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Hello, Skyla! Getting to know the newest IUD

A new IUD option hits the U.S. market—and it’s (officially) for ladies without kids.

Birth control has many wonderful qualities—but being one-size-fits-all isn’t one of them. So when a new birth control option becomes available—especially one that's long-acting and super-effective—well, let's just say it's kind of a big deal.

So…what's the new option?

This new option is an IUD called Skyla. Like the other IUDs on the U.S. market, Mirena and ParaGard, Skyla sits inside the uterus and is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It’s made by the same company that makes the Mirena IUD—and it works pretty much the same way, by releasing a low dose of levonorgestrel, a hormone that thickens cervical mucus and blocks sperm.

How does Skyla compare to Mirena and ParaGard?

Skyla, Mirena, and ParaGard have some important things in common. All three of these IUDs are t-shaped devices that sit in your uterus and prevent more than 99 out of 100 pregnancies in a year—which means they're among the most effective birth control methods in the world. All three IUDs can be removed at any time with a quick trip to a health care provider—and once they're out, you should be able to get pregnant right away.

There are some differences too. Skyla is kind of like a little sister for Mirena. It’s slightly smaller, slightly lower-dose, and the tube used to place it in the uterus is slightly narrower. Let us lay it all out for you.

What about benefits—and side effects?

Since Skyla works in a similar way to big sis’ Mirena, the benefits and side effects are pretty similar—but there are a few differences worth noting.

Skyla Versus Mirena Size Comparison* Decreased cramps. Skyla works the same way Mirena does to decrease period cramps and pain for most women.

  • Good thing, smaller package. Skyla’s slightly smaller frame and narrower placement tube are intended to make it more comfortable to insert and use compared to other IUDs, especially for young women and women who haven’t had a child. (Still, no one’s claiming IUD placement is a walk in the park.)

  • Hassle-free, but for less time. Unlike other hormonal methods, IUDs don’t require regular trips to the clinic or pharmacy. All IUDs are convenient like that, but Skyla’s good for a maximum of 3 years—instead of Mirena’s 5 years or ParaGard’s 12 years.

  • Lighter periods. Both Skyla and Mirena cause changes in bleeding patterns: more spotting at first, and then lighter and shorter periods after the first six months.

  • Aunt Flo still visits. For most women using Skyla, their period won’t stop altogether. Only one in 17 Skyla users stop having a period after a year, and about one in eight have no period if they use it for longer. Compare that to Mirena: about one in five Mirena users stop having a period after a year, and one in three if they use it for longer.

Who’s Skyla good for?

While we, along with some very important people in the medical community, have been saying for what feels like ages that all IUDs are safe for almost all women, rumors persist that they’re only for women who’ve already had kids. Hopefully Skyla, which has been tested and marketed specifically for women who haven’t had kids yet, will put those rumors to rest.

There are many reasons why these rumors persist, but perhaps the most obvious one is that Bayer only recommends the Mirena for use by women who have already had a child. Modern IUDs are safely used by millions of women who haven’t had a child—so why do the ads say Mirena shouldn’t be used by these women? The answer lies with the law and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA approved Mirena based on studies that included only women who had a child, so Bayer is prohibited by law from talking about any other kinds of women in their advertising—it’s considered an “off-label” use.

Skyla, on the other hand, was tested and FDA-approved for women who have no children, so the company will be able to advertise directly to those women. A physician who studied Skyla, Dr. Anita Nelson, notes that there was no difference in the effectiveness of Skyla for women with versus without children. “Skyla may be used by women whether or not they have had a child, which should alert more clinicians that nulliparous women are still good candidates for IUDs. I also like having a shorter acting IUD to diversify the market and give women more choices.”

When and where can I get Skyla?

Skyla has already been approved by the FDA and is slated to hit the market right about now, so it should be coming soon to a healthcare provider near you. It may take some time for health care providers to get comfortable prescribing and inserting it and for insurance providers to include it in their coverage.

How much does Skyla cost?

If you have health insurance, Skyla, like other prescription birth control methods, should be covered without additional out-of-pocket costs. For folks without insurance or with coverage that’s exempt from the new health care rules, the price of Skyla will probably be comparable to Mirena. On the other hand, although all three of the IUDs currently on the market have high up-front price tags, over time they end up being cheaper than most other birth control methods.

If you don’t have insurance and don’t think you can afford the up-front costs of an IUD, don’t give up without investigating your options. You may be able to get payment assistance or even get birth control free of charge through local health programs.

Better healthcare system. They are able to get more care overall which helps prevent issues later. Thank you socialism.

2013-03-14 17:37:30 UTC

Researcher

Better healthcare system. They are able to get more care overall which helps prevent issues later. Thank you socialism.

2013-03-14 17:37:30 UTC

Researcher

Better healthcare system. They are able to get more care overall which helps prevent issues later. Thank you socialism.

2013-03-14 17:37:30 UTC

Researcher

Where are you getting your data from about Paragard lasting 12 years? Even their website says 10 years.

2013-03-20 20:52:14 UTC

Lindsay

Where are you getting your data from about Paragard lasting 12 years? Even their website says 10 years.

2013-03-20 20:52:14 UTC

Lindsay

Great question! You're absolutely right that the manufacturers of ParaGard say their product can be used for 10 years, but actually studies show that it can be used for up to 12. Planned Parenthood (http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/iud-4245.htm) and our own medical advisors confirm this.

2013-04-05 22:50:11 UTC

Bedsider Staff

Great question! You're absolutely right that the manufacturers of ParaGard say their product can be used for 10 years, but actually studies show that it can be used for up to 12. Planned Parenthood (http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/iud-4245.htm) and our own medical advisors confirm this.

2013-04-05 22:50:11 UTC

Bedsider Staff

Great question! You're absolutely right that the manufacturers of ParaGard say their product can be used for 10 years, but actually studies show that it can be used for up to 12. Planned Parenthood (http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/iud-4245.htm) and our own medical advisors confirm this.

2013-04-05 22:50:11 UTC

Bedsider Staff

Paraguard rocks!!!! Glad they are marketing this option for women who haven't had kids, but why would I pay the same price for only 3 years of efficacy? Paraguard is the only IUD for me.

2013-06-22 19:18:15 UTC

Jenna

Paraguard rocks!!!! Glad they are marketing this option for women who haven't had kids, but why would I pay the same price for only 3 years of efficacy? Paraguard is the only IUD for me.

2013-06-22 19:18:15 UTC

Jenna

I got skyla today, and I'm pretty excited about it! The pain was nothing! And I'm 18 and never had kids! I wanted something that would cover me for 3 years, especially through my crazy college life!

2013-07-16 01:26:00 UTC

McKenna Kral

The copper wire of the Paragard IUD does not have a nickel core (https://www.paragard.com/images/ParaGard_info.pdf), but it's true that the copper wire may contain trace amounts of nickel. Copper and nickel are right next to each other on the periodic table of elements, and often occur together in ore deposits. For women who are highly allergic to nickel, even this tiny trace amount may cause a reaction.

2013-07-25 21:09:01 UTC

Bedsider Medical Advisor

The copper wire of the Paragard IUD does not have a nickel core (https://www.paragard.com/images/ParaGard_info.pdf), but it's true that the copper wire may contain trace amounts of nickel. Copper and nickel are right next to each other on the periodic table of elements, and often occur together in ore deposits. For women who are highly allergic to nickel, even this tiny trace amount may cause a reaction.

