Disclaimer: not worrying about kids for 10 years was worth it.
It’s been a few months since I got my copper iud, but I’m still angry about this.
So I was advised to adopt a non hormonal form of birth control due to my slight predisposition for hormone fed breast cancer. The copper IUD is the only option really so I set up an appointment to have it inserted. It was free with my insurance! I was not told to prepare in any way, I was not warned at all or advised to plan around this. Even the internet did not give me an inkling of the pain associated with the procedure.
I drove myself to the appointment. I took no Advil. My doctor told me I would feel “some pressure” and some “mild cramping similar to menstrual cramps” that would be “gone by the time you leave.”
The actual placement was the single most painful thing I’ve ever experienced. The first time since childhood that I actually involuntarily screamed from pain. I felt like I was going to faint and was lying their in pain while my male doctor just stood there and stared awkwardly as I cried. I felt ashamed and poked at and violated.
When I was finally able to go I had to drive home by myself (stick shift so lots of abdominal engagement fml), and to this day I don’t know how I made it. The next 3 days were the worst cramps I’ve ever experienced and pooping was a nightmare.
It seems to be a theme that women are under informed about these things, and frequently not given pain killer when it would be appropriate.
I guess I’m just wondering if anyone else experienced this, or if my pain was worse than normal. I hope this doesn’t scare people away from IUDs, as I do think it was worth not having to take the pill every day. I just want people to know to take painkiller and take work off and maybe request an anesthetic for this procedure.
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