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8.2/10 Average Rating

104 Ratings with 104 User Reviews

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"Okay so I read a shit ton of whore stories and was terrified. DO NOT BE. It only felt like a cramp. The worst part was the first one they put in was a defective iud, but the second one was fine. No pain no nothing."

   
10

Myka b July 27, 2015

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"Insertion of skyla was simple, though a little crampy, but the doctor has to clamp your cervix so of course that's not going to be comfortable. I only bled for that day and 1 day after and the cramps subsided after the first day. I've had skyla for about a month now and have had no problems with it. Surprisingly my last period happened right on schedule. I was on the pill for 5 years prior to Skyla and had never really had cramps due to that. Now that I'm not taking the pill my period cramps have been intense but I doubt it's due to the IUD. Other than the normal that-time-of-the-month cramps and bleeding, I've had neither spotting or random cramping. I would definitely recommend Skyla."

   
9.0

DD4 July 27, 2015

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"I had the skyla IUD placed about 4 days ago and I feel great. I had read all these horror stories but I'm here to say its not as bad as the make it out to be. Although everyone is different so maybe I just got lucky. When it was placed I just experinced really bad cramps that made me hold my breath. But nothing unbearable. All together it took about 7 mins. A lot of that was her talking at the beginning. About an hour after I had bad cramps and that lasted two days. Overall, I think its great."

   
8.0

Victoria vv July 25, 2015

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"So much pain!!! I was on the depo for 2 years and gained a lot of weight. I decided to try something different. The pill I wouldn't remember to take and being sexually active and 18 I didn't want to risk it. I read reviews on people saying it only hurts a little and then you have just normal period cramps. I got on the shot so I could stop my cramps. Mine are very severe. So if you have/had bad cramps don't get this. It hurt so much getting it inserted and I then got sick and had to stay an hour longer. Pain like I have never felt before. Can't walk without cramping up still. I got it 4 days ago."

   
3.0

Carlyb (taken for less than 1 month) July 24, 2015

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"To those about to get Skyla implanted, ignore the horror stories. It was virtually painless. You just feel mild pressure and will feel yourself getting cramps immediately, or they are just normal period cramps. Just take ibuprofen before going and you will be fine. I read some of these reviews before having mine done and expected so much worse. Some people must just be very sensitive I guess. Skyla was painless and works great for me!"

   
9.0

lrod1325 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 23, 2015

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"I had been on the pill for nearly a year before deciding I should find an alternative form of birth control since I had trouble taking the pill on time and every day. I decided to get the Skyla IUD because my doctor kind of talked me into it, but when I brought up my fear of the IUD embedding into my uterine muscles she said she had never heard of such a thing, which seemed sketchy because I had personally known people it had happened to but I still went along with scheduling my insertion appointment. I went in for the insertion and it was a very quick process. Worst pain I've ever felt and I have a high pain tolerance. Cramps and spotting on and off thus far, but I love this IUD! Definitely worth the short 15 mins of pain"

   
10

AlLuvsPie July 23, 2015

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"I got Skyla inserted yesterday & I have to say I was terrified considering I read these horrific reviews while my boyfriend & I waited for the doctor. Not smart lol. I went in with no medicine what so ever even though they strongly suggest it, which made me even more terrified to get it. The process was soooo quick. 3-5 mins. & didn't hurt at all. It was uncomfortable, a little more intense than a Pap smear, but it was very tolerable. the only thing that was a little on the irritating side was having your cervix clamped. It just feels like cramps. I felt great after a little bit of cramps but nothing to much. It varies on the person how the experience is. Don't let a review discourage you."

   
10

shanita July 22, 2015

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"I love it. There was cramping off and on in the beginning and there is still spotting(5 weeks), but I have no side effects and feel great. Highly recommend"

   
10

Heatherly85 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 22, 2015

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"Okay, so you hear the horror stories and then you hear some ladies say it wasn't bad at all. I have to say, my experience would definitely go under the "horror story" category! I had done some research, but not looked up any forums discussing insertion. I prepared myself, but NEVER would I have expected how bad it actually was! It doesn't take long, but the amount of pain was almost intolerable. I thought I was going to pass out! When she told me it was over, the pain did not subside! I had to lay on the table for an extra 10 minutes to catch my breath. When I did finally leave the office, I had close to unbearable cramping all afternoon. I had to curl into a ball every time I got one (every half hr) and it lasted almost 7 hrs! :("

   
5.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) July 19, 2015

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"Had Skyla for about 2 1/2 months and I love it. I barely cramp, have the lightest periods, and forget it's there most of the time. Insertion was uncomfortable but not unbearable. I was a little sore for about a week, could kind of feel the kid inside of me but after that went away it was like nothing was there. I love my Skyla."

