J.C. asks from Jackson, MS on March 29, 2008
Mirena vs Implanon
Hello, I recently just gave birth to my first child, a precious little girl and now I am trying to figure out what birth control method to use. I have been interested in the Mirena IUD method and am pretty familiar with how that works, it last for 5 years which is fine with me. I have a close friend that has one got one after her last child and she has been very pleased with it. When I talked to my Gyno about that she said
that was fine but asked if I had heard about this other method called Implanon, and it is inserted in under the skin in your arm and last for 3 yrs. What I want to know is if there is anyone out there who has tried these out and what they thought about them?
L.H. answers from Little Rock on March 30, 2008
hello J.. i am 22yrs. of age. i have been on all kinds of birth control. i liked the mirena, but my girlfriend got pregnate. she couldn't have it removed until her son was born. when he was born, the iud was stuck to his head. he is fine, but it was kinda weird to see the baby with this thing stuck to his head. now inplanon made me gain soooo much weight. i think that the method of firth control that i like the best is ortho tricycline. the pill. i didn't gain any weight and it works the best for me. if you have any more questions, just write me back.
L.A. answers from Pine Bluff on March 31, 2008
Hi, I gave birth to my daughter 6 years ago and I had so many complications after birth that the doctor didn't want me to even consider having anymore children for another 7 years. So I had an IUD, it was okay for the first few months, but it got worse and worse. I had very HEAVY bleeding, I was going through 2 pads an hour. I had awful leg cramps and other cramps, it was a mess. However, they always say every person's body is different. So it may not be the same and you probably never can tell until you try it. There are so many forms of birth control out there these days, I'm not sure if any of them are good choices, because they all have their side effects. I hope yours is a success. God bless!
A.W. answers from Tulsa on March 31, 2008
I have the Mirena IUD and I like it very well. It is something that took about 30 mins in the office and never had to worry about it again. I had a friend that got the implant in her arm, it went in her upper arm and she disliked it alot. She could feel it all the time and her arm was sore. She wished after she got the implant that she would have got the IUD. That is all I know and hopefully you can get a little more information on it.
B.H. answers from Oklahoma City on March 29, 2008
Personally I would go with the Mirena which has a better track record. I have never heard of Implanon and I just had a baby last year. They used to have another birth control that went in your arm, and my friend who had it, hated it.
Congrats on your baby girl! Google both and see more about the Implanon. One thing about the Mirena if after 3 yrs you and hubby decide you want another baby, mirena comes out and there you go.
M.L. answers from Oklahoma City on March 30, 2008
curious about the same thing!
V.W. answers from Oklahoma City on March 29, 2008
V.R. answers from Tuscaloosa on March 30, 2008
I am a current user of the Mirena. I'm still undecided on whether I like the product or not. So far, I'm still spotting from the procedure, which was performed on November 9, 2007. I've spoken with my doctor about this and he says that it's normal for some women to spot for up to 6 months after the IUD is inserted. However, my sister has the Mirena as well, and she hasn't had any spotting after the initial implantation. It's nice to not have to worry about taking a pill every night or put a patch on (that might fall off at any given moment). Also, the initial procedure was very painful for me. I had severe cramping for 2 days, which my sister also did not experience. I guess it just depends on the person. Another friend had her Mirena put in on her lunch break and she went right back to work.A friend of mine had something similar to Implanon and she had a lot of trouble with mood swings, depression, irregular cycles, and migraines. Good luck with whichever method you choose.
A.H. answers from Birmingham on March 29, 2008
First of all congratulations on your bundle of joy. I have the Mirena now (I'm on my 4th year) and I've been very pleased. It sounds like the Implanon is like the Norplant, but I personally haven't heard of it. There might be a couple of things to help you decide on which to pick. First, does Implanon have estrogen or progestrone in it? My sole reason for the Mirena was because estrogen can make the blood clot and I have a medical condition to where I'm susceptible to blood clotting. Therefore, birth control pills, patch, etc., anything with estrogen in it is not good for me. I would say go with the one that has the most credibility. Are there any side effects with the Implanon such as weight gain? Mirena does not make you gain weight. When I had the procedure done 6 weeks after I gave birth, the whole procedure was like 30 minutes and I had my baby in the room with me. The procedure is a little uncomfortable but overall it was worth the benefits in the end. Good luck!!
S.G. answers from Lafayette on March 30, 2008
Hello, I have the Mirena IUD and love it. I have had it for 2 years and I would do it again in a heart beat. I have never had any problems or side effects. I have never had the implant, but I have used the birth control pills for years. I am 33 years old with a 11 years daughter.