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Old Mar 3rd, 2018, 10:50 AM   1
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IUD Question


Has one else had pregnancy-like symptoms with an IUD like Skyla?

My last two cycles had been shorter than normal and were around 3.5 weeks long. Right now I am 4 weeks 2 days and still no sign of AF. I know IUDs can make your period go away but I have had this IUD for over a year without that happening and I have had other symptoms as well. Three of the last 4 days I have had mild nausea at almost the exact same time in the afternoon. My breasts have been very tender and seem slightly larger than normal but I have had tenderness prior to AF with the IUD and know that the hormone in it can cause that. I did take a test yesterday and got BFN. I feel like I can explain away each of the symptoms but with all of them together I cannot help but wonder if I tested too early or if it is for sure negative and my cycle is just changing late with the IUD.

I know there is a very, very small chance of being pregnant with a properly placed IUD but I cannot shake the feeling that it is possible. I think I am being paranoid about it since I know that you are at a much higher risk of an ectopic pregnancy with an IUD. I'm posting about it on here to try to put my mind more at ease.

What are your thoughts/experiences?



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Old Mar 3rd, 2018, 12:45 PM   2
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I can't speak to your exact situation since my periods have completely gone away with my IUD. I've had the Mirena for about a decade and my most recent "hmmm could I be pregnant?" happened last month. My symptoms last month were: (1) tender breasts; (2) cramping; (3) nausea throughout the day; (4) loss of appetite; and (5) fatigue. I ended up doing a take home and had a BFN.

I've had these symptoms around 4/5 times through my 8 or so years on the Mirena.

The only way to know for sure though is to take a test! Let us know how it goes

Quick question for you: are you only able to track cycles if you have AF with an IUD? My SO and I are interested in transitioning to NFP and I want to start tracking my cycles as soon as a I can but imagine I need AF (i.e., to be off my IUD).



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Old Mar 3rd, 2018, 13:02 PM   3
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Thank you for your reply! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has had symptoms like this with an IUD. I took a test yesterday and it was BFN but I am planning on testing again in a few days if I keep feeling like this and if there's no sign of AF. I have been feeling more fatigued this past week and my appetite has been switching from below normal to above average throughout the day.

I have not really been tracking my cycles that well yet since we are probably about a year or so from TTC. I have just been making note of the start date of AF each month so I could get a better idea of the length of my cycle with the IUD so I could have a point of reference for whenever I have it removed. I'm very new to the whole tracking process. Taking Charge of Your Fertility is on my list of books to read so I can learn a bit more. I do not know if BBT testing or something of that sort would be useful for you or not while you still have your IUD.



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Old Mar 6th, 2018, 12:19 PM   4
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I did. I SWORE I was pregnant and googled it but found that this was VERY common. I couldn't shake the feeling, kept taking tests... I got so crazy that I pulled out the IUD and 6 weeks later, I felt normal again and got my first cycle. I hated that thing!!!!



 
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Old Mar 6th, 2018, 17:25 PM   5
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I'm glad to know I'm not the only one! I've never been pregnant but this month felt very different than all the previous ones and I would have guessed that's what it was. I took another test yesterday and it's definitely negative. I just think it is so odd that it took over a year of me having the IUD for these sort of symptoms to show up. I hope this doesn't continue every month now.

Unfortunately my options are fairly limited with hormonal b/c so I will be sticking with it until we are closer to ttc. I had a blood clot with Nuvaring



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