An IUD Insertion Story

An IUD Insertion Story

aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Yesterday I got my Paragard IUD inserted. It was a day I'd been waiting over a year to experience.

My local Planned Parenthood has been a part of my uterus' life for a while now. I'd been weighing IUD as an option and researching, cold footing it, then researching some more for quite some time. I finally decided to go ahead and go through with it. A few weeks later and I had my appointment.

Scatterbrained/ anti-medicine me half forgot, half intentionally dismissed going to the pharmacy to get the prescription that was meant to be taken before the insertion. Its purpose was softening the tissues of my cervix. I'd read up on many stories of IUD patients, watched the insertion video, and felt I could probably tough it out. I was stupid. Still, today not much worse for the wear.

The procedure seemed so incredibly simple when I watched it on Paragard's website that I figured if I weren't so squeamish and anti-Stretch Armstrong-y I could do it myself. As it were, however, a doctor and nurse I had seen several times before at PP came to assist me. I was nervous and excited, thinking wishfully of the peace of mind that would come with this.

My doctor tsked tsked me when she found out I hadn't taken my prescription. As a result she had to use 4! instruments to dilate and open my cervix, more than she normally uses by far, she said. It was uncomfortable to a point, then the nurse started chanting in her own well-meaning way 'Crampy crampy!'

I was lying on the table, legs spread, gabbing and joking in my defensive way, trying to focus on anything but the pain. At some point it got so intense I stopped joking and started breathing like a woman in labor. The pain was pretty nuts. Other than simply hurting was the feeling that a part of me that was not supposed to be touched was being touched. Like someone had opened up my skull and started poking a bare finger in my brain tissue. Don't touch me there!

One jab made me whistle, and I was sweating. Then again, I have hyperhydrosis, so I pretty much always sweat. I was sweating alot though.

Five minutes start to finish and it was over. I was instructed to place my feet on the table and lie there for a minute. The ladies hovered over me on either side, doting, encouraging, telling me how tough I was, and how well I took it. I felt pain, relief to have the instruments now out of me, and kind of like a badass. I told the doctor I knew how tough I was, and that she was welcome to write 'Badass' on my chart for future reference.

She brought me a Hi-C juice drink, as I'd not eaten yet that day. It tasted great, and I sucked it down fast. I was standing and watching the sky through the blinds in the room, marveling at the blue and the clouds, proud of myself, feeling nothing more than minor cramps at this point. I was happy.

I beamed at my doctor, and the nurse on my way out, congratulating them for doing their good deed for the day. I felt pretty good.

I went home and used the bathroom, which was the first urge I had as soon as the procedure ended. I was shocked and a little scared to see I was bleeding, and found a lump of what appeared to be vaginal wall tissue floating in my toity. I called Planned Parenthood and they told me this was normal. I blanched for a second at not being told this before I left, yet felt comforted to know they hadn't simply dislodged part of my insides that were now leaking out of my flowerpot.

Five minutes later and the cramps hit. I've never understood before the cries of female friends who cannot move for days when their period starts. My cramps are never more than mild for the first day. Now I know. Yes, now I know.

I couldn't move. A pain that seemed my body's way of saying something was really wrong racked my body in waves, punctuated by sharp jabs of pain. I imagined my body flummoxed by the intrusion of this copper invader, desperately pulsating in an attempt to expel it. I didn't want it to expel this $222 object, but if it rejected it, so be it. I just wanted to try this thing out. I knew alot of people have problems with theirs and knew the risks going in, but it seemed too good an offer to pass up.

I was told not to have sex for a week, but my ex boyfriend came over to comfort me, and I couldn't help it. He couldn't feel the strings, and we had a nice gentle play session. It was lovely. Technically, he could've come in me without pregnancy even at this point, but the recommended wait time is at least a day. He didn't come in me, still it was good to know that I had my little life-raft tucked inside me, painful as it was.

The pain continued off and on in such intensity that at certain points I cried actual tears - something that rarely happens from pain, for me. I had to call in to work, as the pain was preventing me from being able to speak at times; it caught my breath so.
I took a Loretab graciously provided by a beautiful friend, and a couple hours later was right as rain.

