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05-26-2018 11:21 PM
rylielovessoftball
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Originally Posted by David3 View Post
Sex is great, especially when you are still younger and energetic. Just be careful about the whole thing, you know? I've met several smart people who nevertheless ended up with a raging lifelong case of genital herpes. In the 1990s, I knew one guy who died from AIDS in his 20s.

It's fantastic that so many contraceptive options exist today. Of course, IUDs and contraceptive injections won't protect you from a scorching case of gonorrhea - a good reason to use a condom for sex that includes penile/vaginal/anal/oral contact. More information on this: http://www.sfcityclinic.org/stdbasics/stdchart.asp .

If you do have sex (or are sexually attacked) before you get contraceptives, remember that in the United States, emergency after-sex contraception (the "morning-after pill", with brand names including "Plan B" and "Preven") can be legally purchased from pharmacies, without prescription, by all people regardless of age. It's not as effective as a regular contraceptive (IUD etc.), so it shouldn't be used as your primary form of birth control. Here is an informative website from Princeton University: http://ec.princeton.edu/questions/get-EC.html . Many pharmacies carry it: https://www.cvs.com/shop/plan-b-one-...9?skuId=876669 . It must be taken within 72 hours of coitus.
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I know that there are a lot of options out there as far as contraceptives. I don't know what would be right for me. I am currently on the pill but I'm not very good at taking it. I'll sometimes take it in the morning and then on days I'm running around frantic and have a lot of stuff going on...I may take it in the afternoon or evening. Sometimes in a worse case situation...not at all. That's why I'd like to take another form of birth control.

I am somewhat experienced when it comes to sex. I have a boyfriend...but I've also had experiences with the other gender as well. Unfortunately, some of my friends...and even partners have gotten unfortunate hitchhikers along the way. About half of my softball team has genital herpes. Some have Chylmidia. Some have genital warts. Some have Syphallis. And some have other STI's. Fortunately, no one I know has HIV/AIDS. I picked up HSV-1 when I was like 3 or 4 from kissing my aunt who had an outbreak. But I think a whole lot of people have that one.

I also picked up genital herpes about a month ago. A few teammates, who are either bi-sexual or lesbian were over for a sleepover because we were playing in a tournament and we had all gotten physical with each other. I woke up and showered and everything like normal and nothing strange happened. But a few days later, I saw that the whole area around my hips, genitals, anus and thighs were red and sore. It progressed to the point where I was getting blisters and sores in the red area. On top of that, I felt like I was getting the flu and I had a fever. It burned to go to the bathroom. Plus I had a funny smell down there and a lot of discharge (I know I'm being graphic). I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with genital herpes (HSV-2) about a month ago now. I'm still feeling the affects of my first outbreak which I hear is the worst but it gets better. My boyfriend wasn't happy that I got it. He went and got tested and found out he has it, too.

My boyfriend are careful if we do have sex. We don't engage if we're having outbreaks and we try to manage it by taking antivirals. I know there is a huge stigma surrounding what we have but I think education is key to trying to break the stigma of genital herpes.

We've been taught about the morning after pill in school. I took it once about three months ago when my boyfriend and I went a little too far in our little games and he went a little longer than he should. I was taking the pill pretty religiously at the time but didn't want to risk it.
05-26-2018 07:48 PM
David3
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Originally Posted by rylielovessoftball View Post
My mom is definitely very opinionated when it comes to my sexual health. I know she has my best interests in mind but I'm not necessarily comfortable with what she thinks is best for my sexual health. I have thought about talking to the doctor alone but with being a minor (I'm 16 and turn 17 in July) if the doctor has to tell her what we talked about. I mean if the doctor would think Paragard would be the better option for me...then all means I'll have the IUD inserted. I would like to maybe see a different doctor but I don't know if I can switch doctors without needing mom to sign for me.


Sex is great, especially when you are still younger and energetic. Just be careful about the whole thing, you know? I've met several smart people who nevertheless ended up with a raging lifelong case of genital herpes. In the 1990s, I knew one guy who died from AIDS in his 20s.