2013-07-25 21:09:01 UTC

Bedsider Medical Advisor

I did almost pass out from the pain. 24, no kids. It's been awful getting used to it. I used to get BV fairly frequently as I am sensitive to most things, I haven't had BV in almost a year and just got it after 3 weeks of the Skyla being inserted. I'm going to the gyno today to see if it is in properly. I most likely will be getting it removed

2013-09-18 14:57:36 UTC

Cass

I did almost pass out from the pain. 24, no kids. It's been awful getting used to it. I used to get BV fairly frequently as I am sensitive to most things, I haven't had BV in almost a year and just got it after 3 weeks of the Skyla being inserted. I'm going to the gyno today to see if it is in properly. I most likely will be getting it removed

2013-09-18 14:57:36 UTC

Cass

Early 40s childless woman considering Skyla (vs Mirena) but have history of terrible migraines which are unresponsive to everything. Any migrainers out there who have or have not had increased headaches with Skyla (or Mirena)? Also having new onset and worsening acne in the past year which is puzzling to myself and my Dermatologist. Skyla prescribing information warns of adverse effects including headaches and acne, but Mirena prescribing information doesn't specifically warn of either, though in another place suggests using caution in patients with migraine or extremely severe headaches. My OB-GYN does not want to use Paraguard for me since I already have such long, heavy periods which she says will only get worse with Paraguard. She states that none of her migrainers with Mirena have done worse in terms of their headaches after Mirena placement. None of my friends with Mirena suffer from Migraines, so their anecdotal tales of no HA or acne don't really pertain to my situation. Welcoming feedback from other migrainers in particular.

2013-09-25 19:31:39 UTC

Kristen

Early 40s childless woman considering Skyla (vs Mirena) but have history of terrible migraines which are unresponsive to everything. Any migrainers out there who have or have not had increased headaches with Skyla (or Mirena)? Also having new onset and worsening acne in the past year which is puzzling to myself and my Dermatologist. Skyla prescribing information warns of adverse effects including headaches and acne, but Mirena prescribing information doesn't specifically warn of either, though in another place suggests using caution in patients with migraine or extremely severe headaches. My OB-GYN does not want to use Paraguard for me since I already have such long, heavy periods which she says will only get worse with Paraguard. She states that none of her migrainers with Mirena have done worse in terms of their headaches after Mirena placement. None of my friends with Mirena suffer from Migraines, so their anecdotal tales of no HA or acne don't really pertain to my situation. Welcoming feedback from other migrainers in particular.

2013-09-25 19:31:39 UTC

Kristen

Early 40s childless woman considering Skyla (vs Mirena) but have history of terrible migraines which are unresponsive to everything. Any migrainers out there who have or have not had increased headaches with Skyla (or Mirena)? Also having new onset and worsening acne in the past year which is puzzling to myself and my Dermatologist. Skyla prescribing information warns of adverse effects including headaches and acne, but Mirena prescribing information doesn't specifically warn of either, though in another place suggests using caution in patients with migraine or extremely severe headaches. My OB-GYN does not want to use Paraguard for me since I already have such long, heavy periods which she says will only get worse with Paraguard. She states that none of her migrainers with Mirena have done worse in terms of their headaches after Mirena placement. None of my friends with Mirena suffer from Migraines, so their anecdotal tales of no HA or acne don't really pertain to my situation. Welcoming feedback from other migrainers in particular.

2013-09-25 19:31:39 UTC

Kristen

Has anyone had trouble with insurance coverage for Skyla? I have Coventry and they cover IUDs, but when I gave the J code supplied on the Skyla website, they didn't have it in their system. I want to make sure it's covered before I decide to get it. Also, they will definitely cover Mirena. I'm 27, never had kids. Would Mirena be an option if Skyla isn't covered??

2013-09-29 13:22:19 UTC

Heidi

I have thought about and wanted to get Mirena for a few years (currently on NuvaRing because my doctor wanted me to try that first. I'm 22, no kids), but now that I was about to commit to the switch, I have seen many scary stories about Mirena. Apparently a lot of women have come forward to file lawsuits against the company due to serious conditions such as uterine perforations and ectopic pregnancies... This makes me worry that Skyla would not be any different especially because these lawsuits against Mirena are so recent, there clearly has been no time to respond to them by adjusting the new product (http://www.newsday.com/business/mirena-lawsuit-update-bernstein-liebhard-llp-reports-on-growing-number-of-mirena-iud-lawsuits-pending-in-federal-multidistrict-litigation-1.6126881).

2013-09-30 21:09:57 UTC

Sarah

I have thought about and wanted to get Mirena for a few years (currently on NuvaRing because my doctor wanted me to try that first. I'm 22, no kids), but now that I was about to commit to the switch, I have seen many scary stories about Mirena. Apparently a lot of women have come forward to file lawsuits against the company due to serious conditions such as uterine perforations and ectopic pregnancies... This makes me worry that Skyla would not be any different especially because these lawsuits against Mirena are so recent, there clearly has been no time to respond to them by adjusting the new product (http://www.newsday.com/business/mirena-lawsuit-update-bernstein-liebhard-llp-reports-on-growing-number-of-mirena-iud-lawsuits-pending-in-federal-multidistrict-litigation-1.6126881).

2013-09-30 21:09:57 UTC

Sarah

That's great to hear, I'm a bit older but also haven't had kids and am looking for an alternative to the pill. Just don't forget to use a barrier method too for protection against STIs/STDs!

2013-10-06 16:34:32 UTC

sbubby

Bummer.

2013-10-06 16:34:59 UTC

sbubby

That's great to hear, I'm a bit older but also haven't had kids and am looking for an alternative to the pill. Just don't forget to use a barrier method too for protection against STIs/STDs!

2013-10-06 16:34:32 UTC

sbubby

Bummer.

2013-10-06 16:34:59 UTC

sbubby

It was normal for me when I got my Mirena. It took about 2 months, and then after that, I had no periods for 5 years.. I miss my Mirena but it was hell getting it in. The skyla looks like a great alternative. I've been avoiding getting another Mirena because the amount of pain and discomfort I experienced getting the Mirena was just awful. Worth it, but still awful.

2013-10-10 12:46:49 UTC

Kimberly

At the moment, I'm considering the Skyla because when I got my Mirena it was horrifically painful. Five years later, and I'm looking at the skyla. The insertion really was bad enough that I won't want something of similar size, even if it's the same price and doesn't last as long. 3/4 the size of the insertion tube sounds awesome to me.

2013-10-10 12:49:30 UTC

Kimberly

It was normal for me when I got my Mirena. It took about 2 months, and then after that, I had no periods for 5 years.. I miss my Mirena but it was hell getting it in. The skyla looks like a great alternative. I've been avoiding getting another Mirena because the amount of pain and discomfort I experienced getting the Mirena was just awful. Worth it, but still awful.

2013-10-10 12:46:49 UTC

Kimberly

At the moment, I'm considering the Skyla because when I got my Mirena it was horrifically painful. Five years later, and I'm looking at the skyla. The insertion really was bad enough that I won't want something of similar size, even if it's the same price and doesn't last as long. 3/4 the size of the insertion tube sounds awesome to me.

2013-10-10 12:49:30 UTC

Kimberly

Things have been going great with my Skyla! I rarely have spotting, and the bleeding stopped within a couple of months. Although intercourse was a bit uncomfortable after a month of insertion. I don't know how it is now due to the fact of my boyfriend is I away with the army. The pain of insertion was not that bad, it is important to not get psyched up about it from reading others experiences! Wish all luck!

2013-10-17 15:37:34 UTC

McKenna Kral

Things have been going great with my Skyla! I rarely have spotting, and the bleeding stopped within a couple of months. Although intercourse was a bit uncomfortable after a month of insertion. I don't know how it is now due to the fact of my boyfriend is I away with the army. The pain of insertion was not that bad, it is important to not get psyched up about it from reading others experiences! Wish all luck!

