Post # 1
Today is insertion day for me and I’m very, very nervous. My best friend says I should stop whining like a child – if a teenaged cervix can take it, so can mine. But she has never had an IUD before so she needs to shut up.
SO promised to come with me, but the clinic wasn’t able to book me in until today and he has a meeting right at that time that he can’t cancel. To be honest, I’m feeling a little resentful because he’s 90% of the reason I’m getting it – he’s terrified of getting me pregnant before we’re ready (seriously, he has a complex) and he has sensation issues so he hates condoms (it’s very hard for him to finish when he uses them).
I’m hoping that the IUD will improve our intimacy a lot because it’ll get rid of the psychological issues he has about getting me pregnant (which he denies having) and it’ll generally feel better for him, without barriers.
But of course, I’ve read all kinds of horror stories about how excruciating it is, so I’m extremely nervous. I’ve taken a muscle relaxant, ibuprofen, and T2 (or it could be T3, I’m not sure). Please keep your fingers crossed for me that it’ll go well!
I was hoping to stay over at SO’s because if I’m writhing in pain all night, I don’t want my mother to see it – I’m not telling her I’m doing this. I have to be okay enough to drive because my car’s getting potentially pricey repairs done today.
UGH, it’s just one of those days!!!
Post # 3
@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!
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@Little_Hedgy: Thank you for the words of comfort!!!
Post # 5
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.
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@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
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 # 9
@cmbr: Thank you so much for the words of comfort and encouragement!!! Makes me feel so much better because my rotten SO isn’t here. >.< Just arrived at the clinic and within a minute a nurse came out to apologize for the delay because “several patients are very unwell.” Also I was told that I was booked for 2:45 but was told when I got here that it’s actually 3:30 and that there’s an hour long delay! :S Oh well.
I feel like I’m part of a sisterhood in this waiting room. I almost want to offer people my T3 and ibuprofen, LOL. Will come back to let you all know how I fared.
Thank you again for offering words of comfort so I don’t feel so alone!!! <3
Post # 10
Sorry, am writing on my phone so things are really wonky, LOL.
And no, the rotten man isnt taking care of me tonight or picking me up or doing anything for me because he has al all-nighter meeting before his business partner leaves on vacation tomorrow. >.<
Post # 11
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 # 13
It was pretty painful. I’m one of the lucky ones with a curved uterus and curved cervical canal to boot, so they had to clamp my uterus twice and it took FIVE TRIES to get it in! The sounding was also quite painful. After the 4th time I really wanted to ask the doctor to just stop, but she went in one more time and it got in. I broke out in cold sweats, got light-headed, and generally felt really crappy for the first 20 minutes or so, but thankfully I wasn’t nauseous.
I could feel every time she tried to put it in – it felt like a terrible sharp pain that would expand, and when the pain went away I’d feel relief, thinking it was in…and then the doctor (who’s very experienced and had a great review on the IUD Divas Livejournal) would apologize and said we’d have to try again. And I remember feeling devastated each time, thinking, “We have to go again?! It’s still not in?!” By attempt #3 I was very upset about SO not being there, because I wanted him to make me feel better and to witness the pain I was going through for us to have a better sex life. I was also really bummed that he couldnt baby me all night like he promised, and I kept sending positive thoughts to my uterus – please take to this well, please dont expel it, please dont have any complications!!!
There was also quite a bit of blood on the sheet and on the floor under the examination table – as well as blood-soaked things in the trash can (sorry, Too Much Information, but the visual was traumatic and I can’t get it out of my head).
The bright side of this stpory is that I’ve been experiencing pretty minimal discomfort afterwawrds. It could be because I’m so loaded on painkillers, but aside from a couple major pain-twinges right after insertion (after the doctor triumphantly declared, “We’re in!” I wanted to go “What? Take it out, it’s still painful! Why does it still hurt? This can’t stay in here!!!”), the twinges went down, morphed into a few burning cramps, and then after I took lots of deep breaths, I felt pretty okay…and have been feeling well enough to drive and walk around quite a bit. I do feel a little odd, some slight weird discomfort, but it’s not bad at all. I also bled a bit initially – like a tbsp or two of blood – but that seems to have slowed down too.
Am hoping everything else gets better from here on out so that we can just enjoy our newly free sex life! 🙂
Post # 14
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
Congrats on the Paragard! It’s great. I’ve had mine for 2 1/2 years and I love it.
Post # 16
@Pisces: Thank you for the update! Sounds like it was a scary situation at first! How are you doing now?