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insertion pain vs birth pain

For those of you who have an IUD and have given birth, how would you compare the pain? If childbirth is a 10, how painful was your insertion? And how long after giving birth did you get yours inserted?

I'm getting a mirena on the 5th, and I'll be almost five months postpartum then.


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Jan. 23rd, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
I was 10 weeks postpoartum with my mirena and I felt NO pain! I joined this community after, so I never knew it was painful until I read how painful it was to some people. For me, no pain at all.
Jan. 23rd, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
I got a Paragard inserted 11 weeks postpartum. If childbirth was a 10, insertion was a 2, tops, and I had NO pain after insertion. I had to bring my baby along to the appointment (long story) and since he was fussy I laid him on my chest during the insertion. It was completely distracting and better than any pain relief they could have given me. However, a clinician friend put in my IUD (another long story), otherwise I probably wouldn't have gotten away with having Bug in the room.

It depends on the woman, but I'm confident you'll be just fine with the insertion pain. However, send your partner/family/whoever to these boards, remind them that sometimes this is painful, and get them to take care of your 5 month old for the evening so you can have a couple hours off. :)
Jan. 23rd, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
I cant compare them at all -- birth is so different and lasts so much longer. Insertion really was just a "yow" and then over. Okay, so the ouch was a bigger ouch than I expected but it lasted like half a second and then it was done. A lot less discomfort than 10 months of pregnancy and having to raise the kid after! ;) I was about 2 years postpartum, fwiw (but I wouldnt call childbirth, even unmedicated, a 10 on my pain scale either).
Jan. 23rd, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
I got a Paragard ay 8 weeks postpartum and it was more like discomfort than pain. I actually couldn't feel the actual placement of the IUD, just the sounding. I'm wondering if it is easier to get one placed the closer you are to delivery... when I got mine, my midwife mentioned that my cervical os was still a little open... which put me at greater risk for expulsion, too, but so far, so good.

My MW said that for most people the apprehension is the worst part.
Jan. 23rd, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
my history with IUDs is not typical
2 kids, 3 insertions so heres a group of starts for you :P
first baby, labor was a 7. second.. same (my migraines get the pleasure of being a 10 :P)

1st insertion: 1. quicks sharp stab then done. 6 weeks pp. Was still having pp bleeding so i didnt notice the spotting
2nd: 1 quick sharp, then done. 4 months after i got my first iud. 2-3 days of spotting i think
3dr: 3.i got it 20 days after my second iud. this was most painful, as they did the sounding and did it by ultrasound. 3 days of spotting i think. This one stayed in awhile, but i was not allowed to have sex or masterbate or anything for 6 weeks. A few days after we did for the first time, i lost it.

for comparison, my depo shot rated a 3, and my implant insertion rated as a 4 (the numbing shot hurts more than you would expect at first). A normal headache for me rates 5 on average.. migraines are never less than a 7.
Jan. 23rd, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
I got mine 7 weeks PP and I would say that there was no pain (and I'm a wuss!). It was more like just being uncomfortable for a brief minute. I think stripping my membranes hurt WAY worse than anything (that would be like an 8 for me!). Getting a tattoo on my foot, that was like a 7. Getting an IUD put in, that was like a 1.
Jan. 23rd, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
0. It is uncomfy like a bad period cramp for like 1 second. It is weird. I was 12 weeks pp.
Jan. 23rd, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Childbirth for me was like a 1000, lol I'm a real big wimp.

The insertion, not so bad. Maybe a 3 on the pain scale. Its basically kind of like a longer than normal pap. I just kind of sweated and clenched my fists through the more uncomfortable parts. The worst part is when she clamped my cervix, even though it was numb it was a gross feeling and gave me instant cramps. I was completely fine afterwards, didn't even need ibuprofen.

