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

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Updated November 01, 2010

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?

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

Paragard Insertion

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

Hated my iud!

Hi ladies, Got my iud about 6 months ago, I fell pregnant while on the 3 month injection, But miscarried due to doctors neglect, on the same day as my d and c they suggested I try the copper iud, I went along with it and my god was I in soooo much agony, I could barely walk! For the next 5 and a half months I had many side effects, so I decided to have it removed, that was equally painful.
—Guest Sindy

My insertion

Just got my copper IUD inserted yesterday. Man, it was painful! Yet, bearable. I did pop 400mg of Motrin beforehand. It felt like sharp cramps that would resonate through my entire uterus. Had cramping all day yesterday, but as the time passed, the pain lessened. Today, I feel fine. No real cramping. Now the one thing worrying me is that the doc measured me at 7cm with the sound but when inserting the IUD, it was at 6cm. She checked to make sure it wasn't sitting on my cervix, and it wasn't. That only caused more painful cramping for me. She ordered an ultrasound for me to check the positioning. I hope it's in there fine because I don't want to go through that again! I do feel fine, but I'm still afraid its not in correctly. I'm even worrying about the removal. Btw, I have a virgin uterus.
—Guest FEC


Such a bad idea not doing your own research instead of relying on doctors. They advised insertion would " pinch". It was agony and i too almost passed out. Next, asked if there would be bleeding to which they said only some spotting. Have been bleeding non stop for 15 days. Tomorrow, asking to remove this medieval monstrosity. What was I thinking having this insane device inserted! Oh, sure it won't just "pinch" on removal. So angry at the bad professional advice i have received. More angry at myself for going against my instincts initially. Obviously $$$$ this is big business pushing this torture device.
—Guest copper

Love it

Iv had my iud for 3 years and I had it removed today,the removal was quite easy and not as painful as I thought it would be..it was very quick and took about a minute.then after that iv had a few cramps and I'm spotting,I recommend the iud to anyone
—Guest grace


I had my first ParaGard put in 2008, circumstances caused me to keep in until this year(long overdue). Doc did an ultrasound at last visit to check on placement, advised to come back during my period to have removed which I did today, it wasn't too bad, one sharp pain at time of removal and minor cramping. I'm in my period right now, so still bleeding can't tell if it's heavier than norm or not.
—Guest Lisa


I'm only 19 and I have never had children. I had paragard inserted in August 2012 and it was excruciating pain. my ob/gyn did not warn me that it was going to hurt and I didn't know i was getting it until the appt so i didn't take any drugs beforehand. I've had it for 5 mo. now and have had constant cramping & bloating, heavier periods, irregular periods and weight gain. Im having it removed tomorrow and getting back on the pill despite the hormones and all that other junk that comes with the pill. Im scared to death that its going to hurt.
—Guest th


I got my first Mirena IUD put in 8 years ago. It was 6 weeks after I had my daughter and it was not painful at all. After 5 years, we still decided a were not ready for another baby do I got the mirena iud again... This time, it Hutt so damn bad! The woman took it out, which was like a pinch. Then when she started to put in the 2ND one, it hurt so bad, it felt like she was scrapping my insides with a fork. Then she took it out and said the strings got tethered. Do she had to REINSERT IT! It hurt even worse, my legs were shaking... I definitely recommend getting the IUD, but after child birth so the passion isn't so bad.
—Guest Chloe

almost 3 years...

about 3 years ago i had mirena inserted. (it was painful and the dr "stretched" my cervix with forceps.) Before mirena i had very heavy periods and extreme cramping. a year after mirena i stopped having my period, but i got new symptoms; weight gain (about 40lbs), cervical cysts, acne, the icky discharge they warn you about, and the feeling of being pregnant due to the prolactin hormone in the iud. i also got the headaches and increased back pain from the prolactin. i am having mirena removed, despite the fact i like no periods/ cramps, for a healthier me as a whole and switching birth control methods. its not worth risking infertility, and all the other side effects for no period.
—Guest mandy

Paraguard insertion

A week ago, I had a Paraguard IUD inserted. I didn't take anything before hand and the whole experience was about what I expected. It took 15 minutes and I felt pinching and moderate cramping but nothing intolerable. My husband was with me giving me support so I am sure this helped. Afterwards, I used cramp bark tincture to ease the cramping which was relatively mild and only on the first day. I haven't had a period with this IUD yet but as of now I would do it again.
—Guest frogdog9

Paraguard insertion

Two months after having my baby I had the copper T IUD paraguard inserted. I took motrin one hour before. I didnt feel anything when it wss inserted. About an hour after I had mild cramping and a moderate amount of bleeding (about a pad every three hours). It had been four days since insertion and the cramping is completely alleviated by motrin. Im not sure what the next few weeks will bring but so far so good. After recovering peritoneal tearing to my rectum and 30 mins of suturing I am willing to go through some mlld discomfort for the next few months rather than taking any fhance of getting pregnant again.
—Guest Kristin

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