8:56 pm - 04/04/2019

Getting a Paragard inserted tomorrow and seeking advice

Hi. I haven't used lj in a long time. I mainly used it so my dad could read about my thoughts and he died suddenly in September.. So I just saw no reason. But I remembered how kind and helpful you all were years ago when I had some question, so I thought I'd turn here now. I'm getting a copper IUD inserted tomorrow and very, very scared. I hoped some of you might be able to tell me what the experience was like for you. I'd be very grateful. I've never been pregnant. I'm a sturdy girl, if that would influence it somehow..but have an average pain tolerance, not particularly high. I am very self-conscious, I had a lot of trouble getting up the courage to even go to the gyn for paps and such, but my friend recommended mine and luckily she's super nice and doesn't mind my insecurity and initial refusal to open my legs. Do you think an IUD insertion is such a complicated procedure that they'll need to have nurse practitioners help? I remember they used two people when I had a colposcopy and that sucked. I don't want anyone looking at me other than my doctor unless absolutely necessary... Anyway, I would really appreciate anything you can tell me about the actual insertion. How long does it take? On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst pain you've ever ever felt, what would you rate it? And will I be in pain afterward? I only know one person who has an IUD and she said it's a 4, and then that night she had period like cramps. However, I've never had period cramps! So I don't know what that feels like. I have PCOS and maybe that's why, but my periods, though they randomly came and went, sometimes lasting for 4 months, never hurt me. So what do cramps feel like, if that's what it feels like after getting an IUD? I am scheduled to work Saturday. I wash dishes at a restaurant. Will I be able to? My sister is the manager and she said it's totally fine if I can't, but I could really use the money. Also, I know it can make periods last longer and more crampy. Does it make the flow super heavy? Mine was never heavy. Will I bleed after the insertion? Am I allowed to use a tampon if so? And just how bad are the cramps it causes during periods? I've read horror stories on drugs.com of women saying it makes periods excruciating, and more worrying, women reporting they got pregnant with an IUD. I really can't get pregnant right now. People who've had copper IUDs, were they at least effective? I've been on lo loestrin fe for like 2 years, other bc pills before that since age 20. I really want to see if hormones have affected me in various ways. I am just really scared. So anything you could tell me about your experience, even if you got a hormonal IUD inserted, would be really helpful. Thank you!
nathskywalker 5th-Apr-2019 09:03 am (UTC)
I’m getting my second copper iud inserted later in the month. I had my last one for 5 years with virtually no problems. It's made my life a lot easier because i don't need to worry about contraception. I do not use condoms with my partner and i've never been less scared of pregnancy.

My dr inserted the iud without much help. It wasreally painful for a few seconds and i was crampy the rest of the day (imagine muscles contracting in your lower abdomen). I got the iud inserted during my period, so i was bleeding but was told to use pads for at least this cycle. I then switfhed back to tampons and nowadays i use a menstrual cup without any complications. I was also told to hold back on piv for two weeks.

My period is a little heavier but idk if it's just normal for my body since i was on hormonal bc for 6+ yesrs before making thr switch and i think the pill made my periods lighter.

Best of luck!
nathskywalker 5th-Apr-2019 10:44 pm (UTC)
On a computer with more time now.

When I went off HBC and got the IUD inserted, it took my body a while to adjust to the lack of hormones. I spotted for almost two months and nothing I tried (even briefly going on another pill) changed that much. Then, one day it stopped. I'd been on hormonal birth control for five years at that point.

I don't think weight has much to do with anything. The doctor will probably do an ultrasound to see the position and size of your cervix if they haven't already. I know some cervixes are smaller than others anc might make the IUD harder to insert. I think the insertion took less than five minutes, at least the painful parts.

Getting used to the IUD was super easy. As I said, it hurt for a few seconds. I went to the doctor by myself and I did not really feel safe to drive myself home. I've already made arrangements for when I change my IUD later this month to have someone drive me. I had pretty persistent cramps for a day and took some tylenol and slept it off. The next day, I was mostly fine. I don't think I was advised against physical activity at the time aside from sex. Initially, my partner had problems with the strings poking him but when I went for my check-up I asked for them to be trimmed. There haven't been any complaints since. I know some doctors tell you to check the strings once a month but I don't because my strings are too short for me to reach. I am careful to always break the suction before pulling out my menstrual cup although I seriously doubt that it would be powerful enough to pull the IUD out.

ktnzgtklws 16th-Apr-2019 02:49 am (UTC)
I had a Paraguard inserted when I was 6 weeks post partum. It was, hands down, THE BEST birth control option I have ever used. It was like an intense pap smear having it inserted. That strange, scrappy, crampy like feeling, but totally manageable. I did take 800mg Advil prior to the appointment as was advised, but I don't know that that was really necessary. I did have some minor cramping for month or so while it settled in. My periods were a tad heavier for a couple of years, but not that I'm 8 years in to it they're what they were before. My cramps stayed about the same for each cycle. I seriously loved mine, and would be getting another one if I still had my uterus!
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