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Readers Respond: What Is Your IUD Removal or IUD Insertion Experience?

Responses: 960


Updated November 01, 2010

Mirena IUD Insertion/Removal

5 years ago I had the Mirena IUD inserted, and went through pain during the procedure, and for 2 months afterward. I had 2 kids 16 years before this. I couldn't sleep on my side at all, and would always feel the IUD. My IUD was removed yesterday, and am having spotting, and my cervix feels sore. The positive side to this was I had extremely heavy bleeding, non-stop, so instead of a hysterectomy, the IUD helped with that. I don't think I want another one though.
—Guest Betsy

Love my Paraguard

Had mine inserted on Xmas eve 2013. The worst part was when the dr measured my uterus. Felt like I'd been stabbed with something dull but the pain only lasted a few seconds. Then the insertion was an uncomfortable- weird crampy feeling. I spotted for about a week and the cramping was on and off for about 2 weeks. They started out like mild period cramps and when they got a little too annoying, Advil got rid of them. Now it's like it was never put in (though GYN has confirmed placement by transvaginal ultrasound)! I hope I never have to have one inserted again (done having children) BUT I would do it again if I had to. So worth it!
—Guest Mom of 2

Do your own research.

I asked repeatedly if it would feel like a smear as I was worried about pain and wasn't desperate to come off the pill so without really thinking too much about it agreed to have one fitted. I've not had children and wanted contraception for at least 3 more years so it seemed like a simple decision. Before the actual day I wasn't told to expect any pain/problems so arranged to go straight to work after it - this was a mistake. When they explained how they'd insert it they didn't mention the clamp(!) I know this part doesn't hurt for everyone but I still feel dizzy and uncomfortable thinking just how bad this experience was for me even now. I don't want to scare anyone but I think it's better if you at least know that you can expect severe pain during insertion, as I did. This lasted for 3 days of constant painful contracting and unable to work. I lasted 2 weeks and dreaded removal but happy to see that it was a breeze in comparison.
—Guest amyteabag

IUD. had it almost for 5 Years LoVE I

Im a mother of three boys.My oldest is 10 , 8 and a almost 5 year old in june 2014.. After my youngest i decided i wanted Something that actually worked for me as a birth control. I have tried everything and would still get pregnant. So after my last son, Now 5 in june. I had the iud inserted when my youngest was 3 months old . It works great no cramps, no pain , No wories. Except for when it was first inserted it was like a pinch feel . I bleed for maybe 2 or 3 weeks non- stop. But for me i love it .. i get my period every month and for me that's impprtant. With other Birth Controls i didnt , and then i started gaining weight i hated it.. but my iud is the best so far.. (TO ME). Well im thinking in removing it with in the next couple of months my husband and I wanna try to have our last baby . (Hope its a gir). Before my oldest and this new baby are to far apart in age.
—Guest julianna

No issues

I had my Mirena put in in November of 2008 with no issues. It was great as for preventing another pregnancy and was much more convenient than taking a pill as I did in the past. I had my IUD removed in July 2013 because we were ready for another child. The removal was very simple very small amount of cramping but no pain.
—Guest BW

Almost 8 Years - Mirena still inside me

Got my Mirena in in 2006. No cramps, no periods for 7+ years. Only problem we (husband & I) experienced was the string bothering us during sex. Had it cut short and then the problem disappeared. Went back after 5 years (2005) to get it out and was not able to get it out because the string got cut too short and curled up in there and they can’t get it out. And was told to get ultrasound done to find its location. So got that done and it is where it supposed to be - hurray! it is there and not lost. Also I was told by one of the nurse practitioners that IUD is good till 7-10 years. So Still inside me as of today (Feb 2014). Went today to get it out by the Gynecologist and still no success. So next month going to the operating room to get it out. Hope all goes well - wish me good luck. I don’t have any other complaints from the Mirena (IUD), but one that the string got curled up inside and that put me through so much pain. Once the first one is taken out, getting another one put in
—Guest ML

Pain, but hopefully gain

I got my Mirena IUD inserted this morning, not going to lie, It was quite painful, I knew it would be for me because in my life what can go wrong will, but also because I had my Gyno try to insert it once before but she had to stop because my cervix was too narrow, I had to go to a hospital to have it inserted with freezing. It was painful, I threw up quite a bit afterwards, my best advice is when you feel up to it, get up and walk around the room slowly, it helped me. Good news is I felt a lot better pretty quickly and was actually able to take the bus home and even stop for groceries, the pain passes quickly and I actually feel absolutely fine now. I know some gals feel no pain at all, but I wasn't one of the lucky ones. Oh well. It's worth it if it does what it's supposed to, better periods, easy effective birth control for 5 whole years. Even after all that pain I think it was the right choice for me.
—Guest Milly


