Post # 1
Ladies, I need some help!
So here’s the readers digest version of everything…in October, I gave birth to my son via c-section. When I went into my doctors to have the staples removed, I was given a shot of depo for almost immediate coverage. Anyway, two shots later, I’ve discovered that I DO NOT do well on depo; hormones all over the place, horrible sex drive that was causing issues with Fiance, mood swings worse than when I was pregnant. All in all, I had a horrible experience with it. So when I went into my doctor’s office to recieve the next shot, I talked about how I wanted to try a different form of BC. BCP and I don’t work well, I constantly forget to take them.
After some discussion, we decided that Paragard would be best for me based on how hormonal birth control reacts with my body. I was told to call to make an appointment when I had my period. That came about 3 weeks later (which was a 21 day bout of spotting and full on period that decided to never go away).
Well due to a lack of insurance at the time, I had to make a new appointment when my next period showed up. This is now two months later. I’ve had negative pregnancy tests, and Fiance and I use condoms everytime right now. So this afternoon when I had some spotting, thinking it was the onset of my period, I got excited and called my doctor to make an appointment for tomorrow.
However, as the day has progressed, I have come to realized that it was just that, spotting. I haven’t had anything else since then. My doctor really wants me to be on my period when I have the IUD inserted, and even the lady on the phone asked if I was on my period before she made the appointment. Now that I’ve come to terms with the fact that it isn’t my period, I’m worried about insertion. I don’t want to be the girl who cried period, and not have it.
So my question is to you bees, for those of you who have an IUD and got it inserted when you were not on your period, how bad was the pain level? Should I call in the morning to reschedule? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks 🙂
Post # 3
I wasn’t on my period, but they did a blood test to rule out pregnancy. Pain level was about a 8/10 for 3 seconds. Then I felt crampy (pain level of 4 for an hour or so) but was good to go with some advil and half a percoset. I love my Mirena and have had it for almost 3 years.
Post # 4
@the boss of you: Did you take any pain meds before you went into the appointment? I’ve heard that’s common but I can’t swallow pills, so I can only handle so much applesauce with crushed up pills in it lol
Post # 5
I wasn’t on my period,maldongotnitpost c section.m it was uncomfortable for a few seconds, but completely toleraBle.
Post # 6
you really should be when you start it like they say…not because of pain level, but it can really whack out your cycle if you don’t start it when they tell you to. You can have abnormal bleeding for months up to over a year if you dont get it put in at the right time
Post # 7
Since you are getting off Depo, I blame that for your spotting. It can take up to a YEAR for that stuff to get out of your system!
I’m getting an IUD inserted on Thursday. I don’t get my period but the doctor gave my Cystex to soften my cervix. Can you talk to your doctor about this option? I think it’s comparable to being on your period.
They told me I could take 4 Aleve or 6 Motrin before hand (I think those were the numbers). You might want to try an anti inflammatory before, I’ve heard it realy does help.
Post # 8
I wasn’t on my period – it was about a week after. It felt really uncomfortable for a couple days, and i had cramping on and off for about a month.
Post # 9
I wasn’t on my period. I also had my first IUD before I had kids. It hurt quite a bit.
The second time (8 weeks after I gave birth vaginally to my daughter), I was not on my period (I am breastfeeding, so still no AF) and the insertion was painless and easy peasy.
Most OB’s will put them in at any time, but doing it while on your period just makes the opening a bit easier to place the IUD in. You’ll probably be fine to get it still. Just take a couple of ibuprofin beforehand to help with any pain!
Post # 10
@cutiepie23: That’s a little alarmist. I have never heard of such things. You can start birth control pills any time of the month too.
To the OP: Can’t swallow pills huh? I think you will figure something out. Follow the advice of your doctor/nurse.
Post # 11
I wasn’t on my period but I had just had my period. They asked me that question so many times when I went in to get in put. It was pretty damn painful but only for a few seconds. Afterwards I so light headed when I stood up from it being inserted. I had it for about 7months? My body did not like the Mirena at all! I know it’s a low does of hormones but they were the wrong hormones in my system. My hair thinned out, I’ve always had very thick hair. I spotted erractically, was cranky, felt bloated all the time and had lower back pain like if I was on my period. Which is weird because I use to be on the pill that had more hormones than the Mirena and I never had any of those symptoms. Some people I have talked to about the Mirena didn’t have any of these problems so it really depends on the individual. My sisters both have the Paragard and they love it so I might try using that one.
Post # 12
@cutiepie23: This is not true to my knowledge
Paraguard is a zero hormone IUD so aside from possible spotting, it has absolutely nothing to do with your cycle. Hormones are the only thing that would affect that as far as I know.
My doctor never said a word about me being on my pd when I had my paraguard inserted, they did an std and pregnancy test, then another pg test the day i had it inserted right befroe insertion. Agreed with PP that pain level was 8/10 or so, but very short. Then I had to take a mondo ibuprofen and lay there with some apple juice for a bit so i didn’t pass out, but I always get nauseous and dizzy when i have sharp pain like that. I’m not actually sure what being on your pd would have to do with pain levels unless its because your uterous is open further?
Post # 13
i was referencing mirena because it’s hormonal. they just want to make sure there is no chance you’re pregnant before placing it
Post # 14
Thanks ladies, I’m just going to go in in the morning and see how it goes. I like to think that I have a high pain tolerance. With my c-section, I was only taking tyolnel with codine in it for pain, and was using no pain meds 3 days later. So I’m hoping this might be a walk in the park with my pain tolerance?
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I totally blame the Depo for my irreguar period and spotting right now.
@MsJ2theZ: Being on your period is easier because your cervix is dialated already.
Post # 15
I was definitely not having my period when I got it, and I’ve also not had a baby. It makes sense that might make it a little easier, but quite frankly, it’s not that bad. Now when I got mine, the guy was a trainee, so it took much longer and the woman watching him had to keep redoing things, so I had a particularly bad experience. I also passed out right afterwards. You can get a vasovago response from it, so that is very common. It basically feels like a strong menstrual cramp. I’m not gonna lie. It does hurt. Nevertheless, it was not unbearable, and it was over pretty fast. To me, it just felt like the really bad cramps I used to get when I first started my period. It’s not like having a limb cut off or even like getting your ears pierced. And I LOVE my IUD, so I’m glad every single day that I went through with it. I say you go through with the appointment.
I do want to warn you that your first couple periods might kinda suck after. Mine were very crampy and heavy for the first two months. Just keep up with the ibuprofin, since this helps with the pain and the bleeding. After two months, everything went back to normal and I’m just so happy that i have it. I hope it goes well for you!!!!
Post # 16
@ashe89: I wasn’t on my period when they inserted it… Excuse my language but it hurt like a b**** when they put it in. This coming from the girl who was told by the delivery nurse that she had never seen someone tolerate labor so well. Haha. But like the first person said, it only hurts for about 3 seconds really bad and then it’s just mild cramping. I’ve heard it’s a lot less painful when you’re on your period but if you really want it in just go for it. They also gave me a pregnancy test before inserting it… So as long as that’s all good you should be fine! And I love the Mirena! It’s super easy and worry free. You just have to make sure to check the strings on a pretty regular basis (about once a month). Hope this helps and good luck! 🙂