Today is the first day I can enjoy it. I can't feel it at all but know that that little copper-covered 'T' is there, my insurance policy, my safety net.

I feel independent, I feel free, I feel I've taken charge of my body. It feels damn good.


*What are your experiences with IUD's? Feel free to share.*
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I've never heard of them before this post.
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I'm contemplating getting one.
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I know someone who got one and had a bad experience with it.
20
I know someone who got one and loved it.
17
I have one myself and love it.
18
I have/had one myself and do not like it.
3
I had one and loved it but it removed for a reason I'll explain below.
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Pixel Pixel
I have a Mirena, and it is still good for three more years. I adore it. My periods were hellish (cramps that left me curled in a ball and sobbing from the pain, bleeding enough that I had to change my pad hourly), and now I don't have them or cramps anymore. I'll suck up the out of pocket fees in a second to get a new one put in when this one is finished.

I'm sorry your insertion left you feeling so sore! Mine wasn't fun either.
03/20/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by Pixel
I have a Mirena, and it is still good for three more years. I adore it. My periods were hellish (cramps that left me curled in a ball and sobbing from the pain, bleeding enough that I had to change my pad hourly), and now I don't have them or ...
yeah, it definitely was an experience... but a few hours of pain is worth not having an unwanted pregnancy anyday!!!
03/20/2012
corsetsaurus rex corsetsaurus rex
I got my own about three weeks ago. Thanks to a back-tilted uterus and some other factors insertion and the week after were scary-painful, and I just stopped bleeding from it four days ago (despite the fact insertion was on the last day of my period).

That being said, even with the cramping, I feel 100% better. About a week after I got my paragard "installed" I stopped taking the hormonal BC I'd been on for the last five years, and just like that a million little amazing things started happening.

Most importantly from a health perspective, my blood pressure has dropped, and I never thought that was something you can *feel*, but I guess I was wrong...the chronic headaches that had become a fact of daily life over the past year or so are just gone, and my sex-drive went back to its pre-progesterone ridiculousness, which actually makes sex itself more amazing (hooray!). Also my mood is better - I'm less mood-swingy and more stable in general, and that's nice as well. And most importantly to me (my health be damned!) I feel happy that my body is not my enemy any more. It always felt like the thing was sneakily trying to get me knocked up, what with the wanting sex and forgetting pills and all, but now after its initial kick of issues with the IUD I feel like we've come to a suitable arrangement for us both. It's nice to feel at home in one's own skin ^_^.

It's good to hear that I'm not the only one that didn't make the one week rule; I got to day two. It's better to have sexy time with a bit of pain than no sexy time at all! Also I'm not the only one that called out from work - I tried going the day after and made it two hours until a co-worker bodily ran into me and I ended up on the floor clutching my abdomen. I felt like such a wuss!

Not that it's information I'll need for the next ten years, but I'd like to know what your doctor prescribed (Alice) as a cervical relaxant, as mine never gave me the option, and just went the "we will pry you open with instruments" route, which needless to say left me labor-breathing and crying at the same time, clutching an orderlie's hand (speaking of feeling like a wuss). Since I've never had a kid, the option to use something else to open that thing up would have been nice =P.

Sorry about the wall-o-text, but I have never actually known anyone else that got this thing, and it's nice to see that some of our experiences were not entirely unique. Thanks for the post Alice!
03/20/2012
NurseKitty NurseKitty
Thanks for sharing ladies! I have been on Depoprovera for a number of years now and the hubby and I have decided that we will be a childless family. I asked my Doc about the best options for long term birth control that is non hormonal since I am getting into an age bracket that makes my complication risks higher and he recommended an IUD.

