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7.3/10 Average Rating

521 Ratings with 543 User Reviews

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"Hey ya'll! I wanted to share my experience since I looked at these religiously prior to going. I got Skyla yesterday around 2 o'clock. I took 800 mg of ibuprofen around 1:15, prior to my appointment. When I went in the entire experience was an absolute breeze. She walked in, told me the risks, set up, and inserted Skyla, all within 7 minutes. I felt a slight period type cramp when she used the sound to measure my uterus, and then a another cramp when she inserted Skyla. The cramp on both occasions did not last longer than thirty seconds. I felt absolutely fine after and even went out to dinner and to a professional baseball game! Everyone is different but don't worry too much - you'll do great!"

   
10

19 with no babies! (taken for less than 1 month) May 20, 2016

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"DON'T DO IT! I am 24, have a high pain tolerance, never have had any issue with my birth control, have never been pregnant, am healthy and active! The Skyla insertion was the worst pain I've ever had. I started balling crying. Once it was complete, I nearly passed out walking to my car. I was in severe pain all day and had to leave work. I figured all the pain would subside. I went home, used a heating pad, ate, took some pain killers but nothing helped. I had consistent spotting and cramping. I would usually work out every day... but I was in too much pain to do so. I waited about 10 days to have sex, only to bleed profusely and be in immense pain. I tried to wait it out, kept it in for about a month and eventually had to get it remove"

   
1.0

Leiloni (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 19, 2016

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"I had Skyla inserted 4 months ago and I am very glad I went ahead with the insertion. The only negative thing I have to say is that I have gained weight since the insertion. I've gained about 15 pounds but, it's not something I'm worried about. If I can give any advice, it would be to not pay attention to other people's ratings of this birth control method. Do what is best for YOU. You know your body and what is best for it. Insertion was painful. I won't lie to you there. I had terrible cramps for about 6 hours after but after that, it was a breeze. For me personally, getting Skyla was the best decision I could have made for birth control."

   
9.0

amandaltenn (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 18, 2016

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"I wasn't near as nervous as I shouldve been before the insertion of Skyla. My doctor said that in some cases your uterus can be pointed a different direction which affects the ease of the insertion, which was my case. Im not sure if this was the reason for my pain but I have never cramped this badly. After having it removed I nearly passed out. I can normally tolerate pain but I've never hurt as bad as I did following the insertion. My cramps were nearly unbearable. I would go through spells that feel how that of contractions would. The cramping eased off after 2 days but it wasnt the end. I'm on my 5th week and although Im not bleeding anymore (I was previously on Depo which made me bleed a consistent 3 1/2 months) It occasionaly cramps."

   
5.0

HannahG May 18, 2016

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"Skyla insertion was the most painful thing of my life. It felt like giving birth and the cramps lasted all day. I was pale sweating and dizzy after insertion. Took me and hour to be able to leave the doctors office. However I had the Nexplanon and that was an absolute disaster so I had to choose a different method. I am excited to see how the Skyla works for me (after the pain goes away)."

   
7.0

Kerry555 May 17, 2016

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"Update: One month with Skyla! So far I have only bled one week out of the month, woohoo! Also my acne is a lot better, and my weight hasn't changed much tho, although I wish I didn't have an appetite so I could lose more weight! Went to the doctor today and he said everything was still in place and it was looking good! Now only yearly check ups from now on! Hoping for the best!"

   
9.0

18 no kids (taken for less than 1 month) May 17, 2016

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"I'm 18, no children but sexually active with my boyfriend. I have had Skyla for 3 months now and I only have positives. Insertion was uncomfortable, it didn't hurt. My face is clearer, I have less appetite, my periods are getting lighter and best of all Im not a teen mom!"

   
10

graceface73 May 16, 2016

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"I got skyla thinking it would be the best birth control not so much. The insertion was painful and went home with slight cramps. Spotting only lasted for 6 weeks but within the last 4 months I have gained 15 pounds which is very bad. But not having to worry about taking a pill is good. But before you make the decision on this birth control use some other options first because this should be the last option. Will be getting this removed very soon not liking my weight gain."

