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

Responses: 779


Updated November 01, 2010


I have had my iud for going on 3yrs and its awesome not having to worry about the pill or patch. I am getting the iud taken out december 7th because I am ready for baby no.2 I might get another iud after this one.
—Guest parker'smommy

IUD Removel

i had two doctor's try and get this thing out and can't find it. So i had to get put out. i would never do it again or suggest it. and i to go back to the doctor because my husband said something ddoesn't feel right
—Guest not for me

removal of iud

I had my paragard taken out last week and am still no cramping or any pain . It had to be taken out due to ovarian cysts that keep occuring.
—Guest Erica mae

IUD insertion/removal

I have to admit that I found the IUD insertion quite painful which is why I then left it in for 13 years! (not Mirena) I'd heard several stories of it being more painful when removed. I went for a cervical smear test 3 days ago and the nurse asked if I'd like it removed then..I couldn't believe how painless it was, much less than the smear test! I had light bleeding for a couple of hours and went on a 20 mile bike ride as soon as I left.
—Guest julia

Insert ok

I got the Mirena IUD inserted in August 2011, over a year after having my daughter. It didn't hurt bad, but I wasn't expecting the cramping I had for the next few days.
—Guest Katie

Had paragard for ten years

I had paragard for the last 10 years and absolutely loved it! I have never had children, never had cramps from the insertion or anything. Easy, breezy. I was very torn between going back to the paragard and trying the Mirena. I decided to try the mirena because of period flow. I just had it inserted today. Not much pain, actually very little. I hope it works out.
—Guest Stefani

Easy Breezy

Let me start out by saying that I do NOT negate the bad experiences some had and I'm sorry for them. I read all of the good and bad stories and was an anxious girl going in! I felt ZERO pain or even discomfort during the procedure and it took less than 2 minutes. Simple Simon! I just wanted to share a positive experience for all of those looking into Mirena. It is different for everyone and it CAN be a simple, pain-free procedure. Just be open and honest w your healthcare provider and choose what is best for you!
—Guest Devon

mirena exxperiance

i just got my mirena inserted about 2 weeks ago. ive never had children before, so my doctor put me on a medication used to dialate the cervix so i wouldnt be in as much pain. now, i was a junior olymipc athlete a few years back and have played on broken ancles before, and i have 3 tattoos....so i have a very high pain tolerance...but i will say the insertion was the most painful thing ive EVER experianced in my life! i actually yelled out loud as she inserted it.lol....after the insertion, i was very dizzy, so i layed down for a few minutes. after the diziness went away...i got up and walked to the front to schedule my check up appointment, and was so nautious that i had to run out without making the appointment in fear that i was going to blow chunks. the rest of the evening i was cramping so bad i could barely move..but then the next day i felt 100% better. now im fine. a few random cramps come and go...but im so glad i dont have to stress about a pill anymore...so its worth it!
—Guest courtney

Paragard removal

I had my paragard IUD removed yesterday. The least painful experience on a OBGYN table ever.
—Guest Guest Abby

Extremely Painful Insertion

I had the Mirena inserted today. I was told by the doctor and nurses that it wouldn't be a painful experience. Ugh. They were wrong. I have a high tolerance for pain. I have a herniated disc that I deal with on a daily basis- this was much more painful. It was definitely a traumatic experience. I feel fine now- some cramping, I think I'm still shaking from the insertion. I had a child about 8 years ago, I think this tops giving birth. EXTREMELY painful. Looking back, I should have stopped the doctor after the first burst of pain. I may have saved myself the 2nd and 3rd rounds. I was not told to take medication before coming in, but if you're going to go through with this, I highly recommend strong pain killers. The thing is in, I'm feeling fine, but I'm still undecided on if I made the correct decision. I'm having flashbacks of the pain and I can definitely feel it in my uterus. I'm hoping that sensation goes away. I will definitely not go through this procedure again.
—Guest Carrie

Mirena was not good for me

Had my mirena put in 07 went to get it removed this last august, she could not. Got an ultrasound. Went to get it surgically removed she was not able to. so now I'm freaking out becouse tge first thing she said after I asked NOW WHAT? He response was hysterectomy. Well I'm getting a second opinion becouse I'm 31 and there is no other medical reason to get it done. Going for another ultrasound and then we will see. Wish me luck.
—Guest Mayra


Im 27 ive had two sons and decided that mirena would be the best option for me. I knew that it was going to be a bit uncomfortable but for me once my 5 years are uo i will not be having a new one fitted, after the insertion i started to get really bad cramps and felt really dizzy, the nurse left md alone to get me some water, when she came back i was out cold on the floor id only fainted and landed on my face lol i had a broken nose and a concusion im dreading the removal now lol x
—Guest Selina

Ouch but worth it

Insertion was really painful for me. I drove to my appt and almost passed out from cramps on the way home. I laid in my bed for a couple of hours waiting for the cramps to pass. I already know from my doctor that I showed a very high tolerance for pain during labor. I'd recommend taking a painkiller before your appt. It seems to be an individual response. Maybe some of them are placed better than others? Maybe depends on where you are in your cycle? Doc doesn't place it just soo..? But the next day I was fine. Sex for the next couple of weeks made me nervous because I cramped so bad from insertion. But as time passed sex was just fine. Hubby said early on it made his penis tender from bumping it, but that seemed to pass for him too. I have no cramps with it and before I had TERRIBLE cramps. Mind you I got it after having a baby so I don't know if that was part of having a baby or from the Copper IUD. It's been a year and my periods are much lighter and no cramps! :)
—Guest Mother of 1

Best Thing Mirena

I had my IUD put in during my six week checkup after my son was born. It didn't hurt much at all (felt like period cramping but nothing that I can't handle) and had it in for 2 1/2 years. I got it out about a week ago and the procedure was so quick I was surprised. It felt like a little scraping but nothing painful. I am glad that I had it but my husband and I wanted to try for another baby, hopefully soon. Also, since having it out my periods are no longer painful or very heavy which I am so glad about!
—Guest Sara

still desiding

I just got the Mirana inserted yesterday, I have had two children and the pain was just like labor pains. I was in so much pain my Dr gave me 2 shots to numb my cervix and I was still in a lot of pain. I took 800 mg of ibuprofen and then after the insertion he gave me some Celebrex as well as a prescription for Vicodin. By the next day the pain had subsided but the cramping was still there. I have tried to locate the strings but I can't find them so I have a follow up appointment to make sure the IUD was inserted and in place correctly. I figure if everything is ok I will wait a little while longer to see if my body will adjust to the IUD, but if the pain is not gone with in the next few days I will go to get it removed.
—Guest Trisha
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