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    Does any one know about this type of IUD? I am looking at having one inserted and I wanted to know all about it before getting one put in. I can not have the pill no more because I have irritable bowel and I lose the pill on to many occasions to be safe,

    Michele
    Mother of Christopher, Luke, Melissa, Jayden and Ashleigh(16 days old)

  • #2
    Hi Michele

    I had an IUD inserted Wednesday. It wasn't the Mirena type though. I couldn't get that one because it has the same hormones used in the pill which I am allergic to. It releases the same dose as the pill. Apparantly it has a 98% success rate. If you have no problems with the pill other than not absorbing it through your bowl, then it should work wonderfuly for you.

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    • #3
      I had this put in about 5 months back I think. I found it uncomfortable to be inserted but it's worth it.

      I got terrble periods...very heavy, long and painful! My periods now are 1 day long and I only have to wear a panty liner!! If you could call them a period !

      I found the best thing is to talk to your GYN and they can let you know if it is suitable!

      The Mirena is reversible and is just as effective as permanent options. It lasts for 5 years and you don't even know it's there...but are advised to check/feel for the string with each period to make sure it's still there...but have heard if it moves you feel it anyway. This only rarely happens so don't panic.

      All up with buying it and getting my GYN to insert it and have a scan it cost just a little over $100...and I was only out-of-pocket about $20 - $30...pretty good for 5 years worth I think!

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      • #4
        A much cheaper option than mine. I got a copper one and it cost me $95 for the IUD which I don't get anything back on and $34 for the insertion which I get most back. I didn't get a scan I would preffer that than getting probed again, to see if it's in the right spot. I'm sure it's slipped out though I can feel it scratching in my vagina (TMI sorry).

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        • #5
          I've just had the Mirena inserted - and no pain! Felt a little uncomfortable - like mild mild period pain.

          Costs $30 for the IUD and then the visit to the obstetrician - I timed it with my post-baby check-up.

          I am so excited about it - effective long term contraception that won't interfere with breastfeeding, and great research behind it.

          My obs described it as the Rolls Royce of contraception.

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          • #6
            Loved It!

            I had a mirena IUD inserted after the birth of my second son, 4 and half yrs ago and would strongly recommend it to most people! I absolutely loved it and agree with BusyMumof3, I had extremely painful heavy periods up until I got the IUD then they stopped or only lasted a day. I had it removed in September last year because we were 'thinking' about having another child, I went on the pill for a few months and conceived in February!That's what I liked about it, that as soon as you take it out your fertile again within days.Yet you have the insurance of being totally covered without taking a pill every day or even knowing it was there.

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            • #7
              Hi,

              Thank you for your responses, I am going to ring and find out more from my obs. and I think I will get it inserted at my six week check up. Do you have to get a script for it? If I do I will have to organize it before my six week check up. What is the scan for?

              Michele
              Mother of Christopher, Luke, Melissa, Jayden and Ashleigh(17 days old)

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              • #8
                I have a Mirena! Although not as brave as some of the other gals... after one go in the obygyn's office and me whimpering from the pain of him just trying to measure my cervix, we both opted for general anasthetic to pop it in (so to speak). I was pretty cramped for a few days, but haven't looked back!

                I've had two periods in nearly 3 years and they are painless, such a change from my previous life where I would have back ache, diahorrea... and best of all no PMT!!!

                I seriously think it's the best thing AND I don't have to try and remember to take those cumbersome pills everyday or worry about it for at least 5 years.

                I'm converted.

                P.S. You do need a prescription for it and if you've had a caesarian, the six week check up mark might just hurt a little bit... I think they do the scan to make sure you're not pregnant.
                Last edited by Maghan; 20-11-2005, 20:56.

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                • #9
                  Hi,

                  Is it that painful? My tolerance to pain at the moment is not very good. Can you ask for General anasthetic. Was this a day stay at hospital to get it inserted?

                  Michele
                  Mother of Christopher, Luke, Melissa, Jayden and Ashleigh(17 days old)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Maghan
                    I have a Mirena! Although not as brave as some of the other gals... after one go in the obygyn's office and me whimpering from the pain of him just trying to measure my cervix, we both opted for general anasthetic to pop it in (so to speak).

                    Funny you say that, I joked with my OB and asked for that epidural he promised me during my labour, which he never delivered on the goods..LOL
                    He said that he had inserted some under a general, but they were having something else done when he slipped it in. I told him I could think up something that needs doing so I could have him slip it in while I was under too...he just laughed at me. It was pretty painful having it inserted and the measuring part was the worst I even squealed...LOL
                    Now I will probably have to go back and have it re-insterted!

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                    • #11
                      I didn't think it was that bad, especially after having bubs 5moinths before I was ready for anything after that, to me it was more uncomfortable than painful! I recommend it too it's great not having to worry about the pill!
                      I had to get a referal from my GP to a gyno where I had a full examination and swabs to ensure that I was a suitable candidate to have one fitted, they are very particular about it as you may have increased risks of infection if you have multiple partners or have any previous problems/ trauma to the cervix etc.
                      They then gave me script and I bought it myself from the chemist. I had to book the appointment to be on the last days of my next period so I had to wait a few weeks to get it put in. We dont trust condoms so poor old DH went without for a couple of weeks!
                      Well worth the wait though!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Michele Crocker
                        Hi,

                        Is it that painful? My tolerance to pain at the moment is not very good. Can you ask for General anasthetic. Was this a day stay at hospital to get it inserted?

                        Michele
                        Mother of Christopher, Luke, Melissa, Jayden and Ashleigh(17 days old)
                        I don't want to scare you, but yes, the pain was too much for me to bare. Because I'd had a c-section 6 weeks earlier didn't help either! I'm not a whimp either, this was the worst pain I'd probably ever felt. Anyway I did have it put in in day surgery. My health insurance covered everthing and I got a good ole clean out too!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Michele Crocker
                          Hi,

                          Thank you for your responses, I am going to ring and find out more from my obs. and I think I will get it inserted at my six week check up. Do you have to get a script for it? If I do I will have to organize it before my six week check up. What is the scan for?

                          Michele
                          Mother of Christopher, Luke, Melissa, Jayden and Ashleigh(17 days old)

                          Michele you do need a script for it...well I had to. Just ring your OB and tell them that you want to get one for when you have your 6-wk check up and they should get one filled for you...make sure that you tell them it's for contraceptive use as I didn't and the chemist say it's covered so it costs less if it is but if it's just to help with periods then it costs almost $300...just telling just in case!

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                          • #14
                            Oh and the scan was just to check it was in the right place. He is an excellent and thorough OB/GYN!! He likes to do them after so the women can see where it is and so he can make sure everything is fine.

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                            • #15
                              Mirena IUD

                              I had the IUD inserted in July 2010 and now only have very light periods but they are lasting over one week.
                              How long does it take until you only have light bleeding for a couple of days??

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