Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Personal question, chicas

Does anyone use (or have a friend who uses) Mirena? I'm pondering my options, and this sounds really good. My OB-GYN has given me all the info (side effects, etc.), but I really would like to hear from anyone with personal experience.

(Not that anyone cares, but my b.c. of choice has always been the pill.)


Anonymous Lisa V said...

Julie at alittlepregnant had a post about it awhile ago. Or else her big list of comments had some discussion about it.

9:42 PM, February 06, 2007  
Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

Hmmm. I'm thinking Genevieve is the one to ask.

10:27 PM, February 06, 2007  
Blogger Piece of Work said...

I have the other IUD, the one with no hormones, which I absolutely love. I have heard great things about the Mirena, too, if you have no issues with the pill, not only is it no-think birth control, but you barely get a period. The only thing is, no chance of an oopsy pregnancy, which is (of course) mostly a good thing.

10:38 PM, February 06, 2007  
Blogger Zuska said...

I have the non-hormone IUD as well, and I love it. I have no complaints.

8:53 AM, February 07, 2007  
Blogger OneTiredEma said...

I have it. So far it's great, except for my paranoia that it's not going to work. :-) (I was also always a pill/minipill girl; my OB swears in 10 years he's only seen one case of a pregnancy with the IUD properly in place.)

But that's just me.

Slightly crampy day of insertion (but a piece of cake compared to, you know, childbirth), faint on-and-off spotting for maybe 7-10 days afterwards. Absolutely nothing since (I am still nursing day & night). It is totally no-think, which still freaks me out after 3 separate times in my life on oral contraceptives.

I got it because it's ok for nursing, long-term but easy to reverse, and very little chance of screwing up.

Was that too much sharing?

8:56 AM, February 07, 2007  
Blogger dagwood said...

Delurking to praise the glory of Mirena....

I've had the Mirena IUD for about three years now, and I cannot say enough good things about it. I do have to say that the first month was uncomfortable, and I almost had it removed, but a friend of mine convinced me to give it a month, and it would settle, and I'm so glad I did. I never even think about it, and I BARELY get my period any more. My sister has the non-hormone kind, and her period is heavier than it was before. That just might be her though.

Good luck!

9:59 AM, February 07, 2007  
Blogger Lady Liberal said...

I never did have the Mirena, but I had the Paraguard IUD (w/out the hormones) for many years. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the IUD. It is, in my humble opinion, a far underutilized unsung hero of the birth control world! A little crampy after insertion, maybe some cramping and light bleeding first week or two. After that? Mindless BC bliss! (Save for that monthly string check.)
I can't have one anymore b/c my cervix was damaged in an induced delivery, but I miss my little IUD every day!!!

10:55 AM, February 07, 2007  
Blogger ccw said...

I have also been considering an IUD because I hate taking the pill every day. I used to have Norplant and absolutely loved not having to think about b.c.

My only concern with an IUD is the string. For whatever reason it makes me squirmy to think about having strings for 5 years.

12:01 PM, February 07, 2007  
Blogger Casey said...

I have the Mirena IUD. Insertion is not pleasant, and I spotted for the entire first month. However, even considering those things, I think it's the best form of birth control I've ever used. I highly recommend it.

As for the string, I can't feel it or see it. It's really not an issue for me.

12:12 PM, February 07, 2007  
Blogger PT-LawMom said...

I had the Mirena inserted last September and am very happy with it. I'd tried everything - the NuvaRing, the Patch, etc., all of which caused allergic reactions. I had bad cramping with insertion of the Mirena and spotting for the first 6 weeks or so, but have had no problems since then. I'd definitely recommend it.

9:47 PM, February 07, 2007  
Blogger oshee said...

After tons of consideration I was going to go with the Mirena after #4 was born. But I scheduled appointment for it and then had to cancel because surprise baby was on his way. (#4 and #5 are very close in age)

So, while pregnant with #5 my husband volunteered to get a vasectomy. I quickly jumped on that idea. Been wonderful!

I'd go with the IUD if you aren't done having kids.

2:19 AM, February 08, 2007  
Anonymous Genevieve said...

I give it a big thumbs up. I'm on my second one now (the 5 years on the first one were up, had it replaced a couple months ago).

Cramping on insertion, check, but fine afterwards. Almost never had to use any feminine hygiene projects for 5 years. Now on the second one, I'm not finding that's true, but that may be b/c it's still in its first couple months (I'm hoping!). Strings not an issue - don't notice them at all. Dr. didn't say I needed to do a monthly check, and I don't.

9:57 AM, February 08, 2007  
Anonymous Maggie said...

Having been burned by doctors on "good suggestions" and knowing that many times they encourage patients to use meds that they get a kick-back on I always consult WebMD before using anything. Here's the URL for Mirena:

Personally, I wouldn't use it.

3:30 PM, February 08, 2007  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

My friend is an OB and she uses it, and has been singing praises for it over the last few months.

I have this need to be able to see the birth control because I'm too paranoid so we use other methods ; )

4:39 PM, February 08, 2007  
Blogger LawMommy said...

I had Mirena for 18 months and had 3 problems with it.

1. The first one fell out. Big problem.

2. The second one somehow got in the wrong place, stabbed me in the ovary, and the doctor had me rush to the ER because the symptoms I was describing made him think I was having an ectopic pregnancy, only to discover that my IUD was stabbing my ovary (it was like female-reproductive-organ-war in there).

3. The strings became very hard(the doctor commented when it was removed that the strings did not feel "right" - and my husband could feel the strings when we had sex and he hated it very much.

I have talked to lots of people who have had no problems whatsoever, so, maybe my body just had a weird reaction.


3:03 PM, February 09, 2007  
Anonymous lawmom said...

Late to the thread, but I've been thrilled with the paragard IUD.

4:41 PM, February 21, 2007  
Blogger The Sanders House said...

I just had mine inserted yesterday. It went just fine and after I the nurse and doctor left for me to dress, I fainted and hit my head so hard that I had to go to the ER. I feel okay today as far as the IUD is concerned. Just wanted to let you know to be careful after you get it in and take your time.

1:56 PM, March 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a couple years late, but I HAD to voice my complaints. I had the Paraguard inserted in January. At the 1 month check-up it was falling out. So then I had the Mirena put in. A week before my one week check-up I had symptoms of a bladder infection and a yeast infection. And when I went to the one month check-up, surprise!!!! It wasn't even in my body!!! And now, I think I'm pregnant and am supposed to start nursing school full-time in 1 week! I just had my son 6 months ago, I already have a total of 4 boys. My doctor had assured me that these IUDs were just as effective as getting a tubal. I THINK NOT!!! Only if they stay put!!! And I'm on week 3 of sporadic symptoms of bladder infections and yeast infections that she blames on the sudden withdrawal of the IUD's hormones. WHATEVER!! Should have just went with my gut, and gotten my tubes tied! Good luck to those who decide to trust it! I know I will NEVER recommend it to anyone!

12:03 AM, March 30, 2009  

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