My IUD Experience

Let's get personal.

So, there are various methods of birth control out there, right? There's condoms, the pill, depo-provera shot, etc. And then there's the wonderful, magnificent IUD.

An IUD is an intrauterine device, meaning that it is placed inside of your uterus to prevent pregnancy (with the help of hormones or copper). 

Copper, Mirena, and Jaydess IUDs

Copper, Mirena, and Jaydess IUDs

I have had mine for about 5 months now and I have been loving it...even if it wasn't love at first insertion, but we'll get to that in a minute.

The reason I decided to go with an IUD is because I have a blood condition called Prothrombin 20210. This means that I have a higher risk of developing a blood clot in a vein. Because I have this gene mutation I cannot be on a birth control pill containing estrogen as it raises the chance of getting a blood clot by 16%, not good! 

For a little while I decided to go on a progestin only pill called Micronor.
And I absolutely hated it.
I was on it for just three months and in that time span I had almost every side effect that could come with it. I gained about 10 pounds, I was depressed, my breasts constantly hurt, my periods were even more awful. Plus I hated having to remember to take it every day. This could not continue. 

My boyfriend and I determined that the best option would be to try an IUD. My sister has the same blood condition as I do, and about a year or so earlier she got an IUD, the Jaydess one, and she's been loving it.

I asked my doctor about it, told her I'd like to give it a try, and $300 later (plus a $50 insertion fee) I was ready to get that bad boy in there.

You need to get an IUD inserted while you're on your period (as unpleasant as that sounds) because your cervix is softer and more open during that time. It's easier to get it in than trying to ram one into a harder, closed cervix.

My doctor had to measure my uterus first with her hand to gage how far up to put the IUD, as you can't really see how far it goes, and you don't want to go so far that you perforate the uterus.

I remember her saying "feel that? I'm touching the top of your uterus now". Fun, eh? No, it felt like the worst cramps ever! Then she inserted the IUD and the cramps & some nausea continued.
It was a really quick, simple procedure, but man did it hurt! 

Cramps for me continued for a few weeks afterwards, though every woman is different.
A couple weeks after I had to get an ultrasound so they could make sure that it's in there, and in the right place.

Image of an IUD inside of someone. Not me. I never got a copy of mine. 

Image of an IUD inside of someone. Not me. I never got a copy of mine. 

The first few months I had pretty terrible cramps along with my period (plus some spotting between periods), but it wasn't anything I wasn't used to.
They just felt different, like I could tell that there's a foreign object inside of me. 

Now that it's been almost half a year having it, the cramps and bleeding are getting less and less. I love not having to remember to take a pill every day, and we don't have to worry about getting pregnant yet (the Jaydess IUD has a rate of only 4 pregnancies per 1000 women), and it's good for 3 years. 

I would highly recommend an IUD to anyone who isn't satisfied with their current method of birth control. Just ask your doctor and see if it's a good fit for you!
I definitely think it's the best option out there. 

-Lila