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Old 02-09-2010, 09:52 PM
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Q for Depo Provera and Mirena

so ive read a bunch of post about these two but havent found the answer to either of my questions. im on the pill but cant seem to take it on time so im looking into a non daily option and these were recommended by my doctor and wanted some opinions.

Depo Provera question: how bad is the shot. im a total wimp and bawl every time i have to get my blood drawn. is it pretty quick?

Mirena question: so originally these were recommended only if youve had a kid before but my doctor said there's another hospital in the area that now does it for women whove never had kids if i wanted to have a consultation with them. any one without kids have one? also she mentioned that there are strings that hang down that you need to check for. are those ever a problem?

and last is cost. my birth control on generic is $5. the patch $45. and i was wondering how much these other options generally are. im a recent college grad and need to do what semi cost efficient as well.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:01 PM
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The shot is quick and doesn't hurt. I didn't like it when I was on it because I had a lot of breakthrough bleeding, plus I gained weight.

I now have the copper iud (the mirena has hormones, and this doesn't). I love my iud, and no worries for 10 years. I also have no children and had no problems getting it inserted and I haven't expelled it. It's been 3 years now and I don't think I'd ever go back to the pill or the shot. The strings are so small you (and your partner) won't even notice them unless they're cut wrong. You can feel them when you check for them though.

I didn't pay anything for the shot because I got it at a free clinic before I was 18, so I can't give you advice on that. My insurance covered the iud, but I had to pay $50. I think with no insurance it is around $300, but the Mirena offers 5 years of protection, so it's still a very good deal.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:26 PM
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^Did your Copper IUD hurt? Mine was incredibly painful and I had some weird reactions. I was delusional, full body sweat and I vomited from the pain. Then I bled from May-December when I had it removed
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:29 PM
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My copper IUD was the worst experience ever! I had cramps *whenever* I moved around/walked/etc, and finally got rid of it after a year. It cost about $800 to get put in, but its also good for 10 years, which you have to factor in.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:37 PM
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800.00 holy crap! Mine was covered by insurance but I do not ever recommend them. My friend had hers and it was fine...no problems at all.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:39 PM
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Yeah, thankfully I still had insurance for mine too... but I saw the statement One of my friends was fine with her mirena, and one had bad results with hers like I did with my copper one. I hate IUDs with a passion now.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:43 PM
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I'm with Steph on this one. I also have the copper IUD (Nova T) and I love it. Had it for 4 months now and no problems to speak of. Some heavy bleeding during my cycle, but that is normal during the first few months.

Insertion was fine, virtually painless, and the strings are short and not noticeable at all. In your first check up after insertion they'll even ask you if your partner has complained about the strings (if they can feel them), and they can shorten them if need be.

I paid $150 and found out after trying to make my claim that it wasn't covered. Some plans with cover it, and others won't so if you have any extended coverage check and see if this method of BC is part of your plan.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:43 PM
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I honestly thought I was dying when they were inserting it. I got light headed and I could not see straight. Uhh, OP please read up on them 1st
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:59 PM
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^wow, I can't even imagine!

I was told that a lot of women have complications simply because of how poorly the IUD was inserted. OP, if you are seriously considering this method maybe do a bit of research on doctors that have a lot of experience with IUDs.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:00 PM
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^ i agree, get educated and explore all options.

we really need better choices for birth control.
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ive heard really bad things with all of them but it seems to be a pretty case to case basis. i was originally going to go with the patch and alot of people talk about blood clots. and depo ppl talked about months long periods. my doctor never really said anything about a copper IUD. i wouldnt want anything thats for 10yrs. i want kids sooner than that. can that be taken out early like mirena?
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I do not recommend the Depo shot. I had it for 1.5 yrs. After the first 3 months the DR told me the bleeding would regulate itself by 6 months...1.5 yrs into it, it never did. I would bleed 1 month and be without a period for 2 months. The shot did not hurt at all, and quick and easy thing. But dealing with a month long period was terrible!

I know many people have had bad experiences with an IUD but I loved mine. I don't know if it made a difference that I was 6 week postpartum when the inserted it but it didn't hurt to have it put in or taken out at all for me. And I loved that I didn't have to worry about a shot every 3 months or a pill every day
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what also sucks is i just switched doctors cause my insurance changed. and my new doctor is not familiar with me nor has my old doctor faxed my records.

maybe ill make an consultation appt to see why they originally werent putting mirena in ppl who havent had kids but now are to find out more info.
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My doctor never mentioned anything about month long periods either and they kept telling me it was going to regulate itself, first 6 months, then 1 yr.

I think that any IUD can be taken out early if you wish for it. I had mine taken out early.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:07 PM
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I had mine removed 7.5 months later because of non-stop bleeding
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Nova T is good for 3 years. It can be taken out at any time should you decide you want to start having children.

