I am getting very personal in today’s blog post and sharing my thoughts on my IUD including my thoughts on having it, the removal, and how it has been going since I had it taken out which was a little over a month ago. This is very different then my normal post of makeup and fashion, and it may be a bit TMI for some people, but I will try to keep it as clean as possible.
Alright, let’s start at the beginning. I got my IUD put in June or July of 2016 I can’t remember the exact date. What led me to get it was I had taken birth control before, but that was solely for acne and not sexual reasons. Anyways I had started dating someone (not my husband) and we had starting getting intimate, (Spoiler: I broke up with this guy before I got my IUD, but thank God for Condoms…) so I knew I wanted to go on something, but I decided I didn’t want to go on birth control and have to worry about taking it everyday. I liked the idea that the IUD is effective for up to 6 years because at that time I was going through a “I don’t want kids” phase (2nd spoiler: I’m out of that phase) and I liked how highly effective this method of contraception was and how it wasn’t something I had to worry about taking everyday. In regards to insertion I had heard so many mixed reviews on how it feels going in. Some people say the process is painless and other stories I read were of people saying it was incredibly painful and their bodies actually rejected the IUD. I would say that my experience was middle of the road, but closer to the painless side. To be completely honest I really don’t remember the process, but the most uncomfortable part that did cause me discomfort was when they had to stretch my cervix. On a side note and this is kinda funny in a way my gynecologist back home is a family friend, so you can imagine how awkward it is having someone ask “so how’s your mom” and making small talk about your family as she is staring into your vagina… On a scale of 1-10 I would put the pain levels of the insertion process between a 3-5 for me personally.
After it was inserted I did have one day of really bad cramps, but they went away the next day. After that I did have some mild cramping for a few days, but that was my only side effect. The mild cramps weren’t a big issue because I took Motrin which helped a lot. In the 2 years that I had the IUD I had probably ten “periods” I didn’t keep track they weren’t regular I could go 6 months without getting one and I would only bleed for three days max. I didn’t have any common period symptoms aside from some bloating and I was lucky before getting and IUD to have pretty mild periods minus some heavy bleeding around day 3-4. Anyways I never got bad cramps, backaches or any typical period symptoms before or when I had my IUD. Overall I had zero issues with my IUD in the time that I had it. I know they say you are supposed to check it every now and then to make sure you can still feel the strings and I only did that maybe 2-3 times at the beginning. In regards to working as a contraceptive it was 100% effective because I did not get pregnant. My husband did say he could feel it during sex sometimes, but it wasn’t painful and it did not cause any discomfort to me during intercourse.
Okay so now let’s talk removal and why I decided to get mine taken out. I’ll start with latter question. Remember how I spoiled earlier that I was out of the “I don’t want kids” phase? That’s why. After a lot of talking, thinking, and praying (oh and a lot of baby fever) my husband and I decided we were ready to start trying for a baby. That is the one and only reason I had it removed. So as I mentioned in the title, and at the beginning of this post I had my IUD removed a little over a month ago. In regards to how my removal went it was incredibly easy and pain free. Another funny story side note was when the nurse came in I was wearing one of this paper sheets they give you as a top and then I had a big sheet going across my lap. Anyways, she goes around back of me and I think ” omg she is going to see part of my butt” but then I think “she’s about to stick her hand inside my vagina.. why am I so concerned about a little butt exposure?! lol” Okay so moving on as I mentioned the removal was super easy and it was done within a few minutes. I also did a pap smear while I was there, so without getting that and just doing the removal of the IUD I would say it takes about two minutes. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate my pain for removal about a 2. There was some discomfort, but no pain.
Now one month post removal I have gotten my first period and I will say it has been a bit intense and unlike my previous periods I am experiencing some significant cramping, very heavy bleeding and other symptoms I didn’t get before, but I am not sure if that is because this is my first period post removal or what the reasoning is for that. Overall I have had no other issue and it has been fine. I had read that some people lost significant amounts of weight (up to 40 pounds) after having theirs removed, but I did not notice any weight loss or gain personally. I also read how some women got pregnant less than a month after having it removed while it took others 2-3 years to get pregnant. I won’t lie I would love to get pregnant sooner rather than later, but I am trusting God and knowing that this is all in his timing. I do pray for patience constantly though during this process because that is something I lack greatly.
Overall the IUD worked really well for I mean it did prevent pregnancy during the time I had it which was what I wanted. I have zero complaints about my experience with it, and if there comes a time where I wan’t to wait a while to have another child this is probably what I would use as a contraceptive.
Have you had an IUD or do you currently have one? If so what has your experience been like with it? Let me know in the comments
On another note I will be back to typical, way less personal and detailed makeup or fashion post soon. Thanks for reading this though and letting me be a bit more personal!