7.12.2016

My IUD Experience

Hello, hello! Sorry that I was MIA last Thursday - I had a midterm last week that I was busy studying for (and it paid off...another A in the books, yay!), but anyway today's post will be ...interesting, to say the least!

Last week I mentioned that if anyone wanted me to do a post about my IUD experience that I would. Quite a few people were interested in that so here we go:

What is an IUD?

IUD stands for Intra-Uterine Device. It is a type of birth control.

Why did I choose to get an IUD?

I have been on the pill for a few years. Honestly, I was just ready to be off of it. the last few months that I was on it, I felt extremely emotional. I didn't feel like myself. I was moody, irrational, anxious - just not good. I did quite a bit of research and talked to a few of my girlfriends and decided that an IUD seemed like the best route for me to go.

What type of IUD did I get?

I went with Mirena. I've never had kids so I thought I wouldn't be able to get it, but my doctor said that it didn't matter and that I could still get Mirena even though I've never given birth. I sort of wish that I would've got Skyla, which is said to be "Mirena's little sister." Skyla is smaller than Mirena and releases less hormones than Mirena. It was also created specifically for women who have never had kids.

How does it work?

Mirena is a plastic T-shaped device that is inserted into your uterus. It releases 20 mcg of levonorgestrel into the uterus each day. Throughout the course of 5 years, this dose decreases while still remaining effective. In contrast, birth control pills typically release 150 mcg into the body.

How long did it take to get it put in?

The actual insertion took about 5-10 minutes, but I was at the doctor for a total of about an hour.

Did it hurt?

Yes. Yes it did, lol. My doctor wanted me to come in to get Mirena inserted while I was on my period. Apparently, when you're on your period your cervix is naturally dilated a little bit, lessening the pain of insertion. Unfortunately, my period started on a Friday afternoon and was over by the time I was able to go to the doctor on Monday. That means my doctor had to dilate me and HOLY MOTHER it was not a good time. Think period cramps x10. The insertion itself wasn't TOO awful (just a little uncomfortable), but getting dilated was terrible. Luckily it was quick pain. Once the IUD was inserted I was a little light headed and very pale. The nurse gave me some apple juice and I was fine after that. I took some Motrin before getting Mirena put in and continued taking Motrin every 4-6 hours for the rest of that night to keep the cramps at bay.

What's it like afterwards?

Honestly, once I had the apple juice and some food afterwards, I was fine. A little bit of cramping, but nothing that I haven't dealt with before. I was totally fine by the next morning. I did spot off and on for the first week, but not too bad. I just wore liners every day and I was golden. 

Am I happy with my decision to get an IUD?

It's been 2 weeks since I've had my IUD put in and I have to say, I have no complaints! It's nice not having to take a pill every day and I've stopped spotting. I don't feel it whatsoever (and it doesn't bother my husband for those of you wondering...sorry if that's TMI but I know some of you are curious about that). I was afraid that I would feel it when I was lifting heavy in the gym, but nope! The only time I feel it is when I'm checking to make sure that it is still in place. You do that by feeling for 2 little hanging strings (think fishing line) that come out of your cervix. 

Also, this may be a placebo effect, but I honestly feel less crazy now that I am off of the pill. Overall, I am happy with my decision. I'll let y'all know later down the road how it affects my periods and whatnot, because apparently a lot of women stop having a period while using Mirena.

I hope this post gives you some insight on what my experience was like. If you have any questions that I didn't address feel free to comment below (or email me), and I'll gladly answer them! 

xo, Jess

*Please note that I am not a doctor or in any position to give anyone medical advice...this is just me sharing my experience.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Jessica. I haven't checked my blog reading list in a while but I did tonight and this post was the first listed so I had to read it. I have been passionate about birth control education for several years now. I want to encourage you to do some deeper research into how Mirena works. Life is so precious to Jesus and unfortunately one of the ways that Mirena works is by thinning the uterine lining, making it impossible for a newly formed baby to attach and grow. If that happens, the body discards that tiny little baby. It's impossible to know how often it happens but it can and does. I wrote a post on it and you can find it on the side bar of my blog if you are interested. The last thing I want is for my words to sound judgemental. I only want to encourage you, and other women who read this, to seek out all of the information and pray over it before making a decision.

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  2. Thanks for writing a post about this- I have been thinking about switching to an IUD myself (would probably also choose Mirena and not the copper IUD) and have talked to friends who have had theirs in for a while as well, some who have given birth and some who haven't. I think the thing holding me back is the pain of the procedure to be honest, and I know that sounds silly, but I have heard some horror stories. I've been having issues with my birth control pill for probably 6 months, which is surprising because I've been on the same kind for years. It is probably time to schedule an apt. with the GYN. Thanks again for all of the info!

    Also to Jessi Bridges ^^^^ Your comment absolutely sounds judgmental and you should educate yourself further on the matter, obviously. It isn't "a tiny little baby", it is a cluster of cells. That is how most birth control works- stopping those cells from attaching and growing into, well, a baby. I'd imagine unless you have 19 kids, you are probably on birth control yourself.

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    1. Actually I'm not on birth control and haven't been since I learned about how BC actually works (almost 10 years now). I have 4 children, all of them planned. It can be done without hormonal birth control. But most importantly, the "cluster of cells" nonsense is completely unscientific and incorrect. At the moment of conception (when the egg is fertilized), a new, unique, entirely separate HUMAN BEING is formed. That embryo, fertilized egg, blastocyst, baby, whatever you choose to call it, is alive and is a person. You can read this in any embryology text book. And that LIFE was created by God. As Christians we absolutely have to acknowledge that. Cara, I don't if you are a Christian or not, but Christians are responsible to follow the precepts of the Bible. And one that is crucial is that we protect and love life, not end it.

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  3. Thanks for sharing Hun, I chickened out in January and I'm thinking I shouldn't have and should just bite the bullet and get it done.
    Take care love xo

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  4. I have stories from both sides of the spectrum with Mirena. I myself had a similar experience with the insertion like you Jessica. I had my Mirena for 3 years before having it removed now since my husband and I are trying to conceive now. I didn't have any bad experiences while using Mirena. I will say that I wish I would've chosen to remove it a few months sooner than I did because I did not anticipate that it would take my body 3 months to regulate itself again. (TMI but I didn't get my period for 3 months after the removal of my IUD).

    now, the flipside. i had a friend that had quite a terrible experience on Mirena, she got terrible cramps throughout the 3 years she had it and really didn't have great periods either (i rarely had my period while i was on it).

    so just a warning to those thinking about it, everyone's body reacts differently. you may have an amazing experience like me, or you might not. just be prepared :)

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