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Paraguard IUD - late period

27 years old, married, no kids, same partner for the last 10 years exclusively, past BC includes, Depo, pills and just condoms. We were exclusively using condoms only from Feb - April to get the hormones out of my system and then I got my IUD in April. I've had a 28 day cycle since I got the IUD. Before that the longest cycle I had was 33 days.

My period is 7 days late today and there's no sign of it coming. I've taken two pregnancy tests this week (Wed & this morning) and both came back negative.

I'm still freaking out because I'm not having any signs of an impending period yet I don't have any pregnancy symptoms (but then again I've never been pregnant so I don't know what symptoms I would have).

I also calculated everything and I know we had sex when I would have potentially been ovulating.

Anyone dealt with this before? Any suggestions? I'm not sure how much longer to wait - do I call my Dr next week?

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scout1222
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
It took me well over a year to get back to a "normal" cycle after being on hormonal birth control for something like 14 years. Then I went and got an IUD - a little over a year ago.

My periods are still ALL OVER THE PLACE. Ranging from as short as 28 days to almost 90 days (oh yeah, I took several pregnancy tests).

From what I understand most women's "natural" cycle length is longer than 28 days (I can't recall what I read, something like 30-40 days?) but for some reason when they developed hormonal methods they went with a 28 day regimen.

I'd say just try and stay calm. Easier said than done, I know.

Edited at 2008-07-25 08:04 pm (UTC)
sirenphotos
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks - guess I'll just wait it out then.
jaralith
Jul. 26th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
woohoo, I remember that, going off HBC the first time. It varied from 24 to 110 days. Cue FREAKING OUT. I think it settled on 45 days, after a year.

Edited at 2008-07-26 03:16 am (UTC)
doomweasel
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
I'm assuming you checked to make sure your IUD is still in place?
sirenphotos
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Like every hour at this point!

Yeah I check it pretty regularly and it's still there. Doesn't feel any shorter or anything either.
doomweasel
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Hm. Then I'd have to go with what scout1222 says - just stay calm and wait, as difficult as that is. If you've taken two tests and they both say negative, that's a pretty strong sign that you're not pregnant.
happychildless
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
30-40 day cycles? Wow.

Are you sure you ovulated (ie felt twinge)? I am going on one year without pills and my body is pulling new stuff every day. It is rather interesting to say the least. I have also heard that some women have longer cycles with the Paraguard. That may be happending to you. I have been the opposite 23-30.
sirenphotos
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
28 - 33 days actually. I've never gone longer than 33 days.

I've never felt anything with ovulation - I was merely going off calculations based on my cycle.
jenihendrix541
Jul. 25th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
I have had my paragard for going on three months. I ended birth control pills right before insertion. My first period came 28 days after my last pill period. My second period came after 34 days.

I did set up an account on http://www.mymonthlycycles.com
so that I could track changes (spotting, ovulation, etc) and I have found this tool to be helpful.

Best wishes to you!

sirenphotos
Jul. 25th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that website - going to set myself up on it tonight.
sirenphotos
Sep. 4th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
BTW I've been using this website since you suggested it and I LOVE it. Thanks so much!
jenihendrix541
Sep. 4th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you found it to be useful! : )
sometimesdee
Jul. 26th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
This may have nothing to do with the IUD, but stress can delay a period. And you're probably stressing because it's late, making things even worse. You seem to have a good plan - wait another week, then call the doctor.
sirenphotos
Jul. 26th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
I was thinking as well that the week before this last I was under massive stress at work. Did 6 hours of OT and had other stuff going on. I ended up being under the weather most of this week as well. Perhaps it's just the build up of stress.

