IUD: Day 1 of Hell (and how to avoid it)

[Disclaimer] This post discusses women’s reproductive health. If you have a problem with that, or think periods are “gross” or that any of this is “TMI”, please kindly go love yourself elsewhere. Also, I am not a doctor and this has only been my experience. 

I had been on the birth control pill for 7 years (Yasmin for 5 years, Mirvala for 2). It worked great for me! I was a teenager with horrible acne, irregular periods, heavy bleeding and severe cramps. Going on the pill really helped to stabilize everything and make my life a little easier. My acne disappeared, I was able to regulate my period and cramps became much less painful. But I started to think 7 years on the pill was more than enough and it was time for a change. I talked to my doctor and she suggested switching to Mirena which was something I was considering myself after doing some research. I had a couple friends who also had either switched to Mirena (the hormone IUD) or the copper IUD and loved it! So I decided to give it a go. Nobody had told me about immediate side effects after getting an IUD inserted….

The procedure itself was easy. Just like a routine pap-smear with a little bit of discomfort. To be honest, it really just felt like an intense period cramp that slowly starts to disappear within minutes. After, I was guided to a bed to rest for 10 minutes to ensure there were no complications and it was there that I began to take a turn for the worst. The cramping lingered and apparently (so the nurse told me) there is a nerve down in your cervix that controls nausea and sweating. Within minutes, I was in the most pain I had ever been in in my entire life. I was in so much pain that I began vomiting and literally became delusional. It got to the point where the doctor had to come out and literally give me injections of morphine. After that, I was clearly knocked out for the rest of the day.

I woke up the next morning feeling completely fine. No cramping, no pain, no nausea. It’s strange how I had such an intense reaction to such a simple procedure and can wake up the next day as if nothing had happened. It has almost been a week now everything has been good!

Well, I clearly did some research after I thought I was going to die from getting an IUD and apparently this type of reaction is not uncommon. Especially for women who experience severe cramping normally. It’s strange how a birth control method meant to alleviate cramps can initially create such horrible ones.

Here is some advise to anyone getting an IUD: 

  1. Ask your doctor about freezing! This is apparently something you can get done, and women were getting done at the clinic I went to. This service was not ever offered to me, but was available, so be sure to ask your doctor! There was a girl in the bed next to me who had freezing done and was in MUCH less pain than me. Her friend was there too and said she had an IUD inserted without freezing and was in a similar position as me. Don’t let yourself suffer if you don’t have to!
  2. Take a couple Advil before you go. Seriously. The nurses tired to give me oral pain killers at first but because I was so nauseous, couldn’t keep them down! Taking a couple Advil before hand will help with the cramping and prevent you from getting needles like me.
  3. Take somebody with you! My doctor described this procedure to me as if it were as easy as picking up your mail. You go, they pop it in, you leave. So I went alone which was a huge mistake. I ended up having to call my boyfriend and then had to leave my car at the clinic. Just take somebody with you… you never know what kind of reaction you may have. Plus it’s always nice having someone there with you.

Despite this horrible initial reaction, I have been quite happy so far. It has been really nice not having to worry about taking a pill everyday and I’m excited to see how my period lightens over the next couple months.

I will post an update in around 3 months and then 6 months to let you know how things are going! It will also be interesting to see how I respond to coming off the pill after being on for so long.

Feel free to comment below or email me with any questions you may have! I’d be very happy to answer any and continue this conversation.

6 thoughts on “IUD: Day 1 of Hell (and how to avoid it)

  1. OMG! I KNOW THAT FEEL! I was on the pill for years and hated the hormones which led me to the Copper IUD! Insertion was hell and the cramps lasted for about a week, now almost a year later, all I can say is, when I get pre-period cramps it is the worst pain and all I can think off is I want this out, but during the month it is the best thing ever. Also I used to have 3 day periods now they linger longer. HAVE THE BEST OF LUCK! And I hope your experience is way better than mine:)

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    1. So far things have been much better for me! Thankfully I got Mirena which has a very low dose of hormones so my cramps have been very mild this cycle.

      I have two friends who have also gotten the copper and had a similar experience to you. One actually had hers removed because she couldn’t handle it. My friends who have Mirena have reported no problems though! I’m hoping it continues to be the same for me and the only hurdle was the insertion.

      Thanks for the comment!

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      1. Lucky you! I might try the Mirena next. Ya, that insertion part was a bitch, I was lucky I had my husband(then bf) with me. I told him that if childbirth is more painful than this, I am never having kids. haha

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