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No Period on Paragard

 Hi ladies.  I have spent the last hour searching for my answer in here so I would have to bother you with a question, but I just can't find anything relating to what I am going through.  I have had Paragard since March.  I had a wonderful insertion.  No cramping, no bleeding, nothing... My period resumed as usual and right on schedule after insertion.  My cycles are usually 32 days, and since having Paragard, they have continued this way.  This month, however, I am going on 40 days with no period.  I know I had sex the day and whole week I ovulated.  I feel just like I did last time I was pregnant... Very tired, dizzy, hungry, etc... But I also know that Paragard was designed to keep me from getting pregnant and I kind of trust it to do that.  Therefore, I haven't let myself think that I could be.  I guess I'm just questioning if it is normal for my period to be this late.  Nothing else in my life has changed... No diet changes, no stress, activity level... all the same.  Also, I have checked my strings.  They seem about the same.  I called my OBGYN and they want me to come in next week to get it checked out.  Just wondering what you all think!  Thanks so much!

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tuttlesox
Jul. 9th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Also...
I was not coming off of any HBC when I got Paragard. I had a baby in January and my cycle had re-regualted and all that before I got Paragrad put in.
bearscanfly
Jul. 9th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
I also got my Paragard in March and have had regular periods. Unlike you though, I was coming off HBC and my cycles have gotten shorter.

I don't want to worry you needlessly, but pregnancy with Paragard is possible; it's not 100% effective. There was a recent post in this community from someone who experienced it. Why not pick up a home pregnancy test to keep your mind at ease?
chipie
Jul. 11th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
I agree. Dollar stores sometimes have pregnancy tests if you're cheap like me! I've also seen cheap ones in grocery stores. The cheap ones work just as well as the more expensive ones..
agsux_2
Jul. 9th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
i had the same thing happen but wasn't pregnant... i would have like several normally timed periods in a row and then one that was randomly a week or so late... i've had the paragard for over a year now and sometimes i have late periods but i haven't been pregnant... it's kinda weird but it might be normal
flavorcrystals
Jul. 9th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
Same things been happening to me. Over the past year, my cycles have become consistently longer that pre-paragard, non-hbc cycles. I went from about 30 days to 40. Each part of the cycle is longer, it seems (including pms, flow and cramping). I don't know if I can attribute this to the Paragard or not, but I am glad that I bought like 20 pregnancy tests on Amazon (very reasonably priced, too!)
summersilly
Jul. 10th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
Same thing happened to me, except I have never been able to feel my strings. I keep track of my cycles on the My Days app on my phone, but then I reset my phone and totally forgot if it was 3 or 4 weeks since my last period. So when I didn't get my period last week, I didn't panic, thinking I must have gotten the dates wrong. My first period on Paragard was perfectly on time. Then I didn't get it this week and I freaked out, went and got a pregnancy test, and I wasn't pregnant. It was a buy one get one free thing so if I still haven't gotten it for another week, I'll take the second one. But for now, I'd say, go get a home pregnancy test, just to ease your mind.
oncelonely
Jul. 10th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
I would take a home pregnancy test. If you're eight days late, a HPT should be very accurate. If nothing else, it would be good to at least rule it out!

Good luck and let us know what happens. :)
neroticknitter
Jul. 11th, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
I would take a test. I had something similar happen to me, but ended up being pregnant, even with the IUD being where it was supposed to be. I would take the test to at least rule it out. The IUD is amazingly effective, but there is that very small percentage, even with perfect use.
508beachbum
Jul. 12th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
Similar experience for me
I had been on the pill since I was 15 (to regulate periods and help with the heavy flow) I continued to take some form of HBC until this past January....I am now 30. I have suffered from extreme migraines since I can remember and I finally got to the point of realizing that when I was menstruating (and I wasn't taking a pill that week) my migraines started up. I had been seeing a neurologist for years without a success story. Anyway, I am off almost all of my medications for migraines because of my IUD. I chose (for obvious reasons) Paragard because it is hormone free. On Jan 3rd of this year I had it inserted by my OB/GYN and the following week I got my first HEAVY period. It reminded me a lot of the periods I got before being on the pill. February, I got my period right on day 28 and I thought "this is great, I am finally regular!" March came and I think I finally got my period on day 35...and it was the last week of March first week of April and I haven't seen a period again. I am in no way, shape or form pregnant because I am single and NOT having sex. (at all!) My strings are still in place and I had one day a few weeks ago where I thought I would finally be starting my period (it was day 57) and I spotted for that day and haven't seen anything since.
Unfortunately, I just switched jobs and moved cross country, I don't have health insurance until Aug 1st so I can't go see my doctor to find out what gives.
I was geared up to have this horrific periods with terrible cramping and heavy flow for the next few months following January and I had 2.......so I understand your questioning the IUD.
tuttlesox
Jul. 12th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
Not pregnant, but still no period!
Thanks for all the comments, ladies. They really have helped ease my mind. I took a pregnancy test and it came up negative. Still no period, but based on your comments, I guess that is fairly normal. So weird. I would love to know why, since it is hormone free. I plan on getting it removed in October to try to conceive again, and I have to admit that I am pretty excited to have it out of me. I just don't like the worry of being this late for a period when I have never been late in my life (other than when I was pregnant).
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