It's fantastic that so many contraceptive options exist today. Of course, IUDs and contraceptive injections won't protect you from a scorching case of gonorrhea - a good reason to use a condom for sex that includes penile/vaginal/anal/oral contact. More information on this: http://www.sfcityclinic.org/stdbasics/stdchart.asp .

If you do have sex (or are sexually attacked) before you get contraceptives, remember that in the United States, emergency after-sex contraception (the "morning-after pill", with brand names including "Plan B" and "Preven") can be legally purchased from pharmacies, without prescription, by all people regardless of age. It's not as effective as a regular contraceptive (IUD etc.), so it shouldn't be used as your primary form of birth control. Here is an informative website from Princeton University: http://ec.princeton.edu/questions/get-EC.html . Many pharmacies carry it: https://www.cvs.com/shop/plan-b-one-...9?skuId=876669 . It must be taken within 72 hours of coitus.
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05-26-2018 03:28 PM
rylielovessoftball
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Originally Posted by AspiringBuddha View Post
This is going to vary a lot by personal preference, so I hesitate to recommend something. What's good for me, as a 43 year old woman who does not plan on having children may be very different from what's good for you at your stage of life.

Here's a link I found that may be helpful to you in having the conversation with your doctor:

https://www.thecut.com/2016/11/not-s...read-this.html

It sounds as though your mom has definite opinions about your sexual health and has your best interests in mind, which is wonderful, but I know when the time came for me to see someone regularly, I felt more comfortable with a different doctor than my mom's. If you feel like your mother wants you to go one direction and you're not sure of it, it is okay to ask to speak to another doctor and see if he/she offers different advice. It is your body after all! Good luck.
My mom is definitely very opinionated when it comes to my sexual health. I know she has my best interests in mind but I'm not necessarily comfortable with what she thinks is best for my sexual health. I have thought about talking to the doctor alone but with being a minor (I'm 16 and turn 17 in July) if the doctor has to tell her what we talked about. I mean if the doctor would think Paragard would be the better option for me...then all means I'll have the IUD inserted. I would like to maybe see a different doctor but I don't know if I can switch doctors without needing mom to sign for me.
05-26-2018 11:09 AM
AspiringBuddha This is going to vary a lot by personal preference, so I hesitate to recommend something. What's good for me, as a 43 year old woman who does not plan on having children may be very different from what's good for you at your stage of life.

Here's a link I found that may be helpful to you in having the conversation with your doctor:

https://www.thecut.com/2016/11/not-s...read-this.html

It sounds as though your mom has definite opinions about your sexual health and has your best interests in mind, which is wonderful, but I know when the time came for me to see someone regularly, I felt more comfortable with a different doctor than my mom's. If you feel like your mother wants you to go one direction and you're not sure of it, it is okay to ask to speak to another doctor and see if he/she offers different advice. It is your body after all! Good luck.
05-26-2018 12:18 AM
rylielovessoftball My mom has talked to me about going on BC before since I don't have a boyfriend and not knowing if I'll hook up with a guy at a party or whatever and us doing the "deed" and not wanting me to become pregnant before I'm truly ready "like what happened to our 16 y/o neighbor". Mom has had me on the pill since I was 15 but would like to get me off of the pill and onto the Paragard IUD. She has already talked to our OBGYN (we see the same one) to see about getting me on it or onto the little stick that gets imbedded into your arm. Which method would be better? Personally if I had a choice, I'd rather get the little stick in the arm.
08-25-2016 11:43 PM
niedeckerlorine If you want a good tips on birth control and pregnancy first consult your doctor. If you want health, medication, exercises during pregnancy than check this link . It has very relevant tips for baby birth and how to care them . It is a site called babynology
03-23-2016 10:26 AM
Rhys Terrible PMDD and periods run in my family. My PMDD was so severe that I became suicidal for about 2 weeks out of the month (this may have been due to hormones messing with my bipolar moods). Cramps were so terribly painful that I couldn't walk at times. I would faint. The bleeding was ridiculously heavy and I'd constantly leak even with the most absorbent pads. I would develop awful cystic acne.

