My experience of having the iud fitted

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On Wednesday (5 days ago), I had a copper non-hormonal iud fitted. I had read loads of articles to prepare me for the op, and knew it would be painful, but over in about 5 minutes. However, I wasn't prepared for what happened after they fitted it. The actual procedure was painful but bearable, 10 minutes later I started to feel very ill. I collapsed in the waiting room and was close to passing out. I had to be almost carried along the corridor and lifted onto the couch. Then they put me on oxygen and had to check my heart rate and blood pressure every 5 minutes for 2 hours. I was in so much pain they thought they were going to have to take the iud out again. I was told the pain was my womb trying to reject a \"foreign object\" and it had gone into spasm!! Oh boy, it was unbearable! After 2 hours I started to feel a lot better and they agreed to leave it in and allowed me to go home. A friend had to pick me up as I was unable to drive or get the bus. I then had stomach cramps and very heavy bleeding (far worse than my usual period), for three days. HOWEVER, despite all this, I have to say by Saturday I was starting to feel almost back to my usual self and the bleeding has slowed down a lot. I am happy knowing I am now protected from having an unwanted pregnancy, and am not pumping my body full of hormones as I was when I took the pill. I have been advised the iud will last for 5 years before needing to be replaced. So, to anyone thinking of having one fitted, it can be very painful and traumatic, so be prepared and make sure you have someone with you in case you are ill like me. But I definitely think it is worth the trauma in the long run! And remember to take pain relief like ibuprofen an hour before you have it fitted, god knows how bad it would have been for me if I hadn't done!

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    When i asked about having the coil fitted in 2005 i was advised to have the marina coil instead of the iud. Having it fitted i had no problems, i've not really had any since i had it fitted, its a good form of birth control and great for relieving painful heavy periods.

    I hope that things get better for you, once your body adjusts to it you should be ok. xx

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    Hi Kaz, thanks for your reply. I have had the non-hormonal iud fitted so am expecting to have heavier periods than I am used to, though hopefully things will calm down after the 1st few months. I've only had it in for 5 days so far so not quite sure what to expect! I have to admit, having read some of the other peoples experiences I am a little worried about complications or it falling out but will be checking regularly. Fingers crossed it will be ok. I was a little concerned as the bleeding seemed to be stopping but then after having sex over the weekend I started bleeding heavily again. is this normal? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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    Hi katkin i didnt have the copper 1 fitted as i was advised mirena was better coz i wanted it to reduce heavy painful periods. It has been brilliant as i dont have periods or pain anymore

    smile .

    You'll have bleeding on and off for the next few months till your body gets used to it, yeah if you were still bleeding slightly before you had sex then it would of made it a bit heavier thats normal. If the bleeding persists after sex or it starts to hurt when you have sex and bleed heavily afterwards then you should see your doctor.

    I hope this has helped

    xx

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    Hi Kaz, thank you for the advice. Having read other web pages about other peoples experiences I am expecting to have a few months settling in time before I feel back to normal again. It will be good to have my 6 week check though to make sure everything is ok and in the right place!

    Had some cramping today but nothing too unbearable. Fingers crossed it will keep getting better from now on smile xx

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    It's been two weeks since I had my iud fitted but I am still experiencing bleeding every day and some period pains, particularly after doing anything strenuous. Is this normal? How long am I likely to have my period as I am starting to get fed up now lol!! I've checked the threads are still there and everything seems in place. Any advice welcome as I am wondering if this is normal? Thank you.
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      hi i got my iud fitted two weeks ago and i am experiencing the same as you did. I have been spotting continuously since i have has it inserted into me and also getting cramps. Is this normal and did it eventually stop for you? your advice would be of great help to me thank you 
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    I have just signed up specifically to reply to this thread.

    I had the copper coil fitted today and it was an awful experience.

    I was expecting a bit of pain but nothing like this. Whilst having it inserted they told me what was going on and I think this made it worse.

    When they finished I just sat there in shock, then burst into tears.

    I have been weeping ever since, not just because of the pain but because of the psychological experience.

    I'm now in bed with a hot water bottle, taken pills and can't get comfy due to pain. I'm not sure if my experience is so bad due to not previously having children.

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