July 14th, 2013

lola sees your bullshit

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Hi :) New here, 20, nulliparous, IUD inserted the 27th June at the end my period, average-ish weight and generally quite tolerant of meds etc

I have the Nova-T 380 and the insertion really wasn't as bad as I was told it might be! One long cramp when it's inserted but after that it just became achy but I only took a few painkillers and it was only paracetamol. Basically it was fine~

I haven't had a period since and it's not due until like the 20th-22nnd but my boobs are really sore at the moment and there's been some very dark brown blood but quite sort of stuff-heavy, like, there's obviously womb lining in it but it doesn't appear to be a period despite cramping :/ I know it's normal for it to take a few months for periods to sort themselves out but does this sound normal and like it's going to stop being a little dick soon? idk whether it's the onset of a period or just random spotting or what.

Plus I read thte community and there was a post about hair loss on the copper IUD and now I am absolutely terrified about that :p Is this very rare?! I got out my booklet and it didn't metnion it at all?

MRI and Paraguard...

I know they're safe for 3 Teslas and under (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17241836), but I'm not going to be in the MRI itself, rather I'm working as a research assistant for a professor who's letting me sit in on scans he conducts with patients.

I'm wondering if I should be concerned with my Paraguard around an MRI? Should I ask? I kind of feel uncomfortable asking him about it. He's really nice and I'm sure it wouldn't be awkward...I just feel a bit weird about it. I really want to do MRI research in the future and I wanna know if my paraguard will be a safety concern.

Unsuccessful IUD Insertion

I wanted to share my Skyla insertion story and see whether this community has any thoughts or insights about the what happened. Bear with me. This story is a bit long.

I am 39, NP, and have been researching IUDs for nearly over a year before I finally decided to take the plunge. I have been reading all of the info on this site for the better part of a year. When decision time came, I decided to try Skyla. The fact that Skyla is a bit smaller, and has a lower amount of hormones, appealed to me.

My OBGYN answers questions via email, and she was very responsive. Prior to the insertion, I had only met with her once as I had just recently moved into the area. Prior to meeting her, I had been going to another OBGYN for 5+ years who I loved. And, while I felt I did not click in the same way with this new doctor during our initial meeting, she definitely seemed very knowledgeable. And, after her being so responsive about my questions related to the IUD, I made an appointment.

In an email to my doctor before the insertion, I did ask whether she thought we may have complications since my uterus is retroverted. She didn't seem to think it would be an issue.

I took 600mg of Advil before the appointment and was quite nervous. Thankfully, my husband decided to come with me to try to calm my nerves, and I was so glad he came! Anyway, we went into the room and the doctor did the initial exam. I asked about my retroverted uterus again, and she said it seemed to be "midline" and did not foresee any issues.

She injected my cervice with lidocaine. Uncomfortable, but really not bad at all. She clamped my cervix, which was also fine. Next, the sounding. Based on what I've read here, I was nervous about this part! And, I most definitely had a bad cramp/pain, but it was tolerable. The real terrible part came with the insertion of the IUD. I was in excruciating pain! It's hard for me to explain just how it felt, but it felt deep and constant. I actually yelled from the pain (which is not really like me!). I started to hyperventilate, get dizzy and felt like I was either going to faint or throw up.

Even after the IUD was inserted, I felt this terrible pressure. I agreed to "sit with it" briefly, but it was really unbearable. The doctor finally decided to get the ultrasound machine. When she took a look, she said that it appeared to be in OK, but that her ultrasound would not be able to show her if the IUD was placed on the "wrong plane." The pain did not stop, so we asked her to remove it.

After the IUD was removed, the doctor told me that she did have a patient in the past that had a retroverted uterus that had to have an IUD placed by a specialist with ultrasound guidance. Has anyone here had this done?

I was in pain the next day--worked from home with a heating pad. It took a couple of days at least to feel normal.

I am just really disappointed. As all of you know, it is a big decision, and I just felt ready. Did my doctor lack experience in placing an IUD when dealing with a retroverted uterus? Could it work for me if I went to another doctor? It was just so painful it would take me some time to get to a place where I could be ready again! And, now, I have to figure out another birth control method in the meantime. I was on birth control pills for years, but I have just been having such poor side effects over the last 6 months.

Appreciate any thoughts or insight!