A very TMI post for Runners + Women AND dinner in SLC!!!

Eight miles on the treadmill (8:25 average) and a hang out with my mom and the kiddos to fit in some errands to start the day off right.

Post-run snack immediately—>  pb dark chocolate wins.

My 4th of July shoes will be worn proudly all year long (or until I put too many miles on them and then I will stop running in them and just wear them around town).

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We ran around all day long doing who knows what which resulted in ice cream cones in which they ate three bites of and then ran upstairs to take out every toy there ever was.

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Last night we headed up to Salt Lake City to go to dinner with my parents and Andrew’s parents.  His parents live a little over an hour away and so my parents had never met them until last night at dinner.

The meal started off with large rolls and Brooke was the number 1 fan of all of the butter.

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I had a crazy busy day with the kiddos and my lunch was weak/lame/not enough and so a burger was calling my name.  The fried egg on top took it to the next level.

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And then I finished off with a molten lava cake.

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Brooke is still showing off her fancy nails to everyone.

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Our view from the restaurant wasn’t so bad;)

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Our parents liked each other!  What a relief… I mean as you can tell my mom is hard to get along with (the most sarcastic thing I have ever said here).

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After dinner we were leaving and we thought that our parents had all left too but nope… they were just out talking for who knows how long:)

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A few random things to discuss before I get to the especially random information:

*I wasn’t sure about this Tiny Toast but then I tried it.  It is amazing.  I don’t know why I ever doubt liking something because I’m not very picky about food but Brooke and I both loved it.

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*A picture from my snapchat video the other day.  I accidentally told you the wrong name a few weeks ago (I’M SORRY!!!!!)—>  you can find me at….  janae12345

Let’s be snapping friends.  I think it is going to be my new thing.

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*We all need cabinets that are filled with these:

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*Andrew sent this to me.  I have no idea why but I’m guessing it must relate to me somehow.

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*Saw this tank (it’s only $8) at Old Navy and it is perfect.  I think we all need it.

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Okay, time for the TMI topic for the day.  Feel free to exit out of this post right about now if needed;)

Let’s talk about birth control and running.

I’m trying to figure this all out and I would love your opinion, what works/doesn’t work for you and some help to figure out what the heck to do.  My doctor warned me that it will be about a month or two until I feel completely normal again but as of right now my running has sure changed and I’m guessing it is because of the IUD.  Running miles isn’t a problem but running fast feels awful.  I had my highest mileage week last week but it has been about 3 weeks since I have done any speed.  Whenever I speed up I feel completely nauseated and dizzy.  Just me?  Is it all in my head?  I don’t know but it sure does not feel great at all and I’m hoping it is something that passes quickly.  I think at about 2 months if it isn’t better then it will be time to try something different.  I’d love to hear from you about this please…

I think I’ll just keep logging the miles and pay attention to how I feel and bring back the speed work (mainly just tempos for this marathon) once I’m feeling like myself again.

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Feel free to add in any comments about birth control—>  what has worked for you?  How it affects your running?  Side effects?  Let’s just be wide open today about life.  K thanks. 

Last cereal that was new to you that you loved?

How far away do your parents live?  

Fried, scrambled, hard-boiled, sunny side up, omelet, poached… favorite way to eat eggs?

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My Mom lives over 700 miles away but I call her daily and she visits every 3 months so I’m lucky I get to see her often but I do miss her.

Scrambled for the win always.

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I had an egg on a burger once, and it was fantastic! I think I like eggs almost all ways: scrambled, omelets and sunny-side-up are probably my favorite, but I really like them all.

I never had any trouble with birth control pills affecting my running, but I didn’t have the IUD, and everyone is different. Maybe it will just be a temporary affect until you get more used to it. Hope so!

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*temporary effect

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I love that you corrected that. Very nice. :)

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Scrambled is definitely my favorite.

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My parents live really close by..maybe 15 minutes away. My in laws are a few hours away but luckily we all love to go on road trips so we still visit them pretty often! Poached eggs all the way :)

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favorite way to eat eggs is anyway. I think eggs are the best food out there and pretty much have them with every meal haha. no shame. I wish my parents lived closer, but I’m going to visit them this weekend. Sure, I have to take more flights than I ever anticipated to see them regularly, but it’s always worth it.

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ive had 2 iuds. my first one was hormonal and that was fine. my second one was copper and personally I found the same thing with running I think because it was irritating my cervix?

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I feel you on this one. I tried a ton of birth controls years ago (before I was married) to help my skin, and they all had bad side effects–dizziness, nausea, headaches, crazy emotions, bizarre cravings, exhaustion. I finally just stopped taking them because they made me feel crazy! Apparently, they’ve come a long way in the last ten years. I hope you find something that works for you and running!
Birth control and eggs…lol.
I tried “french style scrambled” the other day, WOW! I usually like scrambled dry, but these were creamier, and incredible!
My parents like 3,000 miles away and my in-laws live about 2,000 miles away. Hoping to change that at some point!

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The iud took about 6 months before I felt 100% normal but then I loved it.

My mama and MIL live in town, thank goodness!!

I love all eggs but especially eggs Benedict and a good vegetable/egg scramble!

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I had the progesterone IUD for a couple of years and eventually had it taken out because I was spotting spotting spotting always and I just got sick of it. I’m sure your body is getting used to the hormones if that’s the type of IUD you have. I hope it all settles down and equilibrates or whatever and that you feel back to normal soon!

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I run ultras and have had an IUD for years. I’ve been incredibly impressed with how it doesn’t impact my running (unlike the patch, the pill, etc.). Having said that, my anecdotal evidence (basically my group of girls that like to do bad ass sports) is for some reason taller women have greater discomfort. I have absolutely zero medical evidence to back this up, just seems to be the case amoungst friends who I look up to…I’m 5’3, and my friends who are runners and triathletes above 5’6…all reported initial issues with the IUD, good news is that within a couple of months, any discomfort went away! Good Luck!

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A fried egg on top of a burger is a must have! That’s one of my favorite things to eat!

I’m sorry to hear about the IUD. I’ve always been on the pill and never had a problem with it affecting my running. However, when I first started the pill I was on a kind that didn’t work for me at all. It made me incredibly anxious/agitated and I felt strange ALL THE TIME. I went back to my doctor after the first month and he switched me to a different kind of pill that made me feel better within a week. I’m not sure if it’s the same with IUDs but maybe your doc could switch you to a different type and that would help?!

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I don’t like IUD’s. Not only I have had a bad experience but also a friend. They can shift and cause discomfort and also just feel weird as a whole since your body is adjusting to having a foreign object in it 24/7. I would assume that eventually your body will adjust and you will be fine. For me that didn’t work and I went with the shot. Just as effective and not all the side effects. I felt completely normal until going off of it which only resulted in a couple of weird periods but then I was just fine again.
Hope this helps! :) And why do all runners SO’s think hanger is a thing? I just don’t see it ;)

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I say it every time I post but how can I not?! You guys are the cutest little family!

Obsessed with that Old Navy shirt– I need to go get it on my lunch break!

My parents live 6 hours away from me and it sucks so much :( Someday I hope to be closer to them.

Sunny side up eggs ALWAYS

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I had something really similar with the IUD. I got the Mirena one and had frequent cramps for a long time (like, a few months?) and it was worse when running too. I loved the ease of it for birth control, but I had trouble adjusting to it. In the end I kept it for about 2.5 years until we were ready for kids, because my doctor kept convincing me it was the best birth control out there and 100% fine for my body. I even went back about 2 months after I got it to make sure everything was normal because I just felt weird.

I’m pregnant with my first baby now (32 weeks yay… the end is in sight!!) and I have never felt so many cramps/discomfort/stretching in my life!! So maybe I’m just a baby about these kinds of pains ;)

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I’m not Mormon, but for some reason I assumed you were Mormon because you lived in Utah.

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Pretty sure she is. Mormons can use birth control. I say this confidently as a Mormon with an IUD. Mormon.org is a great website to check out that has a ton of information!

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Her religion and choice to use or not use birth control is none of your concern. My momma always said if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.. :)

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Maybe Kevin’s comment had nothing to do with birth control and everything to do with the Salt Lake Temple in the background???

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Actually I thought birth control and the Mormon faith couldn’t co-exist, but that was merely my ignorance. Thank you all for teaching me! I’m serious, I didn’t mean to be ignorant, and I apologize for being uninformed.

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Hey Kevin! I am just now seeing this! No worries whatsoever. I have heard of a lot of other people that also thought mormons weren’t okay with birth control so I totally get it! I hope you are having an awesome day!

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I live close to my family and currently with my in-laws for about another month. It’s an interesting situation especially when it comes to holidays because then there are feelings and expectations and it becomes more stressful feeling trying to make everyone happy. Blah. Sometimes I think it would be easier to live farther away from everyone and they can come visit me! We don’t even have kids yet so I’m stressing about that. Am I the only one with double family issues?

