- Every woman will react differently, so even after reading awful stories & some good ones, I went through with it. I got the paragard yesterday. Prior to the appt I took Ibuprofen. I brought my boyfriend to make me more comfortable. I asked the Dr. to explain as he worked. He did a pelvic exam, showed me the tools & how they'd be used, & gave me 2 strings so I knew what to feel for when I checked it. He said I'd feel a pinch & a pull. I felt a pinch at the measuring of the uterus, then the "pull" which was like a very tight, long cramp that lasted till the end. I closed my eyes, breathed deep & relaxed. Then he stood up & took his gloves off. I said that was it?! It lasted about 5 minutes. On the way home I felt lower back pain. At home, I relaxed, took ibuprofen, and let my body get used to it. It feels like cramps, but then I'm menstruating so it happens. I'm 28 & never had kids, I'm waiting to expel it as they say childless women are more likely to. We'll see. Day 2 & feeling ok.
- —Guest Carly
A GREAT experience!!!
- I just got my copper IUD inserted. I read this page before hand and got a little scared from all of the responses. I wanted to make sure that others reading, hear the good side. I took some Advil before hand, just like others suggested. The doctor explained everything that he was doing (the steps mentioned in this article), yes I did feel a large pinch and cramp. I did some slow breathing throughout, and just tried to relax, before I knew it, it was all done. I think it was about 30 seconds to 1 minute of some pain (6 out of 10). And now I think I'll go for a walk lol. But of course taking it easy just in case. I love the thought that now I don't have to think about pills or what the hormones do to me each month. I'm still worried about the stories with heavy periods, but after the insertion, I think I'll be just fine.
- —Guest Nikki
- I had my copper IUD inserted in 2010. My doctor told me this was my only option since I am a smoker with a high risk of blood clot and stoke from family history. It has been an excruciating three years with extremely heavy periods, crippling cramps, and uterine pain. Also about a year ago I contracted an ovarian infection due to the IUD. I recently went to a women's medical clinic to discuss my discomfort and to my surprise I had another option. To all SMOKERS, there is a birth control pill that which is actually cheaper than the brand I used before and has a substantial decrease in clotting and stoke. It is a progestin-only pill called Micronor, different from the estrogen-progestin compound used in other pills. So if this is you, and you're thinking about the copper IUD, save yourself the misery I had to endure and stay informed about all of your options. I can only hope that the removal will be slightly less unbearable than the insertion.
- —Guest Jess
Horrifying IUD insertion, having removed
- I had the Mirena placed about a year and 1/2 ago, and it was extremely painful - the nurse had to lay her body on mine to hold me down. I had cervical cramping for months after, but I stuck with it. After one year, I went to have it removed, and my OB asked to try one more time with high antibiotics and pain pills. Got better, but 6 mos later and I am having 14-16 day episodes of heavy pelvic and cervical cramping, but passing only blood clots and rust colored mucus. Scary, gross and painful. I am terrified to have it taken out today, but I am determined to go through with it. I actually miss my 5 day normal periods - this is not worth it. I am taking a Vicodin AND a muscle relaxer when I get to the office as they act like it will be no big deal. I'm not chancing that again.
- —Guest Steph
- The uid I had didn't suit me and after 5 months I chose to get it removed. I was worried as it was very uncomfortable to have in. However it took 2 mins and was only very slightly uncomfortable but over so fast.
- —Guest apple
Hated the pill. Love my iud!!
- I got the Paraguard (copper, hormone free iud) placed after my son was born in 2009. Four years later and I am still loving it! Best choice I ever made! I was on the pill for years and got so sick every month. It was awful. I hated it. Tried everything and they all made me sick. The Paraguard is perfect. I don't feel a thing. It made my periods heavier but is over quick. My periods used to last forever on the pill. I highly recommend the Paraguard. SO worth it!!!
- —Guest Ruth
- I just had the paraguard copper IUD inserted today and after reading this page of horror stories I was extremely scared of the pain. It turns out I didn't have anything to worry about! I took 800mg of ibuprofen before I went to the dr office and I didn't use the cervix softening pill. I was on day 7 of my cycle so I think my cervix was probably open a bit from my period still. Anyway, the amount of pain I felt during the procedure was probably around a 5 out of 10. It was more of a pressure/cramp feeling than pain. And it only lasted about 5 minutes total. Afterward I was nauseous and nervous and light headed and shaky for about 45 minutes. Then I threw up and after that I felt 100% better haha! I don't know why. I think the nausea after was more because I kept thinking about what I just had done to me, rather than the pain. So now it's 5 hours later and I have slight cramping, no bleeding, and I am so glad I went through with this! 12+ years of not having to worry about a baby! Yay
- —Guest Ashley
- The insertion had been a bit more uncomfortable than expected. It hurt quite a bit a well. Since it had been inserted it has honestly caused nonstop issues with my period and spotting. I've also had an increase in bladder infections. I will be removing it ASAP as it is more of a complication than a convenience.
