I've had a Paraguard for the past three or four years and really liked it, but we're getting ready for a wedding and babymaking in short succession so I'm getting ready to take it out.
I'm trying to figure out what to expect after the removal, and how to time it. We're actually hoping to get pregnant in the first couple months, because I work for a state legislature that meets every other year from January through May, and it would be nice for the baby to be a full year old when work gets crazy. Historically I've been super fertile, so hopefully that's still the case. However, I am hoping to delay pregnancy until after the wedding, partially because I don't want to have morning sickness or have to lay off the champagne on the honeymoon, and partially because I just think it's a good idea.
Here's the calendar:
May 18: Period due
June 7: Wedding, followed by two-week honeymoon
June 12: Period due (crappy timing, but oh well)
June 23 (approx): ovulation
My initial plan was just to get the IUD out two or three days before the wedding. However, I was reading that a lot of women start bleeding heavily two or three days after getting their IUD removed, and I don't want that on my wedding night. I won't have time to get it taken out before June 23, so I'd miss that cycle to TTC. Now I'm thinking that I might try to get it taken out right before or during that May period, and just use other methods like condoms or withdrawal for a month. I have pretty heavy periods with the IUD, and it would be super great if I was back to light periods during the honeymoon. But then I was also thinking about just not dealing with it at all until late June.
So here are my questions:
1. Is it better to get the IUD removed during your period, during ovulation, or some other time? I've read contradictory things online.
2. Did you bleed after your IUD removal? When, how long, how heavy?
3. If you had heavier periods while you had your IUD in place, how long after removal did it take for them to get lighter again?