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There’s an older episode of the Runners Connect podcast where Sarah Crouch talks about birth control and running – definitely worth listening to. Natural family planning is one of the methods she covers, since it also helps runners stay in tune with Their bodies. The book is called Taking Charge of Your Fertility (and alternative methods such as the Marquette method are available online). It’s empowering to know how our bodies work, especially if we want to push our athletic performance.

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Natural family planning (NFP) can be a great fit for people with regular cycles, but it’s not an option for everyone. I have PCOS and with it I have highly irregular cycles, so there’s no rhyme or reason as to when my body decides to ovulate, even if I’m eating the cleanest diet ever, taking every herbal supplement in the world, or finding the perfect balance of exercising just the right amount. For me and other women like me with irregular cycles (either due to LP defect, endo, thyroid issues, or a history of amenorrhea) long-term or hormonal BC is often a better fit!

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Natural family planning is a great form of family planning, and I’m pretty sure it can be used by all people even those with a reproductive health concern like PCOS. It’s a matter of learning the signs that show when you might be fertile (even with irregular cycles). I encourage you to check out Couple to Couple League International’s Sympto-Thermal method (ccli.org) of natural family planning. NFP allows you to consider when you are ready for children without having to alter a reproductive system that may already be functioning as it was designed (i.e. with natural times of being fertile and infertile).

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Husband and I have been using FAM for three years now and I absolutely love it. I had been on the pill previously and the hormones really messed up my body. I can’t imagine ever going back. I loved the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I felt like I learned SOO much about my body! I had a friend with PCOS who uses FAM also with a lot of success.

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I assume you got mirena by your explaination, and if so its not uncommon that the new change in hormones will make you fell off for a month or two getting used to it. Even if you got paraguard (the copper) it can take your body a little time to get used to the change. Mirena does have a pretty good hormone profile, I would just caution you with depo (the shot) because that gives you a big! Hormone change and frequently quite a bit of weight gain. Pills even have more of a systemic change in your hormones (more than the iud) so you’re wise to just give it time and see how it works for you.

I had to ditch the pills bc of side effects and got the copper iud and I love it! I never have problems with running or any other problems…after the pain and cramping of having it placed! ?

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I’ve heard of so many issues with IUD’s – they scare me.
Have you called your doc & asked? … is there another option that works for you? Is the pill not an option?

Its always great when parents get along. My mom & MIL just love each other… makes life so much easier.

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Ugh. I have steered clear of IUDs bc of horrible reviews from friends and family. I have the nexplanon and have scheduled to have it taken out next week. My friend had it for years and loved it – I have nausea, dizziness and vomiting – NOT WORKING for me. So out it comes – Hope you find something that works well for you soon!

Eggs – any kind really but LOVE omelets or overeasy:)

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Your dizzy and nauseous because you’re running so fast! I’ve never had an IUD and I’ve never run as fast as you. But I’ve had some crazy girl part conundrums. Give it a couple of months, but remember to follow your gut! If it’s not feeling right and you have a nagging feeling … follow through with it and try something different. We are blessed to have so many birth control options. Listen to everyone’s opinion, consult your Google Physician and then do what you — and only you— feel is right. And sometimes it takes a couple tries to get everything figured out. Although I’ve never figured out how to run super fast. :)

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hi! I just got an iud placed and have been having bouts of nausea after hiking/walks (he’s only 9 weeks old and I have a 2 year old so nothing too strenuous). I think…it may be normal? my midwife said there is a whole range of normal but nothing should be intolerable. (ps I live near the point of the mountain in draper!)

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I have had my IUD for two years now and I love it. I will say that it took about 6 months to feel “normal”, not just with running but my body in general. Everyone is different of course, but I would encourage you to give it 6 months and see if things don’t normalize for you. Unless of course you are having major problems! Best of luck :)

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Janae, I’m not a runner but am a yoga teacher and I got an IUD in January. I have mirena (not sure if you got copper or what) but I did notice that I felt “off” in many fitness related activities, and just life in general, for about 2 months. The second month was actually worse than after it was first implanted. So don’t doubt yourself, it’s not all in your head. (But I understand how it might be easy for you to talk yourself out of it being a real symptom.) My symptoms went away almost completely after about 2.5 months- I never really notice I have an IUD anymore but did have to tough it through a pretty obnoxious adjustment period. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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My parents are 1.23 miles away. Lol.

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Love my eggs scrambled. Last new cereal I tried was Chex after reading your blog so thank you! I’ve been on the pill for almost 14 years now – apri to be exact – I wasn’t a runner befor taking the pill so I can’t say how it’s changed my running. However, for a short while a few years ago I switched pills and lost a bit more hair and felt like a crazy person. Do what feels
best for you!

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I always take the pill and find that it works better with running/comfort. But I have had friends use IUD’s and they love them! You can also get the arm implant…my friend did that and loves it!

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I have a copper (non-hormonal) IUD and have had it for 3 years. It’s awesome and I like not having the hormones mess with me. I’m assuming you have the plastic, hormonal one so I can see how that might make you feel blah for awhile. Don’t give up on the IUD altogether, maybe just switch down the road to one without hormones. Good luck!

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Birth control I still HATE you and it has been 10 years. Janae, I feel you. It never got better for me, so I did go down to a low hormone version (again 10 years ago, so don’t know if that is the current thing) which helped A LOT.

I do remember empty stomach = nausea so just have a snack in your purse at all times. (which you probably do. ;) )

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I’m so happy your parents liked each other, I always find that so important.
As for birth control – I recently went off the pill because it made me crazy. I was crying all the time (several times a week), mostly over random and unimportant things such as carrots in my stir fry but I didn’t feel like carrots that day. The worst part was that I didn’t even know whether I was being myself anymore.
Now that I’m off it, I can see that I really wasn’t myself at all.
I’m back to doing natural family planning and also have an amazing period tracker app (maya). It has worked for me for several years before and, thanks to my super regular and predicable cycle, continues to work well so far (not taking any risks though if you know what I mean).
Even if you choose a different option, I can highly recommend looking into the details of natural family planning. It’ll give you an understanding of your cycle and you’ll also learn that you can’t get pregnant every single day (I used to believe that haha).
Such a long comment, sorry!

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Interesting about the birth control. I wonder if it’s causing you to be deficient in something else. That sounds like a possible low iron deficiency. I’ve personally never had the issue, however, I do feel something more similar in extreme heat.

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As odd as this sound, I LOVE my IUD. I have had it for 4.5 years (Mirena) so I am due to remove it and put in a new one very soon. I have not had any issues with mine and maybe I am one of the lucky few but I think they are worth it. If you can stick it out another couple of months I really do think it will be worth it in the end.

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I’m really happy that I got an IUD. The process itself sucked (since I’d never had kids before) but I’ve had no ill effects. The first day or two was a little tough, but more because my body felt interfered with. I also haven’t gotten my period in forever so I save $$$$ on that. It hasn’t impacted my running at all. I’m not sure if you were coming off one form (pill, etc.) and going to the IUD, perhaps that might have an impact? I really like that with the IUD you don’t have hormones circulating all around the body anymore. With the IUD, you can have it removed and get pregnant right away. On other forms, it can take a few months once you go off it. I think everyone has a unique experience with it, and it also depends on which IUD you got.

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ME TOO! Everything you said!

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Love my eggs over easy or poached.

Parents are about two hours away at the moment, which does kind of stink some days – normally make a weekend trip of going home once a month or they come to visit me for the weekend.

Also, I had an IUD previously and now I have implanon (the one in your arm) and I have less discomfort/side effects with implanon than I did with an IUD.

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I switched to an IUD exactly three months ago after being on various iterations of the pill for ten years. It’s definitely been a weird few months of side effects, mostly headaches and cramps, but my doc said that the first two months are the worst (in the third month now, she’s definitely right about that) and that my body will get used to it and be back to normal soon. For the first month I felt weird whenever I worked out – I felt like I had a mild hip flexor injury, and moving my legs bugged me by halfway through a run. I definitely was getting nauseated and almost having vertigo-like symptoms whenever I was on one of the big treadmills or ellipticals, and I’ve never felt that way before except when I try to workout with a cold or the flu. I also started panicking about my core, because for the first few weeks I felt like I was too sore and crampy to even hold a plank. It’s gradually gotten better and is pretty much back to normal now, but it really freaked me out while it was happening.

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I had the IUD and the first 6 months were awful but everyone said to give it 6 months before doing anything. Im glad I did because after that first 6 months everything was wonderful! I had an IUD in place for 10 years and never had any futher issues.

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I have to be on birth control due to low estrogen, and I resisted it for SO LONG since I though it would “make me slow” for cross country. It is true that I did feel nauseous and sluggish for about a month but I pushed through and now I can run fast no problem and my energy levels are way up. If that isn’t working for you, my endocrinologist said that it’s easy to switch to a different level of progesterone in the pill and that might help. Best of luck!

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Same, though I resisted mostly because I don’t like taking medication and thought I should be able to handle my diet well enough to balance the toll from the miles.. One thing is, and this doesn’t apply to IUDs I suppose, but strength makes a huge difference in side effects, seriously. Tri spintrec made me so nauseous, and Yaz tired me out to no end, as it seems Janae is experiencing. Now I’m on the lowest dosage available, and it’s worked really well so far (going on a year)– get my periods, don’t have nausea, and am free to run whatever :).

