IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) for Birth Control

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Why did you choose an intrauterine device (IUD) as your form of birth control? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Ava, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I chose Paragard intrauterine device because it was long lasting, reversible, highly effective, and did not contain hormones. I have problems with hormonal birth control, changing my personality and making me crazy, so I did not want any form of hormones.

Comment from: Amandac21 , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I chose Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) because I thought it was the best for me since I’m on a lot of medications due to a medical condition. I got it on December 14, 2018. I was bleeding nonstop, and my period would go away for a day or two. Now in May I started losing appetite, not eating, and I was throwing up everything, even water; I couldn’t keep anything down. At first I thought it was food poisoning but I’ve gone to several emergency rooms, gotten hospitalized, and they couldn’t find what’s wrong with me. I got it out now and I feel way better.

Comment from: Blue, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I used an intrauterine device (IUD) because it is a long term birth control.

Comment from: Mnmoose82, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I got the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) in 2005 after the birth of my 1st daughter and I fell in love with it. I did have some cramping, but nothing major and it went away after a few days. It did take a couple months for my cycles to even out but once they did, I was able to know exactly when I’d get my period. And it only lasted 3 to 4 days max! It kept my moods in check and over all I just think it was one of the best things I did for myself. The only complaints were from my husband as he could feel the end of the string while being intimate but he didn’t let me know about it for a long time. I had mine in for almost 5 years and when I got it removed because we wanted another baby, I got pregnant about 2 to 3 months after I had it out. All in all, I loved it and am even thinking of getting one again even though my husband is sniped just so I can have the regular constant flow of hormones and be able to know when my period comes and only have it last 3 or 4 days again. My husband fully supports me too.

Comment from: valann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

30 years ago when I became a sexually active young adult I went to a local doctor in our central Florida town and asked him for a prescription for The Pill. He told me he was going to give me something even better--an IUD! He put it in and soon I was bleeding uncontrollably and throwing up, couldn't eat or drink anything or tell my mother what I had done because she would have kicked me out of the house. My mother the RN wheeled in an IV one day and hooked me up to it for awhile but after a couple of days gave up and took me to the ER. I was admitted to the hospital, shot up with Demerol which made me even sicker than I was before and still in SO much writhing pain. 25 years later I found out my best friend, now an MD, had the IUD inserted and bled 2 weeks a month before she finally had that thing yanked out. My hospital experience is probably why I still hate the taste of Gatorade; it's all they would give me for the nausea caused by the Demerol

Comment from: Arya, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I am a mother of 10 months old and opted for the copper-IUD after the 3 months of baby birth as this method frees me from all the worries about the pregnancy but the experience has not been so good as expected. The insertion of the device itself was a horrible experience as I felt cramps, dizziness and nausea during and after the insertion. I came home with the help of my mother in law. My sister in law is happy with her devices as she has used it thrice and has three children and she really feels happy about it but I am still not very satisfied as my period is different now. I feel pain almost 10 days in advance before the bleeding for 4-5 days and then slight bleeding starts before full bleeding though I do not feel pain during bleeding period as it used to be before pregnancy. I told this problem to my doctor (though I got the device fixed by some other doctor at my in law's place) but she did not put her ear on my problem, maybe she was unhappy that I got it fixed by some other doctor I do not have idea what to do as I thought maybe this is normal but after reading this article I have information now that how it works and what are the pros and cons of the device. Thank you.

Comment from: rachel4358, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I just had mine inserted today and I want to say that it wasn't that bad. The doctor measured my cervix first, then inserted it. Both felt like bad period cramps and I'm having mild cramps now. The doctor said it should go away within a day or so. I don't know how my body will handle it, but I hope it works out. I just wanted to get a positive review out there about the insertion.

Comment from: sclmadd, 35-44 Female Published: September 24

I got pregnant a month after mine was inserted!! I thought it was the best option! My daughter is now 3 years old and I couldn't imagine a life with out her!!

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Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

I've read varying experiences in regards to the pain one experiences upon insertion of the device. I personally experienced quite a bit of pain. I have the copper IUD. I also had to set a second appointment because my cervix was too tight and I was given medication to remedy that. The pain varies per person. Just keep in mind the end result is no-hassle birth control! My procedure was over in less than 10 minutes and I have been taking ibuprofen for the cramps.

Comment from: copperIUDpatient, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I wanted something that would be low maintenance and would have no hormonal side effects. I have had a copper IUD for eight years and LOVE it.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I have had an IUD in for 33 years and the doctor said he is going to remove it.

Comment from: Amy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I've had and loved Mirena for the last five years. We are not ready to do anything permanent, and I am very happy with how Mirena helps with my periods.

Comment from: khunter32, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I have had a horrible experience with the Mirena back in 2008 due to facial/lip swelling as an allergic reaction to the hormones. Recently I've tried using birth control pills and I've had the same reaction. I’m now going to opt for the copper IUD and hope for the best.

Comment from: working mom, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I have tried a few different birth control methods, but the IUD is one of the best ones I’ve tried. I’ve had it for almost five years and I would advise all women to give it a try. I’m an on-the-go mom and I love it. Of course, the IUD does not protect against HIV, so, girls you should still use condoms!

Comment from: kiki, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I chose an IUD because I am breastfeeding so I cannot take anything with Estrogen and I don't like taking pills every day.

Comment from: CHRISTOLIE03, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I chose this type of birth control due to the fact that I had tried so many others and I didn’t want to worry about birth control polls. This IUD thing has its drawbacks and now I’m going to have it taken out a year and some change after having it installed. This has been a horrible experience with all the cramping and bleeding.

Comment from: womenrock, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I have a history of clinical depression, which was exacerbated with both birth control pills and the shot. Condoms alone make me nervous because they slide around and I'm always too concerned with whether or not it's staying on to completely enjoy sex. The copper IUD is a purely physical barrier and doesn't trick your body into thinking it's pregnant for years at a time. The insertion went well (not NEARLY as painful as some message boards online lead you to believe); I was out of there in an hour, and I have no idea it's there until the monthly check for the strings. BEST BIRTH CONTROL EVER and absolutely no side effects.

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