- I had the mirena back in 2009 a few months after my first child was born. The insertion wasn't too bad, it did hurt but it wasn't something unbearable. About 30 minutes after the insertion I started getting some terrible cramps, it was hard to drive the 2 hours back home. Eight months after getting it inserted I decided to get it taken out because each month my periods would last for 15-20 days (that was the reason I had it taken out, I didn't have any other side effects). If it wouldn't have made me bleed like that I would have kept it in for at least 2 or 3 years. Anyways the removal is what hurt the most. My doctor couldn't find the strings so she had to "dig" around for them. Wow! Talk about lots of pain right there! I do not ever want to get an IUD again for that reason!
- —Guest F.B
Mirena at 16...
- I had a mirena IUD put in when I was only 16. I had never been preg. It hurt like heck, my body went into shock, I was dizzy and crawling on the floor because I couldn't stand up. I was in great amounts of pain for the next hour, and then I slept for a little over 24 hours. When I woke up I felt normal, as if nothing had ever happened. It was a very odd feeling. I am having it removed tomorrow, and hoping that it is easier than when I got it put in.
- —Guest Sam
Why I Love Mirena
- I have to say that I LOVE my IUD, I have the Mirena – Hormone IUD. I don't have to think about it and at this point in my life I can barely remember to comb my hair so it's a good thing I don't have to worry about taking a pill all the time. I also like that it has a VERY low amount of hormones, much less than the pill so I feel a bit safer.
- —Guest cVJMzwtdAZqHMGt
My IUD experience
- I have to say I'm surprised at some of the postings here. I was 30 when I got my Mirena; since I want to remain childfree and keep my endometriosis under control, it seemed like a perfect option. I wouldn't call myself pain-tolerant or anything, but the insertion was not the extreme pain many people mention. Uncomfortable? Yes. Awkward? Yes. Pinching, cramping pain? A little. I'd liken the experience to getting a piercing: sure it hurts, but after a week or two of taking it easy and taking the occasional OTC pain med, you're good. Three years in and I rarely have a period: after many years of awful, awful periods (look endo up and/or consider yourself lucky), I'm so grateful for my Mirena. If you are considering an IUD, talk honestly and openly with your medical provider, and think about whether the benefits outweigh any side effects for you--don't let these accounts scare you off unnecessarily.
- —Guest Anon
Just got my Mirena IUD inserted...
- It wasn't really painful; it just felt like a bad cramp! It took less than 1 minute to insert the IUD and once I was done and got up I bled a little bit and spotted throughout the day. I haven't had cramps since the insertion so I'll see if later on they start. It wasn't very painful and I'm excited to see how I do on the Mirena IUD!
- —Guest D. Perez
scare to get my copper iud taken out
- I have a Dr.appointment tomorrow to get my copper iud checkd Out, I have 7years with it and in those 7years haven't gottan it checked ..I'm so scared of Dr ...please wish me luck I Will let you guys Know how it whent
- —Guest angei
don't know what to do
- Reading all these posts are making me terrified to have my IUD removed. I'm supposed to have it removed next august but wanted to have it removed in the next couple of weeks because my fiancé and I are ready to have another baby. We have a 10 yr old who really wants siblings. Now I'm not do for sure.
- —Guest terrified
- I had the paragard inserted a almost 3 years ago. I have not had any children so it was very painful, and then I spot bled for two days with moderate cramping. I like the option of a non-hormonal birth control because when i was taking the pill i would get horrible migraines. Sometimes i do have trouble checking on the strings. My fiance says it feels funny when the strings poke him :) All in all i've had a much better experience with the paragard than i ever did with birth control pills. I highly recommend IUD's.
- —Guest Gabby
Not so bad
- I had Mirena inserted a few days ago and it wasn't so terrible. It's uncomfortable when they clamp your cervix and I could feel pressure when they actually inserted the iud, but the entire procedure took less than a minute to do. There was a lot of cramping right after, but subsided substantially within an hour or so. They did an ultra sound to make sure it was in place right after, so I feel confident this will work well for me. I have had some cramping and slight bleeding now 3 days later, but it's not unmanageable.
