Not so bad! YET....
- Im 28 with an 8yr old & 3yr old twins. And my husband & I were in no rush to try for another. Yet..... So mirena seemed perfect. I got it inserted back in feb. 2010. I was aware of the minor side effects. Cramping, acne, depression, anxiety, light or no period. Which I did stop getting 2-3 mos of on it. I experienced almost every side effect but my dr said it was normal. Recently I decided the depression & anxiety had become overwhelming I just couldn't deal with the mood swings either. (my poor husband) Anyway I was watching tv with my hubby one night & a commercial came on warning mirena users. I naturally freaked out & tried to have it taken out at the er. They told me they don't do that. So called planned parenthood & made the earliest appt. So today 12/12/12 I had it taken out. I hope it didn't cause infertility because I would love to try for girl in the future. Having it removed was painless mild cramps no bleeding yet fingers crossed.
- —Guest TwinsMom
Get it OUT OF ME!!!
- I had the Mirena put in 6 days ago and I want it out NOW. Not only was the insertion horribly painful, the afterward has remained painful. The cramping has been severe and worse while standing. I have passed out 3 times now and I can't eat. My ob/gyn thinks my body is rejecting it/trying to pass it and as a result I'm fainting. I also have had a fever with it along with terrible night sweats and a pounding headache...
- —Guest Jenny
- When I went to have my IUD removed after 7 years, the string was gone. I hadnt noticed.Turns out the Paraguard was still in place, the string had just migrated up into the uterus. After a failed attemp to grasp it through the cervix (very painful) by Dr #1, I consulted an OBGyN about going under general anesthesia & having it removed. The price quote was $5000 & insurance wouldn't cover it. So I had Dr #2 go fishing for it at clinic visit. He got it after going through the cervix several agonizing times. Whew...not an experience for anyone with low pain tolerance or women who have never given birth! Periods resumed right away. Got pregnant within 2 months but miscarried @ 5 weeks. Took almost two years of dedicated trying to conceive again. Previous conceptions easy so I still wonder if the IUD made my uterus a hostile environment for longer than usual even after it was gone. ?? In general, having IUD was a breeze. No side-effects at all. Husband no complaints, & 2babies after removal.
- —Guest Anne
- I had Paragard for 4 years. I have two children. I removed it because every month 10 days before my period, I would get burning and itching. I went to doctors and they gave me pills and creams and nothing helped. So I removed the iud and once i got to. the. 10 days before my next period, no more irritation! Feels so good to be back to normal.
- —Guest JessBK
- I took .5 mg of xanax, 800 mg of ibuprofen, and went on 2nd day of period. I have a tilted uterus. I took a cytotex, the pill inside vagina to help dilate the night before. I have had a nose job, breast implants, and a hemmerhoidectomy. None of this touched this on pain! He barely even got started in opening my cervix and I told him not to finish. There is NO way I could have done this! I am being truthful, not exaggerating, and do not see how anyone can do this. We all must have totally different pain tolerance levels! I have never had kids.
- —Guest Vickie
Wouldn't want to do that every day
- I just had the Mirena inserted. I've given birth which is way more painful and the IUD insertion felt alot like the cervical stitches I had after my first baby was born. It hurt but only took 5 minutes. As soon as I sat down in the car I had a lot of unexpected cramping and I'm bleeding a lot now. The doc prescribed a strong painkiller and I'm in bed for the day. However, assuming that everything stays where it's supposed to I'm soooo glaaaaad I don't have to worry about contraception now for five whole years! If someone were to tell me that I had to have it removed tomorrow I'd probably run the other direction haha. I'm already nervous about the pain of removal since unfortunately it's going to have to come out some day. I've never tried an IUD and really hope it works well for me.
- I had iud inserted over 5 years ago, in and out procedure they said. I felt sick and almost passed out from pain! They sent me home from work twice! My body fought it for 2 months! Am scared too death to have it removed! It was worse than my broken ankle!!!!
