Also, I went for a sonogram about a week afterwards because I swore I felt it! They checked said it was sitting "comfortably" but I still dont know. I have to go back again this thursday for another sonogram (they also think they found a cyst but I was ovulating so it may of been a follicle), I am debating on whether or not to just have them take the darn thing out!
I've had 2 moons so far and both times I soaked through an ultra ob tampon & a pad an hour. I haven't used a Diva Cup (duh!! Diva cup!) because, well, I have an outhouse, and it is also majorly cold where I live. Which they said was nothing to call in about because "some women bleed more than others". I don't like being out and about and having to take more than one change of pants with me! Instead of wearing paper pads I now just wear ds's flats....but I really hate mine too. Not worth it!
The IUD was worth it to me to have the no-hassle, totally effective birth control, but I was glad to have it out, too.
Mine were HEAVY for about 8 months before tapering off to a reasonable level. I've had one period since it was removed and I had forgotten how light my periods normally are. I would fill my Diva Cup multiple times a day, whereas normally I can just empty it in the morning and at night and it's not even a quarter full.
+= Peanut (2004), Pumpkin (2007) and Butter Bean!! (2011)
mama to H. 4/05 and A. 9/08 and baby C. 10/11
mama to H. 4/05 and A. 9/08 and baby C. 10/11
I swear I feel the thing. If I have any sort of bloating, it feels like a knife. When food moves by my uterus in my intestines, it feels again like a knife.
I don't think it's gotten better since I've had it. I used to have nice light 4 day periods. But this is beyond heavy...beyond. I keep hoping it will get better, and I don't really want to spend money on something else as hormones do not work for me. I really want a ladycomp, but that's a lot of money for me right now .
I've had my paragard for 2 years, and love it so much. My periods are heavier, but not unamanagable. I have zero cramps. It's my favorite form of birth control, by far.
I wasn't aware of it though DH was. Certain times of my cycle it would just be lower and he'd notice it more. My strings were short and he could still feel them all the time. Again though, only had it a couple months. I know the longer it's in the more the strings will curl up and out of the way.
I liked having an IUD but I won't get it again. I do think I had copper toxicity from it. The change in my overall mood and the way my body felt was just insane (and very noticeable to everyone). I got mine put in at around a year post partum.
There is no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothing.
I do hope my body adjusts, but it's not that big a deal for me. It's a little bit of an annoyance, but when you compare it to the side effects I get from hormonal birth control -- like the total death of my libido -- it isn't so bad. And it's way more effective than condoms, pulling out, diaphragms, or spermicides.
If I was in a great marriage or something I might use some of the methods with a higher failure rate, but I'm a single mom now. I already had one accidental pregnancy and it's very important to me not to have another.
I still think if guys were the ones who took birth control there would be such a perfect method out there.
Jen, journalist, policy wonk, and formerly a proud single mama to my sweet little man Cyrus, born at home Dec. 2007 . Now married to my Incredibly Nice Guy and new mama to baby Arthur.
I started feeling dizzy when I had AF and took Floradix to help with the blood loss. One day I forgot to take it and felt dizzy at work. This was unacceptable for me. I drive a bus so its not just my life at stake if I pass out at the wheel.
I got it removed the next week. My only AF since then has been lighter than the Paragard AFs but heavier than usual for me. Hopefully this month's AF will be lighter still.
My issues was that for the first two months I was getting a period every two weeks. That was annoying. Before the iud, I started getting clitoral yeast infections every cycle. So basically there was about 3 days where I could actually have sex between the end of the period and beginning of infection. Those were some bad two months LOL! But last cycle was normal. Still got the infection, but I'm now trying to fight it with vinegar, a cotton swab, and a high pain threshold.
I also had a bit of a reaction from the copper. I didn't realize I was a high copper person to begin with (explains a LOT), and this added copper left me a bit nauseas, spacey, tired, etc. I started taking zinc and vitamin C religiously and that has evened out. For more info, go here: http://www.healingedge.net/store/page190.html
Hopefully my periods will continue on a monthly basis and I won't develop problems down the road, because right now I really really like it!
~Katie~ married to J, mom to DD- A 13 yrs ,DS- L 7yrs , and my little nursling DD2- R 5yrs.
I am very happy with my Paragard so far. I have had it in for 2 cycles now and while I have had a little spotting, it has not been enough to make me regret the decision to get the Paragard. My typical cycle is 29 days, with 4 days of AF. I had the Paragard inserted on the last day of my period, and I had medium to light bleeding for about 3 more days. Toward the end of that cycle, I had light spotting for 4 or 5 days before my period started, but then the period was the normal 4 days. I did not spot before my next period, but that period was heavier, and lasted 5 days. Period 2 was heavier, but nothing unmanageable. I wear sanitary napkins, and I had to change every 2 hours. With the amount of bleeding, I felt the need to freshen up every couple hours - with wet wipes, but who doesn't feel the need to freshen up when you wear a pad! Lol. But, the heavy flow only lasted 2 days, then it was back to the normal flow. I am now mid-cycle and experienced a day of spotting around my ovulation time (going by my calendar), but again, it was so light I barely noticed.
So, all in all, I've had a little spotting, I've had longer/heavier periods, but neither have been very severe. It's been 2+ months and I already see my cycle settling into a predictable routine. Hopefully things go smoothly moving forward, because I may very well leave this in for the full 10 years.
** as a side note, I did feel some tenderness a few weeks after it was inserted, but it eventually went away. Now I'm totally unaware of it. :)