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For Birth Control "A lot of spotting for the first two months, and cramping-wise I felt like I was on my period for two months. It wasn't ideal but of course I stuck it out, and skyla definitely did what it was advertised to do! I had unprotected sex with a stable partner with no thoughts of pregnancy. My periods completely went away in 3 months. That's right-no periods for 1.5 years! Those are the postitive aspects of skyla, but no one really talks about the negative side effects. I was prepared for cramping and bleeding, but I also started getting terrible cystic acne, and my breasts would painfully swell (one at a time) two cup sizes. I ended up getting it removed after 1.5 years and I'm really happy I did. The positive aspects of skyla weren't worth it"

   
5.0

Dan1616 June 30, 2015

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For Birth Control "I just had skyla inserted this morning. The pamphlets said cramping would last about 30 minutes but this is false. I decided on Skyla because I am bad at remembering to take pills are reorder perscriptions, I figure the iud is flinging to be more effective. I am 19 and have never had kids, and the actual insertion was painful but extremely fast. My doctor gave me a prescription to soften the cervix before the procedure, I took ibuprofen and she used lidocaine during the procedure (this is not typical but she said it would help). I have had severe cramps nonstop since the procedure, and ibuprofen isn't cuttin it. Obviously everyone reacts differently to meds, but if you're considering getting this, be prepared for the possibility of pain."

   
8.0

Angie95 June 29, 2015

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For Birth Control "I chose this option after being on pills for over five years and a trial of Nuvaring for two months. I always forgot to take my pills and was getting too paranoid. Tried out the ring which was a horrible two months of mood swings and discomfort. Went in for the Mirena and had it inserted when the Dr discovered my uterus is too small for the Mirena. So I went back a week later and had the smaller version Skyla inserted. If pain is the only reason you haven't gotten an IUD, stop worrying! My nose piercing hurt worse than both insertions of Mirena and Skyla. Take 800mg ibuprofen before appt. and have a heating pad on hand. All I felt were cramps that were similar to usual menstrual cramps, nothing painful."

   
10

kannli June 29, 2015

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For Birth Control "I went into my gynocologist for the second attempt at Essure and the doctor wasn't able to place the device either time. I prepared myself for that and said "while we're here...can I have the Skyla since this isn't working?" I can't tell you about pain because I was already in pain from the attempted Essure. Afterwards, I felt a bit of discomfort, similar to cramps. I have had spotting ever since insertion (10 days ago) but no other side effects and cramping was done after two days. I have high pain tolerance (my child took 26 hours of labor and an emergency c-section). I think you need to evaluate your own situation when making this decision and do your research!"

Smo6981 June 29, 2015

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For Birth Control "I had the skyla inserted on 6/25/15. I was given a medicine to ripen my cervix, but since I have never had children, it really didn't help. The procedure took about 5 minutes because the doctor had trouble inserting it due to my cervix being curved. It was was high intensity pain while it was being inserted. Afterwards it was just regular menstrual cramping. I did take about 800mg of ibuprofen beforehand. The cramping subsided after about 3 hours after the procedure. No cramping or bleeding after that evening. I had previously been on depo shot for about 16 years."

   
7.0

scaredy kat (taken for less than 1 month) June 27, 2015

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For Birth Control "I am a 32 year old woman and I have been with my same partner for 3 years. I had stopped taking my pill because I hated pumping so many hormones into my body. Yesterday I went in for the paragard iud but unfortunately, my uterus is too small and it didn't fit right. Ladies - do NOT psych yourself out by reading all the horror stories of insertion. I made the mistake of doing this and I was so pleasantly surprised how I experienced no pain whatsoever. If anything it just feels like you are getting a pap. Anywho, because the paragard didn't fit with my lady parts, my dr recommended we try skyla. The insertion again was so fast and painless and although I did not want hormones, this will protect me from pregnancy more so than the paragard."

   
8.0

J46 June 26, 2015

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For Birth Control "I had the skyla inserted after my mirena fell out after a year. I personally like the skyla and as pp stated take a pain reliver before going I took something and still felt pain but not as bad. I've also noticed that I'm full quicker so I'm eating a lot less. The only thing that I don't like is that I've been seeming to have a little more depression not sure of this is a side effect but I'm going to keep an eye on it"

   
10

Nikki from gainesville June 25, 2015

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For Birth Control "I just got the Skyla IUD inserted this morning and wanted to share my positive experience, especially after reading all of the horror stories online. For a little background information, I am a 19 year old girl who has never been pregnant before. I have been on birth control pills since about 16. Overall I did not have a painful insertion. I will be the first one to say that I do not have a good tolerance for pain and am a big baby about everything. So much so that I am 19 and still cry about getting shots.. a little embarrassing but to put it in to perspective haha. The only part of insertion that was uncomfortable but not painful was the opening of my cervix. Don't listen to the horror stories like I did because I freaked out over nothing!"

