Any ladies here using Mirena IUD?

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pb4
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   Posted 5/5/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
If you are could you please share all your experiance with it please...I'm looking to have this inserted in the hopes of completely stopping my periods cuz my CD gets so exacerbated during my periods and I'll be 42 in june so still a ways away from menopause and I just can't take how stupid my CD acts druing my monthly cycle.
 
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   Posted 5/5/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an IUD before being diagnosed with UC. I kept it for 3 months and then got rid of it. It made me have my period constantly for that 3 month period of time and I was sick of it...so I went back on the pill. I have a hard time taking most kids of BC except the pill because they make me bleed constantly for months.....However...my best friend has one in and its the best thing she says. She hardly had any bleeding and only gets her period a few times a year...SO I guess it all depends on your body andhow it handles things!!
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   Posted 5/5/2009 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks lovemyboys, I know that everyone is different and that it can take some time for your body to adjust to this particular IUD which differs from the copper ones...I checked out some Mirena message boards and found that most seemed happy especially once their bodies adjusted to it, others had complaints that mostly ranged from weight-gain, PMS, taking a long time before their periods completely stopped, so I guess I'll just have to try it and see, I was just curious if having an IBD had any extra impact with this particular IUD.

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   Posted 5/5/2009 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had the Mirena for about 2 1/2 years now and I would definitely recommend it. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that I spotted for quite a while after it was inserted. Maybe 2 or 3 months - off and on and very light. I know some women stop having a period but of course I'm not one of the lucky ones. However, it is much lighter. I still feel like my UC gets a little wonky around that time of month. It's so nice not having to take the pill though - it's not like we don't have enough to take already. Have you heard of that ablation procedure? Could be another option and then your body wouldn't have to deal with the hormones from birth control.

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   Posted 5/5/2009 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Scrap Girl, thanks for your input...when I talked to my doc today he did mention the ablation as another option as well, he said it had about an 80% success rate but that it was also no guarantee that it would put a stop to my periods, he also said that it would be more invasive than the IUD. I don't take oral contraception (had clips put on my tubes) so I'm strictly looking just to stop my periods in the hopes that the crazy hormonal stuff that happens during my periods won't affect my IBD anymore cuz things get pretty crappy during that time (literally). I guess at least with the Minera if I really decide that it's not working for me the way I want or there's too many bothersome side effects then I can get it removed and just hope for early menopause (LOL, never in my life did I think I'd ever wish for that).

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   Posted 5/6/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   

I love my Mirena!!! Best thing I ever did.  Made my periods next to nothing and am very happy with the great sex I have without the side effects the pill gave me.  I am sure you know every one is different.  I hope it works for you.  The insertion is not pleasant but over quick.

Good Luck


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   Posted 5/6/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I just got one yesterday!
And it did NOT feel good going in, lol.
I wish i had thought of doing it when i had UC cause mine was always messed up then too. Some drs will put women on the pill to help control UC my dr thought about doing that for me, but i didnt want to, because i have seizures.
the ablation that was mentioned only stops bleeding, it doesnt stop the hormonal changes in your body which are whats causign the problems. I went to the dr trying to get mine straightened out, after surgery and 8 years of steriods i was a mess with girlie time!
So i asked about the ablation because i wanted less periods, because of the effects from the actual hormones, the bleedign wasnt so much of the problem, and she said with someone my age (31) that that was ot a good solution and that it woulndt solve my problem. Because of the hormones.
And a good friend just had it and she hurt for weeks.
Good luck! the mirena is expensive if your insuracne wont cover it, mine wouldnt so i had to pay 814.00 out of pocket. But it was worth it i was having a period every 2 weeks or so and it was lasting at least 10 days

peverroad
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   Posted 5/6/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
i have it and love it. the only bad thing is i never know when am going to have a peroid. like every other month for 2-3 days max and could only use a panty liner and get away with it. I don't want to use a tampon with it because i know that it "can" be pulled out and that is how some people got preggo when i got mine done (or that is what they claimed)

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   Posted 5/6/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow summerstorm, 814.00???? Where do you live? I'm in Canada (AB) and my pharmacist checked into it for me, it would have cost me just over 300.00 but hubby's insurance covers 80% so I'll pay 85.00 for it, I can live with 85.00 so if it doesn't work no biggy.

Hey peverroad, I read the same thing basically in the pamphlet the doc gave me, not to use tampons (which I only do at night when I go to bed, don't like sleeping with a pad on) so that won't be an issue for me (especially if I hopefully won't even bleed anymore) but the one thing I didn't like reading about was where it said I'd have to check for the strings to make sure it's still in place, so I'm still debating getting one.

Plus I like to here others that have experiance with it to help me decide, so thanks guys, and keep me updated if you have any other experiances with it.

pevrroad does your UC get more or less bothered since you got it put in? It's the main reason I want it so I don't have my IBD symptoms exacerbated anymore cuz of my periods.

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   Posted 5/6/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you considered the Depo Provera shot?  I know it is hormonal - but it doesn't travel through your gut and so it may be easier on your system.  Most people stop having their periods the whole time they use it.

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pb4
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   Posted 5/6/2009 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Mamas Boys, yup, doc mentioned that option too but siad I might have better luck with the IUD so I may start there first and if I don't like it or it doesn't give me the effect I want then I'll probably try the Depo after that.

