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Wasn't sure if I should post this in Fertility or here. Hope y'all don't mind my putting it here.<br><br>
I used FAM for the past six years, first to not get preg and then to conceive. I love it, except for DH's disappointment when I'd say -- we're fertile, we should use a condom. Neither of us like them much.<br><br>
I have a 1 mo old, and I am BFing except that I express one-two bottles a day so dh can help with feeding. I feel like that's cheating, but it's what works for dh and me (and also dd cuz we can give her acidophilus easily to help with her gassiness).<br><br>
I do not want another child right now, and maybe never.<br><br>
One of my MW's said FAM would still work fine, to watch for FM. Another said the mucous could be affected by BFing. She suggests an IUD. I'm not crazy about the idea of an IUD, but it seems like the best option since I don't want hormones, don't like condoms, and really don't want to get pregnant again right now.<br><br>
So my question - who has had an IUD and what was your experience? I did not have cramps and had light bleeding w/ AF before pregnant. I would like to use the DivaCup.<br><br>
TIA for your input!!
 

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I have an IUD. I experience slightly longer periods (they were always fairly heavy, but only 2-3 days), now, about 5-7 days. And the cramps are a bit harder. But, it's not SO bad, and a heating pad and a cuddle from dh usually help! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
I joke sometimes with him when he asks me when we're gonna have another that... "The 'goalie's' good for 10 years!"<br><br>
Love it.
 

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I have the mirena. Got it about 2 months post partum. Insertion was incredibly easy, less uncomfortable than a pap (I've had two vaginal deliveries). I spotted for around 2 months, it just stopped a couple weeks ago and hasn't returned. The spotting was annoying, but worth the 5 years of protection. I was prepared for up to 6 months of spotting, especially since after the spotting, many women don't even get a period. I love the Mirena, no problems so far, just mild cramping for a few days after insertion. I love not being worried about the mini-pill not working, and not having to give a single thought to birth control. Two thumbs up from me for the Mirena. I have nothing to offer about the copper IUD, though.<br><br>
edit: I should say that I was reaaaaaaaaaally creeped out by the idea of having a piece of plastic in my uterus, but once I made the decision to get over it, I'm glad I did.
 

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I had the Mirena inserted 8 weeks post partum. My cervix had completely closed, so it was painful to insert it. But the pain really only lasted while it was being inserted and then mild cramping the rest of the afternoon (nothing that some retail therapy and a caramel apple cider couldn't cure!)<br><br>
I'm now at 11 weeks post partum (so 3 weeks with the Mirena) and still spotting. It's not much at all. I was very nervous the first time we had sex (that it would hurt, that the strings would "poke" DH etc!) but it was fine. I had a follow-up appointment next week as my OB likes to do a check 1 month out and make sure the IUD hasn't moved and there aren't any issues or questions. Oh, and my OB office had to order the Mirena and the insurance wouldn't cover it if it was inserted at my first post-partum visit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> so I had a 4 week post-partum and then an 8 week appointment to have it inserted.<br><br>
No issues here and I love not having to worry about birth control for 5 years!<br><br>
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I love my Mirena so much I'm on my second one! I breastfed/ am breastfeeding with it. I had a lot of problems with the hormones in bcp, but the hormones in Mirena are only trace amounts and they stay localized to the uterus, so I've had absolutely no side effects! Oh, except no more heavy periods - just a light smudge every day for a few days once a month. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I have the non hormonal IUD (got the first one after DS1 was born) and love it, I have not noticed any change in my period or having any cramps at all. I wouldn't even know that it was there. I got this one 8 weeks post pardum and my DH was so good at putting it in, I didn't even know that she had done it yet. I did have cramping all that day afterward though.
 

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I got the Mirena IUD. I beld for 2.5 months after having it inserted. I have had 1 AF since. My cycles are normally 33 -35 days. I plan to order a Diva Cup or Mooncup shortly.<br><br>
I chose the Mirena for a few reasons. The biggest being that after reading a LOT of material, I talked to my doctor and she said that even with the Copper, you can still get pregnant and it can cause all sorts of problems. She said that pregnancy is common with the copper and that the really heavy periods associated with it are often miscarriages, not just heavy flow. The IUD makes your uterus incapable of carrying a child (though it can still happen).<br><br>
The Mirena has a touch of hormone in it (less even than the mini pill) and the hormones do not enter the bloodstream in the quantity they do with the pill. They mostly affect the cervix and with the minute amount of progesterone, you are less likely to even become pregnant.<br><br>
The Mirena is a 5 year IUD.<br><br>
Copper is 10.<br><br>
If you get one, make sure to ask that they leave the string pretty long (like a good inch). If it's bothersome, you can have it shortened, but you can't have it lengthened, and THAT is our biggest problem. My string was cut too short to start and it is hard enough nylon that it hurts DH. I had it cut almost flush, and he can still feel it. In Jan, I may have to have a whole new one inserted b/c it's such an issue. The shorter string doesn't soften like the longer string does.<br><br>
I love having the IUD. I seriously wish I'd gotten it WAY sooner than I did, and I wish I'd used one after DS was born too.
 

