Post # 17
@MrsTangerine: I have an IUD and have never had children and found out during insertion that my uterus is also pointed at an unusual angle (at that point I wasn’t really listening). It meant getting the IUD was more painful and involved but its still the best contraception I have ever used. Try to get stronger painkillers than the over the counter ones. I wish I had. I have the paragaurd which makes my periods a little heavier but I hear with the mirena they often stop which would be amazing. Shame I can’t cope with even the tiny amounts of hormones
Post # 18
I’m just repeating what a doc told me, we all know what a range of advice you can get from one doc to the next. I read some online but that was just as one extreme to the next for advice (on med sites). It wasn’t something I had my heart set on so I didn’t try to do a research paper or anything lol… I feel like you need to to get to the bottom of things these days.
Thanks for clearing it up for everyone else! 🙂
Post # 19
@MrsTangerine: No problem. It was the best decision I made 🙂 No period since about a month after I got it. LOVIN it.
Post # 20
Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply. I’m worried about the pain, though I know that the scope doesn’t bend and that was probably much more painful than this will be. She gave me the option to do it in the OR, so I hope she’ll give me the option of a narcotic if I choose to do it awake.
It seems like there are some horrific stories that I’ve been told, but they are not as abundant as the good ones. I think I’m going to take the rest of the B/C that I have here (2 months) and have already paid for, and then give this a try.
Worst case scenario it doesn’t help, and I explore other options. I’m just so sick of pumping myself full of hormones that I wouldn’t be taking if it weren’t for the endo, because I’d have just gotten ‘fixed’ already.
Nothing can be worse than 3 days of labour right?
Post # 21
I have Endo and I’ve had 2 surgeries for it as well.
Lately, I’ve been bleeding very heavily during my periods (bleeding through a super tampon in about an hour), but my periods would only last 1-3 days. I’m finishing my first period with my IUD and the bleeding is a lot lighter, but I’ve been lightly bleeding for about a week (not sure if it’s my period at this point or just bleeding from IUD insertion)
I’ve never had kids and snsertion was painful, but I’ve had more painful cramps. The dr. that inserted it did use a numbing shot on my cervix and told me I had a very stubborn cervix There are two options: Mirena (FDA approved for heavy periods) and Skyla which is basically Mirenas little sister. I’ve had cramping and light bleeding since insertion which was a little over a week ago. The cramping is tolerable and NOTHING like my period cramps from Endo.
A lot of people don’t have periods with Mirena which will help with Endo. I also have mid-cycle (ovulatory) migraines and since Mirena has no Estrogen it’s also recommened by my dr. for my migraines. Fingers crossed.
Post # 22
@misskoala: see that’s the kind of bleeding I’m talking about. The bleeding through the ultra super tampons that are the size of dildos (ok maybe not quite but close) in 30 min to an hour like you’re hemmoraging to death. For the most part I just skip periods, but it’s like payback when this happens, and when it happens it’s for a month or two. Ugh.
Post # 23
Talk to your doctor about what they’ll provide for pain management. I had a Paragard put in last week. The doctor told me that without anything to help with the pain, IUD insertion had an average pain level of 8 out of 10. Having patients take 600mg of ibuprofen before their appointment brought it down to a 5. She also does a cervical block now (3 shots of lidocaine around your cervix — I didn’t even feel the shots), and that brought their average reported pain level down to a 2.
Seriously, with the cervical block, insertion was a piece of cake. There was some quick mild to moderate cramping when she measured my uterus and inserted the IUD, but it was really, really quick. The worst part of the whole process wasn’t the insertion at all, it was the cramping I had for the rest of the day and into the next morning. Even that was manageable with a heating pack, Tylenol, and a pain management/relaxation CD.
I had mild to moderate cramping and bleeding for about four days after insertion (again, that was manageable with OTC pain meds and heating packs). For the last three days, I’ve had sporadic cramping, but I’m not taking anything for it.
Post # 24