I am very hesitant because I know a number of people who have had very bad experiences with IUD's it's nice to get some honest perspectives here!
03/20/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by corsetsaurus rex
I got my own about three weeks ago. Thanks to a back-tilted uterus and some other factors insertion and the week after were scary-painful, and I just stopped bleeding from it four days ago (despite the fact insertion was on the last day of my ...
aw. your avatar AND your words are cute!



don't feel like a wuss - this was a pretty freaking intense experience! i'm known for my high pain tolerance, and it had me squirting tears of shock from the pain.

i've been hit by a car at full speed while on my bike (on a major roadway, car going about 40 mph) and had my back broken, stitches etc... and this just about as bad, though a much shorter healing period!


it started was Cytotec that i was prescribed.

and my spotting stopped after the second or third trip to the bathroom. it was very light after the initial mucus-lining drop glob. ew.
i seriously thought my insides were falling out.


i appreciate your wall o text and all your sharing! and so glad to hear you're loving your new skin.
03/20/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by corsetsaurus rex
I got my own about three weeks ago. Thanks to a back-tilted uterus and some other factors insertion and the week after were scary-painful, and I just stopped bleeding from it four days ago (despite the fact insertion was on the last day of my ...
aw. your avatar AND your words are cute!



don't feel like a wuss - this was a pretty freaking intense experience! i'm known for my high pain tolerance, and it had me squirting tears of shock from the pain.

i've been hit by a car at full speed while on my bike (on a major roadway, car going about 40 mph) and had my back broken, stitches etc... and this just about as bad, though a much shorter healing period!


it started was Cytotec that i was prescribed.

and my spotting stopped after the second or third trip to the bathroom. it was very light after the initial mucus-lining drop glob. ew.
i seriously thought my insides were falling out.


i appreciate your wall o text and all your sharing! and so glad to hear you're loving your new skin.
03/20/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by NurseKitty
Thanks for sharing ladies! I have been on Depoprovera for a number of years now and the hubby and I have decided that we will be a childless family. I asked my Doc about the best options for long term birth control that is non hormonal since I am ...
you're very, very welcome.

i considered getting tubes tied but this is much less invasive and cheaper! if i need potentially about 2 insertions in my lifetime (10 years with each, leaving me protected till age 46 and menopause, etc.) that's only $444 for birth control, for the rest of my life.

thats pretty sweet.


i was hesitant for a while due to the horror stories i'd read, but i've also read happy stories too. if you can get it at a good price like i did, even without insurance (i was without insurance) i recommend at least trying it. if it doesn't work out, ok, but at least you know you tried.
03/20/2012
Kayla Kayla
I love your story.

When I got my IUD, I totally screamed. No joke. It hurt like ridiculous. The cramps were so much worse though. When I got home, I curled into a little ball and laid there for hours.

My period cramps are a little worse now, but for 10-12 years of protection? I'd definitely do it again.

(And it's supposed to be much less intense on women who have had children.)
03/20/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by Kayla
I love your story.

When I got my IUD, I totally screamed. No joke. It hurt like ridiculous. The cramps were so much worse though. When I got home, I curled into a little ball and laid there for hours.

My period cramps are a little ...
thanks for the props on my story, kayla! gah, screaming during the procedure! fuck!! i'm so sorry it hurt you so bad!

glad you enjoy it now, always good to hear a success story amidst all the FAIL stories that are out there regarding IUDs.

03/20/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
First of all, it's comforting to know of someone else who has hyperhidrosis. I get so ashamed and embarrassed about it at times. I will sweat for no reason and it wouldn't be so bad except it happens on my scalp and face. I've become SO self-conscious about it.

I plan on possibly getting an IUD after I have my first child but now I'm not so sure. If safe, I may just go back on the pill.

My friend got one and had horrible stomach pain/cramping. She said she bled for a month straight and a little longer when she first got it. She said in the beginning sex was painful (first few weeks) and she said hers slipped and she had to go back and have it adjusted.

Just reading your story makes me squeeze my muscles down there! WOW. Ouch! I'd no doubt be crying/screaming. I don't even like having the speculum inserted, that alone hurts me enough and makes me uncomfortable!

