Do any of you ladies out there have the Paragard IUD? I’m thinking on switching?
I don’t like having extra hormones to deal with because of my birth control pills.. I’m really leaning towards no hormones at all. Let me know!
I want to get my IUD put in really soon, but some things to remember:
- It will/may hurt if you haven’t given birth. The day of the procedure, eat a big breakfast, bring a buddy, and pop an Ibuprofen (discuss with clinician prior). In some cases, fainting can happen after you have left the clinic (this is called vasovagal response). It is very important to ensure your blood sugar isn’t low. It’s also relatively important you’re not alone so that you have someone to guide you home. You’re going to feel like shit for a while and shouldn’t drive.
- Uterine perforation is rare and can happen during insertion. MAKE SURE YOU CHOOSE AN EXPERIENCED CLINICIAN THAT INSERTS IUDS REGULARLY. THIS IS IMPORTANT.
- You’re gonna need to recover. Make sure you have several days to lay in bed and relax. You’re going to need them.
- It may cause heavy/heavier bleeding. This can suck. Also, cramping can be greater. This can also suck. If your bleeding is super heavy, DO NOT IGNORE THIS. You could be pregnant (rare, but with the IUD, pregnancy complications can be very severe) or having complications. Go to your clinician to discuss what your next step should be and possible removal. If VERY HEAVY BLEEDING, go to the hospital. Do not wait to see a clinician.
- You’re going to have strings that peer out of your cervix and your partner will feel them for a while until they soften up. This can be a bummer for some men. You know what else is a bummer? Babies.
- Also, make sure to check the strings regularly. If you haven’t given birth, your body may (and is likely) to reject the IUD at first. Simply go back and get it reinserted, but be mindful of possible pregnancy if this occurs.
- This is a super effective method if it works. Again, this method may not be for you. If it is for you, awesome. The IUD is remarkably effective.
I want the IUD. It’s like the Cadillac of birth control.
You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.