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

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Updated November 01, 2010

Horrible insertion

I got my paraguard about 3 years ago. My doctor did not do much in the department of warning me that it might be painful, she was very casual about the whole thing. Durring insertion I would have sworn my insides were being twirled like pasta with a fork. When I cried and asked if it was in, I was informed we were only half way there. I got myself out to my car and had to lay down for about 20 minutes before I could drive. I had unreadable cramps for 3 days, and bled for 17 days. My doctor said everyone's bodies react differently, maybe mine just really didn't like it. I mostly got it because I love to have sex with my boyfriend and we didn't want to worry about becoming pregnant accidentally. Overall I would not recommend this to a friend.
—Guest Hanna

Nowhere near as bad as I was expecting!

I had a copper IUD inserted three months ago. I'm 20, have never had children, and read so many horror stories online about IUD insertions before I had mine put in that I don't know how I didn't back out at the last minute! I suppose I was one of the lucky ones (having an experienced doctor must have made a world of difference too), but I found the pain to be no worse than my average period cramps. The whole thing was over very, very quickly in any case. I think taking a couple of paracetamol an hour before my appointment, plus scheduling it for when I was in the middle of my period helped. I wanted to share my story because I think it's important to know that no two experiences are the same. You read about a lot of bad ones, but those which went well don't seem to be reported as often. You can't know how you're going to react until you get there, so I think it's better to be factually aware of the worst that could happen without freaking out over other people's accounts :)
—Guest Paris

IUD ouch!

It hurt a little going in... like childbirth... then my period became longer, and heavier, and cramps!!! OUCH! 11 day long periods, and super heavy periods (like 1 super tampon/hour for DAYS) nights were nightmares!!! The CRAMPS were uncontrollable even with over the counter meds, and had me bent over crying like a baby... Im gonna try abstaining from sex, since Im not married... Hopefully my period will return to its sweet 4 day light schedule, with no cramps like it was before the IUD... And I suggest that, if your not married WAIT... its the best safe sex, and if you are married accept the blessing of life given to you!
—Guest ashlee

Waiting now to get removal for iud.

Aim waiting to get a copper t. Removed after nine months. I have two sons. I don't want to get pregnant yet, but I have been having cramps and no period since my last son was born ten months ago. I can only feel one string and it is short. So I'm nervous. :/ insurting was okay... Little painful. So I'm praying it's not painful when it cones out.
—Guest Kmaria

Paraguard Insertion: Not bad!

I am 26 years old, recently married, and have never been pregnant. I had previously been on the Nuvaring for many years but stopped a few months ago because I wanted to go without the hormones for awhile. My husband and I would like to wait a few years before starting a family and decided Paraguard might be a good fit. I'll have to get back to you about how I like it long term but as far as the insertion went: I had it inserted this afternoon and, while everyone is different, I had no problems whatsoever. I took 2 Aleve about 45 minutes beforehand, chewed some gum, and listened to my iPod to distract me from what was going on "down there." I did feel some pressure and a bit of cramping but nothing compared to some horror stories I see on here. I was in and out within 10 minutes. It's been several hours at this point and I'm still a bit "crampy" but not bad at all. I even decided to go back to work for the rest of the day.
—Guest Amanda

Pretty Painful but Tolerated

I got my paragaurd in August 2012 and I honestly am really happy to have it now. It was a scary experience though because I hardly have any health issues so going into the doctors at al makes me nervous. I have not had any kids and I was 21 so my doctor was surprised I even wanted it since the pill is so available but I'd had a couple scares with the pill while within a 4 year long relationship and I didn't want to worry anymore plus pills made me go crazy emotionally. I took the cervix softening pill, I took 2 extra strength tylenol and honestly, I hated the whole experience. It was extreme cramping like I'd never felt and pinching a lot when getting installed. I probably wouldn't do it again. BUT, despite that pain, I am extremely happy with the IUD. I only experienced the bad cramps for about a day and a half, and after a few days, I didn't even bleed, just very very light spotting for the first week. I've had it 5 months now and it's great! My periods arent even much heavier :)
—Guest Krystina

So far, not so bad

I had a ParaGard inserted yesterday morning (never had kids). Took ibuprofen an hour beforehand and went in to the doctor's office on a day halfway through my period since that means the cervix is already somewhat dilated. There was pain (not sharp, more like severe cramps) when the IUD was inserted, and then I had pretty bad cramps all day. A heating pad and more ibuprofen throughout the day helped take the edge off, but I wouldn't recommend planning to do anything important on the day you get your IUD inserted. (Luckily, my husband came with me to drive me home because I felt strangely out of it for about half an hour afterward.) Today - one day afterward - I've had only light cramping at rare intervals. With a little bit of effort, I can feel the strings. I highly recommend buying plenty of ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) beforehand, and bring a pad with you to the doctor's office. Also, wear loose pants and plain-jane panties (a thong/v-string would've been unpleasant).
—Guest KD

