Birth Control - Pt 2

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dbab
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   Posted 7/12/2007 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Well my doctors have come to the conclusion that I need to get off of hormonal birth control (Nuvaring) mainly due to the Lupus and migraines.  I have been off of the Nuvaring for almost two months now.  We have decided to go with the non-hormonal IUD (Paragard) as my method of birth control and my insurance just gave the approval to cover it 100%.
 
I have to say that I am feeling quite a bit of fear of getting it.  The nurse at my GYN office told me that it will hurt a bit and recommended that I take a pain killer prior to my visit.  To those who have/had IUDs:  Is it extremely painful or is it a mild to moderate discomfort?  I tell ya, I don't like this kind of stuff and I'm not looking forward to this but this is my only option (well not my only option but the best one for me).  I know this is kind of OT but with many Lupies on IUD, I thought I might see what you guys have to say.
 
I appreciate any input and please don't sugarcoat anything.  I can handle it, I just want to know what to expect and how to prepare myself mentally for this.
 
Thanks in advance :-)
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Trying2BFree
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   Posted 7/12/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Okay, so you want the truth?? tongue

I had the Paraguard too.  Getting it put in was no more uncomfortable than getting an annual pap smear....little crampy afterward but nothing that would warrant a pain killer.  That was the easy part. LOL  I did fine with it for several months, then I started getting a lot of pelvic pain and bleeding.  My GYN checked the position of it, which was fine, but noticed that my cervix had become severly inflammed and softened up like it would during labor.  We took it out immediately and things resolved over the next couple of months.  She said she has seen this happen before with people who have AI disease and get an IUD....basically it was an immune system reaction to it being in there.  She said she no longer recommends this to AI patients....and also because we have an increased risk of infection.

Now, every one is different so don't just go by my experience.  I've heard countless people say they didn't have an ounce of trouble and had it in for years.  It's a tough decision to make....if only we could see in that crystal ball!


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dbab
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   Posted 7/13/2007 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Jeannie... and I do appreciate your honesty. :-)

For you, when they took the IUD out, did you recover completely or do you still have residual problems from this? It's so frustrating because it seems like everything is a no-no. I'm still thinking that this is probably a better risk than the hormonal birth control methods and thats what the docs are saying. I guess if worse comes to worse they can always take it out.

Thanks again for your response

Take Care
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   Posted 7/13/2007 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Des, I don't have experience with IUD's, I just wanted to say that I hope your doc can find something that works for you and hopefully you won't have the problems with the IUD that Jeannie had. It's too bad the Nuvaring didn't work - I have read a lot of things that say any birth control that has hormones in it can cause problems for people with AI diseases. THese darn illnesses make everything complicated.

Let us know how things go. Take care
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Trying2BFree
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   Posted 7/13/2007 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
The pelvic pain resolved immediately. It took a couple ofl months for my cervix to harden back up and for the bleeding to clear up completely.
Jeannie ~
   Mom to Ty (4 yrs old)
   and 3 Shelties
 
SLE diagnosis 10/05 now changed to RA 3/06, Endometriosis 5/05, PCOS 1990
Meds: Metformin ER 1500mg (PCOS); Loestrin BCPs (Endo); Methotrexate 17.5mg (RA); Metanx 5mg (RA); Remicade (RA); Lunesta 2mg (as needed)

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