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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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