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    IUD for Birth Control

    Is there anyone here who has an IUD?

    My cousin is 18, smokes, and was injured in April. Her physician stopped her birth control due to the risk of blood clots, and her periods have been too frequent. With everything else we are learning to do, I was hoping that using a Mirena IUD would give us one less thing to deal in her care.

    Personally, I use one. It is fantastic. I am on my third Mirena, and I haven't had a period since I started using them just over 10 years ago.

    #2
    I had one. Other than increasing my spasticity significantly, it was great.

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      #3
      I'm blunt. Your cousin won't cath herself (another post) yet she's all ready to have sex than learn to be more independent in her own life ?
      Get involved in politics as if your life depended on it, because it does. -- Justin Dart

      I shall not tolerate ignorance or hate speech on this site.

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        #4
        It isn't for sex / birth control but to stop menstruation.

        When I said it it would be "one less thing we have to deal with in her care," I meant that with the Mirena, it is a possibility that she would stop menstruating.
        Last edited by ForMyCousin; 26 Jul 2011, 9:22 PM. Reason: Removed personal info

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          #5
          Originally posted by Liz321 View Post
          I'm blunt. Your cousin won't cath herself (another post) yet she's all ready to have sex than learn to be more independent in her own life ?
          Exactly. You said it, Miss Liz.

          As an EM doc (according to your profile), you undoubtedly have access to other physicians who have the latest info on all things SCI. You also are familiar with frequent fliers in e.r.'s., meaning those individuals you see repeatedly who are non compliant and don't do anymore than necessary to stay alive.

          BTW, what did you learn when reading the Emie14 is a fake thread yesterday? Just curious how and why someone new here, someone with a fresh SCI in the family, goes straight for that particular little bit of CCC history.

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            #6
            Originally posted by ForMyCousin View Post
            It isn't for sex / birth control but to stop menstruation.

            When I said it it would be "one less thing we have to deal with in her care," I meant that with the Mirena, it is a possibility that she would stop menstruating.

            I know she was having sex with her boyfriend before the accident and was on Seasonique for BC which gave her periods four times a year. Now, she is having a period twice a month.

            If she is actually having sex, it would surprise me. She doesn't leave the house alone and does little other than going to rehab. She talks about how she can't stand to touch her "half dead" body. She has good days, but they are infrequent.

            I am trying to find a balance between being gentle/compassionate and helping her achieve independence. Hence, my posts about cathing herself and another I have about exercising.
            Just again, my opinion, but it's my ageist thing. Post another profile pic. I can not take you seriously as a med student.
            She's newly injured and if you were in my face pushing me I'd either push back hard or retreat. She's retreating if their is a family resemblance you are reminding her of what was. Not easy to handle so newly injured.

            Where did she rehab?
            Are there peer mentors?
            Surprisingly she doesn't have "phanthom pain"?
            IC/ Bowel issues?
            Is the house accessible?
            School?


            I'm having a horrific day so if I seem cruel it's not intentional, again, your posts just throw me?
            I wish you well.
            Get involved in politics as if your life depended on it, because it does. -- Justin Dart

            I shall not tolerate ignorance or hate speech on this site.

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              #7
              pretty sure most doc's won't or can't insert a Mirena unless the cervix has been stretched from childbirth. That's my understanding.
              I'm with the ladies on some of their concerns here.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Liz321 View Post
                Where did she rehab?
                Are there peer mentors?
                Surprisingly she doesn't have "phanthom pain"?
                IC/ Bowel issues?
                Is the house accessible?
                School?


                I'm having a horrific day so if I seem cruel it's not intentional, again, your posts just throw me?
                I wish you well.
                It's ok. I'm having a hard time too. I moved 10 hours from home to be able to help my aunt and cousin. I'm starting a new job. I have no friends in town. My cuz is having understandable problems. My aunt is like a second mother, and I can hardly talk to her because she is so stressed and can't concentrate. Lately, I feel like I can't do anything right. I know it isn't me. If I push my cousin, I'm mean. If I back off, then I hurt her feelings because I'm not caring enough. I have thick skin at work. Never needed to have it at home until now. I know this will pass.

                Where did she rehab? Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas.

                Are there peer mentors? I don't know about peer mentors. I emailed a lady from rehab and asked for help yesterday. She called today, but I was at work.

                Surprisingly she doesn't have "phanthom pain"? For a week after the MVA, she kept saying that she felt as though her legs were bent up in her face. Otherwise, she only complains of pain in her back and wrist.

                IC/ Bowel issues? I could write a page on this issue alone. We put up a dry erase board to keep up with cathing times, but it isn't helping. She doesn't have a consistent bowel program. I am at my wits end on the issue, so I am less involved in bowel & bladder care. I was already told that while my medical knowledge is respected, she doesn't want to do it.

