Hi Everyone! I stumbled across the IUD_Diva's during a late night internet quest for the truth.
I got a Paragard IUD in October, 2011. Long story short, I took hormonal birth control pills for over 7 years with no problems. In 02-2011 I started having digestive problems. In 08-2011 (yes, 6 months later - it's amazing what crippling poverty caused by crushing student loan debt will cause a girl and her man to do) I was scheduled to have my gall bladder removed for the paltry sum of $15,000 when a pharmacist told me that birth control pills cause gall bladder disease and if I stopped pumping those nasty fake hormones into my body I would start feeling better. I threw the pills away and felt better within days, no surgery required (yay for keeping my money and my body parts!)
Since pregnancy is NOT an option for us right now, we chose the Paragard. Since I got it inserted I've been having lots of cramps and not just during my period.
I occasionally get pain during sex and after sex, with some positions making it "angrier" than others. I would rank that pain moderate. It goes away if I use an over the counter pain medicine but it makes me miserable.
The random cramps strike anywhere and everywhere for no apparent reason. It just feels like typical, mild period cramps. There have been instances where this pain lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. I don't honestly know if any of these are normal cycle-related cramps, like around ovulation and pre-period because it seems like my junk hurts ALL THE TIME so it's hard to pick up a pattern.
My period itself isn't much different than before the Paragard. It lasts about 5-7 days with all but 2 days being extremely light. I usually don't have any pain or problems during my period.
I was warned by my doctor that something like 15% of women who choose the Paragard get it removed within a year for pelvic pain and cramps. I fully intend to stick it out for a full year at least even if the pain doesn't improve so I was wondering if anyone had similar problems or any possible solutions? I know the critter is in place, and I try to take a daily prenatal multivitamin that has 100% daily value for just about everything. Also, I work out 5 times a week and am in very good shape. I'm willing to try just about anything. The pain isn't really problematic - just annoying. Plus I don't want to destroy my stomach by taking too much unnecessary pain medicine since I've had a stomach ulcer before and still can't take ibuprofen for that reason.