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I love eggs over easy or scrambled! My parents and in-laws all live a plane ride away. I would love to live near my parents again some day! I had bad side effects (dizzy, nausea, always hungry, etc) when I used it a few years ago. I eventually just stopped the pill because the side effects were just too much. Hopefully you are able to find one that works for you without all the side effects.

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Hi Janae,
The main side effect I had with the IUD was HEAVY periods. I had mine for 10 years, but that was also 20 years ago and they are probably much better today. If you are not opposed to the pill, that is your best bet for temporary birth control. They are much safer and for me, had no side effects. The IUD was recommended only if we were fairly certain our family was complete.
Happy Wednesday!
Annie

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I bet your dizziness and nausea is only temporary with the birth control. I think it can take up to 3 or so months for your body to adapt. If you don’t mind me asking are you on the copper one or the hormone one? I have friends who have done both and the copper one seems like it’s easier on your bod and hormones. Anyway! If you end up not liking it and want to try something else I’m on the NuvaRing and love it. I had a lot of problems with birth controls before it (nausea, spotting, EXTREME emotional reactions—literally cried over spilled milk once) and I never felt any side effects from the ring. Hope it works itself out though!

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I have Skyla (the 3 year version of Mirena) and while I don’t remember it really affecting my running (although I was training for my first half marathon at the time so a lot of miles I felt tired!) I do still have a few issues. It has been about a year and every so often after a run I will get some stomach pains…nothing terrible just like a tiny stomach ache in my lower stomach. I’m due for a 1 year check up and I plan to ask my doctor about it. I would say wait it out and enjoy some easy miles over the next few months because the IUD is worth it and has so many benefits! I don’t regret mine for a second!

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I have a Nuvaring and have had no issues except I have high blood pressure and an IUD would have less hormones and easier on the blood pressure. I had one before,cramps for 2 months then it was perfect but I was not a runner then. I am hesitant to get it again after reading all of these posts even though I want to.
Eggs….glorious eggs. Where ever, how ever, whenever.

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Birth control? Psh! Have another HRG baby already!!! Haha! I have had an IUD after both of my kids and it for sure takes a few months for my body to adjust… But I wasnt running much after they put it in both times since I struggle with recovery after babies so… It’s different for everyone though, but just listen to your body! And if you have to take it out? You know that you and Andrew will have beautiful babies one day!!!

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My parents live about an hour away, so we get to see them all the time, which is great! My husband’s parents also live an hour away (in the other direction)–it’s nice having both sets of parents so close! Eggs over medium are my favorite (still runny yolk, but the white part is cooked through). :)

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I feel you on the IUD! I got Mirena in April of this year. Today, actually, is three months since the day I went to the doctor and almost passed out! I felt like I was running in quicksand with way more effort than my paces showed, and got so upset I just stopped wearing a watch at all for a full month. I ran a half marathon about a month and a half after I got the IUD–it was was my slowest time but only by 4 minutes. That was tough. Last week, I logged my fastest mile (5:59!) of all time and I’m finally starting to feel like my effort is not disproportionate to my pace. My doctor told me it would take about 3 months for my body to adjust, and I think she was just about right on target. I almost had it taken out 3 weeks in because the cramps hadn’t stopped, I swore there was a problem (made them give me an ultrasound), thought I was pregnant several times, but then as soon as I had my first time of the month I was convinced. Like everyone told me: give it time!

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The copper IUD has given me no problems at all (hormones aren’t an option for me). Good luck!

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I have the MIrena IUD and when I first had it put in, it definitely affected my running. For the first 4 months I was incredibly tired ALL THE TIME and was severely bloated. I saw my doctor about this several times and she said that it can take up to six months for me to feel like my old self again. Now that I have had the IUD for 6 months I can definitely say that she was right! I have the same level of energy as I did before, the bloat is completely gone, and I lost 15 lbs (water weight from being on the pill, maybe?). Most importantly for me: I have no more mood swings, like I did while I was on the pill. Your running will probably return to normal within a few months, I think your body is simply trying to adjust to the IUD. Another nice benefit of the hormonal one is that your period might stop completely, which it did for me. Every body is different but I am so glad that I pushed through those tough first six months, there was more than one occasion when I was just ready to have it removed ( due to fatigue and bloat) but I am glad that I didn’t. In my opinion it is well worth not having to worry about birth control for 5 years!

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I got my Mirena just over 2 months ago and I’ve been bleeding every day since I got it put in. When did that stop for you?! Six months or less? Please say less!!

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It was definitely less! It took about 4 months for the bleeding to stop completely. There were times (sometimes a week or a few days) when I thought the bleeding was finally gone, just to be taken by surprise. The last couple of months I wouldn’t even say it was bleeding, it was more like very light spotting. My number one recommendation: wear panty liners at all times because you might be taken by surprise after no spotting for a couple of weeks and it is the worst (!) when you ruin your (brand new fancy) underwear.

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Very good to know! Thank you, Carrie!

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I got the Mirena put in (installed? hah) on May 4th. My running has been fine (sore the first day I got it but totally fine the next). I had bad side effects from the pill (a lot of headaches) but the IUD hasn’t been that bad for me … That said, I’ve literally been on my period every single day since then and it’s been over two months. Doctor said it’s normal for that to happen the first 3 months or so. I’d make sure you go back to see your doc in about a month to make sure it was put in correctly! Good luck!!

My mom lives a half a mile away from me. It’s the best :)

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my parents live 2.5-3 hours away and i go home 2 weekends a month, and it ends up being perfect b/c i get the best of both worlds (ie, live in NYC but go to the lake/country whenever i want). eggs, LOVE them — scrambled or poached are my faves. never been on bc and everything about it scares me so i don’t plan to ever try it – hope you sort through your issues with it soon!

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I’m so glad you brought this up because I’m at a loss for what to do right now as well!! I’m getting married in September and need to get on some form of birth control STAT but I’m also working really hard on getting my period back, I’ve been dealing with amenorrhea for 10 months now. I’ve researched IUDs because I know going on the pill only screws amenorrhea up more and can have a lot of side effects but I’ve heard horror stories about IUDs as well. No clue what to do and running out of time!

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I’m so glad they got along! I don’t take a pill or anything but just from knowing my own self, hormones totally mess with my running depending on time of the month! My guess is it will take a few months to regular. So frustrating, wish I could offer my advice!

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I have an iud and it took about 6 months for it to feel regular. Even now, I have one heavy month and one light month but I like it. The hormonal IUDs seem to be a little different but the general guide is that it will take about 6 months up to a year for your body to regulate.

Seriously though, I wanted it out at 4 months. TMI ALERT My cycles were so irregular at that point and I was iron deficient. I took extra vitamins during those months but my running definitely suffered.

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Awww I love that both your parents were still chatting! Clearly they got along well :) And I’ve been SO curious about that toast cereal! Haha good to know it’s a-okay

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I used to take the pill, more to regulate my cycle because it was all over the place. The newer pills had much less side effects than when I first started taking them 20 something years ago.

I like my eggs scrambled, omelet, hard boiled or poached with a set yolk. My husband likes them fried or over easy. I build a barrier between our plates because I really can’t stand even looking at a runny yolk. (and if you use ketchup on them you need to sit in another booth because I will gag). No idea why, either.

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I think most people do adjust to being on the IUD within a few months. I had Skyla, and had it removed 3 or 4 months later because it was causing a lot of pain and I felt like it was also affecting my running. I didn’t feel nauseous during running, but just felt more tired in general. I think as athletes we notice these things way more because it is so important to us that we pay close attention to body changes. I had similar issues with birth control pills. I wish it had worked for me!

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As a couple of other people have mentioned the book “Taking charge of your fertility” is a great resource. I have noticed the older I get the more I don’t want to put a lot of synthetic things in my body and so a friend gave me this book and I love it. Natural family planning doesn’t have to be as hard as some people make it out to be.

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Hi Janae, I had similar issues and questions about running and birth control and after trying the pill (s) and i saw that it was def NOT for me, my awesome doctor suggested I look into the implant. If you are not planning on another baby soon (you have a 3 or 5 year option) like I wasn’t its the best choice! Only an 8% of the women who ‘ve had it had a bad experience and it can be removed immediately. It is a little plastic stick that the doc will implant (more literally inject) on your arm -in the bicep between skin and muscle, superficially – and it doesn’t hurt or interrupt at all! I swear by it!!! My period cramps stopped being so awful and honestly I just feel better when on my period!! Look it up!
http://www.nexplanon.com/en/consumer/

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REALLY awesome… thank you so much (we are on the 3 year option so this sounds really perfect…) Thank you so much Ellen, I can’t wait to read about this!

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Glad I could help :) If you have any more questions on my experience with it (TMI or not ) shoot me an email (taleoftworuns@gmail.com) and I ‘ll be glad to answer! I am telling you, in my opinion, it is the best option there is! As a scientist I really thing that pills and patches are totally the past! Constant controlled hormone dosage is the best!