My doctor agreed to have me skip the sugar pills in the birth control pill packs in order to stop my periods mainly due to the suicidal thoughts and tendencies I'd develop but also because all the other symptoms made me miserable as well. I could not function. I stay on the hormone pills and my life has greatly improved because of it.
03-16-2014 02:55 PM
LedBoots
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Originally Posted by danakscully64 View Post

I'm very allergic to earrings, it's hard for me to find a pair I can wear. Do you think the copper IUD would cause an issue for me? I've heard that sometimes the reason we're allergic to earrings is the metals.

Usually it is nickel that causes the jewelry issues, maybe trying wearing a copper bracelet or ring to see if it bothers your skin first? I looked into the issue of absorbing too much copper, I wondered about that, but the things I read didn't worry me too much.

There's always a risk/benefit ratio with these kinds of things; it's a matter of figuring out where you fall on that continuum. My daughter is happy with the copper one, for her it is so far, so good.
03-16-2014 01:16 PM
danakscully64

I'm very allergic to earrings, it's hard for me to find a pair I can wear. Do you think the copper IUD would cause an issue for me? I've heard that sometimes the reason we're allergic to earrings is the metals.

03-08-2014 09:11 AM
oatmilk

It's been a while since I've posted on this forum! Here's an update on my contact lens/birth control issue, since I know others are experiencing it:

The birth control changed the shape of my eye, which is a listed side effect. My eyes would become red and irritated, as an above poster said, because the contact lens I had been using no longer fit properly. When this first started happening (over a year ago!) I ditched the contacts and resigned myself to wearing glasses every day. I did this until last spring, when I saw a new eye doctor who gave me wide lens contact lenses. He also gave me eye drops because the birth control also made my eyes dry. Mine might be an extreme case, though, as I live in an extremely dry climate. Even people who don't have eye issues use eye drops out here, especially in the wintertime when it's super dry out. 

I started wearing these wide lens contact lenses once or twice a week, usually whenever I went on a date. I couldn't keep them in for long and had to use eye drops a lot, usually every hour. My eyes were always irritated after taking them out and were usually red the next day. :( Over the summer I gradually started wearing them more and more, and for longer periods. Because I hadn't worn contacts for months after I started experiencing problems I suppose my eyes got used to not having them in. 

As of now I wear my contacts every day. I wear them for 6-8 hours max, taking them out whenever I'm at home. My eyes still get irritated sometimes, but that's usually if I've worn them for far too long or if I've been reading/staring at a computer screen with them in. They are no longer red after I take my contacts out, or the next day. I still use eye drops religiously, but notice I have to use a lot more the colder it gets. It was -40 C here last week and the week before and so dry and cold out my eyes hurt and my skin cracked. The joys of living in Canada lol.

I don't know if it was because I slowly built up my wear time, and started wearing them more regularly (used to be a weekend only thing, then I started wearing them a couple weekdays, and so on), or if my body was adjusting to the birth control. I'm still on the same one and have been for over a year now. All I know is that I'm thrilled I'm no longer experiencing this problem. I hate wearing glasses with a passion.  

01-13-2014 10:57 PM
Aniela Deleted.
01-13-2014 05:12 PM
LedBoots A tiny string comes out of the cervix for removal later, and for checking placement. It is teeny, not like a tampon string. Some men say they can feel it during sex, some of them say they like the feeling, lol. The iud is tiny and completely inside the uterus. There are rare complications, but most women do really well with them.
01-13-2014 04:59 PM
Werewolf Girl
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Originally Posted by Aniela View Post

Thought I'd comment considering all the IUD talk. I love my copper IUD! The first period on it was heavy but only for a day. My period lasted the usual 5 days. I can't feel mine at all. The procedure is completely worth it! I love not having to remember to take a daily pill. I love having a sex drive again. I love not messing with condoms.

Can you feel it at all or does it interfere with sex in any way? I've read a lot of stories where the wires were getting in the way of things and that concerns me.
01-13-2014 04:23 PM
danakscully64
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Originally Posted by Aniela View Post

Thought I'd comment considering all the IUD talk. I love my copper IUD! The first period on it was heavy but only for a day. My period lasted the usual 5 days. I can't feel mine at all. The procedure is completely worth it! I love not having to remember to take a daily pill. I love having a sex drive again. I love not messing with condoms.


