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 Contraception Dilemma

13-07-2012,8:55 PM      
emmalee
Join Date : Aug 2011
Location : Hamilton
Posts : 27


Hi everyone. I am currently taking the mini pill but am contemplating which way to go when i finish breastfeeding. I have used the pill for the last 15 years and between babies, and have always found it to be reliable and convenient as i have always skipped the red ones to prevent the dreaded "monthly". However now that i have finished my family and am busier than ever i have been looking into something a little more permanent and less time consuming. I am  reluctant to try due to all the possible side effects. I know this is a personal subject but does anyone have any reccomendations they can share that has worked for them?

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14-07-2012,3:51 PM      
ekubo
Join Date : Mar 2010
Location : Christchurch
Posts : 241

I'm going on an irregular mixture of celibacy and gumboots until dp gets himself sorted and snipped, it's been over 4 years now lol.
However a couple of friends of mine have have mirenas put in and are really happy with them. No side affects, no worried, no accidents. That might be an avenue to explore.
 
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15-07-2012,1:47 PM      
SarahK
Join Date : Mar 2010
Location : Titirangi
Posts : 564

I had a mirena IUD for several years. It was great. No worries at all. and best of all, no periods!
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16-07-2012,9:21 AM      
hollie71
Join Date : Aug 2010
Location : lower hutt
Posts : 22

Just woNdering how much is it to get the mirena put in?
16-07-2012,10:50 AM      
emmalee
Join Date : Aug 2011
Location : Hamilton
Posts : 27

Hi Hollie71 Here is the link
http://www.mirena.co.nz/en/faq/
 
What does Mirena cost?
The cost of Mirena is around $310-$360, which is approximately $5.00 per month over the 5 years that Mirena usually provides contraceptive protection for. In addition to the cost for Mirena you will need to pay the doctor’s fees for the insertion of Mirena.
Mirena is funded for women who suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) and who meet the PHARMAC Special Authority Criteria. Even if you meet the funding criteria for HMB you will still need to pay the doctor’s fees for Mirena to be fitted.
Hope that helps? :)
 
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16-07-2012,2:03 PM      
SarahK
Join Date : Mar 2010
Location : Titirangi
Posts : 564

hey ladies, my mirena was about $500. It sounds alot, but over the 5 years you can leave it in for that doesn't work out very much. plus, if your like me, i didn't have a period for 4 of those 5 years, so saved heaps on sanitary products as well :)
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16-07-2012,2:11 PM      
emmalee
Join Date : Aug 2011
Location : Hamilton
Posts : 27

Has anyone tried Jadelle? (rods inserted into arm) ? Be interested to know what experiences you might have had with them. They sound like a more cost effective (and private) option but  does it hurt?
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17-07-2012,12:02 AM      
JacqIAm
Join Date : Jun 2010
Location : Carterton
Posts : 17

I had my "shop" closed about a year after my second boy turned up. I was only on the waiting list for a few months and it was a quick approx 1 hour key hole surgery. I was home about 4 hours later in my own bed and after about the third day I was feeling pretty good, in fact 6 days after the surgery I had a no more babies party with girlfriends :-)
I would only recommend getting a tubal ligation if you REALLY don't want any more kids.
You do have to jump thru a few hoops if you want it done via the public system but I don't regret it one bit.
I have always had unwanted reactions with most drug related contraceptions, so it is great to be completly drug free.
My husband reckons if his swimmers can get past metal clips the baby is gonna be superman!!
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17-07-2012,4:18 PM      
ingie83
Join Date : Jul 2011
Location : Hillcrest Hamilton
Posts : 11

I had a Mirena between baby number 1 & 2. I had another one and it slipped, it held my cervix open and I hemorrhaged blood. I went to A & E because I was under the impression the bleeding would stop after a week it had almost been 2 but also the strings where very low. The doctor took it out immediately and I had to go on 2 courses of antibiotics due to my cervix being held open & I had gotten a bacterial infection. It was the 3rd one that week the doctor had removed and after telling people my story have heard a few similar ones. I am now pregnant with number 3 which we where trying to avoid by getting the Mirena which was an expensive mistake. Also because of the antibiotics I was on my daughter stopped taking breast milk from me a very unhappy experience.
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18-07-2012,8:52 AM      
mumma3
Join Date : Jun 2012
Location : Woolston
Posts : 1

Hi there I had the mirena in for four years before I decide I wanted another, great worry free contraception. It did  take two years for periods to become normal and bleeding to settle down, although some women dont get periods at all. Aftter our third child thought We'd do something more permenant. My husband got a vasecemtomy. Works out around same price as a mirena and you can leave your hormones alone. You can get sperm taken and stored so if anything happened or changed your mind you can still have more babies. The xtra cost was $100 a year for storage. The vasecetomey can also be reversed.
20-07-2012,2:02 PM      
jobrush
Join Date : Sep 2010
Location : Hornby
Posts : 3

I tried Jadelle for a year, it was more invasive to insert and remove than the Mirena and I had terrible side effects - week on week off bleeding which I then had to take the pill to control. I hated it.
The Mirena insertion was a breeze by comparison and I have had it almost six weeks - the first 3 months you can have quite regular spotting as it depletes the womb lining but it has already been better for me than Jadelle. Wish I'd gone that way first.
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