I would have freaked at the bathroom incident too. I had to have precancerous cells removed from my cervix in high school and I don't know what happened but the night I got home the bleeding let up and I felt like I had to pee, I went and just heard a 'plop'(gross, I know). I thought I was dying or something. I was pushing out these HUGE blood clots but was told it was okay nothing to freak about and to come back in the next day and they would fix me up right. Scary.
03/20/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
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Originally posted by Zombirella
First of all, it's comforting to know of someone else who has hyperhidrosis. I get so ashamed and embarrassed about it at times. I will sweat for no reason and it wouldn't be so bad except it happens on my scalp and face. I've become SO ...
i've had hyperhidrosis since age 7. it started in my feet, moved to hands around age 11, then armpits at age 15, and is now on my upper lip and crotch. sooooo sexy.


as an adolescent it was terrifyingly embarrassing. i went to the doc, got pills, discussed botox as treatment, joined yahoo groups for support, etc. nowadays i let it go. i wear socks alot, and recently switched to the possibly-cancer-induci ng antiperspirant i'd been avoiding all winter. in winter it's okay because i'm not so hot, and i use herbal methods such as tea tree oil and/or salt crystals on my armpits.


it's kind of a hassle, but* i've had many a lover say they fondly think of my sweating hands and feet. they think it's special. so whatever! it makes handjobs easier when i've already got slick hands.



anywho. it's totally safe to get an IUD before having a child. you should read more about it. there are several untrue rumors about IUDs going around, one of which is that it's unsafe to have before having a kid.

good luck with your journey! thanks for responding.
03/20/2012
corsetsaurus rex corsetsaurus rex
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
aw. your avatar AND your words are cute!



don't feel like a wuss - this was a pretty freaking intense experience! i'm known for my high pain tolerance, and it had me squirting tears of shock from the pain.

i've been ...
EXACTLY! I'm not exactly a fragile, squishy shut-in myself. I've broken several large bones, and for years my favorite hobbies (martial arts, a mix bag, not that anyone's too interested =P) have involved dealing with some measure of pain on a daily basis for funsies (and inflicting some, of course, but I do try to be nice to my partners: it's better all around if they come back the next day).

That being said I can say with some authority that I would much rather be kicked in the sternum by a 300lb dude than do that again if it would provide the same anti-baby benefits. Hell, I might actually do a broken rib again (although that one comes closer to needing to be thought about first).

It's sooo good to know that it's not just my uterus being extra-sensitive-squish y to make up for the rest of my pain tolerance, or something equally silly. You, my friend, get a gratitude e-hug.
03/20/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by corsetsaurus rex
EXACTLY! I'm not exactly a fragile, squishy shut-in myself. I've broken several large bones, and for years my favorite hobbies (martial arts, a mix bag, not that anyone's too interested =P) have involved dealing with some measure of pain ...
thank you!!! can i get one from your doggy too? *bats eyelashes and promises not to use vampire teeth*
03/20/2012
corsetsaurus rex corsetsaurus rex
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
thank you!!! can i get one from your doggy too? *bats eyelashes and promises not to use vampire teeth*
*tenative-I-am-watchin g-every-move-puppy-hug s*
03/20/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by corsetsaurus rex
*tenative-I-am-watchin g-every-move-puppy-hug s*
lmao.

03/20/2012
js250 js250
Glad to hear you are feeling better. I had a full hysterectomy at 21 due to endometriosis so I never had to really worry about the whole birth control issue.
03/21/2012
LavenderSkies LavenderSkies
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
Yesterday I got my Paragard IUD inserted. It was a day I'd been waiting over a year to experience.