I had the mirena inserted during my six week check up after having my son in 2009. I just took it out on 1/23/2013, because after reading so many stories about it and being able to relate to them scared me. I was dealing with side effects that I thought had nothing to do with the Mirena. After insertion I started getting migraines and headaches (which I NEVER had before insertion), I would get yeast infections after sex with or without a condom (always same partner-my fiancé and the father of my son), I could not lose weight unless I stopped eating (working out did nothing), I felt bloated all the time especially around the 1st of the month which is when I use to get my period before insertion, I have always had sensitive skin but my acne got worse after insertion (WAAYYY worse and nothing worked at all), pain during sex sometimes, hair grew back faster after shaving or waxing, low energy, etc. I am so glad that I took it out after really paying attention to the side effects!! Horrible
—Guest Marissa

5 months later...and doing fine!

I originally posted about my insertion of Paragard (so NOT anywhere as awful as people make it out to be) 5 months ago, and said I would update later on about how it's been. Well, you guessed it: ZERO complications. In fact, I've had hormone issues in the past where I could not get a natural period over the course of a few years and was supposed to remain on birth control. Since getting the IUD, I now get a natural period like clockwork, which I feel is better for my body. I forget it's in there, honestly....no discomfort during sex, no extra infections, nothing. No hassle with the pharmacy or expensive birth control pills that bloat my petite frame. I also forgot to mention before that I am in my late 20's and have no children, so anyone who thinks that only moms can have this procedure done comfortably have been given false info.
—Guest KW

Having problems with Mirena/Removal?

I have never had children but the insertion/day of the Mirena implant is what I would imagine child birth to feel like-I was doubled-over in excruciating pain after I left the clinic that day- DO NOT DRIVE- I had to pull over about 10 miles down the road and call my Mom to come pick me up b/c the cramps were like contractions. Everything was fine and dandy after that day for about 2-3 years. Now the past year (year 4 of having MIRENA) I've had a couple issues including brownish/rust colored discharge/spotting on and off for several days throughout a week- meaning I'm pretty much bleeding 1/2 a month sporadically,which ruins your sex life. Not to mention, everytime we have sex now, it hurts and I start bleeding almost immediately after sex. Cramps and pains in the lower abdomin atleast every other day. I just want to have a normal 3-4 day period with no cramps and have my great sex life back- Removing IUD within next 2 weeks probably!!! Hope it isn't painful like the insertion was!
—Guest Sarah

Easy peasy

Went in today to get it installed. If was the Flexi t 300, if I remember correctly. I've had no kids before. Basically, it felt like a pap smear to me. There was an instant of a ouchy pinch feeling, but it was over in an inatant and felt just like that; a pinch. It's the evening now, and I still feel fine. No pain or cramps or anything! Woot woot!
—Guest Vailismyname

My Story

I have had my 2nd mirena coil in for 6 yrs because when I went to get it taken out it had gone missing!! My doctor sent me for an ultrasound which didn't work out as I couldn't keep my bladder full enough so the coil was located on camera. I hope to have it out soon as I believe I can pinpoint weight gain from the first time I had one inserted. I am looking forward to having my body back to normal and probably entering menopause as I am now in my mid 50's
—Guest Maria


I gave birth in june 2013, in september of 2013 i had paragard installed for the second time in my life, (and i am also a person who experience lots of bv and yeast infection so that was a flag also)the first insertion back in 2006 was painless because i was on my menstrual cycle which my obgyne told me its best because your uterus isnt dry so i just had minor cramping...when i got this last one installed in sept of 2013 it was by far the worst pain and feeling i ever felt measuring my cervix wasnt a problem but when the midwife inserted the device it felt like hard sharp excruciating labor x10,i became dizzy and was having chills after i made it home i was bleeding in puddles of blood and flesh like pinkish materiel this lasted for 2 weeks,,,its jan 2014(6 months from insertion) now and im having painful intercourse and reoccurred bacterial vaginosis and sharp pains on my left side and back im going to get paraguard removed tomorrow...and back to nuvaring for me...#teamNoi.u.d

Paraguard Removal

I just had my IUD removed about 2 hours ago after just short of 7 years. It was uncomfortable but did not take any pain medication. I am hoping to feel better, lower ab like throbbing. odor that was not there prior to IUD. Back pain just discomfort. It worked for the time being.
—Guest Elena


I had a uterine polyp removed and my five years was almost up for my Mirena. I decided to have it removed as well and give my body a break. Bad idea, I had it removed Jan 7, it is now the 13th and I am still in severe pain, heavy bleeding, and losing huge clots. I suffer from Endometriosis and have suffered over the years with cysts, surgeries, and several admissions to the hospital. Mirena has made the past five years more tolerable. Seriously though, can't I just get a hysterectomy. I know I am only 35 but I am tired of being sick two weeks out of every month. I am a single mother of two and this severely affects my every day life. I'm wondering if I should just get another IUD ?
—Guest Deana

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