April 6th, 2013

The Sentinel

The End of Flexi-T 300

Just wanted to let everyone know that after the excruciating amount of pain I was in and the massive amount of bleeding that I was experiencing, I had my Flexi-T 300 removed two days ago.

Just a recap: I had started experiencing pretty moderate cramping just a little over a week after my insertion (10 days to be exact). It was bearable and I figured it was related to ovulation. I was prepared to deal with that sort of moderate cramping for awhile, as I figured it was the norm based on what I've read on this board.

But two days later the cramping became excruciating and every time I went to the bathroom there was really dark red blood (almost black with small clots) pouring out of me. This was about mid-cycle for me and I wasn't expecting my period for another 2 to 2 1/2 weeks. It couldn't have been that. My anxiety was really bad and I felt really sick from losing that much blood.

I was at work that morning and I could not get comfortable or control the excruciating amount of pain I was in. I couldn't sit, I couldn't stand and I could lay down comfortably. I had taken one Aleve the night before and two that morning. They did absolutely nothing for me. So I contacted Women's Health Options to ask if what I was experiencing was normal. They told me that by no means should IUD cramping EVER be SEVERE. And believe me, it was EXCRUCIATING. They advised me to get to the ER ASAP to see what was up.

So I went to the ER, waited a couple hours before a Gyno was available to see me.

He told me that he had quite a few women come in with terrible IUD related pain and bleeding. I didn't feel so bad. He checked it out and said everything seemed to be where it was supposed to be. He also checked for infections, bacteria, etc... The BV had cleared up but, as I suspected, the UTI was still there after having been on antibiotics for a week.

Considering that I can't be dealing with that sort of pain and bleeding on a regular basis, and I definitely can't be missing work regularly, I had my Flexi-T 300 removed. The cramping subsided immediately, however I have continued to bleed since then. I'm under the impression that the IUD completely threw my cycle off and I got my period 2 weeks early. :/ Wonderful.

I'm kinda bummed out but I think I did the best thing by listening to my body when it was telling me it was not happy and things were not functioning normally. I'm going to take some time to let my body go back to normal and let my cycle figure itself out. I may consider trying the IUD again in the future, but I also plan to talk to my doctor about low hormone birth control  (I have high blood pressure so it might not be the best idea). Until then, the boyfriend and I will have to suck it up and use condoms. :(

I also want to add that I think maybe it's a common misconception that experiencing excruciating pain is normal and OK at all when you have an IUD. I don't see how that can be good for anyone. I'm really sad things went downhill so quickly for me and Flexi-T. :(

Back to square one.