If I wasn't wanting kids in the next 2-3 years, I would get one. I've heard a lot of great things about the IUD.

01-13-2014 12:10 PM
LedBoots
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Originally Posted by Aniela View Post

Thought I'd comment considering all the IUD talk. I love my copper IUD! The first period on it was heavy but only for a day. My period lasted the usual 5 days. I can't feel mine at all. The procedure is completely worth it! I love not having to remember to take a daily pill. I love having a sex drive again. I love not messing with condoms.
Thanks for this, I showed it to my daughter (24.) She's getting the copper Paraguard (the new small one) put in on Thursday and she's happy but nervous. smiley.gif
01-13-2014 11:53 AM
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01-13-2014 11:31 AM
danakscully64
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Originally Posted by Werewolf Girl View Post


Apparently it really can... I had a pretty healthy sex drive when I was on the pill but since going off it it has skyrocketed and it's combined with some crazy mood swings and a few random crying fits. Being a girl is such a weird experience, guys are so lucky they don't have to deal with all this hormone stuff. I read an article that said it takes about three months for things to go back to normal after going off the pill so I'm hoping I'm about halfway through this madness...

Also all these side effects are making me hesitant to go back on the pill in the future but I don't know what I'm going to do instead because I'm really nervous about getting an IUD and condoms suck. This is so frustrating I'm almost tempted to try the pull-out method but I really can't risk pregnancy, grrr.... undecided.gif


I know, hormones can suck! I was back to normal after taking the pill for 1 month after 2 months. I haven't been on the pill in years, I hate the side effects that much. Sticking with condoms until I'm ready to have kids.

01-12-2014 02:54 PM
Werewolf Girl
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Originally Posted by danakscully64 View Post

Not likely, the pill can absolutely affect your sex drive.

Apparently it really can... I had a pretty healthy sex drive when I was on the pill but since going off it it has skyrocketed and it's combined with some crazy mood swings and a few random crying fits. Being a girl is such a weird experience, guys are so lucky they don't have to deal with all this hormone stuff. I read an article that said it takes about three months for things to go back to normal after going off the pill so I'm hoping I'm about halfway through this madness...

Also all these side effects are making me hesitant to go back on the pill in the future but I don't know what I'm going to do instead because I'm really nervous about getting an IUD and condoms suck. This is so frustrating I'm almost tempted to try the pull-out method but I really can't risk pregnancy, grrr.... undecided.gif
01-11-2014 06:13 PM
LedBoots
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It might not be the birth control. Usually when that affects eyes, it changes the fit of contact lenses. The redness isn't normal. You may have a small cut on the cornea and the lens is irritating it, or your are allergic to the contact lens or its solution. A corneal cut or abrasion can happen if you're sleeping in lenses, or a lash or something under the contact scratches it. For that, they usually give antibiotic drops and recommend no contacts for an amount of time.

Are your eyes dry? The bc can cause this, but an over the counter contact lens eye wetting drops a few times a day can help there.

If you want to get off the bc pill, the iud is being used more frequently these days. They can be used on women who haven't been pregnant, can stay in for years, and can be removed if the woman wants to conceive. There is a hormone-free copper one that coincidently my daughter is getting put in next week.


Ya I think you are right because they have never bothered me before. I thought about getting an IUD because I hate the idea of putting hormones into my body but I got scared away by what a big procedure it is to have it put in. Plus I have a very low pain tolerance haha. I havent had really any side affects from the pill so I think I will stick with that.

Good, I hope your eyes clear up soon!
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01-11-2014 05:15 PM
VeggiGirl
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It might not be the birth control. Usually when that affects eyes, it changes the fit of contact lenses. The redness isn't normal. You may have a small cut on the cornea and the lens is irritating it, or your are allergic to the contact lens or its solution. A corneal cut or abrasion can happen if you're sleeping in lenses, or a lash or something under the contact scratches it. For that, they usually give antibiotic drops and recommend no contacts for an amount of time.

Are your eyes dry? The bc can cause this, but an over the counter contact lens eye wetting drops a few times a day can help there.

If you want to get off the bc pill, the iud is being used more frequently these days. They can be used on women who haven't been pregnant, can stay in for years, and can be removed if the woman wants to conceive. There is a hormone-free copper one that coincidently my daughter is getting put in next week.


