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Author:  Ariann [ Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:03 pm ]
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Still forking bleeding.

Author:  Disappearing Ink [ Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:06 am ]
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When it comes to birth control, I seem to be a bleeder... if constant bleeding is a side-effect, I'm that guy.

If I remember rightly, I bled for several weeks after getting my mirena inserted, and checked in with the clinic several times to be like, "what the fork?!"

It settled down eventually, though, and while I do still have periods (though irregular ones), I don't get bleeding in between.

Author:  Ariann [ Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:46 pm ]
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Ugh. This is my first period in almost two years (pregnancy, breastfeeding), so I'm all messed up. No idea how to handle this. Lost my Diva cup in my move last year somehow. Using baby washcloths as pads. Am a mess. Please stop bleeding, uterus.

Author:  jennyg2207 [ Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:07 am ]
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The board is back! I just saw on Reddit. It might disappear but I thought I'd post anyway.

I had the jaydess inserted two weeks ago. Insertion was a bit grim; the mirena wouldn't fit (three attempts) and then the jaydess JUST squeezed through. I'd been feeling okay until yesterday afternoon when I got super bad abdominal stabby pains and the most horrendous cramping. It came in waves and made me feel a bit sick. It eased off a bit last night, I'm just mega crampy this morning. I have bleeding too, and my period isn't due yet but the doc tells me it could be all over the place. The leaflet basically says "anything can happen LOL" and that abdominal pain is a very common side effect so I figure I'm just being a Class A Wimp.

Anyhow I wrote a thing about my experience if anyone wants to see :) https://spiceboxofearth.co.uk/2017/02/0 ... ting-tips/

Author:  vixki [ Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:42 pm ]
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Jenny, how are you going with the IUD now? My gynaecologist wants me to get the Mirena. He offered to fit it there and then at my appointment today but I declined as I had to catch the bus back (actually its a good thing I did because I ended up having no money for the bus so had to walk the three miles home). So instead I will get an appointment through the post. He seems to think I need no preparation and I'll be fine immediately afterwards but I'm wary! I'm happy to try the Mirena (nothing else left for me haha) but I'm scared!

Author:  jennyg2207 [ Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:49 pm ]
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Well, I had a couple of days of bad cramps, then a week or two of nothing, then a heinously long period with more cramping and now there's nothing at all :)

I'd be warned the first period after insertion can be brutal, which makes sense as your body adjusts.

If I now get 3 years of hassle free contraception then it will 110% have been worth it. All birth control involves an element of getting used to, I think. I'd say it's worth a go :)

Author:  vijita [ Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:32 pm ]
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vixki wrote:
He offered to fit it there and then at my appointment today but I declined as I had to catch the bus back (actually its a good thing I did because I ended up having no money for the bus so had to walk the three miles home).

This is so nuts to me! I could never handle that kind of thing on the spot! You made the right decision I think, though insertion is breeze for a lot of people, seemingly the majority.

I am still scarred from my first IUD insertion. My doctor had no idea what she was doing. I've had two since that were fine. Good luck! Still so worth it no matter how much I bled and was in pain.

Author:  vixki [ Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:38 am ]
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Thanks! I'm glad it's going ok now Jenny. I'm at the point where my periods are so awful surely anything must be better. And hopefully this will be better than the myriad of pills I've tried.

Vijita - oh I agree! He said "I can fit it now" and my mind went into "what the fizzle, panic!" mode. Everything I've read says to take painkillers beforehand, be prepared to bleed and be sore afterwards etc, not really a spur of the moment thing. But I think since this guy is a specialist gynaecologist he usually deals with things much more severe than a mirena insertion so it just seemed like nothing to him. But yeah, I am not a spur of the moment person, at least not with things like that...

Author:  jennyg2207 [ Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:41 am ]
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I'd heard good things about the hormonal IUD (Mirena) and the one I have is basically a smaller version (Jaydess) so lasts 3 years instead of 5. After the initial shock (and after your uterus does its little protest) it's supposed to be barely noticeable and lighten/stop periods, so it all sounds like a good deal to me. Just make sure you take time out, get a hot water bottle and decent painkillers and make sure there's cake to hand :)

Author:  vixki [ Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:16 pm ]
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I'd heard of the jaydess before, usually when I bring up the IUD doctors go on about how young I am and say I can't have it, so I thought the smaller one would be what I get but this guy seems to think I should get the Mirena. We'll see how it goes!

I'm an expert in hot water bottles and microwave mug cakes so that should be ok. I usually spend the first few days of my period crying in pain so it can't be much worse, I hope!

Author:  jennyg2207 [ Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:52 pm ]
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Well, I'm 35 and the 3.8mm Jaydess barely managed to get through my cervix so I think it really depends on each person's body! I know it's supposed to be easier when you're on your period so I'd definitely recommend trying to match the two up :)

Author:  vixki [ Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:09 pm ]
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I don't think I have a choice as to when it is, to be honest. I'm just getting a letter in the post with an appointment and that'll be that. My GP doesn't do them so I have to have it done at the hospital which is why.

Author:  jennyg2207 [ Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:00 am ]
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Ah poop. Mine was limited too, as I had to wait for both the IUD-deploying GP and the nurse to be free together. Let us know how it goes though, yanno, in a not weird way :D

Author:  vixki [ Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:41 pm ]
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Well I got the letter through, it won't be till the 25th April and apparently I will also be having a hysteroscopy? Or is that the same thing? I don't know. So I'll have at least one more period to survive...

Author:  jennyg2207 [ Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:52 am ]
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According to Dr Google that's teeny thin camera thriugh the cervix so they can have a looksee in the womb. I imagine it'll feel very similar to having the coil put in :)

I guess the figured since they were in there anyway then why not!

After a rather dramatic first period after insertion, I've had a VERY light one too, so hoping that'll be it now for 3 years.

