In April 2008, I had my 2nd child, a boy. 8 weeks postpartum I had a Paragard IUC placed through my cervix, into my uterus. My s/o and I had begun having sex again at our 6 week mark, and I felt everything and was back to normal (meaning as tight as I've always been). The day I got this foreign object (I now think of it this way), it hurt unbelievably bad and sex hasn't been enjoyable, period. I only do it for my s/o, who deserves the best! I complain that I can't feel it, and it's "loose," but he claims otherwise, that I'm just as tight as I've ever been. I constantly have mucus coming out of me (which I looked up, and it was nice to know that I should get used to that because that's the way this form of BC works, by thickening your cervical mucus to kill and block the sperm.). No one told me this, as well as many other things. I also am having Yeast infections like constantly. I've never had a yeast infection, except for the one time I did when I was pregnant. My body feels like it's falling apart! I have nothing to blame it on, except for this IUC!
I'm very much considering finding a doctor (I just moved out of Indiana, away from my OB-GYN, to Michigan) and getting this thing removed! But then, how won't I get pregnant?? I've srsly tried everything. Every BC method has atleast one body altering effect! Please, please help!
After having Braeson, I felt comfortable with the amount of healing my body, vagina and all had progressed to. But, since the day they placed the IUC inside me, it felt like and still continues to feel like my body is trying to 'cope' with this foreign object and is trying to do it's best to heal... BUT, since the IUC, my vagina just got tore apart (not literally, but it sure felt like it!) and hasn't healed or progressed any healing beyond that point. My vagina actually feels in worse condition after the IUC, compared to just having Braeson.
I don't have the answer, and no one else does either, obviously. I'll be making an appointment as soon as possible to get this thing removed, as soon as I fix my other problem though.. thanks anyways. =)
The sex probably feels different at least partly due to the increased discharge- if you're really really wet, you won't feel as much, it's like if you're using a lot of lube, things get so slippery that you don't feel as much friction.
But as far as the pain, what kind of pain are you feeling?
I'd talk with a doc about the yeast infecitons, and be very sure that they're yeast infections and not bacterial infections, because that could be dangerous.
Are you all done having children or would you like to keep your options open?
I was thinking of that as a possibility. The sex must feel different because of all the additional lubrication, and that also must be why my S/O feels it just as he always has! Before getting this IUC I couldn't stand putting 'too much' lube on me, for this same reason! We picked this method of BC for the years (10) protection because we're not sure if we want anymore children in our long future ahead (we're only 19 and 22 years young). I still haven't started a period and it's been 6 months since I've had him, which could also be due to the fact that I'm Breastfeeding. Without a period, I also feel unlike myself. The pain I feel is consistent of intense stomach cramping, and pain during sex (which just doesn't make any sense)... after my S/O and I have sex, it feels like I have a million little cuts all around down there, they hurt so bad, I can't even touch it for a couple days. I'm just not comfortable with my vagina anymore, period.
I'm not positive that the infections are 'yeast infections' mainly because I don't have any yeast, just dryness... but.. Mono stat 3 cures it.
I'm willing to get it taken out and try the BC Patch, but I'm scared that if I take this out, it won't take my problems with it, what do you think?
Since there are such huge benefits to the IUC's, I would consider trying a few things first, and also waiting a while to make sure that none of the side effects are from having recently giving birth and the hormonal effects of breastfeeding, etc. It also might be a good idea to talk to your doc about it for the same reason, just to make sure that removing the IUC will actually help the problem.
In the meantime, I would suggest checking out RePlens or RePhresh, or some product like that and seeing if that helps. You can google them to learn more.
However, the stomach cramping and pain during sex can be normal with an IUC at least for the first few months. But if you haven't done so already, I'd get that checked out by a doc to make sure it's in the right place and sitting correctly. They can do an ultrasound to make sure.
I'm totally sympathetic though, I had a mirena IUC and was pretty much miserable. I think getting it removed is a good plan, but probably a last resort because they're so darn effective and convenient. Good luck!
I am curious to find out October5_mommy, did you get your IUC removed? I had an IUC put in about 2 months ago and I am having all of the same problems you said you were having! The sore vagina after sex and discomfort with my partner during sex. (Feels like Iam loose!)I did go to the doctor and had an ultrasound done bc I, nor the doctors could feel the strings or locate the IUC at all. Iam too only 22 yrs old and I should have a very healthy sex life! I already have 2 little boys 3 yrs. and 4 yrs. so I do NOT want any more kids right now! I feel like this is my only option since Iam very fertile!! I also have not yet gotten my period and Im neervous that I could be pregnant. Is this normal? Anyones advice would be helpful! Thank you!
I'm considering getting the Paragard. Have your partners ever complained that they felt it during sex? And if so, what did it feel like? My boyfriend is worried it may hurt him or cause discomfort. My doctor said something about it being high enough in the uterus that he wouldn't be able to, but he heard from someone that it does...
My boyfriend never complains that he can feel the actual device. He's only made a remark once about how he could feel the string (it feels like the stuff you would use for fishing) and that was after the first time we had sex without a condom. Since then he hasn't said anything.
I will say a few things as a precaution though.
-Before I had the Paragard put in I NEVER had cramps and now I have UNBEARABLE cramps (I seriously survive on a 3 at a time Pamprin regimen!)
-I used to be able wear a regular tampon for 6-8 hours, now my flow is EXTREMELY heavy and I bleed through a Super+ tampon in less than two hours for the 2nd and 3rd day of my period.
-I used to have 5-7 day periods, now they are 7-10 days (including spotting for both).
-I have pain during sex and the pain only gets worse AFTER sex. It extends from my lower abdomen down through my tailbone and it HURTS, A LOT.
*On the plus side, I've had it for over two years now and it's worked effectively to prevent pregnancy. I think I would almost rather deal with the pain than:
1) Pregnancy and Labor
2) Birth Control with hormones
3) Daily pill popping
4) Hormonal side effects from normal birth control (ie. Weight gain, acne, mood swings, etf etc)*
I should also mention that I have NEVER had a child and chose this method of birth control because of my horrible experience with Depo Provera, which caused lumps in my breasts (that were benign, it was hardened tissue). That instantly made me think "Hormones = lumps" and therefore wanted the Paragard because it did not have hormones