2013-10-17 15:37:34 UTC

McKenna Kral

I am 29 years old and Im getting ready for my 3rd mirena. For the last 10 years i have had absolutly no problem with it. My periods stopped completely after a couple years which was my full reason of getting it due to the fact i have severe endometriosis, and after 3 surgeries to have it removed, I finally decided i needed my periods stopped all together. All IUDs run the risk of infection or misplacement. All birth control options have risks of horrible side affects. I feel that the benefits outweigh the risks, and it is totally worth it. My husband and I only have one child and we do not want anymore, but if we did, I know I could have it removed and have more children, unlike many birth control pills. Also, because its such a low dose of hormone being released straight into my uterus I dont have to worry about weight gain. THe only time I begin to notice side affects is when its about to expire. Last time I began spotting here and there, but this time I havent even had that. It has also cured other issues that I have due to hormonal embalances, such as vaginal dryness and low labido. something that a 29 year old woman should not have to worry about.

2013-10-28 23:56:52 UTC

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Hi Sarah - that is a great question. Those ads can be pretty scary, but the number of complaints filed with the FDA is only a small fraction compared to the millions of women who have used Mirena without any serious complications. We actually have an article specifically talking about the Mirena lawsuits if you are interested in learning more: http://bedsider.org/features/287

2013-10-29 11:47:43 UTC

Bedsider Staff

Hi Sarah - that is a great question. Those ads can be pretty scary, but the number of complaints filed with the FDA is only a small fraction compared to the millions of women who have used Mirena without any serious complications. We actually have an article specifically talking about the Mirena lawsuits if you are interested in learning more: http://bedsider.org/features/287

2013-10-29 11:47:43 UTC

Bedsider Staff

Hi Heidi, It can take time for insurance companies to get new(ish) products into their systems. It might be worth calling your insurance company to find out when Skyla will be covered. A Mirena would definitely be an option for any woman who can use a Skyla—these two IUDs have the same medical contraindications.

2013-11-20 22:45:44 UTC

Bedsider Staff

Migraines & epilepsy...no changes, no headaches, no babies. (Mirena 3x since 2003 w/2 kids) Never will I not use Mirena, unless I decide to have another baby (not likely). I'm 36. Imho, PERFECT REVERSIBLE CONTRACEPTION. Good luck! Almost forgot...ZERO BLEEDING AFTER THE FIRST 3 MONTHS!!! YAY, NO PERIOD NOR PAIN AT ALL!!!

2013-12-03 03:46:07 UTC

Veronica Lodge

Migraines & epilepsy...no changes, no headaches, no babies. (Mirena 3x since 2003 w/2 kids) Never will I not use Mirena, unless I decide to have another baby (not likely). I'm 36. Imho, PERFECT REVERSIBLE CONTRACEPTION. Good luck! Almost forgot...ZERO BLEEDING AFTER THE FIRST 3 MONTHS!!! YAY, NO PERIOD NOR PAIN AT ALL!!!

2013-12-03 03:46:07 UTC

Veronica Lodge

Thanks for your question, Erin! You’re right that Plan B and Skyla contain the same hormone—called levornorgestrel—but they work very differently. (Emergency contraceptive pills with levonorgestrel include Plan B, Next Choice, and several generic brands.) These pills may be less effective for women with a BMI (body mass index) between 25 and 29 and appear not to work at all for women with a BMI over 30. Skyla, on the other hand, works well for women of any BMI. A big study of Skyla included thousands of women of all shapes and sizes: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24240244. The study found no difference in how well the IUD worked in women with different BMIs. BTW, if you're not sure what your BMI is, you can calculate it here using your height and weight: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm

2013-12-08 17:49:04 UTC

Bedsider Medical Advisor

Thanks for your question, Erin! You’re right that Plan B and Skyla contain the same hormone—called levornorgestrel—but they work very differently. (Emergency contraceptive pills with levonorgestrel include Plan B, Next Choice, and several generic brands.) These pills may be less effective for women with a BMI (body mass index) between 25 and 29 and appear not to work at all for women with a BMI over 30. Skyla, on the other hand, works well for women of any BMI. A big study of Skyla included thousands of women of all shapes and sizes: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24240244. The study found no difference in how well the IUD worked in women with different BMIs. BTW, if you're not sure what your BMI is, you can calculate it here using your height and weight: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm

2013-12-08 17:49:04 UTC

Bedsider Medical Advisor

Hi Erica -- Interesting question, and kudos to you for reading the label so carefully! We suspect the difference here is much smaller than the labels suggest. There is a published study that compares Skyla directly to Mirena for up to 1 year (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22222193). Women in this study were 21-40 years old, some with kids and some without, and lived in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, or the UK. The study reports that 2.4% of Skyla users and 3.6% of Mirena users had vulvovaginitis from yeast or bacterial infection. Some of the data on Skyla haven't been published yet, so we can't yet look into how that high number of 20.2% was calculated. Also, during US clinical trials, researchers collect information on LOTS of symptoms. These symptoms could be caused by being in the study, or they could be caused by something completely unrelated. Just because a symptom occurred while a woman was in a study doesn't mean it was from the drug or device being studied. In this case, the the vulvovaginitis could have been cause by something other than Skyla or Mirena. So, how do all these numbers compare to women overall? Unfortunately, we know little about how many women experience vulvovaginitis. One study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10782746) asked 2,000 US women over age 18 whether they'd had a yeast infection in the last 2 months, and 6.5% said yes. The study showed that young women were more likely to report a recent yeast infection than older women, and estimated that 56% of women will have a yeast infection at some point in their lives.

2013-12-13 01:55:48 UTC

Bedsider Medical Advisor

Hi jenjena - sorry to hear you have been receiving some conflicting information. The folks we've spoken to at ParaGard confirm that it is possible that ParaGard could have trace amounts of nickel in the copper, but that it does not have a nickel core. Let us know if you have any other questions!

2014-01-08 02:00:29 UTC

Bedsider Medical Advisor

Please dont buy into the new advertising.. it is the mirena just repackaged. The mirena has siade effects that turn out to be life altering. I had my 2 mirenas for 8 years. I went from a healthy woman to one with glucose intolerance, liver damage ane many other side effects. I used to be a drug rep and understand what is happening. The lawsuits are piling up and mirena is close to getting a black box and dear doctor letter which means it will be pulled from the market. They needed a new way to sell the same thing. I beg all of you dont get this new device which is the mirena.

2014-01-09 10:37:03 UTC

sher

Don't worry about it, the second time around is much less painful. I just got my second Mirena.

2014-01-11 10:30:37 UTC

Katie

Don't worry about it, the second time around is much less painful. I just got my second Mirena.

2014-01-11 10:30:37 UTC

Katie

Don't worry about it, the second time around is much less painful. I just got my second Mirena.

2014-01-11 10:30:37 UTC

Katie

i got mine yesterday and i cursed the doc out. it was painful and i like most of these post have never had children. the stretching was to me like childbirth. i am not looking forward to replacing it in three years.

2014-02-08 07:20:54 UTC

casandra

I had the Skyla put in about 3weeks ago. I am constantly cramping, my boobs are so tender and swollen and I am still spotting. Does this subside? I have a. Check-up in about 3weeks to make sure it's in and my body didn't reject it. If this doesn't get better it's coming out! I just will have shelled out $$$$ for nothing though. And does it hurt to have it taken out?? Because having it put in was so painful!!!

2014-02-14 06:57:52 UTC

alyssa

Just wondering if your cycle has gotten any better. I am experiencing the same symptoms. Even though my periods are much lighter, my cramps are AWFUL and my period usually lasts 10-15 days! I'm debating on getting it removed. I've had it for 10 months.What should I do???

