IUD: What No One Tells You
I’m here to clear up the fear and the mess surrounding IUD, so do me a favor, check out this diagram below.
Did you look? Its going to make a lot of things more clear as we go… But first, no not all IUDs are that large. Some are smaller depending on the size of your uterus and if you’ve had children. Now that I’m looking at this diagram even I’m amazing the thing is in there… Let’s move on.
The first thing you have to do when deciding on ANY form of birth control is to talk to a professional. A good place to start is your primary doctor to see if it’s the right fit for you and your lifestyle. There are so many forms people have choices now! Make sure you’re making the best one for you and what you want. If you’re still uncertain seek out a sex therapist so they have work with you to work through any issues or concerns you might have.
The second thing you should do is research what’s best for your body. Do you want a hormonal one? No hormones? Do you have PMS/Menstrual issues that need to be dealt with? These are questions for your doctor so they can help guide you. I flat out told mine I wanted to be off hormones and he helped me find an option that would fit my life and my wishes (because we don’t always get what we want, but at least he was good enough to work with me. So far I’m happy! Thanks Doc!)
What to expect during the procedure:
Every doctor is different, but for the most part they’ll ask to see you when you’re menstruating because your uterine walls are more malleable. They’ll also give you a med that will open your cervix that you’ll have to take 4 hours before–– makes things easier to get to (see the diagram). This is a really good video to watch, too.
Make sure you take some pain meds before you go in. I wish I would have thought about that before, but everyone I spoke to and the internet said it wouldn’t hurt–– just some cramping. Now this is where it got interesting for me: I never cramp so I thought oh no big deal….
NO. Not true at all!
I cramped like I have never cramped before in my life. It all went away after 4ish hours but OMG. Just take the pain meds and don’t plan anything for the rest of the day, trust me. You’ll thank me later.
You’ll have to go back to your doctor in 6 weeks to make sure 1.) your body didn’t push it out 2.) it didn’t move 3.) and you’re happy. After that you can ride off into the sunset for however many years the thing lasts.
What do you think? Is it a method you might use? If you have any questions you can submit them here.