:)

Cagio, I'm glad you're loving it, I hope I have the positive same experiance too, thanks :)
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   Posted 5/6/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with your decision! 
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pb4
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   Posted 5/6/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Mamas :)
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   Posted 5/6/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
They offered me the depo shot too, but it is has a higher occurnce of side effects like the weight gain and such, and also things like headaches and other stuff.
I live in NC in the United States (i sooo wish we had national healthcare!) but my husbands insurance wont pay for ANY birth control, not the pill or anything! So whatever i did i would have to pay out of pocket. So i was looking at like 30-40 a month for the pill, which may or may not work.
I thought about calling my insurace company and telling them they could either pay for the IUD or i was just gonna keep having babies, and my pregnancies are high risk! (they dont know my husband is fixed, lol)

You might also ask about this stuff called provera, which was prescribed to me andit will regulate your period and make it shorter, but you will still have it.

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   Posted 5/6/2009 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the tips summerstorm...sorry about your healthcare situation I hope that your new prez will be able to make changes for you guys dealing with your state of health care...I can't believe they won't even pay for BCP. I know in my provice we have a new health board that's taken over and they're looking at doing a lot of cut backs, one of the latest ones is sex-change operations and my doc thinks mole removal will be another so hubby's getting his removed before they cut it out but our insurance for meds, dental, eye RX, hospital and such are seperate from our health care system and most places do have benefits that cover some % of those things, surgeries (for the most part that are not considered "cosmetic") are covered under our provincial health care system.


Far as the period thing, I guess with the Mirena some womens periods will stop all together so I'm just hoping this will be the case for me too.

:)
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   Posted 5/12/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so glad someone started this topic. I have fibroids pretty bad. I had a myomectomy in 2000 and had four removed then (the last one was the same size as my uterus). But now they have come back and my bleeding is outrageous to the point where I have to wear Depends (TMI, sorry). My GYN suggested Mirena and I was really concern and a little scared about it because I don’t know anyone personally who has it. Thank you for the information you have shared.

summerstorm
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   Posted 5/12/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
well i have had it for 7 days now, and i am still having some bleeding, but its light and thats apparently normal. the back pain and cramps have gone away, i think my regular period started though, lol. My husband (bless him he's so stupid) said i thought you werent supposed to have a period ever again! I said, well it doesnt start workign the day they put it in, its got to have a little time!

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   Posted 5/12/2009 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not a candidate for IUDs. I get infections too easily. I can't even use spermicide. And I can't take the pill, because the women in my family have a history of blood clots from taking the pill.

My colitis flareups have nothing to do with my monthly cycle.

I use condoms, the withdrawal method, and timing my cycle to find out when I need to use either condoms or the withdrawal method. I'm lucky in that these methods have worked for me for the past 25+ years. I have two children. Both were planned pregnancies.
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   Posted 5/13/2009 2:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I was going to mention Depo as well. I was on it for 13 years and absolutely LOVED it. i didn't gain a pound and my periods stopped completely as well as my migraines that always came with that time of the month. I didn't have any insurance when I first started it so I went to Planned Parenthood and paid $20 a shot. I wanted to get back on it but the Dr wants me to go with pills instead since I was on Depo for so long. Good luck with your decision!! Let us know what you chose and how it is working for you.
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   Posted 5/13/2009 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, thanks gurgling tummy I'm gonna try the Mirena first and see how that goes and if it doesn't do what I want it to do then I'll look into the Depo.

:)
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   Posted 5/13/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to comment about the ablation. I had mine done in '07 and I was one of the lucky ones. My periods stopped instantly and I haven't had one since. I had it done for the very same reason, the help with the monthly flaring from my Uc. I was not a candidate for anything that contained hormones because I get severe debilitating migraines from any hormone flunctuations. Yes even my periods would give me horrendous headaches. Since I had the ablation, I no longer get bad headaches. I still get them but not as bad and truthfully I think the ones I get now are from the Uc meds. I know that the literature states that the ablation doesn't mess with the hormones and such but for me, it definately helped. I no longer have hormone flunctuations. I no longer have Uc related flares either. I think that is one reason why I was finally able to achieve remission.
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pb4
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   Posted 5/13/2009 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing that Red, the ablation will likely be my 3rd choice if the other 2 choices don't work out for me, but maybe by then I'll be in early stages of menopause (depressing on most counts actually but if menopause aids with my exacerbated CD symptoms then I'm all for it).

:)
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   Posted 5/13/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   

 

Don't want to scare you but I know two different people who got pregnant using it.  Hope this info helps.


pb4
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   Posted 5/14/2009 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Boxermom2, you didn't scare me, that's not going to happen to me cuz I got clips put on my tubes about 16 yrs ago now and have not used any back-up (since my doc told me it would obviously not be necessary after getting that procedure done)...so this isn't for birth control, just period control in the hopes it'll give me IBD control as well.

I had my 2 kids (it was easy for me to get pregnant both times) and when my son was 4 months old he had such colic that it confirmed for me that I was done having kids LOL, had my girl first (who was a perfect angel of a baby, but a bit of a devil as a teen) and then my son and figured with his colic I wasn't gonna push my luck and have anymore...I consider myself quite lucky that way, BC pills always worked against unwanted pregnancies same with the withdrawl method which was also very lucky, yet I was able to pregnant immediately when trying both times (before CD with the first one and with CD the second time).

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   Posted 5/14/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
The withdrawal method worked with my ex. However, my current boyfriend will leak sperm; so I can't use this method with him.
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Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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