I'll also mention that the before my IUD I was on the pill and had to be taken off that due to a strange allergic reaction that caused me to have this awful rash/hive on my neck. I didn't even clue in that it could have been the pill until I started to do some reading on it. Strange thing is I had been on the pill years before and hadn't ever had any adverse reactions.

It really is hard to say if one method is "better" over another.
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:38 AM
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Yes, that's the problem with the iud. It's either a love or hate situation, I've never heard of any mediocre experiences with it. You definitely have to have someone good insert it, and I'm not going to say mine was a walk in the park. I did feel faint, but that is actually normal for insertion. I was also fed up with being on hormones, so it was worth it to me.

I had heavy bleeding for the first 3 months, but it's normal now. It would be great if they worked for everyone because it would be a great birth control method.

Definitely read up on it if that is your decision, but remember that most people that want to talk about things are people that had bad experiences. The people that have good experiences have no need to talk because they're busy getting busy. This is definitely not meant to discount others who have had problems because I know it happens and it can be horrible when it does.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:29 AM
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Here's some cost info from the Mirena site: Healthcare Plan Coverage

I have the Mirena, but I've had two kids, so I guess my experience wouldn't be too helpful for you. But I will say that I've had no issues with it. I've posted in other threads about it, but I'll say again that I know other people who have/had it, and there are some who hated it and some who love it (pretty much what Steph said, you either love it or hate it!). It's not hard to check for the strings, as long as you have no issues with how you check Pretty much agree with everyone else, do your research and make an educated decision
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Personally, I would NOT recommend Depo. I was on it for 9 years and at the time I loved it......only thinking about it every 3 months. The shot itself was nothing, a prick, but it didn't hurt. I never had a period while being on it.

However, my doctor had a bone density test done after 8 1/2 years on it and at age 27 I had osteopenia (I think that's what it was called). Not osteoperosis, but a step below it. I consumed the recommended amount of calcium and other vitamins. The only thing that we could attribute it to was the Depo. I'm not saying that it for sure caused it. But, other things started happening too..........my hair is really, really thin now and all of my teeth have fillings (except the front ones). I never had a filling until being on this for a few years.

Please just be careful with Depo. I'm not trying to scare you because it really was easy, cheap, and painless while I was on it. And like I said, I can't be certain that all of these things were caused by the depo, but it's definitely a major coincidence at the very least.

I was going to have an IUD, but insurance wouldn't cover a penny of it. So, it would have been $800 out of pocket. My husband had a vasectomy instead and it only cost us $15.
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No personal experience here, but one of my very best friends preaches the gospel of Mirena and she hasn't had kids (she's 23 and recently married, but was dating him forever before the marriage). I was thinking about it since my periods are still sort of irregular and hell if I can remember to take a pill every day, but another friend warned that it can cause ovarian cysts (she just had to have a bunch removed, though I think it was another BC that caused hers)...anyone know if there's anything to that?
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maybe ill make an consultation appt to see why they originally werent putting mirena in ppl who havent had kids but now are to find out more info.
I believe it's because an old style of IUD (a copper one, but a different brand than the one used today) was larger, and could perferate the uterus sometimes. This could cause infertility, so they did not want to give this risk to women without children. This is a MUCH smaller risk with the two that are on the market today.
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^I was wondering about that!

I'll watch this discussion with interest...I'm so sick of having to allow a 2-week window of irregularity for my periods (which is definitely not bad compared to some girls, but still, I'm 24!)...and I swear, entering a serious relationship has had a weird effect on my cycles as well
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^PC, being in a relationship should actually help regulate your cycle eventually. Even though you are not trying to get pregnant, your body smells the man hormones and thinks it wants to, thus making your cycle come on time. Give it a couple months.

The iud has a bad rep because in the 70s one was used that ended up causing infections/infertility. This was not actually because of the iud but because doctors didn't know who should get it and who should not. For one thing, if you have multiple partners, the risk of infection goes way up. Your highest risk of infection is at insertion time because your cervix is wide open. A good doc knows this and will make sure everything is super sterile for insertion.
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I was on the depo shot for about 5 years & I loved it. I didn't have 1 period the whole time I got the shot
I gained an average of about 3lbs a year, except the last yearI was on it I gained around 8lbs in 4 months. BUT I attribute that to the job I had (I sat for 8 hurs a day & ate at every break).
The only side effect I noticed was lack of a sex drive
I'm on the nuva ring now. With this I have had constant heartburn (when I first started using it), headaches, & recently hair loss/thinning
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I was really thinking about getting the copper IUD, but I ended up not getting it because I read that it doesn't always supress ovulation just implantation. Since I believe life begins at conception, this really bothered me and I decided to not get it. These are MY beliefs and I am not trying to push them on anyone. I just think people should be informed because I would have been pissed if I found out after.
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