If you read my post about my Cancer Scare, then you already have the back story to why I got the IUD. It’s the only form of birth control I can get without affecting the tumor. So I scheduled myself to get the Mirena IUD.
What the heck, it’s free!! Thank you President Obama.
So last week I had the most uncomfortable experience at the ObGYN. I did not know what to expect and I was extremely nervous. My midwife told me to take these pills the night before and morning of the appointment. They were meant to open my cervix. That part was not bad at all; just minor cramping. A couple of hours before my appointment I took a Motrin to help with the “cramping” I was told that I would feel during the insertion.
Okay, fast forward to the moment when I am up on the bed and legs in the stirrups. Ladies, you are used to this position and the normal feel around your vagina procedure. But then came the tenaculum…that has to “pinch” your cervix. HOLY CHICKENS! That part HURT!
There was a lot of “Breathe…you’re doing great…almost over“. But I don’t remember much once the “pinch” started. It was so painful and it only lasted about 3 minutes, but it was the longest 3 minutes of my life. The insertion was not painful at all and was very quick. My period ended within 24 hours and the cramps went away. Of course, results and the pain levels will be different for each woman.
I have never given birth, therefore, my midwife was concerned that it would not work for me and that is also one of the reasons why the pain was extreme. But overall, I probably will never do this again once I take the IUD out. That pain was unbearable. You can also read what other women had to say here.
So the one question to ask yourself before getting an IUD is…why? Make sure this is something you really want and be sure to ask questions to your doctor or midwife. The side effects can be crucial, but the long term benefits are important to consider.
Any of you ladies have a similar experience? Was it not painful for you? Comment below and let me know.