   
5.0

Skype 525 May 16, 2016

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"I had skyla inserted about a week and a half ago. I also took a plan b pill after insertion. The initial insertion was uncomfortable but not painful. Just felt like a little sting. My doctor did not explain to me any side effects and when I left the office I got super dizzy and had terrible cramps that lasted about 3 days. The next week I got my period and the night before I actually started to bleed I had the most terrible cramps of my life (or so I thought). I'm pretty sure the plan b messed up my normal cycle because my period came a week early. I have had my period for about 4 days now and similarly to others comments it is very light. Not messy. But the cramps and back pain are almost unbearable. :(. Has anyone else experienced this"

   
9.0

Kittty101 May 14, 2016

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"I got my IUD put in in March of 2015 after over a year of being on the depo shots. The initial insertion was pretty painful, but I was able to drive home and take some aspirin and lay around while the pain subsided after a few hours. I have PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) and I wanted to try something that I could feel more like myself and have the least amount of side effects on. This has really been working out really great. I no longer have random pain that I used to get and the only negative that I have noticed is a lack of sex drive since getting it inserted, but I am going to the doctor soon to see if it is a side effect or if my hormones are off."

   
8.0

PCOS May 14, 2016

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"I just recently had Skyla inserted today. I'm not going to lie.. The insertion did hurt! However, the pain didn't even last 30 seconds. It wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. Afterwards, I've only had minor cramping that would be the same as it is on my period. I took 1,000mg of ibuprofen about an hour before my visit. My doctor also said there is absolutely no reason to use condoms anymore besides protecting against STD's because skyla is so effective on its own! Hope this helps anyone who is wondering whether or not skyla is right for them..!"

   
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Danielle2318 May 13, 2016

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"JUST got it inserted about 2 hours ago. Read all the reviews online before getting it and was absolutely freaking out, my blood pressure was through the roof. I understand everyone is different, but the insertion process was nothing for me, slight cramp on measuring device but other then that couldn't feel a thing! So happy I went through with it. I am on my second day of my period so I'm sure that had something to do with it. In my opinion there is no reason why they should be mechanically dilating your cervix when it naturally dilates every month! That's where the extra pain is coming in. But so far so good, not even any cramping afterwards yet!"

   
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Krisxoxox May 13, 2016

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"I rate this a 5 because I'm not sure what else to rate it. I've had it for 2 years now. I've tried the pills and the patch and hated both! I have one problem with skyla and it's the cramps. I started skyla at almost 18 years old. Before that my cramps were a breeze. There were pains but they were tolerable. After starting skyla my cramps were horrible. I'd be on the floor crying because the pain was so intense! No medicine even slightly eased the pain. Idk if this is just because it was just inserted wrong or if it's just how my body reacted. But I know when I got it inserted it hurt very badly and continued to hurt for 2-3 days, while I was told it'd only hurt for a couple hours. If you get skyla I hope your experience is better than mine!"

   
5.0

chelsy1234 May 13, 2016

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"I got my IUD earlier this week. I would say that the insertion wasn't so much painful as it was uncomfortable and anxiety inducing. It's weird to have someone poking around up there with metal instruments. The more you relax, the easier it is. I took valerian and motrin before my appointment. Immediately after the appointment I felt sick in the way I feel after a blood draw. My blood pressure was low, my anxiety was kind of high, and my body was not happy about the foreign object. I was crampy and sweaty and nauseous. I went home and put on comfy pants and put a hot water bottle on my belly. I was crampy for about five hours. I've been fine the rest of the week!"

   
8.0

newskylauser (taken for less than 1 month) May 13, 2016

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"Well I got Skyla in September 2016. I'm 24 and I have a child. It wasn't painful going in for but I bleed for a few days afterwards. My period was normal at first,( I normally see bleed for 3 to 4 days) but 2 months in, I saw my period for 5 days. I have gain about 25lbs and counting. I'm 5'8 and I was 125lbs, I've always been skinny no matter what I ate. Skyla changed all that. I've started working out and changed my diet and still can't loose any weight. Also at the 6 month mark my period changed again, now I spot and have an extremely light flow for over a week which is annoying. Throughout this entire process, I've also experienced a lot of headaches, cramps ( even when I'm not seeing my period) and mood swings. Giving it a year."

   
5.0

C-Pooh (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 12, 2016

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"If you are reading this the night before you are going to get skyla put in, STOP READING NOW. Every woman is different so how you react will more than likely not be the same as these horror stories you see on here. I made the mistake of reading these and I was so nervous for my appointment. I'll admit, the insertion was extremely painful but only lasted less than a minute. I was lightheaded and my legs were numb for about 5 minutes but I was able to drive myself home. I had some cramping afterwards but nothing too severe. Some ibuprofen every 4 hours made them go away. I got mine put in 2 days ago and my cramps have completely gone away. I'm looking forward to seeing how this works for me! Don't let the negative comments steer you away."

