Could it be embedded?
I have had a ParaGard for 1.5 years now. It makes my periods very heavy and painful, and at first I could deal with that. However, the cramps are getting worse and the bleeding is increasing. I've taken so much Advil over the last year that it now upsets my stomach when I take it and I think I might be getting an ulcer or heartburn. I like not having to rely on hormones as I went through 7 years trying to find a birth control method that worked and didn't negatively affect my moods, give me nausea, headaches, you get the drift.
I called my OB/GYN and her nurse recommended I have it removed and replaced with Mirena. They claim it won't affect my moods, etc., but I have no reason to believe them as every doctor I've ever seen has told me about the various unsuccessful pills I tried before getting an IUD. Mirena is also very expensive with my current health insurance. At $600, it's not something I just want to "try out." I really want to keep the ParaGard, but it's not worth the pain. Now I will probably have to go back to a less effective and more invasive form of birth control.
I have a 10+ day period, spotting for 1 week after, moderate cramps for 3 days before, 10 days of the period, the first few days with very severe cramps and nausea (I have had to call into work because of them - that's not like me) and at least 3 days after of moderate cramps. So, you see I'm spending 15 days of the month in pain. It makes me not want to have sex because I hurt!
At first it wasn't like this. It's progressively gotten worse over the last 2 months. I will be seeing my general practitioner about this next week. I also have to see them about the heartburn and upset stomach I now get every time I take Advil, which also sucks because now it's allergy season and I get headaches that I treat with Advil, and you can see the additional issue there, as I can no longer take it anymore.
My period ended 4 days ago, but every night for the last few days I've been getting bad cramps. I am just scared that I've ruined my body because of this!
I must admit I haven't been diligent about searching for the strings over the last few month. I can't find them, and now I'm scared it's embedded. Has anyone else had an embedded IUD? What were the symptoms. I can't find much about it on the Internet.