I get asked frequently about my thoughts on IUD's. Naturally, I wanted to start a conversation about them. Here's is the first video of two (probably more) where I talk about Mirena and Skyla, two hormonal IUD's. In an upcoming video I'll cover the Paragard.
I want an open, honest discussion about birth control because I feel like so often we get a one-sided, back of the box description of them.
Share your thoughts and experiences, ask me you questions and let's get this conversation rolling!
Additional Mirena/Skyla information:
How do they insert it?
-You have to go into a health care office. They will insert speculum, clean vagina and cervix with antiseptic, then use a special instrument to align cervical canal and uterine cavity, and another to measure depth of uterus. Then they’ll fold down the arms, place it in an applicator tube, place that tube in cervical canal and place IUD in uterus, then trim string so it doesn’t hang too far down in your vagina.
You may experience dizziness, fainting, nausea, low blood pressure, slower heart rate, and often you will be asked to continue to lay down for a few minutes.
-After each period you have to check for the string
-Sometimes you will have a check up one month after insertion to make sure it is sitting right and you don’t have any infection.
Side effects that need to be addressed by doctor:
severe cramps, pelvic pain, extreme dizziness, heavy or ongoing bleeding, vaginal sores, foul discharge, severe pain in side or lower stomach, pale skin, weakness, easy bruising or bleeding, fever chills, or other signs of infection, pain during sex, sudden numbness/weakness on one side of body, severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, sensitivity to light, jaundice, allergic reaction
Less serious side effects: irregular periods, changes in patter or flow, breakthrough bleeding, or heavier bleeding following insertion, back pain, headache, nervousness, mild dizziness, nausea, vomiting, bloating, breast tenderness or pain, weight game, acne, changes in hair growth, mood changes, loss of libido, mild itching, skin rash, puffiness in face, hands, ankles or feet.
Precautions - Ectopic Pregnancy, General Pregnancy (may cause spontaneous abortion or preterm labor), pelvic inflammatory disease, Irregular Bleeding and Amenorrhea, Perforation (total or partial penetration/embedment of Mirena in uterus or cervix), Expulsion (Mirena coming out of uterus), Ovarian Cysts, Breast Cancer (if you have/had or have a potential of getting you should avoid hormonal BC because some breast cancers or hormone-sensitive)
Do not get if you have abnormal vaginal bleeding, uncontrolled pelvic infection, a condition affecting shape of uterus, past, present or possible breast cancer, liver problems, cervical or uterine cancer, weak immune system, have had a serious pelvic infection following pregnancy or abortion, history of pelvic inflammatory disease, recent abnormal pap smear. Let your doctor know if you have had any of these.