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I think my IUD has failed & I am pregnant

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#1 Prickly

Posted 25 October 2009 - 09:23 AM

I am absolutely sh*tting myself at the moment.

I had the multi-load IUD put in in March (9 weeks post partum). Had all sorts of hassles - lots of spotting, cramping. Then I couldn't find the strings. Off for an ultrasound which showed that the IUD was still in the correct spot in the uterus & after phone conversation with the clinic that inserted it was told that as long as it was in the right spot - it was still effective.

I finally got my period back in August & the spotting & cramping all stopped - thank goodness, as constant spotting was quite annoying.

Our bedroom life was non-existant until last month (I was exhausted - have 2 children that just don't sleep). And now I think I am pregnant. After having sex once in 9 months.

The symptoms so far - my 10 month old is refusing to breastfeed. This is a baby that is extremely fond of breastfeeding - so really unusual. I suffer from insomnia when I am pregnant - I've been lying awake for hours at night for the past week. I've been getting hot flushes - only get them in early pregnancy. Heartburn - never get it outside of pregnancy. Feeling generally shaky - like having low blood sugar. (I had a fasting blood sugar done just over a week ago that came back normal).

I can't tell my husband my suspicions yet - he is absolutely adamant that we aren't having another child. I thought I wanted a 4th - but there is no way I can cope with another pregnancy yet or the baby once it is born. I am barely coping with my children as it is.

My period is due sometime in the next few days. I thought it was going to arrive yesterday - lots of period pain - but nothing.

I'm going to try and get to the shops this afternoon and get a test. Really, really hoping that it is negative & all these symptoms are just in my head.

#2 BrindleGirl

Posted 25 October 2009 - 09:31 AM

I wish I could offer some help but sorry I have no experience with the IUD.

I just wanted to say I hope you get the outcome your after.

Goodluck. Please let us all know how you go.

#3 sarah-m

Posted 25 October 2009 - 09:32 AM

Oh wow, how stressful for you! Hopefully it's just you being hormonal and tired rather than pregnant!

I was only talking to my Fathers cousin the other day and she told me her third daughter was conceived while she had an IUD.

Try not to worry too much, I totally understand you being stressed and worried - I would be too! But remember us mum's are pretty amazing and can get through many a stressful situation. If you are pregnant, well some little blessings are just meant to be (although we may have prefered they waited a few years before appearing!)

#4 Freckles

Posted 26 October 2009 - 08:56 AM

I hope that the test brings you the news you want. An unplanned pg is incredibly stressful and sounds like you have a lot on your plate already! Good luck. hhugs.gif

#5 Prickly

Posted 26 October 2009 - 11:04 AM

Thanks guys. I can't seem to cop a break at the moment. Tested this morning & NOTHING came up - not even the control line. Why did it have to be me to get the dodgy test ? I have another test from the same box - just need to decide whether to use it tomorrow or hold off for a few more days.

#6 BrindleGirl

Posted 26 October 2009 - 06:59 PM

Still thinking of you.

I would test tomorrow, but thats just me as I would prefer to know sooner. The sooner I know the better!!

Good luck.

#7 Guest_~Bumble*Bee~_*

Posted 26 October 2009 - 07:06 PM

Test sooner rather than later for your sanity!

Good luck, I hope you're happy, whatever the result

#8 bubba-gt

Posted 27 October 2009 - 12:02 PM

How did you go with the second test?

I had my Mirena put in today - 10 weeks post partum. The OB said that sometimes the problem is that the uterus is quite small when you are breastfeeding. The uterus expands when you get your periods back or stop breastfeeding and the IUD can move up. However, it should still be effective.

#9 Prickly

Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:20 PM

Haven't done the second test yet - waiting for tomorrow.
However, have had a little bit of spotting - hoping like crazy that it is the start of my period.

#10 mel_11

Posted 27 October 2009 - 09:43 PM

Are you talking about Mirena? Because, if you are, OMG, I could have written your post!

I just saw a gp yesterday because for a couple of weeks I have been feeling increasingly dizzy, lightheaded and nauseous, hot flushes, insomnia, as well as bloating, gas, headachey. I thought it would be very unlikely that I was pg as we've only DTD once in the last 9 months and I only just stopped bfing (my DD2 is almost 10 mths as well and I just stopped bfing as she seemed to have no interest in it anymore). But, I was sick of feeling so lousy, so I saw the dr. He did BTs and I saw him again today and I am definitely NOT pg. (phew!) A heap of other results he requested also came back fine, so he actually suggested that it's probably the Mirena causing me to feel lousy, plus I've been having stomach pains as well.

You might want to chat to your dr about the Mirena side effects.

#11 Prickly

Posted 28 October 2009 - 12:24 PM

Mel - not the Mirena, it's just a non-hormonal copper coil IUD, so my symptoms can't be from that.
I thought my period had arrived late yesterday, but that was short lived. TMI - not even enough for one tampon. Had a bad night with the baby last night so didn't even think about testing this morning. My period is now officially "late" - and I'd like to just stick my head in the sand & not think about it anymore. sad.gif
I'll have to test again tomorrow - no point putting it off another day, I guess. Still hoping my period arrives today.

#12 bubba-gt

Posted 29 October 2009 - 07:56 AM

Fingers crossed you get the result you want. hhugs.gif

#13 STB4

Posted 29 October 2009 - 08:04 AM

ph34r.gif good luck honey

#14 mumtomakandissy

Posted 29 October 2009 - 08:05 AM

Any sort of contraception that plays with and adjusts your hormones can give you and your body pregnancy like symptoms. I can't take Yasmin because I have the exact same symptoms I do when I am really pregnant ( don't have to worry for now as I am pregnant). My doctor explained that any of these hormone based contraceptions trick your body into thinking its already pregnant so you don't get pregnant if that makes sense. I am sure you will be fine. Just take the other test and if in doubt go see your GP and have a blood test.
Remember no contraception is 100% ( apart from no sex that is! lol)

#15 Freckles

Posted 29 October 2009 - 10:03 AM

FWIW, I have the Multiload IUD and found that it took quite a while for my AF to become regular after the insertion. For months they were all over the shop, varying from 23 days (at the least) to 35 days (at the most). Now they have settled down and average 26-28 days. Hoepfully it is just that happening for you. I've had mine in over a year now and all is good.


#16 Prickly

Posted 30 October 2009 - 12:56 PM

Did a test yesterday - NEGATIVE  biggrin.gif
My period sort of started yesterday afternoon again. Then it stopped...again. It's started again today ! Not sure what is going on there - I've never had a stop/start cycle - once it starts - it is there for the full 5 days.

I've got a bit of a theory on what may have happened. The Multiload doesn't stop conception occurring sad.gif It only prevents the fertilised egg from implanting. I know that a lot of people on here say that you can't have any pregnancy symptoms until after implantation - but for my last 2 pregnancies and 2 miscarriages - the hot flushes were a dead giveaway that I was pregnant. And I noticed them on CD20 onwards.
DS2 was really fussy at the breast the few days after I conceived DS3 as well.
DS3 has re-embraced his love of the breast as of today, so I'm left wondering if maybe there was a fertilised egg & the IUD has prevented it from implanting. Obviously what it was supposed to do.

Thankyou everyone for thinking of me - very relieved that I'm not pregnant !

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