It's officially been a month and a few days since my IUD insertion. Things have gone fairly smooth and I don't have any many complaints or worries. I had cramping for a few days, nothing horrible, actually more annoying than painful, and a dose of Motrin knocked them out for about 24 hours at a time.
I'm going to go ahead and say that I have had some sort of spotting for the whole month. I never had spotting before so I'm not really sure that's what it would be classified as. I've had this brownish discharge that doesn't look like blood (unless its very watered down) and is thin. It looks more like residual iodine from the insertion than anything else, but I'm not sure I'd still have any traces of iodine up there. Anyway, it's very thin and panty liners are enough too keep it at bay.
I have had a couple of instances where I had intense, sharp pain when sneezing, but only when seated. If I sneezed while standing or laying down, nothing. This happened to me once before I had the IUD inserted so it wasn't a huge alarm for me, but still not the most fun experience. The pain subsided almost immediately, but still caused me to cringe for a few moments.
My period came a day early and was precluded by a few blood clots that were about the size, shape, color and consistency of raisins. The period itself was just as heavy as its always been (bummer) and lasted about two days longer than usual (double bummer). I did experience some PMS symptoms, which is rare for me. I ate a lot and gained about 5 pounds, which hasn't fallen off yet. I had fatigue, which is usual for me, but my usual breast tenderness wasn't present. I also didn't break out which I was happy to see, typically around my period I will get a zit or two.
I have had random sort of cramps around the right side of my pelvis where I assume my ovary is, and it sort of radiates down toward my thigh. It's not super painful and it normally subsides after a few moments, but my over active imagination does wonder if one of the arms of the IUD is like poking my ovary something. But I'm pretty sure that's not even physically possible. I'm not currently sexually active so there's no way it's an ectopic pregnancy or any such thing.
I do have to admit that I'm pretty terrible at checking for my strings. I may have checked for them a total of five times since insertion. I always intend to check on them in the shower, but I always forget or get distracted (can we say short attention span?).
All in all I'm very happy with the IUD so far and the few aches and pains and even the five pounds I've gained are totally worth it.
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