Disclousure: Always ask your doctor if you have questions, always seek medical advice, I am just writing on my experience.
There are four types of IUD’s, the Mirena, the ParaGard, Skyla and the Liletta. The Mirena, the skyla, and the Liletta contain progesterone.
The IUD is T-shaped and is inserted into your uterus. You nor your partner can feel it.
How do they work: The hormonal IUD’s sometimes keeps the egg from leaving the ovaries because of the progesterone. The hormonal IUD’s make the mucous on the cervix thick that block and trap the sperm.
The copper IUD, (the Paragard), has copper, and the copper acts as spermicide, it also prevents sperm from reaching the egg, and prevents implantation.
Personal experience. Yes, it hurts to get an IUD. I would take a Motrin ( Ibuprofen) to go in for the procedure, but afterwards I would take Tylenol because Motrin can thin your blood and you may have some spotting. I had the ParaGard put in two months after a C-Section, it really hurt and caused bad cramping, but realistically getting pregnant again and having another C-Section would be worse. That’s the way I look at it. I’ve had Mirena put in, not after a C-Section, and it still hurt, but not as bad. Everyone tolerates pain differently.
My best friend has the Liletta, and she hates the hormones and is getting the ParaGard.
So when I had the Mirena, I didn’t like it, because I do not do well with hormonal birth control (I have also tried the pill). I gain weight, I’m emotional, and depressed. When I got the ParaGard, it is hormonal free, I didn’t have any side effects except a heavy period for 6 months, but it was not intolerable. I love it! I have had two ParaGard’s in 12 years, and I have not gotten pregnant.
I had problems when I had my ParaGard removed. When I hit the 10 year mark, the IUD came out with the arm of the IUD missing. I had to have an Hysteroscopy, where they put a camera in your uterus to find the missing piece and she did not find it! I had an X-ray and it is somewhere imbedded in my pelvic region. The Hysteroscopy hurt but it wasn’t like surgery or anything. I didn’t like how I reacted to the meds during it. I had ringing in my ears for 10 seconds and I was dizzy. I went to work a day later for a 16 hour shift, and that was so rough, but I made it.
I still recommend the ParaGard IUD even the the arm broke off in my uterus. I have not gotten pregnant, and I do not have side effects. It is like I don’t even have it. My PMS is bad, but I’m going to blame that on age.
Now I have heard of people getting pregnant with an IUD, and this scares me. When my periods is close to arriving I worry that I am pregnant, even thought I haven’t been since I’ve been using the ParaGard for 12 years. I take a pregnancy test if I feel off. This is incredibly silly?
IUD’s are extremely effective, more than 99% effective. But there is that slight change, and I still worry.
A month after you have your IUD placed, you must go to the doctor to have an exam to see if your IUD is still in place, and hasn’t moved! Or your chances for pregnancy will increase!!!!!
I took these test yesterday. Waste of money, but my mind is at ease.