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Hi Divas!

Fortunately, my cramps have subsided with the help of 500mg of naproxen every 12 hours. However, I'm wondering what is the average time you bleed for after the insertion of a Paragard IUD. I got it done two weeks ago and I am still bleeding. I stopped bleeding in between for about 1-2 days and then I started bleeding very heavily. The staff at Planned Parenthood told me during the procedure that if I bleed for more than 14 days, I should contact them. I did yesterday and they told me it was totally normal and that my uterus is just getting used to having the IUD in there. I also had finished my period three days before the insertion so, I'm pretty sure the bleeding is not due to it. I had sex during the days I was spotting very little and during the couple of days I stopped which made my strings bunch up in there and now I can't reach them! lol. My boyfriend felt around and found them bunched up so I know it's still in there. However, he was complaining that he could feel something poking him. I asked him if it felt plasticky and he said it felt like part of my cervix only harder than usual. I'm just wondering, is all of this normal? I'm so worried. I don't want to be bleeding every day.  The reason I got the IUD was to be able to have sex with my boyfriend without worrying about getting pregnant but I can't do that if I'm bleeding all over the place AND cramping. I can't wait till next month's follow up appointment so that they can check it because I just do not know what's going on.

Please share any knowledge you can.



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Feb. 19th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
I've had my IUD since September, and if I were in your spot I would feel for myself rather than relying on my boyfriend, just to be sure (I know my body best, I think.)
If it DOES feel abnormal, something poking, I'd abstain from sex and get an appointment at PP. I doubt it's anything to be worried about; even if it is expelling your immediate concern (assuming you have no pain other than normal cramps, and no fever) would be no protection from pregnancy.
The IUD can take a while to settle in I think. I believe it depends whether you were on the pill before/how long, what your cycle normally is and a bunch of other stuff. So I wouldn't worry about it, but I would go to the DR to be sure, if I were you (earlier if you also feel something "poking" but otherwise, your follow up appt should be fine)

But, I've only had my IUD for 6 few months so maybe someone more seasoned would give better advice :)
Feb. 19th, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)
I too have been bleeding since insertion - not spotting - but bleeding. At this point I have a rash from the dang pantyliners. I have a Mirena, one month so far. I'm thinking of taking it out. This isn't fun. I can handle spotting for a while. Anyway...I have read here that someone women say the "bump" or hard spot could be a cyst. Can you go in and get it checked? I went in before my actual follow-up out of bleeding frustration. I was sure something was wrong, but there isn't. I'm hearing it's normal. I don't have experience with expelling but a visit calmed my worries. That would be my suggestion.
Feb. 19th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
I bled for a month after getting the paragard inserted. a whole friggin month. then i had two week long periods for two months, with lots of spotting and now am just starting my third. BUT the spotting is much better now, I have hardly none, and this period has been much much better. you just need to give your body some time, which believe me I know is very frustrating but i know it will be worth it!
Feb. 19th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
I have a paragard IUD also, though not for very long. Everybody's body reacts differently, but mine has seem to accept it very well. I have had no excess bleeding or cramping, and my first period after insertion was only 5 days long. The most concern you should have with that is going on, in my opinion would be the 'plasticky' thing your boyfriend felt. I know it sounds gross, but to check to make sure your body isnt expelling the IUD you should run a finger gently across the bottom of your cervix to feel for anything poking out. The strings can feel a little stiff at first, but you shouldn't feel anything hard. If you do feel anything that is hard or like a plastic tip I would call whoever inserted it and make an appointment ASAP. I would say, again in my opinion (and I'm not a doctor), that the bleeding is just your body acclamating to the paragard. It may go away with time, but if not you may decide that it's just not the birth control method for you.

As far as the checking strings/cervix, it is a little off putting at first but after you get used to it, it will be no big deal.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
thanks everyone!

i stopped bleeding and cramping.. even stopped taking the painkillers and everything just went away!... i checked my strings and they're in place. my boyfriend doesnt feel anything poking him anymore so, lets just hope *knock on wood* that everything continues to go well...
Noetic Muse
Jan. 23rd, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
I was on depo for almost 10 years so no periods at all. Next depo shot was due on January 25th but I got paragard inserted on January 3rd instead. It was excruciating and I'm told that's because I've never had kids. But pain went away after 3-5 days and spotting stopped after 8. I had sex on day 9 and was instantly bleeding again. It was heavy enough for 1 tampon per day, but is now getting heavier and darker (2 tampons per day). No pain, none at all. No side effects of any kind except this durned bleeding! I paid $500 for it and HAD to get off hormonal BC so I REALLY don't want to have to take it out over bleeding but I'm worried. Is this normal? When will it stop? I miss sex. :(
Ebony Sonia Patterson
Jul. 8th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)

Well it's been just over 3 weeks. Insertion was the MOST PAINFUL experience of my life ever, leaving me dizzy and shivering on the table for an hour.