Kami k. July 19, 2015

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"I got Skyla inserted about 6 months ago, & although I psyched myself out, it was absolutely painless. When the OB-GYN said she was finished, I asked if that was it, because the only think I felt was pressure, & maybe a 1 in pain. What I hated most about it was that I spotted for about 4-5 months and being someone that never spots, it got a little irritating.. Since starting Skyla, I have gotten some random breakouts, especially on my chin, & I'm not sure if it's from the BC, or if it's just natural because I would sporadically breakout before, & although it's a bit more prevalent. Other than that, I feel like the hormones are having their way with me, but again, I'm not sure what % Skyla contributes to that and what % is just me."

   
8.0

HormonalZebra July 19, 2015

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"The trade off is a few hours of real pain for 3 years of not having to worry about birth control. I have never had children and I'm 22 years old, so my cervix is really small according to my doctor. That's why the insertion, and the few hours after, hurt so very badly. However, since then I have felt no pain. I can't feel it ever. The best part is that my periods are incredibly light and only last one or two days! I am really glad I did this, and in three years I'll probably get another one."

   
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k_o (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 16, 2015

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"i love my skyla! the insertion was not the easiest. it felt very uncomfortable and the cramps afterwards were awful. but i only spotted for a few days. my monthlys are a little heavy and long but ive only had my skyla for almost 2 months so im still trying to get used to it. i have no mood swings either!"

   
9.0

kykyky July 16, 2015

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"I found out I was pregnant we were happy bla bla. At 3 months we foundout it was a molar pregnancy. So obygn scheduled for a d&c they suggested skyla in the mist of being sad & disappointed with failed pregn. I was like fine we just want to get it over with so I can go home - mind you these people had me next to women who were ready to POP - all excited about their newborns and I'm over here heartbroken. Anyways I wake up from anesthesia with a sharp needle like pain. I didn't even open my eyes. I just felt like a needle was poking my vagina and playing darts w/my uterus/ovaries. He tells me few days cramps & blood. Six weeks after I'm still spotting & cramping, I'm losing hair, anxiety, sore bones, suicidal, depression for no reason other than this device. My pelvic area is always throbbing & in discomfort"

   
2.0

Getting this thing out ASAP! (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 15, 2015

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"honestly the measurement hurt more than the actual placement! And I'm so happy I went through with it!!! I wish I didn't read all of these reviews before I did it. Pain is subjective and its not that bad. They explained the procedure to me and I felt more comfortable. I've never had kids. Its just like getting a regular pap. I think it is the best option of birth control. That being said I will definitely recommend getting this! Do expect cramping for a day or two. I didnt cramp until about three hours after having it done. I took ibuprophen and slept with a heating bad. Very mild cramping today but I am happy with my choice :)"

   
10

Kdwc July 14, 2015

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"Im 22 years old, getting married and Have not had sex Also I have terrible cramps and miss work So I decided to get the IUD because I suffer from migraines and can't take pills with estrogen. When the doctor measured my uterus it was incredibly painful. Everything went dark for a moment. The doctor told me to take deep breaths. she inserted the skyla it felt as if I had the worst cramps of my life. The strong pain lasted a few minutes. I really felt overwhelmed/anxious My breathing was shallow it was hard to catch my breath. I Turned pale warm and sweaty so I had to lay Down and drink juice for a while. the cramps lasted about and hour and came back later in the day. Today I only feel bloated and the bleeding stopped. i Hope for the best."

   
6.0

Pch1462 July 9, 2015

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"I've had Skyla in for a little over a year now and although there is cramping that comes with it I would definitely recommend it! The insertion was really painful! I had to go back a second time because the first time it was unbearable. My OBGYN prescibed me some pain meds and a pill that widened my cervix so it would go in easier. That night I began to bleed a lot and have horrible cramps that lasted two days. After the first week I was completely fine, occasional cramping but I have always had really bad cramps. It has been effective and seems like the easiest most cost effiencient form of birth control!"

   
8.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 9, 2015

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"Getting the skyla inserted hurt like crazy. The first few weeks I had very bad cramping, but after my first period with it in the cramping went away. During the weeks of the cramping I was also very emotional. But now I feel fine. During intercourse I do feel it a little and so does my partner but we were able to find a new position that works so it isn't uncomfortable. I get cramping around my periods but nothing that is bad, best part is that my periods are SO much lighter! Other than those negativities, it was by far the best decision I ever made. No weight gain, not having to worry about taking a pill every day. And it last three years! Don't forget, everybody is different."