Ya I think you are right because they have never bothered me before. I thought about getting an IUD because I hate the idea of putting hormones into my body but I got scared away by what a big procedure it is to have it put in. Plus I have a very low pain tolerance haha. I havent had really any side affects from the pill so I think I will stick with that.

01-11-2014 07:16 AM
LedBoots
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I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with eye problems while on BC? I'm thinking of switching brands to see if the problem will cease, but I'm really sensitive to birth control and switching really puts me through a loop. I'm hoping someone has one they can recommend so that I don't need to try dozens. I was also wondering if someone had contact lens issues while on BC, and what happened after they went off of it. I'm quite terrified that even if/when I go off the pill I still won't be able to wear lenses. I need to be on birth control right now, but I still don't want to risk any lasting damage to my eyes. 

Maybe this is what has been happening to me. I have been on the generic version of Alesse for 2 and a half years. I have been lucky and have had pretty much no side affects at all so far. I do wear contact lenses and lately my eyes (especially the left one) have been getting red and irritated and I have no idea why. At first I thought I just needed a new pair of contacts but I changed them and it helped for a while but now they are getting irritated again. Its an on and off kind of thing. I will have to do more research about this. I wonder if it is something that can happen after years or if it normally happens as soon as you start taking bc.

It might not be the birth control. Usually when that affects eyes, it changes the fit of contact lenses. The redness isn't normal. You may have a small cut on the cornea and the lens is irritating it, or your are allergic to the contact lens or its solution. A corneal cut or abrasion can happen if you're sleeping in lenses, or a lash or something under the contact scratches it. For that, they usually give antibiotic drops and recommend no contacts for an amount of time.

Are your eyes dry? The bc can cause this, but an over the counter contact lens eye wetting drops a few times a day can help there.

If you want to get off the bc pill, the iud is being used more frequently these days. They can be used on women who haven't been pregnant, can stay in for years, and can be removed if the woman wants to conceive. There is a hormone-free copper one that coincidently my daughter is getting put in next week.
01-10-2014 12:09 AM
VeggiGirl
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I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with eye problems while on BC? I'm thinking of switching brands to see if the problem will cease, but I'm really sensitive to birth control and switching really puts me through a loop. I'm hoping someone has one they can recommend so that I don't need to try dozens. I was also wondering if someone had contact lens issues while on BC, and what happened after they went off of it. I'm quite terrified that even if/when I go off the pill I still won't be able to wear lenses. I need to be on birth control right now, but I still don't want to risk any lasting damage to my eyes. 

Maybe this is what has been happening to me. I have been on the generic version of Alesse for 2 and a half years. I have been lucky and have had pretty much no side affects at all so far. I do wear contact lenses and lately my eyes (especially the left one) have been getting red and irritated and I have no idea why. At first I thought I just needed a new pair of contacts but I changed them and it helped for a while but now they are getting irritated again. Its an on and off kind of thing. I will have to do more research about this. I wonder if it is something that can happen after years or if it normally happens as soon as you start taking bc.

11-28-2013 11:16 AM
danakscully64
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 Slightly more interested in sex but it could be a placebo effect. I was on an Ortho-Tri-Cyclen generic (Trinessa).

 

Not likely, the pill can absolutely affect your sex drive.

11-25-2013 08:30 PM
Aniela It's been less than one week and have been back to normal since yesterday. Cramping subsided by Sunday completely; I was inserted Thursday. Thursday were almost unbearable cramps, Friday was slight cramps, Saturday was a slightly cervical pain, Sunday was normal. So far no break-through bleeding. Haven't had sex with it yet; I was waiting a week to allow things to recover. Haven't had a period with it but expecting my previous 7 day long periods to return like they were with no hormones. The transition off the pill hasn't done anything to me either. Slightly more interested in sex but it could be a placebo effect. I was on an Ortho-Tri-Cyclen generic (Trinessa).

