Today I had my second IUD placed. I got my first one a little over a month ago, on May 25th.
Since May 25th, I have had severe cramping and bleeding every day. I was a tad concerned because I bled for five weeks after not bleeding for two years. I knew that after getting a hormonal IUD, bleeding was normal for a few weeks, but not five! However, last Saturday, when my IUD fell out, I was even more concerned. When I signed my consent for my IUD, I was told that in about 1% of patients, the IUD may fall out. Of course, I was that 1% and it fell completely out. Not just out of my uterus, but completely out of my body. Obviously, I couldn't go too long without hormonal treatment since any estrogen whatsoever completely screws up my body, so we called the doctor who said I need to get another one, so we planned the date and everything seemed fine.
Then on Tuesday, I was at work, going about my day, when I started having severe abdominal pain. The pain was so bad that I started shaking and thought I was going to pass out. After my shift, I had my mom pick me up because I couldn't drive myself at that point. She called the doctor and they told me to go to the ER. When I arrived at the ER, the doctor told me all they could do for me is make sure I am not losing too much iron after bleeding for so long, and confirm my appendix was fine. They did a CT scan, gave me some pain meds, and sent me on my way.
After the mess with the first IUD, I didn't want to get another one. It was the worst pain I had experienced, I bled for 28 days, and it fell out. It didn't seem like a good idea to get another one. I wanted to change the plan and nix the IUD completely. Honestly, I was too scared to go through that pain again! However, I did some research, and some people have been sedated when they get their IUD placed, so I brought that idea to my doctor. She said she would be happy to try it!
This morning, my mom drove me to the hospital, and I was sedated and the IUD was placed. As of now, I am cramping a lot, but not half as bad as the first time, and the insertion didn't hurt nearly as much! Hopefully this was a good decision... I will definitely be praying that it helps!
I am so lucky to live an hour away from the third best hospital (in the nation) for gynecology! My doctors are phenomenal and I trust them immensely! I hope everyone else out there will hold on to hope and remember to not give up because something didn't work the first time. Stay hopeful because sometimes that's all you can do!
I decided to start a blog because my mental and physical conditions are constantly changing, and I want to help encourage people with similar experiences, and let them know they are not alone.