How Painful is an IUD?
If you don't know, an IUD is a small T-shaped plastic/copper piece that is inserted into your cervix to prevent pregnancy. It is known for being the most effective birth control method because you do not have to do anything to maintain it. I have been on birth control pills since I was 14/15 but have never really enjoyed taking the pills or the side effects of the pills, such as acne and weight gain. Also, if you miss a pill, you can risk pregnancy and I usually get my period every time I miss a pill. The IUD completely eliminates that, and IUDs usually have a lower hormone dosage, or none at all, and do not involve those side effects.
The IUD I got put in was called the Kyleena. It was 100% covered by my insurance and will last five years unless I choose to have it taken out before then (which will NOT be the case). I originally wanted the completely non-hormonal copper IUD, but it is known to make periods very painful, where as Kyleena can completely eliminate your period. I also was told to go with the Kyleena because it is smaller and works better with my specific body and issues that can be discussed in an entirely different post.
I thought I was prepared for the pain I was going to feel during this procedure. I thought I was going to know what it would feel like, however, I was horribly mistaken. It was a pain that only John Mulaney could ever understand (please watch New in Town on Netflix if you do not get my reference).
|Screen cap made by yours truly bc literally none of these exist, apparently.|
It was after the procedure that was almost worse. Immediately after, while I was still at the doctor, I wasn't able to sit up (and they recommend that you don't right away) and felt like I was going to puke. I was able to leave the office after sitting for about ten minutes. I had a long talk with the woman who did the procedure about some things that I would actually like to make another separate post about because it's something that has really effected my life, and there has to be other women out there dealing with the same pain as me.
But, after our talk, I felt way better. I was able to make it to the car with no issues, except some minor cramping. For the next two days afterward, I had major pains in my abdomen along with the cramping. I was not sure if it was related to the IUD insertion or not, but it went away the third day after. It was more upwards around the bottom of my ribcage, I am curious to know if anyone else has that pain or if that was just me. I did bleed from the moment it was put in until the third day. It seems like the spotting stopped at the same time the pain did.
It has been almost a week and the cramping and spotting has subsided, but I am curious to know if I will have anymore spotting or cramping. The pamphlets say that there should be minimal spotting in the first three months, but after that it should subside completely. Which I am honestly excited about.
I will do an update after my doctor's appointment next month to let you know if the pain returns after the appointment and what exactly they do at that appointment. If you have any questions or comments or advice for girls that I forgot to add, please leave them below in the comments.