Wednesday, August 8, 2012

More on how it's going...

Everything's pretty good. 98% of the time, I don't feel anything at all - no pain or cramping or discomfort or anything. Some days when I do feel a twang of pain, I just take one Advil and everything's fine after that. I think that within the next month, I won't notice anything at all. I think my uterus is getting really used to having the Paragard in there.

One thing I noticed: the other night, when my husband and I were having sex, some of the positions caused more pain than others. Me on bottom or on top in generic, "vanilla" positions were all fine and I didn't feel a thing. But in some positions that get him deeper (from behind, for example), it hurt. I think it was just that my cervix was getting slammed and the IUD is behind it, so it was getting hit, too. Nothing seems out of place and my husband didn't feel anything weird, so I don't think anything's wrong, I just think my IUD didn't like being hit over and over again. The pain didn't last after we were done, and I didn't bleed or anything. I'm sure it's all still a little inflamed in there. I'm guessing that like most of the other symptoms surrounding insertion, this will go away over time, but it's something to keep in mind.

Friday, August 3, 2012

One Month Paragard Check-Up

Everything was fine!

My doctor asked me some questions about how I was feeling and how the last month has been. I gave an abbreviated version of this blog, saying how it was all much better/easier than I had been expecting. Then she had me get in the stirrups and she examined my uterus by checking for the strings, looking/feeling around up there, and pressing on my abdomen. She didn't do an ultrasound, which surprised me, but she said everything looked great. She also said it was unlikely now that I'd gone through my first period that it was fall out of place. She offered to prescribe me some stronger pain meds for my period cramps, but the Advil seems to be working fine, so I declined.

Barring any intense pain, expulsion or some other emergency, I won't have to see her until next year at my check-up.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

First Period with Paragard

My period came almost as expected. It was about 3 days later than I'm used to, but I was on the NuvaRing for five years and that made my period come like clockwork. With the Paragard, I'm back to whatever my natural schedule is supposed to be. I was a little worried for those three days, because I still haven't seen the doctor and I was worried something went wrong and that I might be pregnant.

But never fear, I guess, it came after all.

I had pretty bad cramps last Friday. Since my cramps have mostly gone away since the insertion, I had a hunch this might be my period. Sure enough, my period started Friday evening. With the NuvaRing, my period cramps were never anything more than a few hours of very (almost unnoticeable) mild cramping. I never even usually took meds for them, that's how uneventful they were. With Paragard, my cramps were definitely noticeable. They didn't make me bedridden, but they were painful and persistent throughout Saturday and Sunday. I took 400mg Ibuprofen pretty regularly those days and that almost completely alleviated the cramping. Monday was a little better, but I still took the Ibuprofen. By Tuesday, I didn't need it and the cramps appeared gone. Also by Tuesday, my period seemed mostly gone. It trailed a little into Wednesday, but that was it, so it didn't really last that much longer than my previous ones.

It was a decent amount heavier, though. I used to exclusively use "regular" tampons, and I probably could've gotten away with one every 12-14 hours if I wanted (and the packaging didn't say not to do that). With this first Paragard period, I upgraded to "super" tampons and thin pantyliners to be safe, and was changing the tampon every 6-8 hours Friday-Monday and it would usually be full. But then it was extremely light on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On a whole, it really wasn't anything I couldn't handle. Also, periods are supposed to get better over time on the Paragard (as your body adjusts to it), so I don't foresee any problems in the future.

I see the doctor for a check-up on Friday - hopefully everything is fine and in place.