November 21st, 2013

Paraguard. I'm young. Help.

I feel very immature because of how scared I am about all this, but here I go anyway!
I'm 19. A virgin. Getting married next month- which is when I'll be sexually active. We're not wanting babies for a few years. I tried birth control pills for months (in preparation to be married and have sex) and EVERY SINGLE ONE messed me up. Acne, weight gain, and worst of all, severe depression. Really it was awful.
I didn't do a ton of research, I just went for it, and had the Paraguard inserted. No hormones. Perfect, right? I don't know...
Halloween day 2013. I got through the insertion without any tears but nearly fainted. NOTHING has ever been 'up there' before, so my body was shocked. I cramped, which was expected. But I didn't bleed or spot AT ALL for about a week, which was odd, because I was on my cycle. It's like the insertion stopped the flow..?
Discharge was frequent but it never had a bad odor, just light brown in color.
Then, stomach pain set in. It was monstrous. I was constipated for nearly a week. That in itself was just as painful as any cramps. Good grief. At that time I also began spotting. I got scared about the stomach issues and went in for an ultrasound. IUD looked great! So off I went and the stomach thing has mostly subsided. I think I tore up my stomach lining from the amount of ibuprofen I took or something..? Probably made it worse with the amount of stress/paranoia I felt about the paraguard shifting.
Anywho. This is the real question now: Why in the world did I just start heavy bleeding today? Accompanied with heavy cramps and exhaustion? It's like I just started my period.. but it's six days early. It's been exactly three weeks since the insertion. Am I doomed to bleed and spot and cramp in awful waves forever? haha. I am so so upset to think about me having heavy bleeding during my first experience with sex... that's not how it should go in my book! Any advice? Is something wrong? Is this thing gonna move and kill me during sex?! (purposely being dramatic here)
Could my innocent little body just be freaking out from the copper device in my organ?? Do I hang in there?
Will it get better? :(
PS... I am really scared to check for strings. That's probably not good right? ha.

Copper IUD (Flexi-T 300) Insertion story

Hello everyone! I've been reading this community since I decided to get an IUD and absolutely feel that I'm obliged to share my experience so far. I'm a 22-year-old finnish girl. I'm not sure if it's relevant, but I'm tall and a big girl. Around 5'10 and 160 pounds.

Few months back I went to this place where people get contraceptive and nursing advice in Finland. I told my nurse I don't want any hormones and am 100% convinced that I need the copper IUD. She said it's okay and took a pap and a chlamydia test right away since it is required before the insertion procedure.

I need to confess that I have never in my life been in any kind of gynecological examination, so that was a little exciting ! Didn't hurt at all though.

Finally today I had the appointment. Finally there was a doctor in town (LOL). I was n e r v o u s. AS HELL. I was so nervous all morning I cried a few times. I took 800mg of ibuprofen around 8.30 since my appointment was scheduled 10.00. I was adviced to take it two hours beforehand, but I thought that it would be just ridiculous.

The doctor was a fine old lady who was a bit intimidating. She immediately started to question my decision. She told me that it was not appropriate to get copper IUD since it was my first contraceptive ever without having had any children. She even complained about the nurse who said to me it was okay for me to have it (she was also in the room thank god) I was in shock and told I had plenty of girlfriends that had had the IUD with zero offspring who praise the IUD through the roof !!!. And I was NOT going to be any guinea pig for any horrible hormones ever!! Why was she telling me those things whilst she was totally up for it anyhow?????

I was a goddamn nervewreck there on the table. The doctor examined my uterus with her fingers and with ultra sound which was neeaaatt. She showed me my uterus and ovaries and I was happy for that I've always wanted to see them =)))

She opened me up with something cold and I was terrified because I've been imagining the speculum that measures the uterus and how it will be the most terrible pain ever..... But....

It did not hurt at all.
I was SOOOOO relieved. It was over. And it took like a minute. All I felt was some pressure, but I've been through some very horrible dental procedures and had many piercings in my life that the insertion of the IUD was a breeze.

I'm extremely happy that I did it and want to encourage ALL of you who thinks about it and reads this community. My main thoughts however are that it depends hugely of the person and the doctor if the insertion will hurt or not.

TL;DR Nothing hurt, except the doctor's words.
jessie

Bleeding Post-Insertion on Flexi-T+ 380

Hello everyone! First of all I am so glad that I found this community.

I know that it is probably annoying to have someone post a question that is likely very frequently asked but I tried looking through the tags and couldn't find something about bleeding just after insertion, only months down the road.

I had my Flexi-T inserted yesterday afternoon. The process was very uncomfortable, and I did have some pain that made me yelp out "OWWW" on the second of the three "cramps" my doctor described I would feel. For the rest of the day I was having pretty moderate cramping that was enough to be distracting, and I spent my evening cuddling with a hot water bottle.

I knew that there would be some spotting after the fact, as my doctor told me and I was reading about it before hand. The reason I'm asking is that I'm bleeding more than I would consider "spotting" at the moment. It's not as heavy as a period, but it's more than just spotting. I also noticed that it's a little more like.. Mucous? Definitely blood but it's like it has mucous in it.

I just wanted to know if it's normal to have heavier bleeding like this, and how long I can expect it to last?

Thanks!

3 month followup: GyneFix Mini (loving it!)

Hey ladies, just writing to update the community on my GyneFix Mini, which I got 3 months ago at the Willow Clinic in Vancouver, BC. My 6-week followup showed it to be in perfect position. I've had 3 periods. The first, right after it went in, was a little heavy and crampy. The subsequent two have been great, actually (I mean, as great as one can expect for a period) -- they lasted a mere 3 days, with 1-2 days of mild cramping. My sex drive is at least double what it was on the Nuva Ring. Pretty much loving it & wished I'd taken the trip to Canada a long time ago!