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I'm 23 and I got my copper IUD put in 8.5 weeks ago. Prior to having it my periods were very unproblematic and lasted about 5 days of which 2 were mainly spotting and normally little or no cramping. Insertion was uncomfortable but totally manageable and in combination with fairly 'easy' periods I thought i was in for a smooth ride..however after an hour or so I started having agonising cramps that ibuprofen and hot water bottles wouldnt help. This continued along with bleeding/heavy spotting for a week, I then got my period which was unbelievably heavy and painful, I bled heavily for probably 8-10 days and then after that went back to heavy spotting and lighter bleeding. It probably would've been about 3 weeks after insertion that spotting was light enough to not need a pad... This lasted for a blissful few days (the cramps, although less painful,never stopped) But before I knew it the spotting/bleeding began again. This went on for the week leading up to my period (which was a slightly less grim 7 days) but continued for about another week after it. Once again i had maybe a week of relief with very light spotting before the bleeding began again. I am now coming up to my third period and I am dying to have this thing removed. I know it takes a few months to settle but i'm asking myself if theres only been about 10 days in the last two months that spotting was little enough to not need pads , how long is it really going to take settle. The cramping has never let up, I have absolutely no sex drive anymore as i'm so uncomfortable and in fact have only done it about 3 times since insertion because i'm cramping bleeding 90% of the time. Is it time I just accept this isn't for me and have it removed? I feel like a quitter but I don't know how much more i can take.
I am desperate to get a Gynefix IUD inserted, as I am currently on the pill which has completely messed me up with acne and depression, and the normal copper coil will make my already heavy and painful periods so much worse.
I saw a post on here from 8 years ago detailing an email address for the doctor who fitted this IUD, and I tried emailing it but I could not get through to her, so if anyone has any idea on where in the UK offers the Gynefix, especially around the north west of England, I would be extremely grateful.
Thanks in advance!
I have a couple of questions:
1. Even though i mostly stopped bleeding (I am still spotting and crampy, but I assume that is normal as it is only a little more than a week old) before my period should have arrived, I had period symptoms when I should...I usually get a headache on day one, get some zits, and my breast get less sore. These all happened when my period should have started, but it was already done. Is it possible that my hormones are still on schedule, but my Paragard made the bleeding part happen early?
2. My husband and I had sex 8 days after I got the Paragard. It was great. However, about 4 hours later, I woke up out of a dead sleep to bad cramps and had to get up and get advil and a hot pad. I also noticed some bright red bleeding, which is not normal for me as I have never bled after sex. Is this sex related, Paragard settling in?? Is it normal?
My strings are still the same length that they were at installation, so I don't think it's making a break for it (though I will talk to my doctor tomorrow when they get in).
I switched off HBC and got my Paragard inserted on February 12 of this year. I was on my period for insertion and had a ton of bloating until that period ended. I then got really bloated again around ovulation. My March period came with a ton of bloating and it hasn’t really gone away since then. I’ve always had a little extra fat around my abdomen, but prior to insertion my work out regimen and eating habits had really shrunk it down!
I’ve been bloated/bigger all month now, and it’s causing some of my clothes to be ill fitting. A dress that was roomy on me in late January has been tight since insertion. I’m also measuring a half inch larger around my belly button/“love handles”. I have not changed my diet or exercise habits at all. Cardio 2-3 times a week with weight lifting 2-3 times a week.
Any thoughts or similar experiences? I’ve considered it may be a nickel problem, as my ears react poorly to nickel (irritation, scabbing and goop).
When i asked my gp about gynefix they said they've only fitted 1 or 2 gynefix so far so they wont do it unless maybe if im firm on in and really beg them . They told me family planning clinic offers it but when i went there the other day they said they dont? And also apparently it has a higher chance of perforation and its for people with a smaller uterus? :/
So now im really confused which would be better for me? Im petite and had my 2nd baby who's 8months still breastfeeding. I want a non hormonal iud which suits me but I've never got one fitted before so have no idea. Both places are not familiar with the gynefix amd pushing for the t shaped coil but my question is which is actually better or would be better for me? And is it a good idea to get my gp to insert it considering they've only done it like twice? Im in the uk btw.
I'm getting my second Mirena inserted this upcoming Monday (yay!!) and was wondering about everyone's experiences with getting your second IUD. I've done some reading and it seems that if you have the first removed and second inserted in the same appointment everything goes pretty smoothly, however, I had my first one removed about a year ago (details below if you're interested) so I'm a little apprehensive about the insertion process this time around. I'm hoping it goes smoothly especially since the first time the OBGYN did not know I had a retroverted uterus (neither did I for the record), but that's known now and I'm hoping that makes the process a little easier. Any feedback is welcome, thanks!
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