2014-02-14 15:13:13 UTC

Arayah

Just wondering if your cycle has gotten any better. I am experiencing the same symptoms. Even though my periods are much lighter, my cramps are AWFUL and my period usually lasts 10-15 days! I'm debating on getting it removed. I've had it for 10 months.What should I do???

2014-02-14 15:13:13 UTC

Arayah

I am 24 with no children and I had my Skyla Placed a week ago. The placement was the most painful thing my body has experienced thus far.( I have a high tolerance for pain and I cried) The pain lasted about 5-10 minutes, with just minor cramps after. I was not on my cycle at the time, but did start 2 days after. The first two days of menstruation were extremely heavy and painful but by day 3/4 it seemed to lighten up. My cycle usually lasts about 6-7 days, and this only lasted 4. I am spotting, which is to be expected. The only thing I've seem to be struggling with is my mood swings. I go from happy to depressed in a split second. I was on the pill years ago, but I don't remember my body going through this type of mood swings. I'm hoping this all subsides over time because this isn't fun. Other then that, I like it so far.

2014-02-20 14:52:34 UTC

Meagan

Great discussion, and thanks for sharing everyone! Insertion can sometimes be scary and painful, and it's good to have a clinician you can call in case things are not going well. Other times, women (even those without children) are really surprised to find out how 'fine' they feel! Every woman is different. http://bedsider.org/features/321 It's important to know that modern IUDs do not increase a woman's risk of infertility.

2014-02-24 16:25:45 UTC

Colleen Krajewski, MD, MPH

Great discussion, and thanks for sharing everyone! Insertion can sometimes be scary and painful, and it's good to have a clinician you can call in case things are not going well. Other times, women (even those without children) are really surprised to find out how 'fine' they feel! Every woman is different. http://bedsider.org/features/321 It's important to know that modern IUDs do not increase a woman's risk of infertility.

2014-02-24 16:25:45 UTC

Colleen Krajewski, MD, MPH

Just got Skyla today and have had serious cramping ever since. Is this normal or should I be making a trip back to the doctor?

2014-02-25 05:40:58 UTC

Stephanie Jones

I have fun in college but remember to always use a condom my friend got Aids when she was in college cause she slept with every guy around...Have fun be careful..

2014-03-16 00:30:16 UTC

Mallory Miller

I had two paras. Loved the first one and the second one - just started to have very heavy periods. Had the para taken out and now have the mirena. Hoping it will take me right into menopause. My periods have almost disappeared and I'm learning about the side effects. IUD is the way to go.

2014-03-25 00:27:14 UTC

roundraven

I have only had my Skyla IUD for 24 hours now. The 24-48 hours leading up to my appointment I did a lot of research - how it is inserted, everything that could and probably won't go wrong, and read a couple stories girls had written. I was soo beyond nervous that it's a good thing I am not susceptible to panic attacks, because I definitely would have gotten one from how scared I was. The night before I was told to take cytotec which dilates my cervix and then the morning of I was supposed to take ibuprofen. Totally forgot the ibuprofen. I was very anxious and moved a lot, so my doctor had to give me some tough lovin and basically tell me how it is - this skyla is $1500 dollars, I am not going to open it unless I know for sure you can go through with this. So you better stop moving!! I told her I would, so I requested my boyfriend be in there so I could try and concentrate on only squeezing his hand. It went fairly quick but after I felt really dizzy and nauseas. Once I got some fresh air (luckily it was 30 degrees outside so that cold air felt good agaisnt my balmy skin). It is so weird having it in, I feel like if I move a certain way I will feel it or puncture my uterus. I am still a little scared about the whole thing. But, chances are that won't happen.  I have to say as long as everything goes well (my 4 week check up is in April to make sure it hasn't moved) this is totally worth it. I have tried pills, depo provera, and abstinence. This thus far seems like the best option for me. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly!!

2014-03-26 15:00:57 UTC

Melissa

I have only had my Skyla IUD for 24 hours now. The 24-48 hours leading up to my appointment I did a lot of research - how it is inserted, everything that could and probably won't go wrong, and read a couple stories girls had written. I was soo beyond nervous that it's a good thing I am not susceptible to panic attacks, because I definitely would have gotten one from how scared I was. The night before I was told to take cytotec which dilates my cervix and then the morning of I was supposed to take ibuprofen. Totally forgot the ibuprofen. I was very anxious and moved a lot, so my doctor had to give me some tough lovin and basically tell me how it is - this skyla is $1500 dollars, I am not going to open it unless I know for sure you can go through with this. So you better stop moving!! I told her I would, so I requested my boyfriend be in there so I could try and concentrate on only squeezing his hand. It went fairly quick but after I felt really dizzy and nauseas. Once I got some fresh air (luckily it was 30 degrees outside so that cold air felt good agaisnt my balmy skin). It is so weird having it in, I feel like if I move a certain way I will feel it or puncture my uterus. I am still a little scared about the whole thing. But, chances are that won't happen.  I have to say as long as everything goes well (my 4 week check up is in April to make sure it hasn't moved) this is totally worth it. I have tried pills, depo provera, and abstinence. This thus far seems like the best option for me. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly!!

2014-03-26 15:00:57 UTC

Melissa

I have only had my Skyla IUD for 24 hours now. The 24-48 hours leading up to my appointment I did a lot of research - how it is inserted, everything that could and probably won't go wrong, and read a couple stories girls had written. I was soo beyond nervous that it's a good thing I am not susceptible to panic attacks, because I definitely would have gotten one from how scared I was. The night before I was told to take cytotec which dilates my cervix and then the morning of I was supposed to take ibuprofen. Totally forgot the ibuprofen. I was very anxious and moved a lot, so my doctor had to give me some tough lovin and basically tell me how it is - this skyla is $1500 dollars, I am not going to open it unless I know for sure you can go through with this. So you better stop moving!! I told her I would, so I requested my boyfriend be in there so I could try and concentrate on only squeezing his hand. It went fairly quick but after I felt really dizzy and nauseas. Once I got some fresh air (luckily it was 30 degrees outside so that cold air felt good agaisnt my balmy skin). It is so weird having it in, I feel like if I move a certain way I will feel it or puncture my uterus. I am still a little scared about the whole thing. But, chances are that won't happen.  I have to say as long as everything goes well (my 4 week check up is in April to make sure it hasn't moved) this is totally worth it. I have tried pills, depo provera, and abstinence. This thus far seems like the best option for me. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly!!

2014-03-26 15:00:57 UTC

Melissa

I have only had my Skyla IUD for 24 hours now. The 24-48 hours leading up to my appointment I did a lot of research - how it is inserted, everything that could and probably won't go wrong, and read a couple stories girls had written. I was soo beyond nervous that it's a good thing I am not susceptible to panic attacks, because I definitely would have gotten one from how scared I was. The night before I was told to take cytotec which dilates my cervix and then the morning of I was supposed to take ibuprofen. Totally forgot the ibuprofen. I was very anxious and moved a lot, so my doctor had to give me some tough lovin and basically tell me how it is - this skyla is $1500 dollars, I am not going to open it unless I know for sure you can go through with this. So you better stop moving!! I told her I would, so I requested my boyfriend be in there so I could try and concentrate on only squeezing his hand. It went fairly quick but after I felt really dizzy and nauseas. Once I got some fresh air (luckily it was 30 degrees outside so that cold air felt good agaisnt my balmy skin). It is so weird having it in, I feel like if I move a certain way I will feel it or puncture my uterus. I am still a little scared about the whole thing. But, chances are that won't happen.  I have to say as long as everything goes well (my 4 week check up is in April to make sure it hasn't moved) this is totally worth it. I have tried pills, depo provera, and abstinence. This thus far seems like the best option for me. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly!!

