How safe are IUD's? - page 2
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
May 1, '04Occupation: RN Specialty: ER ; Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 717; Likes: 21I had heard IUDs were bad try or suggest a depo provera they rock.
May 2, '04Joined: Mar '04; Posts: 31; Likes: 6Quote from TinyNurseI've been researching another birth control method and i understand there are some pretty bad side effects from the depo shot; depression, decreased libido, headaches...I had heard IUDs were bad try or suggest a depo provera they rock.
May 2, '04Occupation: Lactation consultant, L&D RN, some postpartum Specialty: OB, lactation ; Joined: Oct '03; Posts: 1,951; Likes: 95suggest a depo provera they rock.
I don't think there are any ideal options for birth control. You sort of have to pick whatever is the best of the bad for you.
May 3, '04Occupation: SAHM, for now. From: WI, US ; Joined: Feb '04; Posts: 2,574; Likes: 322Quote from MarniPTYES!!! I've had bad endometriosis for the last 10 years, since my bf and I are talking about getting married and pregnant one day, I don't want to go the hysterectomy route. I tried Depo-provera for endometriosis and I had side effects from... you know where! Migraine headaches had me in the ER at least once a week. I will NEVER use Depo-provera again. I've heard of other people having trouble from DP.I've been researching another birth control method and i understand there are some pretty bad side effects from the depo shot; depression, decreased libido, headaches...
Actually, we had this discussion over the weekend. I'm curious, does the insertion of an IUD hurt as bad as it sounds?? It sounds like a wicked procedure. Since it causes heavy periods, will they recommend it for someone who has endometriosis?
May 3, '04Occupation: RN Joined: Feb '04; Posts: 83; Likes: 3When I had my IUD put in it didnt hurt at all. Of course I was having my period when it was inserted. I've heard it hurts like hell if its put in at any other time of the month. I havent had any problems at all with my IUD. I love it.
May 3, '04Joined: Mar '04; Posts: 31; Likes: 6I also had my IUD inserted during my period and it was absolute hell. I was on my probationary period at work and i had to go in the next day i was in agony despite pain pills.
When I tried to explain what the insertion felt like to my boyfriend I used the analogy of it feeling like being stabbed with a hot butter knife. sorry to be graphic.
maybe it all has to do with the person inserting it...
May 6, '04Joined: May '04; Posts: 1I see quite a few people have mentioned problems with heavy periods with their IUDs. I just had my Mirena IUD inserted yesterday. It was painful, but only momentarily. It wouldn't deter me from getting another one someday. Apparantly most women using Mirena experience lighter and shorter periods, (because of the low-dose of Progesterone it secretes into the uterine lining) and some women stop menstruating completely after a while. This is a great bonus for me as I hate periods! I'm hoping I get to be one of the lucky ones who can stop spending money on sanitary supplies. Also, I love the fact that it's a no-hassle BC solution.
Another great bonus is that fertility returns immediately after removal. No need to wait if you want to become pregnant.
So far I've just been feeling a bit crampy, like at the start of my periods. Not enough to even need meds though.
So far so good!
Sep 10, '06Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 402; Likes: 80Can I re-open an ancient thread in order to say that I'm getting a Mirena IUD inserted tomorrow and I'm petrified. I may just have to call and cancel because I feel ill at the thought. I can't even stand getting a pap smear! And there's a good number of women that have miserable experiencess with the side effects. Help? :uhoh21:
Sep 10, '06Occupation: RN Joined: Feb '04; Posts: 83; Likes: 3I've had my IUD for 4 years with no problems. My periods are heavier but they still only last 4-5 days. I would recommend going ahead and trying the IUD.....chances are you will LOVE it. If not, you can always have it removed.
Sep 10, '06Occupation: LTC DON Specialty: LTC ; Joined: Dec '03; Posts: 1,849; Likes: 15I've had mine for 7 years and love it. No hormones. No hassle. Fabulous.
Sep 10, '06Occupation: Med/Surg RN Specialty: 14 year(s) of experience in Med/Surg, Perinatal, Float ; Joined: May '06; Posts: 105; Likes: 1I am really surprised no one has mentioned the Mirena IUD more... I have had mine for 5 years and am set to have it replaced. I couldn't stomach the thought of heavier bleeding and cramps with the copper IUD but the Mirena is just the opposite, the little bit of progesterone that slowly gets released keeps the uterus from building up a nice cushy landing pad for a fertilized egg, that is why most women don't have periods and very little cramping (if at all) with periods. In fact, I'd have a hard time knowing where I am in my cycle if I tried! I'd have to go by moods, really, it would be the only indicator!
My SIL had major difficulties with painful periods and endometriosis until she got her Mirena and she loves it, no more problems! (and no tubal or hyst, my brother got the snip!)
Sep 10, '06Occupation: staff nurse among other things Joined: Jul '06; Posts: 6just got my mirena yesterday. it was extremely uncomfortable during insertion, but ive never had kids and she said she had a had to dilate me more than usual b/c im so tight. the pain was only very temporary. insertion lasted only 2-3 min. i signed in at 1115 and was out of there at 1126. that included dressing undressing getting vitals taken and insertion. i was shocked how fast!!!!!! i am a huge chicken when it comes to pain and i was ok, the only thing is that im glad i had my mom drive me. i was a little diophretic and dizzy afterward which is normal according to the gyn and the mirena pt info pkt. i was fine within 15 min, but still felt good having someone with me. i was on pills for 10+yrs and wanted to end my slavery to them. today i feel great! and really happy i did it. good luck with what ever decision you make.
Sep 10, '06Joined: Dec '02; Posts: 41,761; Likes: 48,078Quote from jannrnI am really surprised no one has mentioned the Mirena IUD more... I have had mine for 5 years and am set to have it replaced. I couldn't stomach the thought of heavier bleeding and cramps with the copper IUD but the Mirena is just the opposite, the little bit of progesterone that slowly gets released keeps the uterus from building up a nice cushy landing pad for a fertilized egg, that is why most women don't have periods and very little cramping (if at all) with periods.
That is why I wouldn't use an IUD - I'm not comfortable with a birth control method that controls things after the fact of creating a fertilized egg.
Not to stir up trouble . . . your statement just hit me hard.
The funny thing is the best form of birth control for me was Natural Family Planning, which I was taught at a Family Planning Clinic while in college. It was pretty amazing because I really didn't understand my body all that well and I did after I took that class. Now, it wouldn't work for everyone - you have to be dedicated to checking your temp every morning before getting up out of bed and the consistency of cervical mucous, etc. But I didn't get pregnant for 4 years of married life.
When I started using a diaphragm, I became pregnant within the first year - of course you have to get out of bed and walk into the bathroom and place the diaphragm
After that, I had my #2 child while relying on condoms and my #4 child while relying on condoms (I was 42 when I got pregnant with #4, 12 years after #3).
My #3 child we actually tried to make. :blushkiss
Birth control, as evidenced by this thread, sure effects everyone differently.
Good luck on your choices.