forking hurt. But only for a couple of minutes, then it only kinda hurt. I still have some light cramping, but everything appears to be okay. But holy shiitake, that pain.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 2:57 pm 
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Yaaaay, congrats on your new IUD!

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:51 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:29 pm 
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Mirena users - do you track your periods, cramps, spotting, etc? Is there any point to doing this, or is it just likely to be totally random?

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:17 am 
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Ariann the only mention I saw was one pg back a skyla user. Maybe pm them?

I'm getting a copper in 2 weeks. Excited more than nervous. Eeeeeee!
I was leaning towards a copper anyway - I'd love not having a period, but the pill killed my libido and I'm afraid the Mirena hormones would do the same. Turns out, my dr doesn't want breastfeeding moms to have hormones, even the low amount from the Iud. Interesting. I knew that vaguely about the pill but never heard that about the Iud before.

Doesn't change my situation I just thought it was interesting.
Also they are super hardcore. Pee test is not good enough, I have to have 2 blood tests 2 weeks apart, and then I can have the insertion the day after the second test (provided I am not pregnant by either test which duhh.)

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:26 pm 
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Mac that seems like a lot of red tape to deal with! Do you live in a conservative area? I didn't have to do anything to prove I wasn't pregnant to get my iud inserted and I wasn't even on birth control at the time.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:50 pm 
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I don't think it's an especially conservative area. Maybe just a very cautious practice.

Lucky for me the office is about 5 min from my house, so the blood tests are not a big deal. The no sex for two weeks is annoying but we are pretty tired right now anyway lol.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:28 am 
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Ok, getting the Mirena! My doc said Skyla is really just for people who haven't had kids - it's likely to fall out otherwise because it's so small.

Mack, that no hormones thing is odd - pretty sure Mirena is the same hormones as the minipill, which shouldn't affect breastfeeding at all.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:46 pm 
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Just popping in to say I got my paraguard today! wheeee!

It was nothing really. I didn't even feel the sounding (the dr said "okay, big cramp here" and I was still doing deep breathing waiting for it after she was done.) and the insertion I felt... like very light barely detectable pressure? And faint nausea. so I guess that was the cramp. (I used to get nausea with my occasional period cramps.) I'd describe it as "one cup of coffee too many" nausea.

I'm relieved it was nbd.

Oh, for posterity I'm 12 weeks postpartum and I took ibuprofen (however many mg three standard pills are) an hour before my appointment, which worked out to be 1.5 ish hours before insertion.

I feel fine now, a little tired but that's probably due to Little Miss Wakey keeping me up extra last night. :)

My period is not back yet but when it returns we'll see if I can tell any difference from pre-baby.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:20 pm 
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I have to go in and get my mirena replaced in two weeks. The insertion wasn't bad for me, so I'm not expecting it to be that bad, but I'm still not looking forward to it!

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I have to go in and get my mirena replaced in two weeks. The insertion wasn't bad for me, so I'm not expecting it to be that bad, but I'm still not looking forward to it!

I didn't think the insertion was too bad, it was a bit painful though. The removal was nothing. Just a quick tug and it was out.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:53 pm 
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Jesus hot damn! This is a hundred times worse than my initial insertion. Apparently the strings on my last one got cut way too short (...) and he basically had to fish around my cervix to get it out. THEN put the new one in. And it hurt so much more than last time! I'm still in pain (last time, I went to work without any problems the next day, and had a fairly normal, albeit slightly crampy, day-of).

Ugh. Boo. This sucks. Worth the 5 more years no periods or pregnancy, but I cannot wait until someone comes up with something less painful.

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Duuude. That sucks! At least you don't have to experience the pain for another 5 years, anyway.

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