                Is the house accessible? Yes, the house is two stories. There was a small study with a private bath which has been converted into a nice bedroom. A wonderful group (http://www.joeywilkinsfoundation.org/) came to the house and remodeled the bathroom door, shower and built ramps to the front and rear door. The front ramp is steep, so she uses the back one more often. She has a hard time wheeling around on the carpet, but I was hoping that would change as she gets stronger. Plus, she is still in a loaner wheelchair. Her permanent chair from order while in rehab should have arrived by now, so we are hoping that it will be here any day.

                School? She finished her high school requirements in December and attended graduation in May in her wheelchair. The day of her accident, she had picked up college enrollment information to go to an enrollment event the next day. She asked me about starting college a few days ago, but the enrollment date for the major universities have passed. We discussed taking some online courses at the community college for the fall. She wants to be a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor which is something she can still do. I have looked into Univ Texas in Arlington which has a great program for people with disabilities. I was on campus and saw a bunch of people in wheelchairs last month. I had to run after them to catch up and discovered that they train for the paralympics from UTA. I drove my cousin around campus hoping to get her excited about it. I figured it would be a great place to become independent.
                Last edited by ForMyCousin; 26 Jul 2011, 9:24 PM. Reason: Removed personal info

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by anban View Post
                  pretty sure most doc's won't or can't insert a Mirena unless the cervix has been stretched from childbirth. That's my understanding.
                  I'm with the ladies on some of their concerns here.
                  The Mirena can be inserted on someone who has not had children. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists approves the use of IUDs for women who have never been pregnant. There are lots of reasons that make them less desirable for women without children - insertion can be more difficult, expulsion is more common, and the increased risk of STDs in younger women lead to higher rates of PID.

                  I know that some doctors are hesitant / will not insert them for women who have not had children. If you really want an IUD, simply call around for a doctor who feels comfortable inserting one.

                  I am on my third Mirena, and I have no children. I always feel period-like cramping for a few days after insertion. I will gladly take that in exchange for not having a period in just over 10 years.

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                    #10
                    How dare you all attack this person. You're all acting stupid
                    and nasty. What's become of this forum? I need to leave for
                    a while because I'm soooo disgusted by some of the behavior
                    I've seen in this thread.

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                      #11
                      Joan Rivers said Madonna had an IUD with call-waiting.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Buck_Nastier View Post
                        How dare you all attack this person. You're all acting stupid
                        and nasty. What's become of this forum? I need to leave for
                        a while because I'm soooo disgusted by some of the behavior
                        I've seen in this thread.
                        I'm not attacking anyone. Just asking questions I'd ask anyone. Read my responses if you wish. I stated I'm blunt.
                        The poster has provided more information that other posters can make responses which will be helpful.
                        I appreciate her information.
                        Every SCI is different.
                        There's no way in hell you can compare being a teenage woman with a new injury to a teenage boy.

                        I apologize to the cousin if she is offended, but she is an intelligent woman and if she wishes to rake me over the coals, so be it.
                        Other wise I suggest to her she request to be in the women's only forum where she and her cousin may get answers they seek.

                        I was throw initially by the birth control question given the young woman with SCI had issues cathing.
                        The poster explained so now things have more perspective.

                        I'm not going to apologize about the avatar. I stated I'm older. I understand young woman post photos I think revealing, my nieces are the sane age ,and I have hopefully explained there are Facebook photos and professional photos, and if you don't think you are googled you are naive, but I'm assuming Buck you would consider me a prudish bitch.

                        My experience as a woman with SCI for over 25 years may or may not help this newly injured young woman.

                        I had pushy friends and relatives. I chose to listen to some.25 years later some still don't get it. We all have our own journey.

                        Now I know my day has sucked and usually I'd hold off on hitting the reply, Buck, but you have never changed a blood soaked Kotex that smells like a dead fish and you are too shocked by your own body defying you and you need your mother,sister or some stranger to change it as birth control now could potentially kill you.
                        Last edited by Liz321; 26 Jul 2011, 9:42 PM.
                        Get involved in politics as if your life depended on it, because it does. -- Justin Dart

                        I shall not tolerate ignorance or hate speech on this site.

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                          #13
                          woah! I've never done that either liz! yikes..........


                          'for my cousin'... I'm only wondering if your cousin knows how much of her info you're putting on blast, I mean... how about reccommending her to the site for peer support instead of putting all of her business on front street?
                          An administrator made me remove my signature.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by feisty View Post
                            I'm only wondering if your cousin knows how much of her info you're putting on blast, I mean... how about reccommending her to the site for peer support instead of putting all of her business on front street?
                            I felt like better explaining would be better, but you are right. I'll be a little less specific in the future so if she ever does come here, it won't be so intimidating. I have recommended she come here, but I don't see it happening in the near future. She doesn't see the value yet.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by feisty View Post
                              woah! I've never done that either liz! yikes..........


                              'for my cousin'... I'm only wondering if your cousin knows how much of her info you're putting on blast, I mean... how about reccommending her to the site for peer support instead of putting all of her business on front street?
                              You're not an old quad.
                              Get involved in politics as if your life depended on it, because it does. -- Justin Dart

                              I shall not tolerate ignorance or hate speech on this site.

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