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Oh, girl. I’ve had this iud convo with so many women! It took my body a good 3-4 months to regulate, but after that I have loved it!! It’s the one case where all my friends with iuds and I think doctors under-inform about the recovery time whereas most doctors tell you worst case scenarios when those reactions are unlikely. It’s sooooo worth it though even with extra spotting and cramping for the first few months. Hope your body adjusts and you’re feeling “normal” in another month or two.

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I think I can do 3-4 months right?! Yep, I definitely felt like my doc barely even mentioned any of the side effects and I’m over here like WHAT THE HECK!?! Thank you so much Catherine and I’m hoping normal hits real soon!

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I haven’t been reading here long so you may have said but are you opposed to birth control pills? I have finally found one that doesn’t make me feel terrible. I take Lo Loestrin Fe and I LOVE it! It’s a super low dose of hormones and the pills are a consitant level of hormones. There are several brands that are super low dose. I seriously feel no side effects. It has never affected by running or workout routine. The only thing you may not care for (or you may LOVE) eventually you will not have a period at all. I kind of like that now but in the beginning I was paranoid every month. You might look into a low dose pill. On a side note, I did quit taking it for about 6 months and my period came back the very next month. I wondered what would happen but everything went back to “normal”.

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Hey Kimberly! Thanks for your comment and I’m going to have to look into Lo Loestrin Fe. I am not opposed to birth control pills but I just assumed the IUD would be easier but this one sounds amazing… thank you for telling me about it big time!

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I just want to second the loEstrin…I have been taking it for years and love it.Zero side effects and in fact am taking it continuously now(I’m 46 and not planning on any more kids:))since I was getting headaches on the off-week.Hope you find a solution that works for you !!

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After I got my Mirena out I switched to Lo Lo Estrin. I love it. My doc has me take it continuously (no off/placebo weeks). I have no periods. Which rocks.

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Cosign here… I am also on lo loesterin fe and I love it. Also, I had Paragard, the copper IUD before this and I HATED it. And I got one because everyone gave them such good reviews! I think some people are bothered by an IUD and others aren’t because it seems pretty divided… but give it a few months. Also, regarding the implant mentioned above, I would be careful with that and ask your doctor, because I’ve heard it can cause osteoporosis and other bone issues if you’re already prone to them, which is definitely not something you want in your life!

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A!so for Lo Loestrin fe!

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Before having kids I took a form of birth control that was taken off the market (Yaz or Yazmin I think). Worked great for me and had lovely skin. When we were ready to have kids I was able to get pregnant within a month of stopping the pill for first kid, longer for second. Post kids, I also loved Loestren Fe. By 40 I needed a different dose. It can take a while to find the right pill. For me it was totally worth it because I have a family history of ovarian cancer and the pill is the best method to decrease chances of getting it.

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Also a fan of Loestrin FE. Experienced side effects on almost everything else I’d taken. Good luck!

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An iud definitely does sound easy. The convenience of taking the pill continuously (without placebos) lets you reschedule your cycle around races or trips…
Did you say you got pg with Brooke while on bc?? Just wondering what didn’t work for you- but ended up working the best way since you got her :)

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Yep, I was definitely on the pill when I got pregnant (but in all honesty I think that God had that all happen because I needed Brooke). I don’t even remember which one I was on because that was over four years ago. I haven’t been on any birth control since then so I think my body is just going crazy having any hormones added again. Does that make sense?

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I have tried many types of BC over the past 10+ years. I am on it primarily to help keep my periods regular and control adult acne(my partner has had a vasectomy so no need for contraception! I have even tried getting off it since I don’t “need” it, but then my periods stop and I break out in cystic acne around my chin line). Some types have made me feel nauseated/dizzy or have made me “spot” (no bueno!). I am on sprintec now and love it! No health issues and no effect on my running.

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I was on BC for 10+ years, I went off it almost a year ago when my husband and I decided it was time to have kids…and I felt like I came out of a cloud…i felt faster, lighter and stronger…but broke out with acne all over my back and face. So you win some, you lose some. I’ve never had any significant “bad” side effects from the pill, I just know I feel better off it than I do on it. I’m about 4 weeks from my due date right now with our first kid, and I don’t know exactly what we’re gonna do about birth control after…but I’m planning to stay away from the hormonal BC’s if I can. And if family history is any indicator – even exclusive breastfeeding will not do the trick….
My parents live in MI, i live in TX…so we’re pretty far away, but we talk on the phone almost every day.
I don’t really have a favorite way to eat eggs – i just love them!

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I had an IUD and it took a good 3-6 months for my body to regulate to it. After that I had not a single problem. I did end up needing an emergency hysterectomy 2 years later, not due to the IUD, and it again took that long to adjust. Hormones are so crazy.

My parents live 20 minutes away and it’s the best!

Hard boiled!!!

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That looks like a super beautiful place to have lunch! My whole family lives about 500 miles away. I’ve missed them since moving out on my own, but I love being so independent as well. I don’t eat eggs, ew! I have tried so hard to like them, but I just don’t.

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Hey Janae,
I was on the pill for a long time and ran but then I got an IUD after I had my son. I was wondering if you had the copper IUD or the hormonal. I have the copper and love it because there is no hormonal release. I have also been able to do lots of speed and other workouts. The only issues I have are right when I am getting my period which is normal because that’s what the beginning of the period is like. Overall I would highly recommend it, especially for runners.

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I got the mirena a few years ago at the recommendation of a couple of friends. Unfortunately, my periods became heavier and less predictable. I actually ended up with fibroid problems and had to have surgery to get one removed due to a couple solid of months of really heavy bleeding. I can’t say the fibroids were from the IUD but I have never had issues before having that put in. What scared me the most is when they thought that maybe the IUD had shifted and broken through the uterine wall… which they wouldn’t be sure of until surgery. Thankfully, that was not the case, but they say happens more than you would think! At that point, I decided I was not going to use one again. I had already questioned having a foreign object in my body but then to know what all could happen… it was just not worth the risk for me. But, everyone is different, and they will affect each person differently. Hoping this will pass quickly for you!

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Agree with many here. Had those side effects for the first 2-3 months. Then things leveled off and I was fine. Stick with it–those are normal side effects for MANY women. I don’t think you will want to switch up so close to the wedding and start a whole new adaption process in the first few months. The benefits are definitely worth the transition right now. Like someone else said, regular snacks help and I made an extra effort at hydration and being a bit kinder to my body in workouts/general life (slow down, extra cross training, better sleep habits, curb sugar intake, etc).

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I was marathon training when I first got my IUD (mirena) 2 years ago. I’d say it took maybe a month to get used to. I had some discomfort on long runs. I love it now & until we’re ready for kids I don’t think I’d ever go back to a different method! It’s so easy and I have so many fewer symptoms than I did with any of the other BCs I’ve tried (the pill, nuva ring & implanon).

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I love eggs! Anything with an egg on it is better.

As far as birth control goes, pills make me a crazy person. Seriously after 6 months of marriage and a year of taking it, my husband asked me to stop taking it to see if the depression would get better or stay the same and make sure I didn’t just need to go to therapy again ( but I have a history of depression so that’s probably part of it) I don’t do iud because my mom had one tear through her uterine wall and because I’ve heard other scary things. At this point we just do condoms but I’m also looking into other things instead. We will see.

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Yay, so glad to hear that your parents had a nice first encounter and like each other :) That first get together can (but doesn’t have to be!) awkward.

My parents unfortunately live an 11-hour plane ride away (in Europe) and I miss getting together with them for random dinners or lunches :(

In re: to birth control – I’ve been on the mini-pill for years and never had any notable problems. I know some people are not fond of taking birth control pills, but it has worked well for me.

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I think each woman is different and each body is different. Ultimately, it’s a choice of what negatives you’re willing to put up with for the convenience the method offers.

I had terrible problems with an IUD (paragard) – took about 6 months to feel 100% back to normal, but probably 3 months to feel 80%. Had it for 2 years and then it went rogue, tried to jail-break, and I had constant low-level pain. Since I didn’t know exactly what was wrong, (and I wasn’t pregnant) it took 4 months for me to be able to see an OB-GYN to get an ultrasound to check it out, only for them to say “yeah…we need to get that out!” (And it hadn’t been 100% effective since it moved)

I’ve tried every method and, for me, I get nauseous, migraines, etc. I’ve switched to condoms and don’t plan on looking back! My body just can’t handle it and it’s not worth the side effects to try.

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After my divorce I am back home with my Parent’s and my daughter. It’s so nice to have them and my younger sister in the house helping me raise my daughter (although we have some crazy moments).
I am not a runner but I got the Mirena in December 2014 after my daughter was born. I can not have more children right now due to a heart condition I developed with my first pregnancy. The first year it was fine, I didn’t seem to have any side effects. After a year it started to give me some trouble. It has since gone back to normal. It’s nice to know it’s there and the hormone is more localized as is a concern for me since I am more high risk for stroke because of my heart. I hear good things about the implant.
Overall I think the IUD in the long run was a good choice. And I do like the fact that when/if I am able to have another child someday, there is no waiting period once it is removed. I am to try to conceive right away.

