November 8th, 2013

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Mirena removal questions.

Hello, all! It's been a while since I posted.

I am actually on year 6 of my Mirena IUD. I will be remarrying mid-July of next year, and we intend to start trying to conceive right away, though we don't expect to be immediately successful (in fact, our honeymoon is not until October-ish of next year, and it would be sort of nice to enjoy a cocktail or two on the beach).

I'm wondering when I should get the IUD actually removed? I keep reading conflicting reports on how much post-removal bleeding to expect; it's been anything from half a day of minor spotting, all the way up to three months of heavy bleeding. Obviously, I don't want to be bleeding like a stuck pig on my wedding day. :-/ I have no idea how much post-removal bleeding is average/normal, or if I should even rely on such a number or just err on the safe side and get it pulled 3 months ahead of time. (On the other hand, I don't want to find myself accidentally pregnant on the wedding day, either, and alternate methods of birth control aren't much of an option, though I suppose we can always just abstain for a little while if it becomes absolutely necessary.)

Any tips, advice, information, recommended removal dates, etc. would be welcome!
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All clear w/ 6-week follow-up!

I had my 6-week follow-up yesterday and all is well. My Paragard is still seated properly. I still get occasional cramping, but it's very mild. I had some cramps after my appointment, but they went away within a few hours. The gyn gave me a mirror and showed me my cervix and the string. She said my cervix is a little recessed, so that's why I wasn't sure if I was feeling it. It doesn't stick out like most of the descriptions I've read say it will. It was cool seeing my cervix :) I thought it would be gross, but it was just really interesting. Everything is so pink in there!

Unfortunately, I got a bacterial infection, so I'm now on antibiotics and got a dose of Diflucan as well, since I'm prone to yeast infections. I haven't had BV (bacterial vaginosis) in a long time and I forgot how irritating it is! Hopefully, it passes soon. I'm taking caprylic acid, oil of oregano, and apple cider vinegar to try and help it go away quicker. She gave me some specific instruction on not introducing any semen to my vagina for the next three weeks. Vaginas are naturally acidic and semen is naturally basic (alkaline), so semen may throw off the pH more and make the recovery period longer. I go back next month to make sure the infection has cleared up properly.