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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:38 pm 
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Meggs, it takes time! I'd give yourself at least three months until you can tell what the long term impacts of Mirena are on your body.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:35 am 
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There's a stupidly long wait at the only place around here that fits IUDs, so I have to wait until 3rd September for mine. Wah!


Lucky lucky uk/eu people. I had to wait about 3 months, and i'm sure you won't have to pay nearly what I did (makes me sad to say how much). Less than I'd have to pay for birth control apparently, cause as mentioned before i have to take birth control this month for some bleeding irregularities and its $36 a month, meaning 10 years of that would be over $4,000!


I do realise I'm lucky so I probably shouldn't moan about waiting a little over a month. We have the NHS in the UK, so all our healthcare is completely free, which I am really thankful for. Although I do find it a little odd that, despite having multiple sexual health clinics in the area, only the main one can do it. I suppose it's quite a specialist procedure.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:34 am 
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Still waffling about getting a copper IUD or not...

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:05 am 
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Meggs, it takes time! I'd give yourself at least three months until you can tell what the long term impacts of Mirena are on your body.
Thanks. I'm definitely not willing to chalk my current symptoms up to dislike of Mirena and know that my body just got new hormones introduced in a new way and I need to be patient with it. It's just so frustrating because I have no control over what is going on , you know? Not like I normally have control over these things but I was at a place with my nuvaring that I knew when PMS, period, etc were going to happen, like clockwork, so it's aaahhhh right now because that's all up in the air.
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I suppose it's quite a specialist procedure.
You definitely want someone who has done a lot of these doing yours!


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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:16 pm 
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Still waffling about getting a copper IUD or not...


I've had mine since 2009, and I'm very happy with it. Getting measured right before insertion was agonizing, and my periods got much heavier. I've adjusted, it's great now. And I should have six more years with it!

What worries you most?

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:28 am 
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The insertion. The thought that my periods are perfectly fine now, and I might screw everything up (them getting a lot heavier, spotting, ...). The fact that every time I'll use my diva cup I'll be worrying about displacing the IUD. I dunno... also I don't have a partner right now. I guess having an IUD would make me feel more reassured if I do have sex, but I don't feel quite ready for getting one I guess? But I definitely don't want to go back to hormonal BC.

I think that's about it!

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:19 am 
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Fisticuffs, those are valid fears. My periods ARE heavier now, and I DID have spotting until my body adjusted. I still use a Diva Cup every month, and have never displaced my IUD--- not sure how that's even possible, even though I've heard stories about it.

For me, an IUD was worth it. For your situation, it might not be.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:28 pm 
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Just got back from my 4 week checkup. She cut my strings like this much: | | and said everything else looked fine.
She, like j-dub, said it would take about 3 mo for my hormones to level out so it could be spotting for another 4 weeks, PMS-y symptoms for a couple months, etc.

BLEH. But so glad that the ouchie insert part is over. She said I did really well with insertion because I didn't faint, vomit, or scream.


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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
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I just want to whine about my increased acne issues due to hormone weirdness since getting the IUD. Hate that. Luckily the spotting seems to have stopped (at least for now). No more problems with sexytimes since strings were trimmed. I'm 7 weeks in and not regretting it thus far.


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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
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I had some weirdness too--a bit of acne (I have very clear skin generally so even a little is a notable for me) and weirdly greasy skin (between my shoulder blades? What?) but that has settled down. Took probably three months to settle down.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:45 am 
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Three months sounds like magic. I'm greasier than normal, too, and same as you, even a little acne is more than I'm typically used to.
Maybe at 3 months, I'll look into a mirror and princess music will play and everything will be back to normal...
That's how I picture it in my head anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:15 am 
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I had my IUD inserted yesterday. It hurt, quite significantly, but less than I thought it would. My boyfriend came with me and held my hand, and then took me to his and gave me junk food and snuggles and watched Buffy with me and was generally awesome.

