Previous Post Next Post

Baby

Brought to you by

I'm Starting an IUD Fan Club (And Other Short Stories)

By melissaejordan |

I have a rule that I do not discuss my sex life on the internet and I’ve debated if talking about birth control falls into that category. So I made a mental addendum to my rule,  “Do not discuss your sex life on the internet, but discussing pregnancy prevention is totally acceptable as long as you don’t provide a play by play analysis on how many times you’ve tested its effectiveness.” And all was right in the world again. (Now you know how my strange mind works)

With that out of the way, let’s talk birth control! I was a pill girl for years and years. I liked the ritual of taking that little round pill everyday and I liked the monthly assurance in the form of my period that it had, in fact, done its job once again. BUT THEN, I messed up. I ran out of birth control a few months after moving from San Francisco, CA to Raleigh, NC and just a week shy of a trip to Spain with my husband and 8 month daughter. One extra glass of wine and a view of the romantic Spanish countryside later, and I was holding my breath for my monthly friend to make her visit.

Except she didn’t, and the rest my friends, is brilliant, thank-goodness-for-slip-ups, baby Arlo history.

But here’s the thing. We really, truly mean it this time when we say that we want to take our time. Seductive Spanish vacations or not, we’d like to limit our chances of adding any additional bambinos to our brood to oh, say .01% (until we’re ready for more).

At my six weeks post-partum appointment, I discussed my options with my midwife and decided that an IUD would be the best fit for my needs. I was kind of freaked out by it because I had only known the pill and it was weird to think they were going to put something up in there. And what if it just fell out one day and would I be able to feel it? And some women stop having their period completely on it. Others spot for months at a time. (So many questions and what ifs!) I was a bit apprehensive as to how my body would handle this new foreign object birth control.

I chose Mirena – which continually releases a low dose of hormones for up to 5 years and can be removed at any time should we decide we are ready for another baby. Having it put in was uncomfortable for about 30 seconds and then that was it.  I’ve barely thought about it since and now that I have two children to keep up with, not having to remember to take a pill everyday  or call in & pick up next month’s prescription is just one small way of simplifying my hectic life.

Are there any other IUD lovers out there? If so, let’s start a fan club! We can get t-shirts and bumperstickers made! Who wants to be treasurer and secretary ?!

~Melissa

Why Men Like Pregnant Women: 10 reasons why he wants sex during pregnancy!

More on Babble

About melissaejordan

melissaejordan

melissaejordan

Melissa Jordan wrote for Babble’s Baby’s First Year, where she chronicled the challenges and joys of parenting a toddler and a brand-new baby. More of her work can be found on her blog, Dear Baby, which is Jordan's personal narrative of her experiences with pregnancy and becoming a new mother.

« Go back to Baby

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Comments, together with personal information accompanying them, may be used on Babble.com and other Babble media platforms. Learn More.

58 thoughts on “I'm Starting an IUD Fan Club (And Other Short Stories)

  1. jodi says:

    I had an IUD, before I had my first son, only because I developed a blood-clot after taking the pill for so long (and because I have a disorder, which was discovered after I got the DVT)… I loved having an IUD and was period-free for almost the whole time – not sure if I’ll go back that route after baby #2, but it was nice not having to worry about taking something every day… :)

  2. Abbey says:

    OMG! I got my Mierna in last week and I am in love!
    my little man is now 9 weeks and I couldn’t be happier with the choice!

  3. Sarah says:

    I held back from commenting on your last post that mentioned the IUD, but now I’d love to join the club!! I love my IUD. I had one before our baby was born, and I had another put in after she was born. I chose the copper, no hormone version. The insertion was a little more uncomfortable for me, since my cervix has never dialated (I had a c-section). And even though I passed out both times, I’d have to say the only con to my IUD is that our insurance doesn’t cover it.

  4. Amy says:

    I’ve had my IUD since April and I love it. I haven’t had a period since July which is just a bonus. I am awful, awful, AWFUL with taking pills– let along every day. It’s a complete miracle I didn’t end up pregnant years ago. Have I mentioned that I love my IUD???

  5. Melissa says:

    Melissa, I’m curious if you’ve ever thought about/looked into Natural Family Planning? I know it sounds totally insane/old fashioned/completely unreliable but its actually just as effective as any form of birth control – a lot of times it can be more effective since most people don’t use birth control properly. It also does wonderful things for your marriage and your sex life. I have only been married a little over 3 yrs. and we’ve never used anything else. However we did suffer from infertility for a little over 2 yrs. and then we got pregnant with our first baby thanks in large part to NFP. Most of our friends do NFP and have very successfully planned and spaced out their families without the use of any type of birth control. So I just thought I’d throw it out there. Another major plus is that you get to know you body and cycles really well so if there were ever to be a fertility problem its easy to pin point and treat.

