Does getting an IUD hurt?

Tiffany - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 44 moms have responded )

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I am thinking about getting an IUD and want to know if it hurts.

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Sarah - posted on 09/18/2011

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Didn't feel it go in at all. Had mild cramping for about a week. Bled off and on for about 3 months but everything's good now.

Chelsy - posted on 01/05/2010

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Quoting Vera:

It really depends on how you tollerate pain, I don't tollerate it well at all and passed out 4 times and went into shock before leaving the Dr's office. Kept it the full 5 years and having it removed wasn't as bad at all it only took seconds and was like everyone else says a pap. I WOULD however rec that you look into the side effects that come with it Nuva Ring may be a better choice. While the IUD was less expensive and worked for me - my sister had gotten a Mirena and found out with in a year after having it placed that she was.... pregnant!



The Nuva Ring SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS!!!!!!! Go for the IUD! Its great!

Anne - posted on 12/21/2009

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when i had mine it was like cramping that goes with your period, but not all cramps are the same, i was told before i got mine that it was like a mild contraction.

Janelle - posted on 09/12/2011

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DO NOT GET MIRENA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nikki is right. 4 years i have been dealing with the effects. it's been gone from my body almost 2 years and i still suffer!

Michelle - posted on 12/21/2009

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Like most commenters already stated there is a little pinch and cramping and bleeding. For me it was no worse that getting an gyn exam. They have to measure your uterus and that probably hurts the most. Since they use a little rod. I've had one for two years now with no problems. I haven't had a period since I've had mine in. I have a Mirena and was supposed to get it in about three years or so ago. You have to take a pregnancy test before you get one put in. I took one and it was positive. So I had to wait for an IUD. I got lazy taking my mini Pill, which as one of the reasons I wanted an IUD, I was just to late. My OB/GYN also has a Mirena. She's on her second one and hasn't had any issues.

There are two main types of IUD. Copper and no copper. One is better if you don't have bad periods and one is better if you have really bad periods. They last anywhere between 5 to 7 years depending on what type. I don't feel mine at all. They are super tiny. Mine has 5 strings that hang down. When I say hang down, I don't mean hanging out of anything, they are tiny. One string falls off each year. You are supposed to check for them periodically, but I haven't yet. I don't feel them at all. When I see my OB/GYN once a year she checks them out.

Talk to your doctor and research online. Everyone is slightly different in how they react to an IUD. If one type doesn't work try another type. Make sure which ones your health insurance will pay for if any IUD.

I love my Mirena. I don't have to worry about forgetting or being to tired of taking the Pill or anything and not getting a period is great. All I have to worry about now is when my 2 yr old gets into my old pads and sticks them everywhere.

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Simone - posted on 09/18/2011

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I really recommend mirena, I have it for 1 year now and had zero side effect. Most of my friends that have it are happy, only 1 had to remove and you will not know until you have it. Good luck!

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I found no pain in the placing of my iud, just a bit of uncomfortable pressure. If there is pain then the dr is doing things too fast. I had the one without birth control drugs. You may feel it the odd time during sex, but it's not painful.

Michelle - posted on 01/03/2010

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I agree, i still get cramping now and then. It only happens when my time of the month would come around.

Abby - posted on 01/03/2010

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i have mirena and did not experience any of the side effects listed.. aside from it's a bit harder to lose weight (or that could be my lack of motivation to exercise!) i would definitely recommend having it placed! if you've had a child then it's like nothing. it's a bit uncomfortable when you're getting it, but you can't tell afterward.. and don't let any guy fool you with the line that 'they can feel it'!

Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2010

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It hurt me with off and on cramping and pinching pains for the first couple of months. I am going into my fifth year and feel that it was all worth it. It was the only birth control that worked for me. No periods for 5 years (occassional spotting) no forgetting a daily pill and I didn't have to worry about being careful. Everyone is different though! Good Luck!

