I wasn't sure how many other girls on here even -used- an IUD, but i thought i'd give it a shot and ask anyway, because ya'll always have some of the best damn advice.
I've been using an IUD (Mirena) since November to help treat my PCOS/Endo as part of a hormone treatment. On the one hand, it's stopped my periods and GREATLY reduced my pain down to a basically manageable level (compared to what it was, it's almost night & day). But on the other hand, i'm having spikes of pain for seemingly no reason now & then (that lasts for a few days at a time, always with some kind of mood swing/libido surge), and would like to know if it's related to my cycle... but with no period to track, i have no idea how to keep track of it other than my normal pain-tracking app, which is kinda sporadic and all over the place. :T
Every hormone-tracker app i try is for women who take birth control orally, or have periods -- and since i don't actually bleed at all, i have no way of knowing when i'm ovulating/menstruating, and therefore have no idea what or how to track things @.@ I'm going to eventually talk to my DR about it, but my appointment isn't until April. (She's swamped with spring baby births and checkups right now).
Anybody have any advice, ideas, or suggestions? They'd be greatly appreciated @.@ I'm at a total and complete loss...
i personally don't have experience with an IUD of any kind, but i've known a few women who have and have said that they still get "symptoms" of when they WOULD be on their period.
my hospital manager also had a partial hysterectomy, in that they still kept her ovaries, and she says because of that, she can still tell when she would normally have been getting her period because she still gets some of those same symptoms.
so i would think that's pretty likely what it is. obviously those experiences are not scientific, conclusive evidence, but your hormones cycle regardless, you know? so that's probably the case.
I assumed as much (that the workings would still happen regardless of whether or not i was actually bleeding). I've seen on a couple of endo/pcos forums where they're saying "just use your normal period -- what it was before you had the IUD" but my periods have never been normal. I bled for two years solid (as in, every. single. day. for two years) at one point, and then three years without. It was finally normal for 6 months (albiet heavy) and then i got my IUD so i'm lost XD
sorry, i thought you were wondering if it was related. now i realize you were more or less trying to figure out how to track it. i had a period tracker app, i'll have to find the name, but it would also let you track symptoms on any given day, so maybe you could do that instead and after a few months maybe get an idea and see if you notice any repeating patterns?
my periods were NEVER predictable until i had my first kid. i actually got pregnant and had a miscarriage before having him, but because my cycles were so irregular, i was already 6 weeks "late" before i even got a positive pregnancy test and when i found out, according to my LMP i should have been like 13 weeks already. i was only 5 weeks by the time i went to my first appt. periods are weird.
Oh damn We're not even sure if i can have kids at this point (praying i can tho, we want to try within the next couple years). That sounds frustrating as hell though finding that out so late I had a miscarriage when i was 16, but we don't know if that has anything to do with my current predicaments :T If you find the app, i'd love to know what it was. the ones i've found REQUIRE you to put in when you last bled before you can even put in an entry, and it's dumb >:T
it was super frustrating! if it gives you hope, I have endometriosis and adenomyosis and i have two perfectly healthy little boys. they're 9 and 5 now. i had two miscarriages, one before each of my kids, but other than that, my pregnancies were relatively easy and uneventful except for normal pregnancy discomfort. their births were a different story but hey! they're alive and well.
this is the app i had. i think you may still have to enter your lmp but worst case, make something up if you don't know? i think i made my first up when i first got the app. it won't prevent you from analyzing your own symptoms or anything, at least.