Post # 62
OK – I don’t fit the question profile. I have had 3 kids and I’m on my 3rd mirena. #1 and #2 were after kids 2 and 3, respectively. Those insertions really didn’t hurt.
Then I got my third mirena, 5 years after my last childbirth. Holy, $*%&# it HURT! ?The doc even sprayed some numbing spray, supposedly, but I don’t think it helped. Thank goodness for yoga….deep breathing got me through it. I cramped for about 2 days after.
If I ever get another IUD, I will DEMAND A LOCAL.
I love this form of birth control, and I was actually thinking of steering my girls towards this when the time comes (hopefully not for a while!) but after that experience…I’m not so sure. Although, in hindsight, 15 mins of pain is worth it for having no bleeding, no cramps, and not having to worry about a possible 4th kid…
Post # 63
I have the mirena. Absolutely no weight gain with it. The mirena can actually reduce or even stop the bleeding, so no cramps. I’ve heard the copper IUDs (paragaurd) can actually increase cramping.
Post # 64
- Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago
I just got the paraguard IUD inserted, and I’m glad I didn’t look at this board beforehand! I think the Dr.s downplay the pain because 1) it’s kind of hard to describe better and 2) it might scare people away from a worthwhile option. I think a day or two of cramps is a fair trade for 5-10 yrs of non-hormone birth control.
I was told specifically to have the IUD put in while on my period, because the cervix naturally opens a bit. It was painful and accurately crampy, and I thought at one point that I just might throw up on myself, but it’s been an hour and the cramps are already lessening. I was told to take 4 Advil an hour before my appt. I’m back at work wishing I could be in sweats on the couch, but otherwise I’m fine.
Post # 65
I just had a Mirena IUD inserted. I am 22 and have never had a child. I was really nervous about it beforehand because of reading posts on this site, but it wasn’t that bad at all. I took Tylenol and Xanax beforehand. While I was having the IUD inserted I had some pretty uncomfortable cramps and I had bad cramps (worse than I ever get with my period) for about an hour after until I could take some ibuprofen. After that, I’ve just had normal menstrual-like cramps, nothing Advil couldn’t take care of, and no bleeding!
Post # 66
@ME Team: I had mirena before and after having a baby. I didn’t think it was that bad either time.
Post # 67
THANK GOD I opted to not get mirena. I was going to get it inserted a few months ago but decided no after talking to my hubby and we decided he is getting a vasectomy. I’ve read and heard it can be a BIT painful but after reading the majority of your experiences….. I’m so glad I didn’t do it. Ugh!!! the doctor just told me there would be minor cramping after.
I have shivers after reading some of these. A seizure????? Wtf?????
Post # 68
I had both IUDs, and had awful pain each time. When I got my 2nd one in (Paragard), my uterus was so tipped they had to re-sound it like three times, each time more excruciating than the last. Oh my lord it was so bad. My cervix was also clamped tight even with the softening medicine, so they were trying to pry it open. I passed out each time, and even with Vicodin I felt the whole thing. In the end though, it was so worth it (the Paragard at least, LOVED being hormone free).
ETA: I was nulliparous when I got both IUDs.
Post # 69
It hurt like a son of a bitch getting it in that I tensed up a lot. This only made it worse but it felt like I was being stabbed with a knife, so it’s hard NOT to tense up. Every part of the insertion hurt me, but the worst was afterwards when I had to go to the ER because I was unable to stand up without excruciating pain. Apparently, ovarian cysts and IUD insertions do not get along and I had to take it easy for the next couple of weeks so I didn’t make things worse. Other than that, it hasn’t been bad. I’m really not looking forward to having it removed because of how painful it was to put in though. I doubt it’s going to be any better coming out…
Post # 70
- Wedding: April 2018 - SLS Las Vegas
I was in so much pain I threw up off the side of the table! Worst thing EVER! But I’m so happy I did it! No more periods and I don’t have to work about bc!
Post # 71
I have the copper iud, no kids. It wasn’t actually as bad as I was expecting after reading opinions online. I am definitely not looking forward to getting it replaced next year of course but I just made sure to breath deeply and close my eyes. During the placement I held my breath and it seemed fine.
The cramps during my period are what get me now. I had no cramps and light periods before, not so anymore…that is what sucks.
Post # 71
Okay, I just got the Skyla 2 days ago. im a 21 year old virgin. I’m getting married in May. I usually have pretty terrible heavy periods .
I honestly would consider myself a pretty strong person, I’m an athlete and I’m always playing rough and getting injuries etc. going into my appointment, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Just like you, I heard that it hurt a little, but it doesn’t last. They gave me stretchers at my first premarital and pill thats a cervix softener. I didn’t have any problems with the stretchers, that wasn’t painful for me.
so as a preface, there is no such thing as a normally shaped uterus. Mine, unfortunately, is shifted forward so it’s not just a easy slope into my uterus,it’a not a smooth entry, more like a roundabout… Hah so when they measured me, it really really hurt me. Most intense pain I’ve ever felt. I went into shock and had to make the decision to have them follow through with insertion. I decided to go through with it. PAIN. And mine lasted. I threw up two times, my hands and feet were buzzing and I was shaking pretty badly.sweating because of pain.. My poor mother.. She was with me thank goodness. I just couldn’t escape the pain. I wish I was just being dramatic but this was the worst thing I have ever experienced, worse than shattering my knee cap my junior year and lasting through the night without pain killers And all the rehab put together. Worse than that. the doctor wanted to take it out BC she was worried that my body was trying to reject the iud. Severe contractions and cramps. I went to the hospital and they had to do a vaginal ultra sound to make sure it wasnt perforated or shifting. Everything was fine. the contactions had gotten more and more spaced out, but honestly I was in horrible pain for 6 hours. I was exhausted from the pain, I was begging for anything to just make it stop. finally my mom have me a huge pain killer that knocked me out and that smothered the pain, but I could still feel my uterus contracting. I’m now on day 3 of having my iud and I feel like I’m having the worst period of my life. I’m okay though, just lots of clotted spotting, and I feel really weak and tired. hope this doesn’t scare you but I had to share my experience. I’m hoping it will be worth it soon, but experiencing it just a short time ago, I don’t think I could ever go through that again. Not before having a baby at least. if you do choose to do it, which I’ve heard great things about it, make sure you have a HARDCORE painkiller on board, and keep up on it. Hope this helps, hope you have a better experience than mine. Take care.
Post # 72
I’m not trying to scare anyone–I just wish someone had told me. It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life. I was off work for a day and had lingering cramps for over a week. The convenience is great, but I won’t get it in again after its removal.
Post # 73
I recently had Mirena inserted and the experience was far better than expected. I am 22 and have never been pregnant. I took 800mg of ibuprofen about an hour before, my doctor gave me an injection to numb my cervix and I was on my period.
The entire process took less 5 mins, and while I felt a bit of cramping, it was less than what I normally experience during my period. I had it inserted about an hour ago, and I’m experiencing some cramping, but again, nothing worse than normal.
Post # 74
Thank you so much for posting this. I’m scheduled to have my Skyla insterted on Tuesday. The doctor made it seem like it wouldn’t be so bad, but follow up calls from the office have me concerned.
Post # 75
- Wedding: September 2015 - Villa Christina
I got Skyla about a month ago. The pain sucked as bad as I thought it would. I posted a whole thread on it if you want to read about my experience. I almost threw up afterward. But the BAD pain only lasted a short time and the cramps went away after a couple of hours. I am very happy now though, havent had any spotting in between!