Mirena Insertion Disaster

I'd been having my share of cervical problems and decided that mirena may be the best option. Little did i know that it would be the worst pain i've ever felt in my life. I have not had any kids so i'm guessing thats why it hurt so bad. I started puking i was in so much pain. the doctor literally gave me an 800mg ibuprofen and expected me to be ok. I was in pain for the next week (not even loritabs could stop the pain). If i had it to do over again, I wouldnt.
—Guest B Lynne

Insertion

I had my IUD inserted a few weeks after giving birth and I don't have any recollection of it being painful at all. I know that I did take some ibuprofen before my appointment. I also remember the doctor telling me that it could cause some pain and cramping. Keep in mind, this was 10 years ago so I don't remember all the details, BUT to me, that means that the experience was relatively painless and did not scar me for life :)
—Guest Kim

So Scared

I had my Paraguard inserted in '06. My gyno treated it like surgery. I went in while on my period, he gave me pills to dilate my cervix AND vicoden for afterwards. I had EXTREME cramping and pain for a week after. The cramping and pain was so severe I had to call out of work. I was literally in bed writhing in pain for about three days. My periods became quite predictable starting in about '02 and remained that way after insertion. The four months that followed insertion, I had fairly bad cramps and pain. Recently married to my lifelong best friend, we have decided to have the IUD removed and see what happens. I am freaking out. My nerves are a mess and I even had diarrhea today after scheduling the removal appointment. We moved due to his position in the military and here they just pull them right on out in your regular doctors office. I am so afraid. Hopefully this cures the constant yeast/bacterial infections I've had for the last 7 years...
—Guest BlairO

Mirena Insertion

I had Ovarian Cyst's so Dr Prescribed The IUD to prevent more Ovarian Cysts. The insertion was done when I had my Laparoscopy Surgery so never felt anything until after my surgery :) I was fine but have side effects from the Mirena IUD. Pain-Menstrual Pain! It took my body 6mth's ish to adjust to the Hormones and side effects. My periods were not regular-due to O.C's and my age 40. It's now been 3yrs (Feb 1,2010) I have weight gain, still reg painful periods as before but only A couple of days here and there with almost no blood, because of the hormones I had a bit of Added Anxiety/Depression/mood swings & major Pain in right lower abdomen-could be Mirena IUD or Adhesion pain?? (Scar Tissue atatched to Many Organs at on time-from Surgeries) My pain is Daily and it hits me at any moment day/night! I would way your health options very carefully before getting any IUD!! Now I have very minimal side effects! Weight gain sucks and mood swings! Scared of removal! GoodLuck Ladies :)
—Guest Rosie

It's okay

I inserted it in 2012 after having a second child. The insertion was not a very pleasant experience but you can definitely handle it. I had severe recurring cramps for about a month. I genuinely thought that my body was not accepting the IUB and that I had to remove it asap. But due to my tight school schedule, I was not able to visit a doctor. And after one month I realized that the pain was completely gone. Now it feels great. By the way, right after the insertion, my periods have come back after more than 1.5 years of period-free life (bummer!). I must say that the periods have become stronger and more painful than before. P.S. Today I realized that the string is hanging up in the air after several days of heavy periods! It might mean that the IUD is out of place. What a bummer. I guess, I will have to reinsert it again tomorrow. But so far, its benefits way overweight its costs and occasional discomfort. it has been a great contraceptive for us. I highly recommend it.
—Guest Olga

IUD Insertion

I have never had children, Im 23, and it really was excruciating, the worst pain of my life. I dont want to put people off, but it really was terrible. Having said that, it was all over in about 15 minutes, and now hopefully I wont have any more trouble with periods. I bled all day and the next, so dont forget a pad just in case! Also try and sleep immediately after for a few hours, it will relax your muscles and youll sleep through the worst of the cramping. Ive had terrible periods my whole life which may have contributed to the pain level, but the hope that I may never have to have that pain again got me through it. bad as it was, I would do it again.
—Guest Muir

morena insertion

I took ibuprofen about half hour before I had it put in. It was uncomfortable another was some cramping, but overall, not bad and well worth it.
—Guest Stephanie

IUD REMOVED

I had the iud removed 2 weeks ago ever since i got it removed i have been bleeding constatly alot and spotting and awhole bunch of blood clots coming and going i want to make sure this is normal and how long it would take i have never had kid had it for a week had very bad pain and did not like it at all now i am concern about the heavy bleeding and blood clots want this to be over.
—Dainy123

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