zenveggite (zenveggite) wrote in iud_divas,

Getting Paragard removed - but not because I don't love it!

I haven't posted here in a long, long time, because things have been going so well that I've basically forgotten I have the thing. :) I got my Paragard IUD when I was 17, no prior pregnancies, and am now 21. I'm having it removed next Thursday because my partner (husband, legally) finally got his vasectomy cleared (it took him about 7 months, we thought he was going to have to do another one!), and I'm basically just wondering whether my cramps will likely be less painful after I have it removed (which is kind of the only big reason I'm not just leaving it in there).

Here's the deal: I had muscle relaxers prescribed for my awful cramps before my IUD, I wanna say around age 14 or 15. They were always, always bad. When I had Paragard put in, the first three months were worse than usual (normal adjustment period), but then it basically went back to pre-IUD level cramps, but sort of in a way I hadn't had them before, almost like I could sometimes feel the "T" outline in my uterus. It's not any worse now than what I had as a young teen: two days of the month, I'm on ibuprofen 24/7, and then maybe another day of taking it on and off, and one more day or so of bleeding/spotting until I'm done. The thing is, just like when I was younger, if I don't have something to take those two days, I pretty much can't function or sleep.

What I'm really asking is whether anyone here had bad cramps as a teenager, but had them get better over time? Also, I know I'm basically immediately fertile again once it's gone, but is there much of an adjustment period after taking it out, or is it immediately back to "normal," without cramping/bleeding, until my cycle starts? Just typing this I'm sad to see it go! I really love it, it's been amazing, but I guess it's just sort of redundant anymore.
Tags: copper iuds (all), cramping, no kids (nulliparous), paragard, post-iud, removal, updates long term

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