Too small for Mirena IUD
August 22, 2008 4:24 PM Subscribe
Why don't they make a special IUD that's a better size for nulliparous women? Is there anything I can do about the fact that I'm too small?
posted by slow graffiti to health & fitness (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am just under 5' and a tiny person all around, never been pregnant, and was told after a manual exam that I am not a candidate for Mirena, unless I am "very motivated." My doctor is a huge believer in IUDs in general, but says for me, the chance of expulsion and perforation is really high, and the thing might just be impossible to place, period. I am guaranteed pain and discomfort if I try. She says if I really want she'll take a shot, but that there's a really high chance that the device won't work as intended. This sucks, because I was all excited about the effectiveness and convenience and not worrying about anything for 5 years.
Should I go for it despite the chance of failure?
And more importantly, why isn't there a special size of IUD for nulliparous women?! Given that most women wait longer now before having kids, and many have no kids, ever, it seems absolutely foolish that no one has addressed this. Is there something in the works with the FDA, or available anywhere outside the US? I'll go on taking the pill, but I want my Mirena, damnit!