    -Melissa

  6. Jess W. says:

    I have my second copper IUD in now and I coudn’t be happier! I had it inserted after both my girls were born during my six-week appointment. I think it’s fun imagining the conversation that will take place when we decide to start trying for Number 3. I like that it forces the conversation vs. just having a slip-up. And I NEVER think about it. Like, ever. Best birth control ever.

  7. Katie says:

    I had mine for 5 years and I loved it. LOVED. I will absolutely get another one after this baby is born in May. Either that or we’ll end up with 800 kids.

  8. Kate says:

    I was too chicken to get one. Ouchies. And no BC for me, since I’m still nursing and the mini-pill isn’t effective for a woman of my weight (I’m not huge or anything, but yeah, just above the upper weight limit).

  9. http://shouldbethebeginning.com says:

    I was a pill girl for years, and then I started worrying about the hormones. I mean, with all the effort made to eat healthy and organic, what on earth was I doing voluntarily swallowing synthetic hormones every day? Believe me, I KNOW that for most people, it is worth the sacrifice. But for me personally, I wanted to put as little artificial stuff in my body as possible, so my husband and I switched to condoms, and I got off the pill. I looked at the copper IUD, but we knew we wanted to start a family soon-ish, plus I was concerned about the intense bleeding I had heard about. Even condoms, though, are dosed with spermicide and other chemicals (lambskin included), but it seemed better than ingesting the pill every day. I am now breastfeeding, but as a baby who was conceived by parents who assumed that alone was sufficient BC, we also are using condoms. It’s not either of our favorite thing (TTC condom-free was much nicer!) but we figure until we’re done having kids and somebody gets snipped, this is the healthiest option for us. But I am glad you love your IUD :)

  10. sheila says:

    Mirena is safe for nursing, Kate. :)

  11. Amy N says:

    I got my IUD at my 9 week check-up. I was in a lot of pain for about three days (terrible craps and leg pain) but since then, it’s been pain free AND period free. I spotted for a few days afterwards and that was seven months ago. I like never having to think about any of that stuff so I can just focus on the important things: raising my baby and making sure we don’t have another one any time soon. :)

  12. mattie says:

    Love my IUD! This is my second. The first hurt a little when it was inserted but the second one didn’t hurt at all. So much better than having to worry about a pill especially since I’m breastfeeding.

  13. Angela says:

    I had the mirena for 4 years before I had it removed so that we could have our now 4 month old son. I actually just had another one put in today! It was so much less painful than the first one! I love it. I guess I am one of the lucky ones who never has a period while I have it. I was period free for 4 years and I’m hoping that happens again! I can’t imagine ever having to deal with taking pills again. IUD’s are the way to go! :o )

  14. Danielle says:

    I am a huge fan of the IUD…..I had two slip-ups with the pill that brought me my two little lovies! The first time due to antibiotic v pill fight that the antibiotic won…the second time was due to the mini-pill v my lack of taking it at the exact same time! I announced the impending arrival of my second love on my daughter’s first birthday! Having two so close together is incredibly challenging. I was in a haze for a year and a half! Now that they are 4 and 3 I am so grateful for the IUD. We want another little love but are pushing that off for another couple of years. Big Fan!! I will wear the t-shirt proudly!

  15. Shana says:

    I was a pill girl before having Gabe and also debated getting an IUD until my sister got pregnant months after having one inserted. Guess she was the 1% (or so) that it didn’t work for. She ended up loosing the baby (at around 8 weeks) when they had to take out the IUD in order for the pregnancy to continue. I guess no birth control is 100% effective and all have potential issues.

  16. Kimberly says:

    I love my Mirena! We conceived my daughter when I was on the pill (and taking it correctly!), but we have had no problems so far with the IUD.

  17. Kgp says:

    Very jealous. I wanted the copper IUD after my son was born in July. Alas, the ultrasound my midwife did showed that my uterus was too small for one. After two babies, I don’t know how that’s possible. But I’m still hoping to make the switch at some point. For ow, I’m on Depo until I finish nursing… I’m a terrible pill-taker.

  18. Kayla says:

    Hi Sarah, I would love to hear more about you passing out and your experience having it inserted without having delivered a baby vaginally. I’m very seriously considering it as I am an awful pill taker, but was slightly concerned with this added challenge.