2014-03-26 15:00:57 UTC

Melissa

I have only had my Skyla IUD for 24 hours now. The 24-48 hours leading up to my appointment I did a lot of research - how it is inserted, everything that could and probably won't go wrong, and read a couple stories girls had written. I was soo beyond nervous that it's a good thing I am not susceptible to panic attacks, because I definitely would have gotten one from how scared I was. The night before I was told to take cytotec which dilates my cervix and then the morning of I was supposed to take ibuprofen. Totally forgot the ibuprofen. I was very anxious and moved a lot, so my doctor had to give me some tough lovin and basically tell me how it is - this skyla is $1500 dollars, I am not going to open it unless I know for sure you can go through with this. So you better stop moving!! I told her I would, so I requested my boyfriend be in there so I could try and concentrate on only squeezing his hand. It went fairly quick but after I felt really dizzy and nauseas. Once I got some fresh air (luckily it was 30 degrees outside so that cold air felt good agaisnt my balmy skin). It is so weird having it in, I feel like if I move a certain way I will feel it or puncture my uterus. I am still a little scared about the whole thing. But, chances are that won't happen.  I have to say as long as everything goes well (my 4 week check up is in April to make sure it hasn't moved) this is totally worth it. I have tried pills, depo provera, and abstinence. This thus far seems like the best option for me. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly!!

2014-03-26 15:00:57 UTC

Melissa

I have only had my Skyla IUD for 24 hours now. The 24-48 hours leading up to my appointment I did a lot of research - how it is inserted, everything that could and probably won't go wrong, and read a couple stories girls had written. I was soo beyond nervous that it's a good thing I am not susceptible to panic attacks, because I definitely would have gotten one from how scared I was. The night before I was told to take cytotec which dilates my cervix and then the morning of I was supposed to take ibuprofen. Totally forgot the ibuprofen. I was very anxious and moved a lot, so my doctor had to give me some tough lovin and basically tell me how it is - this skyla is $1500 dollars, I am not going to open it unless I know for sure you can go through with this. So you better stop moving!! I told her I would, so I requested my boyfriend be in there so I could try and concentrate on only squeezing his hand. It went fairly quick but after I felt really dizzy and nauseas. Once I got some fresh air (luckily it was 30 degrees outside so that cold air felt good agaisnt my balmy skin). It is so weird having it in, I feel like if I move a certain way I will feel it or puncture my uterus. I am still a little scared about the whole thing. But, chances are that won't happen.  I have to say as long as everything goes well (my 4 week check up is in April to make sure it hasn't moved) this is totally worth it. I have tried pills, depo provera, and abstinence. This thus far seems like the best option for me. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly!!

2014-03-26 15:00:57 UTC

Melissa

I had the Skyla put in yesterday and passed out...not once, or twice but 4 times during the procedure. I threw up as well....I can't believe it was that painful. I feel it might not have been done correctly. Day two seems a little better regarding the nausea but when I get a cramp I literally have to stop what I'm doing and breath through it and my hands start trembling....ugh....also did anyone have to get an ultrasound right after to check placement? They did not do that with me and I heard other people did....

2014-04-01 13:36:51 UTC

stephanie

I had the Skyla put in yesterday and passed out...not once, or twice but 4 times during the procedure. I threw up as well....I can't believe it was that painful. I feel it might not have been done correctly. Day two seems a little better regarding the nausea but when I get a cramp I literally have to stop what I'm doing and breath through it and my hands start trembling....ugh....also did anyone have to get an ultrasound right after to check placement? They did not do that with me and I heard other people did....

2014-04-01 13:36:51 UTC

stephanie

Hi, I'm 22 years old no children and I just had my Skyla IUD inserted today not even two hours ago, I've been cramping something serious, is this normal.?

2014-04-11 16:11:56 UTC

Carina Johnson

Hi, I'm 22 years old no children and I just had my Skyla IUD inserted today not even two hours ago, I've been cramping something serious, is this normal.?

2014-04-11 16:11:56 UTC

Carina Johnson

Hi, I'm 22 years old no children and I just had my Skyla IUD inserted today not even two hours ago, I've been cramping something serious, is this normal.?

2014-04-11 16:11:56 UTC

Carina Johnson

I've had mine in for three weeks now and I'm experiencing the same pains it seems you are, stephanie. I had to pull over twice while driving to work today - and it's only a 5 mile trip. I can feel that the strings are still in place so I'm not worried about misplacement, but I can't find a pattern for when/why the cramping intensifies: sometimes it's a day after sex, sometimes out of nowhere. As for insertion, I have an incredibly high pain threshold and I jumped in the bed. It subsided quickly, though, until these cramps kicked in. Does the 30-day period really ease these issues out?

2014-04-19 17:39:59 UTC

salaria

My insurance (Humana, in Texas) covered it $100. I only paid a copay.

2014-04-19 17:41:46 UTC

salaria

I did submit my insurance info directly to my OB, who in turn submitted the coverage inquiry to my insurance company. It took a full 5 weeks for Humana to confirm the coverage, but it's worth the wait for the financial assist!

2014-04-19 17:43:11 UTC

salaria

Actually, this has been bothering me, too. It's absolutely fine to excercise once the Skyla is in place (according to my doctor), but I've had such frequent, sporadic intense cramping that I don't dare head out on a long run because I know how blinding the pains can be when they appear. I'm hoping that everything I seem to read and hear is true: that after the first month the pain eases off.

2014-04-19 17:49:34 UTC

salaria

My roommate had a steady flow for nearly 90 days after insertion and hasn't had her period once since that (and she's had the IUD for two years already). I'm finding that everyone's case is different. I know that's not too helpful for any of us!

2014-04-19 17:51:09 UTC

salaria

I've been using Skyla since October 2013 and I would get it again in a heartbeat. I don't love being on birth control, it never seems to be side effect free, but this is the best option for me, and it certainly works! Insertion was painful, but not traumatizing. I cramped pretty badly for the rest of the day, this is normal. I also experienced a little discomfort during sex for the first month/month and a half, but it went away. I did have to take a trip back to the doc for an ultra sound after the strings suddenly decreased in length, but it turned out not to be a problem. Pros: I DON'T HAVE TO TAKE A PILL EVERYDAY! (Do I need to repeat this?) I also was having low libido/emotional issues due to the pill, and this definitely made a difference. I assume it is the lower, more localized dose of hormones. I also like that it is long term- I don't have to worry about BC for three years? Perfect! Cons: Yes, there are cons. My periods have been longer and more painful since having my IUD placed. They are slowly improving each month though (I've now had it for 7 months). Even before I was on the pill, I usually had very short (3-4 days, max), light periods, no cramping. Now they are lasting nearly a whole week, with 2-3 of those days being pretty heavy. I also get pretty painful cramps starting the week before. I know that this is life as usual for a lot of women, though, and it's really just peanuts on the BC side effect list. Hopefully it keeps improving with time. **ALSO- I'm in a monogamous relationship, which is another reason that I chose this BC- not having to worry about birth control is great, but know your risk for STI's and protect yourself accordingly. IUDs don't prevent STI's- and can even contribute to complications if you do get infected.**

2014-04-21 21:52:09 UTC

Guest

I got skyla inserted on Tuesday and I've been having really bad cramps ever since and there not getting any better. Is there something wrong?

2014-04-27 17:28:04 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla a week ago and I am still getting outrageous cramping. Is something wrong? And how long do you cramp for?

2014-04-27 23:02:53 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla inserted on Tuesday and I've been having really bad cramps ever since and there not getting any better. Is there something wrong?

