You are viewing iud_divas

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Could it be embedded?

What are the symptoms of an embedded IUD?

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.

Comments

( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
chickapin
May. 9th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
I had a Paragard for several years before I started having problems. Mine wasn't embedded but my cramping went from "ow" to "OMG DYING" in just a month, and I really thought it was displaced as my strings were longer than normal. And I thought the same thing you did - "Am I hurting my body/uterus keeping this thing in there?" I was really freaked out and my doctor couldn't see me for several weeks so I ran to Planned Parenthood. They couldn't tell me if there was anything wrong with it or not but at that point I just wanted it out. And so out it came (about 6 weeks ago) and wow, is my uterus happier. I had NO cramping or pain at all with my first post-paragard period (and I used to live on Advil when it was in). Plus it only lasted about 3 days. I just feel better in general. I am really anti-hormonal birth control as all the kinds I've tried gave me migraines, made me super emotional and absolutely killed my sex drive (which has not fully recovered yet). So I'm still experimenting with different methods (Today sponge, femcap, FAM, condoms, etc.). I'll probably get another one in the future after I've had a baby (so I'm not totally anti-IUD forever or anything) but until then, I'm just gonna take my chances with less effective BC.
fumblerette1
May. 9th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
I do not remember where I read this, so this is in no way scientific, but I thought I read (maybe here even) that the mirena has 1/7th the amount of hormones as the lowest dose BCP out there. My doctor also told me that most of the hormones are localized, and only a small portion of them travel throughout your bloodstream/rest of your body. Maybe this might make it a better option for you? I understand your hesitations with such a significant cost. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
kthesleepless1t
May. 9th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
1/5th
kthesleepless1t
May. 9th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
plus no estrogen
hrafn
May. 9th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Those kinds of symptoms could mean a variety of things. I don't know for sure about symptoms for an embedded IUD, but it could also mean endometriosis or fibroids or . . . I don't know, there seem to be many delightful ways our reproductive organs can start making our lives miserable. I think it would be worth it to ask your GYN about other possibilities and find out if it would make sense to get an ultrasound - that won't necessarily show things like endo, but it would show if the IUD is still in the right place.

Doctors seem really quick to immediately assume any gynecological problem is caused by the IUD - the first doctor I saw last summer about some unusual pelvic pains claimed I must have PID caused by my IUD (which I'd had for THREE YEARS at that point), but it turns out I had an ovarian cyst caused by endometriosis.

Certainly getting your IUD removed and replaced w/the Mirena would be quick and easy, and if it's always made your periods heavy, I suppose it is possible that's just more of the same. Have you tried naproxen sodium for your cramps? I know some women who swear by it over Advil/ibuprofen.
harry_manback84
May. 9th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
I know it's the IUD because before I got it I had very light periods with little or no cramping, and now they're SEVERE. I know my doctor tells me that the Mirena doesn't affect you the same as pills, but I had soooo many problems with the pill that I'm just very scared of hormones in general. I read horror stories online about awful experiences women had due to Mirena's hormones, and I worry that could be me.

I usually just take Advil, but I will ask my doctor about other NSAIDs that aren't as hard on the stomach. Part of the extra pain is due to the fact that I can no longer take NSAIDs because they upset my stomach. If I can get past that, I'll keep the IUD.
kuni_bob
May. 9th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
I had my Flexi-T 300 for about 1.5 years and suddenly started getting really weird bleeding and sharp pains. It turned out to be a couple of things:

1) I had an ovarian cyst that was causing havoc (eventually had to have it surgically removed).

2) The IUD had slipped so that it was sitting in my cervix, and one of the arms had bent. I'm not sure when this happened -- I suspect it wasn't inserted properly and had been gradually slipping (the string was all weird and kinked as if it had been softening in different places during that time). Because of this, it was poking my uterus/cervix and making them unhappy.

An ultrasound showed both the IUD slippage & cyst, so that might be a good next step for you.



As for the Mirena, I'm only on month 5, and the jury's still out as to whether or not I like it...

BUT.

When I was on the pill, I had such severe mental reactions that I was diagnosed with clinical major depressive disorder, dysthymia, social anxiety disorder, anxiety and OCD...and after about a year of treatment, they were looking at putting me on lithium for potential bipolar disorder. Most of these mental illnesses suddenly disappeared when I came off the pill, and when I tried to go back on it a couple years later (a different brand, even), I started getting panic attacks and super crazy mood swings a few days later. It was only then that I realized how badly the pill had been affecting me!

