Connecting moms in Polk County, Fla.
I had an IUD and was VERY happy with it. Insertion was a piece of cake, the only "side effect" I had was heavier periods - although friends I've talked to actually had lighter ones and my Dr said it was rare to have heavier. And they weren't AWFUL or longer - just heavier. The only reason I had it removed (after 3 and a half years) is I decided I wanted another baby (silly fool I was, I had 2 more, LOL). I've finally had a tubal, last year - I also was uneasy with Essure and didn't want to have to think about birth control again, even only every 5 years. I had the IUD in Jacksonville so I can't recommend a Dr for one, although I was not at all happy with my Dr down here that did the tubal, although I don't want to put her name on a public board.
Jmarr's comment below is one of the reasons I want to come back to this discussion.
There was also an old thread about this, and there were quite a few people who got pregnant with IUDs. This can be very dangerous for the baby (and mother, I would imagine). I am not trying to scare you out of it, but I am sure you are looking for the positives and the negatives before making your decision.
She's right, we had an at length topic about IUDs on PolkMoms a few years ago (lost during a software changeover) and it read more like the horrors and dangers of IUDs compared to reviews with a mix of positive and negative.
Michelle's comment rings absolutely true:
about five years back all I seemed to hear was negative comments about it. Thanks for the feedback!
And apparently data proves that there's a bad-rap-cloud hanging over this type of birthcontrol According to this recent Time Magazine piece Why is the most effective form of birth control also the one no one... use numbers are down in the US compared to other populations in the world.
That's why I want to keep this topic going. I would love to get additional feedback from those that have used IUDs and for those of you in this discussion, what are your current experiences now?
I have a family member that is considering an IUD after it was suggested to her because of her extreme menstrual cycles (cramps and bleeding). I'm feeling a little uneasy about it on her behalf considering past stigma of IUDs. But, she is a young college student that hasn't had children yet. I'm not in love with the idea of her being on birth control pills either.
Let me have it, the good and the bad. What are the stigmas you've heard? What are your experiences with an IUD?
Funny you brought this up! I just went to a doctor today to discuss options for period problems. He mentioned that many people have regular, very light periods (or no periods at all) after about six months on Mirena, but have some spotting before that. The other 25% or so don't have the same luck..they continue to have spotting and irregular periods.
Those stats aren't good enough for me to go through a painful procedure and possibly have to go through it again to have it reversed if it doesn't work! (I am sure some have a better pain tolerance than me and are fine with trying Mirena...I just have a major phobia of painful gynecological procedures and anything having to do with my uterus for some reason.)
He was supportive and we are trying other options to get my periods under control.