How safe are IUD's? - page 4

Hi Everyone, One of my professors was talking about IUD's and saying she recommends them as a form of birth control. I have heard about the negative things about them like death from sepsis. ... Read More

  1. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    My periods tend to be heavy even on BC pills, i don't need anything to add to it.

    The idea of the IUD, i just couldn't use it myself, probably from what i've seen at work. Granted, that's not what happens to everyone, but, it's a factor on what i've decided for myself.
  2. by   MarySunshine
    Marie, what do you see at work? *gulp*

    Thanks for the stories and advice, y'all! I'm kindof partial to "all-natural" approaches myself and I used Fertility Awareness for over a year with great success. Unfortunately, I am now switching frequently between day and night shift with absolutely no rhyme or reason to my sleeping pattern and I am not comfortable with that degree of unpredictability. One factor in my decision is cost: My insurance will pay for this IUD after a $20 co-pay. That's pretty good for 5 years worth of birth control. Another factor is that my husband and I want to spend a year backpacking around the world -- IUD seems like the easiest choice when you're in the jungle/dessert/middle of nowhere far away from home! I'm still nervous as heck but glad to hear of some good experiences.
  3. by   rn/writer
    Many years ago, I got pregnant with a Copper 7 IUD. Doc insisted on removal. He said leaving it in could cause serious infection. I miscarried two weeks later. Got pregnant a month after that and had dd #3.

    I also got pregnant using the pill, condoms, and a diaphragm. Dh called me Fertile Myrtle. Six kids in all.

    We warned our kids about the hazards of casual sex. We told them, "Every chance we took has a name."
  4. by   charebec65
    Quote from rn/writer
    many years ago, i got pregnant with a copper 7 iud. doc insisted on removal. he said leaving it in could cause serious infection. i miscarried two weeks later. got pregnant a month after that and had dd #3.

    i also got pregnant using the pill, condoms, and a diaphragm. dh called me fertile myrtle. six kids in all.

    we warned our kids about the hazards of casual sex. we told them, "every chance we took has a name."
    i was the same way as i told steph in an earlier post so i won't repeat. i forgot the fertile myrtle thing. when warning our kids (5 between us) about the possible failures of birth control we also jokingly named them our: new boat, new motorcycle, rv, and new cars.

  5. by   ICURN_NC
    I've had my Mirena IUD for 2.5 years. I love it! After a few months, my period stopped... sweet. I am way too sensitive to the systemic hormones found in BC pills, but the hormones in the IUD don't bother me.

    The only side effects I've noticed: for the first few months, there was some cramping when I orgasmed (eeek! sorry if that was TMI !) and I notice that my breasts are sensitive (like, a little sore) all the time, kind of like how they would get sensitive right before your period.

    Good luck in whatever you decide!
  6. by   texaschick
    Quote from caminurse
    i have had an iud for 3 years so far, no probblems but...
    :angryfire my cramps are hell!!!:angryfire

    my cramps have gotten alot worse also and period is much heaver and longer. but i have 4 great kids and don't want any more so benefit definately out weigh the risk
  7. by   palesarah
    I've had a Mirena IUD for 2 or 3 years now (luckily my OB/GYN keeps track of the details, lol!) I don't have kids. I choose an IUD over other BC options because I wanted something foolproof, and the Mirena IUD is over 99% effective.
    I'm probably heading into the realm of an overshare, but here's my little IUD story. Insertion was really uncomfortable, but I have an extremely retroflexed uterus so the practitioner had to go in at a funny angle. I had light period-like bleeding for about 3 months after insertion and continue to have monthly periods with cramping now. Pre-IUD, my periods were about 5 days long with a light day, 2-3 heavy days, a light day, a nothing day then another light day (and every single month the light day after the "nothing" day caught me by surprise, lol!) Now my periods tend to be longer but they are so light that most days I only need a panty liner, if even that. On my one "heavy" day I use one or 2 of the junior-light tampons and that's it. I have cramps for a couple days now where before I had one VERY crampy day. It was a good decision for me, not perfect for everyone but I definitely recommend it personally to anyone who asks!
  8. by   Ivanna_Nurse
    I have had 2 ParaGard IUD's.. One for four years after daughter #1 and now again following daughter #2. I have had this one for almost 2 years. I got pregnant with baby 2 11 days after removal. I have had no problems. Insertion is mildly painful, and i lost the strings on IUD #2. Ultrasound confirmed placement, and I have been very satisfied.