I've had to wear 4 tampons a day on average all this time and I'm actually worried because I've run out of money for freaking tampons!!!

I had sex a week after insertion when it seemed to have stopped bleeding a little then I just flooded bright pink/red fresh blood for hours afterwards. Really freaked my boyfriend and I out. Had to curl up in bed with cookies until I felt normal again... Poopie...
Marin Mendez
Mar. 22nd, 2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
I bled for 10 days after cooper iud insertion. First 3 days was moderate bleeding. After that was spoting bright red blood. But only a little bit.
Jul. 31st, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
I had my IUD inserted two weeks ago and had cramping for about three days (first day was worst, second/third day was very mild) and have been bleeding throughout. The first week was pretty much like a normal period and it started letting up at the 7th day, then on day 8 I woke up in the morning feeling bloated and went to the bathroom only to pass a MASSIVE amount of blood clots. I'd say I passed probably 12 or 13 golf-ball sized clots, plus one that was the size of a baseball, along with lots of bright red blood. I soaked 2 heavy pads in a matter of 20 minutes. I was freaking out! It was a Sunday, so the only place I could go was the emergency room, where they did an exam and determined that my IUD was still in place and that basically it was something that could happen with such a recent insertion. They ordered me to drink lots of fluids and go back to PP if the bleeding didn't reduce in a day or two. Well sure enough, by that evening the bleeding had reduced dramatically. Today, at two weeks, I'm still bleeding a little bit, and it's that brownish looking blood that typically signals the end of a period. I'm glad to see from other posts that this is probably the norm and I may bleed for a bit longer, but I'm gonna stick it out for at least 3 months unless something really bad happens. I think patience is key here.
ReJeanne Rushing
Dec. 22nd, 2013 08:13 am (UTC)
Ive had my paragaurd for about 3 weeks now, it didnt hurt at all i didn't have to take any pain pills but i am still bleeding at first it was light but now its getting heavy to where i have to put a tampon in panty liners arent working for me. But i know in due time i will be back to normal
Chantel G.
Mar. 4th, 2014 05:45 am (UTC)
I am 9 weeks postpartum and had my paragard placed 3 weeks ago. I am still bleeding a good amount and was getting a little concerned. This has encouraged me that maybe it is normal and will stop soon. I still plan to call my doctor tomorrow just to make sure. I still feel the strings although they seem pretty long to me, I did wonder if it had slipped down in my uterus away from the fundus. An ultrasound and physical exam last week showed that it was properly in place at that time.
Crystal Ochoa
May. 15th, 2014 09:13 pm (UTC)
I got the iud put in a month ago n been bleeding heavy since I went to my pcp n they sent me to the er right away there they checked Tio make sure I didn't havea infection abs checked for my strings and ohhhhh ohhh there not there what is going on my next appointment isn't until the 27 im affaird that it being stuck in my wall what happens then
D Gaiterslovekisn
Jun. 14th, 2014 06:03 pm (UTC)
I had my paragard inserted May 28, 2014. This is my second time having this IUD inserted. The first was a little painful but caused infection so I had it removed 8 yrs ago. So when the second IUD inserted I figured it may be the same minus the infection. BUT TO MY SURPRISE IT WAS MUCH WORSE!!!! I HAVE GIVEN BIRTH NATURAL TWICE AND THIS EXPERIENCE REMINDED ME OF THOSE MOMMENTS!!! I have been bleeding since I had it inserted minus two days. I am thinking about have it remove on my month check up if I am still bleeding. I feel very anemic, tired, queasy, and bloated. I have come to the conclusion that I shouldn't be birth control because I have trouble with all of them.
Jennifer Vesco
Apr. 12th, 2016 03:01 am (UTC)
I had my ParaGard placed 3/31/16 and today is 4/11/16. The procedure was unpleasant...I had severe cramping during and for about 15 mins after. I have not had children, so my cervix has never been dilated. Faint, almost passed out. I took 800mg of Motrin and a nap afterwards. I had light bleeding, red blood, pantyliner was more than sufficient. Day 2 I felt bloated and crampy, more Motrin, taking it easy. Light spotting, no pantyliner. Day 3 was same symptoms, marginally better. Day 4 I felt almost normal. By day 5 spotting was minimal to non existent, cramping was virtually gone, no Motrin. The next 5 days were pretty normal, I would occasionally get a twinge/cramp. Day 11 spotting returned somewhat. First period since insertion is due in 8 days. They are usually short and light (like I can't even use tampons light) so we'll see if they are worse with the IUD. Reading some of these encounters, my experience doesn't seem too bad. If you're reading this post unsure of whether you should keep it, definitely wait the whole 90 days. Could be the greatest thing ever once the uterus gets used to a permanent foreign body in residence.
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