I did my first copper IUD when I was 17. Leading up to it includes a history of agonizing and debilitating menstrual cramps, heavy bleeding and 8 day long periods. Had never been pregnant, and they told me to take 1 gram of tylenol an hour before coming in.
Insertion was not memorable, uncomfortable but nowhere near as bad as my cramps. Initially nothing seemed that much worse, slightly heavier bleeding for 5-6 months and so time went on my periods dropped to 5 days in length. Cramps went down a bit with time as well.
Fast forward, I had it in for 13 years and decided to have it removed and replaced. Removal was no biggie. Insertion was again uncomfortable but not what *I* would consider painful. My PA was amused by my commentary during the process.
There was some light cramping and bleeding for the first few days afterwards and it seemed everything was fine until a few weeks later where I would get horrendous, literally drop me to my knees/@$$, nearly pass out from pain on and off. A few times I figured “must be settling”, but it started happening more frequently, I went in for an ultrasound and was told everything looks perfect, but I developed a 103* fever that lasted several days. They put me on antibiotics thinking there might be an infection but ultimately I had it removed at an emergency clinic and there was INSTANT relief from the pain, and that pain has not come back.
Decided to give myself a break and we have only been using condoms the last 6 months. Turns out without my IUD, my periods are 3-4 days, very light, and cramps are virtually nonexistent, which leads me to believe they stayed horrendous because of keeping it in, and at some point during my adult life my uterus stopped hating me but I never knew due to the IUD.
That all said, I am so thankful I did it and would do it again. I am so bummed my second one tried to kill me. My first one was accidentally placed lower than they wanted but worked fine for me, the second one in the “perfect” spot, just not the perfect spot for me. 😉
Now that I know what my body feels like without it, I am not going back. That said, I loved it, no pregnancy scares ever, and I do recommend them in general.
Good luck bee!