Retrospective, I don't have anything but USA information which I'm fairly certain won't be useful for you since I think you live elsewhere.
11-22-2013 11:26 AM
LedBoots I work in an OB/GYN office, and they put in lots of iuds, including in teenagers and women who have never been pregnant. Go to someone who has practice inserting them, and preferably with small hands. If you need ammo for your US gynecologist :

"Increasing familiarity with changes in practice guidelines and improvements associated with the newer LARC devices may address some health care provider reluctance to encourage LARC use. Although health care providers generally have favorable attitudes about IUDs, they may use overly restrictive criteria to identify IUD candidates (16). For example, IUDs may be safely used by nulliparous women and by adolescents (17, 18). Although there is a slight increased risk of infection in the first 20 days after IUD insertion, evidence indicates there is no increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease or infertility in IUD users (18).
11-22-2013 10:38 AM
Aniela I never took the Norco they prescribed me until it got worse at 9ish. I wish I had taken it sooner but I was afraid of interactions with the valium. The Norco made the pain non-existent. Today there is some slight cramping but I went to work since it is mild even with no pain killers. I was afraid to drive on the Norco even though it doesn't make me drowsy or loopy in anyway.

Retrospective, I failed at explaining that cost bit, didn't I? My doctor was more concerned if I'd still be okay paying the money if I wasn't a candidate. I had to special order my IUD. I told her I was willing to try because I hated pills that much.

I also shopped around for a doctor. I called a few places and was up front about finding a doctor to perform this procedure for me. I explained my situation briefly and stopped when I found an office that told me the doctor did it frequently and the pharmaceutical rep with paragard visited frequently.

During the visit I didn't take no for an answer and explained I'd been thinking about it for awhile. The paragard is approved for use in nulliparous women, end of story. And unless you have a small uterus you can get it. When I get home from work I can dig up some of my old information to give you ammo for the consultation.

ETA: I totally assumed everyone's in the United States.
11-22-2013 01:07 AM
retrospective
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My doctor was reluctant to give it to me not because of the risks but because of the costs. She told me as long as I'm willing to put forth the money she will give it to me. If I'm not a candidate I still have to pay which was the kicker. $200 for a consult, $700 for the device and $100 for the insertion. And, yes, my insurance is covering it once my deductible is hit so I'm putting forth most the money.

I told her I'm tired of hormones and want a hormone free option. I didn't let her talk me out of it and she agreed to do it.
I read somewhere that most female doctors (or at least obgyns) have an IUD.

That's strange, isn't it up to you to decide whether you can afford it or not? It's expensive though, but I guess that's to be expected. What determines whether you can or can not be a candidate?

 

I guess it's possible that most docs have IUD, but in that case they are also hypocrites. I have yet to meet a decent obgyn, most I encounter are inflexible and judgmental. They usually give me a speech how irresponsible I am with my pull-out method, (speeches that would be more appropriate when given to a teenager) however whenever I ask about IUD and explain my stance on hormones, they won't hear it and keep pushing the pill on me. If I'm especially unlucky, they will do something stupid and unrelated, for e.g. - start pushing all kinds of vaccines on me for flu, etc. (I'm strongly against them). I don't know about U.S., however in here most docs are know-it-all's, so full of themselves, they are used to the general population doing whatever they are told and not doing their own homework. If somebody questions their methods, a speech is what you get. So I am a bit reluctant to go to them or to ask about the IUD again. :/

 

I guess I have to figure out whether it is worth it at this point, I do want kids within the next 5 years, but of course nothing is for certain and that might change.

11-22-2013 12:47 AM
danakscully64

Thank you for the updates. I'm curious as to how you like it over the next few weeks.

11-22-2013 12:35 AM
retrospective
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The cramps are like really bad period cramps. Manageable but uncomfortable. I haven't had cramps like this in years so many may be used to period cramps.

 

 

Had to laugh seeing ''really bad period cramps'' and ''manageable'' in the same sentence :D I usually start taking painkillers even before they start because I am terrified of ever experiencing that again. There were a couple of times I was left with no painkillers (or possibility to get some) and it was such excruciating pain I swore never to have children if giving birth feels anything like it. :D

11-21-2013 03:51 PM
Aniela Two and a half hours after insertion and cramping has subsided considerably! Feels like a minor period cramp. Haven't taken anything other than the Valium. The Valium is only now starting to take effect. sad.gif
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