IUD info below the cut, for those (probably not boys) interested.
A couple things:
- I’m only 3 days out so this is mainly a review of the insertion process, not a longevity review, I’ll be happy to do one of those later; and
- I got Paragard, not Mirena but I imagine the insertion is much the same. I’ve heard periods on Paragard are worse, and Mirena periods just mimic hormonal birth control.
The insertion went like this.
- I was given a prescription for pills to soften the cervix that I had to use 6 hours before the procedure
- Pregnancy test (did I forget to pee in the cup? MAYBE I DID. Did I have to wait to go again…maybe)
- Giant stupid metal speculum (more sanitary than the modern plastic ones)
- Iodine on cervix
- Clampy thing to get your cervix open (I can tell you’re starting to cringe)
- Uterus probe to check the depth and placement of your uterus so the doctor doesn’t go through your uterine wall
- Then the insertion of the Paragard via something that looks oddly like a drinking straw
It was about a 10 minute process all together and my doctor had a little trouble with the clamp to hold the cervix open so I think you’d probably end up with a shorter appointment time if your cervix isn’t a little jerk.
I took an 500 mg Aleve, which I normally use for my migraines, an hour before hand. Did that numb all of the insertion pain, nooo. Did it make it tolerable, definitely.
Honestly, the most pain came from the clamps, mine fell off….twice and so it was more painful because the cramping that comes from that is like period cramps x 1000000000000. I just used some meditative techniques and breathed through it. And while they make the process more painful, the clamps make the insertion less worrisome because the doctor is less likely to insert the IUD improperly.
After the procedure, I wasn’t in much pain at all. A little weird feeling in the belly area but otherwise, pretty ok. I was able to walk about 10 minutes and ride the train home (and able to stop at Walgreen’s and Forever Yogurt). I think I could have gone back to work, but do not plan on that. I’ve had minimal cramping the past 3 days and while there is spotting, it’s nothing more than the first month I was on Nuvaring and nothing that a thin panty liner can’t handle.
Remember, the pain is temporary (and there is always Advil and Aleve for before, during, and after….definitely pick some up if you don’t have any) and if you breathe real deeply it’s over before you know it. While I haven’t had my period yet to say how much different it is, I’ve heard that it will lighten up after 2-3 months and within the year could be back to pre-Paragard with one extra day or so. But, so far so good. I call him Jeeves for he is my little womb butler.