Just following up from my pitiful, feeling sorry for myself post…
I am feeling so much better now- whew!
The first few days were pretty uncomfortable but it was no worse than menstrual cramps after the first 2 days.
I would say now that as long as you know (and I didn’t!!) that you will be very crampy the first day and that it may continue for a few days, it is a good option to consider. Definitely plan to relax after having it inserted. I had to miss class because I was in pain and couldn’t bear walking to class and sitting around for 2 hours in the same spot. I would have done it a different day if I knew about the cramping. Oh, the cramping!
For those with questions about the actual insertion: Again, the procedure was more painful than I expected but it is over in a few minutes. The weirdest thing is feeling sensation in a part of your body that you normally don’t (again, no kids).
The insertion goes like this: they prop you open like you are having a pap smear and then disinfect the cervix and vagina. Then, they measure your uterus with a long skinny stick which is quite unpleasant but over quickly. They use that measurement to adjust the applicator thing with the IUD in it and, while they do that, you can rest for a couple minutes. Then they actually insert the device. It is sharply painful and just weird feeling.
The assistant lady gave me a squeeze thing to hold, which actually did help so I would recommend having one of those handy. Helped me to squeeze that and maybe distracted me from what was going on down below.
Again, I am feeling mostly normal today and do not regret choosing this method of birth control. I am scheduled to go back to my doctor in a couple weeks to make sure that everything is okay. I have not had any bleeding or any signs of infection so I am keeping my fingers crossed.
I will let you know if I have anything else to say about my experience with the IUD but so far so good! Let me know if you have any questions- happy to help.