   
8.0

KristenF May 11, 2016

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"I had an ectopic pregnancy after only 7 months of using Skyla. My right fallopian tube was removed, I was in the hospital for 5 days and was in the worst pain of my life. When I got it it sounded great - no worries for three years, more cost effective in the long run, but as it turned out I shelled out almost 300 dollars for 6 months and then had to pay thousands in hospital bills on top of that. I wish I had opted for ANY. OTHER. METHOD."

   
1.0

blairbr May 9, 2016

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"I have had skyla for a year now, and I am so glad that I decided to go ahead with the insertion. I had always had extremely easy periods until I started college, when they started to get so bad I couldn't leave my bed in the mornings and was missing class. I have a blood disorder so regular pill birth control wasn't an option for me. The insertion of skyla was very painful, however I had never had sex. I was in pain/feeling sick for a week or so after the insertion, but it went away eventually. Skyla gradually decreased my period to where I now no longer see hardly anything in my underwear and I feel hardly and period effects. Skyla has been a lifesaver for me and has drastically improved my wellbeing in college."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 9, 2016

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"I've had the slyla iud for 4 months now and the first time I got it I had really bad cramps, dizzy and was sweating like crazy. When I get my period I get the worst cramps of my life. The cramping lasts about 3 days which heating pad and Motrin has helped a bit. I've had light spotting for 3 months which makes it difficult to have intercourse with my boyfriend. I've gained about 10 pounds. Not too satisfied but not kids so far which is a good thing."

   
5.0

Anonymous May 8, 2016

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"Experienced extreme hair loss. At first sex drive was through the roof. After six months it dropped to zero. I have lost at least 1/3 of my hair and started having really bad cramping and abdominal pain. It comes out on Monday thank goodness. Would NOT recommend this but everyone is different."

   
2.0

DevKat (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 7, 2016

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"i got skyla inserted back in october of 2015. Cramped a bit during insertion but it wasnt a big deal. Didnt bleed at all until my period. Period was much lighter than normal but spotted for a whole month after. Then got my period again but finally spotting subsided after my normal period. My periods now are much lighter than before.. spotting for the first two days, then two days of regular bleeding, and then another 2 to three days of spotting. I love that I don't have to worry now about birth control and even if i forget that it's that time of the month, the flow is so manageable that even when it comes unsuspectingly, its not a big mess. I love not having to worry about birth control and its making my periods shorter and lighter."

   
8.0

nikki v May 5, 2016

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"Please don't let these reviews scare you! I read 2 hours worth of these horror stories before I got mine and I almost decided not to get it. I had my skyla inserted 2 days ago. I'm 19 and have never had kids. My doctor and nurses were very helpful with the process and answered about 1,000 questions that I had going into this. The actual insertion is not bad. I've had very bad cramps since I started my period so maybe that's why I could handle it. It almost feels like you're getting a bad cramp and you have to poop at the same time but it goes away in under a minute. After the insertion I felt completely fine. I was scheduled to work that night and other than being slightly uncomfortable there was no serious pain. I've yet to have spotting."

   
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Anonymous May 5, 2016

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"I had a pretty easy insertion- experienced a sharp pain for a few seconds and that was it. I took a Tramadol and was expecting the worst, but it was totally manageable. My first period with it inserted lasted ten days but most of it was light spotting. I had more cramping and breaking out than normal. Overall I love having the Skyla. Insurance covered the vast majority of the cost and it's reliable. My partner doesn't feel the strings. I anticipated more issues after reading reviews for this IUD, but it's working really well for me!"

   
9.0

cactuscactus (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 4, 2016

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"I got this about two months ago, and have not stopped bleeding since. It's been great, as far as not gaining any weight and my skin actually clearing up, but seriously? I've been having a full on period for 6 weeks now! I went in and my doctor didn't know what was wrong because "this is the first time she has seen it" So I am a little frustrated with how this is being handled. All I want to do is not bleed! Has anyone else had this problem?"

   
6.0

ktalbot13 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 4, 2016

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"25 no kids. 18 months with Skyla now. Insertion NOT too painful. Spotting for 3 weeks. Abnormal discharge (never had in my LIFE) for over a YEAR now. Wasting so much $$$ on DR visits. No sex drive because of discharge side effects. Really bad period cramps (never had before) 8-9 day light light bleeding (also never had a period that long before). Didn't know that one of the side effects was dandruff (also NEVER had ever in my life) it's embarrassing! Love the effectiveness but HATE the side effects. I've had enough. Getting it removed asap."

   
3.0

heidigage1 (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 4, 2016

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