What are your positive/negative experiences with an IUD?
Is it compatible with breastfeeding?
How did it effect your moods if at all?
I am of course going to talk to my CP about this but I want to get some real-life experiences/opinions.
Overall, I would say it was a good fit for me. I liked the ease of use (I always forgot to take the pill), and the side effects seemed pretty minor, in contrast to the pill for me. In fact, I don't like any method of birth control that I've tried or heard about, for a variety of reasons, but I was pretty happy with my IUD for the 4 years I had it in.
I will get my tubes tied before I have another IUD. LOL!
Steph, DH Jason (1-1-11), DS Owen (10-3-03) and DS Kai (10-13-11)
I didn't find them insertion to be painful, more like briefly and marginally uncomfortable. My period did get a bit heavier, but not crazy heavy, and it seems to be getting lighter as the months go on. My cramps are actually milder on the IUD. I also love that it's long-term, super reliable, and non-hormonal. (Hormonal birth control completely kills my libido.)
If you've had bad experience with hormonal birth control, I would definitely recommend looking into a copper IUD like Paraguard rather than a hormonal one like Mirena.
All in all, it seems like some women love their IUD and some women hate it. It's hard to know until you try it. If you have insurance that covers a good bit of the cost, I'd say it's definitely worth it to give it a try. If you don't have insurance, it is a pretty big cash outlay, though some clinics will do low cost IUDs.
Jen, journalist, policy wonk, and formerly a proud single mama to my sweet little man Cyrus, born at home Dec. 2007 . Now married to my Incredibly Nice Guy and new mama to baby Arthur.
I don't do well with artificial hormones (migraines and mood swings!) and I had a reaction to spermicide, so the Paragard was a really good option for me. If we decide to have a 4th kid, I'll almost certainly have another one put in again.
Secondly, my periods were extremely heavy and I experienced sharp pains for the duration. Each month, I developed a bacterial vaginal infection after my period. The doctor said that the copper could have upset my pH balance, and I wound up taking Flagyl every month.
My string was cut short and went up into my uterus. I had to undergo general anesthesia and have my cervix dilated in the operating room to remove the IUD (which I did after 6 months of horrible periods and BV). While I was in surgery, the doctor wound up doing a D&C because my endometrium was terribly inflamed. I've never had uterine/vaginal problems before or since that IUD, other than a couple of yeast infections.
I actually almost got mine taken out, because it made my periods so awful (heavy and SO crampy). Out of desperation, I went to the co-op and got some homeopathics for bad PMS and my issues have vanished. My periods are still pretty heavy, but not crampy at all and only a day or so longer than my average pre-IUD periods.
I can't tolerate any hormones, and I suspect I have a latex sensitivity, so the IUD is perfect for me.
NMY, uber-crunchy, college student, doula-in-training, health food store worker and future librarian
Insertion was a breeze. I was a little spotty and crampy for a few weeks, but that's it. No complaints on my part on that end.
And, well, I didn't get pregnant! lol.
Mama to Sean (11/1/07), Maddy (4/1/09) and "Jellybean" (due 1/3/12)
My blog: www.mamamusingsblog.blogspot.com
I did bleed for at least a month after I got it in. I got it in at my 6 week pp visit. So I had just stopped bleeding after giving birth and then suddenly ended up bleeding for another month.
I don't know what it'll do to my periods, since I'm only 5 months pp and haven't had one yet.
I am having a problem with mine. I think I have a relatively saggy pelvic floor. And sometimes the strings are too long. They actually hang out of me just a tiny bit sometimes. So, since they're so low they irritate and poke me. I need to make an appointment to go get them cut, but the birth center is 30 minutes away and I have very little sick time left after maternity leave.
But I do like that it's breast feeding compatible (for most people) and that I don't have to worry about it much.
ETA: For me, insertion was painless. The pap she did right before she inserted it hurt more. I was imagining all this pain, and then I didn't even know she was done.
Pet-mom to Squirt with FLUTD & Maya the deaf wonder dog .
So far I'm very happy with it, especially considering that I got tired of keeping up with NFP after years of doing it, and hormones just don't agree with me.
Just thought to mention it.
Happily married Christian SAHM of 2 boys, DD1 , and DD2 July 2013
I think this is a rare problem (not sure how rare!), but it's something to take into consideration at least.
raising my two sunshine children.
I never had a period while I was on it, which was nice, but kind of odd, and it did its job, but I wouldn't go back on it. I am seriously looking into the copper iud for my next form of bc though.
I took mine out a week ago and already feel so much better! IF I ever get an IUD again I will only get the copper (non-hormonal) one.
Trish~mama to Kaelie 5/03 and Amelia 12/13, surro mama to Aidan 2/08 & Ellyss 6/09,
|What are your positive/negative experiences with an IUD?|
First the bad stuff:
The insertion was insanely painful -- as in worst pain in my life -- for all three. The pain occurred when they attached the tenaculum (a torture-device-looking thingy to hold the cervix still). Three different doctors so I don't think it was a technique issue.
