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VALENTiiNA
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I am getting the IUD Paragard inserted during my next period.

I am concerned because I have a heavy flow normally. What should I expect with all that blood while my doctor is inserting it? There is a definite 'ick' factor.

I can't call her until tomorrow, as it is Sunday.

Thanks for your help.

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-Lauren-
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OB/GYNS are cool with blood, seriously. They perform procedures on menstruating women all the time, not to mention the array of gynecological surgeries and births they foresee.

Heavy flow may actually work in your favor since your cervix may be more dilated. Just make sure you stock up on heavy absorbency pads and bring a couple with you, since IUD insertion can cause some bleeding no matter where in your cycle you are.

(Also, did your doctor mention that flow tends to increase by 50-75% with the Paragard? I didn't know if you were asking about heavy periods afterward or during the procedure, so thought I'd throw it in there to be safe.)

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VALENTiiNA
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I wasn't even thinking about those scenarios. Haha, I was just so paranoid about the situation.

And yes, I've read about that. I even read that some women spot everyday. But this is a very logical choice for me at this point in my life, as I would rather spot more and have a heavier flow than to bring a child into the world when I'm not ready.

Thanks so much.

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Heather
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VALENTiina: just making sure given your already heavy flow that you know the Mirena IUD is just as effective as the Paraguard and does NOT usually have those side effects.

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