2014-04-27 17:28:04 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla a week ago and I am still getting outrageous cramping. Is something wrong? And how long do you cramp for?

2014-04-27 23:02:53 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla inserted on Tuesday and I've been having really bad cramps ever since and there not getting any better. Is there something wrong?

2014-04-27 17:28:04 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla a week ago and I am still getting outrageous cramping. Is something wrong? And how long do you cramp for?

2014-04-27 23:02:53 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla inserted on Tuesday and I've been having really bad cramps ever since and there not getting any better. Is there something wrong?

2014-04-27 17:28:04 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla a week ago and I am still getting outrageous cramping. Is something wrong? And how long do you cramp for?

2014-04-27 23:02:53 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla inserted on Tuesday and I've been having really bad cramps ever since and there not getting any better. Is there something wrong?

2014-04-27 17:28:04 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla a week ago and I am still getting outrageous cramping. Is something wrong? And how long do you cramp for?

2014-04-27 23:02:53 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla inserted on Tuesday and I've been having really bad cramps ever since and there not getting any better. Is there something wrong?

2014-04-27 17:28:04 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla a week ago and I am still getting outrageous cramping. Is something wrong? And how long do you cramp for?

2014-04-27 23:02:53 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla inserted on Tuesday and I've been having really bad cramps ever since and there not getting any better. Is there something wrong?

2014-04-27 17:28:04 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla a week ago and I am still getting outrageous cramping. Is something wrong? And how long do you cramp for?

2014-04-27 23:02:53 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla inserted on Tuesday and I've been having really bad cramps ever since and there not getting any better. Is there something wrong?

2014-04-27 17:28:04 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla a week ago and I am still getting outrageous cramping. Is something wrong? And how long do you cramp for?

2014-04-27 23:02:53 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla inserted on Tuesday and I've been having really bad cramps ever since and there not getting any better. Is there something wrong?

2014-04-27 17:28:04 UTC

ash_garciax3

I got skyla a week ago and I am still getting outrageous cramping. Is something wrong? And how long do you cramp for?

2014-04-27 23:02:53 UTC

ash_garciax3

Hi Mar Kay- thank you for your input!! I am in the same boat with all the symptoms you described and am planning to start Skyla soon (with the hope that it will alleviate those issues). Best of luck!

2014-05-01 12:18:08 UTC

Katie

Hi Mar Kay- thank you for your input!! I am in the same boat with all the symptoms you described and am planning to start Skyla soon (with the hope that it will alleviate those issues). Best of luck!

2014-05-01 12:18:08 UTC

Katie

Hi Roundhaven I am in the same situation as you. was hoping to be done with iud's but seems I am not in menopause yet. trying to decide between skyla and mirena - any suggestions/

2014-05-01 16:42:45 UTC

wich

I have had my Mirena IUD in place for almost two years- 18 months actually. I had a terrible experience, and just got it removed a few days ago. My libido was non-existent, I became very anxious and depressed, there was pain during and after intercourse, and bleeding after intercourse. I had many mood swings and was feeling 'hormonal' a lot, which is common. My mood was a roller coaster, up one minute and drastically down the next! I have had many OBGYN appointments to have myself checked out, and everything seemed normal, I was just told that those were all side effects known of the Mirena, and they would probably stop after 1 year. I unfortunately had to pay a lot out of pocket for the Mirena so I was hesitant to have it removed before the 5 year mark, I didn't want to waste my money, so I kept it in hoping that the side effects would stop. They did not! I also had terrible cramping about 2 weeks a month, when I had had no prior cramps at all before it was inserted, not when I was ovulating or while on my period. The Mirena was a terrible experience for me, I will never try another IUD because of it! I have heard many horror stories about women who have almost uncontrollably heavy bleeding after removal of the Mirena IUD, with frequent large blood clots and bleeding almost every day of the month. I am crossing my fingers that that is not what will happen to me, but it's too early since removal to tell. To anyone looking to get a Mirena IUD, do your research! And if side effects do occur, be aware they may never go away or fade. All of my side effects started within the first few weeks after insertion, and I was always assured they could go away and to give it time... But after a year and a half I was in just as much pain, and just as moody as when it was first inserted. Do your homework before getting one inserted!

2014-05-05 02:27:48 UTC

Laura

I have had my Mirena IUD in place for almost two years- 18 months actually. I had a terrible experience, and just got it removed a few days ago. My libido was non-existent, I became very anxious and depressed, there was pain during and after intercourse, and bleeding after intercourse. I had many mood swings and was feeling 'hormonal' a lot, which is common. My mood was a roller coaster, up one minute and drastically down the next! I have had many OBGYN appointments to have myself checked out, and everything seemed normal, I was just told that those were all side effects known of the Mirena, and they would probably stop after 1 year. I unfortunately had to pay a lot out of pocket for the Mirena so I was hesitant to have it removed before the 5 year mark, I didn't want to waste my money, so I kept it in hoping that the side effects would stop. They did not! I also had terrible cramping about 2 weeks a month, when I had had no prior cramps at all before it was inserted, not when I was ovulating or while on my period. The Mirena was a terrible experience for me, I will never try another IUD because of it! I have heard many horror stories about women who have almost uncontrollably heavy bleeding after removal of the Mirena IUD, with frequent large blood clots and bleeding almost every day of the month. I am crossing my fingers that that is not what will happen to me, but it's too early since removal to tell. To anyone looking to get a Mirena IUD, do your research! And if side effects do occur, be aware they may never go away or fade. All of my side effects started within the first few weeks after insertion, and I was always assured they could go away and to give it time... But after a year and a half I was in just as much pain, and just as moody as when it was first inserted. Do your homework before getting one inserted!

2014-05-05 02:27:48 UTC

Laura

I just had the mirena insertion and the insertion was terrible! The way I see it though is would you rather have 3 years of coverage or 5? You're going to go through the insertion no matter what so why not go for the 5 year? I've never had kids and the pain today is minimal.

2014-05-08 19:42:43 UTC

Sarah Jane Warner

I got mine inserted over a month ago - yes it was one of the most painful 2minutes of my life, but then it's done. After two days or so of feeling like i was on my worst period ever, period ended normally and no more pain. Now i have 'twinges' of pain every now and again (though honestly could be gas). I went to get the placement checked and they were afraid one side might be pressing into the uterine wall, but they said they weren't sure and if I was not experiencing pain that it was probably OK. I'm going in two days to check again. My concern is that I have not gotten my period yet, and I am now about a week late. I did have some spotting a few weeks after the insertion, though I can't remember if that was before or after my boyfriend was in town.... I just took a pregnancy test and it came out negative. I understand the cycle might get interrupted as a result of the IUD, but from what i've read and seen, the vast majority of women experience a normal period cycle after insertion. I also understand there is a small chance that I could be one of those women who stop getting their periods on skyla...but i've been a very regular gal before so this would seem strange. I will discuss with my doctor this week but still somewhat worrisome. Best part of getting the Skyla? It was free.