- —Guest Court
- i am soo annoyed!i had mine put in almost two years ago.today i went to the doctors today to have it checked because it jst didnt feel right!so it turns out it was half way out!she had to remove it ,didnt hurt at all.but its gonna cost near 500 euro to have it put back in again!i already have two children and really dnt want anymore happy accidents!i really had no problems with it untill now,even getting it in was fine,but i jst cant afford to have it done again!im so frustrated!
- —Guest asca
Insertion not fun
- I had my mirena inserted yesterday. My doctor found that my cervix is very crooked and he had to dilate it quite a bit. The measuring part was fine but the actual insertion was awful. It was very painful, took 10-15 minutes, and I almost fainted afterward. I cramped quite a bit that day with some bleeding. The next day, the cramping was minimal and the bleeding was almost gone. Hopefully it will stay put and be worth the pain.
- —Guest L
positive paragard experience
- I've had my Paragard for 3 weeks so far. My Story: I'm 31, never pregnant, BC pills for 9 yrs, husband & I don't want kids, periods always been light & little to no cramping (even pre-BC pill days) cervix is tilted, went to Planned Parenthood. Dr. prescribed a pill that softened my cervix: took 1hr before under tongue & also took the rec'd 800 mg of Ibuprofen. Much like a pap with speculum & all. I won't sugarcoat insertion: It was painful maybe abt 10 seconds of very sharp poking/pain total: curse words were uttered :) it's nothing you can't handle! just brace hard with your feet! Insertion of tube was the most painful part followed by similar less intense pain when device was inserted through the tube. Once in my uterus immediate cramping but no pain. Went home, heating pad, more Ibuprofen, stayed horizontal, watched TV. Cramped 9hrs, period 2 days later: lasted 5 days. No cramping/bleeding/problems is since. I hope this helps others feel confident reading my positive experience.
- —Guest Mary
Had no idea
- I am 37 and I have been on the pill since I was 17. I recently decided I would prefer an IUD after speaking to a friend about hers. This morning I had it inserted and I could not believe the excruciating pain!!! My doctor didn't warn me. I happened to take 800mg of Motrin about an hour before because I thought it would help with the cramping after insertion. The Motrin did nothing. While she was trying to get through my cervix I was sweating and crying while gripping the sides of the table so tight I couldn't even feel my hands. She stopped to give me a break so I wouldn't pass out and offered me the option to stop and have me come back. I didn't think I would ever go back if I got off that table, so we continued. She was telling me that she inserts these into teenagers and I couldn't imagine a young girl going through this pain! By the time it ended, I felt dizzy and I ws trembling. I'm cramping now, but it's totally manageable. The worst part was the insertion. Definitely!!
- —Guest Happilymarriednokids
Mirena 5 years and counting
- I have had my Mirena 5 1/5 years now. First attempt at insertion failed as I am prolapsed, but with a little help from a colleague it was inserted and not without pain. I had been given nothing nor prepared in any way for the insertion. Despite being light headed, sweating and almost in tears I was permitted to walk from the consulting room and drive the 40 minutes to get home. With expirey March 2012 due I approached my doctor who said to come back in March which I have done .... it is now the end of July and I am still on a waiting list as I have it for my health and not birth control I am considered a low priority and expected to wait another 2 months to have it removed.
- —Guest Toni
- I had the mirena iud implanted just over three years ago at 17, i had endometriosis and so a lot of pain and trouble with my periods. Ive had no issues at all over the time ive had it until a couple of months ago. At this stage we think the endometriosis has returned (which the mirena was meaint to prevent), suggesting the mirena has expired. I have loved the mirena the entire time ive had it, apparently its not generally recommended for young childless women but once ive sorted my health troubles i will definitely get another. No periods, constant contraception, delayed return of endometriosis.. very very happy.
- —Guest alex