If you don’t know what an IUD is, here’s a quick rundown: an intrauterine device (IUD) is a tiny little coil that a doctor can place inside your uterus in order to prevent pregnancy for up to five to seven years. There are two types: one that uses hormones to prevent pregnancy, and another that uses a copper coil that can destroy sperm before it gets to the uterus. It is commonly known as the most effective form of birth contraception. But what is it like to actually get one?
One of our users, Puffyfish, recently came to our boards with concerns regarding an IUD. She wrote, “I would love to get an IUD but I get scared of the pain because I know I’m a chicken when it comes to pain. It’s sucks to think about because it’s like wow: 99% effective plus slim to no period (if we are in fact talking about the hormone IUD). But you gotta go through this pain to have these nice things. Anyone one else feel the same? And if you have a IUD, what was it like?”
I know, the idea of having a tiny object placed inside you is a little daunting. It sounds painful and foreign, a lot of people feel that it’s controversial, and when there isn’t enough information out there, it can make you feel even more apprehensive. But considering how effective they are, maybe you would rather use an IUD than the Pill. First, know what you’re getting yourself into! Here is some advice from girls who have been there on what to expect from an IUD. Check out what they said.
It Can Be Painfulsecret_punk_princess said, "I am a baby when it comes to pain too. Even having a pap is uncomfortable for my lady bits. But the pain part is about 5 minutes of the whole thing. You will likely have cramps now and then over the next week too, but mine weren't any worse than normal period cramps. It really is a small pain for a big gain. Also, if you have anyone that you feel comfortable accompanying you for support, do it! My fiancee was a great help." Image Source: iStock
It Feels Like A Piercingbagerabagera said, "Just like with piercings, the clamp hurts the worst (your cervix is clamped prior to insertion. It does hurt, but it is a different kind of pain. It hurt less than any of my piercings, but it's an unexpected type of pain that I don't know how to describe. Your vaginal cavity will be sore afterwards. The peace of mind is totally worth it!" Image Source: iStock
Your Period Might Go AwayJanice_Lynn said, "Cramps and spotting for 3-5 days. First period a week early. Dr tells me no real period in 6 months just spotting. I cant feel it in me only the strings in my vagina. " Image Source: iStock
You Might Have Spottinggimpyfinn said, "Usually you won't get a period but maybe some break through bleeding so be ready for that. This can be for a time period of a few months or even a year or two, it differs from person to person. It is also good to check the device when it is in (using that string) to make sure it is in place. If you think it has moved or is maybe not anchored in anymore you should check with a doctor right away." Image Source: iStock
Getting It During You Period Hurts Lessemilym said, "Best birth control I have ever used. First couple of days you feel sore. My doctor put a non hormonal IUD in while I had my period, this way the cervix is naturally dilated and it's not that painful. I've had mine for almost 4 years with no issues. Image Source: iStock
It's A Game ChangerLegallyBrunette said, "I've been on the IUD for many years now. I love it, I swear by it, I cannot say enough good things about it. Seriously a game-changer for me." Image Source: iStock
Everybody Reacts Differentlyalgenatm said, "I have a friend who has one and she does get spotting from time to time, everyone will react differently though." Image Source: iStock
Bring Someone With YouWaterbaby said, "It HURT. Luckily I had my mom in there with me (I know that might sound weird to some, but we're close and I'm glad she was with me because I was nervous as hell). I'm glad I did it because this is a weight of worry off my shoulders for a good 5 years and I feel in control of my body and that my life will go the way I plan it much better now that I don't have to incorporate a child in it for a good while." Image Source: iStock
Do you have an IUD? What was your experience? Come talk to us on the boards!