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On IUDs, or A Detailed Guide to Long-Term Sperm Scarecrows

@jen325 Aww, Penny would be so cute! That's an amazing idea. (Aside from the increased risk of ectopic pregnancy...)

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm 0

On IUDs, or A Detailed Guide to Long-Term Sperm Scarecrows

@tortietabbie I will take the blender, please. Or perhaps a KitchenAid...

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm 0

On IUDs, or A Detailed Guide to Long-Term Sperm Scarecrows

@tortietabbie I held the nurse's hand the second time around and it definitely helped. She was very forgiving about my nearly breaking her fingers. I've never had any problems with the strings but the boyf was convinced that eventually a copper resistant super sperm would come along that could outwit the coil and I would have a Transformer baby...

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm 0

On IUDs, or A Detailed Guide to Long-Term Sperm Scarecrows

@figwiggin In my experience there is less long term pain with a Mirena but you have to go through the insertion pain more often. Swings and roundabouts. And, yes, cups are fine. I think it takes more than a light air lock to sucker these bad boys out!

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm 0

On IUDs, or A Detailed Guide to Long-Term Sperm Scarecrows

@Chuck Also, not mentioned in the post, when I had mine inserted they had to use what felt like a car jack to crack my cervix open wide enough for them to pop the IUD in. Just an extra little gory detail there...

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm 0

On IUDs, or A Detailed Guide to Long-Term Sperm Scarecrows

Yey! I Heart Coil Chat! So much fun.

I have had both type of coil and, oh my gosh, get the Mirena. I had a copper IUD and, while I appreciated its non-pregnancy properties, I had to get it removed after two years because it was just ALL BLEEDING, ALL THE TIME. There was so much blood, it was mega gross. Prior to that coil I had had what I assumed were normal periods, maybe slightly tilted towards the heavy end of the spectrum, but the copper IUD sent them beserk. 10+ days, every 3 weeks, so heavy. Super extra mega plus tampon, 1 hour, BOOM! Full Moon Cup, 2 hours, BOOM! Also, the cramps. Ouch. Eventually had to give up on it.

Has been pretty smooth sailing with the Mirena though. Lighter periods (although definitely still in evidence, Doctor that lied to me), lighter cramps, little by way of side effects. I love it and think everyone should have one. That said, both of my insertions hurt like fuck. My Doctor said that 50% of women feel no pain but at 19 and 21 respectively, pre any kind of baby action, I was not one of those women. Get a coil but (particularly if you are young?) dope yourself up on a bunch of painkillers 30 minutes before and make sure someone is there to help you get home. Do not try and walk home alone afterwards. That was a mistake.

Also, I'm in the UK and both of my IUDs were 100% free. Love you NHS!

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm 1

On A Macabre Twist

Omg, the charcoal episode and an Alec Baldwin episode were just on back to back on UK FoodNetwork! They were so weird! Alec Baldwin!?? Huh? Baffled. I so don't understand the Barefoot Contessa...

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm 0

On A Doll to Teach Children How Men's Faces Really Work

I had the 90s version! Had forgotten about him. God knows who gave him to me or why. The UK version looked different, more skater boy? Seriously, who gave me that thing??

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm 0

On Ask an Abortion Provider

I feel a bit weepy! Thank you for writing this and for doing what you do. It is a wonderful thing. Go you!

Posted on March 5, 2011 at 8:40 am 0