What Do You Think of Your IUD?

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What do you think of IUDs? I keep hearing about how it’s a great contraceptive choice for women in committed relationships — it’s super effective, it can last for up to 10 years, just get it and forget it! My problem is I don’t think I could forget it. There’s something about having a foreign object shoved through my cervix and embedded in my uterus that really makes me cross my legs. Am I just being a baby about this?


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5 Comments on "What Do You Think of Your IUD?"

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I started on birth control about 13 years ago, before I was sexually active, due to debilitating cramps, and have been on some form continuously ever since (first the patch, then assorted pills). Last year I decided it was finally time to get an IUD – I hated having to remember to take a pill every day at the same time and was also experiencing frequent breakthrough bleeding as a result of my body becoming overly sensitive to continuous cycling (I only had my period once every ~2.5 months since I took three packs of pills back-to-back). After doing a… Read more »
I freakin’ love my IUD. I started out with Mirena (hormonal version) and that did not work out for me. I’m not gonna lie: the fitting process – and the pain immediately afterwards – were extremely unpleasant. However, these were magnified in my case as I have a retroverted uterus, so even routine pap tests are routinely hideous. After 6 months, due to problem side effects with the hormonal version, I switched over to Paragard (copper version). This time I knew what to expect, pain-wise, and that made the fitting a lot less gruelling. I was better prepared, and took… Read more »

I’ve just read the useful info from Lisa below and I can confirm that my period on IUD does last a couple of days longer. In my case, however, it isn’t heavier. There has been no accompanying increase in period pain. I also experience a few days of thicker and more copious vaginal mucus, starting a few days after my period ends. Again, having researched it, this seems to he something that a small percentage of users experience, but by no means all.


I also found my second fitting to be much easier and less painful – knowing what to expect was helpful. Obviously from both our experiences it’s clear, if one doesn’t work you can always switch to the other and that everyone’s experiences can differ!

IDK~ Getting an IUD was the best birth control decision I have ever made. Over the 15 years of my sexually active life I have done the pill, depo shot, back to the pill, nuva ring, back to the pill again, and finally to the IUD. I do not see myself changing birth control methods ever again. As far as not being able to forget it, I admit that this never even occurred to me. I know it’s there, sure, but I can’t feel it so there is not some constant reminder. I wonder what kind of birth control you… Read more »