I was waiting to do my long term Gynefix update until I hit the year mark, just to be safe, but I may as well post now, as it expelled (or at least, came out) about an hour ago.
I'm pretty upset about it. My previous two IUDs (flexi-T minis) moved out of place and had to be removed. So, as a last-ditch effort, I hopped over to Vancouver to have a Gynefix mini fitted. My doctors told me it was a good bet if I'd had bad luck with other kinds. The fitting went okay. It was fairly painful and I was a little traumatized by the shot to my cervix, but it was in there.
That was in January. I've had the placement checked twice now by ultrasound, mostly out of paranoia, and both times everything looked absolutely fine to my doctor (Dr. Trouton in Victoria).
I've been having some pain during sex pretty regularly since having it inserted--mostly stabby pains in my abdomen during certain positions--and also some pain during bowel movements. My partner has also complained about the strings poking him.
Aside from that, I've really liked having the Gynefix. My periods are super regular, and have been getting shorter and shorter each month (down to 4-5 days). I'm currently on my period now.
The only thing that I suppose could have been an indicator that the Gynefix wasn't sitting right, or had come loose, was perhaps a lack of pain during bowel movements the last couple of days. Usually I feel crampy pains around my anus and uterus, but the last few days I've felt nothing. So perhaps it was already loose.
Today I woke up in the wee hours of the morn to use the bathroom and changed my tampon. However, my flow was pretty light so when I went to take it out an hour ago it was difficult and kind of dry--I'm sure you guys know the feeling. I pulled a little and eventually got it. I can't remember if I felt anything remotely painful in my uterus. The tampon came out, hooray, and then I felt... a pokey thing in my vagina. The string was hanging out of it entirely. I didn't want to pull too hard in case it was still in, but I barely needed to touch it and the whole thing came out. I guess it was just sitting in my vagina.
So that's that. I've done the exact same thing with tampons in the past, but I still feel like it was my fault the stupid thing came out. Or maybe it had already come loose? I don't know. I've been told it's okay to use tampons with IUDs, but I feel like I should have known not to pull on it so hard... At any rate, I need to look into a new form of birth control.
Goodbye, little Gynefix. I went through a lot to get you, but it was not meant to be. You served me well, and shall be missed.
And here's a picture of the thing under the cut (a little bloody) in case you're interested. It's much smaller than I pictured.
EDIT: I called Willow Women's Clinic in Vancouver to let them know it had come out, and the receptionist seemed to agree it had come out because I pulled too hard on the tampon. Which makes me feel like an idiot, but oh well.
Now I'm not sure whether I should go and get another one, or go back on the mini-pill... argh. I have no idea what to do. On the one hand, I like my regular periods and the security and effectiveness of the IUD... on the other, sex was sometimes painful and my partner could never go as hard as I wanted without hurting me. But I don't know if I want the side effects of the pill, and my periods, although short, were waaay too heavy not to use tampons. I don't know right now. Fuck it.