Michelle - posted on 01/03/2010

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i have a 16 month old son born august 30, 2008 I had miranna inserted feb 2, of 09. I have had it for almost a year now and i love it, it hurts alittle bit. I mean your cirvex is pretty sensitive after you have had a child, it just feels like your have mini contractions once it is inserted. Which basically feel like bad cramps i took pain reliever. and your cramps will go away one your cervix gets used to it being there. ( prob about 2 weeks to feel normal again.) I no longer have periodes. I LOVE IT! but with mirana you have to be very careful, you are more prone to infections. i got a yeast infection and really didnt show any signs of infection untill it got worse aand truned into bv which is basically a bacteria infection. I discover the infection with a vagisil screening kit, and called my doctor right away. She then called me in a perscription and i took it for about a week and have been fine since. (Mortal of the story)- Women have actually been hospitalized due to getting serious infections. and the only way something would happen like that is if you dont recieve your pap tests once a year. I dont wanna scare you away from it at all, i honestly love my birth control, and would recommend it to anyone who wants a semi-perminit birthcontrol.

Sophia - posted on 12/21/2009

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Implanon is the thing that goes in your arm. it lasts for 3 years. it has a slow release drug that tells your body not to release an egg, it causes your period to be very irregular, it is different for every person, i had it inserted 09-08 and have had a total of 3 periods since. they numb you before they insert it so no pain at that time but once the "novacain type stuff" wears off it hurt like crazy for 2 days and was tender for another week. after that i cant even feel it really, i can find it in my arm but theres no sentation when i touch it. I would apsolutly recommend Implanon, and i even plan on getting another one after my next child.

Christina - posted on 12/21/2009

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I was expecting much more pain upon insertion when I got it than what actually occurred. Someone told me it felt like when they rub your fundus right after you have given birth but it is nothing like that. I was a little hesitant about not being able to become pregnant again, but I did a ton of research before getting it and it seems the possibilities of getting pregnant again are not any worse than the pill or something. You do bleed for a while, like everyone else has said, but I now barely even get periods (18 months later). My sex drive has not gone down whatsoever, but my acne has gotten insane. I just make sure to wash morning and night and I am straight. I recommend Mirena all the time. I think the benefits far surpass the risks and downfalls.

Dmaxwell0008 - posted on 12/21/2009

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I dont recommend the Mirena! so many bad side effects that you are not warned about, its crazy and i advise against it

Dena - posted on 12/21/2009

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You will probably have some mild cramping, but if you take some motrin before your appointment you should be fine. I have had mine in for 2 years now and I absolutely love it!

Iysha - posted on 12/21/2009

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It didn't hurt at all. After I got mine, I went for a 3 block walk straight from the doctors office to my moms work...I felt sore immediately. lol....and for the next one or two days after. Nothing major =]



After 3 days of having it in, I had my period for 2 1/2 months. I has stopped and now, I get my regular period, just very light...all I need is a lightdays pad...no more tampons =]



I agree with Nikki...do some research and asking about it on here is a great step =] The first month was hard....and the second was just irritating. I actually wanted to have sex, but couldn't because my Fiance refuses to if i am bleeding. lol. so I was irritated that the bleeding hadn't stopped. But, I have not had any other problems since the bleeding regulated. My doctor told me that irregular bleeding in the first 6 months is expected, but i went to get it checked out anyway. Everything was fine and I am glad I got it. My periods don't last long and are super light and I never have to worry about birth control in the sense of having to insert a ring, take a pill, schedule appointments for a shot, or remember to do anything really. I can't feel the string, so I have my Fiance check for me once a month. So I really don't do much. lol.

Jessie - posted on 12/21/2009

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I had the one without hormones (called a copper T) lasts for 10 years. It hurt when he put it in and I had bad cramping for about 2 days. It was fine for the first month and then the next two months I had problems with it. So the doc. took it out. He thinks I might of been allergic to it. Everyone's different and hopefully it works out for you if you get it!!

Tanya - posted on 12/21/2009

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it didn't hurt that much putting it in.. but when they had to take it out (because I got pregnant with it still in place) THAT HURT.

