Post # 1
After about a year of debating and researching, I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and get an IUD. I’m an obsessive researcher, so although I feel very well informed and comfortable in my decision, I am nervous! I’m planning on getting the Mirena, and I’m so looking forward to not having to take the pill every single day, but I am nervous about the pain, and about being able to resume my regular activities that week. My appointment is on Monday, which should be the day after my period starts. I’ll be able to go home afterwards and rest for the rest of the day, but the next day I’ll have classes, wihch involves an hefty hike uphill to get to the building my class is in. I was told to take 800mg of ibuprofen before my appt, and that’s it. I’m debating taking a bit more than 800mg, but I’m not sure if it will make much difference. I’ve been joking about hitting a Mexican restaurant for happy hour margaritas beforehand, but I won’t actually do that! Any advice or words of wisdom or positive IUD experiences, fellow bees?
Post # 3
You’ll most likely be A-ok!
I’ve had 2 IUD’s now (one pre-baby and one post-baby).
The first one, I did have dizzy-ness and cramping for the rest of the day, along with a couple days of spotting. I was completely fine to resume my regular acitvities by the next day though, and most women are.
Hope the insertion is as painless as possible and that you have a positive experience like me 🙂 Just make sure you take your ibuprofin before hand, and take it easy, especially for the first half-hour after (I must have had a drop in bloodpressure, because about 15 minutes after insertion, I suddenly got nauseaus and dizzy).
Post # 4
@Pepperwoodsy: Hey Pepperwoodsy! I got a Paragard (copper) IUD inserted last spring, so I can’t tell you long-term experience with the Mirena, but I think insertion should be relatively the same.
Mine was really easy, actually. I was on day 3 of my period, and I think I took 600 or 800 mg ibuprofen beforehand. There is definitely an uncomfortable part, but that didn’t last more than 30 seconds for me. Afterwards, I personally had about 30 minutes of light/medium cramping (nothing too severe), and then the pain just disappeared completely. I was able to resume my normal activities and didn’t have any more pain associated with insertion of the IUD.
Personally, I would take the 800 mg before the appointment (with food) and then evaluate whether to take more later. Oh, and if I were you I’d make sure to have a hot water bottle or one of those gel packs you can heat up just in case you do experience cramping. In my personal experience, heating the area (in combination with a moderate dose of painkillers) was more effective than just taking a huge amount of painkillers when I did get cramping related to the IUD.
I hope your insertion goes as easily as mine did! Good luck!
Post # 5
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you’ll be fine! It’s not great but it’s not the worst thing ever. Definitely do the 800 mg and then keep taking it for a couple days. I’ve had my paraguard for 3 years and it was so so worth it!
Post # 6
I went grocery shopping immediately after insertion. I had mild menstrual-like cramps for the rest of the day. I did not take ibuprofen beforehand, but I would recommend it. The insertion itself isn’t fun, but it is literally less than a minute and will be over before you know it.
ETA: You are going to love it. I think it’s the absolute best form of birth control, and I will never, ever, ever go back to the pill.
Post # 7
I think you meant to reply to @Pepperwoodsy
, because I already have an IUD, but I feel special being tagged. 😉
Post # 8
I got the Mirena a year and a half ago. I actually got it in the same day they put my braces on. I took 500mg of ibuprofin twice a day and was fine for both. Though I should warn you getting it put in feels exactly like getting kicked in the ovaries. I felt sore and cramped for a couple weeks but stopped having a period a couple months afterwards which was awesome. I reccomend it to everyone though, it’s the best bc out there. Good luck!
Post # 9
I had mine put in a little over a year ago. While the day of insertion I did have pretty severe cramping, I was more than able to resume to normal activities the next day. That one day of uncomfortable pain was definitely worth these period free months (aside from the occasional spotting). I love that I don’t have to remember to take a pill daily. It is the best BC for sure.
Post # 10
@Pepperwoodsy: If you are worried about the pain, ask them to put some lidocain on your cervix. It should numb it a little bit. Stilll hurt like a MF (for like 30sec-1min), but totally worth it.
Post # 11
@Pepperwoodsy: I’m getting one in January- the Skyla. I’m super nervous too! You’ll have to come and update us on how it goes. I’m sure it will be OK!
Post # 12
@Pepperwoodsy: Every woman is different. Although my insertion story was full of pain, I’d still reccommend the mirena , but try to insist on numbing medicine for your cervix.
I missed the window with my period, but did it really closely. For me, it was beyond painful, my cervix bled from being pried apart. I almost passed out so they made me eat crackers and drink juice. For the first day I had horrible, constant pain.
Once it was healed, it was amazing. It occasionally poked my partner, but the strings softened up a lot within the first few months. I am a little bit of a worrier and would check the strings often and noticed that in different times of the month the strings were almost non-existent.
The only negative: occassionally, you’ll get such horrible cramps you loose your breath for slight second… I guess this is because occassionally it resettles? I am sure some women never expereince it, but all of the women I know who have one have had these instances.
Otherwise, the reason I had mine taken out was because it was suggested that the low amount of hormones I was receiving since switching to Mirena was the reason why I started getting ovarian cysts. Although, they haven’t totally gone away with my new birth control and I kind of miss the IUD.
Best of luck!
Post # 13
I had Mirena for 5 years – insertion was no fun, but it was great not having to worry about BC for the life of the IUD!!! I’d get another one, but DH and I are going to TTC soon, so it wasn’t in the cards.
Post # 14
Thanks you guys! I think I just needed some reassurence from other women who have gone through the same experience. I’m not normally concerned with pain (lucky to have a high pain tolerance!), but my sister (who had a horrible experience and low pain tolerance) told me about her insertion (and her expulsion) and she freaked me out! I will make sure to bring some juice in case I get dizzy (low blood pressure, I always get dizzy), and I’ll buy some of those stick on heating pads.
Yaaay for bees with braces! I got mine on last March! It’s nice to know I’m not the only adult in braces. Getting braces on and an IUD in the same day must have been a doozy!
I will update for sure! Reading about other people’s experiences was so helpful for me when I was making the decision to get an IUD, so I’d like to pay it forward.
Post # 16
posting to follow! I am getting mirena placed the middle of dec, I’m interesed to know how it goes for you!