Monday, July 19, 2010

Me, Myself, and IUD: The Aftershocks

Here's what happened while I was getting all thrift-store fashion on you:

I got my period. (I hope you weren't waiting around, holding your breath, wondering if my lateness meant anything.) And? It was the most amazingly awesome fantastic period experience of my menstruating life. I felt incredible!

I couldn't believe it. I still can't really believe it. I have not felt good during my period since, um...ever?

As you may remember, I had the Paragard IUD: no hormones, all uterine irritation. I don't know why I thought something that works partly by stimulating "an inflammatory response in the uterus" (to quote Babycenter's article on IUDs) wouldn't make my periods into a completely miserable experience, but it didn't really cross my mind. Never mind not knowing about the whole bicornuate uterus thing. Yikes and double yikes.

Anyway! My period showed up, and I had no cramping. None. Not in my back, not in my abdomen, nowhere. I was a little tired for a couple of days - nothing a few cups of green tea couldn't help along. And instead of 10-14 days of bleeding (yes, as in two weeks), I had six. Six if you count the three days of barely-there spotting.

On top of having a fantastically easy-to-deal-with period, I suddenly have crazy amounts of energy. Okay, maybe not crazy amounts, but certainly noteworthy compared to how I was feeling just a month or two ago. It's totally awesome, but remained completely mysterious...until I sat down to write this post and saw the phrase "inflammatory response." One of the reasons to manage inflammation in the body is that inflammation causes fatigue. And fatigue and chronic pain go together like cat pictures and Impact font!

So it seems that there's s a distinct possibility that having my IUD removed will actually result in my not having lower back pain any more. Which - after two-plus years of having my back hurt Every. Single. Day. - makes me want to cry tears of happy-happy-joy-joy.

My next period is due in about two-and-a-half weeks, and I'm completely shocked to realize I'm looking forward to it. I can't wait to find out if this ridiculously easy, remarkably pain-free cycle is the new "normal" 'round these ladyparts.

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9 comments:

autumn said...

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candace said...

And to add, you can now officially get pregnant (I'm so the pregnant pusher right now, someone needs to share in my joy (misery)!

Glad to know about the IUD thing because I was seriously considering it after this one, and you are like the millionth complaint about those things.

Glad you are feeling better too! Never looked forward to a period but hey to each her own!

Baby in Broad said...

Yeah, the whole pregnancy thing had crossed my mind...

For the record, I still think IUDs are a fabulous form of birth control - for some people. They're just not the right choice for me, clearly. Although I did love having effective birth control that I never had to think about.

Laura said...

wow, that's amazing!! what great news! IUDs scare me. i keep thinking that stems from the "scary" ones back in the 70s, the kind my mom had before it took her ELEVEN years to get pregnant with me.

Carry said...

It was pleasure reading your post! nice blog. You really worked hard on your blog. Anyways, Nice post!

Amber, The Unlikely Mama said...

I am absolutely thrilled for you! Is it weird that I'm so happy your periods are comfy now?

Sarita said...

Yeah for happy periods! I've considered the IUD for the future (after this baby is out). Have to say though that I really liked my birth control. The Nuva Ring worked really well for me, just releases the hormones at the source instead of through your whole blood stream (which makes me a crazy person, break out, gain weight, etc). Just next time I will make sure to change it out at the appropriate time if we are not planning on a pregnancy.....oops. :)

Rorrie said...

I've never been comfortable with the idea of getting an IUD. The more I disregard the thought of having one when I read the horrible experiences of other Mirena users. It's good though that most of you guys didn't have problems with it.