10 Facts You Need To Know About IUDs Before Getting One

My friends are always coming to me with questions about my IUD. Another friend of mine has one, and I’d say about 25 percent of our texts end with #MirenaProblems. I absolutely love having an IUD, but there are certain things only people with IUDs can really relate to. Like PMSing when you don’t ever get a period. Anyway, IUDs are awesome! While I hate the reason I had to get one, I love having it so my situation ended up being a win. IUDs are becoming more and more common because they’re so awesome.

I didn’t know much about IUDs until I started talking to my gynecologist about them. I had run out of birth control options that worked for me, and my gyno finally said I should get an IUD. It was safe for me after having a pulmonary embolism, and it would help take care of my awful periods that I was still getting. (You try having your period on blood thinners and tell me you don’t want them to stop!) Anyway, I did my research and decided it was the best thing for me, but I wish I had more information when I was figuring things out. So if you’re considering an IUD, or you’re just curious, read through these IUD facts:

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  • Megan

    I am 16 and i got an iud put in and omg it was a life saver so get one

  • Catherine

    Thanks for all the super helpful information!!

  • Sarah

    Hey, first person experience here that differs somewhat with the slideshow.

    In theory IUD’s are awesome! And I think that’s true for a lot of people. I got Paragard as an emergency contraceptive, but it worked out, as I had been considering getting one for a while. Upon getting it I had two weeks of cramping that was easily the worst pain of my life, all the way through my period. Then two weeks of calm, then another two weeks of intense cramping. I wasn’t vomiting, but at times I was close. I started taking bunches of Benadryl to reduce the pain. It worked, but taking a pain reducer doesn’t mean the pain is gone, it just means that I couldn’t feel it and my body was still in duress. I was holding out from getting the IUD removed, as I’d heard that since it becomes less rigid with time, the body will adapt and it will become less painful.
    Anyways, long story short, two months later I started developing small weeping bumps on my neck. Diagnosis: Shingles. I know correlation isn’t causation, but as soon as I got the IUD taken out the shingles cleared right up. My theory is that my body was under such stress from the pain that it caused the chicken pox to reappear. My doctor said that Paragard is roughly the equivalent of putting a splinter into the uterus as a way of stopping fertilization (this is a rough metaphor, I know it isn’t perfect) and that some bodies just can’t take the irritant (though plenty can!)
    The bottom line: listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, trust yourself to know that. No one else can do that for you. I now have a neck scar (that looks conveniently like a hickey) to remind me of that.

    Good luck with birth control y’all! Hope this story adds another perspective.

  • Carissa

    Ya, I actually have the hormonal IUD, and it’s actually a lot easier then keeping up on the shots, or buying pills every month you run out. I love it.

  • Nia

    Yes! I’m glad I read this article. I didn’t know Skyla existed, so I’m more comfortable with IUDs now.