2014-05-11 01:23:46 UTC

Hillary

I normally don't leave responses or comments on a lot of things (I should though) but I feel the need to leave one now! I looked into getting Skyla and thought about it for probably 2 months before I decided to take the plunge and get my first IUD. I have been on BC pills since. I ended up getting Skyla in the beginning of Feb (now May). No, it was not pleasant. I think the worst thing I did though was reading all of the reviews and seeing women saying that it was the most painful thing they've ever experienced. Yes, it hurt. I mean I held it together until the actual insertion and I said HOLY CRAP that hurt out loud to my gyno. I also had to lay down on the table for about 5 minutes after because I had psyched myself out so much. The cramps were OK at first, and really light spotting. I took the day off of work which I am SO glad I did (if you do this, take 1 day off, even just for R&R) but I was in bed with a horrible pain for that entire day. I spotted still the day after, but didn't have any cramps. 3 weeks later I bled (I think this was my period) and some people may hate me for this but I haven't had my period or spotting since then. I went in for a check up and pregnancy test was negative and it was still in place. I will say that I am not able to feel my string. My OBGYN said that mine have "coiled" up around the base but there was NOTHING to worry about. So here I am, have had Skyla for about 4 months and I couldn't be happier. Best decision ever! I will say, which is something I didn't read anywhere, it that exercise for a couple months reallllllly cause me to cramp up, but thats about it! Just remember EVERYONE has different experiences. Just because one person says its the most painful thing and has caused them so many problems doesn't mean that will be true for you. I absolutely say DO IT! If you are thinking of getting and IUD do your research and do whatever YOU feel comfortable with!

2014-05-12 18:57:12 UTC

Laura

I normally don't leave responses or comments on a lot of things (I should though) but I feel the need to leave one now! I looked into getting Skyla and thought about it for probably 2 months before I decided to take the plunge and get my first IUD. I have been on BC pills since. I ended up getting Skyla in the beginning of Feb (now May). No, it was not pleasant. I think the worst thing I did though was reading all of the reviews and seeing women saying that it was the most painful thing they've ever experienced. Yes, it hurt. I mean I held it together until the actual insertion and I said HOLY CRAP that hurt out loud to my gyno. I also had to lay down on the table for about 5 minutes after because I had psyched myself out so much. The cramps were OK at first, and really light spotting. I took the day off of work which I am SO glad I did (if you do this, take 1 day off, even just for R&R) but I was in bed with a horrible pain for that entire day. I spotted still the day after, but didn't have any cramps. 3 weeks later I bled (I think this was my period) and some people may hate me for this but I haven't had my period or spotting since then. I went in for a check up and pregnancy test was negative and it was still in place. I will say that I am not able to feel my string. My OBGYN said that mine have "coiled" up around the base but there was NOTHING to worry about. So here I am, have had Skyla for about 4 months and I couldn't be happier. Best decision ever! I will say, which is something I didn't read anywhere, it that exercise for a couple months reallllllly cause me to cramp up, but thats about it! Just remember EVERYONE has different experiences. Just because one person says its the most painful thing and has caused them so many problems doesn't mean that will be true for you. I absolutely say DO IT! If you are thinking of getting and IUD do your research and do whatever YOU feel comfortable with!

2014-05-12 18:57:12 UTC

Laura

I had the paragard inserted in September and it's been 9 months. I'm getting really heavy periods and still experiencing cramping pains before and during my period. Also, due to heavy bleeding during periods, I'm a bit anaemic and feel light headed during periods. I'm considering removing the paragard and inserting the skyla, has anyone had the same experience and when using the skyla or mirena, was there still cramping or heavy bleeding? Any sharing of similar experiences will greatly help in making a decision. Thanks.

2014-05-22 03:48:57 UTC

Lucy S

Lucy I waited out my paraguard for 9 months too. It was horrible. I am "allergic" to bc pills because of the estrogen levels but Mirena release progesterone so I was willing to give it a shot I switched to a Mirena and have never been happier, and after 3 months my periods stopped all together. I still know when I'm supposed to be getting a period because there will be slight cramping and cravings, but other than that it has been fantastic. Good luck!

2014-05-29 19:03:58 UTC

Emily

Hi Danielle, I also had the same problem with mine. I went in after 9 months of hell and heavy cramping and bleeding and my new OB said that it was basically just hanging there. I switched to the Mirena and have never been happier! No periods after 2 or 3 months and just slight cramping around the time of your "supposed" period. Insertion was not any worse than the paraguard and mine has stayed put. Hope this helps.

2014-05-29 19:17:26 UTC

Emily

Lucy I waited out my paraguard for 9 months too. It was horrible. I am "allergic" to bc pills because of the estrogen levels but Mirena release progesterone so I was willing to give it a shot I switched to a Mirena and have never been happier, and after 3 months my periods stopped all together. I still know when I'm supposed to be getting a period because there will be slight cramping and cravings, but other than that it has been fantastic. Good luck!

2014-05-29 19:03:58 UTC

Emily

Hi Danielle, I also had the same problem with mine. I went in after 9 months of hell and heavy cramping and bleeding and my new OB said that it was basically just hanging there. I switched to the Mirena and have never been happier! No periods after 2 or 3 months and just slight cramping around the time of your "supposed" period. Insertion was not any worse than the paraguard and mine has stayed put. Hope this helps.

2014-05-29 19:17:26 UTC

Emily

I have the mirena now and I like it more than I thought. Intermittant bleeding - but never have to wear anything more than a small panty liner - never the case before when I had heavy bleeding. I'm interested in the Skyla - but, I've got this for the next three years. I hope that at age 51 I will be able to think about no birth control!

2014-05-31 20:40:17 UTC

roundraven

I would love to get skyla! I mentioned skyla to my dr and she said she never heard of it...so I thought it was odd...thought she should know about it. I told her it is an IUD marketed for women with no children. She told me to try another option because IUD's are for woman in monogamous relationships and with children. I am on orthtricyclen for now but I think I am going to another dr. I can't believe she said that to me...I know about sexual health, never been pregnant, disease free and use condoms with my birth control. I just felt like she was telling me I am having sex with multiple partners and the IUD is not an option for me. Have you ladies experienced this?

2014-05-31 23:09:34 UTC

mds29

Do choose another doctor. I asked my doc about Paraguard but since one of the reasons I got on BC was because of whacked out periods she thought Skyla would be better for me. I'm 24, no kids, monogamous relationship. I haven't had it inserted yet, but I plan to next month. You can absolutely get the IUD if you haven't had children and whether you're in a monogamous relationship is irrelevant pertaining to this as long as you're using appropriate barrier methods to protect yourself. Hope you find a less judgmental doctor.

2014-06-06 20:47:31 UTC

KP

I got skyla put in a week ago and I'm still bleeding and the day after I got it put in I started to swell up and when I was having sex a few nights ago my boyfriend said he could feel it so my questuon is how long do u bleed and y did I swell and I was told the guy won't feel it and he was wrong and also I cramp more this week then what I do when mother nature pays me a visit

2014-06-17 00:00:45 UTC

lindsay

I'm thinking about getting a skyla iud. I'm 30 years old and 3 years into my 3rd mirena. I cannot live with the pain anymore. The first two were ok- still some cramps and my period never stopped and my ovarian cysts would occasionally rupture causing severe pain. All three insertions of the mirenas took over an hour and were excruciating. Even on extremely high doses of pain medication, I could feel everything. But still, the pros outweighed the cons. It kept my endometriosis under control and I didn't bleed every day. I could live a normal life! But this last one has caused so much pain between excessive cramps to increased migraines. I can't be intimate with my boyfriend (of a couple years who I live with) because the cramps caused by sex are immobilizing. I have never had a child and I feel like I need something smaller that will fit better. This is my first time hearing about skyla and I'm so glad that they finally made something size-appropriate for woman without children. I hope this works! Has anyone switched from mirena to skyla because of severe cramps? I'd love to know if smaller is better in this case.