Author:  vixki [ Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:25 am ]
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I don't know if anyone reads here anymore but I had my insertion today, like half an hour ago. It was... Ok. Pain wise less than period pains. Discomfort wise? Not great. There was a student doctor plus a few nurses so like five people looking at my bits was weird. And they kept pulling gadgets covered in blood out which was worrying. Apparently they had trouble fitting it because I have a tiny cervix and a tilted uterus (news to me). They had to go get a special bendy dilator from a different room while I sat there with my legs splayed and a metal speculum up me, awkwardly discussing local National Trust properties with one of the nurses. And then they did a local anaesthetic which they said would feel weird but I didn't notice. It cramped a bit but yeah like I said not much. Had a glass of water before I left and it was fine. Now I feel like I have mild period pains so we'll see how that goes.

Author:  jennyg2207 [ Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:16 am ]
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Well done! I have a wonky and "shy" cervix so it was quite a squeeze... I've had spotting and random cramping since that first rather painful post-fitting period but nothing a hot bath and cake doesn't fix. Hope you get on ok!

Author:  vixki [ Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:08 am ]
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Thank you! It mostly feels a bit...weird at the moment, like a constant awareness of the area which is kinda strange. I guess since they had to prod and poke me so much I'm probably a bit bruised inside which is why. We'll see how my first period goes next week...

Author:  vixki [ Sat May 13, 2017 6:49 am ]
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Update :

Well, it's certainly different. I haven't had a day without spotting at least since I had it put in. Which is annoying but I guess it'll settle down. My period cramps were less intense - usually I'd have a couple of days where I was completely debilitated by pain, this time I just had fairly constant cramps, with really bad ones coming and going.

Now my period is over, I guess, it's hard to tell, but I'm still cramping quite badly which is annoying. It's a different cramps to my usual period cramps (to the point I worried I was getting a UTI but I'm not) but still painful.

However it's not been long so I know this is expected. See how it goes I guess.

Author:  Disappearing Ink [ Sun May 14, 2017 4:02 am ]
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vixki wrote:
Update :

Well, it's certainly different. I haven't had a day without spotting at least since I had it put in. Which is annoying but I guess it'll settle down. My period cramps were less intense - usually I'd have a couple of days where I was completely debilitated by pain, this time I just had fairly constant cramps, with really bad ones coming and going.

Now my period is over, I guess, it's hard to tell, but I'm still cramping quite badly which is annoying. It's a different cramps to my usual period cramps (to the point I worried I was getting a UTI but I'm not) but still painful.

However it's not been long so I know this is expected. See how it goes I guess.


I had a lot of spotting/erratic bleeding for the first few months at least. Even recently I was having really weird periods. Like, I would bleed for 3 days, stop for a week, bleed again for 2 days, then the whole thing would start over again in 3 to 6 weeks.

Now I'm thinking (after three forking years) they might have disappeared altogether. No sign of a period for about 90 days!

I guess what I'm saying is... if you wait it out, it will most probably get better. Even if it sucks right now.

Author:  jennyg2207 [ Sun May 14, 2017 4:22 am ]
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Mine were a bit erratic too, spotting, and I still get super light periods. No cramping anymore though and it's otherwise great 4 months on.

Author:  vixki [ Mon May 15, 2017 1:29 pm ]
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Thank you both. To be honest I think I do actually have a UTI, will have to see if I can get to the doctors with this cyber doo dah. Possibly from the fact that I'm having to wear a pad constantly these days because I can never tell when I'm going to suddenly bleed, which is annoying and not great for me.

Author:  vixki [ Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:02 pm ]
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Well, since my mirena insertion in April, you could add together all the days I haven't bled and you'd get less than two weeks. Every time it starts to dry up, then I think "phew" and have a day without bleeding and then... Ruin a pair of knickers the next day. I haven't worn white all summer.

Cramps wise I get crampy but nowhere near as bad as I would get once a month pre mirena. So I guess I'll have a choice, cramps or bleeding forever.

Author:  GreenDuck [ Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:28 pm ]
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vixki wrote:
Well, since my mirena insertion in April, you could add together all the days I haven't bled and you'd get less than two weeks. Every time it starts to dry up, then I think "phew" and have a day without bleeding and then... Ruin a pair of knickers the next day. I haven't worn white all summer.

Cramps wise I get crampy but nowhere near as bad as I would get once a month pre mirena. So I guess I'll have a choice, cramps or bleeding forever.

You may be able to take the Pill as well, to control the bleeding.

I got the implant the February before last, crossing my fingers that I'd be one of the ones who got no bleeding at all, and the doctor said it could take up to a year to settle down. For 15 months I had almost constant bleeding- twice it stopped for two or three days, then started again- though thankfully it was quite light and I didn't get cramps with it. I then went back to the doctor who suggested I go on the Pill as well and that has regulated it to only bleeding on the withdrawal weeks. Some cramps but not nearly as bad as with no hormones at all. (I can't remember well enough to compare to just the Pill and no implant). I'm waiting for a follow-up appointment and will ask if it is ok to only have a withdrawal week every second month, for even less often bleeding and cramping.

As I think the Mirena gives a continous dose of progesterone, like the implant, this may be an option. (Sorry if you're not able to take the Pill at all.)

Author:  jennyg2207 [ Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:02 am ]
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My periods have stopped altogether now and I don’t get very crampy. I have gained a lot of weight but I think that might be down to gargantuan levels of stress in recent months and a massive amount of comfort eating. My GP offered me the pill to ease up the bleeding early on but I stuck with it and blessedly it stopped. I’m very much on the edge of asking my partner if he fancies tube-tying.... He’s 45 with no desire whatsoever for children and it would be lovely to let my body do its own thing!

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