Questions about IUD's

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Re : Questions about IUD's

Postby iamwonderwoman » Mon Feb 09, 2004 10:02 pm

I just had my IUD put in on Friday. I got the copper ParaGuard. I have heard a lot of good and my doctor really like them. I have felt great. I only had cramps for a few hours.

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Re : Questions about IUD's

Postby 5thtymachrm » Mon Jan 26, 2004 05:17 pm

I also have a mirena IUD, I am a nurse and worked in GYN before I got pregnant. I have the same problems with heavy cycles and severe cramps along with PCOS, hence, my OB suggested the mirena. I have had it in for about 3 weeks now, I have bled all of that except for about 4 days, not to mention I had my first cycle after birth of Indy that ended two days before it was put in. We will see how it goes, I really don't want to get pregnant for at least 5 more years and thats how long its good for.

I should say that I chose this IUD because of its effectiveness with shorter periods and lessening the cramping. Not to mention its 99% birth control.

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Re : Questions about IUD's

Postby annegarrett » Sun Jan 25, 2004 11:39 am

I just have to interject that I had a Copper 7 IUD at 23 after the birth of my first son and I had an ectopic pregnancy that nearly did me in--Code Blue in the ambulance, 2 IVs and a whole lot of pain--and my doctor reminded me that the IUD only prevents pregnancy in the uterus--not in the tubes and in fact increases the risk of a tubal pregnancy. I had mine taken out but up till then had really loved it. I would say if you get one to just be aware of that fact and have abnormal bleeding and cramping checked out. I had had "my period" for two weeks and the doctor didn't even do a pregnancy test. The paramedics diagnosed the ectopic immediately--course, I was in shock and was like--no no--no chance I am pregnant--I have been menstruating for two weeks and have an IUD! Needless to say--I have less than positive feelings about the IUD.

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Re : Questions about IUD's

Postby fllufmislf » Sat Jan 24, 2004 10:38 pm

i am also about to get an IUD and have researched and disscussed the risks and possibiliteis of them. I have been warned that with the copper IUD i will have bad cramps and bleeding more then likely. They also have a plastic or plastic like IUD that lasts 4 years and is supposed to help the cramps and bleeding. For me I am chosing the plastic one and i have not really found any high risk problems with this.

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Re : Questions about IUD's

Postby shelbys mom » Tue Nov 18, 2003 07:23 pm

Hello I am new to the forum, but my daughter was born on 11/12/01 8 weeks early due to hellp, and pih, she is a full of * and vinegar two year old now only problem with speech, I had an IUD, the merena (its plastic) put in, and have not gotten pregnant, am scared to death to get pg again, I dont' get a period for months which is great, and some cramping in the beginning but none now,

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Re : Questions about IUD's

Postby Guest » Sat Nov 15, 2003 10:30 am

I had my copper IUD removed. In theory, it really is the best option for birth control and I'm so disappointed that it didn't work out for me. I had really bad cramping and bleeding w/ my periods. It was unbearable. I waited it out for close to a year in hopes that my periods would regulate but they did not. Also, my husband complained that he felt it while we had sex. I had my dr check it to make sure it was inserted properly and it was. So, I had it removed and 2 months later I was pregnant!
I almost feel like trying it again now that my ds was born b/c I don't want to get pregnant again but I'm afraid I'll have the same reaction.
Good luck to you!!

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Re : Questions about IUD's

Postby kim » Thu Nov 13, 2003 07:25 pm

I have had a copper IUD (Paraguard) for 2 months now. So far, it has been wonderful. I did not choose the Mirena IUD because it does contain and release hormones, which my doc felt could interfere with my bp. And, an ob/gyn friend of mine said the Mirena has a higher failure rate (ie, getting pg), than what is on paper....

I do have to say, that I do seem to spot a little off and on with the IUD and the first period after having put in was * (but, I hadn't had a period in 2 years, so it could have been that, too)...

I read an article saying that a copper iud is the next best thing to sterilization...

Just my 2 cents!

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Re : Questions about IUD's

Postby tahoe4 » Tue Nov 04, 2003 08:55 am

I don't use an IUD, but I did want to mention that if you use depo provera you run the same risk as if you use birth control pills regarding blood clotting. I also wanted to use depo instead of the pills and both my general practitioner and my perinatologist said even if there is progesterone and no estrogen (like depo) there is still the risk of clotting.

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Re : Questions about IUD's

Postby sjs40 » Tue Nov 04, 2003 01:40 am

Hi again. I was recommended the Mirena coil before I got preg as I have pcos, and suffer heavy clotting bleeding as a result. I didnt want the oestrogen again due to pcos, and the thought of maybe having no periods at all,or just light bleeding as can happen with the Mirena coil, really appeals right now! I am assured that when we want to ttc fertility returns to normal almost immediately. As with all IUDs there are some possible risks, but personally I can accept those to be able to not suffer so much for those days each month! I have 2 friends with them and they both recommended them. Having it put in was uncomfortable but bearable, and I did get cramps for a few days, but that is settling now (I had it put in last Mon).
Hope that helps. Im about half way through my cycle now, so will update on what happens if it happens!

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