Super nervous about copper IUD insertion today!

posted 3 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Pisces:  ive assisted in many an iud insertion. Breathe and relax. You’ll be fine. The IBs will help a lot. Take them afyerward too. Its not a comfortable procedure. There will be what I call “clenchy bits” where you’re gonna wonder why the hell you did it lol. But usually it’s nothing unbearble. Think super yucky period cramps. The calmer you are the easier it will be. Hugs and goodluck darlin!

Post # 5
3661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ask the clinic if they offer a cervical block. They basically numb your cervix with three injections (I didn’t feel any of the injections), and it makes the rest of the insertion essentially painless. My doctor told me that they did a study, and insertion without any pain management was rated an average of 8 out of 10. Insertion when you take the recommended Tylenol or ibuprofen beforehand went down to a 6 out of 10. Insertion with the ibuprofen and the cervical block went down to 2 out of 10.

A pain level of 2 was pretty right on for me, it was just the cramps afterwards that sucked (but some people have no problem with cramps after insertion). Stock up on both Tylenol and ibuprofen/naproxen (so if you max out on one, you can still take the other), buy some of those Thermacare heat wraps for your lower back, and I also recommend buying “cramp bark.” I buy mine from a seller on Amazon — it’s a tincture made from the leaves of a cranberry bush or something. It’s a smooth muscle relaxant and it really helps with cramps. Run all supplements/herbal treatments past your doctor of course, but it really works for me. I just mix a dropperful with water and take as needed.

Post # 7
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Pisces:  I had mine done 3 years ago now & it was painful but you sound like your building it up worse than it really is. Just relax, breathe, and all those pain pills sound like you are ready! My DR had an assistant in there with us doing pressure points on my hands & wrists during insertion & it helped distract me a little, you might want to ask about that. 

Is your SO showing up afterwards to drive you home? The last thing I wanted to do afterwards was drive, I just went home and napped on the sofa after all that mental exhaustion (I built it up alot too only to find out it wasn’t as bad as I thought). It’s not reallly pain afterwards so much as it’s a stuffy feeling- almost like when you get a head cold & your sinuses are all stuffy- just like that but in your lady bits… I did cramp a little but it was mostly just that stuffy sick feeling afterwards. Insertion does hurt but it’s really only a few seconds so it’s not so bad! Good luck!

Post # 8
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Its going to be fine! I almost passed out on the table (which is apparently very normal) and was super sweaty but it was fine. Just plan on spending the rest of the day hanging out with a heating pad and some bad tv. 

Post # 11
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I did it about 2 years ago and it was no big deal to me.

It was a little uncomfortable for the insertion and the whole thing was similar to a pap smear. 

I went without my SO and I drove home like normal. A while after you may experience a few period-like cramps but again, it’s not a big deal to me. 

Relax and go get it done.

Post # 14
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

hope it went well for you. i had mine inserted 2.5 years ago and it wasn’t as bad as i expected. it hurt but a few deep breaths and it was over. i took a tylenol before i went.

Post # 15
69 posts
Worker bee

Congrats on the Paragard!  It’s great.  I’ve had mine for 2 1/2 years and I love it.

Post # 16
1233 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Pisces:  Thank you for the update! Sounds like it was a scary situation at first! How are you doing now?

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