Q:Hi! I remember asking you earlier of what your IUD experience was like. It's been a while and I'm seriously considering making a call this week and getting it done. Do you still have any symptoms? I'm not sure whether to get ParaGard or the hormonal IUDs. I've tried depo before and had pretty bad symptoms, but I really want to stop getting my periods. Any knowledge or advice will be appreciated!
Hello! I wanted to wait to answer this until today because today was my IUD follow-up!
I have the Mirena hormonal IUD. During my first period week, I didn’t have a flow so much as I had heavy spotting and sharp, flashing cramps. That went on for about 9 days with a definite bell curve in symptom severity.
Right now is supposed to be the projected end of my second period since getting my IUD. I’ve had light, light, light spotting to the point where I don’t even bother wearing a liner at all (SO light). I’ve had cramps as well, but compared to the dysmenorrhea cramps I used to get before hormonal birth control, these were a fucking breeze. I’ve been spotting for five days now.
I talked to my doctor during my appointment today about all my symptoms, and based on what I’ve been experiencing she projected that my periods should be essentially gone in another two or three months. Not worried about my body reacting poorly to the Mirena like it eventually did with the depo shot because the dose is so little in comparison.
Conclusion: get the IUD!
So I cramped pretty bad the day of the placement (September 5) and the day after, but then I was totally fine. And since yesterday I’ve started cramping again? Has anyone else with an IUD experienced a down in their cramping only for it to come back again?
At the clinic!
I’m so sad that I had to push back my IUD appointment a week.
But I got free dinner and it was chicken kebob and it was super delicious. So I guess that’s okay.
I decided I’ll stop taking it. Gonna finish my current pack, which only has one more hormone pill and then 7 placebos, and then I’m done.
Now I’m debating whether or not I should stop taking the pill. I bought enough to last me while I’m out of Chicago so I could stay on it, which is what I wanted to do just to let my body adjust to the hormones for longer and see how that works out. Except now that I’m hopefully getting an IUD in August (knock on wood) I guess I won’t have to worry about letting my body adjust to the Sprintec for much longer anyway?
And even if the IUD doesn’t work out, I can just go back to taking Sprintec anyway.
So I need to decide soon, because I know myself and if I don’t decide this within two days I’m just gonna mull over it forever until bam, it’s already August oh well.
Headaches are apparently a side effect of my new birth control.
Just saw my gynecologist.
No more Depo for me. On the waiting list for an IUD, hopefully within the next month or so. In the meantime, pill.
So I kind of hinted at it before, but my last depo shot has been really mean to me. Which really sucks because before that one, being on depo has been great. I get to regularly see my gynecologist so I can ask a million and one questions, I don’t have to use condoms or worry about babies, and the side effects weren’t totally awful.
But lately I’ve noticed my depression being more difficult than usual to maintain/understand. I’ve also been gaining more weight than usual, even though I’ve never been the healthiest eater. It’s possible that they have nothing to do with my birth control, but I’m inclined to think that they do.
So I decided that I would try to get an IUD. My roommate got one from Planned Parenthood for free, and I’m hoping I can do the same, but if it’s gonna cost me some I’m still going to try and pay for it, and Tony and I agreed we’d split that cost.
Problem is the hours for the PP that I want to go to are super weird and don’t work well with my schedule, so I’m getting really frustrated trying to figure out when I can go. My best bets are either Thursday night or Saturday morning.
I still scheduled my regular appointment for my depo shot though, because in the event that the IUD doesn’t work out, I’d still much rather be on birth control while I figure out what I want to do from there.
Let’s see how this goes.
Too moody to function normally because of my birth control.
Too anxious to take ADHD medication.
Too terrified to start taking anti-depression and anxiety medication because of how my body has reacted to my birth control and ADHD medication.
So my mind has been very unhealthy for the past couple weeks.
I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’m trying to explore all possible causes, including my birth control. Which leads me to say, I’m considering switching from depo to something else.
My first choice other than the shot would be an IUD. So if any of your lovely folks have any experience with one, a message or note on the subject would be greatly appreciated.
New Depo shot today. Bring on the hormones.
Birth Control Chronicles: An Update.
I’m due for my next shot in the beginning of October, and I’m excited. That being said, I’m also paranoid, and just bought a box of condoms for us to use until I have my appointment. And I’m kinda glad I still spot, because it’s a visual reassurance that the depo is, in fact, working, but I’m not spotting a whole lot and I never get full-on periods anymore.
And all this self-esteem bullshit began way before I started on Depo, so I’m pretty sure it’s not that. So the fact that I know it’s an issue of my own mind and not hormones, plus the fact that I haven’t been truly self-conscious about anything of my body since middle school makes all of this one greeeeeaat big party.