- I got my first Mirena-IUD in 2007.. 6 weeks after the birth of my daughter. The insertion was uncomfortable but tolerable. Inexperienced some spotting for about a month but didn't have a period for six years. It is recommended to have it changed after 5 years. I never even knew when I should have had a cycle. I had absolutely no symptoms & love every minute of it. I finally scheduled to have it removed a new one inserted in the same visit. The removal was quick but a little uncomfortable. I was very nervous & tense so I'm sure that didn't help. I had to wait for him to clean the cervix & what not because I was bleeding quite a bit. The insertion of the new device was super painful! I was very weak & shaking. I turned ghost white..was very cold & thought I was going to pass out! However they gave me water & let me lay there. Prescribed me some medicine for pain & an antibiotic. The cramps were painful but only lasted like 2 hours. The bleeding has stopped & I am hoping for good! :)
- —Guest Mandy
- I have had my paraguard for about a week now. The insertion was a little uncomfortable. It's the measuring that was a little painful. But I could easily do it again. As soon as it was in and the Dr was done I couldn't feel it. I got up and there was heavy bleeding. But only for the first two days. After that the bleeding has gone down to where I only need a panty liner. I had sex 5 days after insertion. And no problems. Hopefully when I get my first post pregnancy period it won't be too bad. I've never given birth due to c section with my pregnancy. But so far everything seems to be normal. I'm almost back to the old me before I got pregnant.
- —Guest jennica
IUD great until expulsion
- I have my paragard IUD put in at the end of August 2012 and it did hurt a bit while being put in, but nothing that was too severe. Like a big pinch, then done! I had cramping for several days, and went back in to make sure it was placed properly, and it was. Cramps were just part of my body getting used to the IUD. My periods were actually about the same, because I already had heavy, regular periods. Everything was wonderful until last week when after having vigorous intercourse "doggie style" I started having cramps and felt for the IUD strings and I could feel the hard plastic part of the IUD coming out! I had to wait until Monday to get in and see my OB, but I just took advil to help with the cramps, and when I went in today they verified that my IUD was indeed coming out and removed it. Removal did NOT hurt at all! Now I am having light bleeding, light cramping, but feeling better. I may get another IUD during my next cycle.
- —Guest Lisa
IUD insertion resulted in prolapse
- Got my iud inserted and it was extremely painful. The intern stated he couldn't see and got a larger speculum and I felt like I was being ripped in two. Then he stated my cervix was tilted so a tenaculum was used. I was in agony for days (not the cramping--but that was bad too but my vagina felt like it was ripped in half). Two weeks later I was running on the treadmill and part of my vagina desended outside my body. I was perfectly healthy the day of the insertion and now I have been diagnosed with anterior and posterier prolapse. Additionally, the entire time the IUD was in I felt like something was pinching me, they took the IUD out and the pinching has stopped (I was told it may have been the string). Felt better within a day. However I still feel like there is a brick in my vagina. I don't know the outcome, but suspect I will be having surgery soon for the prolapse.
- —Guest anne
- 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