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Hello all!

I am so happy to have found this site. After 10 years of being on hormonal birth control, I finally decided to go off hormones and get the Paraguard instead for protection. I am 25 years old, and have never been pregnant.

Got it inserted this Tuesday morning, almost 2 days ago, from a wonderful nurse practitioner who does it all the time. The insertion was SO painful - cramping like I'd never experienced. They numbed me up which (apparently) helped, and I was able to walk home with only slight cramping afterwards.

However, the rest of the day, I experienced INTENSE cramping, and still am. Like my uterus was furious with me. Even with 800mg ibuprofen regularly, I have intense pain in my abdomen, and lower right back, all the way into my upper right leg. I couldn't even sleep last night without taking a muscle relaxer.

Is this normal? Why lower back pain? I called the office this afternoon, and the nurse said that's more pain than normal, especially since I'm not bleeding. She made an ultrasound appointment for me for tomorrow morning.

I'll let you guys know how it goes - it's only been two days - but this kind of pain is extremely debilitating and I am both a full-time student and work part-time. If 800 mg ibuprofen doesn't do the job, then YIKES, I am really in for it.

Any similar experiences, and did the pain go away for you all?

Thanks so much for any info!


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Feb. 3rd, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Hi there!
I had a Mirena IUD for a couple of months and didn't have a single cramp after insertion or beyond. Lots of bleeding, but no cramping at all, no pain. It was after my second baby about 7 weeks postpartum so that may have been why. Flash forward two months, the Mirena was NOT agreeing with me (I'm hormone sensitive apparently) so I had it yanked and swapped for the ParaGard. I took the 800mg ibuprofen ahead of time, and didn't have any cramping until that night. I cramped pretty badly for about 4 days, it was worse at night. I took max doses of advil, good for 4 hours, and it wore off at three so there was always that hour of misery. I even took a vicodin at night because the cramps wouldn't allow me to sleep. I have been through mostly natural labor twice and consider myself to have a pretty high pain tolerance.
BUT...After the fourth day, it settled and I felt nothing besides the occasional twingy cramps. So it may just be settling down and your uterus is pissed. Definitely let us know how your appointment goes!
Good luck!
Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not a big help here, since I'm one of the (few?) lucky people whose cramping Paragard made easier to deal with, but I just want to let you know that back pain during bad bouts of cramps is totally normal, so don't worry about that specifically. If you're like me, when your uterus is hurting, any area below the waist is fair game for the pain.
Feb. 4th, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
Thanks to you both!

Good to know that lower back pain is a normal side effect of cramps - I never would've guessed. Apparently 10 years of BCPs meant I had it easy with the cramping, and am only now getting to know how my body naturally reacts. ;)

Today is slightly better than yesterday - I'm taking Aleve every 12 hours, and it makes the cramping tolerable - still sucks, but I can go about my day. I had the ultrasound this morning, and it showed that the IUD is in the right place - but it also showed that I do have a small uterus. 6.25 inches I guess is small, and the lady said that may be why I'm having more pain than most women.

Called my gyno, and she said if it still hurts this bad in a couple days, that she suggests taking OUT the IUD ~ that some uterus' just don't agree with them. This does not make me happy ~ I was thrilled to go off hormones. Also, I'm really surprised they would suggest that after only two days... the insertion was kind of a big deal? So I'm going to wait it out about a week and see if this pain lessens. I really want the IUD to work out like it has for so many of you.

Any other similar stories/tips/advice are appreciated.. ;) Has anyone else had their gyno advice to take out the IUD, but you refused, and are happier for it?

Feb. 11th, 2011 07:07 am (UTC)
and the pain HAS lessened! YAY! glad i waited.
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