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Skyla IUD!

Hey Gang!
I am new to the IUD community but I thought I should post because I got the newest IUD, Skyla! I noticed there isn't a lot of talk about it in this community so I wanted to chime in :)

I am a early 20's, no children, and I really dislike hormones so I wanted to give Skyla a shot because it has the lowest dosage. I was thinking about Paraguard but having no hormones at all kinda scared me - if it slipped out of place I wouldn't be protected etc... The reason I wanted to get an IUD was because I am a performer and I just booked an amazing job on a cruise ship that is going all over the world and I wouldn't be able to receive a month pill (no pharmacy on a boat...) I started looking into my options and IUD's sounded perfect. When I met with my gyno she recommended Mirena to me but then also added that there was a newer, smaller IUD made by the same company that made Mirena. She also had said that she took part in the study and testing of Skyla and that she had a lot of practice with the product, which made me confident that she knew a little bit more about it and thought it was a good choice for me.

The insertion was seriously painful. My period had been really wacky so I didn't wait till my period (because I haven't had it since February). I took a hefty dose of Ibuprofen (1200mg - maybe a little overkill) but it still was extremely uncomfortable. Worst part was when she measured my uterus and then when she was using the sounding device to insert the IUD, but that only lasted maybe a minute or so.
For the rest of the day I was pretty crampy. Not HORRIBLE but not great. No bleeding or anything like that. I was a little nervous going to the bathroom, I thought I may push it out of place or something... lol

I'd have to say Day 2 in the morning was the worst of my cramps but only lasted 15 mins and then they died down.

Day 3- I worked out for the first time since insertion, felt fine! I finally got the courage to check my strings in the shower. MAN are they far up there. It took me a couple tries to find them but eventually I did - thank god- I was getting a little nervous.

Today is Day 4- a few cramps this morning on my right side. Hoping this is normal and that it hasn't migrated or anything. I made an appointment to get my strings checked by my doctor in 3 weeks just to give it some time to settle in.

I will keep you all updated as time goes on.

Anyone else have weird cramping on a specific side? I think it may be in my head because I am so nervous of it moving around in there. Also my boyfriend and I will probably start having sex soon... maybe tmi but I like being on top and sometimes he goes pretty deep... could that possibly move the IUD or push it out of place? I just want to make sure its ok up there, haha. I get so paranoid. Let me know ladies!!!

So excited to be a part of this community! I read a ton of your posts when I was trying to decide which one to get! Hope my post helps anyone thinking about getting an IUD. Smooth sailing so far :)


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May. 25th, 2013 02:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this! Can I ask where you got the insertion done (in the US? elsewhere)? I haven't heard of this kind of IUD before. I'm in my 30s but don't have children, and I expelled a Paragard. I'm having good luck with the Mirena so far (2 years in), but I'd welcome something with even lower hormone levels when I replace it. I got my Mirena to help with my extremely heavy periods, and it's done quite well for that, although hasn't made them stop.

Another poster mentioned that her cramps were only on one side, too. I definitely noticed that my cramps got more focused with the Mirena, whereas before they felt more diffuse. Mine also seem to be primarily on one side, although which side it is switches from month to month. I wonder if they were always asymmetrical but I didn't really notice it until I had the Mirena.

I had no problem having penis-in-vagina sex about a week after getting my Mirena. I did find that I had some cramping right after sex, and that certain positions cause some pain in my uterus. However, that problem resolved itself within a few weeks. Just go slowly at first and see what works!
May. 25th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
I got it done in San Diego :)
May. 25th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
I've gotten mainly left side cramps with my Mirena. I think it's pretty normal (I've had my IUD for almost 4 years now). My gyno said that uterus is slightly tilted to the left, so that may be why I feel more cramps on that side. I never noticed before the IUD, but I think maybe because the cramps I get now are a little sharper and before I only really had dull, achy cramps that kind of radiated throughout my abdomen. But they're not WORSE now or anything, just different.
May. 25th, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about sex on top, you'll be fine.Just forget it's there til it's time to replace it, or you want kids. The only reason I really ever think about mine is being a part of this community now. :) Welcome to the IUD club. :)

-Mom of 3, on year #8 with Mirena
May. 27th, 2013 08:33 am (UTC)
I'm getting a Skyla placed in two weeks (in Ohio fwiw) and so this is great to read! Congratulations!
May. 27th, 2013 11:57 am (UTC)
I had the skyla inserted almost a week ago, I noticed my left side cramping more & iv also been urinating more.
I had sex 3 times in the last week an notices pain an discomfort lasting for a few minutes after words.
Sarah Pearl
Dec. 11th, 2015 02:20 am (UTC)
Do you still have thise cramps anymore? If not, how long did they last? I got mine put in 2 days ago and they occur on the left side and occur more when I move around. Is that normal?
Sep. 2nd, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
I had my Skyla inserted on Wednesday, July 14th. This is the first time I've ever had an IUD. i have tried the pill, the shot and the patch in the past.The procedure itself was very painful; I was not expecting it and actually cried on the table. I was very uncomfortable for the rest of the day, cramping and spotting. I wish someone would have warned me, otherwise I probably wouldn't have booked a 7:30am appointment followed by a whole day at work.

The rest of my experience thus far hasn't been much better. I think there has only been one day that I didn't experience bleeding. I have had cramps pretty much every day and some episodes have been strong enough to make me cry. I've had a near constant backache from the cramps as well. And as of two days ago, I either started my period a week and a half early, or the bleeding has gotten worse.