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I’ve had two IUDs, both copper (the first one expelled…not fun, but also somewhat rare I’ve been told). I never noticed a difference in my running (even when the first one was expelling?!) but then again my lady doctor also told me I have a longer uterus than the average lady…uhhh…haha! Talk about too much information here! Anyhoos, maybe it has to do with the hormonal one vs. the copper one? I’m not sure, but other than the expulsion of the first one I am absolutely obsessed with my IUD! Good luck figuring it out, Janae!

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Ohhhhhh birth control, I have had some ISSUES! I used to use birth control pills, but I just couldn’t ever find one that worked for me (I.e. it wasn’t that they WEREN’T doing their job, but that they screwed up my hormones). My hormones were going all over the place! Full disclosure: they kind of made me just not want to have sex and I was getting emotional all the time. Then, when I thought my doctor and I were finally figuring out one that didn’t make me FEEL weird all the time, the one that I ended up just giving up on was because I would randomly get my period. Never ever ever consistent and I was just fed up! So, unfortunately, we use a condom right now. Is it my favorite solution? No. Is it my husband’s favorite solution? No. BUT, it’s working for us right now until I’m ready to think about another option. I really just love my body and how I feel too much to let my birth control make me feel awful so this is the solution right now. I think I’m just really picky/sensitive about how much I will allow my body to tolerate. I realize that 90% of women and men who are married probably don’t use a condom and my husband and I really talked about this for a long time during my struggle with birth control, but this is where we’re at as far as a solution right now. I think it’s all about what you’re willing to compromise on because some of our bodies are more sensitive than others to the hormones that are pumped out in the various forms of birth control. Whatever you decide, I hope you find something that’s right for you AND I hope you feel good about how your body feels! Sorry I don’t have a solution for you! Hang in there!

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This is my story, too. My doctors are really strict about no estrogen in my BC pills due to a past (not current) migraine history, the mini pill makes me CRAZY, and IUDs 1) freak me out (too many horror stories) and 2) add more hormone craziness. So, despite not being our favorite option, condoms are the best choice for my husband and I because they are hormone-free. (My body also doesn’t like painkillers and anesthetics – probably all part of the same body chemistry package.) Not the most convenient solution, Janae, but if hormone options keep causing problems, one to consider.

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I have never personally had an IUD, but I have used birth control pills and can say they definitely affected my running and turned me into an insane person. I stopped taking them years ago. I had a girlfriend who had 2 IUD’s… both fell out and both times she became pregnant. I have another girlfriend who just got the copper IUD and she said she has been having some strange symptoms (almost pregnancy like, but she’s not as she went in to her doctor to check). She has had it a few months and the symptoms just started. My boyfriend and I use old fashioned condoms (religiously), I just can’t be an insane person on the pills and despite talking to my doc about IUD’s I am nervous about them. But every body is different! I hope your symptoms let up sooner than later. :)

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I’ve had the Mirena IUD for two and a half years and love it. I remember when I first got it I did feel off (cramps) for 2-4 weeks. I don’t remember how it felt to run fast, sorry about that. But I don’t feel weird doing sprints now or any other sort of hard workouts.

I absolutely love having the IUD. I was on the depo shot before and the pill for a short time and Mirena is by far my favorite. I have no spotting at all and no periods to worry about. And the cramps completely stopped by the way. I Good luck, hope everything works out!

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I was on the pill since I was 16 for over twenty years. When I went off it, it was discovered my reproductive system wasn’t working and I did not get a period for two years. My doctor told me the pill can often hide problems with your body so she recommended I go off it. I opted for a non hormonal IUD which I had inserted last year. The first 3 months were absolute HELL. My doctor told me 6-8 months was when it usually stabilizes. For me around 6 months, all the weird symptoms and cramping finally went away and now I couldn’t be happier that I stuck it out because 6 months of pain vs 10 years on birth control doing who knows what your body is a much better option for me.

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I’m on my pill for a long time now and I’m seriously wanting to stop this birth control method! It’s good to know the pros and cons of different methods and how it effects running! Pills don’t make me feel any different (I think)…

Eggs Benedict, sunny side up eggs, omelet…. Yumm!

My mom lives in Japan….. Tooooo far away!

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The last ‘new’ cereal that I tried and fell in absolute LOVE with was CHEX! Tina at Carrots N Cake has raved about it for some time now so I said F it, and went with the cinnamon flavour. It is now my absolute FAVOURITE cereal!

Eggs Benedict, medium!

Andddd, my mom lives 18km away / my day lives 1.4km away. I’m pretty lucky with regards to living close to my parents.

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When I was on the pill, I felt terrible most of the time, but when I switched to an IUD, I felt a thousand times better. My period was wonky for a bit, probably like 6 months, but it stopped affecting my running. I would stick with it, I’m sure it will even out for you. I am a huge fan of having an IUD for birth control!

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Implanon has been my life saver when it comes to birth control! Every pill I tried was an emotional roller coaster or made me sick.
I’ve liked the implanon cause it’s super high success rate of not getting pregnant (99% I think but don’t quote me ?) and I’ve had no emotional side effects!! My doctor told me a lot of people don’t even have a period while on the implanon which has been awesome. I did have one or two pimples the first week or two but honestly that’s the only side effect and that went away.
I know you mentioned you wanted more kids and I was scared with some of the birth controls that took forever to get out of your system after you stop using them.

My doctor assured me after they take it out, I could begin trying to have kids my next cycle. Well tmi but I’m here to say that was an accurate statement! Ha. I got pregnant that first month after. Anyways, hope at least this gives you something else to look into. I can relate to the frustration of birth control so hope it helps.

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Hey Janae!

So I used the pill for about 8 months to treat acne, and the best thing I could ever do for myself was stop taking it! It really does work didferent for everyone, just depending on the treatment and your hormones. My side effects (GI problems, bloating, weight gain, etc) went away within weeks after stopping.
I’m in a sorority and a lot of the girls have IUDs but experienced pain for the first few months. Most of them just persevere until it fades, but none of them are runners! So, I would say only wait it out a bit, but don’t jeporadize this marathon training period over it bevause there any mant other types of birth control you can try! Good luck!

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I switched to Skyla IUD after being on the pill for about 10 years. I wanted something that wasn’t circulating through my entire body like the pill does. The first couple weeks I was a little uncomfortable but after that I never had any issues and I loved it. Eventually stopped getting my period pretty much all together and when i had the IUD taken out after 2 years I got pregnant in a month. I have nothing but good things to say about the IUD, but I know it can affect everybody differently!

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I had Mirena inserted last year and I’ve never had kids. The first 3 months were terrible and I almost took it out. Then it instantly got better and I forget I even have it. I had terrible periods in the past so this has been amazing for me. I don’t even have a period anymore. Everyone is different but my doctor told me that if things don’t get better after 6 months then they won’t ever. So I’d give it 6 months and then see.

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Last year I got the Mirena IUD. I was uncomfortable and felt off the entire time I had it. I too was told to give it a few months to get used too but the horrible side effects didn’t stop. I put on weight (15 lbs), had spotting pretty much 3 weeks a month, and just felt off the entire time. I wound in having it for a total of 6 months and when I finally decided I couldn’t take anymore I called to get it removed and was told it was going to take 2 weeks before I could get in to see the Doctor. I pretty much had a breakdown on the phone with the receptionist. My hysterical cries worked because she squeezed me 2 days later and within a few days of getting it out I started to feel normal again….although the weight stuck around a while. Please listen to your body!!! If it’s telling you to get it out…don’t wait as long as I did!

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I had the same reaction to running with my birth control :( I’m married, started it to control CRAZY periods, and kind of wish I didn’t have to take it because it’s effecting my work outs so much…I’m 2 months in and getting used to it. Good luck and don’t be afraid to try something different!

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I appreciate this feed – I’ve been considering the IUD, but have been hesitant because I’m worried i’ll go back to heavy periods like before I was on the pill. I’ve found a good pill where my periods are nice and short – but do hate the moodiness. I’m still on the fence.

Eggs. EGGS! I love my eggs dippy – and anything in the benedict “style” is amazing to me – As on, dippy egg on top of an english muffin – plus any vegetables or avocado or anything in my fridge too!

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I would highly recommend NFP (natural family planning) because then you are just paying attention to your body’s fertility and not having to worry about any chemicals or side effects.
My favorite way to eat eggs is sunny side up or scrambled! I can add veggies and cheese to either-yum!
My parents live about 20 mins away and my mother in law lives 5 minutes and my father in law lives about 30 minutes away. We usually see our parents about once a month due to crazy schedules both work and personal life.

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My parents live 5 hours away

Never tried an IUD – but was on the pill for years. Gave me headaches, weight gain and a whole pile of other issues.