    Although preferences vary, personal choice often depends on available alternatives. For me, latex and spermicide are issues. I also had my period for an entire year while using depo. For me, this was a hormone free, reliable choice that ultimately is very cost effective.

    Ivanna
  9. by   prinsessa
    I have had my IUD for about 6 months now. The first couple of months my period was much heavier and I had horrible cramps. But now I think my body has got used to it since my period and cramps are back to normal. I didn't get the Mirena because my body doesn't react well to hormones. I will probably keep the IUD in for about 5 years until we decide we want another baby (and I am done with nursing school and working for a year or so).
  10. by   MarySunshine
    I actually ended up getting a paragard. I changed my mind right in the office. Two reasons: Mirena often stops periods or really lightens them. My period is already quite light and I have a phobia of getting pregnant with this IUD in (as some of you have actually had happen), so I would RATHER get my period regularly so that I know if pregnancy is a possibility (otherwise, I can see myself getting all kinds of paranoid). Second, my practitioner told me that, anecdotely, they see more perforations with Mirena.

    So, here I am on my couch at home having some pretty intensive cramps and lower back pain -- 6/10 despite taking my second hefty dose of advil (1st dose was before insertion). Insertion was a good solid 9/10 but it lasted less than a minute. I was not prepared to feel dizzy, lightheaded, VERY HOT, and fatigued afterwards. I was told I could sit/lie in the office as long as I needed to in order to feel better. After about 10 minutes I felt that I could see strait, so I drove myself home but I STILL feel a little unhinged. I would recommend that people have rides home after this procedure!

    So, in short, pretty miserable afternoon. I'm quite hopeful that it will all be worthwhile. In the meantime, I have visions of uterine perforations dancing in my head.
    Last edit by MarySunshine on Sep 11, '06
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from MarySunshine
    I actually ended up getting a paragard. I changed my mind right in the office. Two reasons: Mirena often stops periods or really lightens them. My period is already quite light and I have a phobia of getting pregnant with this IUD in (as some of you have actually had happen), so I would RATHER get my period regularly so that I know if pregnancy is a possibility (otherwise, I can see myself getting all kinds of paranoid). Second, my practitioner told me that, anecdotely, they see more perforations with Mirena.

    So, here I am on my couch at home having some pretty intensive cramps and lower back pain -- 6/10 despite taking my second hefty dose of advil (1st dose was before insertion). Insertion was a good solid 9/10 but it lasted less than a minute. I was not prepared to feel dizzy, lightheaded, VERY HOT, and fatigued afterwards. I was told I could sit/lie in the office as long as I needed to in order to feel better. After about 10 minutes I felt that I could see strait, so I drove myself home but I STILL feel a little unhinged. I would recommend that people have rides home after this procedure!

    So, in short, pretty miserable afternoon. I'm quite hopeful that it will all be worthwhile. In the meantime, I have visions of uterine perforations dancing in my head.
    Oh hon, sorry you are in pain. I had that dizzy, lightheaded and VERY HOT feeling after a colposcopy. And it was not fun.

    As to the "Fertile Myrtle" nickname - THAT WAS MY NICKNAME!

    We've delivered two babies here with IUD's in place.

    I also tell my kids there is NO foolproof method of birth control, except not having sex.

    Ain't life grand?


    steph
  12. by   KTLou06
    I noticed someone mentioned something earlier in the thread about not liking types of BC that "controls things after the fact of creating a fertilized egg". I have heard that this happens with all of the hormonal methods of BC (ie the Pill, Depo-Provera, the ring, IUDs). I tried to research this and from what I understand, as sort of a last resort, in case breakthrough ovulation does in fact occur, the hormones thin the lining of the uterus. It seems like its sort of the last line of defense against pregnancy because this under-developed, under-nourished lining of the uterus prevents a fertilized egg from implanting and thus thriving. On a strictly factual basis (I'm not trying to start a political war), does anyone know if this is an accurate portrayal of how it works?
  13. by   HappyNurse2005
    LOL, I could never get one b/c I can't stand the idea of something un-natural being in my uterus. It just sounds too strange to me.

    Tried Depo. It made me a fat, hormonal, witch.

    Got a RX for the mini-pill and never took it. I don't like the hormonal BC idea, esp after Depo.

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