Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Until You Experience This, You Just Can't Really Comprehend It

The ParaGard may cause a 50 to 75 percent increase in menstrual flow.

Why yes, yes it does.

Heavier and longer menstrual periods, more common during the first 2 to 3 months

Patience, young grasshopper, patience. I figure that it's healthier than being pregnant, and less depressing than a pill. And in three months, I won't be selling all this extra blood for Satanic rituals.

I'll certainly miss the extra income.

4 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

If it helps... I can sympathize with you. My situation is even more fun as it did not change my periods for the first year or two I had it in... Everything was just normal for a long time even though I expected the worst from the information provided.

Nope, now, after 2 years, my periods have decided to become much heavier, longer and ickier (to not be too graphic) than ever. My doc says "Well, that's what the IUD does sometimes..." because everything checks out just fine 'down there'.

The upside, as you noted, is that it's better than pumping my system full of funky synthetic hormones...


Posted by ktpupp

Anonymous said...

Dude, that blows.

It's like, at this point, it's either pills or celibacy, neither of which appeal to me in the least.

So, it's blood.

Oh, how lovely it is to be female. I don't know why it is neo-conservatives believe women have to "pay" for sex by bringing a child to term. I think we "pay" enough all ready, thanks.


Posted by Kameron Hurley

Anonymous said...

Damn! Why didn't anybody tell me when I got mine that I could sell the extra blood to the Satanists?! Suck. That should bloody (heh) well be in the informational pamphlet!

But it's way better than hormones, and celibacy is certainly right out. My periods levelled out pretty well by six months; hopefully you will have an even easier time of it.

A double dose of ibuprofen or naproxen right at the first sign of your period helps a lot, with lessening both flow and cramps. It interferes in the prostaglandin cascade somehow. Here's an abstract from a paper on the subject: http://www.greenjournal.org/cgi/content/abstract/58/1/101. Works like a charm for me, anyway. And those Thermacare stick-on heating pads? A miracle and a wonder, as far as I'm concerned. They kept me from ripping the damn thing out myself, a couple of times. 

Posted by Equinox

Anonymous said...

Very cool! Yea, the last two days, I switched from aspirin, (which of course was just making the bleeding worse) to ibuprofen for the cramps, and it did make a big difference not just with cramps but when blood flow. Next time around, I'll start up on the ibuprofen the first night.  

Posted by Kameron Hurley