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Comment from: Female (Patient) Published: May 06

I wanted to share my story to discourage young women from getting an intrauterine device (IUD). The insertion was the most painful experience I have ever had, hands down. I threw up immediately afterward and almost passed out in the doctor's office. The bleeding after wasn't unusual, but boy, the pain was. I was in pain, horrible pain, all the time, for around 6 months. Finally, the pain became less constant after that. For the next year and a half that I had it in, I had extremely inconsistent periods as I only spotted but had terrible cramping for days. I gained 25 pounds during this time, had bad acne, extreme mood swings, and zero sex drive. Sex also hurt, sometimes during, and always afterwards. Sometimes it made me cry it was so painful. I wanted to get it taken out for so long, but I had such anxiety around it. I've finally had it out now after two years, and I felt a difference the very next day. I had more energy, I was happier, I'm already losing weight, and sex doesn't hurt at all! So, all in all, if you're thinking about getting an IUD, don't do it!

Comment from: halesbales, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I had the IUD put in at a bad time. It was done in the middle of my cycle, not during my period like my doctor advised. BIG mistake. I also should have taken ibuprofen beforehand. It inhibits the contractions you feel when the device is in and freaking out about it. Ugh. I could have saved myself a lot of pain. That being said, under my set of conditions, the procedure was extremely painful. I almost blacked out. Opening and measuring the cervix is a very painful process that you wish was over much faster than it is. The cramping after was pretty bad and I didn't even attempt to move for a half hour. Have someone drive you. I felt very shaky from the adrenaline for about three hours, but the cramps stopped after the first day. I had spotting for about a week after then started my period, which was heavier than usual and lasted about six days. A few months later and my period is down to five days. It's heavy the first three, but very light the rest. I also changed to the copper IUD in hopes the lack of hormone might aid in alleviating my depression and bipolar disorder. I think it has. I've been off meds for 3 months now and got a 3.9 this semester with no finals week breakdowns! Haha!


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