  19. Tricia says:

    I’ve heard its great but be careful if you have a tipped uterus! I can’t use it for that reason. Otherwise all the people I know who have it LOVE it!

  20. Heather M. says:

    I’m on Mirena! I love it! I’ve tried most of your typical bcs, and the IUD works best for me. I originally was going to go for the copper (ten year) IUD, but decided against it, as that would put me into my upper thirties. I’d like to have children again… Someday. Insofaras monthly cycles are concerned, I’ve had two since I gave birth five and a half months ago; one at my six weeks postpartum check up (when I got my IUD placed) and one this past week. Trust me, it was nothing like what I used to have. I’m in heaven! My daughter was actually a Yaz baby! I conceived her while on the pill. I’m hoping the IUD proves to be better at preventing pregnancy than the Yaz. So far so good!

  21. Eva says:

    I absolutely LOVE my Mirena. I was never on the pill but I did use the patch (correctly) and ended up with the most wonderful surprise of my life. I had my Mirena inserted 3 years ago, and although I did suffer from horrible cramps for the rest of the day I haven’t had any problems since. For the first year I had some spotting every 3 months or so but after that I became period free which is wonderful because I always had really heavy periods with cramps that put me in bed for the first two days. If I don’t decide to have more children in the next two years I’ll definitely have another IUD inserted. I cannot put into words how much simpler my life has become since I’ve had my Mirena. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this thing!!!

  22. Michaela says:

    I was a little worried about the IUD at first as well, but wanted another choice from the pill which I had been on for years, and made me very hormonal.
    I have had the Mirena IUD in for almost 4 years now, and have no problems at all. Like you said, it was uncomfortable for about 30 seconds. I kept thinking, what if it moves, or comes out of place, but those worries soon went away!
    Another bonus was that I have not had a period in that 4 years – at first this kinda of weirded me out, but I got used to it pretty quick! I still do experiecce a little PMS every month, but nowhere close to before th IUD. I’m a fan of the IUD for sure.

  23. Cheryl @ That's What Che Said says:

    Love, love, love my Mirena!!! I would totally be secretary! I’d even be the mascot! :)

  24. cori says:

    i love my IUD i had mine put in on my 6week check up i didnt have any pain but i did bleed for like the whole first month not alot but still i did but then i stopped having a peirod and i love that my daughter is now two and im thinking about having it removed because im thinking about trying to have our last child sometime next year so we will see i go for my check up next month so i would where that tee shirt too proud!

  25. ashley says:

    I had the mirrana for a little over two years it was amazing i loved it i had two kids boy and girl i was done but was to young to get my tubes tied. Then out of no where i started getting bad pains in my cervix i went to the doctor n they said the string on the mirrana was causing me to have a bacterial infection and i needed it removed i had it removed for about 4 months n now im 7 months pregnant and having a lot of problems my cervix is now very friable which means me just walking makes it bleed n it is also very soft n thin i can go into labor anytime. i also have had a few friends who have had problems with it i would never get it again.

  26. Lynn says:

    I have had the Mirena for 6 years during which I have not had a single period. I love , love, love my Mirena and will keep it in until I go throuh menopause. I guess I am one of the lucky ones, I have never had any of the problems others have mentioned. The only side effect I seem to have had is my headaches are not as intense anymore.

  27. Kathryn says:

    IUD works so much better than the pill for me, but I wish I had chosen the no-period club. I got the copper releasing one 2 1/2 years ago. My periods used to be 3-4 days, now they are 6-7 days. So 3 extra days 12 times a year for 10 years = 360 extra days of bleeding in a ten year period. But I do enjoy not having to think about pregnancy prevention.

  28. Cee says:

    NFP has been wonderful for our family. I know my body and how it works, when I am fertile and am artificial hormone free. Works great for us! There are three years between each of our kids, and two years since our last with no guessing “what’s going on”.

  29. diane caso says:

    Many, many years ago, I had an IUD (Lippe’s Loop) inserted, after my first daughter…couldn’t tolerate the pill. Well…got pregnant two months later-it fell out (not at the best time) when I was 5 months-and my 2nd daughter arrived safe and sound at full term..My md felt that the md that had placed was not experienced in insertion. So glad to see that so much progress has been made with this type of bc…

  30. Valerie says:

    Take Tricia’s advice and speak with your doctor about getting an IUD if you have a tipped/retroverted uterus. My doctor placed an IUD despite that fact that I have a tipped uterus (I was unaware of this at the time) and the IUD perforated my uterus. I had to have laparoscopic surgery to remove the IUD from my abdomen. Otherwise I hear great things about it!

