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JADE88310
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11/7/06 6:31 P

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I got the Mirena when I was 6 weeks pp. The past few weeks I have had severe cramping. So much so that I was about to call the ob/gyn to see if there was something wrong. Then, two days ago I started spotting. I guess this is my period but I am going to consider having the IUD removed if I continue to have such severe cramping.


Ethan James, born via c-section 6/19 at 7:57 am, 18 1/2" Long, 7lbs 5.8 oz, EDD 6/30.

**UPDATE** As of January 31st he weighed 18 lbs 11 oz and was 26 1/2" long!

CJRENN
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11/7/06 5:30 P

 
 
I've never used an IUD but I can appreciate the desire for something other than the pill. After I'm done BF I plan on using the charting method. A girlfriend of mine highly recommended the book Taking Charge of your Fertility and has been doing it for almost a year. She says it's simple and wished she'd read the book years earlier and avoided being "fat & crazy" on the pill. So just another thought...

Edited to add: Awhile back on this thread there was mention of the LadyComp - http://www.ladycomp.com - and there's more info on the natural childbirth support thread.

Edited by: CJRENN at: 11/7/2006 (17:44)

JSHOVER
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11/7/06 3:02 P

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I got the Mirena and I am so happy with it.

I did NOT watch the video about the insertion. There are some things I just don't need to see.

I do not feel it at all. My DH feels the strings once in a while, but you know what? He prefers it to a condom! And after 2 pregnancies, 2 births, and 2 years of BFing...well...he should be happy he's getting some. :)

I did pass out during the insertion - which is only because there are nerves in the cervix that make you pass out sometimes. Otherwise, I have had no side effects at all. I had about 4 days of spotting and nothing at all since then. I had not trouble losing weight, no issues with milk supply, no mood swings, no cramping, no acne, nothing... I love it.

It is not the same kind of hormone as in the pill. You CAN get pregnant right afterward. (Although I assure you that you can do this after stopping the pill since I have two babies to prove it!) The hormones are not absorbed into your bloodstream, so it is less bothersome to your system than the pill.

Don't be chicken. Seriously, it's really great. :) And heck, if you are worried about hormone, go for the copper one and you will have no worries at all!

KEIKI06
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11/4/06 5:27 P

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I had Mirena placed 3 mos pp. It's been a month that I've had it. On week 3, I felt the string poking me almost near the opening (sorry if TMI), and the tip was right there! I was a lil worried I was expelling it, but per my OB, sometimes the uterus lengthens n shortens and depending on my body position the string will either go in or stick out more. The reason why I felt it so close to the opening is because it's a combo of my uterus position and the long cut of the string. She trimmed 1/2 cm and everything has been fine since!

I hardly felt it also when it was inserted. I had cramping imm after, and erratically for the next two days (like the first day of menstrual cramping). I spotted for a week or two and had a very light period (or heavy spotting) on the 3rd week. DH can't feel it, and I've pretty much stopped spotting. OB says it could be because the lining of my uterus was already thing to begin w/ as I did not yet have period since delivering.

So far so good! I have insurance, but paid out of pocket $215.00.




Amelie was born on July 4, 2006 at 5:22pm. She weighed 6lbs 12oz at 21 inches.

2 mos: 11lbs 8.5oz @ 23"
4 mos: 15lbs 3.0oz @ 26.5"

NIKSTER
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11/2/06 11:07 A

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I think my insurance was charged $750 total. This included the IUD, dr's visit and insertion.




Jake was born June 16th.
He joins his big brothers, Brendan (4) and Colin (3).

CADENSMOMMA
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11/1/06 5:34 P

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I believe it was some where around $250, but don't know for sure.


Born 6-8-06

Caden is such a blessing, he is the sweetest little boy. I love being a mom.

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TIERNEYNOELLE
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11/1/06 5:22 P

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About how much does an IUD cost? I mean I know it is different because insurances are difference- But about how much?


