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Mirena and constipation?

Hello all,

I had a successful and simple Mirena insertion last Wednesday, 3/18. Since then, though, I've been constipated. Painfully constipated. I haven't ever been constipated before, so it's not something regular for me. The only thing I can figure out is the Mirena causing it. I googled "mirena and constipation" and found some frightening accounts of endless constipation; I thought I would come here for some possible input.

I am going to be sure my fiber intake is in the mid-to-high range via my diet, and I plan to start taking fiber supplements. Any other thoughts? I would really hate to have unmanageable digestive issues and have to give up my IUD.

Thanks so much!


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Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
I feel for you!
I've not looked it up myself, but my guess is that your body is just a bit weirded out and re-adjusting. And yes, worrying can make it worse!! Please be careful about bunging yourself up further, and make sure you stay active and drink plenty.
Liquorice and grapes and coffee and sex (up there) are all anecdotally good for helping movements get going again....and just a bit more TMI and then I'll stop: if you end up having to manually evacuate, wear 3 pairs of gloves and use a lube. Keep a cool pack handy for afterwards.
You're welcome!! :D

Just in case I've not already been booted off here by The Mods, it's not a bad idea to see a doctor/nurse if it persists. x
Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
I usually use my fingers to push on the sides of the vaginal/rectal wall to move stuff along. Works for me and slightly less painful. :D

Also for the OP, try rubbing your back when you're trying for a BM, it helps to relax the muscles enough that it works.
Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
no worries, the mod understands that these procedures are sometimes unpleasantly necessary and has no objections to you sharing your tips. :D

actually, sex and semen stimulate muscular contractions pretty well so even non-butt-sex could help....assuming the OP is feeling up to either. a good wank, perhaps?
Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah! We had sex yesterday for the first time (between feeling crampy and then my intestines hurting), and I was hoping it would help. Guess I'll have to try some more!
Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
I think everyone should have one. Let's declare monday the day for it....ease the start of the working week a little.
Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
I don't mind the TMI, I very much appreciate it. Definitely drinking lots of water, and being active is a good idea - looks like a nice walk outside tonight!
Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
When I've been bunged up (like, very) it's affected the efficacy of my mooncup. Which is weird to feel from the inside, huh!?
Mar. 23rd, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
cool pack? I thought for menstrual cramps you should use a heating pack. And why would someone ever have to manually do that themselves? My doctor never warned me of this.
Mar. 24th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
I think the cool pack is to decrease pain and swelling of the rectum after giving oneself an enema. There wasn't really a mention of menstrual cramps.
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
OH OK I thought you meant manually evacuate the IUD
Mar. 24th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
:o Never manually evacuate an IUD!!!! You never know what else would come out.
Mar. 24th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Yes exactly lol
Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
i'm guessing that probably your abdominal muscles are a bit cranky from the insertion, and probably it also makes your uterus hurt a little when you push, and probably there's at least a little swelling of the uterus from insertion (i have no medical evidence, but it certainly felt to me like it was a little swollen and it makes sense that it would in response to trauma). combined, these factors seem likely to constipate you a bit. it's only been a couple days. i recommend mini-wheats cereal and fiber capsules, and plenty of water. you should be poopin in no time.
Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
That all definitely makes sense. Thank you :)
Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
oh man, now I really want mini wheats. thanks :P
Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Go for 25-30g of fiber a day (lentils, beans, fruit, and veggies are good ways to get it, and there are tasty fiber breakfast bars and cereals) and drink lots of water so that the fiber's got something to absorb.

Someone already mentioned this, but I want to further support of it. If you stick a finger or two in your vagina pointed down toward your rectum, you should be able to feel the impacted stool. Putting pressure on it from there often helps to get it moving.

Also, I recently learned this trick - as you're trying to defecate, blow out and flap your lips like a horse. Try to keep your jaw relaxed. It'll help your sphincter open.
Mar. 24th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
I'm glad you posted this! I'm not constipated but I've been having a TON of gas. What aechei says makes total sense for me too. Yay!

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