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IUD's and menstrual cramps, your experience?

post #1 of 5
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I've been researching the IUD like crazy after I remembered that I react badly to spermicide. I went through pains to get a diaphragm (very hard to get a hold of nowadays) and then when I finally got it, I had trouble getting it in and fought with the thing which killed every mood. But that's not the real problem. The real problem is the spermicide gave me a bad yeast infection. Now that I remember the last time I used spermicide, I recall that was my problem too. There's money I'll never see again :

In any case, in researching the IUD, one of the most common complaints is heavier periods and more cramping. Back in my teens, I had BAD BAD BAD cramps to the point of vomiting. I went on the pill at 16 and continued until I was about 32. Of course, I had bad side effects such as troublesome fatigue where there were times I couldn't even get out of bed, depression, NO libido, weird hormonal fluxes, and those are just the ones I can remember offhand. My Patron Saint of all Idiots OBGYN (and I have others that will back up that statement) told me there was absolutely no way the pill could cause what I was experiencing and sent me home with a prescription for Zoloft *punch repeatedly*

So I get off the pill and suddenly I have energy like I haven't had in years and a libido to match. I also felt the compelling urge to get pregnant and did so shortly after (it was an actual physical urge believe it or not.) So fast forward to today. After we stopped breastfeeding my period came back. I've had two "normal" types of periods since stopping breastfeeding. The difference from when I was in my teens (which is the only time I had non-hormone influenced periods) is that I no longer have those horrible cramps. The period is relatively heavy and lasts for about 7 days to total completion (no pads at all) but except for a little discomfort, I'm fine, and I can hike through that discomfort. I'm wondering if the childbirth had something to do with fixing whatever the issue was with those cramps or if they're just waiting for me to become complacent before rearing their ugly heads.

So for those who have been on a IUD (going to use copper, NOT NOT NOT hormones, don't ever want those in my body again unless my only other choice is death), and especially if you've had at least one child, how much stronger are the cramps? I have a high needs little guy and run a business and a household and am trying to get this place in order after years of fatigue and depression, so I can NOT afford to be down for a day or two at a time like I used to be. Your thoughts?
post #2 of 5
I'm like you, had the vomit cramps at 17 and was on the pill ever since then up until I stopped the pill to have DD. I have the paragard in but haven't had a period yet. Still breastfeeding. I'm a little worried about how painful my periods might be with this IUD in, but I figure it can't be as bad as it was at 17 right? I guess i'll let you know!
post #3 of 5
I got my Paragard at 6 weeks post partum, and got my first AF at 15 months post partum. I've now had 3 periods with it and have ZERO cramps. Before I had my son, I had moderate cramps on CD1-2. My flow is heavier now, but very manageable. I would recommend an IUD to anyone and everyone, I love mine!!
post #4 of 5
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Just bumping this as I was on vacation.

Let me just say that my attempt to use a diaphragm with regular OTC spermicide left me with a horrible yeast and/or BV infection that just won't quit and I'm going to have to do a 7 day peroxide wash to get rid of. Needless to say, I really want to decide on the IUD asap! I really want to go for it, just nervous I suppose as anyone would be I imagine.
post #5 of 5
Well, if it makes you feel better, Paragard has a money-back guarantee the first six months or so. If you have it removed because its not working for you, you get reimbursed for the actual IUD (around $460, I think). You're still out whatever doctor fees you have to pay for a consultation, STD testing, and insertion... but still, it made me feel a lot better to know that.

I got a copper IUD inserted about a month ago and I just started my first period after having it in. The cramps aren't too horrible, but my flow has increased a ton! I'm hoping that it will taper off soon... and not be this bad again. I've heard that the first 3-4 months cramps and flow might be worse than usual as your body adjusts. But even if I do have super-heavy periods from now on, it will be worth it to not have to be on hormonal birth control anymore!
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