Info on Iud's - Houston,TX

Updated on February 25, 2008
N.B. asks from Houston, TX
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Wondering if any of you mom's out there have any info/advice/experience with IUD's. I'm tired of birth control and don't like how it leaves me feeling all hormonal- even the low dose ones aren't low enough. Anyways, I just read an article about them and am curious to get more information. Anything you can give- positive or negative- I would love to hear.
Thanks so much.

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A.H.

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The most serious adverse reactions associated with the use of MIRENA® are discussed in the WARNINGS section. Others are presented in the PRECAUTIONS section. Other adverse events reported by 5% or more subjects include:

Abdominal pain Upper respiratory infection
Leukorrhea Nausea
Headache Nervousness
Vaginitis Dysmenorrhea
Back pain Weight increase
Breast pain Skin disorder
Acne Decreased libido
Depression Abnormal Pap smear
Hypertension Sinusitis

Other reported adverse reactions occurring in less than 3% of patients include: failed insertion, migraine, vomiting, anemia, cervicitis, dyspareunia, hair loss, eczema.

If you need to know more on the IUD I will give you two web sites where you can go and look it up and find out anything you need to know:
The first one is

www.rxlist.com

The second one is

www.drugs.com

When you go in there type in IUD and a few different ones will pop up just click on the one that you want to know more info on and it will tell you everything you want to know.

Thank You
A.

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J.N.

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N.,

Likely birth control pills are making you fell all "hormonal" b/c of the estrogen in them. The pill is not a good thing. The risks FAR outweigh the benefits. I would love to send you information about the pill and the ill effects of it on your body. The IUD, although more permanent, still has estrogen in it that will continue to make you feel "hormonal." You may not have to pop a pill everyday, but the hormone imbalance it provides still does not outweigh the risks!!

I am with a grassroots organization to assist women and men to better understand hormones and to balance them naturally through diet and exercise. I totally understand needing the contraception too (mom of 3 and 1 yr old), but I can guide you to information related to natural contraception that won't put your body at risk for breast cancer, hormone imbalance, mood swings, PMS, and a whole host of other symptoms brought on by the pill or IUD.

Please let me know if you would like more information related to the info I provided above. I am a nurse in the Houston area and would love to talk to you more about it. I too work part-time and stay at home during the week and get the best of both worlds! It is great! :)

P.S. I read some of the other responses and am glad that the IUD has worked for them, however, NOT having a period means your body is probably not OVULATING, and that throws your body's hormone balance into chaos. That in turn causes many symptoms that are not pleasant. Go to my website and take the hormone quiz. You will be surprised by all of the symptoms related to hormone imbalance.
To your health and wellness,

Jaime Nguyen, RN, BSN
Help for Hormones
www.HelpForHormones.com/jaimenguyen
[email protected]____.com

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M.F.

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I got a copper IUD 5 years ago after my daughter was born. I was 23 at the time. I have loved it through the years. I do have heavier periods (bleeding) than I did before (I went from 1 day period to 4-5 days) but fewer emotional swings. My doctor also used it while she was in medical school and I felt like it was better than the snip snip for him because we were young when we had our first. I LOVE IT!!!! and it does not have the long term (chronic medical conditions) effects of cancers ect. that hormones!!

BEST OF LUCK!!!

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L.G.

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LOVE IT!
I have an excellent doctor, she is a professor at Baylor in the med center and of course, she teaches and trains the residents as well as does clinical research. She is on top of her game so anything she recommends, I go with.

Both of my pregnancies occurred while taking the pill and I am sure it was my fault but when you take something every day for about 20 years, you are bound to mess up a few times (don't get me wrong, I wanted kids, they just came at unexpected times and one at 40). Your young so you are looking at another 17 or so years of pill taking.

Not that money is an issue (is it?) but the pill is expensive if you don't have a co-pay but the IUD can be too if not covered. My IUD was not covered a few years ago when I got it but now it is (of course). If it is not covered, it's about $500 plus insertion fees $200. I was a little shocked but taking the pill for five years adds up too.