I've also had sex several times since the insertion. Sex itself is fine, but afterwards, more cramps. More spotting/bleeding. I've been a bit over emotional a few times as well.

I'm supposed to have a follow up appointment in a couple more weeks, but I'm not waiting that long, I want it removed. This has been a horrible experience for me and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
May. 17th, 2015 11:56 pm (UTC)
Skyla Experience / question
Hi all!

I've been a lurker on here for several years now, it's what convinced me to get a Paraguard. I had my Paraguard for 3 years and loved it, but I had to get it adjusted once last year bc it slipped low, and just a few weeks ago at my yearly, my doctor said she recommended removing it bc it was currently even lower than before - even though I couldn't feel it this time like I did previously. She said she could see it in the cervix though, and when the copper IUD sits that low it doesn't offer great protection...info I thought I should have had previously since I was on record as having it move down...but that's another story!

I'm late 20s, no kids, and she thought Skyla would be a good choice for me because the smaller size and low dose of hormones, since the hormone-free is what attracted me to Paraguard to begin with. I was also having super long periods on Paraguard, with lots of bloating, so she thought Skyla would help there. She actually removed my Paraguard and inserted the Skyla same day, and I wasn't on my period, she said that wasn't necessary since my uterus was used to having something in it...I beg to differ!!

I was utterly terrified prior to initially getting the Paraguard and expected the worst pain, but it wasn't bad at all! I had taken 500 mg ibuprofen beforehand and apparently that was enough. But I wasn't prepared for her to insert the Skyla that day so I hadn't taken anything - holy OW!! It was over quickly but hurt way worse than anything I've felt before, like a giant hand was grabbing my uterus from the inside and squeezing a fistful - not a sharp "pain" per se but a super heavy pressure that made me light headed and woozy, and the pain came after the pressure.

Anyway, I was fine after the procedure, just tired, and felt kind of a heaviness/pressure for the next 2 days, but was fine with ibuprofen and a heating of, went to work, exercised, etc. I haven't had any bleeding either.

But now I'm almost a full 4 days past insertion and woke up this am with the WORST cramps I've ever had. It started with a stabbing pain on my left side, which was kind of dull and got worse as I moved around, and then progressed to full- on, terror cramps!! They went away after about an hour and 600 mg of Ibuprofen and heating pad...

...but my question is - is this normal? I've never had bad cramps, ever, so I don't know if this is a normal "bad" cramps feeling or something worse. I haven't had the feeling again today, just a general light bloating. But it was so bad this morning that hubby wanted to take me in - I convinced him to wait and see if the pain meds helped and they did.

I'll still call my doctor when they are open tomorrow...but has anyone experienced anything similar? Ok at first and cramps days later?
Emma Vargas
Jan. 30th, 2016 09:16 am (UTC)
Hello there! Well it has been a tough ride to handle so far. I got my insertion done in the US with a new health care provider that I am not very pleased with.
Anyways, Im in my early 20s and quite petite (103 lbs)...
I had all the wrongs things happen to me on the day of my insertion. Partially to blame on my part, and partially on the doctor who assisted the PA (the one who actually did the operation)
First thing I did wrong: 1. I went alone.
I over estimated. I had only read a few positive posts/articles online promoting Skyla. I thought sure why not. I made an appointment with my doctor, feeling good about myself, and when the actual day came - right up to the point of the vibrations I began to freak out. I had no one to squeeze my hand with and the doctor overseeing the whole thing simply asked if I was in pain. WELL NO SH*T. It was quick and awkward. I felt so alone and so unprotected. They did not make me feel comfortable, nor give me real advice like TAKE PAIN KILLERS. or Ibuprofen. The doctor didnt even reccommend it to me afterwards.
So theres the whole partial my fault ...partial their fault.
2. Nasuea. I wasnt expecting to be 100% going out of there but I knew I wasnt feeling 100% at all! I went to a bathroom next to the room where I had the insertion and threw up. I was there a while. None of the nurses bothered to check on me. At this point I was upset. I walked over to my doctor sitting with her assistant and I looked directly at them and told them I had just vomitted, and she simply said it was because "I was nervous..." um no. I knew and she knew this was my first time getting my cervix opened so of course its gonna be a little tight! Plus I hadnt had my period yet so I knew that it would be uncomfortable. Another doctor told me its best to do it after your period because the cervix is a bit wide.
Worse part of the whole thing was being pushed aside and being told that what MY BODY was feeling was not important or relevant. I felt so ashamed and embarrased. I was too upset and nascious and dizzy... I just walked out of there.
I got home safely (thank God!) I threw up 3 more times for a grand total of 4 times. My stomach is very sensitive when I cramp from my normal periods, but this was TERRIBLE HORRIBLE AWFUL WORST PAIN EVER! I believe the vibrations somehow caused a long lasting ripple effect in my uterus and somehow affected my stomach. Plus the release of hormones of course making me emotionally unstable.

I honestly believe the girls at PP wouldve done a better job than my paid for healthcare provider. What a shameful and terrible experince. Safe to say, Ill be given this doctor a bad review. ❌❌❌
Im going to make an appointment as soon as possible again to make sure everything is in place. And put in my 2 cents about the doctor who led the insertion. 👎

I have high hopes for thos BC but at this point IDK if I will want to have another go at it. 😓

Edited at 2016-01-30 09:44 am (UTC)
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