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I’m not sure if I can chime in about what that looks like, I just knew mine didn’t work because I barely bled and I didn’t pass any clots. And since you were able to get combo medications, the rate of the pills working is much higher than misopritol by itself.
I would just order some tests from amazon like this . There’s about 50 strips for the cost of one FRER.
First: Buy a pack of pregnancy test strips. You can buy 50 for $15 here. Take one every week if you need to. Over time that should help reduce pregnancy anxiety because you can consistently check for yourself.
Second: Check your strings. Get familiar with how they feel, the way they rest, their length, etc. Check that everyday if you need to. So long as your IUD doesn't move, you're actively protected. If something feels unusual, use a condom until your doc can take a look for you.
The real answer to "how to trust your iud" is to learn to trust yourself and your ability to recognize a problem. That's a skillset that takes some time, especially when it comes to a piece of plastic in your uterus, so use the tools available to you to build those skills!
Invest in some strip pregnancy tests. You can buy a pack of 50 for $15 online and they last like 3 years before expiration. I'll link one option below.
It can take time to build up trust in a bc method. If you're anxious about it, make your partner wear a condom until you feel safe. If they refuse, then they don't get to have sex with you. Because consent with conditions is assault without.
These are what I used and got a very faint positive at 9DPO. Also there’s a sub called r/tfablineporn to help you spot those faint positives. Also there is a main TTC sub where you may get more help than those crappy doctor subs .
Edit: oh, link: PREGMATE 50 Pregnancy Test Strips (50 Count) [link]
Also, you can get super cheap multipacks of pregnancy tests on Amazon for super cheap such as these. When they are that cheap, you can test frequently without breaking the bank, such as about two weeks after a sexual encounter. If you would like to not be pregnant, and are regularly having sex, I would look into birth control methods. Some will either be hormonal and help you regulate your cycle, and some will be non-hormonal, but still protect you from pregnancy. That being said, still use a condom if it’s not a regular partner!
Edit: and if you would like to be pregnant, try the ovulation test strips as well! They got me pregnant in two cycles when tracking apps had failed me :)
I don't stress about pregnancy, as I have the copper IUD, and I can tell exactly when my period is coming thanks to the horrible cramps I get 2 days beforehand -___-
But seriously, go on amazon and buy some bulk pregnancy tests, the paper strip ones. The ones they sell in CVS and such are the same exact thing except they have a big plastic holder around the strip and cost about 40x more than the paper strips. (Here is a box of 100 test strips for $20.)[[link]] Hopefully being able to test whenever you want will ease your anxiety some.
I don’t think it’s bad to take a test periodically for peace of mind. I’d rather take a bunch of negative tests than find out I’m pregnant at 27 weeks like one of my friends. If you’re not already, I’d recommend just getting a package of bulk cheap pregnancy test strips on amazon such as this one, as buying packages of only a few tests at the store gets expensive!
I’m lucky to work at a surgery center so I get access to free tests, but a lot of people on here like the pregmate brand as their cheap ones. tests
Ok, maybe it was $15 but still...
Some redditors here get packs of pregnancy test strips on Amazon and test themselves every few weeks to be sure. Until you are sterilized, that could help reassure you!
You sound young. (I mean, as far as ... I mean, dude I’m in my 30s lol)
Can I make some suggestions?
So first, big breaths! It’s going to be okay!!! Take it one step at a time.
Do me a favor and download the Flo app. It’s free, tracks your cycle, and has tons of articles to learn from about ovulation and menstruation and all that jazz. It’s nice because if you track something (like unprotected sex - yikes!) or a new symptom like discharge, it prompts you to see if you want to learn more. Diving into the app might give your mind focus and give you some peace.
Next, if you can, pick up these [link] . They have good ratings, I just bought myself some and they’re easy to use. PM me if you need and want help with the directions.
I honestly think you’re probably okay this time. Try to keep yourself steady. We’re here for you! But... please always use a condom at least until you’re financially able to set aside money for an abortion if you need it. Even if you get on another form of birth control.
Also remember to have you and whoever you sleep with get regularly tested for STIs, okay? It doesn’t have to be a panic thing. It doesn’t sound like you’re super duper active yet, so you’ve got plenty of time to get checked out.
Now if you’re under your parent’s insurance, see if you can get scheduled for an appointment for an IUD or birth control of your choice. r/birthcontrol can probably help. If you’re worried about parents or anything like that, (I dunno how old you are, but my friend still is on her VERY conservative parents’ insurance plan and she’s 22), Just make sure you talk to the doc and see if you can get the prescription and documentation made out as a treatment for menstrual cramps or acne. Then if you don’t want to have the conversation about sex with whoever controls your health insurance, you can blame the symptoms of your period in order to get an IUD or bc pills. If you are the policy holder for your health insurance, then no biggie!!
Definitely get on some kind of bc ASAP. There are companies that will deliver (and do a virtual doctor appt and prescription) if that’s a safe option for you.
Lastly, you’re stressed right now. That can cause a delay in getting your period this month or break through bleeding. If that happens, it’s okay. It’s going to be okay!
I know this is scary. You’ve done everything you can do so far and that’s great! Time to go do something that helps keep you calm: run a bubble bath, go for a run, lounge on the grass and look up at the sky, play your favorite tunes, deep clean the house, do some multiplications (I’m a total dork, but seriously try multiplying 60 x 37 in your head and you’ll get distracted!), play with a pet (even a neighbor’s!), call your bff, play some basketball, whatever helps keep you distracted. You’re gonna be fine!
Newsflash: You don't even need the plastic case.
I got the 50 pack from amazon for $15.