  31. LBN says:

    i LOVE my iud – i had a mirena for about 3 years – then took it out so we could start a family – and got knocked up RIGHT away (we barely got to have any fun trying :) ). basically from the day i got pregnant until my 6 week post-apt all i talked about was how i couldn’t wait to get an iud again. i never have to think about it, i never get my period and when we’re ready for number two – we don’t have to wait to get started. i sing the praises of the mirena all day long

  32. chanel says:

    yes i would like to join the club too! i had my IUD 6 months ago and was thinking to have it remove. i do not like the spotting. but, it has been only 6 months. reading this comments, may be is should give it some time. lord knows, i am not good taking my pills and could have another child. hubby always say his super shooter never fails despite his age :0) i have to agree for i did got preggo very quickly with the last two.

  33. Tabitha says:

    I wanted to love my IUD. I really, really wanted to. I even avoided stalking Dr. Google for side-effect horror stories prior to insertion, so I wouldn’t be biasing my judgement. Alas, it was not to be…

    The Mirena was placed at eight weeks post-partum. Within seven days I had gained five pounds, my hair started falling out & my milk had almost completely dried up. My fragile, recovering anorexic self could not cope, so out it came, a brief two weeks after it went in. The post-removal bleeding was so heavy, I landed in the E.R., on suspicion of another hemorrhage (I lost 2500 cc’s during my primary PPH.)

    Sadly, I am allergic to nickel & copper, so a Paraguard is not in my future either.

  34. Stephanie says:

    Instead of being on the pill, I’ve always been on the Nuvaring. (Aside from a 9month stint in the UK, where they didn’t have the ring.) You don’t have to remember it every day, just once every three weeks – and how hard is it to mark that on a calendar? I’m not necessarily against putting hormones in my body, and the thing that always scared me about an IUD was something my mother told me years ago. She said putting it in and keeping it there was no problem, it was just when they took it out after several years, it was an experience more painful than childbirth! Because your skin kind of grows over the device in time, the doctors basically have to TEAR it out. No thanks!

  35. Laura M. says:

    @Melissa (who posted about Natural Family Planning)

    I personally feel that Natural Family Planning’s issue isn’t about it’s reliability, but rather that one would have to suppress natural urges/needs as part of this form of birth control.

    How unsexy. The relationship could fall apart.

  36. Leah says:

    I have been on Mirena for a little over a year and absolutely LOVE IT! I have not had a child, so before they put mine in, my gyno had to measure my uterus to ensure that the device would fit comfortably and safely. My uterus was big enough, so other than a little cramping and spotting for the first couple months, it was a complete non-event. I no longer have a period, which is AWESOME,, and I know I’ll be pregnancy-free for the next four years—until I graduate from law school, get settled into my career, marry my wonderful boyfriend, and most importantly, until he and I are READY to bring a beloved child into our world. So, Mirena Fan Club? Yes, please. count me in! (p.s. Melissa, I really love your baby & life blogs!)

  37. Sarah says:

    I’ve had a mirena for just under 2 years and I love. I love not having to worry about pills everyday; I have 4 kids- 7, 6, and 2 year old twins, there is enough on my mind already. I’ve tried Depo (caused fertility problems!), the Nuvaring (was pulled out on more than one occasion!), and pills (so much work!) I’m very satisfied with my IUD and lack of monthly visitor for TWO YEARS! Awesome! Good luck, hope it works out well for you!

  38. Katie Walls says:

    I also used Nuvaring till we decided to get pregnant and LOVE it. Used it for 5 years with no problems or discomforts. (Just FYI though, Stephanie, it DOES put hormones in your body, they’re in the plastic and absorbed through the mucosa). I agree, not much to think about, you can usually purchase three month supply at a time. Great those a bit squeamish about IUD. And, as my husband is fond of saying at inappropriate times, sometimes he wins the ring toss. I’ll leave you to figure out what he means on your own. ;-)

  39. alifurt says:

    Loved the IUD! Putting in was a tad painful, taking out was a complete breeze and I was able to get pregnant without fail when we were ready after my 3 month waiting period to be free and clear of hormones. If you want a little more detail about it, you can read about my wonderful IUD experience http://alifurtwangler.com/post/2011/09/09/Ready-or-Not.aspx

  40. Heather Raye says:

    Hey Melissa! My precious Lily was an accidental blessing that I was NOT willing to let happen a second time. Funny enough, when I went in for my first visit with my midwife she said, “Now honey, I know it’s a bit early to be talking about this but have you thought about what kind of birth control you want to use after?” Without a single hesitation I said, “Yes. I want an IUD as quickly as possible.” LOL! It was the smartest decision I’ve made. As all mama’s know, having a sex life after a baby is difficult enough. Now I don’t have to think about accidents or pills or condoms. It’s one tiny area in my life that I can rest easy and have control… And I’ll take it!