   
9.0

britt_b_rat June 25, 2015

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For Birth Control "I'm sorry to be the Negative Nancy, but the past two nights of my life have been MISERABLE. I am 26 yrs old with no pregnancies or children. Yes, the insertion process hurt really, really badly! Don't let the high-pain tolerance of these chicks fool you. It hurt, but it was fast. The whole procedure lasted maybe 5-6 minutes from prep to finish. Just had to cuss and laugh my way through it. Had no problems the rest of the day...until I went to bed. What followed was excruciating pain!! Lasted about two hours. Nothing helped me. Today, I have been fine under high doses of Ibuprofen. I cleaned house and went to work. I climbed into bed and prayed for no more pain. Have been wide awake since 5AM (it's 6:52) in horrific agony!!"

   
1.0

Closet Princess (taken for less than 1 month) June 25, 2015

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For Birth Control "I got my skyla IUD inserted today! It was nothing like I had read on the reviews. I had read that it was very painful, that I had to take ibuprofen before I went in, etc. Well, I remembered I had to take ibuprofen once I was in there. (It was too late so I didn't take anything) my DR. Told me he was going to take a look at my cervix & honestly that was the most painful part (which wasn't even that painful) It was like a very slight cramp. The procedure took about five minutes and I was out! Very fast and I'm safe for the next three years! Woo hoo!"

   
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Genmoren June 24, 2015

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For Birth Control "I am 20 years old and I've never had children. I got Skyla about a month ago because I have gallbladder problems and my body doesn't like the extra estrogen. No one had warned me about the insertion. It wasn't the worst pain I've ever experienced but it was a lip biter. It also took her awhile to do it. BUT I wasn't on my period when I had it inserted because her schedule was booked . I would highly recommend taking some pain reliever before going in just in case. Everyone is totally different. The first week I was a little tender. You should pamper yourself for the day you get it done and the day after. I've had light pink spotting and some pain here and there but it's suppose to be normal."

   
9.0

Malory lynn June 23, 2015

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For Birth Control "I'm 25 with one child & had Skyla inserted about 8 hours ago. This was my fist time ever trying an IUD. I asked the doctor for ibuprofren before the insertion. The pain was barely anything. It felt like a slight pinch and scrape but very tolerable. The procedure took about 1-2 minutes. I've had maybe 3, 4 little cramps at the most since & a little spotting. I've always struggled with acne and from reading some reviews seems as if Skyla might make it worse :( My fingers are crossed that it will actually help it! Haven't had it long enough to fully see how I do with it but so far I'm glad I got it! :)"

   
7.0

SilasE (taken for less than 1 month) June 22, 2015

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For Birth Control "I am 28, no kids, never pregnant. I was on the pill up until last year when the docs discovered a blood clot in my lung after a surgery. After that was cleared up I was told I couldn't go back to pills. My only options were IUD or condom with a douche. I chose IUD with huge reservations because I didn't know about Skyla yet and I heard horror stories about Mirena. My OB/GYN did some research and found Skyla for me. The insertion was KIND OF painful. It was like a very strong period cramp for 10mins then a dull ache for a week afterwards. Heating pad and ibuprofen! I had bad spotting/light period for the first 3-4mos but since then I have not had my period. I MAYBE get 1 little spot once a month. Getting Skyla was a great decision!"

   
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Kateagirl June 21, 2015

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For Birth Control "DON'T LET THESE STORIES SCARE YOU!!! I am 20 years old and never been pregnant. I read these all of these reviews about how terrible the insertion process is, and I'll tell you my fear of this procedure was far worse than the actual procedure. It literally look about a minute, and it felt like my normal period cramps but just a bit intensified. It was SO QUICK and so easy. Pain was minimal. I'm on day two and I have slight cramping and light spotting. No big deal. I'm happy I made this choice."

   
9.0

Courtneyyyyy June 20, 2015

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For Birth Control "I have had the IUD for about 8 months now. I have never had children but because of its smaller size I figured it was no biggie. The nurse who was to insert it said the same thing so I figured it would be a breeze. Well, it wasn't. It was extremely painful when she inserted it. I was nauseous and had diarhea for about and hour and a half after it was inserted. She had me stay for a half hour because I had gone pale and she was concerned, but she said she hadn't seen that happen before (she was a pretty old lady) so don't think it's going to happen to you because it did to me. Had I expected some pain I don't honk it would have been nearly as bad. So, expect it to hurt and hope you're disappointed."

   
9.0

Ciejbsosd June 18, 2015

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For Birth Control "I am here to talk about the pain. My experience was very traumatizing for me but that has everything to do with personal issues and some past experiences and nothing to do with the procedure. The beginning of the visit was like a normal pelvic exam visit. Little discomfort when I was being cleaned and prepped, the insertion of the device was the worst pain, feeling more like a strong contraction that just a period cramp. I am 26 and have one child. My Dr has told me that naturally I am very small and tight (I tore when I gave birth to my son) so that was a contributing factor in the pain. I look at it like getting a tattoo or piercing; 10 minutes (not even) worth of pain for 3 years of knowing you are safe. It was worth it to me."

