- I've had the Paragard for over 2 years now. Insertion was pretty bad but very short. I felt 2 very intense sharp yet crampy pains that lasted maybe 10 seconds. I had mild cramps for the rest of the day. I had my child via c-section so I don't know if that is why it was so painful or that my uterus is tilted backwards. The doctor I saw cut the strings too short so I've never been able to feel them. I'm having it removed due to constant BV infections and I fear PID. I am having to have surgery to remove it because of the too short strings. I've had 4 attempts at removal with no luck, and the last one was very painful. I had no other problems with it besides the strings. My advice is make sure they leave the strings long!
- —Guest Marci
Better than I thought...
- I just had the ParaGuard inserted 2 days ago...I should preface this with, I have already had a child with a vaginal ALL NATURAL delivery, so it's safe to say pain isn't a huge issue with me....I went to PP to get the IUC inserted....too the 800 mg of Ibuprofen. The beginning was like a Pap, for me, it was more uncomfortable and weird feeling than painful. It was relatively quick. I had mild cramping throughout the day, mild spotting as well. 2 days later, i'm still having mild spotting and a few weird twinges here and there, but not even enough to warrant pain meds. All in all, it was relatively an easy experience and i'm glad I went ahead even though reading reviews had me freaked out. Now, it's good for 12 years!! Wooo hoo.
- —Guest Lindsey
- I am scheduled to see my Dr intwo days to get my IUD removed. I am really nervous becuase the last time i went to see my Dr. she was un able to find my strings, I had to take an x-ray. Waiting for the results was scary I thought I would have to get surgurey. When the results came back she said everything was fine, it was still in place but when she cut the strings she cut them really short. So I am hoping that she can fing my IUD and remove it! Me & my husband want to start a family. I am excited and very nervous at the same time. Wish me luck. I will come back to le you know how it went. :-/
- —Guest Elanora
Mirena in yesterday, 1st IUD
- I had the Mirena put in yesterday. I have had 2 kids, the younger is almost 5 now. Not sure I want any more and my husband and I are splitting up anyway. But I do hope to start dating in the no too distant future! Well the measuring and the insertion were both much more painful than I expected. The cramping was like labor. I even had to have her stop for a moment. BUT it didn't last long at all, so I do think it was worth it. The cramping afterward wasn't bad at all, like a regular period, and I still have a little cramping today. Not bad either and it's getting better. To me, much like how the pain of labor is worth it to get a baby, I think the pain of getting the IUD will be well worth the peace of mind. And, seriously ladies, the pain didn't last more than a few minutes. I don't want to scare anyone needlessly. I wish I'd known it'd hurt that much, but it was just a few minutes. I'm very excited to have it and no longer have to worry that I haven't taken my pill.
- —Guest Trish
- 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