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I'm a couple days into my first period with this thing. My flow and cramping levels have more or less returned to where they were at during my first couple of years of menstruation... Which is to say, they're fairly brutal, but it's really just a matter of going back in time for me. I have two questions, though, the first about strings and the second about sleeping.

1. I was in the shower yesterday, and I decided to check the strings, just to make sure my tampon use (and I've been going through a LOT of tampons) wasn't doing anything particularly egregious to their placement.  My strings had curled over my cervix by the 3rd or 4th day after insertion, so you can imagine my surprise when I felt them hanging what felt like halfway down my vagina. At first, I thought it was the IUD itself, but I followed them to my cervix (my gynecologist did say that she left them fairly long), and it did seem like the strings were all that was flowing out of there. Is it typical for heavy bleeding to knock them down like that? That's more or less what I've deduced must have happened... Unless my tampons have been pulling on them? I don't think that's the case, though, because they're pretty well saturated by the time I take them out... Has anyone else had their strings fall during periods?

2. When I was younger, I used to sleep on my stomach and use an overnight pad (which may as well be a diaper, really :/ ) to deal with all the blood, so I tried that last night, but I still had to get up at 3am to change the pad... Does anyone know of any positions which better help to reduce blood-flow while I'm sleeping?


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Feb. 19th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
1) My strings migrate a bit (just about to start my second period with my Paragard) during all of my cycle, and I did notice that during my period they were much further down. Like your GYN, mine mentioned that she left them fairly long, and would trim them at my post-second-period checkup. Normally they stay curled all up around my cervix, but during my period they were hanging right down.

2) I use Always Infinity pads at night. I've noticed that I tend to leak more toward the front, so I position them a bit more forward than center, to help with that. I also wear a decently snug pair of shorts to keep myself from jostling the pad around too much if I'm tossing and turning.

However... I was getting up in the night after bleeding through the Infinity pads, which I have never ever done before in my adult life! The first few post-insertion periods are heavier. I was warned... but the reality was unbelievable.

*whisper* I considered snagging some Depends for the three really heavy days! No fooling. But it was only 3 days, and then it got better. I've never really been much for tampons, too many UTIs in my life, so I couldn't say how they interaction with the IUD strings.

Hang in there, I've been told it gets easier after a few periods, once your body adjusts.
Feb. 19th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
I actually laughed aloud at that - I've been seriously considering actual diapers as well. XD I'm on day two of the really heavy bleeding, though, so hopefully it doesn't last too much longer... Realistically, if I could deal with this much pain and blood at 12 (without medication, at that), I could learn to adjust to it again now. I really hope it gets easier after a few months, though.
Feb. 19th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
If all the packages I saw weren't like... supersize 24 packs, I probably would have gotten the Depends when the thought crossed my mind!

Raspberry leaf tea was recommended to my last month, and again this month when I asked about cramping (I can't take ibuprofen or similar NSAIDs, sucks to be me), as well as cramp bark. Worth looking into.

Here's hoping that it lightens up for you soon. My first period with the Paragard was 9 days, but that was two days of very light, 3 days of OMG, and 4 days of "oh, this is just kinda heavy normal".
Feb. 19th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
I'm a Mirena girl, but I, too, had particularly brutal periods when I was younger. I don't know of any particular positions you could sleep in, but I do second the recommendation of wearing some snug pants or shorts to bed. It kind of helps keep things in place even when you move.

Good luck!
Feb. 19th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
It's very normal for your cervix to migrate downwards during your period, which can totally change string placement. Usually string-checking is recommended once a month post-period, so that you'll have a good guideline of where you normally are at the same time during your cycle. I'd be really surprised if tampons had lowered your IUD at all; I think the only risk is of actually grabbing the strings at the same time as the tampon and pulling, but even then I imagine they'd be hard to get a good grip on. I reckon this is normal period placement for you :)
Feb. 19th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
My strings haven't migrated at all but mine were cut pretty short to begin with... As far as sleeping, I sleep on my stomach also, but somehow I always bleed toward the back (must move in my sleep and then move back??)
Pre hormonal BC, and now I usually I can get away with the regular ones, I just have to move them back a bit. I bought the longer ones for the first couple months and kind of tracked where it was going, so that I would know where to put the pad.
Feb. 19th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
10x better than snug shorts to bed - are mens boxer briefs over your undies. Seriously.

I find laying on my back and not rolling to be the best sleeping position...but it seems to pool at night and I need to be careful when I stand up. I am also a tampon + pad girl.
Feb. 20th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
It looks like my period only lasted 4 days, and only the first 2 were actually brutal. I'm a bit stunned. I bled a little bit this morning, but I haven't had a drop for over 5 hours. I think I might have actually survived my first ParaGard period. *gasp* :D

Thanks for all the advice, ladies.
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