I was talking to my sister the other day and we were laughing at the symptoms we experienced while having an IUD. I thought I’d share 6 IUD side effects, and see what you experienced. This is less of a researched based post, rather just my experience. I’ve linked a few researched based articles at the bottom that will tell you more about IUD side effects.
IUD 101 – an IUD (Intrauterine Device) is a method of birth control. It looks like the picture above. There are two kinds – the Paragard and the Mirena. (Read more about the difference between the two here) The Paragard is 100% copper and lasts for 10 years. The Mirena (it’s the one I got) is plastic and has a low dose of hormone (progesterone), and this one lasts for 5 years. Both types of IUD prevent fertilization of the egg by damaging or killing sperm. The IUD also affects the uterine lining (where a fertilized egg would implant and grow).
Here are some IUD side effects that I experienced that they don’t necessarily tell you in the doctors office!
- They hurt going in – I love Bryan Regan’s impression of when doctors say you are going to feel pressure, that means it’s going to hurt. When they say you might feel a slight pinch, it’s really going to hurt! 🙂 When I got my IUD in, I would feel comfortable saying it was the worst pain I’ve ever felt. Ever. It wasn’t necessarily the moment the doctor put it in, but rather the following 12 hours. I have never felt such intense cramping as I did the day my IUD was put in.
- They dry you up – I don’t know if this happens with everyone, but my sister and I both noticed it reduces natural lubrication making intercourse very uncomfortable.
- They are supposed to stop your menstrual bleeding – it did for my sister, but made mine worse for the first 6 months. I had a super heavy flow, my periods lasted about 2 weeks long, and even spotted during the middle of my cycles. My doctor did warn me of this, but I guess I just didn’t think it would happen to me.
- I noticed and have confirmed with friends that it makes you really hot, like temperature wise. I normally run colder than others, but I noticed that I was always sweating and wanting to jump in the snow!
- It’s awesome to have sex with, no condoms, no withdrawl!
- Mine made me really nauseous – like morning sick. I realized after that it was because my body thought I was pregnant. The low dose of progesterone was enough to make me have constant morning sickness, which I can tell you is NOT a fun side effect!!
It’s so crazy how hormones can change your body so much!! There really are a lot of great benefits of having an IUD, I’m just focusing on the negative here. I hate being a negative Nancy, but it’s great to know the whole story!
Keep in mind, there are risks with IUDs. You can read a great story HERE about how one lady got pregnant on an IUD!
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