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Does the progesterone contribute to fewer periods? Does it make you feel pregnant, or is it so localized it doesn't matter?<br><br>
Thanks so much to everyone for responding so far!!!! This helps put me at ease a lot.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does the progesterone contribute to fewer periods? Does it make you feel pregnant, or is it so localized it doesn't matter?<br><br>
Thanks so much to everyone for responding so far!!!! This helps put me at ease a lot.</div>
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in my experience, no on the making you feel pregnant. the mini-pill did--one of the reasons i made myself get over my aversion to the Mirena and go for it was because the mini-pill made me feel like crap all the time, and I was breaking out like a 14 year old and that got real old REAL fast<br><br>
as far as periods, all the literature and anecdotal evidence i've seen/heard has said yes--my midwives told me I probably wouldn't get a period. I can't say first hand, though, as I haven't had a period BUT I'm also exclusively breastfeeding. With my daughter, I didn't get a period for almost 2 years while I nursed her, so I have no idea what to expect this time around.
 

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I had a non-hormone IUD for 4+ years in between kids and I never had a problem, my periods were no different before I had it and now are no different now that I don't have it after my second baby (opted for a tubal). I was VERY pleased and recommend it for everyone!!! I was pleased to find that with the non-hormone one when you decide to have a baby your fertility goes back to normal immediately. They do recommend waiting one cycle just to make sure your uterus lining is complete and intack after removal.<br><br>
My 2 cents!!!
 

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Ok this was 26 years ago, but I am the product of an IUD. my birthmom got pregnant with me while using an IUD; she didn't realize she was pregnant, and it was time to get a new one in; they took out the old one (which apparently should have aborted me); they put in a new one (should have aborted me) and then she realized she was pregnant. So, just consider their efficacy. Even at that time I think they were touted to be 99.9% effective. Guess I proved them wrong.<br>
I don't know much about IUDs, but it is my understanding (could be wrong) that they keep the fertilized egg from implanting. That's an abortion. DH and I have used NFP/FAM for 3 years, first to avoid, then to conceive, like you. I think using an IUD (or any form of artificial BC) is trying to play God (which obviously doesn't work, b/c here I am!)--I'd stick to FAM--it's what nature intended, and aren't we about natural family living? Dh hated those fertile days, too--but there are other things to do!
 

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Just wanted to point out that today's IUD's are totally different than "our mother's" IUDs....the technology has come a very long way in 3 decades.<br>
And with all due respect, Jen, not everyone believes in god(s), or that using birth control is against natural living. I'm saying that as gently as possible - please don't turn a birth control discussion into a religous/abortion debate.
 

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It is my understanding that one way the Mirena works is it keeps the uterus lining quite thin and thus prevents a fertilized egg from implanting. The thinning of the lining is what results in very light or no monthly bleeding.<br><br>
Fertilized eggs fail to implant all the time <i>naturally</i> and no one calls that 'abortion'.
 

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i was not trying to turn it into a debate; i was just posting my opinion, which I think I have a right to do. And I didn't say that everyone should believe artificial BC is against NFL, again, I stated my opinion. Just like other posters stated that they thought IUDs were great.<br><br>
have more to comment on but ds needs me...
 

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I also used NFP prepregnancy. I got the copper IUD about 8 months ago at 6 weeks pp. I think the IUD prolonged my pp bleeding a bit, but it wasn't too bothersome. AF returned for me at 6 months pp (despite EB). My periods now are light and I experience very minimal cramping, just as they were before pregnancy. 15 years of very effective, very easy, no side effects birth control. I love my IUD!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i was not trying to turn it into a debate; i was just posting my opinion, which I think I have a right to do. And I didn't say that everyone should believe artificial BC is against NFL, again, I stated my opinion. Just like other posters stated that they thought IUDs were great.<br><br>
have more to comment on but ds needs me...</div>
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Well then perhaps I misinterpreted this sentence:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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If so, my apologies.
 

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I got the Mirena about 2.5 years ago, when my son was 14 months old. We continued nursing till he weaned himself just before his 3rd bday. I had some cramping/spotting for the first couple of months, but at the time felt it was well worth it. I've since lost my periods completely and have gained back all the weight I had lost, plus some and I just can't get it off. About 6 months ago I started feeling extreme pain in my Rt. Ovarie and am absolutely convinced that this is from the IUD. The combination of the weight, pain, and no periods is just too much for me to deal with and I'm looking into alternatives. From what I understand, though, I'm in the very tiny minority here. Most people I've spoken with LOVE the Mirena.<br><br>
Rigama<br><br>
P.S. My hubby also sometimes complains about the string "poking" him.
 

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dynamohumm6, I don't think I'm the one trying to turn this thread into a debate. Anyway, if you do read that sentence clearly, I don't see where the words "BC is against NFL" are. And on that note, I'm leaving this thread. All I wanted to do is point out IUDs are not 100% effective, since the initial poster was worried about getting pregnant.
 

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As well all know, no birth control method is 100% effective. Even FAM. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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