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As for BC, I take a super low does of estrogen as a pill and it works wonders for me — no side effects (because the dose is so low) and it hasn’t affected my workouts or my runs! I set an alarm on my cell phone and take my little pill at the same time every night. I keep the pills in my purse so no matter where I am, I have them on hand — *as a bonus, I bought a cute little zippy case for it so it’s discrete :D *

My parents live close to a thousand miles away — when I graduated with my undergrad I packed everything I owned and moved far far away — to start my own adventure! ^-^

My current favorite way to eat eggs — Sunny Side up on top of avocado toast with extra hot pepper flakes! SOO GOOD! The yolk + avocado + spice + crunchy toast is so amazing! I recommend it!!

^_^

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Yay for the parents meeting and it all going well!!

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I’m learning a lot from everyone’s IUD experiences– thanks! I’ve tried 4 or 5 different types of BC pills, and found Loestrin FE to be
the best, but had to go off it b/c I was spotting all the time after a few years. I’m now on Nuvaring, and it’s actually really convenient and I’ve found that although it has some hormonal side effects, it’s better than most of the other pills I’ve tried.

I really like the convenience of the Nuvaring, so I’ve been considering an IUD. If your IUD winds up not working out long-term, maybe the ring would be an option that has some of the upsides of the IUD for you.

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I had the same problem with the pill, I felt light headed, nauseated and sometimes would throw up. I switched to low estrogen pill and that worked for years. Until about 1.5 years ago I would have the worst cramping I thought I was going to faint right when I would ovulate. I went to Dr and found out I had a cyst on my ovary the size of a baseball : (. I spoke with my best friend who has her doctrine in nursing and she told me to go off pill immediately…. I spoke with my husband and decided to go off pill. I went for my pre op for surgery a month later and the cyst was gone. I refuse to go back on pill. I now track my period and feel a million times better. Hope this info is useful for you : )

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I had my IUD (copper) put in 4 years ago, for the first 4-5 months it was awful. Really crampy, painful, and just annoying. After that though it was fine and continues to be fine. I know everyone is different and it may not work for you, but I definitely prefer it to taking pills (those made me an emotional mess).

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Never had an IUD but I will give another nod to the Nuvaring. Zero side effects. Super easy to use, and you can even leave it longer if you don’t want to get your period that month… like if you’re on your honeymoon, which I did. I also loved the convenience of not having to remember to take a pill each day, especially if I was traveling and in a different time zone. But my absolute favorite part about Nuvaring was that when I wanted to get pregnant I simply took it out, got my period, and got pregnant that next cycle. I know every woman’s body is different, but that was my very positive experience. Good luck to you on this one!

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I think if you haven’t had your ferritin (iron) checked, you should. Also, is it the mirena?

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I use the pill, and aside from feeling bloated once a month and gaining 2 or 3 pounds (overall, since 2009) it has been fine with running.

I just tried Strawberry cheerios this morning-love them!

And I love hard boiled and scrambled eggs the best!

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Hi janae!

I’d just give the IUD a few more weeks to adjust, I’ve had mine for almost 9 years and absolutely love it. I’m getting it taken out next year when new hubby and I start trying for a baby. I have the copper one because the hormones effect me a lot and I turn into a crazy person. Birth control is such a personal thing I hope you figure out what works for you!

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No TMI here!!! I wish there was more discussion about birth control and the effects on our running/training. I had to have my IUD taken out (Skyla) because I was suffering so badly. Be smart. You know when something is not right with your body. I hada few scary incidents and since I had it taken out I am doing MUCH better. I would be curious to do my own personal research to find out more about the real effects of birth control. I am back on the pill and feel TERRIBLE every time I run :-( My coach is a man so he cannot relate, but the side effects are real! Hang in there!

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Just want to start this by saying how much I love the topic and the openness on your blog. You rock! :)

I am on birth control and am a huge fan of the pill I take. Everyone is different, but Lo loestrin (my birth control) is very low estrogen so I get SUPER light periods and barely any period esque symptoms. As we all know, running sans monthly visitor is infinitely better.

Since birth control is so individualistic, if your IUD is still bothering you it may not be the right form of birth control for you. Doctors like to generalize things, so if your body feels off listen to it! Talk to your doctor and try a few different BC’s until you find what is best for you. It took me three brands of pills to find what was best for me. Hope this helps!

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aww that picture of your parents talking in the parking garage is adorable!

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I hate pills because I always forget to take them! In between all my kids I didn’t use any birth control besides natural planning methods, but after my fourth baby (when I knew I was done having kids), I got the copper IUD because I didn’t want any added hormones. It was ROUGH at first, for several months (3-4 probably). Super heavy bleeding and cramping, but my periods are now only a couple of days and it’s over — Miracle. Super heavy though. I have had it in for two years now and don’t notice anything. Your body definitely has to adjust to it. I was doing hard HIIT workouts when I got it in and had to slow down a bit for a few months. Now it’s fabulous and I am so glad I stuck it out! So nice not to have to think about it. Good luck!

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Nexplanon all the way for me! I got it inserted last year after having my daughter, there was a two week period in there but since then it has been fantastic and my running has not suffered at all!

Scrambled eggs…. My mom visits a lot more now that she has a baby granddaughter to come spoil (she lives 8 hours from us).

Love the Naturebox Chocolate Hazelnut granola right now… YUM!!!

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Birth control has always made me feel that way and I was told it was in my head. But I think we know our bodies better than anyone else. I was a collegiate athlete and I believe it affected my performance. I went off it 10 years ago and I immediately felt like myself again. It was like a veil was lifted and I got my body back. When I got married, we used the withdrawal method. It worked and I know many people who use it. It only fails if you don’t do it correctly. I am not sure if that’s why you went on it, but if it is, I would recommend this book. http://www.tcoyf.com/ It’s called “taking charge of your fertility” and it is very empowering. It teaches you so much about your body. It is excellent with information on how to prevent pregnancy and on how to get pregnant. I firmly believe that our bodies were not meant to have synthetic hormones in them. They have so many side affects and can even cause some time of infertility once you get off it. Just my thoughts!

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All the comments, and your comment, about adjusting to the hormones in the IUD is interesting. I’ve never tried one. I have always been on the pill. It works great for me because I love being able to make a decision if I want to skip my period in cases of vacation or races, or other times when it’s just inconvenient for me! Hope you get it all worked out soon!

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I’ve been taking the pill (a low to moderate dose of hormones) for almost 7 years now. It took a few months for my body to adjust but I don’t have any issues with it. hopefully you can find what works for you!

I moved about 3 hours away from my parents a few months ago. It’s been interesting but it helps that we go see them about once a month. :)

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My hubs and I have been together for 6 and married for 5 and our parents still haven’t met! My parents live 8hrs away and the in-laws all the way up in VA and NJ. Does facetime count?

Thanks for the BC topic. I haven’t been on BC for the last 5yrs. Given our daughter was born with the help of IVF and chance of getting pregnant 2% I haven’t gotten back on. But now that I’m heading into 40 I’m starting to think more and more about it so reading all of the comments has been insightful.

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Oh my gosh I’ve been trying to figure out the IUD thing as well with triathlon training. My doc had suggested an IUD at the end of last year, and the idea of not having a period to deal with during training and racing led me to try the Mirena. I gave it about 5 months (way too long) hoping that my body would come around, but it was not for me. My performance took a decent hit and I had frequent dizzy spells at work, after workouts, etc. I had been very sensitive to hormonal BC in the past but since this IUD was a very small amount and ‘local’ the doc and I thought it was worth a try. I wrote a blogpost on it at http://hollimarie.blogspot.com/2016/03/trust-your-gut-mirena-iud-story.html. Once I got it taken out things started improving…massively. Happy to be back on track with my training for Ironman Mt. Tremblant :)

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Are you on a hormone IUD like mirena? I considered that one but decided on the copper IUD paragard. It is hormone free which was important to me as birth control hormones make me very moody/sad. The only complications I had were a few months of ridiculously heavy periods and bad acne all over my body. (Well, I guess that sounds bad.) but after that, I have been fine, no problems with spotting or lots of bleeding after insertion. I’ve had it for 3 years now with no problems so I would recommend it if you want the convenience of an IUD without the problems of hormones.

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I just recently had my birth control removed- gained weight, acne, depression- the works! Am feeling so much more myself since having it removed. In saying that, it does work for some people after its settled. I prefer the pill, and was happily on that for years without side effects (although that can be an issue finding the right hormone balance for you too!) Good luck!

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Birth control just wasn’t right for me. All the crazy chemicals messing with me didn’t feel right. I go the natural route and chart my cycles with my temp and symptoms. It is awesome for avoiding a pregnancy AND aiming for one (my husband and I are 3 for 3 in our attempts!). You mentioned wanting to grow your family someday. I’ve heard from friends how unexpectedly challenging it can be to conceive after getting off birth control the older they get.

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After each of my babies I have gotten iud’s placed, both times desperately hoping they would work for me since the pill always made me terribly sick. Both times I never felt right and within a few weeks the iud worked its way (halfway) out of me during a longer run, causing contraction like cramping . Talk about horrifying! My doctor’s only explanation was that some women’s bodies just completely reject foreign substances in the body.