  41. kristy says:

    NFP is the BEST and natural way to prevent pregnancy. check it out, ladies! :)

  42. Alicia S. says:

    I’ve had mirena for a while, because of the same failure-is-not-an-option scenario — and I absolutely love it! I was surprised to hear that a friend of mine had a horrible experience with the same IUD. She scoured the internet for similiar issues and found many, many women have had the same problems she has had with it, and apparently, they’re even starting a class action lawsuit. Everyone’s experiences are different — but I am definitely in love with having the peace of mind that comes with knowing I can’t mess up it’s effectiveness myself. And it’s been very comfortable for me.

  43. Brigitte says:

    After having our 3rd boy (only number 2 was planned…) I decided to go down the route of the Mirena IUD and I love it! I’ve only had it for a couple of months now and it’s so easy to forget it’s even there. We still get a bit nervous/freaked-out with the whole unprotected sex thing but I do believe it will change our world in the long-run. No pain, minimal bleeding, happy consumer.
    We had to use something a bit more fail-proof as, due to a complicated c-section for bubba 3 I’m not allowed to get pregnant again for 2 years, so this will hopefully keep us in line! ;)

  44. Melissa says:

    I’m not a frequent commenter, but whenever I read about IUDs, I feel the need to speak up. I had a Paraguard copper IUD inserted and my dr. told me that everything should work immediately– that’s supposed to be the beauty of the IUD– insert it and forget about it. Right? Well, not for me. I forgot about it right up until three months later when I realized that my period was very late. Four pregnancy tests, some hyperventilating, and an emergency trip for an ultrasound proved that I was yes, preggo. I’m so thankful to report that that failed IUD was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. But I need to let women know that they are not 100 percent effective. Apparently mine was not in the correct position, (either that, or I’m super fertile…). The dr. was able to remove the IUD the same day as the ultrasound and my son was born perfectly healthy. My advice: use back up birth control for the first few months and mentally prepare that if you are meant to have a baby, a baby you shall have.

  45. Annabelle says:

    I have the copper IUD and couldn’t be happier with it. I’ve never been pregnant, so it was definitely painful for about three days, but since then it’s like it’s not even there.
    And I don’t mind getting my period–I’ve been having it since I was 11, and hasn’t bothered me in all those years. I chose against mirena because of my desire to be hormone-free. I understand that the IUD releases hormones differently than the pill, but deciding to go off for me was mostly about going off of hormones, so I decided to REALLY go off them. :)

  46. Holly says:

    we use NFP as well and it is sooo not unsexy :-) our relationship is pretty awesome (that wasn’t aimed at you, Melissa)

  47. Victoria says:

    I got the Mirena too! I used Nuva Ring before and truly loved it, but a little slipup and I got a Henry! (THANK GOODNESS, though.) I wanted to get something I couldn’t mess up for the next year to year and a half until we decide to have another babe, so Mirena it is. Unfortunately, I was one of those who spotted for MONTHS. But he’s now 7 months, and I seem to have stopped so it’s lovely!

  48. Aree says:

    i’ve always been a little freaked out that with a traditional IUD the sperm and the egg still meet so conception still occurs, it just can’t implant because of the IUD irritation to the lining of the uterus. Is that still true?

  49. MB says:

    My discovery of the Mirena is the absolute best thing about having a baby besides the baby itself. Every single month for the past three years, I’ve exclaimed to my husband: “another 2-day period! I love this IUD!”

    All pills and rings and patches caused horrible moodiness for me, plus weight gain. NFP worked great for 4 years for me until I accidentally got pregnant. Now that I have my son, I’m thrilled to have finally found a BC option that’s virtually foolproof and where the only noticeable side effect is less cramps and a lighter period.

    For women like me, who absolutely do not want another pregnancy until they’re ready, Mirena is a godsend.

