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Mona Lisa Copper IUD insertion

Hi, I'm Michelle. Today, February 14, 2017, I just had my first ever copper IUD insertion. At first, when I went to the clinic, I initially wanted prescription so I can buy birth control pills here in Canada. During my appointment, I told the counsellor (Yenis) that I only came here for the prescription pills to be protected, in case my bf accidentally used an expired condom or the condom didn't work, like it broke? or if he forgot to put condom, worst, I will be raped (well, yeah, I admit, I am paranoid). She asked me if I have read other birth control methods other than taking pills, I said 'No, what do you recommend?'.. So she started presenting different birth control methods starting with pills (which I couldn't miss on time otherwise I'll be pregnant), then the ring (that I have to insert myself..) and so on, until she presented me the IUD.

When she was detailing it to me, I told her I don't want hormone IUD as I tend to be moody/emotional when taking hormonal pills, and that I also have migraines. After long discussion, she decided And recommended copper IUD for me. I payed $60 for Mona Lisa 5 Standard (NT Cu380) at IWHC, Toronto (prices are also indicated on their website).

After my schedule with Yenis, I was then transferred to Tamara (the doctor) for IUD insertion. Based on Tamara's questions, I told her that my period is normal (I opened my period calendar on my iPhone, yeah, I have the habit to monitor my period), that I do have heavy periods during 1st and 2nd days, and light ones on 3rd and 4th days (yes, I have 4 days period every month). She told me as well that she'll do some tests to see if we'll proceed with IUD insertion or not. We did urine test (to see if I am pregnant or not, cuz I told her I am skeptical that I might---turned out negative, YES!), the pup smear test, and examining the position of my uterus (she told me that pain depends on the opening size as well, if too narrow, it will be more painful/unease. Turns out, mine is normal as how she described it). So after all tests that's been done, I am all set for insertion.

She's very informative on every procedures she's doing. First, when she opened the box for ML5 Standard, she gave me information pamphlet for patients. Then she disinfected the outer layer of mine, followed by putting the metal tool she used to support the widening on that part, then disinfected my inside again. After that, she measured the depth of my uterus (so she knew the length she can cut the threads of ML5 IUD.. damn, I felt the cramps at that moment already! She told me to just take normal breath, it will be over soon). Next step was she inserted ML5 (that long tube!) on my uterus (the cramps was twice at that moment considering the fact that I seldom have cramps on my period, like i can count 1-3 times a year only). Pains were more like, 1st during the pinching for the threads and 2nd during the actual insertion. After that, she trimmed the threads and .. viola! Done!

She asked me if I feel any dizziness and how's the cramps, i said, no dizziness and cramps are almost gone, and then she assisted me slowly to sit up while kept asking if I feel any dizziness (as some patients felt it that others cannot tolerate), I said, I'm ok. She advised me how to check/feel the threads using my fingers to make sure it's still in position. She also told me to come back weeks after my period to check if copper IUD is still intact, or how I'll be feeling and so on so she can decide if to remove it or not or whatever (of course, to make sure I'll be perfectly fine). She also told me that there was/were reported cases where both partners (bf&gf) felt the thread during intercourse, so it was trimmed a bit too, and like I will get heavier periods and so on..

I left IWHC feeling ok, and go on for very late lunch. At 1.5hours after the insertion, I kind of felt the cramps and pinching again and it's way more painful compared to what I felt during the insertion. Plus, considering the fact that it's freaking cold in Toronto! I'm a bit panicking, and that I thought of going for more walks (thinking that it will ease the pain), taking calm breathes.. and everything turns out fine, like after 5-7 minutes, the cramps and pinching were gone.

So now, I am on my bed and about to sleep (exactly 8 hours after insertion), and I am feeling normal, no cramps. And if ever I will feel pain, I will take Advil/Aleve just like what she advised me. Of course, now I am still seeing spotting / bleeding. I am just hoping that my case would be normal compared to others who felt differently, the aftermath.

I started to post my experience too just like others so I'll have actual references from those using copper IUD, I will post more if there would be something odd in the future. I'm welcoming myself to the IUD club :)

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nathskywalker
Feb. 15th, 2017 11:12 am (UTC)
Welcome to IUD club ;)
mich_123
Feb. 15th, 2017 11:24 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
archangelbeth
Feb. 15th, 2017 10:36 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the club, and I'm glad you got such an easy insertion overall!
mich_123
Feb. 15th, 2017 10:43 pm (UTC)

Thanks :) but now I kind of feeling dizzy (as in the whole day, but manageable) so I cooked red meat for my lunch as I read, I'll be needing Zinc on my body 😖

archangelbeth
Feb. 16th, 2017 06:01 am (UTC)
Fingers crossed that the dizziness will fade. (If the IUD has messed with the vagus nerve -- as I think was mentioned in the other post? -- then yeah, that can make for dizzy. Or if it slipped out of place and is pressing on the nerve at all. Lower probability, but worth asking the doctor about if the dizziness continues.)

I had a lot of dizziness right after my second insertion (which was... well, a right-angle turn in a retroverted uterus is not an easy insertion, ow ow ow), but happily it chilled out after I'd been lying down for 10-15 minutes or so. ...maybe 20. Not sure.

Good luck!
mich_123
Feb. 16th, 2017 07:31 am (UTC)
Well, it's gone now.. but bleeding again 😖
archangelbeth
Feb. 17th, 2017 05:44 am (UTC)
Angry Uterus Spits At You!

...well, that's what mine does, anyway. My uterus has a very poor attitude. >_>
mich_123
Feb. 17th, 2017 08:14 am (UTC)
Exactly, it's been 4 days and going on 5th, still bleeding. 😒
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