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

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Updated November 01, 2010

Mirena

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

My insertion experience

I had my Paraguard IUD inserted over 4 years ago. Unlike most of the women to post about their experience, I had never been pregnant. While this is probably fairly unfommon, I'd had a recent spike in my blood pressure that made using hormonal birth control extremely unsafe for me. I have always been extremely uncomfortable getting paps, so I was really nervous, but the actual insertion was only slightly more uncomfortable than a regular pap. It was the recovery process that I had the most complications with. Maybe it's because I have a tilted uterus. Maybe it's because my uterus has never had to expand to accommodate a baby. Whatever the reason, the cramps that developed were nearly unbearable. Ths only thing that gave me relief was a heating pad, although it actually cut my pain in half. By the next day though, I felt 90% back to normal, and the peace of mind that comes with never remembering to change another patch or ring or take a pill on time was well worth it.
—Guest Andi G

It hurt

While they were putting the Paragard in I wanted them to take it out it hurt so bad. After I got dressed and went out into the waiting room I passed out from the pain. They gave me a shot to help subside the pain. Went home still hurt, it was hard to sleep. When I woke up the next day I felt a lot better. I still have some discomfart under my stomach if that makes any since. I wouldn't have done it if I would have known how much it would have hurt. Probably hurt more due to the fact that I have not had a child yet.
—Guest Jennifer

Don't Worry!

I was SO NERVOUS for my IUD, but I just got it done, and it was not bad at all! About a 5 on the pain scale, definitely uncomfortable, but not particularly painful. I have never had children. I put the Cytotec in at 1:30 in the morning for a 10:30 appointment, and I took 1600 mg of ibuprofen about 45 minutes beforehand (I was only prescribed 800, but I was scared). My doctor was experienced, professional, and quick. No biggie! No cramps afterwards either.
—Guest Hello

my experience

Don't ever let a resident touch you unless they are in their 4th yr of residency. I have had my paraguard for almost 6years and i had it removed yesterday due to cramps and heavy periods. It was very painful not only because the dr that put it in cut the strings to short but the resident couldn't get it out and i almost passed out. the dr had to put a we towel on my head. Then the doctor started talking about plan B the operation room and then said could she give it a try or did i just want to stop bcuz it was so painful i told her no to try and she got it out in 10seconds. It was like making me have contractions it was awful. But when i got it put it in it was a breeze nothing to it. but needles to say i will NOT get it again.
—Guest Christina

Reassurance

I got an IUD put in yesterday morning and was worried because of all of the horror stories that I'd read. I just wanted to let people know that if things have been normal and routine for you, this can be too. I have two kids both by vaginal birth without any medications. I had my IUD (Mirena) put in at my 6 week postpartum check. I felt a little bit of pressure when she measured my uterus but no pain at all for the measuring or the insertion. Afterwards, I had a day of what I remember to be a normal period (although it has been 11 months since my last normal period). Now, I feel completely normal and am not bleeding. If it makes a difference, I am nursing my baby.
—Guest Amanda

Insertion experience

I had Mirena inserted this afternoon. I had read a lot of reviews that weren't wonderful, but decided to do it anyway. Everything on my end was set up like an annual exam. The procedure only lasted about 5 minutes start to finish. He explained things to me in a very kind manner and told me some people report only slight discomfort while some report contraction like pain. The procedure went well! I felt some moderate "menstruation-type" cramping, the worst being when he inserted the sound to measure my uterus. When the IUD was in, and the instruments had been removed, he said he was going to apply some light pressure where the cervix was stabilized. This cause me to be very light headed. He said the bleeding is normal, but I had too much for him to see the placement. I let them know immediately that I was light-headed. They let me rest for a few to recover and returned after I dressed and answered all my questions! It was a tolerable experience I will definitely do again.
—Guest Heather

Mirena insertion experience

I had mirena inserted today. First time getting an IUD. I am 27 and have never been pregnant. Reading this forum goes to show that everyone is different. For some the pain is nothing, but for others it can be excrutiating. For me the insertion was the worst pain I have ever felt. Severe cramps lasted for five hours after. I was vomiting, had cold sweats, and difficulty even getting up from sitting or lying. I am still having moderate cramping now, close to twelve hours and many painkillers later. I usually have very severe period cramping so I don't know if that may be a factor in how much pain I experienced from the insertion. I took an Aleve about an hour beforehand. Aside from the pain, the process went very quickly and smoothly. The Dr had no trouble inserting it. I was also prescribed apo-misoprostol to dilate my cervix. A lot of people say they experience side effects from the medication prior to the procedure, but the meds didn't seem to bother me. This is just my eperience:)
—Guest Frenchie

IUD time life

had Iud in 20 years. never had any pain ever. just wondering if I will have pain when it is removed.hopefully soon as I make appointment.
—Guest christina

don't cough!!

i had a rough time when i got my ParaGaurd in but nothing a day or 2 of rest shouldn't of cured. i had just had a baby so it was nothing. however when i went to have it switched out i had a cold. yep, just as the doc was placing it in i coughed and it hurt like the dickens. it scraped the back wall and caused tons of cramping and bleeding. So, my advice , Ladies, is if you have a cold rescheadule. Other then that it was great and when we decided to try one last time, it was painless to remove.
—Guest sarah

Over a 3 year nightmare !

It was very painful wen they inserted the iud! Instantly cramping & bleeding! 3 yrs. later found out I have every side effect. Trying to get it removed. Doct. Can not find it. I want it out ASAP ! Thanks for the Internet and every ones input. I found out why I have all these symptoms . Doct. & OB never told me the side effects. Please read side effects before using this product! PLEASE!
—Guest Trish

paraguard insertion

I read these posts last night and freaked out becuase of how painful everyone claims it to be. Im 28 .. i have 2 boys. My youngest is 12 weeks today. I just had my iud inserted this morning. I barely felt any discomfort. I didn't even feel the cramps that they said i would when they pinched my cervix. Its been 6 hours and im still notreally feeling any cramps. Light spotting. Good luck!
—Guest Tammy

So happy with paraguard!

After reading all of the horror stories I was really afraid to get the paraguard. I am so happy I did though! I have had two natural births so maybe that's why it was so easy but I felt some uncomfortable pressure and it was I we:) cramping sucked therest of the day but no worst than a period cramp. I am still bleeding 2 days later but it's pretty light already. So far no complaints:) woohoo for 10 years of never having to worry!
—Guest Sarah

paragard

had copper iud placed 8 months ago, wasnt too bad. it hurt but no worse than anything else. uncomfortable tight pinching cramps that day and night, almost like labor pains. after insertion i bled for 3 months straight. became iron deficient. it stopped finally and my periods came like clockwork but were 9 days long and extremely heavy. 5 days straight of a super plus every 30 minutes. had to take iron suplements. got an ultrasound and found it had moved lower in my uterus and just got it removed today due to inefficacy and heavy bleeding. if it sits too low its not as effective. removal was super quick and painless. i didnt even know it was out until my doc was like ok its out. i said wow i felt nothing! so removal is easy if your strings are visible. no cramps so far. im on my period so i cant comment on bleeding afterward. im sad to have it out but had to do it. 35 yrs old , iud put in 10 months after my first child in feb 2012.
—Guest nlynn

jo jo

My daughter had to have her merina removed only after 3 weeks of insertion as it ended up in the abdomen and she was in a lot of pain. She also has endometriosis.
—Guest jo jo

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