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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 :)


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
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.
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.
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