  50. Whitney says:

    Not to rain on your fan club, but I had a HORRIFIC experience with Mirena! First, it got lost in there, and I needed two ultrasounds before they were “pretty sure” they’d found it and could surgically remove it. Then, I had a really rough adjustment to suddenly NOT having that steady stream of hormones. I had VERY heavy periods (as in I had to be medicated and stay off my feet for fear of fainting) that lasted 10 days and popped up every three weeks or so. It’s wonderful to have carefree birth control options, but I urge everyone to read the fine print before adding anything to your body!

  51. Lindsay says:

    I had the Mirena for 3.5 years after the doc told me i could no longer take estrogen birth pills due to blood clot history in my family. While having it inserted was a tad painful and for a few days afterward but doc said that was beacause i had no children yet so my uterus had yet 2 be stretched. I loved the 3.5 years I had it, no periods, no mood swings. Last year my husband and I decided it was time to start trying for a baby and I had it removed. I was worried that it would be hard to get pregnant after having it removed but 3 months later I was pregnant with twins. Sadly the pregnancy ended in miscarriage 7 weeks later. Then after trying for about 9 more months I ended up pregnant again, and I am now 15 weeks and due in April 2012. But i already know that after I give birth I want the Mirena again, it is a godsend!

  52. tessy says:

    After reading your artical i had to share my story it just wouldnt feel right to not share such valueable information I too like u trusted and loved the iud I had my first one put in about 11 to 12 yrs ago this one i was told would be good for 10-15 yrs I am low income so i did get help through a program and a payment plan to get it put in at the 10 yr mark i went looking for this same place and it was closed for ever went out of buisiness and everywhere i went tgey told me it was to expensive there was no who could help me like the last time then i heard of project bravo clinics and they agreed to help me I was confident all would be well I now have a started to have many familar symtoms and when i went to go buy a pregnancy test 3 months after it was put in it came out positive sadly i was in position to have a baby financially nor mentally i lived in a very small home with my husband and 3 kids then 17, 13, & 10 I went through such an emotional battle. At 33 yrs old i knew what i wanted and didnt want and starting all over with a new baby was not part of the plan especially with no money then the roller coaster started it was a very emotional pregnancy i had to have the iud removed and i bled dr said the baby might not make it I cried many times because i would just start bleeding out of no where and the dr said there was nothing he could do put me in bed rest i had to stop working even though i was not prepared for a baby this was my flesh and blood trying to survive inside if me and i wanted to protect it but there was nothing i could do but pray after talking to people about what i was going through i learned i was not alone one lady had her baby born with the iud in her babys head another lady like me bleed her whole pregnancy praying not to miscarry they always tell u the risks you take with the iud but do u really understand the risks god helped me through it all and my baby carlie but i would not wish this on no one

  53. tiffany says:

    NFP works and is so not unsexy. ;) probably best decisions we made for our marriage and i’m not pumping fake hormones into my body. :) if i’m going to be all natural – i want to be all natural about everything.

  54. Loretta says:

    @ KAYLA I had a copper IUD inserted before having my son. It worked well but it hurt a lot during and after the insertion (you may want to take strong pain killers). Probably because my uterus wasn’t used to a “foreign” object yet. My period was heavier and cramps that I had always had became more painful. After my son I got a Mirena. I’m happy with it, except that I’m spotting on and off but I’ll wait 6 months to decide if I stick with it or go back to copper.

  55. Megan says:

    I’m actually in the NFP fan club– just can’t get on board with putting artificial hormones directly into my body! (This is not to say anything bad about those who do choose that route, just isn’t the decision I made.) Not to mention my understanding of the IUD (and this may not be true of Mirena, I haven’t researched that one, so correct me if I’m wrong) is that fertilization still occurs, it just doesn’t allow the egg to implant in the uterus after that. Even if we don’t feel quite ready for a baby, I will always be on board to nurture any little zygotes we happen to create. As far as “unsexy” NFP, I have yet to find an NFP couple that doesn’t think it strengthened their relationship. We’re far from “falling apart” over here! Just my two cents : ]

  56. Dani says:

    For some reason this post cAme as a shock to me. I have heard positive things about IUDs but I have heard some real horror stories!! I just don’t feel like its worth the risk when there are more natural options

  57. Autum says:

    I just got my copper IUD about a month ago and now after reading this i am a little fearful of a surprise pregnancy! Everything seems in working order, and getting it placed was a breeze… but woah man~ a pregnancy so soon after the birth of my daughter (three months) would sure be a shocker! *crosses her fingers that this sucker works*

  58. Jenna says:

    I have paragard and I LOVE it! I suck at the pill… I forget it all. the. time. No more worries! What I’m saying is, I’ll totally join your club.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *.

Previous Post Next Post