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My 5 year plan
- I think the IUD is the most wonderful little contraption ever invented! I had mine for almost 2 years and just had it removed this morning. The insertion was a little uncomfortable...a little worse than a pap-smear and I bled for several weeks after that. But, once the bleeding stopped, I didn't have another period. I had a little discomfort at one point and had to go get the strings trimmed...but that was not at all painful. I had it removed this morning because I am ready to get pregnant again. The removal was so simple! It was less painful than a papsmear and took less than a minute. No bleeding, no pain...I have a few cramps, but I'm not sure if that is associated or not. THe IUD is highly recommended by me and many of my friends and family!!!
- —Guest April
Not too bad!
- I had mine out today-- it was a copper ten year IUD and I got inserted in January 2013. I highly suggest against getting a copper IUD, they cause long (9+ days) periods and intense cramping... in the end, I decided that with all the other forms of birth control available, the copper IUD just wasn't for me. I've read about a lot of other women experiencing the same problems. Anyway, when it came to taking it out, it wasn't hard. The nurse just used an instrument to help her see what she was doing and a pair of forceps to pull it out. It didn't hurt-- it just felt weird. And it was over super fast, which was good. So don't be worried! :)
- —Guest Kate
- i am 27 and have never had children. I had the paragard inserted about 1 month ago. the ob-gyn was very quick and talked me through some of it. I took two ibuprofen about an hour before insertion (which may or may not have helped). it was painful, but nothing like some of the stories I've seen online. the most intense pain felt like the worst cramps I've ever had, but only lasted about five seconds or less. definitely worth it for 10 years of non hormonal birth control.
- —Guest DeeAnn
Copper T Insertion
- Without sounding sensational, insertion was the worst pain I've ever had in my life!!! Am 34, no children and getting off hormones to conceive in January 14. I wasn't talked through what was happening, all the insertions hurt in a hot, cramping, pulling. I got nauseaous, cold and the shakes. Within minutes I had diarrhoea. This lasted 3 hours evn with ibuprofen and paracetamol. I have continued to take meds every 4 hours since. I have mild period like cramps, backache and some spotting. I am now 3 days post insertion and praying for the best
- —Guest Mwanza
IUD w/ no previous pregancies
- I have a ParaGard & have for maybe 4 years. I have never been pregnant & will NOT put any extraneous hormones in my body since mom and sister have had ER/PR positive breast cancers (that means estrogen & progesterone FED thier tumors). The insertion was simple for me...a bit of intense uterine contraction during, but nothing near what others have described. On the flip side, I do have regular kidney stones, so maybe I'm just more accustomed to intense pain. I DID have major cramping the first 6 wks or so but nothing ibuprofen & a few deep breaths wouldn't get me through. I am a bit nervous b/c I'm having it taken out in a couple weeks--time to try for baby. Hope it goes smoothly.
- —Guest GH
- if it was covered by isranunce i say go for it. Mine wasn't and cost over $1000, so when i got it, i was looking long term (and kept it about 4 years so I think it was worth it). I had paragard and got pregnant the first cycle we tried, which was about 6 weeks after iud removal (dr. recommended waiting 1 cycle and we weren't ready quite yet anyway).
- —Guest lEQBSCpzlPw
- I have had my Mirena for about a year now and the insertion was a horrible experience. I am 21 and have never had kids but I'd imagine childbirth to feel about the same. The doctor said it would be a pinch basically (right after telling me my uterus was the size of an OLIVE for god's sake!) and I seriously felt like she was ripping me in half down there. I was cussing her out (not intentionally lol) the whole time and the nurse was just laughing at me. I want this thing out and probaby will make an appointment soon but am scared it's gonna be just as bad... My overall experience after getting it inserted hasn't been bad but I want kids someday and don't want to risk having non-functional lady parts.
- —Guest Jenna
- I had the Mirena put in 5 yrs ago,When they inserted it,it was a little crampy and then they subsided right away ,bled for months like i had a period then it finally slowed down to spotting,Still get my period but very light spotting.Just went to have it taken out and a new one put in.The removal wasnt bad barely felt it,putting it back in a little cramping but went away quickly. I am bleeding right now like i have my period hopefully doesnt last as long as the first insertion..I like the Mirena anything is better than having heavy periods for 7 days!!!!