   
9.0

Becca Marie (taken for less than 1 month) June 17, 2015

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For Birth Control "Skyla was the best birth control decision I have ever had. I've been on it for three months now and absolutely love it. There was certainly a fair amount of pain on insertion and the week after; I will admit that, but it has improved my sex life, hasn't tampered with my systemic hormones/weight gain/etc., makes me feel comfortable and safe, and my partner can hardly ever feel it. 10/10 would reccommend!"

   
9.0

Emmy00000 June 17, 2015

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For Birth Control "Okay got the Skyla IUD inserted today, i work in a OB/GYN office so i am well aware of the side effects and advantages however i have tried pills and the Nuvaring and they did not work for me. So my best option was trying a IUD.. The insertion process wasn't bad the only thing that was weird was being on your cycle. But the actual insertion of the device took about 30 seconds or less i was not even aware that it was in. The cramping lasted for about an hour it felt like pre- cycle cramping or first day cramping. Not extremely bad just uncomfortable and they went away with some ibuprofen. I would do it again so ladies please review the side effects and remember that everybody is different."

   
9.0

sunneysideb22 June 16, 2015

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For Birth Control "Ladies do not do what I did and read all these reviews and freak yourself out! When I got my iud placed they gave me a pill to help open up my cervix so it would be less painful. I was so terrified to get it done due to the horrifying reviews. I finally got up the courage to finally have the doctor do it. Ladies it was nothing! They put the clamp on my cervix which didn't feel great but it wasn't ungodly painful. The actual insertion took like 30 seconds and then it was done. I felt a cramp but not worse than the ones I get before I'm about to start. After it was done I had mild cramping for an hour then nothing. I also had no spotting at all. Please remember pain is subjective and don't let a terrible review stop you from getting it."

   
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Megemily (taken for less than 1 month) June 14, 2015

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For Birth Control "I had no pain during the insertion, just pressure. My obgyn numbed me, and I was not on my period due to pcos. I'm 24 and this is my first attempt at hormonal BC. About an hour after the insertion I had pain which I relieved with a double dose of midol and a heating pad. I felt completely normal for two weeks. Then I experienced slight cramps (not extremely painful, just an uncomfortable on and off ache) and daily spotting. Other things I've noticed that there are days were I feel more anxious than the situation calls for and indigestion problems like heartburn or diarrhea. The experience hasn't been as bad as I thought it would in the 6 weeks since I got it, and I already feel my symptoms winding down in severity."

   
9.0

Christie0512 June 14, 2015

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For Birth Control "I'm 19, no kids and never pregnant. I went in and talked to my OB about a new birth control, because I get so busy I forget to take the pill, but also because my period is extremely heavy. My OB inserted Skyla the 23rd of April, the pain was bad. I took a 800mg pain pill, but it still hurt. It hurt after, but I took a hot bath to help my body relax, which helped the cramps. I started bleeding the Thursday after I got it inserted and I'm going on seven weeks of it. I just had a check up, so she could look at the strings and she said that I have 3-6 months of possible bleeding. I do have to say though, that this bleeding is heavy, but no where near as hard as I was before. So I guess that's good. Hoping the bleeding stops soon."

   
2.0

MoonStar95 June 12, 2015

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For Birth Control "Ladies! I just got skyla put in yesterday morning. So it's been a little over 24 hours for me. I was freaking out because a lot of reviews said it was so painful to insert, I even read one where she said she cried afterwards. In my opinion it really wasn't that bad. I took a 600 mg ibuprofen and I also took a tramadol, which I'm prescribed to for back pain, before I went in to the dr's. It did hurt, for literally about 2 seconds, but nothing like some of the reviews said. It was more like a sharp quick pressure pain. It came and went immediately. Very quick. I'm currently still spotting very lightly and do have some cramps but they are just like very light period cramps, nothing a little Advil won't take care of."

   
7.0

ab91 June 9, 2015

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For Birth Control "August 2015 will be 1 yr. on Skyla. I think I made a Huge mistake getting this IUD. From what I've read, if you've had kids, it's a smooth procedure. However, if you've never had kids, a large majority of women are saying it is very painful when put in. I am one of those many women that had a difficult time. I was so upset that my "female" OBGYN hadn't warned me of how painful it is. However, in her defense, she's had 4 children. It has taken about 8 months to get to light spotting, but I feel like my cramps are worse than before. Every women is different, but I think I am going to have it removed. The only reason I haven't yet, is because of the painful experience. I really wish I would have stayed on the pill!"

   
6.0

Amy 44 June 7, 2015

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For Birth Control "It's Mirena. Don't get it."

   
1.0

Me64 (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 7, 2015

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For Birth Control "Im 28 no kids never pregant. I've expelled paragard twice so tried skyla because it is smaller, more flexible and had less hormones than mirana or ocella. I had skyla insterted 3 weeks ago and have yet to stop bleeding - which is getting very frustrating. It's not a full scale period but heavy spotting enough to fill a few panty liners a day or a thin pad. From everything I've seen online and on the skyla website prolonged bleeding is common in 59% of women for the first 90 days. Hopefully this stops soon because I would really love for an IUD to work for me."

   
5.0

AmberT28 June 6, 2015

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