Saturday, August 20, 2011


Okay, just as fair warning, if you're easily grossed out by descriptions of terrible things happening to your bodily functions, or don't want to read about horrible things happening to lady parts, skip this post. No, seriously, you may not want to read it. I'm going to complain though, because it's MY blog, and I can. So there.

So I got an IUD again after having Liam to help with the postpartum depression issues and the fact that I was hugely terrified of getting pregnant again anytime soon. I thought, because the only problem that I had with the last one was improper placement, that if this one was placed correctly it would be the perfect birth control. I really don't know if I believe that anymore, and I'm seriously reevaluating the stupid thing. Firstly, I got a uterine infection. Apparently 30% of women with the mirena IUD get one in the first 6 months. I honestly didn't realize that was that high of a risk. So not cool. I found this out because I went to the doctor for feeling nauseated, having cramping, lower back pain, burning and swollen down there, hot and cold flashes all night long, and dizziness. Turns out the dizziness and nausea were from an inner ear infection though. So they diagnose the uterine infection, send me home with a prescription for antibiotics, and tell me all should be well within about 3 days.

Now, I know that antibiotics can do some nasty crap to you. So I went and got a probiotic to help with things. Problem is, you can't take it for at least 2 hours after the antibiotic, and I have to take that 3 times a day. So basically I can only take it right before bed, since it's supposed to be a once a day thing. So we're doing that.

Two days later, I have a yeast infection on top of the uterine infection from the antibiotics killing off all the good bacteria and leaving only yeast, which antibiotics don't kill. AND diarrhea from the antibiotics, leaving my entire pelvic floor feeling like it's on FIRE. I was seriously crying every time that I had to go to the bathroom, because I had killer everything. And I'm allergic to disposable pads. If I use them for more than about 5 days I get a horribly burny itchy rash from them. And I had to use them because let's face it, I don't want to get my cloth pads infected from the crap from the underworld and go through round after round of fighting this stuff. AND the hemorrhoid that I got from birthing Eliana decided to start acting up ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Literally wanted to die. I kid you not.

So I went to the store in the morning, got some yeast infection meds, and some yogurt because that is supposed to help against yeast and the diarrhea caused by the antibiotics. And then I stole my baby's diaper rash ointment (PS, shameless plug for the earth mama angel baby bottom balm: That stuff is AMAZING! and it smells good.) and am using that for the irritation from the diarrhea and the rash from the pads. Started the monistat, and began eating a scoop of yogurt everytime I go past the fridge. And then we hit evening, and the world decided to laugh at me one more time. Liam started glurping. Tons. I had completely forgotten that if I eat dairy, my babies throw up. And he is. Mind you, he's completely happy while doing it, and it's just spit-up, but he doesn't spit up at all as long as I'm not eating dairy foods. So yeah. I'm apparently going to just try to get through this the best that I can, and hope that things go better quickly. Especially since the antibiotic is decreasing my milk production as well.

All in all, if this ever happens again the IUD will be gone for good. As it is, I'd rather recover from childbirth, that was more comfortable. Heck, I might even choose to go through childbirth rather than deal with this many problems with the lady parts.

Someday maybe I'll look back and laugh at all this....


Becky Rose said...

no, I don't think you'll laugh. It will always be a night mare story, but I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who shares such personal stuff on my blog. Over 2 years ago I posted about me using a tampon for the first time. Some people thought that was too much. So I deleted it.

I think you're suppose to put the yogurt up your vagina- it's like the monostat. Good luck with that. At least it happened in the privacy of your own home and not in Idaho with the world watching.

Megan said...

Hey Becky!
I have heard that you can do the yogurt up there, but I didn't want to mix it and monistat. You never know what could happen. And eating it helps too, and helps with the diarrhea, since that's caused by killing all the flora in your gut. Luckily I'm feeling much better today, but I really hope I never have to go through this one again.

Ashley said...

You could try a yogurt made form like goats milk since it shouldn't have the same affect on Liam, good luck, we are dealing with one killer ear infection at our house

Shaun said...

FYI the doctors that we worked with think that Lanette's IUD could be the cause of our fertility problems... Just thought that I'd share what we've learned after using the Merina IUD. p.s. I'm not trying to freak you out, just educate. Hope that all your stuff gets taken care of...

The following quotes come from this link:

"All women who choose Mirena must be informed prior to insertion about the possibility of PID and that PID can cause tubal damage leading to ectopic pregnancy or infertility, or infrequently can necessitate hysterectomy, or cause death."

"Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Some IUD users
get a serious pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease. PID is usually sexually transmitted. You have a higher chance of getting PID if you or your partner have sex with other partners. PID can cause serious problems such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy or pelvic pain that does not go away. PID is usually treated with antibiotics. More serious cases of PID may require surgery. A hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) is sometimes needed. In rare cases, infections that start as PID can even cause death."

Jessica Clay said... You poor thing. That is TERRIBLE! You should look into using Implanon instead of mirena. We had to stop my period after Aurelia was born because of the endometriosis and I chose the implanon over Mirena. Its this little match stick size, jelly bracelet type material insert that goes in your arm. Totally gross because you can feel it through your skin but it keeps you from getting pregnant and doesn't mess with your girlie bits.

Eeks, good luck. I hope you're feeling all better soon if not already.

Becky Ware said...

Poor Megan,I had no idea! I knew you had the postpartum depression, but it sounds like you and your friends have managed to experience the worst of the worst of the side effects & problems caused by these horrible types of birth control!

Lady parts are not lady like in any way, are they? Once you have the lovely opportunity to realize that not only can you go through agonizing pain, infections, miscarriages, hemorrhaging, and some of the other (NOT) fun parts of being a woman, you begin to wonder what is supposed to be so wonderful about being a woman!

As you may have noticed, the Articles of Faith includes that part about "not being punished for Adam's transgressions, but I don't recall there being anything in there about women not being punished for Eve's transgressions, so we lucky women have PMS, Menstruation, depression, miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, hemorrhaging, & every other horrid illness of physical discomfort!

Men are blessed to enjoy the act of making love, without any worries that their lives are now at risk in a VERY serious way!

Women, of course, have to deal with the reality that they may have an ectopic pregnancy, a miscarriage, a pregnancy where the placenta attaches incorrectly, putting both the mother's life, and the baby's life in danger. As we women know, there are a bushel full of negative things that may happen to us, including the loss of life, just because we loved our husbands in the way God intended us to!

We do get the blessing (sometimes) of receiving a wonderful child despite all of these horrible difficulties, and the opportunity to raise them. The children are totally worth it! (The lady parts- not so much!)

I dearly hope & pray that things are going better for you now. At some point you may need to consider hysterectomy ophorectomy, but if you do, don't let your doctor do an oophorectomy, that is both ovaries being removed. I was 32 when I had mine, and it puts you in instant menopause, aging you 20 to 30 years, in what seems like overnight! Both Grandma Pettit & Grandma O'Connor had hysterectomies VERY young too! They took hormone replacement therapy, which may have been the cause of their early heart attacks, strokes, & other health problems which contributed to their relatively early deaths. Hang in there! We love you & your family, and will remember you in our prayers!