Now I'm just dealing with this GD bleeding that won't STOP!
Jan. 23rd, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
I'm 4 years postpartum, and I seem to be odd man out; if childbirth was a 10, then my IUD was probably an 11.5 or so. Truly the most painful thing I've ever experienced in my life. I left claw marks in the table. The only reason I didn't scream was because I couldn't find the breath. Afterward I had cramps so bad that even the tops of my thighs ached. Mind you, it was all over within two days, and I figure if I only have to go through it once every ten years, it's worth it.
Jen Johnson
Nov. 11th, 2015 05:50 am (UTC)
Oh the PAIN
I know this is super old, but I had to say THANK YOU! Everyone says it's no pain. It was worse than any pain I could have ever imagined and lasted way too long. It's been 7 hours now. I've taken 3 doses of Pamprin Max with only a mild decrease in what feels like the worst period cramps ever. I'm shaky, sweaty, nauseous and running a fever despite the fever reducer in Pamprin. As painful as my periods are, I could never go through that again. I'm very pain tolerant and I nearly passed out from the pain. I would honestly choose death over another IUD. My only fear now is getting it out!
Hannah Dziedzic
Sep. 21st, 2017 07:11 am (UTC)
RE: Oh the PAIN
I also know this is super old, but I completely agree 100%! I think everyone is saying no pain since they've already had children, but for me, I hadn't even had a pelvic exam before getting an IUD! I also had both a uti and a yeast infection when I had the IUD put in, but regardless, I do NOT want another one and am terrified of getting it out!!
Raven Barriault
Oct. 20th, 2017 07:09 am (UTC)
RE: Oh the PAIN
Yes!!! Ok so I’m googling all this because I have an IUD and I want to get it removed soon because my husband and I are planning on having a baby. I’m scared about the pain of giving birth and the removal (though I’m reading it’s not so bad to get it removed as it is inserted). My IUD insertion was SO painful. I have to drink juice because I was about to pass out. I was on the verge of tears but couldn’t cry because I was self conscious and just made lots of pain noises and omg it was the most painful experience of my life. I hope childbirth isn’t that bad.
Jan. 24th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
i got the paragard 7 weeks pp after my second vaginal childbirth. i had slight cramping and that's it. so like a 2 on the pain scale. i even had an epidural for both deliveries, just fyi.
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
I'm getting my Mirena on the 5th too!! (But I have nothing else to add to this post b/c I've never given birth.) :-D
Jan. 24th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
I got mine 8 weeks, post partum. Mostly just uncomfortable, felt a little crampy the night and next day. I felt like I'd JUST gotten over the postpartum bleeding, and then I was bleeding again (and frankly have had spotting since insertion, sigh...) BUT it didn't hurt, I didn't have to worry about taking a pill or anything, and I love it. GL at your appointment.
Feb. 8th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
i've had 2 mirena insertions and gave birth once. 1st mirena insertion, i was on my period - no prob, didn't even feel it. i accidentally yanked it out, oops. 2nd insertion - at first it wouldn't go in. i was very uncomfortable but after they tried and it didn't work, they gave me misoprostol (sp?) and i came back in a little while and they tried again. it went in just fine with slight discomfort. this was before my first baby, btw; my husband and i used the mirena for birth control and i took it out a few months before we got married & about a year before i got pregnant.

if childbirth was a 10, i would say the 1st insertion was a 0, 2nd insertion was a 3 with the first attempt and a 1 with the second. i dunno if this makes a difference, but i had a natural drug-free birth that i would rate as intense and painful/uncomfortable.
lissette carmona
Jul. 14th, 2017 02:04 pm (UTC)
I'm 27 years old...no kids...a lot of these post I'm reading are crazy because they felt no pain but then again it was post birth..my doctor let me know it would be painful because I had never gave birth, these women who feel discomfort but no pain is because their cervix has spread a child through there! It was so painful the most pain I have ever felt I cried like a baby and I have good pain tolerance I got it yesterday still have cramping and slight bleeding I can't even look at my boyfriend right now lol just thinking of sex makes me want to cry. Never again would I get an iud! 😭
Allie Hassevoort
Aug. 2nd, 2017 10:49 pm (UTC)
Worst thing ever
I have a very high pain tolerance, and this was literally the worst thing of my life. I thought I was going to throw up during, it hurt so bad. It's been 6.5 hours now since I got it and I haven't been able to move off the couch, except to pee. Which I've been having frequent urination, lucky me. I have a fever and feel nauseous when the waves of pain hit. I've never had children and I was on nexplanon so I haven't had a period in months. So so so happy this thing lasts 10 years but nervous as heck to get it out.
Tallahassee Poole
Sep. 26th, 2017 07:40 am (UTC)
Its been about 10 hours and I'm still experiencing extreme pressure and sudden sharp pain throughout my lower half. Most painful thing ever, also am a victim of sexual abuse. The nurses were amazing but still. I can't move. 21, no kids. My amazing boyfriend is just cattering and apologizing for no reason. This sucks. So much pain.
Sprite Smith
Nov. 29th, 2017 08:53 pm (UTC)
Is there no where on the internet where I can get advice the other way around?
Never had a kid. Really vehemently don't ever want one (though tough luck getting a dr. to believe you there), and nowhere can I find any information about how painful it is to have a baby After and iud. I had my first iud put in last night and it hurt so much they had to inject me with lidocaine just to get it in. This only solidifies my resolve to never give birth.

Is it not ok to say "Fine, if I do change my mind and want to receive a child, I will adopt one that I am sure would absolutely adore a loving home and family"
Where is this toxic societal pressure that All women Must have their own biological offspring?
I'm literally sobbing as I wright this post in a desperate attempt to find some advice or insight in to this situation that can help me understand why every medical professional I meet is so insistant that I live my life in pain. I'm allergic to spermicides and birth control, so no help there. There are road blocks, bigotry and stigmatisms in every direction I turn and it;s turning me in to a very bitter person that I do not enjoy being.
Valerie Ann Montoya
Dec. 9th, 2017 07:32 am (UTC)
RE: Seriously?
I hear ya! No kids here either...I had my first mirena inserted 5 years ago, and it was the worst pain ever. I literally snapped my arm in half when I was a child and the pain from the mirena insertion was unbelievably worse.

