- My IUD has been in for 9 years now. I got it 3 1/2 months after my 2nd child was born. My IUD is affectionately referred to as my best friend because I have not missed a period or been pregnant since installation. I have not experienced cramping or nausea, and according to my calculations, it will save me from 12 pregnancies by the time of removal. When my 2nd expires, I will be in menopause! Thank You ParaGuard...#1 Fan :)
- —Guest Dee Guest
Not for me
- Nothing but stress and problems for me. After having strings retract into uterus for 6 months, they were all of a sudden right at my vaginal opening. My body was pushing it out. Doc took it out with ZERO pain (I was so afraid, because going in hurt so bad). It was too far out to keep in at that point anyway.
- —Guest Allison
- I was worried about the insertion when I went in because of hearing people's negative experiences, but it was totally easy. Well, as easy as one can expect considering what they are doing down there. It was as uncomfortable for me as a pap smear, which isn't particularly fun but definitely manageable. I've never been pregnant and so I guess things were pretty snug as they had to do a few tricks to get whatever opening is involved to open. A little cramping but nothing unmanagable. I brought some intensely flavored gum to chew and distract myself with since that helps me when I have anxiety around something like this, but everything went very smoothly. I was a little lightheaded and crampy on the way home and spent the afternoon taking it easy with a heating pad, ibuprofen, mac and cheese, my boyfriend, and star trek. I feel pretty good, just a tiny bit of spotting, and I'm sure that tomorrow I will be just fine. I've only had it for 5 hours, but so far my paraguard and I are friends.
- —Guest Katie
- I got my IUD inserted and what I thought everything was fine. I was wrong! 9 months later I wanted it removed. I went in for my "simple removal". Dr could not find my IUD after many painful attempts! Upon ultrasound my IUD was found crooked and tip was poking my right tube. I had the surgery to get removed. I got pregnant 7 months later and found it was ectopic. It ruptured that right tube. I have never even had an infection to cause the ectopic. Upon research, you have a higher rate of ectopic preganacy after and IUD is removed. I am now wondering if that IUD scarred my tube since it was poking it. My advice is an IUD isn't worth the risks! I know several other people with uterine perforation from mirena.
- —Guest Amanda
NEVER EVER AGAIN CONT.
- So basically got there at 2 and by 5 he was taking it out, my body rejected it so bad that i thought i was going to die, i was so embarassed and so uncomfortable and the dr was amazing he felt so bad, we tried toradol that didnt make me anything but a little tired. And all along im as white as a ghost, sweating, puking, diarrhea, and within 2 min of him taking it out i sat up got my mom in the room and said okay im ready to go. It was so weird. He said womens bodies can reject them but this is the fastest hes EVER seen one in and out, and he felt so bad but its not his fault, we were trying all our options.
- I have the copper iud -- it was very painful. I almost fainted, but now that I had it for 1 year, I love it. Its worth it --when I was on birth control pills, I missed a few. The iud is the best choice for me.
- —Guest julie
painful but tolerable
- just got my first uid inserted today definetly horrible and uncomfortable pain than pap I wouldn't suggest to take drugs prior but it seems to work. I had an abortion 7 years ago and I had minor pain and cramps didn't really feel much that's probably because of the drugs given to me. I have no kids and I'm still not ready for one but I can't imagine any pain being worse than giving birth??!?! My symptoms were nausea, sweat, faint, cramps.
- —Guest mary
- Just had mine removed 2 hours ago, had for 7 years and let me tell you, the best decision I ever done! No pain to removed, and I hate pain! My body was telling me always that this device wasn't for me, although I try it for long time, so happy now! I already feel my old self back again! Such a relief
- —Guest AP
I will miss you, paragard
- Today it was removed. I feel a bit tired. Removal went fast. The insertion was painful. But it was worth it. Removal gave me this sharp cramp and it was done. I began to use the IUD when Oral Contraceptives began to give me side-effects like sore boobs and breakthrough bleeding. I would gladly use the Paragard again. But short term, I suggest the NuvaRing. I would only put in the Paragard if you plan on keeping it in for at least a year because insertion is painful.
- —Guest anne
- I had my Mirena placed about a year ago. It was the most pain I have ever been in. I had even taken a percocet before I went in and it didn't help at all. I was sweating, nauseus, and very light headed. I have never had children, but if the pain is anything like this, I will not be having them. I do however feel like the pain was worth it. I think I had one period after it was placed and haven't had one since. I get some cramping once in a while but it isn't too bad.
- —Guest Kellpdx
Ive had two Mirena's inserted removed
- My first IUD was inserted after my second child was born in 2002. The insertion was a little more painful that a pap smear. I was nervous, but it was easy. No bleeding. No spotting. Nothing. By the time I was dressed and leaving the doctor I had all but forgotten about it! I had that Mirena IUD removed 5 years later. That was a little trickier. My doctor couldn't see the string. It was uncomfortable for awhile. Then he started talking about having to dialate me to get it. I told him we'd just have to wait. There was NO WAY I was being dialated! He tried once more (using these long tweezers) and got it. I felt the initial tug and then it was out. That same day he inserted the new one. It was easy and painless. Yesterday I had that one removed. It has been 5 years. He removed it on the first try. Again, I felt the tug. As soon as I felt that I breathed out slowly and it was out! I've had no bleeding and only a little cramping. Stay relaxed and you'll be fine!
- —Guest Coco
- Insertion was not painful at all for me. I went to have my paragard IUD removed yesterday because it has been in for 10 years. It was VERY painful! He had to put an instrument in to move down my cervix because it was so deep. He was still unsuccessful. It is still in the right place, but the strings are too short. I am scheduled to have surgery in 2 weeks to have it removed now. Never again!!!
- —Guest Jennerj
- I had the Mirena put in 5 years ago. It did not really hurt going in but it did hurt when the DR. was trying to place it. The pain quickly subsided afterwords. I loved having the IUD since it stopped my periods that were always pretty bad. I loved not having to worry about the birth control. I just had it removed and although it was short lived the pain was pretty intense when she pulled it out. I had some cramping for about an hour and immediately started my cycle. I miss having the IUD already but debating on if I want to do it again. The doctor said that next time I should take both Ibuprophen and tylenol
- —Guest LisaO
Worst pain ever
- I have had the mirena in for four years now. First couple of years i had all kinds of side effects. The insertion was the worst pain i've ever felt considering i haven't had children and i am 42. My Dr. didn't even tell me to take so much as a Tylenol. He actually told me it was no different than my annual pap. Please take my advice and look into other people's experiences regarding insertion because my pain was awful. I bawled my eye's out and the Dr. asked me did it really hurt that bad? Really! The tears weren't fake and driving home alone was awful as well. Very dizzy at the wheel and nausiated. Good luck.
- —Guest Davetta
Mirena IUD insertion
- OMG! I had the IUD inserted this morning and the pain was indescribable. I have given birth and it was painful. I was sweating, nauseous, and almost fainted.
- —Guest Smith