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sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/14/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Someone please tell me what the placement of an IUD is like (preferably from experience). I really want to make a birth control decision quickly, thanks =)
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 1xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome


glamourgirl
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   Posted 8/15/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
It's very easy.  There is some cramping but it's not that painful and it's over and done with quickly. 
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
Lialda, 6MP
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano


Red_34
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   Posted 8/15/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
If you are not sure about the IUD, have you looked into the Depovera shot? I took my daughter in to look into bc's and they recommended this highly. After a year of injections supposedly your periods will stop. And let me tell you, even though I can't do bc's, I did have surgery to stop my periods. It has been wonderful to not have them! LOL It will be 2 years this October that I haven't had one. Do IUD's stop periods as well?
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summerstorm
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   Posted 8/15/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
i got an IUD in May, and i gotta say OWWWW, lol
But the pain went away by the end of the day. But i do suggest taking a heavy duty pad cause there was lots of blood. I mean like LOTS. I went through a regular pad in like a minute.
You lay down on this thing with your feet up in the stirrups and they take this long thing and stick it and the IUD up there and then they put it in, and that part kind of pinches but its the feeling around part that hurt me.

I dont know if you have ever had a baby, but it feels like after you have the baby when they reach in with their hands and scrape around to get all the extra stuff out.

But all in all, its worth having it. Its supposed to stop yoru periods too, and so far i have had some spottin and stuff but it can take up to 6 months to get that straightend out, and it is getting better.
I didnt do the shot cause of the possible side effects.

kelli_C
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   Posted 8/15/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the IUD that DOESN'T have horomones in it, and I've been totally satisfied with the results.  After giving birth 2 seperate times in just under a year, i figured i'd better get something "permanent" in place!  I've had it since 2005 with no issues.
 
The insertion procedure was a little uncomfortable, but certainly not unbearable.  I'd also just had 2 kids, so compared to childbirth, it was a walk in the park!  
 
I still have periods, even though they say you might eventually stop. 
 
The other good thing is that (and I'm sure this varies per insurance), but my insurance company covered the cost of the IUD (roughly $200).  Compared to 4 years of paying at least $20/month for the pill, that makes it well-worth it economically!!
 
The paraguard IUD (without horomones) is good for 10 years, and you can have it removed whenever you want.  The version with hormones (i can't remember what it's called...something like Monera or minerva or something.) is good for 5 years at a time.
 
Anyway...I've had a great xperience with my IUD, and I love the fact that i don't have to remember to take pills, or deal with the horomonal side effects from hormonal BC.  The IUD is just always there, doing its thing in its own weird way. 
 
Good Luck!
 
  
Ulcerative Colitis, dx in 1998 at age 18
Rowasa morning and night, Asacol 2x4
Allergic to Sulfasalzine
Now I take no meds or supplements (but some asacol on-hand if I feel a flare-up coming on)


Malkavian
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   Posted 8/15/2009 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Just asking, but are there any problems with inflammation with an IUD? I'm curious as well.
22, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently taking Asacol (1200 mg 3x/day), Rowasa and Calcium/D supplements


glamourgirl
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   Posted 8/16/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't have bleeding like summerstorm mentioned. I'm sure everyone's experience is different. I think it's a great option if you want to avoid hormones (Paragard). Mirena is the one with hormones. My periods didn't stop, I don't think they're supposed to with Paragard.
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
Lialda, 6MP
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano


summerstorm
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   Posted 8/16/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
i might have had more bleeding because i take a med that can cause you to bleed easier, or maybe it has something to do with having bled so much after my son was born.
I know a friend of mine had one too and she had alot ofblood too though.
But i mean its not life threating or anythin, just icky,lol

sand02
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   Posted 8/16/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I got my IUD almost 1 year ago and recommend it also. The insertion did cause some cramping but nothing a bit of Ibuprofen couldn't handle. For the first month I was pretty aware of it being there and had it checked cause I could of swore it was coming out...it was just a mental thing as I got checked and it was fine. Since then, no issues and I don't have to remember to take any pills. It is a great thing. I do get some type of 'period' but it is short ,2-3 days, and seems to show up every other month.
DX Crohn's '99 changed to UC '02
Humira once a week;was on Remicade previously
Got off Asacol for Colazal
Cortfoam enema
True remission while pregnant w/ first and second babies
Trying aloe vera gel. Predinsone is waiting for me in my cabinet
Running out of options....eeek.