Meh - I dunno. I've been super stressed before and nothing has happened though. Oh well I'll find out one way or another!
mightyelle
Jul. 26th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
I used to think the same, but I read in this community that stress can only delay ovulation. Once ovulation has happened, no matter how much you stress, the luteal phase is fixed, so no stressing about a delayed period can delay it even longer.
sirenphotos
Jul. 26th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
That makes sense - I definitely wasn't stressed when my ovulation should have taken place....
h0rsegurrrl
Jul. 26th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
If you know when you ovulated, a period would occur 10-16 days after that. If it's been longer than that, it's possible that you miscalculated when you ovulated, and that you ovulated later than you thought, or haven't yet at all. In any case, though, since you've had two negative pregnancy tests, it's extremely unlikely that you're pregnant.
sirenphotos
Jul. 28th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
I never know when I ovulate - I just started tracking my period and I've never -felt- ovulation like some people say they do.

Though I have heard people end up being pregnant with negative tests.

I did find that I was probably off on when my period should have occured (baring no delay in ovulation) so I'm only 6 days late.

I'm just going to watch it this week and perhaps contact my dr later on if things persist.
nyx_lorelei
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
I'm so glad I found this post. I have had my Paragard IUD for over a year now, NP, 32. I had been freaking out a bit myself as my period was 'late' this cycle, and had also been delayed the last cycle. Now... I knew I didn't need to freak out totally because I would occasionally have twinges that felt like it was coming. But this time it was indeed 40 days from my last period... which was 30+ days from the one before.

I had chalked some of it up to stress but I do agree that I think my 'normal' cycle might be longer than 28 days. I even used my DivaCup for a week expecting my period to come at any moment. I'm not sure if my body is more sensitive to other women's cycles now too which could cause some 'irregularity'...

One reassurance I had was the signs my body gave that my period was going to come, although it didn't happen when I expected. But those twinges and light cramps, some lower back discomfort, all made me believe it was going to come. I think the IUD has made me more sensitive to my body and my cycle, so if you feel your strings, and get some indications that it's coming perhaps that's enough for you, or you could always get a test for reassurance or talk to your Dr...

I'm going to bring it up with mine anyway, but I feel after almost 20 yrs of HBC perhaps it's not normal to have a 28 day cycle or such predictable regularity. Hmmm.
sirenphotos
Sep. 4th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
No a 28 day cycle is not the "norm". All women are different and cycles can change month to month. I've been doing a lot of research since this post and have found out a lot of info I didn't know before.

I have to say I'm loving mymonthlycycles.com. I would suggest checking that out to kind of gauge more where you're at.
nyx_lorelei
Sep. 4th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
Thanks - it's so funny you mention that because I immediately clicked over and started recording details. So much more advanced than my excel spreadsheet. Thanks for passing along such a great site!
snowdiva08
Dec. 11th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
I have to know what you found out!
This is exactly my situation right now. Were you pregnant or not should I be freaking out or is it just stress?
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snowdiva08
Dec. 17th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
Re: I have to know what you found out!
I ended up being ok, My period came 8 days late, I don't know if it was stress from getting rid of all of my baby clothes, baby gear and maternity clothes or if my IUD is making my cycle stretch out. Either way, I have never been so glad to get my period.
_gawdess_
Oct. 16th, 2010 09:45 am (UTC)
I am freaking out
Thank god I found this post! I know that it's back in 2009, but I aws curious in your situation, because I've had my Paragard IUD since January of 2010, and this is the third month I am missing my period. I've had the same symptoms as you, with the small cramps, and back discomforts, but I don't bleed. I was completely regular until August of this year. I don't feel pregnant, but yesterday, I started getting breast sensitivity, which I haven't gotten since I stopped my period in July. I am not sure what is going on, and I don't want to be pregnant at this time in my life. I keep thinking my period is going to come, but what if it doesn't again this month? I am not even sure how long this missed period can last as a part of the side effects of Paragard! Please help
ext_2101702
Aug. 7th, 2013 12:20 am (UTC)
I have had my paragaurd for over a year with regular periods every month up until this last one I am two weeks late took a pregnancy test and was negative. So any idea what it could be
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