August 10th, 2013

When will I stop bleeding?

Hey ya'll-
I got my iud (paragard) inserted one month ago. I spotted/leaked/bled for 4 days after insertion. Insertion was mostly just annoying, not painful. I had cramps the day of insertion and took a long nap. Besides that I was fine.

Now, I am having my first iud period. I am currently on day 14. My usual period is 4-6 days long, with the first day very light, the second and third day extremely heavy, and the last few days tapering off into nothing. So when my period started two weeks ago, it was very light, no cramps, very easy and I'm like "oh gosh I love paragard periods! This is easy!" And then it just kept going and going AND GOING. I had maybe two days of medium heavy bleeding, then a lot more very very very light days, and then nothing for almost a day. Then we had PIV sex, and that started the bleeding again for about 12 hours. Not a ton, just some pinkish/red on a pantiliner and it took like 12 hours to even be very much at all, but it would be enough to wreck underwear. The next day we had PIV sex again (the bleeding wasn't happening then) and then after sex, more bleeding! But still extremely light and pinkish/red. The next day it has turned into brownish red, not a lot but enough to wreck underwear still. My husband has average penis size, and he has bumped my cervix a few times but not to the point that I'm like "oh my god that hurts so bad".

Sooo to wrap up, I think my period is over, have sex, keep bleeding, is this my period, is it not? Ahhh. Nothing hurts, no cramps, my strings and all that are still exactly how they have been since getting this thing in here. I know it takes time for my body to adjust, but is this all normal? I am just tired of worrying about ruining all my underwear. Plus I want to make sure this is all what should be (or is acceptable) to be happening.

Also, a quick about me: no kids, no pregnancies, 25. Average height/weight ratio, vegan, the only exercise I get is at work (I wait tables) and I take medication: lamictal and wellbutrin.

The google hasn't told me anything helpful, only that I'm probably dying or something else awful so I quit reading it. I figured I'd ask here because you people are always so helpful!

  • sujiya

Regular Periods Since Paraguard Insertion, Now 10 Days Late??

Firstly, thank you for taking the time to read this. I really appreciate any answers!

I am 33 years old, had Paraguard inserted in November of last year. I came off HBC around the time of insertion and have had fairly regular periods since insertion. Historically since I started having periods around age 11, they have always been very irregular; it runs in the family, apparently. So I was very surprised that I had a regular period after stopping HBC and relying only on the Paraguard.

Now I am 10 days late for my period. The only signs it might be coming are a few little spots last week, and (sorry for tmi!) my nipples started getting sore today but have largely recovered since morning, as well as very mild cramps the last two days. Took a pregnancy test on day 7 of missed period and it was a very strong negative (my first pregnancy showed up as "ghost lines" until I was four weeks pregnant, but the ghost lines were present from day 5 of missed period).

My boyfriend and I had intercourse in July, but it was right after my period ended and according to my ovulation calendar it would have been a full week before peak ovulation. We also had intercourse last week after the spotting happened. Boyfriend also confirmed that the strings are still very much in place and "pokey" as they always have been (I can't reach them since I had a c-section and cervix is too far up).

Other factors I am considering: returned from vacation July 16th with a 3 hour time zone change; discontinued the use of Metformin in May (for insulin resistance, not PCOS) and Klonopin last month; some stress surrounding return to normal life after graduating from university.

So I guess my question is, how likely is it that my IUD has failed? Should I be concerned? If not now, at what point without a period should I truly become concerned? I am obviously not trying to get pregnant as my health would not permit it.

Thank you for your replies. :)