Almost 2 and a half years ago – just 6 weeks after my third child was born – my husband and I decided that we would use an IUD for birth control. Yes, we had three kids but we were still young and didn’t feel comfortable with any of the permanent birth control options yet.
I had the IUD in before – after Princess R was born and hated it. Since i have a latex allergy condoms are kinda out of the question (yes, there are latex free ones but dang the price on them is a real mood killer) and since i have Factor V Leiden i am unable to be on any hormonal birth control medications that contain any estrogen.
So the IUD it was.
This time it was pretty good. I was breastfeeding exclusively so had not started my period before the IUD was inserted and that was my main concern last time. I had constant spotting. This time – none. In fact even 2 years after giving birth to Babe E i had not had a period. That part was awesome.
Everything was cool until about 6-8 months ago when i started to get aches and pangs in my lady land area. I have a history of ovarian cysts (& have had to have a few removed and stuff) and this felt very similar. It’s a common side effect of the IUD so i wasnt worried, just bothered but pretty much ignored it. But it hurt.
I got tired of it.
On top of my other heath crap i am dealing with i didn’t want to hurt every time i sat down or feel the pressure in the uterus that i was feeling. I had the conversation with my incredibly understanding husband and told him i wanted it out.
This left us with a bit of a conundrum - since i cant be on any other birth controls we had to have the talk about what to do. We both still feel too young and unsure that we are done growing our family so we were both uncomfortable with the idea of the permanent options.
We ended up agreeing on the method that allowed us to get pregnant & we will now be doing that method to keep pregnancy away (gosh, hopefully!).
& today my uterus hates me – it is angry and crampy because i had the IUD removed today.
Apparently a good thing too because that pain i was feeling that i thought was a cyst on the ovary was actually the IUD which had fallen out of place and was just floating freely inside my uterus. It is T-Shaped and the T’s are supposed to be at the opening to the the Fallopian tubes but my IUD had fallen down and was no longer blocking that space – causing the cramps and that pain i was feeling when i sat down.
& so for that my uterus loves me now for taking it out.
We are now birth control free and will be relying on the Natural Family Planning Method using basal body temping and cervical changes to track when fertile times are and keep the hell away from each other then. My body really needs to be rid of the extra hormones!
We also have to be somewhat aware of what is going on in case pregnancy does occur. Because of my history of miscarriage I need to be back on a daily dose aspirin to help thin the blood and be highly aware of possible pregnancy so if that does happen i can get back on the medication i need to prevent another miscarriage from happening.
Keep your fingers crossed that my uterus stays happy with me & free from any fertilized squatters that want to set up shop for 9+ months.Share This Post: Tweet