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June 7, 2006 (2 1/2 weeks early)
6lbs 12 oz ~ 19.5 in

(Yes- Kari is eating her first Oreo in the pic)

CADENSMOMMA
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11/1/06 5:12 P

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I got the Mirena as well 6wks pp. I did spot for a few wks after but no period yet - still pumping. I do have some coworkers that are using a different IUD - I think paraguard?? not completely sure - both both of them when they get their period their menstrual cramps are really severe and never were before the IUD. I can't say yet with Mirena as I haven't had my period - but I certainly hope not. Also for me the cost of Mirena in addition to not having to remember to take something every day was a big bonus. My insurance covered 80%, vs having to pay a copayment every month.


Born 6-8-06

Caden is such a blessing, he is the sweetest little boy. I love being a mom.

For pumping tips - check out this great website created by members of babyfit who exclusively pumped

pumpingrules.blogspot.com

MBRAVO3
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11/1/06 12:26 P

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I got the mirena about 6 weeks ago and i still spot on and off. The insertion wasn't too bad. I also took motrin and it was a weird feeling for a moment but then it was fine.
No problems with sex.
I waited 4 years last time and it worked out perfect.


"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matter compared to what lies within us" Emerson

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Andreas 6/1/06
Gabrielle 3/27/02

NIKSTER
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11/1/06 12:17 P

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Jade, I wouldn't worry about waiting a year to get pregnant. Any type of hormonal birth control says to wait after you stop using them. I had a Mirena IUD before getting pregnant with Jake. Got pregnant a few months after it was taken out. This was more because J was deployed then not getting knocked up. I was pregnant with Brendan two weeks after stopping the pill. Both are perfectly fine.

The issue I had with my IUD was feeling when I ovulated every month. And my body took 6mths to adjust, which is within the range. Otherwise, I honestly loved not having to worry about taking anything every day. I wanted to get another one after Jake but my doctor prefers to insert IUD's at 6mths post partum for those who've had c-sections.


Jake was born June 16th.
He joins his big brothers, Brendan (4) and Colin (3).

BLBUSHER
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10/31/06 5:39 P

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I had the copper IUD. I went in for the Mirena, but since I didn't have a vaginal birth (c-section) I wasn't a good candidate for the Mirena and had a better fit with the copper IUD, which by the way is a 10 year. All that aside, I LOVE IT!!! I never have to worry about taking or forgetting a pill and it's always ready to go. My period was stronger the first month and I did have cramping, but nothing we aren't used to with our monthly visitor anyway.


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June 25, 2006
8lb 15oz 20.5in

JADE88310
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10/31/06 4:07 P

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I got Mirena also, but they told me that I would not be able to get preggers for a year after it came out due to the hormones????


Ethan James, born via c-section 6/19 at 7:57 am, 18 1/2" Long, 7lbs 5.8 oz, EDD 6/30.

**UPDATE** As of January 31st he weighed 18 lbs 11 oz and was 26 1/2" long!

MUJADIDAH
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10/31/06 2:14 P

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This isn't going to help but the picture just put me off! Looked like a torture instrument...I'm sure it's not that bad, and as you say, once it's in, it's in until you decide otherwise.

On the whole pill issue...is it making anyone else depressed or have mood swings?

Edited by: MUJADIDAH at: 10/31/2006 (14:15)


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Born 12th June 2006, 9.52am
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DEEBABYGIRL
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10/31/06 12:31 A

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I was wondering if any of you gals would share some of your thoughts or expierence with the IUD's pros or cons. Im just now thinking about getting one and a m scared. However, I know my husband and I want to wait 5 years for our next beautiful bundle of joy. so Im thinking this would be right. Because I am being a major bitch to my husband and im on the pill Ortho-Lo. and i think even the lo hormones are efecting me...it sounds good not to have any worries for 5 years, but i'm chicken, what are your thoughts????


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