Comments on: The journey to becoming a cyborg taking joy in human unreason Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:02:35 +0000 hourly 1 By: Keep Telling the Difficult Stories Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:02:35 +0000 […] would be an unpleasant experience. I’d never have thought getting an IUD would be so painful until I got my own. Thinking in retrospect, of course, I can say, “Yes, you have to cramp the baby out. Yes, […]

By: Lissa Thu, 07 May 2009 02:28:33 +0000 Dre:

No, the side effects I had are associated with the estrogen in the combo hormonal methods. The Mirena’s just progesterone, which tends to have fewer side effects, and the fact that it’s directly applied to uterus reduces the effects further.

If I hadn’t gone for the IUD, I would’ve tried the Ring, which is a combo method, but again, is less systemic because it’s right up near the cervix.

The Paraguard (which is a copper IUD, for anyone else reading) has the pretty common side effect of increased menstrual flow and cramping. I already struggle with anemia and don’t care to add monthly bouts of severe blood loss to that. 😛

The problem with just having the whole system removed is the hormonal wonkiness. Mustaches and stuff. Not hating on mustached women or anything, but I’ll wait until menopause to deal with that.

By: Dre Thu, 07 May 2009 02:04:58 +0000 So was it the hormones that make you sick from other forms of birth control? If so, wouldn’t the hormones in Mirena have the same affect? I ask because my sister did the same thing but opted for the non hormonal type. Paraguard I think it’s called.

And I was told when I was pregnant that vaginal ultrasounds give better pictures (especially of an empty uterus) than external. *shrug*

Oh and I wish I could just have mine all taken out. No more babies. No more periods. Sounds like heaven to me.

By: Lissa Wed, 06 May 2009 11:41:50 +0000 Yeah, I couldn’t find many accounts of the process, rather than complaints/comments on the aftermath. Not understanding the ultrasound was vaginal, etc. are surprises I didn’t really want to have. I forgot to mention in the post that some of the shenanigans was due to the doc pulling on my cervix to temporarily straighten up my uterus a bit. That might have been the initial pinch. Also something I found out last week after the ultrasound, and was a surprise.

But I wouldn’t mind if it reduced or nixed my period, though I’m not generally a fan of things fucking overly with my cycles. Our culture needs a bit more acceptance of cyclical behaviors, and I’m happy to help in that. 😛

By: Michael Wed, 06 May 2009 03:28:50 +0000 thanks for the detailed acct. I’m sure it will be useful. Glad you’re alright, i read that many peoples’ periods kinda come close to stopping, so that’ll be cool!