I started taking the anticonceptive pill with 18 years. My gynecologist prescribed it to me to try to alleviate the excruciating menstrual pain that I suffered, like many, once a month. Since then, I have been taking it on and off for eleven years of my life and, the truth is that, since I have a partner, it worked to kill two birds with one stone: my rules were more bearable and it protected me against pregnancy. All idyllic if it weren’t for relying on a daily pill with a high hormonal load.
Among all the types and brands on the market, I was prescribed Yasminelle and it is true that I have never noticed a relevant physical change: no weight gain, no lack of libido, no desire to cry all the time. But a year ago, when I turned 29, I started to worry a little about getting hormones every day and, since we still have to wait a bit for the male contraceptive, I started searching other methods. A friend told me about intrauterine device, better known as IUD. She was wearing one and was delighted, so I started looking for information on it.
My surprise was that when I googled “IUD” I found a lot of misinformation, on the one hand those who criticized him to death and, on the other, those who defended him. But nothing was clear to me, so I left the Internet and I went to my gynecologist looking for reliable answers. When I asked about this contraceptive method, explained to me that there is two types, the copper IUD and the hormonal one, but, as my periods are usually abundant and painful, he recommended the second one. The reason? The former usually increases the symptoms of menstruation, while the hormonal reduces them to the point that, sometimes, the bleeding disappears. He also told me that, at my age, he would go for the pill, but since I was convinced to stop taking the pill, the intrauterine device was a good option because it has less hormones.
It lasts for 5 years, but you can take it off whenever you want
I opted for Kyleena from Bayer that lasts for five years, although you can take it off whenever you want. Worst? The price. It costs about € 200, but I did the math and came to the conclusion that, compared to the monthly cost of the pill, it was profitable. So I kept going.
On the day of the appointment, my mother came with me by chance, not because I had been recommended to go with someone. The surprise was that, already in the consultation, the gynecologist let us know that it was fortunate that she was accompanied, because some girls got dizzy after the placement. They could have told me before, I thought.
As in any gynecological examination, I lay down on the table and the process of placing the small T-shaped device in my uterus took only a few seconds. Suddenly, I started to feel a slight pain in my period, but it was bearable. When I left the clinic, the receptionist said to me: “oh what a good face you have, there are girls who even vomit”, a comment that seemed surreal considering that no one told me about that when I made the appointment.
The day they put it on I felt a lot of pain
Minutes later, the odyssey began. I started to feel ovarian pain like I had never experienced before (and I remind you that my periods were painful), the urge to vomit, dizziness … The doctor had recommended that I take Ibuprofen if I had “discomfort”, so I did so hoping that the pain will calm down (because that, if some gynecologist reads me, it’s called pain, not discomfort), but nothing.
Hours passed and, far from subsiding, it was getting worse. So, already overwhelmed, I called the clinic to find out if what was happening to me was normal, to which they answered yes. Not happy with the answer, I turned to my friends. The one who also has the IUD told me that the same thing had happened the first day, not to worry. Another told me that her cousin had put it on and compared that moment to that of the delivery. I did not understand anything, how can it be that, if the pain is so common, they do not report it previously?
The first months with the IUD
After the placement, I had several days with pain and dizziness, but much more bearable. The first few weeks, I experienced light daily bleeding and, on occasion, I felt discomfort (now yes) when having sex. But, from there, everything started to improve. I went to a gynecological examination – it is important to do it after the first period to check that the device is still in place – and they told me that everything was fine. Three months have passed and I have practically no longer had my period, the pain has almost disappeared and I do not depend on a pill to protect me against pregnancy.
I recommend the IUD if you have a stable partner
Conclusion? After the trauma of the first day, yeah I recommend the IUD. Although, it should be remembered that the this contraceptive method does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, so I would only opt for him if, as in my case, you have a stable partner. And, of course, this is just a personal opinion, you should always consult a doctor first. I hope my experience helps you!
About Kyleena: In 2018, the pharmaceutical company Bayer launched the Kyleena contraceptive, an IUD that protects against pregnancy for five years. Its function is similar to that of its predecessors (levonorgestrel in its composition thickens cervical mucus, forming a barrier against sperm), but, in this case, with a lower dose of hormones. While its predecessor, Mirena, contained 52 mg of levonorgestrel, Kyleena contains a dose of 19.5 mg. In addition, it has a smaller T-shaped body.