May 3rd, 2013

  • vawi

Positive Paragard Insertion!

Hi, I'm new to the site and wanted to post as I just got my IUD (the Paragard) inserted yesterday and I had a very positive insertion process! I read lots of posts before I went in which helped in some ways but also made me nervous as some women seem to have really negative experiences, so I wanted to add my story to the group of great experiences to hopefully help dispel nerves about the insertion.

I had my appointment yesterday afternoon which was day 6 of my period, so kind of the tail end of it. During the consultation appointment my doctor had given me misoprostol to take but because of a miscommunication I didn't realize that I was supposed to take it at least 8 hours before the insertion (Don't let this happen to you!). I called the doctor right away but since I only had 2 hours until my appointment at this point they said that it wasn't worth taking anymore but they could still try and insert the IUD, it would just be more painful / maybe not work. I was a little upset since I was already nervous about the pain and I definitely wanted it to work! I took the 600 mg of Ib-profen and ate a big lunch (even though I was more nervous than hungry) and hoped that would be enough.

I went to the appointment with my partner and this is something I would definitely recommend - I was a little hesitant to bring him into the room with me just because it wasn't that big of a deal and I didn't want the doctor to think I was over-reacting but it turned out to be a great idea. Choosing between the 2 IUDs was really difficult for me since I wanted the Paragard all along but I do have heavy periods; in the end I decided to try dealing with that over the hormonal side effects of the Mirena. The insertion itself lasted right around 5 minutes and the doctor made me feel much better when she told me that she had already inserted 6 IUDs that week so it wasn't that big of a deal. Before the doctor started to do anything she explained the entire process to me (which I kind of think of as happening in 4 steps) which I would also recommend asking your doctor to do as it was very comforting knowing what was happening and how far along we were in the process. I undressed and she first gave me a pelvic exam and then inserted a speculum which was no problem. The second step was giving me a shot of anesthetic to my cervix to numb it which I think is the pinch that lots of women described. It really was way better than it sounds! She just had me take a deep breath then cough really hard and the force of me coughing alone pushed my cervix to the tip of the needle, it was one of the least painful shots I've had since it was so small and quick. I think the third step or "sounding" where she measured the depth of my uterus was the most painful but again not that bad. From what I could see / hear she inserted a long metal rod into my uterus to make sure it was deep enough (needs to be more than 6 cm and mine was 7). This led to strong cramping, but it wasn't really like the kind of cramps I experience on my period - they were definitely intense but since it only lasted 10 seconds (she actually had me count down out loud from 10 which helped give me a time frame to concentrate on) it was almost over too quickly to really hurt. Just make sure to keep breathing deep. Finally the last step was getting the paragard inserted, it felt similar to the sounding with some quick cramping but for me it was less painful and was over quicker. I couldn't feel the IUD spring into place or anything like that like some women do.

I was so relieved that it was over so quickly and relatively painlessly. I had made plans to take off my work shift that evening if need be, but immediately after I felt fine (I didn't feel dizzy or nauseous like some women do) and 2 hours later I was still OK so I went and worked on my feet for 6 hours. Last night and today I'm bleeding a little, but nothing heavy and no real cramps at all. So all in all I couldn't be happier, even without the Misoprostol I got through it. Overall my main advice would be:
1. Have the doctor tell you what she is going to do before anything happens and then walk you through it as you go. I believe this really made my experience much better because I wasn't confused or anxious about what was happening when I couldn't see anything. Advocate for yourself!
2. If possible bring somebody along - being able to squeeze my partners hand and look at him made me feel more centered plus it made it feel like more of our experience together instead of just mine. If he couldn't have gone with me I would have loved to have a friend or my sister go too.

Hopefully my post helps women who are feeling really nervous and have read lots of painful insertion stories feel better since my experience was really smooth and easy. Thanks for the site, I'm so glad to have found it!

1st post-Mirena period.. think I'm gonna die

I had my IUD taken out about 2 months ago after a doctor insisted due to a possible case of PID. He also found a cyst which was about 4cm, and apparently is not dangerous.

I had initially gone to the doctor was because I'd been having non-stop cramps for months that were gradually getting worse. So after the IUD came out, things were going pretty well at first. Cramps were gone, and I was feeling good! I was waiting patiently for my first period.. and getting a bit concerned since it took so long to come.

This Tuesday I woke up and felt really crampy all day. I took about 600mg of Ibuprofen, and it didn't seem to do anything. Finally in the afternoon my period came POURING in with monsterous amounts of blood and gigantic clots. I went home, and went to bed. At around 4 in the morning I woke up because I was in SO MUCH pain. I went to the bathroom to discover I'd bled through everything (thank god my PJs were black!) I changed my business, and cried for hours trying to get back to sleep. In the morning I felt a bit better, and was fine to go to work. I had bled through another tampon & bad, too.

Now it's been about 4 days and I'm still laying around crying in pain pumping myself full of painkillers. This sucks!

In your non-medical opinions, would this horrific, GIANT blood-clot filled, incredibly painful period be more likely caused by the cyst or the fact that I haven't had a period in 2 years?