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Old 07-19-2012, 09:27 PM   #21
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On various types of pills I had weight gain, no sex drive, acne. With Mirena my sex drive is awesome, no weight gain, but I do get a zit or two when I have my period. But it clears up after my cycle.

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Old 07-21-2012, 10:35 PM   #22
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i was going to get one at my 8wk p checkup...but the more i thought about it and prayed about it...i decided against it...

yes we think that we are done but we are open to blessings...however with a IUD in place to me it felt like I was taking away any chance of any little blessings (since if you become pg with an IUD it has to be removed and will more likely cause a miscarraige) sooo for me (and by the way i was going with the plastic mirena) i decided that I couldn't take away teh onyl way for God to give us a blessing...i mean even if i had my tubes tied HE could still bless us BUT with an IUD i was told there was no safe way to carry a baby with it in place and i felt like takign that much control was not what i needed to do...

that being said Dh and i have decided that if there is ever another blessing then i will hae my tubes tied while having the csection...

but a IUD is not for me

it might work great for some...just not for us
So was your decision entirely personal? Did you have any objections to the device itself?
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:06 AM   #23
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Re: considering IUD - opinions?

I had postpartum depression and had mood problems with the hormones in pills before that happened, so the last thing I wanted to do after having my daughter was go back on the pill. My psychologist recommended the Mirena or a copper IUD. I didn't get a copper IUD because I was concerned about the heavy periods you can get, so I got the Mirena. The insertion was painful (if I do it again I'll ask for more painkillers than just advil) and I had cramps (like a period) for the first month, but after that it has been great. I haven't had any mood issues related to the hormones and I have very light periods. I like that it is a pretty certain method (I got pregnant right away with my daughter when I stopped birth control and with the depression I knew I wasn't ready for another) and that I can remove it and have another whenever I am ready. Good luck!
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:19 AM   #24
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Re: considering IUD - opinions?

I have had the paraguard (copper) in place since 6 mos PP, so just about one year. Before DD I used various bc pills and then the nuvaring for years.
Pros:
-I love not having to do anything. Even remembering to insert and then take out the ring once a month was too tough for me, lol. Given the speed at which DD was conceived, I am shocked that we never had an oops pg in 10 years of me forgetting pills.
-I love that it's hormone-free. The main reason was at 6 mos we were still going strong with BF, and I didn't want bc pills to interfere. AF DID come back maybe 2 mos after insertion, but that certainly could have been coincidence, and we continued to ebf for another 6 mos after that (then slowly weaned).
-I love that DH can't feel it. The ring was sometimes... uncomfortable.
-DH loves that I no longer feel the need to store my BC in the fridge
-I use a cup now, and the nuvaring would definitely interfere with the cup. I can't picture trying to juggle both in a bathroom stall in the office!
Cons:
-AF is appearing on a much more "natural" cycle... I used to be able to predict within 6 hours, now it's "plus or minus 3-4 days."
-Ummm, that's pretty much it.

Here's the thing: Yes, AF is definitely different (flow is different, overall pattern, PMS symptoms...) but, bc she did not reappear until AFTER the paraguard was inserted, I truly don't know if the differences are IUD-related or PP-related. KWIM?
Insertion was not the most fun thing ever but nothing compared to natural childbirth. I had horrendous cramps for several hours afterwards and DH had to come home to take care of DD bc I was afraid I would drop her. After that... no problems.
As far as the copper, the Paraguard (not sure if it's ALL copper IUD's) is only good for 5 years. In five years or sooner, we will either be ready for #2, or decide that #2 is not in the cards and we'll get it removed, and DH will go in for a snippety-snip. So we're not planning on a long time.
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