Maybe I have an unusually sensitive cervix... I dunno. I have no idea how to describe the pain... worse than an exposed nerve in a tooth or a dental abscess, worse than labor, worse than breaking a bone... just unbelievable pain. Every time I swore I'd never do it again.
I passed out on the floor (vasovagal reaction) after the third one was inserted.
The pain afterwards was equivalent to bad menstrual cramps and lasted the rest of the day. I was fine the following morning.
With all three, I had significantly heavier periods (about 150% my usual blood loss) and worse cramps than usual.
All three had to be removed earlier than planned:
IUD #1 - Started to migrate out (stem protruding from cervix) after a few months.
IUD #2 - Started to migrate out (step protruding from cervix) after about a year.
IUD #3 - Got pregnant with it in place.
It was a form of birth control I could actually use. I have extremely bad reactions to hormonal birth control, am allergic to nonoxynol-9 (spermicide), don't see the point in having sex if we're using withdrawal, and I have become pregnant more than once using NFP and charting (maybe I'm hyper-fertile). The only thing I can use besides IUDs are non-spermicidal condoms and I hate the way they interrupt the fun.
It was easy to forget it existed except for the monthly string check, which wasn't a big deal at all.
Theoretically, it offered 10 years of protection, but you can see how THAT worked out.
My partner wasn't able to feel it or anything.
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I had a copper IUD for 3 years pre-TTC DD. I loved, loved, loved it for two of those years. For one, I hated it more than anything.
I hate hormonal bc, both physically, mentally and philosophically, so, logically, a copper IUD is about the best non-hormonal bc there is. I never worried about an oops. (also, totally compatible w/ nursing) No mood effect.
Insertion, for me, was not painful at all. That said- my MW gave me a cervical dilating med the night before insertion. She said it was optional, but I took it bc I have a tender cervix usually.
At first, I mean, for years even, it was no deal at all. My AFs were regular. Yes, they were heavy and longer, but it wasn't a huge deal.
I really liked how in control and worry-free I felt about bc. TBH, condoms/withdrawal always make me nervous and, since I wasn't a reliable pill taker bc I hated them, that made me nervous, too. So, the boost to my sex life was really good. I never realized what a downer nervous energy about bc was having on my sex life.
Honestly, it was just a nice method for me bc I didn't hardly think of it and when I did, it was comforting not "omg, what if it failed..."
It should be noted here that I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis after my IUD was out. It is possible that my symptoms I attributed to the IUD were, in fact, symptoms of my endometriosis.
That said, copper is a noted irritant and, for someone with endo, should never, ever be used in utereo bc it causes a flare of the endo and endo adhesions to form- so likely what happened to me was that I had underlying endo all the time and the 3 years of IUD use made it significantly worse. Very unlikely it would happen to you, but I something to note if you have a family hx of endo or any reason to think you might have it.
okay, so about 2 years into my IUD, all of the sudden AF was out. of. control. Like, first day pp bleeding. Clots and blood spilling on the floor when I stood up even with my diva cup freshly in. It was a bloodbath. This would last for at least a week, and then it would taper off. I think I was on a two week bleed/two week not cycle.
Then, pain. Tho, very, very likely this was the endo, but I started having random pelvic pain, plus, oh the cramps during AF! I had a US for placement and it was fine. Sex hurt, tho, so I wasn't getting much benefit from the IUD, yk?
Eventually, almost a year after AF got out of control, I was fed up. I pulled it out myself. (w/ my MW's blessing). It was therapeutic
Anyway, my story is likely a total outlyer bc of the endo, but you never know, so I thought I'd share.
TBH, I'm actually sad I can't get one post-birth this time. Thinking about what instead bums me out. If I didn't have endo, I would try it again, even if it meant a repeat of the bad experience I had- I just liked it that much when it was good.
ETA: OP, I just saw that this thread is pretty old- what did you end up deciding? Are you happy with it?
but a lesson must be lived in order to be learned.
and the clarity to see and stop this now
that is what i've earned (a.d.)
it was a copper iud wich meant no hormones wich was awesome BUT it caused me to bleed for almost a solid year it started as a longish heavy period and gradually went to a constant med-heavy flow period ALL THE TIME SO you have to watch for that.
Is it compatible with breastfeeding?
Yes the copper has no hormones and i had no problems with breastfeeding my ds while on it
How did it effect your moods if at all?
only affected my moods in that the bleed caused stress on my body and that caused me some mood swings.
All in all it is a good method but you jusy have to watch for side affects. some women get them some do not
E married to "G" 9/06 mama to "A" 6/07 "D" 3/09 "A" due mid sept