So, I was hesitant to try Mirena, but I can honestly say that I haven't seen any real mood issues at all. I've had a few days of PMS here and there, but that's about it. No panic attacks or wild mood swings. I have noticed a slight dip in sex drive, but there's a lot of stress in my life right now, so it's probably more due to that.

So, it's quite possible that you would have no troubles with Mirena. It all depends on your body's chemistry, I suppose.

Whatever you decide to do -- good luck!
h0rsegurrrl
May. 11th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
My strings are kinked too. -_- I've had mine for about 14 months. I just figured it was a normal occurence for having the IUD for an extended period of time, normal wear and tear, maybe?
kuni_bob
May. 11th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Oh, then that could very well be the case! I'd never heard of it happening before, so I figured it was just because of my IUD slipping. Good to know it actually happens to others. :)
saori82
May. 11th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
ok im a noob with my iud, ive had it since the 7th, im considering myself a lucky one im completely done with spotting and i only was crampy the first day and a little bit the second. my hubby and i even had sex the second day, afterwards i checked my strings cause i was feeling paranoid and they were nicely tucked behind my cervix (thanks to hubby, he did that lol, they were straight before we started lol). anyway, ive been hearing lots of "my strings are kinked?" stories and i was wondering what that means if like you can feel that there is an extra bump that wasnt there? or what, sorry if my question is confusing im just so relieved that the only symptom ive been having is from coming OFF HBC that im waiting for something to go wrong with my non hormonal paragard
h0rsegurrrl
May. 12th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
Yes, it feels exactly like an extra bump. It freaked me out the first few times I felt it, because I thought I was feeling the knot in the top of the strings that indicates expulsion (even though I'd had it for a while at that point). Eventually I looked at my strings with my speculum, a mirror and a flashlight, and I saw that there was no knot, but that the strings were kinked and almost looked curly, like a spring. So those were all the bumps I was feeling (oddly enough, I've never had a man mention them during sex, though they can usually feel them with their fingers). I'm not sure how they got so kinked; I assume it's from normal wear and tear. If this happened after having the IUD just a little more than a year, I wonder what sort of tricks they have in store for the next nine. :-P
mspg2cute4u
Jul. 8th, 2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
IUD STUCK!
IUD SEVERELY STUCK!
July 7th, 20:45
HELLO ALL!

I JUST BUMPED INTO THIS SIGHT AND WANTED TO SHARE MY STORY WITH ALL IT'S READERS TO TRY AND SHINE A BIT OF HOPE TO THOSE STRUGGLING WITH AN IUD. I HAD THE PARAGARD T380 IUD INSERTED FEB 2012, AND ON JUNE 16TH 2014, I WENT INTO MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE TO HAVE THE DAMMMM THING REMOVED. UNSUCCESSFULLY, MY DOCTORS WAS UNABLE TO REMOVE THE IUD, HE SAID THE IUD WAS SEVERELY STUCK AND I WOULD NEED A D & C TO HAVE IT REMOVED. I WAS FREAKING OUT, CRYING AND GOING CRAZY. I WAS SCHEDULED ON JUNE 24TH 2014 TO HAVE IT REMOVED. WHEN I CAME OUT OF THE O.R ROOM, MY DOCTOR TOLD ME EVERYTHING WAS A SUCCESS. HE STATED I HAD A TIPPED UTERUS, WHICH WAS LAYING ON TOP OF THE IUD LOCKING IT DOWN. HOWEVER, AS SOON AS HE DILATED MY CERVIX THE DAAAAAAAMMMM THING JUST CAME OUT. HE ALSO STATED HE DID NOT HAVE TO SCRAPE, PULL OR SEARCH TO MUCH FOR THE IUD…..HE SAID I SHOULD BE FINE AND MY PERIODS SHOULD BE AS NORMAL….WELL TODAY AS EVERY OTHER MONTH MY PERIOD HAS ARRIVED…..ITS ALWAYS ON TIME, THANK GOD!!!!!!!!….DOC ALSO SAID I COULD START TRYING TO CONCEIVE NEXT CYCLE…I AM SO THANKFUL THAT I DID NOT SUFFER FROM ANY PERFORATION OR EMBEDDING…..I WILL NEVER EVER EVER GET AN IUD AGAIN! I HOPE MY STORY CAN HELP A FEW READERS….
( 12 comments — Leave a comment )

Latest Month

July 2014
S M T W T F S
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Profile

IUDdivas
iud_divas
IUD Divas
Powered by LiveJournal.com