August 6th, 2013

Colposcopy, Insanity and switching IUD's

Does anyone know if I can have my Mirena removed, a Paragard installed AND a colposcopy at the same time?

Backstory: 32NP, Mirena inserted March 8 (so, just a few days shy of 5 months.) Insertion itself was OK. Since then, I've had random & ridiculous cramps not associated with my period, copious shedding, several killer ovarian cysts (which I never had before)... Oh yeah and CRAZY, as in no control of my emotions, crying all the time, hopeless, irrational- like "give that girl an I-love-me jacket" level. Admittedly, there has been some significant stress in my life, but I've never reacted to stress this was before EVER.

I was trying to give it the full 6 months settling period, as I've heard that the emotional stuff can even out as well, but I don't think my marriage will survive another month. Adding to my stress-level, I had my first ever abnormal pap in May. Things just haven't worked out for me to get in yet (I know, I know, I'm working on it.)

So, back to my question- I know that the Mirena should be able to be removed during the Colposcopy, in fact, I've read several stories about them being removed by accident during the procedure. What I don't know is if I can have a Paragard placed at the same appointment.

On one hand, I know that you can have a removal and insertion in the same day, it happens all the time. But I don't know if they can, will, or if it's even a good idea to try it. Will my cervix already be too traumatized to do the next insertion since I will probably have biopsies? They did have to use several expanders during the Mirena insertion... might it be a good idea to give my body a break anyway?

I just don't know. I am going to call the doctor's office and ask, but they are moving their main office and I can't get anyone on the phone to save my life.

Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions would be very much appreciated.

  • lizgb

After nearly 3 years with no period and suddenly it rears its ugly head

Hi everyone. I had a Mirena inserted in June 2010. After insertion I had a couple of very light periods that then stopped completely around September 2010. Since then, aside from some post-trumatic break up stress spotting last year, there's been nary a drop of blood in my panties. And that's the way I like it.

Well this morning I woke up to my period. I actually yelped out loud when I saw the blood toilet paper- I was so surprised!  I'd totally forgotten what they're like- though I was pleased that the lower back pain I was having all night was due to me hurting myself at the gym like I feared.

Anyway, what I want to know is a). is this normal? and b). is this going to continue?

I really hate having a period, which is why I love Mirena so much. I kind of expected this to maybe happen towards the end of the life of my IUD, but it's still got 2 more years left! I don't why this would happen- there haven't been any changes in my life- no weight gain or loss, no diet changes, etc. Any explanation?
Mountain climbing :)
  • x3_kat

Update!: No longer an IUD diva (for now anyway!)

Hi everyone!
So you may recognise me from the multiple posts about my bloating, pains and gaining a half a stone etc etc! symptoms. Here was one of them from last week:

I went to my doc today discussing with her my research about different models maybe causing less discomfort eg flexi-t, nova-t, gynefix etc. The latter (gynefix) was one she had never heard of! :o She did offer to order it in and have a look at it however saying they are all inserted the same way and she should be able to do it ..... but is that not risky? What do u guys think?? Gynefix is not held by the arms as I told her but she was adamant - I thought it was kinda pushed into the womb wall and dangles there seeing as it is frameless?
Anyway, what we agreed was that I would get it out today, see if all my symptoms subside (hopefully my 7 and a half pound weight gain!) and bloating etc, and maybe go in and get another model fitted if I want. She says she mainly uses nova -t and originally wanted to give me that one but I heard flexi-t might be better(?)

I asked her which one I got and found out it was slimline TT380 I think? - This is what it looked like exactly (I asked to see it after it was out) -
(excuse the long link!)
She did agree it COULD be because it was a bigger model.. it reminds me of paragard (the us version) and i've heard about a few similar problems with that one too!

Also, I did notice one arm looked a bit more bent - do u think it was like that when I had it in?

To be honest, I don't know what model I will try next/if I should let her order the gynefix etcetc - i'm hoping to get some advice/opinions again off you helpful ladies! :)
But for now,i'm happy to let my uterus recover.
**Oh and just for anyone wanting to know, removal was a breeze! Tiiiiny cramp and that was it!**

Thanks all!

Kat xx

IUD insertion failure. Suggestions?

I am not sure I should be posting since I don't have an IUD yet, but I would really like some advice with what happened with my attempted insertion.

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I have been reading up on these for months, and looking at blogs, horror stories and successes... I haven't seen stories where the Drs just say "nope, sorry your S*** out of luck!"

Sooo, My real question is what is out there to help me? I think there is some kind of prescription you can take to dilate you before hand, I think there is something THEY can put on you to dilate you. I would just like to know the names of these things so that when I ask for a referral I can go to the new (hopefully experienced Dr) with the knowledge to say "these things exist, can we use them so this second attempt doesnt fail too?"