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Thinking Of Getting An IUD

May 19, 2017

Joel is 5 now and Elle is 3.  They are both growing up to be two beautiful, responsible, independent, intelligent, and really caring children.  They are inseparable and they have the best friendship.  The thought of having a 3rd has come up many times in my mind and while I love the idea of growing our family, my husband and I have decided we don’t want anymore children.  At one point we both wanted 6 kids and our families thought we were crazy.  The idea of 6 is great, but with our lifestyle and location (NYC), it’s not just not practical.

Because our decision is so final I’m thinking about different types of birth control.  I’m currently on the pill and it’s working well but I’d love something that requires less daily attention.  The fear of missing my pill and possibly getting pregnant is always at the forefront of mind even though I hardly ever miss taking my pill.

In my latest video above, I share my thoughts on the IUD and a funny story about how I thought it worked vs what I now know.  I’m seriously considering the IUD and I’ve watched videos on how they insert it, the effects of it, the side effects and the myths.  I’ve talked to a friend who currently has the IUD and she said the insertion felt like a period cramp.  A few hours after it was inserted she got cramps.  For the first 3-4 months of having her IUD she got really bad period cramps and then it went back to normal.

I don’t get menstruel cramps at all so this is somewhat scary.

In any event check out my video above for all the pros and cons of the IUD that I’ve considered.

If you have any experience with an IUD I’d love to hear your feedback to support me in making my final decision.

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8 Comments

  • Reply Eli May 19, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I truly believe the IUD is one of the best methods. I had it for 3 years and I don’t have children yet. I recently had it removed being that I’ll be turning 35 and thinking of motherhood in the future. I would definitely use it again.

  • Reply DJ May 19, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Hey there! I had the IUD for a year. Insertion wasn’t painful and it was quick. For the first 6 months or so, my period was heavier with spotting. I have no had cramps since childbirth so that wasn’t an issue. After the first 6 months, my period became spotting and then nothing. The side effects I had were bloating, nipple soreness and mood shifts. With that, I made the decision to go back on the pill.

  • Reply I. Mason May 19, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I have a four month old beautiful baby boy, and had an IUD inserted at my six-week follow up. Not sure if more kids are in our future, but with a newborn, I didn’t want to have to remember to take a pill everyday. Having the IUD inserted was a bit uncomfortable, (like most appointments with the Gyn!) But not painful. Unfortunately at my four week follow up ultrasound it was discovered that the device had moved and was too late to be as effective as it should be. So I had to have it removed and another one inserted. It’s been 6 weeks now, and everything is great! I spotted for about three weeks with the first one, but only for a day or two with the second one. I also had a friend who had bad cramps with the OUT, but that has not been my experience.

  • Reply I. Mason May 19, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Please forgive typos…typing on my phone while holding baby!
    Device was to low to be effective.
    OUT should be IUD in last sentence!

  • Reply Ssims May 19, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I usually had cramps with my period, from dull but intense cramps, to sharp unbearable pains that caused me to wince (Not very practical in public!). I also had quite a bit of blood flow and clotting. I inserted the IUD in August 2016. I spotted for 3-4 weeks. Then I got very light periods for longer duration i.e 10 day periods. I also noticed increased yeast infections which im pretty sure are as a result (once a month when my period came vs 2 before in my lifetime; I’m 28.) My periods were much more bearable, although I still got cramps. It is now May 2017 (9 months) and it has settled down a bit, but I’m taking a 6 month course of fluconazole for the yeast infections. Hopefully this helps because I do like everything else about the IUD! (Super long post but I wanted to be thorough)

  • Reply Cherie May 19, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I had the Mirena IUD inserted when my youngest was 10 months old. Insertion was pretty uncomfortable, but not unbearable. My period was sporadic and heavier than normal, but after a few months it was fine. My only concern is my now dry thinning hair and the bald patches I’ve experienced. I considered it being postpartum shedding but that phase had already passed. It seems many people experience this side effect and I am one of those oh so lucky ones. Ugh. Aside from that, no complaints.

  • Reply Marsha May 19, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Has birth control affected your weight in any way? Im fearful to get on the pill because I dont want to gain weight or have my breasts get bigger.

  • Reply Joanna May 19, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Hey there I also have 2 kids a boy and a girl and I also feel like my partner and I are comfortable with what we have and are now focused on them and our careers. I was on birth control pills for a year after my son and being a busy mom with 2 under 2 I had a hard time taking them I also had increased horomones with them which i hated. I just got a copper IUD last year i chose the copper because it does not have any extra hormones like the mirena and I feel thats a plus because if its not natural it shouldnt be there. Also the mirena stops your period and I find it hard to tell if your pregnant or not if you constantly miss periods also periods are natural for your body so i dont feel anything should stop that. Witht he copper IUD all it stops is pregnancy. When inserted I had cramps for a small period of time and that was it. When i get my regular periods they arent heavier sometimes lighter and how long it lasts varies. But I would definetly recommend the copper IUD. Everybodies body and experience is different and if u dont like it you can always take it out. Good Luck!!

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