Vera - posted on 12/21/2009

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It really depends on how you tollerate pain, I don't tollerate it well at all and passed out 4 times and went into shock before leaving the Dr's office. Kept it the full 5 years and having it removed wasn't as bad at all it only took seconds and was like everyone else says a pap. I WOULD however rec that you look into the side effects that come with it Nuva Ring may be a better choice. While the IUD was less expensive and worked for me - my sister had gotten a Mirena and found out with in a year after having it placed that she was.... pregnant!

Melissa - posted on 12/21/2009

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I have the mirena. didnt hurt to get put in. bleed for about a month until the doctor told me that taking a month of birth control pills with stop the bleeding and it did within 3 days!!! so ask about that if you bleed too much. other then that, i get some mild cramping here and there but nothing horrible.

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My Mirena hurt like hell going in, but I also have a lot of discomfort during a normal pap. Maybe I'm just sensitive. I liked some things about it - I had a little spotting where my period should have been for a couple of months, and nothing after that. But after about 3 months I had mood problems, weight gain, acne, abdominal pain, pain during sex, and no sex drive. I had it out after 9 months. I lot of people love Mirena, and a lot of people hate it. Just pay attention to what your body tells you if you get one.

Amy - posted on 12/21/2009

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It didnt hurt when I had one but it also didnt work propery as I bled continuesly and had to take the pill aswell, but my cycle has always been dodgy. It depends on the person x

Lynn - posted on 12/21/2009

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I had one placed as soon as I could after my son was born. I have had it for over a year and love it. It did not hurt to place it, nor did I experience any side effects. It is a great alternative to the pill if you have an issue remembering to take it everyday...it also reduced my flow and is basically non-exsistent!!!!! It is a great option if you are young and not sure if you want anymore kids.

Sophia - posted on 12/21/2009

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You should apsolutly do your research first... i was going to get one after my son was born... i was sitting in my doc's office ready to go, and she brought me a permission form to sign that had a clause in it that stated " I understand that there is a 10% Chance of the IUD Causing sterilization" I plan on have 3-4 kids... and i was not okay with any chance of not being able to have more than the one i have now. Instead i went with implanon, and i wont lie to you it hurt like a bitch and i have a tiny scar on my arm where they inserted it and will prolly have another when they take it out, but the peace of mind was well worth it plus i only have a light period every 2-3 months now.

Shawna - posted on 12/21/2009

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Actually no it does not hurt to get an iud, however gives you a lil cramping afterwards thats all nothing tylenol cant take care of!

Jey - posted on 12/21/2009

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An IUD is uncomfortable when being inserted, but no more than a cramp from your period. Once it is in you do bleed heavily for a bit for me it was like two months before the bleeding went down to really light. After it is inserted you do not feel it anymore.

Teresa - posted on 12/21/2009

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I didn't think getting it in was bad, but I cramped for 2 weeks after and I bled because I was preg when they put it in. Never let a doc tell you you can't ovulate before 6 weeks postpartum. I also talked to a specialist (all my kids were preemie) who said there are more cases every year of women getting preg with the IUD in place.

Leslie - posted on 12/21/2009

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Heck ya getting an iud hurts!! but it the pain is over when it's in. I had just had a baby so everything was still tender. I haven't had any problems is over 2yrs.

Alyssa - posted on 12/21/2009

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i got one right after my son was born. getting it put in was a little uncomfortable then i was sore and crampy for a while afterwards. i know the longer you wait after having babies the worse it hurts.. hope that helps! :)

Erin - posted on 12/21/2009

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They put the IUD in the same way or time that they do a pap test. Every woman is different with the pain factor. Talk to your doctor and make sure that they also think that it's best for you. When I had mine put it after my daughter, my first period on it hurt like no tomorrow. The first 3 after it has been out in are worse, but they do get better and lighter. And mine have now stoped. I have the mirena. Don't know if any of this helps

Nicole - posted on 12/21/2009

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I love mine! It was very uncomfortable having it put in and for about 3 days afterwards ( lots of cramping), but after that, i've had no pain or discomfort and the lightest periods of my entire life! I've had no problems with my sex drive or anything, so I definitely recommend it, if it's right for you!

