In addition to having class knock the crap out of every muscle in my body on Tuesday, I also had a sparring partner knee me just below my bellybutton on my left hand side. This also happens to be the side where my IUD, when it does pinch, pinches.

If she’d kneed me full force, I’d probably have punctured something. As it was, there was no blood, and when I checked the string it was still in place, but the bump to my uterus got the thing all worked up again, and I’ve been having those occasional jittery sorts of cramps that I was still getting a couple months after it got put in. Once again, starts pinching at me when I sit for long periods (again, a common symptom during the first three months), and it’s annoying enough that I’m considering going out and buying some Motrin.

I love my IUD cause there’s no weight gain, no diminished sex drive, and no depression (all symptoms I experienced while on various Pills). But once a month there’s seven days of blood and pain that used to just be five days of non-painful inconvienence.

What pisses me off is that when it comes to contraception, women get it coming and going. I’ve found that my contraceptive choices tend to be based on “which does me the least amount of pain, damage, and discomfort?” The IUD won.

One of the first things I looked into was, “What happens if I get hit during class?”
The answer really depends on how you get hit, best I’ve figured. Most women who end up with perforated uteruses have it happen on insertion, so if you can get through that OK, you’ll be all right.

Still, as I continue with class, it’s something I’ll have to keep an eye on. As a woman who hasn’t had a kid (and therefore has a smaller uterus), I’m not the ideal candidate for an IUD, and the problem of the tight fit has been an issue from the start.

But oh man does it beat depression and non-interest in sex.

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