Still a little crampy today and keep worrying that I'm going to expel the forker, but fingers crossed I don't.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
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Disappearing Ink wrote:
I had my IUD inserted yesterday. It hurt, quite significantly, but less than I thought it would. My boyfriend came with me and held my hand, and then took me to his and gave me junk food and snuggles and watched Buffy with me and was generally awesome.


You did it! You deserve pie! Glad your boyfriend was understanding, it'd be a tough thing to go through with zero support.

WARNING TO COPPER IUD NEWBIES: Be prepared for spotting until your body adjusts. The ONLY time I ever bled through my clothes publicly was shortly after getting my copper IUD. Naturally, I was wearing a cream-colored dress that day and sitting at the front of a lecture hall when the flood broke. Shudder. SO much blood. Have I written about this before? I managed to repress the memory for awhile...

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
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Has there been any follow up on the 2011 reports that IUD's are associated with lower incidence of cervical cancers? The 2011 study didn't have anything to say about whether the kind of IUD affected the incidence of cancer.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
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Re copper IUD and spotting: that's not always the case. I didn't have any spotting and my periods didn't get any heavier, actually they became much more regular (although the first 2 days hurt a bit more than before, but nothing that a pill won't solve).
I got mine in summer 2011 and now the doctor said it's time to replace it, what, only 2.5 years? I was hoping for at least double this amount. Oh well.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
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Anek wrote:
Re copper IUD and spotting: that's not always the case. I didn't have any spotting and my periods didn't get any heavier, actually they became much more regular (although the first 2 days hurt a bit more than before, but nothing that a pill won't solve).
I got mine in summer 2011 and now the doctor said it's time to replace it, what, only 2.5 years? I was hoping for at least double this amount. Oh well.

Here, at least, copper IUDs are good for 10 years. Did your doctor say why they want to replace it?

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
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yeah, mine is set to be replaced in 10 years, but my doctor said you could push it up to 12.

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My doctor told me I should be able to get at least 12 years out of mine too.


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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
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Hey guys - I had a Mirena put in the first part of August. So far, I haven't had a full period. Just some heavy spotting. Considering I used to bleed for 9 - 14 days heavy at a time, I'm so far happy. I'm having some weird hormonal adjustments - one minute eating everything in sight, then nausea for no reason. I saw other people are having acne issues and that may explain my face breakouts. I was thinking it may be stress and a not so awesome diet, but the hormone issues aren't helping.
I have certainly noticed less bloating and way less daily pain. Which is the main reason I wanted it other than the insane bleeding I had. So far it's a win.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
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Yup, my dr. also said 10 years. Glad it's actually ok to go for 12!

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
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I'm actually on my 16th year with my copper IUD. Doc decided to leave it in a bit longer, since I am 41 and in the first glorious stages of menopause. Some women have even had those suckers in for 20 years! I have never had any problems with mine at all. I love it. Was going to have my tubes tied, but with the start of going into menopause, I just said forget it. I'll wait until the lady parts stop working. :)


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Whoa, 16 years! VeganHooDoo, you give me hope.

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I think I want a copper one but I am terrified to have it put in. Can they knock me out before they do that shiitake?!

I do not want to take hormones and do not want to deal with, or have to buy, condoms. Seems to me this is likely the best option. But SCARED.

I would honestly just get sterilized if I thought I could find someone to do it on a 26-year old woman with no kids.


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Agreed ashley. I love the idea of an IUD so much. But the thought of a carrying a thing in my uterus ..... squicks me out.
Reading this thread makes it seem less terrible, but I'm still not sure if I could actually do it.

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 Post subject: Re: The IUD thread!
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Well, when they put in the IUD, it feels like the worst cramps you could ever have x100, but only for a minute. If you've had natural childbirth, it feels like transition contractions. It's really only bad for a very short minute. It's because they have to dilate your cervix. I'm telling you, I love mine. I know some can have problems, but I love how spontaneous you can be with one, if you catch my drift. ;). I was creeped out a bit when I realized I have this "thing" in me, but not having to worry about pregnancy was all worth it.


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