2014-06-18 19:36:29 UTC

NM1223

I'm thinking about getting a skyla iud. I'm 30 years old and 3 years into my 3rd mirena. I cannot live with the pain anymore. The first two were ok- still some cramps and my period never stopped and my ovarian cysts would occasionally rupture causing severe pain. All three insertions of the mirenas took over an hour and were excruciating. Even on extremely high doses of pain medication, I could feel everything. But still, the pros outweighed the cons. It kept my endometriosis under control and I didn't bleed every day. I could live a normal life! But this last one has caused so much pain between excessive cramps to increased migraines. I can't be intimate with my boyfriend (of a couple years who I live with) because the cramps caused by sex are immobilizing. I have never had a child and I feel like I need something smaller that will fit better. This is my first time hearing about skyla and I'm so glad that they finally made something size-appropriate for woman without children. I hope this works! Has anyone switched from mirena to skyla because of severe cramps? I'd love to know if smaller is better in this case.

2014-06-18 19:36:29 UTC

NM1223

Hi Kim! Not all women respond the same to different forms of contraception. For some women, libido can be improved with an IUD. Is it the minimal to no systemic hormone absorption, or does the high efficacy just take away stress? Hard to say!

2014-06-24 23:10:30 UTC

Colleen Krajewski, MD, MPH

Hi Lindsay! It sounds like you have a lot of questions, so it's a good idea to check in with your provider. In general, every woman's bleeding is different and it shouldn't be felt during intercourse when placed correctly. If you need to use the bathroom, the IUD should not interfere.

2014-06-24 23:12:25 UTC

Colleen Krajewski, MD, MPH

i have been on the Skyla for about 7 months now and i'm still doing some bleeding, is that normal with the Skyla?

2014-06-29 16:36:26 UTC

Tina Belk

i have been on the Skyla for about 7 months now and i'm still doing some bleeding, is that normal with the Skyla?

2014-06-29 16:36:26 UTC

Tina Belk

Hi Miss80five! If you're having pain you should see your provider. Since an IUD is in your uterus, it should not be felt in the vagina (where a tampon goes), and should not be felt while walking or laughing.

2014-07-01 23:16:44 UTC

Colleen Krajewski, MD, MPH

Hi Miss80five! If you're having pain you should see your provider. Since an IUD is in your uterus, it should not be felt in the vagina (where a tampon goes), and should not be felt while walking or laughing.

2014-07-01 23:16:44 UTC

Colleen Krajewski, MD, MPH

Just because you know one person who (coincidentally) has fertility issues after going on the pill, does not mean that that will be the case for others. Your aunt is not evidence that birth control pills decrease fertility - it's purely anecdotal. If she was on the pill for 10 years that also means she is 10 years older. She is way more likely to have fertility issues because of her age, not the pill.

2014-07-04 00:47:47 UTC

LB

Just because you know one person who (coincidentally) has fertility issues after going on the pill, does not mean that that will be the case for others. Your aunt is not evidence that birth control pills decrease fertility - it's purely anecdotal. If she was on the pill for 10 years that also means she is 10 years older. She is way more likely to have fertility issues because of her age, not the pill.

2014-07-04 00:47:47 UTC

LB

My doctor suggested the Skyla IUD to me after I have had severe cramps before and during my periods. I had a Laparoscopy to check for Endometriosis and I do not have it which my Dr. was shocked given how horrible my periods are. I have been on the mini pill for years because I am unable to take Estrogen. I tried the Paraguard IUD years ago but I had such severe cramping that it had to be taken out after 2 months. At this point I am wondering if I should try the Skyla or Mirena, but am scared after my experience with the Paraguard. I am at the point where I wonder if I will need a hysterectomy because of how terrible my periods are but wonder is it worth trying the Skyla or Mirena?

2014-07-04 17:34:31 UTC

BellaJewel

Just had Skyla put in this morning. The doc was great, he said there would be 3 bad cramps and he'd count them out and the whole procedure would be under a minute. Honestly (and this is just my experience/opinion), if you can stub the sh*t out of your toe and count to 10 without punching a wall you can easily handle this. Also, probably a good time to say I took 4 Advil 40 minutes before the appt. I've always had what I would consider bad cramps during my period. I had some mild cramping on the way home from the procedure but not bad enough to stop me from singing Beyonce the whole way home. Still feeling great (7 hours or so later). Felt a bit exhausted around 2pm so I took an hour nap. So far so good! Really hoping I don't spot for the next 4 months though...

2014-07-18 21:25:41 UTC

Allie

Just had Skyla put in this morning. The doc was great, he said there would be 3 bad cramps and he'd count them out and the whole procedure would be under a minute. Honestly (and this is just my experience/opinion), if you can stub the sh*t out of your toe and count to 10 without punching a wall you can easily handle this. Also, probably a good time to say I took 4 Advil 40 minutes before the appt. I've always had what I would consider bad cramps during my period. I had some mild cramping on the way home from the procedure but not bad enough to stop me from singing Beyonce the whole way home. Still feeling great (7 hours or so later). Felt a bit exhausted around 2pm so I took an hour nap. So far so good! Really hoping I don't spot for the next 4 months though...

2014-07-18 21:25:41 UTC

Allie

I got the IUD about 2 weeks ago. When they inserted the IUD I was in horrible pain. Felt like 10 period cramps hit me all at once. Now, I get a period cramp maybe every few days but they are hurtful cramps. Haven't bled and I actually am losing weight :) I'm pretty excited for the next 3 years to be smooth sailing but I will caution anyone getting the IUD; some say it hurts, some say they were fine but for me; take all the Advil in the world to prepare for this. When I get this removed I'm defiantly having my doctor prescribe something stronger than over the counter medicine because I seriously was out of it for the whole day. But most defiantly worth it! :)

2014-07-21 21:15:12 UTC

J'Aime

Obama= free birth control for all

2014-07-23 16:39:26 UTC

Lorr

Obama= free birth control for all

2014-07-23 16:39:26 UTC

Lorr

Obama= free birth control for all

2014-07-23 16:39:26 UTC

Lorr

I had the skyla for about 4 weeks and just got it removed yesterday. 3 & a half of the 4 weeks, I bled. My period came 2 weeks early and stayed on for 10 days (normally only 4 days) before I decided to get it removed. My cramping was by far the worst I've ever experienced. It felt like I was having contractions. They would take my breath away and I would cry through every one. Now after removal, I'm bleeding much worse than I initially was even though I inserted the Nuva ring to stop the bleeding as the doctor suggested. I will never try this birth control or any other intrauterine device ever again as far as birth control goes. After this incident, I've considered stopping the use of birth control all together. I would not recommend this product to anyone.

2014-07-26 21:43:01 UTC

Maia

I had mine put in 3 days ago and I had a HORRIBLE experience. My obgyn had to make a small incision in my cervix to make room for skyla. As soon as she placed skyla, I lost feeling in both my legs and screamed hysterically. I was told it would be a 10 minute procedure, I was in the doctor's office for 2.5 hours because the pain would go from numbness in my legs to cramps in my stomach. I'd then get super hot and sweaty to instantly cold and shivering. After I got my color back and was able to communicate they did an internal ultrasound to check placement and said everything was fine and they'd see me in a month. I want to know if any of you ladies lost feeling in your legs or if you think it could be from the pressure i was putting on myself from the stirups, thanks!

2014-07-27 02:46:14 UTC

Ashley

I had mine put in 3 days ago and I had a HORRIBLE experience. My obgyn had to make a small incision in my cervix to make room for skyla. As soon as she placed skyla, I lost feeling in both my legs and screamed hysterically. I was told it would be a 10 minute procedure, I was in the doctor's office for 2.5 hours because the pain would go from numbness in my legs to cramps in my stomach. I'd then get super hot and sweaty to instantly cold and shivering. After I got my color back and was able to communicate they did an internal ultrasound to check placement and said everything was fine and they'd see me in a month. I want to know if any of you ladies lost feeling in your legs or if you think it could be from the pressure i was putting on myself from the stirups, thanks!

2014-07-27 02:46:14 UTC

Ashley

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