Today, I had my mirena removed and replaced since it's been 5 years. OMG!! The pain from the removal was WAY worse than my first mirena insertion. My strings had coiled into my uterus over the years because the on-call doctor I used for the insertion cut them too short. During the removal process, my actual doctor had to go "fishing" for them with those crazy instruments and a sono technician. I was literally screaming and crying. It took 8 minutes of going in and out of my uterus with instruments looking for those damn strings. Each time she went it, the pain was excruciating. Knowing how unbelievably painful the first insertion was, I would have happily done 10 more mirena insertions instead of enduring the pain from the removal process. Nonetheless, she had to finish the removal because my five years was up. It HAD to come out. After all that pain from her going in and out of my uterus (8 minutes worth of time), she still couldn't locate the strings or "tease" the strings out. At that point, she had to go into my uterus and grab the base of the mirena with those LONG instruments. I screamed...and cried...and screamed. All of that and the damn thing wasn't even out. She had just gotten a hold of the base with the forceps. That was it. Then...BAM! She pulled it out. I screamed, blacked out...temporarily lost my vision and began shaking uncontrollably. We took a 20 minute break before starting the insertion. During this time, they gave me ibuprofen, crackers, apple juice, and water. Then, it was time to start the insertion of the new mirena. Though this insertion was just as painful as the first insertion, the pain was more manageable coming off the heels of the removal of the old mirena. My doctor made sure to leave the strings longer this time around so I won't have to go through as much pain during the removal process in another 5 years. I had the shakes for up to 2 hours after my appointment.

I told the doctor I can't imagine going through childbirth after experiencing this level of pain. The doctor reminded me that you get the good drugs during labor...no drugs during IUD insertion and removal. I've always considered adoption an option for me and going through the mirena pain just made me more comfortable with the idea of adoption.

Edited at 2017-12-09 07:35 am (UTC)
Courtney L Torres
Dec. 15th, 2017 03:36 am (UTC)
So my son is 3.5 labor was t that bad i got the epidural but by the time it came to push it wore off i felt everything but it still wasnt that bad.

I got the iud yesterday bc no one will tie my damn tubes! Im still crying from pain. Almost passed out on the table from the pain of the insertion.

My cervix wasnt aligned properly with my uterus so they had to to that THEN they had to use a dialator to open my cervix bc they couldn't get it through the first time. Ive tried heat pads, motrin, even percs nothing seems to be helping the pain. My son always puts his head on my stomach and when he did it today i got irrationally mad at him bc it hurt so bad but theres no way he could have known that. I also have severe back pain too. I want to remove it so badly but they legit don't want to tie my tubes even though I just miscarry ivr only bought my son to term. 4 pregnancies 1 kid. Let me tie my tubes.
Feb. 14th, 2018 01:56 am (UTC)
A lot to say when this was the worst!
Thank you both! I have undergone 19 major surgeries and have lived with a high pain scale more than half my life. I’m 32. I have undergone 10 spinal fusions(the most painful) both hips replaced, etc. etc replacements. I’m telling you, I have such a high tolerance and I was crying and passing out, during this insertion. My Dr. Said I turned green and kept taking my blood pressure. It had gone down into scary territory, all from pain and barely able to breathe. I felt like a wimp with all I’ve been through, but I guess I was wrong! I have heard childbirth is the most painful normal experience for women and somehow came about this thread. Bless you all for giving birth. I want to terribly but, with the replacements and fusion have been advised by 20 plus Drs to not, even with C-section. But, I feel Depends on the person on how painful the insertion is for me it was a 20 out of 10 pain scale and lasted all day I was vomiting from the pain and one reason I may have undergone such pain is my uterus is next to my back. it is leaned back and somehow affects my back terribly hence being on depo for years and now due to weight issues have switched to the iud. They had to dilate me 7 times because it was not wanting to cooperate and it took extreme force to get it in there. I didn’t bleed long at all. Supposedly I will continue to never have periods. So, after all that, at least I don’t have to go in every 3 months for a shot, I have 5 years! 2 days later, no pain and now I don’t have to worry about a thing.
Kat Gr
Jun. 10th, 2019 11:41 am (UTC)
No pain at all !!
Dont read spooky stories about inceedible pain as everyone is different. Ive read too many bad reviews and I was sooo scared and stressed at my appointment. I was expecting the worst pain in my life, but all I felt was little discomfort. No pain at all! I have 2 children. It is not that scary as most women says. It is more like smear test, but bit longer. I felt short cramp around one hour after insertion and thats all about pain. I would recommend copper iud.
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