- —Guest Carly
Mirena-Scared of removal
- I had Mirena inserted 5 years ago. Shortly after, the string was lost. I had to have an untrasound to make sure it was still in place and it was. I had a bit of cramping and a little heavier bleading in the beginning but now my perod only lasts about a day and a half and is extremely mild. Overall it has been a great experience but I am worried about the removal since the string lost. I will probably get a new one reinserted but am nervous.
- —Guest Nicole
- I just switched my IUD's a few days ago from Mirena to the copper IUD because I've been experiencing the side effects of it. It didn't start right away, took about 2.5 years so I wasn't sure what was going on. I'm a little weary with the copper one, but I've only had it for a short time so I still need to give it a chance. Hopefully it'll be all good.
- —Guest Melissa
I had a good experience.. mostly..
- I got my IUD (mirena) place 6 weeks after i had my daughter.. honestly the insertion was a piece of cake.. it was a slight cramping feeling when it paced through the cervix, but right after that I was fine.. I didn't even start looking up side-effects of the iud unless after i had it removed. Over all, it worked out great for me and did it's job.. the removal was quick, and felt pretty much the same as the insertion, if not just a little less uncomfortable. i am feeling fine after having it removed though. I had it for 3 years.
- —Guest Dominique
- It's been 11 years and I'm getting my paragard replaced this month.... My cervix is tilted and my doctor says this could pose as a problem with the removal- needless to say, I'm a little nervous. The last time it wasn't as painful because I just had a child... Also I've heard horror stories about complications. @ Kas- you've had both the mirena and paragard, which do you prefer?
- —Guest NIALANE
easy first painful second
- I had my first iud inserted in 2008 after the birth of my daughter and it was so easy and I felt no pain at all. And when it was removed I didnt even know ir was out. I actually had to ask the doctor if he had taken it out. After the birth of my son in 2011 I went to get another iud bc it was so easy and perfect for me the first time. This time the doc said my cervix was really high and I might have some discomfort..she had to pull my cervix down hold it in place and then insert the iud. I had never felt pain like that before in my life. Even after having two kids. I got weak and was shaking and actually passed out from the pain. Now I want it removed again and im afraid to get it taken out bc of how much pain I went through getting it put in.
- —Guest candice
Paragard Insertion Today
- I had Paragard inserted today - 23y/o, never been pregnant, currently on my period. Just before I left for my appt, I took 2 ibuprofens, as instructed during my consultation a few days ago. I arrived for my appt this morning and immediately took a pregnancy test. I then gowned-up, got in the stir-ups, had the speculum inserted, and was swabbed - exactly like a typical gyno appt. My NP then warned me of three big cramps, and instructed me to breathe in my nose and out of my mouth. She put in the tenaculum, and I got one big cramp. It kept slipping off and she had to readjust it, which took an extra minute or two. She measured my uterus (second cramp), then inserted the device (third cramp). I got really shaky afterwards, but I always shake after any sort of poking around down there. I felt a little faint, so she instructed me to stay laying down for a few minutes. I felt pretty crampy for a few hours, but ibuprofen really helped. It wasn't terrible, but I def recommend meds before.
- —Guest paragard
- I got the Paragard IUD inserted 2 weeks ago and I wanted future users to clear about the process of the insertion and what you may feel during. The website was very thorough in its explanation, I wish I had read this specific article before my insertion. It says that less than 5% of women experience moderate to severe pain during the insertion, well that was me. I think the worst/most painful part was when she used the "sound" to measure my cervix. I was NOT expecting that AT ALL! I was thinking that the IUD insertion would be similar, maybe a little more uncomfortable than a pap smear, however that was not the case for me. I felt an intense and sudden amount of cramping and pinching, and then the same feeling when the actual IUD was being inserted. I almost cried. I had to lay on the table for a good 5mintues after and try to recover. I am SO glad my boyfriend came so he could be there for me and drive me. I was bed ridden for two days with cramping and spotting. I am fine now :)
- —Guest Ashley Malone