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I'm considering having an IUD placed at my 6 week PP visit. My baby was born via c/s and I've read that this isn't a contraindication for IUDs. I've also read that the copper IUD has an increased risk of heavier and more painful periods. Since my normal pre-pg periods were pretty long (2 weeks on average) I don't think I want to add heavy and painful to them. So I'm thinking about the hormonal IUD.<br><br>
Anyway, if you have or have had an IUD, please talk to me about your experience with them.
 

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I had an IUD for 5 years and it was GREAT! Periods were actually lighter after the first three months. I didn't have any trouble, would highly recommend
 

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I think you'll find a lot of varying opinions on IUDs here, but the Mirena would be a good choice to lighten your periods. You are correct-there is no contraindication to having it placed 6wks pp and it will not affect breastfeeding.<br>
Good luck with your decision.
 

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Enter oppositional opinion #1:<br><br>
I had a copper IUD but had it removed to TTC (ish.) I would've had it removed anyway because I found out that they <i>might</i> work by preventing implantation, not fertilization, meaning that it may or may not be an abortifacient, and I'm not comfortable with that. Recent studies, even those who are of the "IUD's are contraception, not abortifacients" camp suggest that elevated hcg can be found after ovulation in IUD users, but only in women who are "seeking positive results" ie, early testers. As far as I'm concerned, a line is line, and a line=BFP. Baby.<br><br><a href="http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0039-3665%28198911%2F12%2920%3A6%3C355%3AIACNAA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-8&size=LARGE&origin=JSTOR-enlargePage" target="_blank">http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=003...OR-enlargePage</a><br><br>
I do plan to get a Mirena after having a kid or two, because, from my understanding, it works to prevent ovulation, thickening CM, and inhibits sperm function hormonally, so there is no fertilization of an egg. I feel a lot better about that.<br><br>
ETA: but as far as periods go, mine haven't changed at all. They were irregular and heavy before the IUD, irregular and heavy with the IUD, and irregular and heavy after the IUD. I really hope that the Mirena changes that because this sucks.
 

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i have the mirena.<br><br>
i am feeling very ambivalent about it right now. i'm even considering having it out.<br><br>
the thing is, i can <i>feel</i> it all the time. it's also made sex a lot more uncomfortable.<br><br>
i have also noticed major mood swings and depression that wasn't there before, an almost non-existent libido (<i>not</i> the case before) and unexplained weight gain of about 10#.<br><br>
maybe it's all in my head, but the discomfort and the depression are just about unbearable at this point.<br><br>
the thing is, i don't want any more kids right now and seem to be ms. fertile myrtle (i breastfed exclusively for 9mo and started my periods regularly at 6 weeks postpartum).<br><br>
here's one thing, though: it's not that much worse than any other form of BC. BC just sucks all the way around. wish i was a guy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shine.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="toothy">
 

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i have the mirena.<br><br>
i am feeling very ambivalent about it right now. i'm even considering having it out.<br><br>
the thing is, i can <i>feel</i> it all the time. it's also made sex a lot more uncomfortable.<br><br>
i have also noticed major mood swings and depression that wasn't there before, an almost non-existent libido (<i>not</i> the case before) and unexplained weight gain of about 10#.<br><br>
maybe it's all in my head, but the discomfort and the depression are just about unbearable at this point.<br><br>
the thing is, i don't want any more kids right now and seem to be ms. fertile myrtle (i breastfed exclusively for 9mo and started my periods regularly at 6 weeks postpartum).<br><br>
here's one thing, though: it's not that much worse than any other form of BC. BC just sucks all the way around. wish i was a guy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shine.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="toothy">
 

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I had a copper IUD for about 2 years before my body rejected it and it began to come out. My periods were much heavier and crampier than pre IUD. I really don't think I'll have another one again.<br><br>
When I had it removed I was discussing the IUD with my CNM and she said that she has been seeing more and more Ectopic pregnancies on the rise as the use of IUD's increase. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> She said that she just doesn't feel comfortable suggesting them to women anymore.
 

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I have a Mirena IUD and I love it! I don't get a period wit it, just a day or two of spotting every couple of months. I'm getting mine out soon to TTC though. If you're looking for long term it's a really great option. I got mine because insurance covered all of it, if I had to pay I probably wouldn't have gotten it since I have had it in just under a year. I know some people really hate them and have nasty side effects but I guess you will only know how it affects you if you try it.
 

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Missy--<br>
So you didn't experience any bad side-effects with it? I have been looking around the web and it's a bit scary with people talking about severe depression, no sex drive, weight gain etc...<br>
I just made an appt to have mine put in on Tues so I'm just doing some last minute investigations <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The idea of an IUD is great- but in real life- eh not so great for me. GL with yours.
 

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I had the copper and it did make my cycles crazy long and painful too. I'd not choose to use it again.
 

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One thing to consider is that the IUD can make you lose fertilized eggs. I definitely think this is each woman's choice to make, but I have noticed that no doctor volunteers this info to women. Some people are bothered by it, some people aren't... just thought I'd share.
 

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I had the mirena for about 3 years and have recently had it removed because of the side effects. I had excruciatingly painful breasts for about 3 weeks of each month and I put on a fair amount of extra weight. well, some of that has already shifted (I had it removed beginning of Feb) and I am now down a size (almost!). It also lowered my sex drive. One thing I liked was the shorter, lighter periods - in fact I didn't have any for a while but I was breastfeeding for a large part of the time so that may explain the total lack of period for the first year or so. I also feel that I experienced slight depression with it and mood swings - not majorly so - but I do feel so much better now that it's out!
 

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I am planning on getting the Mirena in two weeks. I am also comtemplating buying The Keeper or the Diva Cup. Are they compatable?
 

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Everything I've read says not to use the two together.
 

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I got the copper (Paragard) about 4 months ago (2 months PP), and am completely happy. I was really torn, because all the doctors say that you will have SUPER heavy, crampy periods, and I certainly didn't want that. But, I've always had really bad side effects from other types of birth control- my body just doesn't tolerate the added hormones, so I didn't want to deal with that either. Plus, while BFing I didn't want even the small amount of hormones that are in the Mirena.<br><br>
So far, I've had one period and 2 or 3 times of light spotting for a day or two since I got the IUD. Nothing painful, nothing heavy (except at insertion- that was pretty painful and I had some cramping for a couple days.) I would definitely recommend the copper.<br><br>
BTW- I also had a C-section, and as far as I know that makes no difference getting the IUD.
 

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I have had the paraguard for 6 months now and have had 0 issues. It's been so long since I've had a period before the paraguard that I really can't remember what they're like. I will say though that my periods now seem 'normal' and are completely pain free.<br><br>
I also have a diva cup and love it too. It makes my periods so much more tolerable. Since I only have to change it 2 maaybe 3 times a day, it doesn't really matter to me how heavy my periods are anyways.
 
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