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You guys are seriously the cutest family ever!!

Sunny side up or scrambled…but really, I’ll eat ’em any way! Especially if there’s bacon on the side!!

My parents live around 4km from my house. I used to live 6 hours from them so I appreciate being so close to them now. My brother and his family live 6 hours away and I wish they were closer!

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I was super concerned and it took me a full year to finally take the plunge to get an IUD (Sklya) but after 2.5 years with my boyfriend I was just tired of feeling like a teenager with condoms (sorry TMI) and had no interest in the pill – kind of funny it took until 35 to officially get on bc.
Minus the discomfort during placement (no kids so heard horror stories but it was fine) it has been smooth sailing since and hasn’t effected my running at all.
But I have heard it can take months to feel “normal” I was just super lucky that my body reacted well. My first period was barely there. Minus waiting for the spotting to completely stop I am so happy I finally did it. I know wait and see really sucks but might be the best option if you want to stick with it.

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Yasss now I can see your snaps!

As far as eggs go, I like soft scrambled, soft boiled, and over easy. So good!

Hmm and my parents don’t live far at all, I live with them ??

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Get the Nuva ring ? It’s the best!

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Yay for your parents meeting going well! So happy for you!

Favorite way to eat eggs? Scrambled and fried (with a slightly runny yolk!)

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I’ve been on the birth control pill for years, I recently had to change pills because I was getting heavy periods but since then I have been great. They do not affect my running at all!! My parents live across the country but we call, text, FaceTime all the time and I visit twice a year. Scrambled for the win!

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Oh birth control – I had a love hate relationship with it. I never notice an effect on my running but I was also on it for a few years. It does take time for your body to regulate to it so I’m hoping this happens soon for you. In the end, birth control didn’t stop me from ovulating and I would get debilitating ovarian cysts. So when we decided to try for number #2 and I yet again had preterm labor and delivered at 35 weeks, hubby and I decided our family is complete and he got a vasectomy. Birth control isn’t my fave and I’m allergic to condoms- how’s that for honesty?

Eggs – yes!! Love them cooked anyway really and my folks love 10 hours away.

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I think it’s odd that a former health teacher describes this as “TMI.” What’s TMI? That you got nauseous and dizzy? Runeatrepeat just did a post about vaginal chafing and running with a diva cup and that wasn’t TMI, it’s just life. Just a thought on how we frame things, overall I’m glad you’re talking about this stuff!

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I have the Paragard IUD, and the only trouble I ever had was within the first few months. It wasn’t anything too major, just exactly what I had been warned about by my doctor- super heavy periods and worse cramps for the first 6 months. I’ve had it almost 2.5 years now, and no other issues since that initial period! I’m very thankful for that, because my body does NOT like hormonal birth control methods.

I hope you find something that works for you!

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I have an IUD too and it took about 3 months for my body to get back to normal. Don’t worry, just give it time! And maybe don’t run so fast as to make you dizzy. :)

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After getting pregnant (and off birth control after 3 years) with my first kid, I suddenly felt like myself again. And I didn’t even know that I wasn’t myself up until that point! After that, I swore no birth control ever, ever, ever again and at any hormone level.

So, we just don’t use birth control beside monitoring my cycle and using *cough* other barriers when I’m likely ovulating. And since my husband is paranoid, that’s most of the time. We have had three kids–all on purpose–and it’s been 6 years since I stopped. Never looking back. When we’re done having kids, I’ll either get my tubes removed (that’s where cancer is most likely to develop for women) or my husband will get snipped.

How’s that for TMI?

PS: You know my husband, kind of… You briefly dated his roommate in college!

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Clinic nurse here- my 2 cents! I know how much effort and cost it is to have the IUD placed, I would definitely give it more time and things ought to balance out in a few months.

If anything you could pretend to have a headache- ha!

Eggs are amazing in any form.
My mom lives 4 hours drive North of me. My in-laws are the cutest couple and just celebrated 65 years together last week. they live in town.
Good luck!

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I had a long term birth control put in last month and have been going through an adjustment as well. Mine is Nexplanon, which is actually an implant that is placed in your arm. I have been able to tell my hormones are running a little wild and I seem to get tired more easily with running. Thankfully I’m about seven weeks out and everything is leveling out a bit. Working for a healthcare system I constantly ask our OBGYNs what is expected with a change in hormonal birth control and they said the adjustment period is different for everyone. I’m sure that isn’t helpful, but know you aren’t alone. Hope that things even out for you soon!

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Personally not a fan of birth control at all for reasons like you stated. My view is that if it makes my body feel crappy then it really isn’t the best for my body. I’ve always been leery about birth control…

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I have similar nausea and lightheadedness from my IUD but it comes and goes with my cycle. So I will feel awful the day or two I ovulate and then again about 3 days before I start my period. Since it works by mimicking pregnancy it also kind of makes me feel pregnant lol. I absolutely hate running when I ovulate so I try to make those gym days or hit the track for something minimal. It took about 4 months for my body to get into a routine after insertion. Hopefully it doesn’t take as long for you.

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Fried eggs on burgers are the best! We get a burger from Burger Fi that has fried egg, hash browns, maple syrup, and tomato bacon jam on it. It is the best burger ever!

I’ve never used an IUD, but I am too scared to get one. I would say see if it gets better, but I would be really cautious, especially if you are feeling nauseous. I like the old fashioned pills that you take every 3 months, then have your cycle.

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I had an IUD for 14 years and I never felt any difference running…but I guess it would be helpful to know which IUD you have. I had Paragard which is non-hormonal and Mirena is different…maybe that could have something to do with it.

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Do you think Brooks will sell the tank you got in Eugene ? I keep checking their sight, but haven’t seen anything. Is it just for the ambassadors? Thanks!

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Hey Sarah!!! I will email them and post it once they do! If not email me and I’ll see what I can do:)

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Janae, I read your stuff every single day and I hardly ever comment, mostly because I have a potty mouth and I like you too much to be an idiot on here. But I have to say that OMG I LOVE YOUR SELFIE. You just rose even HIGHER on my list of Best People Ever because of that photo. Ha ha! You’re so cute! And another thing: I’ve got 6 kids. Sooooooo… I really shouldn’t be handing out advice on birth control. I vote for a baby for the two littles to kiss all over. Having Callum in our blended family was stressful as anything, but pretty much the best idea ever. <3

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SUZY… I LOVE YOUR COMMENTS!! Seriously. They always make me so happy and I love hearing about how your blended family is going. You give me a lot of support when it comes to running, life, family, everything so thank you! We most definitely will need a little one eventually for Brooke and Knox to go crazy over. I hope you are having a beautiful day!

xoxox

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I got my IUD put in 6 weeks after I had each baby. Usually I just cramped and spotted for a bit and that was it. However, this last time I bled, not just spotted for another 3 months after having it put in. It was lame. But other than that, I haven’t had any problems and I had 2 periods last year because of the Mirena, which was an added bonus. The pill and me are not friends. I was on it for a bit and thought maybe it was making me a tad more emotional so I asked Ross if he thought it was making me crazy. He was like, ‘Yes! Yes it has. Please stop taking it!’ I was like, tell me how you really feel ;) But I know everyone responds so differently to each method. I hope your body adjusts and this works out or that you are able to find something that does.

I had never eaten an egg that wasn’t scrambled until this last year. I didn’t even know you could make eggs other ways than scrambled or hard boiled until probably jr high. My mom never made them any other way. This last year I have fallen in love with sunny side up. Mmmmm. Runny yolks. Your hamburger sounds and looks amazing.

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I have the copper, non-hormonal Paraguard IUD. I found that my running actually became faster, as compared with the Pill. My body didn’t like the hormones in the Pill. Running was better, but my periods were terrible! Honestly, it took about 6 months with the IUD before my periods were manageable. Good luck!

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I’ve never tried an IUD, but I’ve been on a bunch of different pills over the years and the first few months of adjustment to new hormone ratios were always pretty rough for me. I really wanted to be off of hormonal birth control for a while so we tried using a diaphragm before I had my last baby– long story short, GROSS. WEIRD. UNCOMFORTABLE. SUPER awkward to use. I tried going back on the pill afterwards but I was seriously a total psycho and I’m pretty sure my husband hated me lol. Now I’m trying the Nuva Ring and so far it’s been really amazing. It’s still a little weird I have to put it in myself but it’s only once a month and it’s super tiny compared to the diaphragm, plus no messing around with spermicide. My midwife says it’s something about not going through the digestive system that makes it affect me less, so hopefully the same thing will be true for an IUD and this won’t last long…

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Just a friendly reminder to you and your readers not to wait too long if you want more kids. Your fertility begins to decline rapidly from your mid 30s. Having seen a number of my friends begin trying for kids in their mid and late 30s and having lots of problems is very sad. So much effort expended trying not to get pregnant for so many years, and then not being able to become pregnant when they were finally ready. If you have found your person, then why wait?

