My Positive IUD Experience
After my second child was born I knew I didn’t want to have any more kids. Two was a perfect number for our family and my reproductive organs were now closed for business.
During my post-birth doctor’s appointment my doctor recommended Mirena. Everything my doctor said about it was positive. Works for 5 years, maybe 7 years (still being tested if it can last that long), potentially NO MORE PERIODS and you don’t have to worry about taking any kind of pill every day. It all sounded great and I was on board. I scheduled my IUD appointment and went home.
Now maybe it is just my personality but I love looking up how procedures are done and other people’s experiences so I know exactly what is going to be done to me. This turned out to be a bad idea. I did this before I had a root canal too, which was another bad idea. When will I learn?
Every single site I entered was a horror story. It ranged from severe pain to Mirena puncturing through the uterus and getting lost inside people’s bodies. My poor anxious self couldn’t take it and I ended up canceling my appointment, which I later on rescheduled after my husband convinced me it wouldn’t be so bad. What does he know though, right?
Needless to say I drove to my new appointment shaking and terrified. All I could think about was how much pain this was going to be and how I was crazy for letting this happen. All of those online horror stories put fear into me and I couldn’t shake it.
As I layed on the table, the doctor talked me through the entire process as she was doing it. She could tell I was nervous so she kept cracking jokes to help me lighten up. It didn’t work, but it was a nice gesture nonetheless. Then the moment came where she inserted the IUD. I held my breath waiting for the intense pain everyone said I would have…and….NOTHING. I felt absolutely no pain at all. It was as easy as that. I was so relieved and also very angry at myself to getting so worked up over nothing.
Here’s the breakdown on how it all
- Make sure to take 600 to 8800 mg of Ibuprofen about an hour before you arrive. I actually took mine while in the waiting room because we all know it takes forever for the doctor to actually see you.
- The doctor will then use the spectrum (just like a pap smear) to open you up. Lovely right?
- The doctor then wipes your cervix with an antiseptic solution. FYI, this felt incredibly weird, but it didn’t hurt at all.
- She then used a measuring tool to measure my cervix depth. This was the only time I felt a slight pinch, which I think was from the clamps she used to hold my cervix in place. The pinch only lasted half a second. I’d label it as more uncomfortable than it was painful.
- Last but not least, she inserted the IUD and that was that! All worried for nothing.
- Afterwards expect bleeding/spotting for a few weeks. I spotted for about a month before it went away completely. If you think your bleeding is abnormal then check with your doctor.
I have had my IUD now for just over a year and I have not had any complications at all. I also have not had a period since. WOOHOO! So if you are thinking about getting an IUD take it from me, DO NOT read online horror stories. People tend to share the negative things in their life more than the positive. So I am here to give you a glimmer of hope that it really is not as bad as it seems.
Obviously every situation is different, but please understand that not every IUD procedure is going to be miserable. Just for the record, those who had a bad experience usually say the IUD was still worth it in the end.