Let’s be real, being on the pill sucks and it is such a hassle. I have been taking birth control pills since I was fifteen because my periods were so bad. I always had such bad cramps which has led to my endometriosis diagnosis. I wrote a previous blog post all about that if you’re interested. After going to endless gynecologist visits, we came up with a game plan to always skip the last row in my birth control pack (sugar pills) and continue on to the next pack so that I would never get my period. It was working well until I took a pill a few minutes late and not only did my period come back but I was woken up at 3am with major cramping. I said enough was enough and that is when we decided to go with the IUD. I wanted to write a post about my experience, so I am doing more of a journal entry style that way you get my true feelings day by day.
I just got home a few hours ago from my appointment and I would be lying if I said that I am not super miserable. It sucked but it was not as bad as I expected. I was told to take ibuprofen an hour before my appointment which I completely forgot until I was on my way. When I got there I had to take a pregnancy test, considering I haven’t had a period in months. As expected, that came back negative so it was now time for the procedure. I was super nervous but my gynecologist was super helpful by telling me step by step on what she was doing. Considering I am no doctor, I will skip all of the “medical talk” and briefly tell you what she did in my own words. So as always, this is my opinion and please make sure to always ask your doctor if you have any questions. I had to undress from the waist down, then she cleaned the area with iodine to make sure I don’t end up with an infection. After she inserted the speculum, she started to measure my cervix which is when I started feeling a lot of cramping. After she had me cough, she began inserting the IUD which took only a few seconds. I was already cramping so bad that I really didn’t even feel it go in. Most girls say they feel a pinch, fortunately I did not. After that was all done and she took out the speculum, I was in a lot of pain, cramping wise. I got a little nauseous but after laying down for two minutes, I just wanted to go home and lay down. Which is where I am at now, hello couch potato. I have my heating pad on and my Motrin bottle at an arms reach. I can honestly say when laying down, my cramps aren’t that bad but the second I get up, yikes. I will update y’all in the next few day. One tip that I can give you thus far, schedule your appointment on a Friday and have someone drive you.
So I am currently on day four, and I am MISERABLE. I will say, my IBS is not helping the situation but the cramps are horrible. Since this post is a little on the TMI side, I am writing this to be real. So if talking about periods weirds you out, move along. That being said, I didn’t really start bleeding until Sunday night. Now with it being Wednesday, I am full force on my period. I forgot how bad this sucks lol! Basically my heating pad has been my best friend. The doctor said to take an easy but Sunday I had a blogger event so I was gone for roughly 7 hours. I think it was too much for my body because Monday was brutal and that is when things took a turn for the worse. I know this is part of the process so I am just trying to power through it, but needless to say, the aftermath of getting an IUD is brutal. I am told that after a few weeks when things subside, it is totally worth. So I will let you know how I feel about that statement in a few weeks. Haha! My next update will be in a week or two.