Yes, this is what I was told also.Date: 2/1/2007 8:03:58 AM
I always thought it sounded like a great birth control option... the risks of the old ones are virtually gone from the newer versions, and it is SO low-maintenance. But I was under the impression it is a better option for a woman who has already had a baby, so I always assumed I''d just wait until I''d had my children before going that route....
Hope it works out for you, Nyt!
Date: 2/1/2007 3:38:26 PM
I got my Mirena put in the first of December. I''m used to it now -- I definitely understand what SuzyQ means about being aware of it, as I was just very ''conscious'' of it for the first three weeks or so -- but it doesn''t bother me at all now. I am spotting periodically, which is obnoxious, but I''m also still in the transitionary phase so who knows if that''ll clear up.
I like the hassle-free-ness of it. And I put on about 25 pounds with Depo, so no way was I going back to that. =P
I just want to clarify for partgypsy that the copper IUD can make your periods heavier, but the Mirena usually makes them lighter and/or disappear completely.
Also, you do still have to check it to make sure it''s in place and hasn''t shifted - if your girlfriend didn''t, her IUD could have moved and would not have been effective. And why didn''t they remove the IUD? If a pregnancy occurs when an IUD is in place and the pregnancy isn''t ectopic (most likely type of pregnancy with an IUD), they remove the IUD to prevent future harm to the fetus. I think perhaps your friend just didn''t have a very knowledgable doctor. =/