   
9.0

b-ls (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 8, 2015

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"I got the skyla iud inserted in March 2015. No pain what so ever just felt like period cramps nothing to cry about. But then again I've had 3 vaginal deliveries so guess I can't feel pain. So far with skyla my hair is falling out,mood swings, weight gain. I been reading around on skyla because I'm getting scared reading everything about mirena . Everyone's body is different. So far it's worked for me."

   
8.0

Mom.Of.Three July 7, 2015

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"I'm not the biggest fan of Skyla. I screamed during insertion and had to stay in the office 30 minutes afterward for my anxiety levels to calm down. I get cramps a week before my period and during, and I used to only get cramps about once or twice a year. The IUD gets bumped a lot during intercourse and I bleed a small bit afterwards on occasion. Insurance covered the procedure and device which is why I opted to get it. It's like having free birth control for three years and that sounded awesome. I probably wouldn't do it again and I will probably have this removed before 3 years. It's okay, but after a year I'm still getting my periods and I was really hoping they would go away."

   
5.0

ChristineB247 July 7, 2015

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"I had my SKYLA IUD put in in August of 2014. It was the best decision I ever made. The cramps were not bad at first.. it took a few days for the cramps to happen, then it was just slightly worse than normal period cramps.. they only lasted for a couple of days. It took me about 8 months until my period completely disappeared. From September and onward my periods were lighter. I DID experience some in between spotting, but it wasn't anything major and happened maybe 3 times tops and the spotting lasting for 2-4 days. Again, NOT major and NOT unusual. Now, I did have a weird smell down there that my OB GYN said was a build up of bad bacteria. I was prescribed a vaginal cream which was similar=for yeast infection, it went away in 1 week"

   
10

Starsetsky July 6, 2015

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"I just got my Skyla inserted yesterday, and I, like most girls, psyched myself out beforehand by reading a ton of horrible stories about it. I went in with a bad mindset. I also got scheduled to have it inserted on the first day of my period, which is not what I wanted to do. They recommend insertion during your period, but usually not the first day. So I had absolutely terrible cramps to begin with. I have to say, the insertion process was definitely the worst pain I've ever experienced in my entire life. I'm 21, no children, and have been on the pill since I was about 18. If I could suggest anything, don't have it inserted on the first day of your period, if you have terrible cramps like I do. I got terribly sick and almost passed out."

   
5.0

Jess1139 July 3, 2015

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"I had the skyla put in after my period cramps had gotten just to much to handle. The birth control side of it was also a big reason as I have a long term relationship, so Skyla seems to be a great option for me. My older sister had Mirena put in just awhile before. And she said it hurt a great deal with insertion. So I was very nervous. I got it inserted and it felt like a 6 on pain; not even comparable to some of the cramps I had previously. I bled the next day with moderate cramping. Within two days the cramps were gone. The only thing bad about it is I spotted for about 2 cycles. Which isn't that bad because it's not a constent flow. It is only brownish dried blood that a pantyliner can easily handle. No symptoms ever after that! 2 yrs!"

   
10

Nervous 17 year old (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 1, 2015

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"I will be turning 18 in a month and I don't have any kids. I was previously on the Nuvaring and I usually had 3 day periods with just one super tampon a day. I also never cramp and whenever I did they were just slight cramping in my hips. I got the skyla inserted yesterday afternoon and I took a tramadol before. The insertion is quite uncomfortable, just a lot of pressure that I got through with deep breaths. My cramps about 30 minutes after were breathtaking but nothing too bad. I was on the fourth day of my period when I got the insertion and I have light spotting today. The worst part of the entire thing was the dilation of my cervix. Besides that I am quite pleased"

   
8.0

siri294 July 1, 2015

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"I just had my Skyla inserted this morning, so I can't attest to the long-term effects yet, but I wanted to share the experience getting it. I freaked myself out reading horror stories, so I thought I should come back and provide some insights for others. Let me start by saying the whole thing took about 3 minutes - the painful parts were less than 1 minute combined. First, it's just like getting a pap. Then they have to measure how far in to put it - take a deep breath ladies, this is not fun, but over quickly. Then they put the Skyla in - also not fun, also over quickly. You'll have some major cramps for a few minutes, so I'd suggest you stay lying down until you feel pretty normal again. All done! Now, Advil and a heating pad for ~3hrs."

   
9.0

SAM8415 July 1, 2015

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