Christina - posted on 12/21/2009

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I had mine put in 2 months after my daughter was born, and I did have mild cramps for the first two days afterward, but it's been over a year and it's the best thing I could have ever done. I don't ever have menstrual cramps, which used to hospitalize me prior to having the IUD - I have Mirena with hormones.

Alina - posted on 12/21/2009

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It does hurt a bit but if you're a Mom you can live through it. I personally got the Mirena IUD in March of this year after being on the pill for years due to irregular periods and heavy bleeding. My doctor told me to continue with the last two months of the pill during April and May to reduce the side effects I would feel. Pros to the IUD I have...5 years 'till I need to change it, not having to remember to take a pill daily, no period, higher libido. Cons....weight gain/bloating around the mid-section (I have worked out hard for the last couple of months just to look like I did before IUD), really, really sensitive nipples for almost an entire month after stopping the pill and cramping for about the same time period. I even considered having it removed due to the discomfort but at this point I am very glad I didn't because the side effects are gone, I don't have to worry about having a period (therefore no PMS) and sex is much better than it used to be too. I hope this helps and good luck with whatever you decide.

Kerrie - posted on 12/21/2009

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I've had Mirena in for 6 months and it was a bit uncomfortable going in- for like 1 minute and I had light cramps for a couple hours after but it has been great so far

Keziah - posted on 12/21/2009

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Not really painful its just a big pinching feeling and then a bit crampy for a few days. Well worth it. I've had it for 4years and no problems. I have the one w/o hormones. It's very conveinent & the one w/o hormones (called a copper T) lasts for 10 years

Teresa - posted on 12/21/2009

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I had the Mirena in for a little over a year and won't get it again. It didn't hurt much getting it put in and I couldn't even feel when they took it out, but I would get random pains in my abdomen and sex would hurt quite often. But on the other hand, I know a couple of people that have it and love it. I guess it's just different for each person, but that's my experience. :)

Amanda - posted on 12/21/2009

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I have had mine for 2 months now and me personaly I love it. When I got it put in i just felt like I was getting a normal pap done. It was a little uncomforitable and a little pressure but nothing bad. They said you can cramp for a little bit but just to take some Ibprofin. I bled for like almost 2 months straight but now that it has stopped I have barely had a peroid. Like the Dr. says everyone is different but he recommended it out of everything. So to answer your question, no i dont think it really hurts getting it put in just more uncomfortiable.

Michelle - posted on 12/21/2009

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not really its just a big pinching feeling thats it but everyone is diff ya know

Morgan - posted on 12/21/2009

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everyone is different, if you experience symptoms that the dr. didn't say would happen give the office a call maybe its not right for you.

Morgan - posted on 12/21/2009

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getting an iud does not hurt at all, I got pregnant on the pill and choose Mirena after my lil girl was born, best thing ever, just a lil pressure and light cramping goes away before you know it and no worse that a period. Good luck!

Jane - posted on 12/21/2009

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I had my 1st one for 7 years, then had it taken out to have another baby & had another one put it. I had the one w/o hormones. I can't lie it is a bit uncomfortable when you get it in & you may have more cramping during your period for some months but it certainly isn't that bad. It's very conveinent & the one w/o hormones (called a copper T) lasts for 10 years.

Nikki - posted on 12/21/2009

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Do your background checks on it. I had the Mirena for 1 month and I had the WORSTTTTTTTTTTT side effects. I would not recommend that to anyone. Not unless you like pain, no sex drive, and bleeding for a month or more straight.

Lynda - posted on 12/21/2009

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Sorry can't help you there! never had one.... Just the thought makes me quinch. Good luck.

Shawna - posted on 12/21/2009

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Actually no it does not hurt to get an iud, however gives you a lil cramping afterwards thats all nothing tylenol cant take care of!

Leslie - posted on 12/21/2009

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Heck ya getting an iud hurts!! but it the pain is over when it's in. I had just had a baby so everything was still tender. I haven't had any problems is over 2yrs.

Morgan - posted on 12/21/2009

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getting an iud does not hurt at all, I got pregnant on the pill and choose Mirena after my lil girl was born, best thing ever, just a lil pressure and light cramping goes away before you know it and no worse that a period. Good luck!

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