Saturday, 19 July 2008

The Cake Contraception Debate - the Results

After some discussion, a new Flexi-T has been inserted using a different dilator. The one he used last time gave a measurement of 6cms whereas the new thinner metal one managed to achieve 7cms so he has a suspicion that the previous device had not gone all the way in.

I find it very droll that, yet again, the regimen of breathing exercises for controlling pain which I learned so religiously when preparing for the births of my babies (and never used due to caesarean sections) has now come into its own again in terms of the prevention of any more pregnancies.

There was a great deal of puffing and panting from my end as he was fiddling around to ensure that this IUD was properly in situ. And I got that pain in my butt again so it's definitely linked to something that's happening in my uterus.

There was one big difference in the procedure this occasion. For the first time, I was actually able to see my cervix in the hand mirror. It looked like a stiff, fleshy blob with a puckered hole in the middle of it, from which the two blue strings were poking. It was a little bloody and battered but I still said 'hello'.

Afterwards I suffered from a fair bit of cramping and light bleeding. Within 24 hours the discomfort had diminished and on Tuesday night I attempted the exercises that I suspect caused the ejection. Only a couple of reps and with very careful attention to form just to see what happened. It felt a bit strange afterwards but the device seems to have stayed put, although I continue to lose some brown sludge periodically.

We will have to use alternative contraception for two weeks from the date of insertion to be sure that it is going to stay put but I don't see Ruf again for another week so this should not be too much of a drawback.


blue said...

egads...I hate that you have to go through so much pain...Glad things look like they may be improving in this department.Hugs to you!!!

Anonymous said...

That sounds like being tortured on the rack. I'd just get my tubes tied before that...I am thinking of a vasectomy myself.

Anonymous said...

Gosh... you can't imagine how much I'm looking forward to mine being inserted, honey. :)

Polar said...

I want to thank you for your openness to help us learn.
I wish you the best, and a speedy recovery.
May or times with Ruff be even More Glorious together, from this time forward!

Ro said...

I wish you every luck with this necessary evil. So much torment.

It just makes me glad once again that I had the snip.

Redhead Editor said...

If I could have, I would have taken it for you. Mine didn't hurt a bit. (Don't mean to rub that in. Just letting others know that it doesn't always hurt.) Keeping my fingers crossed. And so glad you finally got to greet your cervix with a "hello." Did it say anything back?

Anonymous said...

Oh that sounds very painful.

My insurance won't cover an IUD. It's over $700. I think I'll pass although I guess it is a good option if you're not interested in making babies. ;)

Kyra said...

I wish you and your new IUD all the best for many pain and pregnancy free years. Thanks for posting the update!