- —Guest sandy
Mirena (pro's and con's)
- Got the iud put in 5 weeks after my 3rd son was born in 2012. I had pelvic pain on and off for months. I alos still get my period regularly with some cramping. The insertion went well, took some ibuprofen, only felt some incomfortability and a pinch. I see I have had weight gain and now acne. Even though Im not ready for any more children, I donot like the weight gain nor the problems with the break outs on my face so iam thinking about having it removed. I do have to say that it has been the most effective and convinent form of birth control thus far
- —Guest Rita
Terrible Mirena experience!!!
- I had a Mirena IUD put in less than a month ago....last week it tore through the top of my uterus and went missing in my abdomen! The insertion was terribly painful, after 10-11 days of cramping I called the Dr who said that long with cramps totally normal. Fast forward 1 week and I went to the ER with unbearable abdominal pain. The IUD had apparently perforated the top of my uterus, and was discovered in laparoscopic surgery up against the bowel. The surgeon also tells me that the left tube is destroyed from this and that having more children may be out of the question... Overall, a terrible, devastating experience. Overall, terrible experience!!!
- —Guest Christa
Paragard insertion and removal
- I had the paragard inserted 4 weeks and a half ago. I have never had children Im 24 yo and the pain was horrible. I almost fainted and felt so nauseous right after the insertion. The intense pain lasted for 1 whole week, I took Ibuprofen for the pain. Then the pain went away by its own. I had a longer than usual period for 7 days, I normally bleed for 3 days. But then 14 days after my only period with it, I had intense pain in one area of my abdomen with nausea and cramps. My ovulation time used to go unnoticed. This time I feel it all over. I just had it removed 2 days ago, and it was not as painful. The dr. said it was just like she placed it. But I still feel so nauseaous and the pain in over one area in my lower abd is still there. Has anyone experienced any symptoms after the removal?
- —Guest guest juli
painfulhorrible mirena never
- Had the mirena iud inserted... Hurt like hell cramps and tgey dident even place it correctly... I had to go back after one week trying to work through the pain... Us women can really put up with pain... Men have no idea.... My husband always feels it during intercourse and i bleed the next morning after a night of gettting off... I dont even want sex anymore. 5 months with maybe 5 times having him go inside... That painful
- —Guest no bueno
- I had my first paragard after my first child was born 13 years ago. My body naturally expelled that one, so I did not try again until after my third and final child was born 7 years ago. At this time, I went with the Mirena. I was very happy with it for a couple of years and then had to have it removed. The insertion of both was a little painful, but not unbearable and the removal of the mirena was kind of crampy. I had a new paragard put in about 4 years ago. At first it was great, but as my cycles kept getting shorter and my cramps worse, I decided to have it removed and replaced with another Mirena. The problem was that my strings on the paragard were short and had sucked up into my uterus. The doctor had to use long tweezers and an ultrasound to find and remove the paragard. This was very painful(especially on top of the VERY full bladder they were pressing on). The insertion of the new Mirena was easy. Now I just have some light bleeding, no cramps. so worth it in the long run.
- I had mirena inserted 3 years ago after having my daughter. The doctor said the cramping could get painful and advised me to take some ibuprofen before hand. The insertion was ok, felt a pinch and definitely cramps, but they felt like the beginning contractions when going into labor-not terrible. Side effects subsided very quick- within 24 hours and a few months later had no period. I have gained some weight and have more acne than before, but may not have anything to do with the iud. Today I got Mirena removed because it feels very unnatural to me not having a menstrual cycle, and we are ready for another baby. It was so easy and painless, I asked the doctor if it would hurt, he said no and asked me to cough then said all done and showed me the mirena. Easy as pie. I would recommend and iud to anyone!
- —Guest Corey
Getting Mirena removed today!!
- I have had mirena since 9-11-07 I am getting it removed today. I am scared cause I cant feel the strings but in certain sexual posistions mu husband can feel the poking the head of his penis. I go at 3pm and very scared it will hurt or cant be located. Gonna set up to get tubes tied. We have two boys and we think our family is perfect the way it is
- —Guest Crystal