May 23rd, 2013

Jackson and I

Paragard insertion and Day #1

I became a Diva today, YAY!! Despite all that I've read, it really wasn't too bad at all.

Most of these things go pretty much the same way so I'll hit the highlights.
Insertion took about five minutes. He numbed my cervix with lidocaine and that was really the only part of the entire thing that hurt. He then sounded me - and said I deserved the award for smallest uterus 9 weeks PP. Then he put the device in place. The only part I actually felt was the cervical numbing and the speculum at the beginning.

I am about six hours out from the procedure right now and so far I've had no cramping and only slight twinges in my cervix from dilation. I have had some minor bleeding but that'a about all. I've been taking 400mg of ibuprofen every four hours since before the procedure but I'm thinking I probably don't even need that.

I'll see how the next few weeks go and my next period and let you all know, but so far so good. I am very happy I actually went through with my choice to get the Paragard - my new copper friend :)

Update: False Alarm?!

Hey friends:

So, I was here recently because I thought I yanked my Paragard out via Divacup. Well, two trips to Planned Parenthood and one to my usual gyno later, and it turns out...I'm totally fine.

Here's the skinny. I definitely felt something weird - loops/knot, or possibly plastic. I'm pretty sure it was plastic. There was some weird pain for two days - and then a little bit of pain that was very familiar. Not exactly sure how to describe it, but it was as if the IUD had returned home, and was poking its' favorite corner to say hello.

I couldn't feel anything abnormal string-wise the next time I checked, but was still resigned to having effed it up.

I went to PP for a pull and new insertion, the doctor could not see anything displaced. I begged for an ultrasound, but because I was not in pain anymore/not pregnant, they wouldn't give me one. I tried another PP, same story. Finally decided to shell out for my regular doc - who is WONDERFUL, but attached to a major hospital and therefore CRAZY expensive.

She got all up in there, and again, nada. All right as rain, and she confirmed that the strings are exactly the length that she trimmed them to. Again I asked "ultrasound, pretty please?" And she was like, honey, do not waste your $$. She swore up down and backwards that I am 100% protected.

So naturally, I've been super duper paranoid and checking the strings like every five seconds. And I'm hoping I won't be paying the ultimate price (!!) for trusting my gynecologist. However, three doctors and all physical signs point to my body having righted the wrong. Is this impossible? Am I being a total fool?

Another Success!

Hi everybody, I know there are a lot of people posting who recently got their IUDs, and I am one of them. I am just too excited to not tell my story.

I started taking the pill about a year and a half ago (when my boyfriend and I got together) and nobody really warned me of the side effects. It took me over a year before I finally realized why I was so depressed, paranoid, and all around crazy. I did some further research on the pill, which I probably should've done BEFORE I started taking it. So I went to my gyno, and she talked about non-hormonal options with me, including paragard. I was a little hesitant because I heard it was expensive, so we decided to try a lower dosage of pills for a while. They didn't work and I stopped taking them before I lost my mind.

When I went back and explained to her what happened, she was very understanding. I expressed my interest in trying paragard, and had done some reading on this site and many others beforehand. I also called my insurance and found out they only charge $56! Yay! I am 21 and have never been pregnant, so she warned me of the possible chance of expulsion. I decided to go for it anyways, so she prescribed me some pills to stick up there and told me to call when I got my next period.

When it happened, I called them and they had me come in the next day. The night before I put two of the pills in (wish I could remember the name). I woke up with a little bit of cramps, but no big deal, and put the other two in. When I got to the office, I started to get a bit nervous. Would it hurt? Would I pass out? Would it even go in? But all my worrying was for nothing, the process couldn't have gone more smoothly. It was only mildly uncomfortable at first, and when she clamped onto my cervix and inserted the paragard it just felt like a big cramp. As soon as she unclamped it, the feeling went away. I didn't have any pain until a few hours later when I got some pretty severe cramps. But I lay down for a while and took some ibuprofen, and they were gone by the evening. And the spotting lasted only 3 days!

As of now I've had it for about a month, and started my first period a few days ago. The cramps are a little bit worse, but not too bad. Also the bleeding is a bit heavier than it used to be but that is to be expected for a while. I guess my only question is the fact that I got random cramps all throughout the month. Is that normal and will it go away? I don't mind them on my period, but I hated getting them at totally unexpected times. Other than that, I love it so much! Most of the time I forget that it's even in there! We've been able to have sex successfully a couple times, although he can feel the strings on occasion and once I got instant cramps when I switched into a different position. This is probably the best choice for people who don't want hormones. I think I have lost some weight since going off the pill, and my sex drive is crazy! I want it more than my boyfriend does.

But anyways, in conclusion I would recommend the paragard to everyone, even if you have not had kids. With an experienced gyno, I don't think it would be much of a problem. I am very happy with it!