Post # 1
I’m getting my Mirena “installed” next Wednesday.
I’ve been told to take 800mg of Ibuprofen about an hour before going in to my appointment, and that I should probably have Fiance take me there and back as it might not be comfortable to drive after, even though I live like 2 miles from the Dr.’s office.
I’ve also been told to make sure the appointment is during my period, which it will be. My question is, should I wear a pad or tampon to the appointment?? I don’t want any awkwardness, and I don’t really know what the doctor will be expecting?? Probably a weird question but I want to make sure I’m not doing anything wrong.
Also, I’ve read horror stories of painful sex afterwards. My wedding is a week and a half after insertion. If it hurts, doesn’t that mean it’s in wrong and I should go have it fixed??
Post # 3
@hopefullbeee: I got my IUD a few months ago. I meant to have it done during my period, but the scheduling didn’t really work out. I would probably just wear whatever you usually do. The doctor left the room so that I could change, and I’m sure there will be a change to go the restroom.
I haven’t heard anything about painful sex, though I have heard that some men can feel strings. My husband never has though. We weren’t having sex when I got my IUD, but that day I felt way too crampy to have considered it anyway. Within a couple of days I was back to normal though. I would say if it hurts more than regular period cramps for more than a few days call your doctor. Also, they’ve probably covered it, but do you have to wait a while to make sure the Mirena has kicked in so to speak (I have a paragard so I don’t know much about that).
I LOVE my IUD, so easy, so convenient, so cost effective. I hope you love yours too!
Post # 4
if youre on your period then wear a pad. sex was not painful at all for me. in fact, i did it later that day. /written on my phone/
Post # 5
Cramps are a side effect of the IUD for a few months anyway, so expect to feel mild ones off and on.
The first couple of days is annoying, but if you take pain meds like advil or something, you’ll be ok. Good luck, and let us know how it goes, or if you have any other questions before having it installed.
Post # 6
Cramps and discomfort afterwards are totally normal and do NOT mean it’s not working. I had discomfort for a couple of months afterwards – it constantly decreased then evnetually went away. It was worth it to get through it because now I’ve had it for a few years and it’s awesome. THe normal stuff you’d do for period cramps help.
I would go to the doctor using whatever it is that you noramlly use, then before you get undressed ask them what you should do. The doc might suggest going to the bathroom to take it out, or might take it out for you (they are doing everything else, why not, right?). Remember to bring a new tampon/pad for afterwards. I can’t recal how this worked with my doctor because it was a few years ago.
Post # 7
I only had cramps for a few hours after I had mine inserted so I wish I would have taken the day off work. Sex hasn’t been painful for me, but at first the strings were to long and it was painful for SO. You will probably have to have a check up appointment between two and three weeks later so if you have any string issues make sure your doctor trims them then!
Post # 8
I’ve had my Mirena for 4 years and I love love love it!! Don’t wear a tampon, that’ll just get in the way. Be prepared for some cramps and discomfort, and as for how long that lasts? I think it’s different for most women.
What I love about my mirena the most is the super light periods (i used to have super heavy ones and now it’s just a few days of spotting), and that it’s lessened my cramps.
Also, it’s cost effective, and you don’t need to try and remember anything!
My Fiance can’t feel the strings either. I think I waited a week before having sex just to be safe, but as long as you feel good then you’re good to go! But if you’re worried, check with your doc.
Post # 9
Like others said, cramping is very normal. I had pretty severe cramps which I would compare to contractions when I had my IUD inserted. They only lasted a day though.
Sex should not be painful when it is in there after a few days. If it is, see your doc!
For my Darling Husband, both times I have had the IUD he could feel the strings, so I went back in to have them trimmed.