Nov. 19th, 2013 12:57 pm
[personal profile] lauragarabedian
So I got an IUD put in yesterday.
Two words. OW! and GRATEFUL!

"Ow" because, yeah. Ow... painful process to get the sucker put in, dunno how long it actually lasted, felt like around 5 minutes, but think it wasn't nearly that long.  Made my uterus turn into some nasty alien scraping and scrambling at my pelvis for a few hours, and made my joints achy and terrible, and my back all tight and spasm-y, but that's mostly settled down today.  Just achy back and cramps today. So... hopefully will all be uphill from here!

"Grateful" for two reasons, one, for the Arch Foundation for making it affordable for people on low income like myself. And two, and most importantly for my two dear friends who came with me to hold my hands and keep me from totally freaking myself out.  Feel free to identify yourself if you like, didn't know if you wanted to be called out. But gosh I'm thankful to you both. For being there for me for hand holding. For bringing of food, for driving, for everything. It made me feel like it was all going to be okay. That I had support if something went wrong. That I wasn't alone. Which is terribly terribly important. So thank you so much. You know who you are, and know that you made what could have been a sad, painful day feeling sorry for myself into a wonderful day in spite of 5 minutes of horrid pain and a few hours of extreme discomfort and pretty strong pain.

And all my friends out there on the internet. Thank you all for being my friends. I appreciate you all.

Hehehe, also realized that this is possibly a TMI and its Tuesday. So its the right day for that according to the internet.

Date: 2013-11-19 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nevermint.livejournal.com
Ouchies!!! At least it is under control now.

Good luck on the recovery

Date: 2013-11-19 09:01 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-11-19 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxfeather.livejournal.com
Glad it went quickly and you had such awesome support!! :) Girlparts are amazingly full of evil things.

Date: 2013-11-19 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauragarabedian.livejournal.com
Me too. I'm terribly thankful.

And yes *rages at the Girlparts!*

And thanks :)
Edited Date: 2013-11-19 10:03 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-11-19 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idess.livejournal.com
Oh wow that was a quick decision! I remember when we were talking about it you weren't sure if you wanted to do it. Well glad to know you're good and OK and it went well!

I have a few questions if you don't mind me asking you! Maybe email/chat would be better suited if you don't feel comfortable talking here X3

Anyway glad to hear you had some good support and it went ok! <3

Date: 2013-11-19 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauragarabedian.livejournal.com
E-mail/chat/phone or talk here. It's one of the reasons I made the post in case anyone wanted to talk.

Thanks lady!

Date: 2013-11-20 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idess.livejournal.com
Ok cool! I don't mind talking here but wasn't sure if you did X3
I just remember you saying you had irregular periods (like I do) and that was one concern with the IUD. So I'm curious if you found a way to control them with an IUD, or are you just going to deal with the irregular cycles or what?
That's basically the one thing stopping me from getting an IUD myself, they sound so much better than pills but I worry my crappy cycles will come back D:

Date: 2013-11-20 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauragarabedian.livejournal.com
Yeah, I decided to just wing it. I did go with Mirena, which is the hormone based one, which should slowly decrease my periods/make them lighter, and some people lose them entirely. Which is my hope. I'll just see how it works for me. If it works well great, if not I'm giving it at least 3 months (and that is worst case side effects) and that comes out to the price of my pills (because of the support of the arch program) so if it doesn't work I'm not out a ton of money.

I reaaaaaally liked the idea of the copper, but that does drop you back to baseline, and a) I feared that, would have wanted to have a couple months without anything before I tried it and b) there wasn't a monetary support that I could find for that one. And Mirena has the side effects of lessening to possibly losing your period alltogether, which is quite nice!

I can keep you updated on how its going if you like? Just ask me in a month or two or six and I'll let you know?

Date: 2013-11-20 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idess.livejournal.com
Ah thank you! I didn't realize the two types had different effects like that. Hmmmm! Lots to think about. I too like the copper idea but Mirena does sound nice if the periods would slack off or go away :O Aaah what a dream haha!

Definitely please do keep me updated! I'd love to know more personal experiences so I can decide for myself as well. Just especially lately with the problems I've been having with my pill I'm feeling really "done" with the pill in general!

Date: 2013-11-20 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauragarabedian.livejournal.com
Very different effects. The one I got is like the injection or patch or low dose pills things. Copper is just a sperm bug-zapper (which is AWESOME).

I'll keep ya in the loop. Best wishes with your own choices/prescriptions. Sure would be nice if we could just turn our ovaries off eh?

Date: 2013-11-19 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eski.livejournal.com
Hooray! You did amazing, I hope that you feel totally normal soon without any discomfort or pain. I'm super happy I have mine too, no more pills woooo! *high five*

Date: 2013-11-19 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauragarabedian.livejournal.com
Thanks so much lady *high five*

Date: 2013-11-20 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] charreed.livejournal.com
It seems like everyone's getting one nowadays! :D I've been recommending them since I got mine back in 2010 (I might have a different opinion when I get mine out in 2015- ha!).

Glad you did well with the procedure! 5 mins seems like a long time! Ouch >_< It was like, "1, 2, 3- GO!" for me and it was like just a few seconds of really intense pain, then just the cramps and general owieness for the rest of the day. Everyone's different though!

Was the Arch Foundation a local thing or something that goes across the country? I'm already thinking about the next time and I don't have insurance. It sure would be nice to have something like that to be able to help with the costs, because I know mine was $1000 without insurance. Sure, I could save up for it, but man, that stinks to have to shell out a grand for it.

Best of luck! Hope you get to feeling back to normal (and cycle-less!!!) soon :)

Date: 2013-11-20 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauragarabedian.livejournal.com
*grinz* yepyep. We'll see how it goes, its about 50/50 whether my friends like theirs but I'm hoping I do well with the whole thing.

Arch Foundation info is here http://www.archfoundation.com/about.htm I am so thankful that WolfNymph found out about it and forwarded the info to me.

Thanks Char!

Date: 2013-11-20 08:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corvus-animus.livejournal.com
Getting mine next week! We can ALL BE IUD BUDDIES! :D

Hope you feel great soon!

Date: 2013-11-20 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauragarabedian.livejournal.com
Wooo! IUD Buddies! Hope it goes easily for you! You doing Mirena or Copper? (If its TMI no worries *grinz* feel free to ignore)
Edited Date: 2013-11-20 03:43 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-11-20 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corvus-animus.livejournal.com
Mirena. And it's name shall be Pillowpants (if you don't get the reference let me know so I can SHARE).

Date: 2013-11-20 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauragarabedian.livejournal.com
HAHahaha, I don't and now I need to know!

Date: 2013-11-20 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauragarabedian.livejournal.com
OMG Hahahahaha! I had completely forgotten about PillowPants! Been YEARS since I saw that movie! lol

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