turtle521
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   Posted 8/16/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I got my IUD in about 6 months ago and I love it.  I think the pain, bleeding, and cramping varies from person to person.  I had virtually no bleeding, mild cramping, and the pain was only during insertion, but it was more of a pinching, then actual pain.
 
I've only spotted in the beginning, but very little and now, I don't even get periods.  I'm on Mirena. 
 
I'm not sure if every doctor prescribes this, but my doc gave me two pills to take, 1 at night and 1 in the AM before the IUD insertion.  I think it relaxes you and makes the insertion easier.
 
It's a good choice!
Currently flaring - 4 Lialda once a day; 40 mg prednisone
Asacol
 
Diagnosed 2000 - currently 27 years old


sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/16/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Red_34, well I'm on the pill now and I think the hormones are causing my UC to start flaring. I caught it early but I'm thinking about changing bc methods.

The rest of you, I've never had a baby, I've never even had a pap. So I don't think I have anything to compare it to. lol ughhhh... stupid pill
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 1xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome


FitzyK23
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   Posted 8/17/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't had one but have heard that it is more painful for people who have not had children.
27 Year old married female.  Graduated law school this year and waiting for results of the bar exam.  Start a new job sometime in September.  Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


AmyWaffle
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   Posted 8/17/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I am inspired to get ask my doctor about an IUD! You never know what helpful info you'll pick up on this board. Thanks ladies!
UC since 1996 (age 20)
Mommy of 2 sweet little girls.

Asacol (12/day)
Azathioprine (175 mg)
Prednisone (currently 80 mg)
Rowasa nightly
Immodium daily
First Remicade 6/22/09 [discontinued 8/12/09, not helping]


turtle521
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   Posted 8/17/2009 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Just to follow-up : I've never had children either, and the IUD placement wasn't very painful. Even if it is painful at first, I think it's totally worth it for 5 years of BC you never need to think about again.
Currently flaring - 4 Lialda once a day; 40 mg prednisone
Asacol
 
Diagnosed 2000 - currently 27 years old


sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/25/2009 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
turtle521, I missed this post, thanks!
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 2xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome


Darth Squiddious
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 8/25/2009 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I know I'm a guy, but I have heard nothing but good things about that Nuva-Ring thing that came out recently. I'm in an office full of very outspoken women, so I get all sorts of reviews on products I have no need to know about ;).
Officially Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis on 8/03/2009
Flared from April 2009 - August 2009
My cocktail that's worked since 8/19/2009
Centrum
Lialda 2.4G daily
Prednisone 20mg x2 daily (tapering off)
Imuran 50mg x3 daily
Hydrocodone 5/500 as needed for pain
Nexium 40mg daily for heartburn


sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/26/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
lol thanks. This may be tmi, but when I read about that one, they said it could fall out during a bowel movement... and I'm a pusher XD
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 2xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome


Darth Squiddious
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Total Posts : 30
   Posted 8/26/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
That would be awkward....
Officially Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis on 8/03/2009
Flared from April 2009 - August 2009
My cocktail that's worked since 8/19/2009
Centrum
Lialda 2.4G daily
Prednisone 20mg x2 daily (tapering off)
Imuran 50mg x3 daily
Hydrocodone 5/500 as needed for pain
Nexium 40mg daily for heartburn


sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/26/2009 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah... and there'd be no way I'd be putting that thing back in lol
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 2xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome

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