February 11th, 2013

Freaking out!

Hi everyone,

I have my IUD insertion tomorrow and I'm basically having a panic attack because I'm really scared of the pain. I'm not worried about infection, perforation or anything, just the pain of the insertion. My heart is beating a million miles a second and I'm so scared that maybe the pain is going to be so unbearable that I'm going to have PTSD or something afterwards :(
I'm so sorry if this post freaks out anyone else getting an IUD but I'm sure most people go in scared right? I KNEW I should have stopped reading IUD horror stories online :(

I'm taking 800mg of ibuprofen and 500mg of acetaminophen before and I'm going to be on day 3 of my cycle tomorrow... but I'm nulliparous (never been pregnant!)
Can someone please tell me, is it a stabbing pain or more like a very intense cramp? Does the pain of sounding/insertion only last for a minute or does it go on for hours? I'm so scared!

EDIT: I GOT MY IUD!!! And guess what, I was freaking out over absolutely NOTHING! It didn't hurt like I thought it would. Like it was sort of like an ache or period cramp or something. It doesn't really hurt so much as feels really really weird. But honestly, stubbing my big toe is way worse than that lol! Tooootal piece of cake!

Thanks sooo much everyone!!

For anyone thinking about getting an IUD, just take painkillers beforehand and you'll be fine :D
Bo Lin

WELP

So yeah I am NP 26 years old and transitioning FTM and my Mirena is expiring soon.

So I am having some slight anxiety in regards to my IUD, it expires in March, am I still covered and I won't worry about pregnancy with it? Strings are still their and I haven't had any periods yet so I think I am still good. I am switching to a Paragurd or a Flex T, so I am asking if Medicaid will cover my IUD, I am aiming for a non hormonal so I can transition.

Thanks for listening
Bard
IvyEnvenom

Considering IUD, Some Concerns

To start, I am a 25 year old, NP female. I had my regular GYN and PAP today and we discussed birth control. She went through the list and I mentioned that an IUD may be best for me because I'm hopefully going to be starting a Physician Assistant program in the fall. So, since I've gotten home from my appointment, I've been doing a little research.

ParaGuard sounds awesome because it lasts for 12 years. I don't want kids at all, and if I thought I could go to a doctor and ask them to remove my uterus completely and they actually would, that's the option I would go for. The thing that concerns me with Paraguard is that I do have some sensitivity to metals. It's not formally diagnosed, but cheap earring (like from Claire's) irritate my piercings. I've had better luck with white gold studs, but my white gold class ring brings about a sort of rash that feels like the ring is eating away at my skin. Now, like I said this isn't formally diagnosed, but I don't know if all metals irritate my skin or if its just questionable jewelry. I'm also not a big fan of the heavier, more crampy menstrual cycles. My cycle is bearable, but its fairly heavy and not so crampy, but I don't want to situation to get any worse.

I'm a little leery of the hormones in Mirena. I know its fairly low dose hormones, and I've never had any ill effect from HBCs (I took Ortho TriCyclen Lo for about a year when I started college and I could never remember to take the pills). The lighter to no period sounds great, but like I said, I don't have any major issues with my period now.. I just don't want it to get worse. Mirena last five years and that's great too, but the 12 years for ParaGuard just sound fantastic.

So now I've worked myself into a circle. I'm going to call my insurance tomorrow and find out if there are any differences in price for the two devices... maybe that will be the deciding factor. Until then, any advice?