If you do get the IUD, the doc will give you a high dose of ibuprofen prior to insertion b/c some people cramp a little (I didn't). Like I said, my doc is GREAT,I have had to have multiple procedures with her and I never feel a thing including the insertion of the IUD, it's over in seconds and you are done girl for the next five years!

The reason I got it was after my second baby, my periods were REALLY long and heavy and they have never been like that. Once I told my doc she told me I was nuts not to get the IUD. She herself even has one and that said it all to me.
If you want her name or #, let me know.

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C.M.

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IUDs can be a great long-term birth control method. The Mirena IUD (also called Mirena IUS) releases a small amount of progesterone that causes periods to become much lighter and in some cases totally stop. The amount of progesterone it has is very small, like a small fraction of birth control pills. No IUD contains estrogen, and no, Mirena's do not cause your ovulation to end. Women who are unable to use birth control pills can use a Mirena in most cases. The Paragard is a copper T shaped IUD and it will last 10 years. It does cause somewhat heavier bleeding than the Mirena.

If you do not want any more children, an IUD is a great method. It's not permanent but as effective at birth control as a vasectomy or a tubal.
However if you want another baby in a year or so it might not be best for you. It is reversible but quite expensive to just use for short-term. If you pay for one out of pocket they can be $650-$850.
Typically IUD insertion is covered by your insurance as a surgical procedure so it pays better than for other birth control.

I've had my Mirena for over a year and my husband and I love it. I just wish I could have gotten one many years ago! I'm nearly 20 years older than you are and it was permanent closure for the baby factory for us. Also as I approach menopause I had very heavy periods. The Mirena has really helped me in that regard. I work at a midwifery office and we do both Mirena and Paragard insertions, most women love them. You can have spotting and irregular bleeding at first but after 6 months or so that should settle down. You can also google for a website called IUD divas and it has a lot of information from women with an IUD and their experiences.

Good luck whatever you decide!

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A.C.

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What the DRs do not tell you is that they do allow you to get pregnant, but cause your body to "naturally abort" the child. I had an IUD and this happened to me. Good Luck!

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P.D.

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Hi N., I'm not sure if you understand how the IUD works, but basically it doesn't stop you from getting pregnant, meaning, it doesn't stop an egg from being fertilized, it just stops the fertilized egg from being able to implant on your uterine wall because it irritates it. So since the embryo can't implant, it can't survive.

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P.K.

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no info on iud's, but are you done having children, do you think? because husband got a vasectomy, and it was quick, a lot less painless than child birth, and was covered by insurance... what, a twenty dollar co--pay? and it does not harm the man, can be reversed if you want, and all of that. no more hormones!

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M.B.

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Hi N.,

I've been using a Marina IUD for over four years and I couldn't be happier with it. After we had our first baby when I was 41, I was absolutely determined NOT to get pregnant again, didn't want the weight-gain and other issues with the pill, and didn't want to stop the occasional romantic moment to insert a diaphram. The Marina IUD has been perfect for me -- it has a lower failure rating than any other birth control, even including a tubal ligation. Unlike the pill, it releases hormones that only act locally instead of throughout my whole body, and when one is inserted, it is good for five years. It also means I have no period, which in my forties is a bit weird because I'm curious about how I'll know if I start menopausing (older friends assure me I'll know!), but for most women no period is a big side benefit. I had mine inserted at Nativiti in the Woodlands -- the insertion itself was momentarily uncomfortable and that was it -- I would recommend it to anyone, and Nativiti is in the phone book!

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D.E.

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Hi. I also had a Mirena for four years. For almost four years it worked great. Very light periods, no discomfort at all. After the fourth year, it kind of got stuck at the back of my uterus. The doctor pulled it out in the office. I didn't hurt at all. Then I had the essure procedure, which is a form of tubal ligation. I highly recommend the IUD. It is much easier than any other form of birth control.

I was on the pill previously, and ended up with a fourth child I hadn't planned for. Nothing like that happened with the IUD.

Good luck.

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