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Wednesday, June 29

We're not going to take it...

I forgot my pill last night. That meant I took it about 8 hrs late: this morning. (The good news is that it's a little harder to get pregnant with the kind of sex we've been having ;) I didn't even tell my husband (yet) I was so annoyed with myself and the faulty system. I've been on a waiting list for almost a year to get an appointment with a doctor. I had to go to a clinic to get my pills renewed, that doctor said the doctor I was waiting for was a specialist, if I just needed a family doctor I could see her colleague. Yippee!! That means a much shorter wait for an appointment (to call sometime in July).

I've made up my mind to talk to her about getting an IUD. I know some of you have one, and I know I've broached the topic before. I think it'd be way better than pills: longer lasting and not having to remember every day. My questions: What about spotting? was it annoying? Could you always feel it in place? (I'm a little nervous about it becoming disloged without my knowing it) Was it worth it for you? I'll ask my doctor all these questions (and more) but there's nothing like experience. Maybe I'll talk to my Mom, too. I think she had one for a while...
posted by claire ~ 10:48 p.m. | bullet.gif


Well, here's what I found when I got mine.

Mine is the Merina, which has hormones. However, no estrogen, and it's a very low amount of hormones.

If you haven't had children, the insertion is supposed to be more painful. I was on coumadin when I had mine inserted, so all I could take was Tylenol. It wasn't bad. Insertion was quick and I was good to go. I had some discomfort for the rest of the day, and into the weekend, but it wasn't anything worse than menstrual cramps.

The spotting lasted awhile. Honestly, it lasted about 3 months. It wasn't constant, but it was fairly persistant. I would have a normal period for about a day or 2, then I'd spot for up to 2 weeks. I wore panty liners almost everyday for 2 months. Then suddenly, my periods turned into 3-4 days of spotting, and now, I spot for less than 1 day and I'm done. I still get a bit crampy when I'm due, but no where near like I did before. And the spotting is very, very, VERY VERY light.

As far as feeling the IUD, I check the strings once a month to make sure it's still in position, but I have never felt the IUD dislodge or fall out of it's position. Hubs says he has felt the string a time or two, either while he was fingering me or during intercourse. There are a couple of positions where your cervix is shortened and he has bumped up against it, but it's never done anything to either of us. (Maybe stroked Hubs' ego a bit.)

There are drawbacks... what seemed like endless spotting at the beginning had me frustrated, but truly, if you can get past that, it's SO worth it. I never have to worry about it, which is good because I am horrible about remembering to take pills. But the positive has far outweighed the negative in my personal account. Everyone is different, though, and your experience might be different. If this is what you choose, though, I hope you are happy with it as I am!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:38 a.m.  

I've had my IUD for about 2 months I think. I had uncomfortable central cramping for about a week. I don't have the hormone kind. I thought I was feeling it jab me for a while but something hubby did seemed to fix it and now I don't feel it. I was told by my family doctor that I could keep it in for 8 years. The gyne who inserted it said 36 months, so I have to get that sorted out. I sure like the freedom. I guess they want to be certain that you don't want kids before giving you one?

By Blogger Wendy the Cavewyfe, at 8:35 p.m.  

Thanks for the input, ladies. I can handle a couple months of panty liners... I'm leaning more and more "pro-IUD."

As for my doctor being sure I don't want to have kids, I'll just point her to this link. It's self explanatory.

By Blogger claire, at 9:24 p.m.  

PS: Did you already rule out getting a patch? My doctor kept suggesting that when I decided on the IUD.

My one trepidation with the IUD is that it does seem to shift around depending on how wild we're getting and sometimes I can feel it until it reshifts.

By Blogger Wendy the Cavewyfe, at 6:47 a.m.  

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