Chronic/intermittent pain on IUD?

posted 12 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
Hostess
1727 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I had a Mirena for around 3 years and after the initial pangs I had for a few weeks after getting it, I never had any pains like you’re describing. It sounds like it’s a good thing you’re getting it checked out! 

Post # 3
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466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I had the Skyla for the full three years and I’ve had Kyleena for almost a year now and haven’t expereinced anything like that. Definitely a good idea to get this checked out, I hope everything’s okay!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I’ve had the smaller version of Merina, called Jaydess for a year and a half. I get more cramping than i did when I was off BC. I dont get periods though and my PMS symptoms are lessened so it’s hard for me to tell if I’m PMSing or not. I have been getting cramps for an hour or 2 every day for the last 10 days… Off BC, I would get 2 days of cramping. Ugh. I was also spotting randomly for a little while. I had my doc check it out and everything is where it should be. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

bluecandy :  Yeah, my cramps seem super random to me but if I tracked it, it may not be totally random. I was concerned about the spotting and she said the skin on my cervix is thin so I bleed much easier & that can be hormone related. I have actaully never been able to feel my strings… my body just doesnt bend that way! My doc said they’re there & fine though. I also have an irrational fear of this IUD affecting my fertility… but I’m trying to not create problems where they dont exist. 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I had pain with the IUD as well! I had the Paragard from March 2016 to January 2017. I had it taken out because of the pain which felt more like pelvic soreness to me. Turned out I developed a complex ovarian cyst. Once they took it out it ruptured and I felt ok so I had it put back in in May and ended up having pain again as well as constant feelings that I had a UTI. I was on and off antibiotics until April this year I had it taken out again by a Urogynecologist once a urologist ruled out any urologic issues. The urogyno said the IUD causes chronic inflammation which is likely why I was having those symptoms. I also developed a cervical polyp while I had it in which I’ve never had before so I was spotting and bleeding during sex so I just had a hysteroscopy with d&c and polypectomy last week. Now it feels like everything is going back to normal. The Paragard was my last resort since I can’t handle hormones so it’s safe to say I’m done with birth control 😑

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

bluecandy :  haha! SO offered to see if he could find them but I didnt really want him to… felt too “unsexy” for me lol. Yeah, mine feel like ovulation cramping too. I have considered having it taken out (its drastically affected my libido) but the no period business is pretty awesome haha. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have had my mirena for 6 years (my OB approved the longer usage) and I definitely have experienced periodic very painful cramping.  Sometimes it is so bad I have to curl up and stop doing whatever I am doing for a few minutes.  It feels like my body is trying to go through a contraction or something.  I have worried about it, by my OB said it is normal and that my IUD is still in the right place.  

Post # 12
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Newbee

I’ve had the same as Jazzylove. My Mirena has been in for almost two years now. The pain comes and it goes. Some months I get it with ovulation and with PMS. Then some months, nothing. Sometimes it is totally random for no discernable reason. It sucks, only thing I know that helps is the hot water bottle or heat pad. Have seen my gyno and the thing is placed properly–but if you haven’t had your gyno check it, it is good that you are doing so. I did have a friend where it had gone through her uterine wall and they only found that when they did the ultrasound. In her case though, the pain was pretty constant. FWIW I gladly trade those days of cramps for no worries about having to refill pills, none of the weight gain and acne that always accompanied pills for me, so I just deal with it.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

bluecandy :  I have never had an IUD but I was going to say it sounds like ovulation pain to me. I would describe the pain I would feel every month as a stabbing pain on whichever side. 

Maybe there is something up with the left ovary?

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

bluecandy :  I had stabbing pain on mirena and had ovarian cysts (this is very common side effect of mirena). It’s weird you bled after checking the strings, maybe there was some blood pooling near your cervix or the strings rubbing on your cervix caused the bleeding. 

If your pain is intermittent and stabbing I would bet on cysts (they will show on ultrasound if you have them). Mine went away on there own but the pain was quite intense when it happened.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

I had one for about six months and couldn’t take it anymore. My Dr kept encouraging me to give it another few weeks to settle (I’d goen on after 1 month, after 3 and again after 4 and she said the same thing every time). Finally I said nope, I’m not putting up with it any longer and I want it the fuck OUT. 

Basically, the “little pinch” she said I’d feel when it was put in ended up being absolutely excruciating (and no, I’m not a wimp), and I had constant sharp pains for the first 3 weeks, followed by increasingly frequent spotting (the last few months it was pretty much constant) and cramps on a daily basis. Sex was at the best of times uncomfortable and at the worst unbearable. I could feel sharp stabbing pains randomly. It was utter hell.

I’m glad IUDs work well for so many women, but I wish that doctors and educators would be more open and honest about the fact that they are not for everyone. When a patient tells you something is unbearable, fucking listen . 

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