(Closed) My Paragard iud!

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Jen51287:  do you have an update?  I am thinking of getting paragard next month and i am nervous reading horror stories online!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@1stRosie:  You should do a search on this site with the word IUD; there have been many threads on this topic.  For the record, I’ve had a Paragard (2, actually) in use since 2002 and I haven’t had any problems whatsoever.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@1stRosie:  I got mine a month ago!  My experience wasn’t as smooth as most people’s because my clinic wouldn’t prescribe misoprostol (the cervix softener) to me and because unfortunately, I found out the day of that I have a folded uterus, which makes insertion much harder.  What takes 5 minutes took about 20.  And SO couldn’t come with me like he’d promised. Wasn’t his fault but I was unhappy about all the same.

Traumatic insertion aside, recovery was okay.  I got cramps every so often but they were rarely overwhelming enough for me to need painkillers.  I spotted on and off for 4 weeks, especially after exercise and sex.  At week 4, the spotting got heavier and heavier until it became a full-blown period.

I’m currently going through my first period with it and it’s not so bad!  It was VERY crampy for the first two days but nothing a little ibuprofen couldn’t fix.  I didn’t bleed as much as I expected to – some people make it sound like it’s torrential but it was just about 25% heavier than normal, I’d say.  And fortunately, my period was also 3 days long – there’s only some light spotting now on Day 4.

All in all, I’m glad I got it.  The spontaneity, convenience, cost-effectiveness, and peace of mind it affords us is so worth it.  I check the strings every week or so to make sure everything is in good, working order, and it is.  SO also can’t feel it, which he was initially concerned about, so that’s great, too.

I did a lot of online research and was terrified by all the horror stories, too, so I know exactly how you feel.  But I think that for people in a committed, monogamous, long term relationship, who don’t want kids in the near future, it’s kind of a no-brainer.  It’s one of the most popular forms of birth control in Scandinavia (where everything is more advanced) and China (where effective birth control is extremely important) – I think that speaks for itself.  Even with my traumatic insertion, it was worth it.

Feel free to send me any questions! 🙂  Also, there’s a great community on LiveJournal called IUD_Divas – it was really helpful to me when I was making my decision.  Good luck on whatever you decide!

@Kimberley25:  Ooh, I’ve been meaning to ask someone who’s had more than one – do you need to get sounded again for the second one or do they not bother with that part since you’ve already had an IUD before?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ChicFoodist:  What do you mean by sounded?  Let me know, and I will certainly answer! 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

@Kimberley25:  You know how before they insert the IUD they put a rod into the uterus to measure the size of your uterus via sound?  Do they do that again the second time around?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

That did not happen.  There was a lot of poking and prodding, but nothing like that.  They took out the old one (which was easier than I anticipated) and inserted the new one.  Oh, and after knowing what the whole insertion process was like, I did request some pain medication prior to the appt.  Seriously, the IUD is the easiest birth control I’ve ever used, and I used just about everything out there (except nuvaring).

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

ChicFoodist

Kimberley25

 

Thank you both for responding!!! Honestly, Kimberly– reading the internet made my freakouts  way worse. I read too much about women fainting and throwing up and I was scared to death!

 

I went on 10/28, my husband came with me and held my hand.  It hurt, I’m not going to lie, but I joked with my doc that it wasn’t worse than my worst brazilian.  Afterward I was very crampy– probably for about a week and a half.  We had sex that night and my husband said he felt the strings and it felt weird but it went okay.  I spotted on and off until about a week ago, that was probably the most annoying.  I would also cramp directly after sex but that has since also ended.  I’m nervously awaiting my first period which should be this week– I think. 

 

Did you guys experience your period 28-30 days after like usual? The downside of not having hormones is you dont know when its coming!

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

@Kimberley25:  Ooh, I didn’t even see that you’d answered my question – thank you!  Am glad they won’t sound me again when I get my second one…but the one I have now (my 1st) will probably last me until I have kids.  Still, I was really concerned and am really glad to know! 🙂

@1stRosie:  Congratulations!  🙂  Reading about people’s experiences online really scared me too, and in my case, it kind of warranted it because my insertion was pretty bad…but still, it was totally worth it.  Lucky you that your husband went with you!  SO couldn’t make it because of work.  He said we could wait another month but I knew that if I were to wait, I’d never get it because I was so scared & I was running on a short supply of adrenaline.

To answer your question, my period came pretty much when it always does, which is about every 37 days (I have long cycles).  I’ve only had 2 periods since I got my IUD and they’ve both been uncharacteristically punctual, for some reason. 😛

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ChicFoodist:  Interesting!  Good info to have, thank you!!! I was definitely lucky– when I got a colposcopy (which had a similar pain threshold of insertion) I said he didnt need to come with me but afterward I really wish he had.  So this time I pretty much demanded it 🙁

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I had a Mirena inserted last August. It hurt A LOT. But now its awesome. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@1stRosie:  I was 38 when I got my first IUD and my periods were completely normal (30-day cycle).  Now that I’m 49, periods are a little wonky, but that’s to be expected because I’m in perimenopause.  Seriously, for long-term birth control that is not permanent, the IUD worked really well for me.  Congrats on your recent marriage!  I hope you and your new hubby are enjoying being Mr. and Mrs.!

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I myself have an Implatnon the “In your arm Birth control” I love it it’s been in for 6 months good for 3 years. goes in similar to when you’re getting an IV and very little pain. The next day I was sore and had a killer bruise! and just couldn’t pick up heavy objects for a few days.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Kimberley25:  Ahh that makes sense.  DH and i are going to try to conceive in a few years, so I wont get the full longevity effect of the Paragard, but I wanted to be hormone free.  I’ve been on hormone BC for 10 years and that freaked me out a little. So I took the plunge! After kids though, I think I will come back to Paragard, working well so far!

 

Thanks so much for the well wishes 🙂 Being married is the best!

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