My local Planned Parenthood has been a part of my uterus' life for a while now. I'd been weighing IUD as an option and researching, ...
I've heard many bad experiences with it.
03/21/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
Glad to hear you are feeling better. I had a full hysterectomy at 21 due to endometriosis so I never had to really worry about the whole birth control issue.
oh damn. i'm sorry about that - but at least you don't have to worry about that anymore!
03/22/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
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Originally posted by LavenderSkies
I've heard many bad experiences with it.
so had i, which was what kept me so hesitant about it. the more i researched though, the more positive stories i found. i found they were pretty 50/50. i figured i had naught to lose just trying it out. i'm glad i did.
03/22/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
I've considered it, but I'm actually leaning more towards birth control pills or the Nuva ring when I have my baby.
03/22/2012
funluvinmama funluvinmama
I have mirena, I got it after my son was born. I had little cramping on insertion. After the 5 years, I got it removed and a new one put in. This is where I had the most cramping, but nothing a ibuprofen couldn't fix. I love having it.
03/22/2012
Silverdrop Silverdrop
I had one for about 6 or 8 months. It hurt a lot when I got it, though not to the extent you seem to have had. And I cramped and bled.

I'd expected that, so it was okay.

Except the bleeding never stopped. Instead of having a period, my uterus just seemed to constantly shed a bit of lining every day. They told me to give it a month or two. Then when that passed, they had me try resetting my body with birth control pills for a few months. And when that didn't work, I told them to just get it out. It was never a lot of blood, but it was continuous, and I was SICK of it.

The good news is that if you do need it removed for any reason, it doesn't hurt at all on the way out.

The other good news is that my reaction is apparently fairly rare, and the IUD is an excellent method of birth control for most women. Just didn't work out for me.
03/22/2012
mama2007 mama2007
Quote:
Originally posted by Pixel
I have a Mirena, and it is still good for three more years. I adore it. My periods were hellish (cramps that left me curled in a ball and sobbing from the pain, bleeding enough that I had to change my pad hourly), and now I don't have them or ...
that sounds horrible. i cannot stand PP.

I had discomfort but not bad cramps. slight spotting but nothing much. i had mine a yr and found out u can be infertile from iud so i got it out a yr later and got on pill i am on now
03/22/2012
Jaimes Jaimes
I got mine over a year ago and I LOVE it. Yes, it was super painful to get inserted, but my doc was very perceptive, and saw I just wanted her to move on past the pain, so she had me in and out in five minutes. But it felt alot like being skewered.

I had a little spotting, but it's been a year since I've had a cycle. I even got to skip over the three months of hell they warned me about. Beware, your cramps and cycles might suck balls for a while, but it's worth it. I LOVE THIS THING. No babies, no pills, no extra cost every month. Rock on.
03/22/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
I am so sorry you were in so much pain, honey.

The doc at PP should have given you a small amount of Lortab / Vicodin / Vicoprofen when you left the clinic, or given you some to have at home so you wouldn't have to stop on your way home.

I am assuming the pain has lessened now? I hope so.

It does feel good to know you are protected from an unintended outcome.

I don't have one and never have. I have endometriosis and a history of heavy periods, so this wasn't an option for me.

I hope it stays in, gives you no more trouble and does what it is supposed to. I have friends and cousins who have IUDs and they all love them.

Congrats!
03/22/2012
Do emu Do emu
Oooh congratulations girl! I just went in today for my screening. Planning on getting mine inserted next week when the big P comes. I'm terrified for the process and agonizing cramps, but it's soooo worth it.
03/23/2012
dragonn dragonn
Thanks for sharing your stories! I'm contemplating getting an IUD and am still learning and researching. These personal stories are definitely enlightening.
03/24/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by Silverdrop
I had one for about 6 or 8 months. It hurt a lot when I got it, though not to the extent you seem to have had. And I cramped and bled.

I'd expected that, so it was okay.

Except the bleeding never stopped. Instead of having a period, ...
ooh, i hope that doesnt happen here. i've been bleeding a smidge since monday, and will occasionally get breath-taking cramps, but only a few times a day.

sorry it didnt work for you! thank you for sharing with us.
03/25/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by mama2007
that sounds horrible. i cannot stand PP.

I had discomfort but not bad cramps. slight spotting but nothing much. i had mine a yr and found out u can be infertile from iud so i got it out a yr later and got on pill i am on now
where did you read that infertility is a side effect? i've read that it's a rumor but is not founded in actual research or results. i'd like to hear more if you have more info! thanks!
03/25/2012
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