- —Guest Me
Mirena placement no big deal after baby
- I had the Mirena IUD inserted 7 weeks postpartum and was talked through the whole thing with my OB: "You'll feel a pinch here." Nothing. "You'll now feel some pressure." Nothing. "Now you'll have a little cramp, then a big one." Nothing, nothing. It is so much easier to have it inserted postpartum. I highly recommend not waiting a long time after having the baby.
- —Guest Jessica
- A few days after insertion I had a lot of light headedness/ dizziness, nausea, fatigue, weakness, headaches even throat issues. I felt so clumsy and impaired. I thought I was going to die and actually went to the ER. It turns out I had developed a stomach ulcer from all the pain medication! I was being careful eating and drinking a lot with every dose of ibuprofen, but for some reason I still developed one. I did not realize a stomach ulcer could have so many side effects. I dismissed the stomach pain and attributed it to cramps from insertion. Although I also learned that not every one experiences stomach pain or it can be very mild. Everyone is different and their body can have very strange reactions to the same illness. Ulcers can heal on their own, especially when you stop the pain killers, but its better to get treated. I wanted to share, because I noticed many women had horror stories similar to mine, but in the end the symptoms were not directly related to the Mirena.
- —Guest Lucy
- i had so much trouble with the mirena that i was so glad to get it renmoved after 4 months of having it put in for me i have never been able to take the pill or depo injections but hey was never to have children i have twins that are 12 aq 6 yrs old and a 22 mth old and just recently lost a baby i july after having mirena removed and have had terrible cycles since loss of baby in july.Mirena works for some but is bad for some and for me i canot even take the pill
- I had my ParaGard insertion about four days ago and no problem. It only took a couple of minutes for insertion and I had minor cramping. I made sure to take some Motrin throughout the day to avoid any major pain. So far I've had light spotting overall experience has been great!
- —Guest CP
- I had my IUD placed this morning, and it was bad! I expected menstrual cramps, but what I felt must have been like labor contractions. They hurt! I felt completely unable to control my body after the first cramp, and it cramped three more times after that. I was moving all over the place on the table and even yelled out "ahhh" (not that I was really in control of what I was doing for sure). I took 600 mg Ibuprofen beforehand. Not sure how much more it would have hurt without it. I had some more cramping afterwards for about 3 hours, but nothing like during placement. I hope that it will stay there now, because I am not sure if I would do that again. And, I am already worried about having it removed one day.
- —Guest Ann
- I'm 31, never had a baby. I just had my IUD put in about an hour and a half ago. My period just ended yesterday/today, which apparently is helpful in the insertion process. I was pretty nervous, especially because I somehow missed the part where I was supposed to go pick up anti-cramps drugs at the pharmacy. (They gave me ibuprofen instead). Anyway, the actual pain lasted about 5 minutes and was as bad as really bad cramps, for 5 minutes, which is better than my typical period. I also recently had a clinical abortion. For anyone who is looking to compare experiences, my abortion was much more painful (though also very brief!). So far no cramps, but it's been less than 2 hours, so we'll see. I rode my bike home! I also want to mention that women are probably much more likely to feel strongly about their experience when it's horrible, so the sample of responses here might not reflect the general population's experiences. Recommended!
- —Guest Megan
- I had my mirena coil removed this morning after having it in for 2years. After being examined by the doctor she started to try and remove the coil, for 15minz I got poked about with the big tong like things which wer plastic and couldn't grasp the strings when eventoully she did get them the coil could not come out I was given anastetic to try and relax the cervix opening and dull the pain which did not work the coil had then lodged in my cervix the nurse then had to go and get another to try who had to twist the coil and pull quite hard unsuccesfully for quite some time I was in sheer agony eventoully the second nurse did manage to get it out in my mind I should have been sent to the hospital I don't think the nurses should have been twisting anything inside me or pulling as hard as they wer I am going to be asking to get a full examination of down there incase they have damaged me and to top it all off I've had such a pounding head ache since having it removed
- —Guest linzi
- 24 & have never had kids. I did not find the insertion bad at all, very similiar to a pap smear and very fast. I was scared because most of my friends told me that it hurts a lot! So I was relieved that it wasn't bad at all. It's been 5 hours since and I have cramping but nothing worse than a heavy day of a period. so excited to not get pregnant for 5 years :)
- —Guest Kelli