Two Weeks In With A Copper Iud And Optimistic. Also, Some Tips For Dealing With Bad Cramps At Work.

I had a copper IUD placed two weeks ago (12/28/12) along with a hymenectomy, which complicated things a bit (as I'm sure you can imagine). I was grateful to have been warned to take a few days off work to recover, as I had bad cramping and continuous bleeding for a good six days. I was also very bloated for a week and a half (I looked a bit pregnant).

The cramps stopped after a week, then came back four days before bleeding began again (the typical time that my cramps start prior to a period). The funny thing is they would start - like clockwork - at 2:30PM and stop abruptly at 7:00PM. Now I'm having a period that is ten days early and heavy.

For those of you dealing with cramps at work, I've found that adjusting my sitting position so that I'm using very few back or abdominal muscles helps. I have a towel on my chair at work that I adjust throughout the day. Also, I suggest trying different types of painkillers, as some may work better for you than others. Motrin and Advil are ibuprofen, Aleve is naproxen, and Tylenol is acetaminophen. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen work best for me while naproxen doesn't do a darn thing!

I'm only two weeks in, but I have not experienced weight gain despite reducing my usual running and weightlifting workouts by half. Also, I don't have mood swings or depression (but the cramps do tire me out sometimes). I was warned by friends with IUDs that in the first 6 months to a year, anything goes. So, my boyfriend and I are going to stick it out for 6 months.

I'm so happy to have found this website. Good luck to all of you, and hang in there!

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1 Response Jan 12, 2013

My Wife got a Paraguard - eight years ago - the first days there was some cramping, irregular periods for the first few months but things settled in and - it is PERFECT birth control - we both love being able to enjoy regular spontaneous relations - no condoms, no hormones - no surgery - and no impact on fertility if you want it back.