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Painful sex with paragard

So I had a Paragard IUD inserted 6 weeks ago. The day after insertion, I could have sex without any pain, which was terrific. My first period was pain-free and only slightly heavier than it had been on HBC, and as a result I was very pleased with my IUD.

Then, four weeks later, it started hurting almost every time I had sex. When it hurts, it's when my cervix gets bumped, and the only way to avoid it is to be ridiculously gentle/shallow, which I really don't enjoy.

I got concerned that maybe my IUD was placed incorrectly or had moved, so I made an appointment with my obgyn, but she said that everything was fine.

I've read that some people have had problems with sex hurting. If so, did the pain go away? How long did it take before it went away?

I really don't do well on HBC so I don't know what I would do if my paragard didn't work out.



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Aug. 11th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Did they check it was okay with an ultrasound or did they just verify that the strings were present and the IUD's body wasn't visibly poking out of your cervix?
Aug. 11th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
She checked and saw that the strings were the same length as they were when she first inserted it. She said that everything was fine, but that if it kept bothering me I should come back in for an ultrasound.

It seems, though, that this seems to be a kind of a normal thing... sometimes everything is totally fine, but then if my cervix happens to get bumped it just really sucks. I probably will get it checked with an ultrasound just in case, though.
Aug. 11th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
My cervix became a lot more sensitive after I got an IUD, and it has stayed that way for the duration of my time with an IUD (about two and a half years now). That's probably not what you were hoping to hear, but I'd be surprised if there weren't also women who found their cervixes became less sensitive over time. Good luck with it, it's not very fu.
Aug. 11th, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)
I've had mine since July 8th and sex hasn't been a problem. Do you have any abdominal pain, and do you have any strange kind of discharge? If so you may have an infection which is causing the pain. Go get it checked again, better to be reassured.
Aug. 11th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
If the obgyn said everything was fine, I'd be inclined to believe them.

Painful sex can be a sign of other problems - maybe go a little further with the doctor to see what the cause could be.

I've noticed that a lot of women as soon as they get an IUD they think EVERYTHING physical happening to them is cuz of the IUD. While your cervix could be more sensitive while it's adjusting to the IUD, it could be many other things causing painful sex.
Aug. 11th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
I have a Paragard as well, and sex was painful for me for a little while. Like you, it only happens when he hits my cervix. However, recently it's not as painful as it used to be - more of a dull soreness than a sharp OW!

I've had mine only two months, so my theory is that if the pain went from 5/10 to 2/10 in this time, there's probably a good chance that it'll go away entirely eventually. I think the rule of thumb with weird pain/cramping/bad periods, etc, with copper IUDs is that basically anything goes for the first six months. Things should calm down eventually, but it takes a while for your body to adapt - and that probably goes for cervix sensitivity as well as for cramps. It doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong, so I wouldn't worry.
Aug. 30th, 2012 09:13 am (UTC)
Really interested in seeing if your problem has been fixed?
Aug. 30th, 2012 09:14 am (UTC)
has it been fixed?
Bronzed Up22
Aug. 13th, 2015 08:47 am (UTC)
IM going on 3yrs with Paraguard, and I've just started receiving extremely painful sharp pains during intercourse. I'd love to just blame it on my husbands aggressiveness at times but he's always been like that. Why is it now really hurting after years?? Just know your not the only one and as for me time has only made things worst. 😒
Genna Altobelli
Jan. 2nd, 2017 05:53 pm (UTC)
Ive had my Paraguard for 2 years now. And sex didnt hurt when i first got it but it has hurt for a little over a year now. And like you its only when he gets too deep, which makes sex not as enjoyable. Im sick of it and im just going to go get it taken out this week. It also makes my period cramps last longer than my actual period. Like i am in bed right now in pain because of it and my period ended over a week ago. This thing sucks.
Alicia Goda
Aug. 6th, 2017 04:32 pm (UTC)
I have also experienced pain going on four years now. I want it removed it is painful to both me and my partner but I don't want a birth control that will make me gain weight I have worked so hard to lose it. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
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