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Copper IUD Insertion Help


A few days ago, I had the copper IUD inserted as I was taking the mini pill and it really wasn't working for me at all.

I was fine on the day it was inserted, bit of mild cramping and some spotting, wasn't too bad. However, yesterday I had horrible cramping and I'm also bleeding a moderate amount of bright red blood. Today is the same kind of bleeding, only without the horrific cramps. Should I be concerned? I haven't had a normal period since stopping the mini pill 6 weeks ago, so could the IUD have triggered a period?
No one I know has an IUD and the leaflet the doctor gave me is useless! 

String embedded in Vagina near Cervix

Hi! I recently was checking my strings and one of them felt like it was embedded in the wall of my vagina right next to my cervix. I am about to start my period and I was hoping to try out menstrual cups for the first time this  month. I can't find anything about this online. Has this happened to anyone else? It is not painful. Is there a chance that it will go back to normal on it's own? Does this make it more or less safe to use the cups? 

Mirena - Day 1 Post-insertion

Hi all, 

Yesterday I switched over from OCPs (Junel Fe 1/20 — contains both norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol as hormones and ferrous fumarate as placebo iron pills) to an IUD. A little about me.... I'm a 26 y.o., no previous pregnancies and not looking to start a family anytime soon so thought I'd try out a new birth control method that so many have been raving about. Aside from the reason mention previously, I also wanted to switch for ease and simplicity — no more pills. I was very good with taking OCPs daily but not having to remember at all AND having a form of birth control that is more effective I decided to make the switch. 

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pinching with mirana

Hey everyone! So I just got my mirana on Friday the 9th and since then I have been getting this odd pain that feels like I'm being pinched but in my uterus. My sister who has a IUD says she never feels her's but I'm also 23 and have never had children and she is older and has had 5 kids (not sure how big of a difference that makes) I'm concerned cause I was prepared for cramps but not a pinching pain and I'm also only seeming to get bad cramps on my right side which seems odd to me. Advise?? Should I be worried about the pinching?? The pain only on the right side??

Hi everyone!
I haven't posted for quite some time, but whenever I'm feeling some sort of anxiety or questions I seem to always come back to this community after almost 5 years now with my Paragard. :)
Anyways - I was hoping anyone could provide some peace of mind, personal experiences or advice as I am a nervous wreck right now.
I was due for my period last Tuesday..thought I would be getting it but nothing has happened yet. I thought about Valentines Day when my bf and I obviously did the dirty quite a few times that day...for the past 5 years, we either use condoms or pull out every time, he has never finished inside me. However the week after Valentines Day, I had very sore breasts, some cramps and dark brown spotting for about 4 or 5 days.. this was also the time of my ovulation so I thought it might be for that reason. I was worried that it might be implantation bleeding since I looked online and only found horror stories. I also noticed a slight weight gain but nothing crazy, I kind of attribute it to drinking a lot more wine and new foods lately as we have moved out together recently. I can feel my strings so I assume my Paragard is in place as it always has been.

Since last Tuesday, I have taken 2 pregnancy tests. One this past weekend and one this morning, both negative. I have my annual OBGYN appointment at the end of this month and I feel like I can't wait that long and want answers now.. I want to know what's going on ASAP.

What would you all do in this situation? Should I be worrying? I know no birth control is 100% effective, but my bf and I always thought we were playing it safe because he never even finished inside me. I know periods can be late for a variety of reasons, but mine have usually been pretty on time and no major factors have come into my life to throw things off this much. HELP.

Paraguard Removal

I've finally decide I can't stand having my Paraguard of 9 months in any longer (see previous post: https://iud-divas.livejournal.com/3880110.html). It's really ruining my life. My doctor has agreed to remove it but has warned me since my insertion was so terrible the removal most likely will not be a walk in the park.

I have a couple of questions:

— will it make any difference to remove the "Paradevil" when I'm on my period? Or does that only help for insertion?

— My doctor has offered to prescribe me any drug that I think will help. Has anyone used muscle relaxers? Is Xanax any more effective than a painkiller like Vicodin? I have another friend who got through her insertion via edibles.

— I've read that sometimes your body will adapt to how heavy/crampy your period is on Paraguard and it doesn't go away even after removal? Is that anyone else's experience?


IUD pain and birth?

Hi! New diva here and new to this website. I just got the paragard put in today and I can honestly say that it was the worst pain I've ever experienced. It hurt so bad that I threw up from the pain. The feeling of my cervix dialating like it did and the insertion was like living a nightmare. But after reading a few articles, now I'm worried. I want to have kids in the future, and I haven't had any yet, so I don't know the pain level, but I compared getting my iud in as giving birth with no epidural. Any mom's out there that can help Me? I don't want to be scared to have kids because I've always wanted them, but now I'm hesitating because if that pain is the same and worse than getting my iud put in, I might actually have to think kids through a bit more.. also, when did the pain subside for y'all? I'm trying to go to sleep, but I keep rolling around in the foetal position.. and when were yall able to have sex for the first time without cramps? I'm worried that even gentle sex that makes me orgasm will give me unbearable cramps! Any help would be much appreciated!
Hi all,

I’m new here and completely new to IUDs themselves!

I had my Mirena fitted on Monday (5th March 2018) and was wondering when I should check my strings for the first time?

My doctor only mentioned to not have sex until next Tuesday (13 March 2018) and to check my strings the first time I have sex after insertion and then after every period. He didn’t mention when I should check them for the first time.

I found the insertion quite painful and found I had bad cramps for a few hours (nearly to the point of passing out). But also, TMI, that it gave me loose bowel movements and my cramps reduced greatly after this.

I’ve been okay today, but when I bent down this morning to put my socks on I had really bad cramps again that seemed to come and go as they pleased (painkillers and hot water bottles not helping). I am still currently taking the pill, which my doctor has advised me to finish my strip due to protection etc. I’ve also had some mucous looking discharge today that was a weird grey brown colour.

Sorry for the super long post - I’m just super nervous and need some reassurance!!
Thank you

Spotting Post Mirena

Hey all, I feel like I post all the time and it's probably weird but the advice really puts my mind at ease.

I got my Morena inserted last Thursday, and didn't have any spotting until today, but I've noticed it's much lighter (in color) than the spotting I had with my Paragard from hell experience from before. I'm wondering if other ladies who got Mirena noticed that their spotting was a lighter color (think pink) after insertion, and if it went away quickly or not. I'm assuming it's because of the hormones, and I expected the spotting in general, but I didnt realize I could spot in a way that was different than I'd experienced before.


Paragard removal

Hi all! I got my Paragard inserted in June of 2017. At first all was ok but then in December I had my first ever Bv infection. I was treated with Flagyl and my post test came up clean. Ever since then toward the end of my period and after it I got this gross yellow discharge that when you smell the pad or liner smells horrible...not fishy but almost like semen despite not having sex for a long time. I made the decision to remove my Paragard and got it taken out yesterday (3/5/18). At the appt the doctor said she didn’t notice any unusual discharge or smell. I spotted for a little yesterday and today I just wore a liner and I still have the smelly yellow discharge! Could it just take my body a little while to get back to normal? I sure hope so cuz I am starting to freak out that this will not go away! Any advice is appreciated!!!