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I have the Mirena IUD and I love it! I don’t even think about it anymore. I had light cramping once a day for the first two weeks, and intermittently for the next two weeks. Now I rarely get a cramp (maybe once a month, but sometimes not). I also stopped spotting after about 4 weeks of having it. Now I spot once a month (instead of getting a full blown period, which is nice!).

I did not find that the IUD effected my running or any other aspect of my life! I think that may all be in your head :] Or, everyone reacts differently to forms of medication, so maybe the nausea etc. is a side-effect unique to you! I think after a month goes by, and you forget about the IUD, you will find that your running is unaffected. I ran a couple hours after I first got my IUD, and it still hasn’t stopped me yet!

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I was on the pill for years. The book Taking Charge of Your Fertility and using the fertility awareness method was an absolute life changer for me! I’d guess that 95% of women don’t actually know how their bodies work, and this book will teach you! You’ll know exactly which days you’re able to conceive, so you can use a barrier method (condom, etc) of birth control only on those days (or abstain of you are morally opposed to birth control). Then on your infertile days you’re free to not worry about birth control! I feel all around so much better now that I’m not putting hormones into my body, not to mention I’m able to have better insight into WHY I’m feeling a certain way depending on where I am in my cycle.

So happy for you, by the way!! What an exciting and wonderful time in your life!

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I am so sorry you aren’t feeling well with the IUD! Did you get the hormonal or non-hormonal copper one? I got a copper one (Paragard) about a little over a year ago. I used to be on the pill for 6-7 years prior but my body wasn’t in a good place with the hormones anymore. I do love the copper IUD, but hate having a “real” period again.. however it is definitely nice to know my body is pretty much on a natural cycle again after years of synthetic hormones. The only things I have noticed with my running since I got it is that I have more dull lower back pain, and sometimes hip aches especially around my period. Those were things I never had issues with before, but I have been working through them and watching my mileage. I would just give your body time to adopt (especially if you are on the hormonal one). Good luck xo

I love eggs – lately into poached and omelets! My parents live about 5-6 hours away from me right now. Sometimes it’s tough but luckily they are only an hour flight away! Also, I love cereal and cannot get enough. I am really liking Special K’s Oats and Honey. If I am in the mood for a treat, Cap’n Crunch’s new donut cereal is AMAZING :-)

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I’m glad the parents meeting went well! I don’t have too much to contribute as I take a pill currently, but hopefully your issues get sorted out quickly!

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SO, very interesting that you bring up the topic of the IUD. I am 44 year old and a Nurse Practitioner. Due to irregular frequent periods, my GYN and I decided that the IUD would be my best option. The IUD does not have estrogen which means there is not the increased risk for complications like blood clots …. at my age, oral contraceptive pills are out of the question. I have a 7 year old and I do not plan on having children, but I wasn’t too crazy about undergoing an ablation or hysterectomy. So, the IUD it was! I have had it for 2 months. I continue to bleed every day, but the flow is much lighter and I am no longer passing clots (and I had huge clots that I would pass). My menstrual headaches have gotten less and I no longer have severe cramps. So, although I am still bleeding daily, it is improving. I know as a NP that it can take any where from 3-6 months to reach benefits of the IUD….. therefore, I am being patient. I have felt a little fatigued, but that too is improving. I only had a little cramping with insertion and the couple days afterwards, but I knew to take ibuprofen and that helped! I am hopeful that soon I will either get a regular cycle, or better yet NO cycle! :D
I know I am a day late with responding to this blog post, but wanted to share my thoughts. The IUD has many positives and I think you should hang in there. I have many running friends that LOVE their IUDS and they have had them longer than me, Hope you get to read this and that my 2 cents helps a little with you taking the best decision for you. ***NOW, I have to say a disclaimer **** THIS IS MY OPINION THAT IS BASED ON MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND MY KNOWLEDGE, BUT THIS DOES NOT OVER RIDE YOU DISCUSSING CONCERNS WITH YOUR PERSONAL DOCTOR****** sorry, but I had to put that in there so I am not liable for my input. Great blog post!!! Glad you brought it up!!!!!!

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If you having spotting issues this may be causing iron issues. I spotted for two months after I had the mirena put in, but after that LOVED it! No periods, no cramps, no PMS:)

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When I first married in the 80’s (yikes!) I was super sick from birth control pills. Now that I’m over 50, I got the Mirena last summer to help control my peri-menopausal symptoms. I absolutely love it and never had any problems. It’s so specific to you that you have to experiment. I can’t imagine that it takes long term energy from you but it just sucks because you are about to get MARRIED!! Good luck!

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I’m late to the party but I had the copper IUD for 6 years. My periods were a little heavier the first few months but that’s it. Loved it. And then……………I got pregnant! Luckily it didn’t harm my son when they removed it. It could have dislodged the pregnancy from my uterus and I was scared I’d miscarry. Lol, holding my Paraguard baby typing this :)

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Question for you: with all the miles that you run, have you ever ‘list’ your cycle? I know that before I got injured, and I was doing high mileage weeks and training, my cycle disappeared. So I was wondering if you really even need birth control since you are training so intensely? Mostly just curious.

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I know I’m late to reply and hopefully you will see this after your honeymoon return (if I wait to answer I’ll forget…again).

I had the Mirena IUD in between child 1 and 2. I didn’t have any side effects outside of some light cramping and spotting the first few weeks. No nausea, dizziness, or other common hormone side effects. But I also don’t have any problems with the pill. My only complication was that I had to get the string of the IUD trimmed really short. Because of this, it was very hard for them to find when I had it removed after two years. It was a fairly traumatic experience for me. I’m not sure I will ever get another one because of that. And even though statistics don’t seem to prove this, I had an early miscarriage after getting pregnant the second cycle/month after removal and everyone I know in real life who had an IUD also had a miscarriage after theirs. We all went on to have successful pregnancies after that. But it’s too much of a coincidence for me. I wasn’t a runner when I had my IUD but I did work a very physically demanding job and had no issues in that area. I DID definitely love the Mirena while it was in! I had light spotting every 6-8 weeks lasting for only 2-3 days. It was really a dream as far as that goes.

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I am SUPER late to reply and you may never read this, but I have the copper IUD (Paraguard). While I cannot speak for the hormonal IUDs, I can say that I experienced pain/discomfort for the first several months while running which eventually went away. But I can’t recall ever experiencing dizziness/nausea. However, I still get the painful sensation once a month while running– it almost feels like a intense/uncomfortable pulling. I assume it’s just because everyone’s body is different. But I love it otherwise– and I’ve had it for about a year and a half.

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Hey there! Congrats on your wedding and happiness:)
About the iud, I had one in for 2.5 years and while I liked that it wasn’t a pill everyday I had serious issues with it. First of all, getting it in was really painful. (I know that’s not applicable but omg it hurt!)
I also had a continuous sharp pain in my lower abdomen/ovary area that started about 6 months after but the doctor I had that inserted it said it wasn’t the iud—> fast forward 2.5 years and my new, and way cooler Doctor, identified it had moved and removed it. After it was gone I had no pain anymore!
I also had consistently bad headaches and some monthly nausea (I never had that before I got the iud) and both luckily disappeared when I had it removed. I was taking prescription headache pills and when it was out I literally did not need them.
This also made doing abdominal work really difficult and exacerbated some pre existing lower back pain.
—-I didn’t have it removed sooner because I’m a dancer and used to pain.
Also, I hope this isn’t gruesome or too much tmi, but when I got married my husband said he could ‘feel’ it even though the strings were short.

After all of this I ended up getting the little arm stick and it works so far with no pain!
Best of luck with finding what works for you

Cheers!

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I have always had the worst side effects with birth control until I FINALLY found a pill that works for me. I literally think I tried everything and exhausted all my options. Everything I tried made me feel sluggish, I didn’t have the same energy to work out, I was always weepy, bloated, and just miserable. I found a new doctor and she convinced me to try Lo Loesterin FE and it has changed my life. I also used to have the worst periods and felt like I was bed ridden for days. This pill, from the very beginning, showed no side effects, except that I haven’t had my period in years. While this worried me at firs, my doctor told me it’s extremely common and it will come back and regulate within a few months after going off the pill. I had to share because I can emphasize with what you’re going through so much and I wish I had known sooner that there is still birth control out there for everyone, it’s all about finding what works.

PS – congrats!! I got married the day after you which is why im late on commenting. Not looking at a phone or computer in almost 2 weeks has actually been scarily refreshing.

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I’m having birth control issues, but totally different to the ones you mentioned (girl probs…) – I was on the pill for like 4 years and didn’t get my period (on purpose). But last year I lost a lot of weight, in a very unhealthy way, and basically ended up with an eating disorder. Completely unrelated, but I came off my pill and i’m a bit worried my period isn’t going to come back, from excessive weight loss and a lot of exercise. Basically I need to get my butt to a doctor quite soon. There’s probably nothing wrong, but i want to avoid the very predictable runner’s triad as I DONT want low bone density (which I also discovered is linked to heart disease…FML).

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