Holy Hormones Journal: 13 women speak about what it is like to get an IUD. I remember have one inserted years ago – luckily by a woman practitioner – who was a colleague. Maybe she was more gentle – maybe not. But really? Such an invasive procedure – and now girls as young as age 11 are being inserted with an IUD via ACOG recommendations. Of course, that is not the only method of birth control recommended. Implants and injections are also on the list.
There is a movement led by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to forgo the pill and to get women on LARC’s – long-lasting reversible contraceptives…. that are inserted or injected into a woman’s body.
The contraceptive implant and IUD are not only top-tier contraceptives based on their effectiveness (with pregnancy rates of less than 1% per year), but they also have the highest rates of patient satisfaction and continuation of all available reversible contraceptives. These long-acting methods eliminate the problem of inconsistent use common with other contraceptives that can lead to unintended pregnancy. Complications from IUDs and implants are rare, and both can be safely used by adolescents, including immediately after giving birth or after an abortion, according to The College. Source
In the state of Washington, parents have lost control of their right to consent to whether or not their daughter gets birth control. The legislature passed a law that allows minors access to birth control without parental permission, children as young as 12 can get IUDs implanted without parents’ knowledge.
How would you like to send your 13 year-old daughter off to school and have her come home and say “Mommy, I got this thing implanted in my arm today? Or Mommy, I got this thing shoved into my tummy today. Source
Some consider the IUD to be an abortifacient. Can’t argue there. The IUD sets up an mild infection in the uterus to create a hostile environment to prevent the egg and sperm from uniting and implanting. With so many suffering from inflammatory disease and autoimmune disorders – where the immune system is already compromised – is this a wise decision.
I am so glad that Cosmopolitan Magazine printed this article. Apparently, Good Housekeeping reprinted it.
Women’s stories and voices are so left out of the conversation – and we are all supposed to bow to the “standard of care” that our doctor prescribes without questioning the safety and efficacy of the procedure. The days of the doctor knows best are over.
Let’s be honest – isn’t it time that we move away from barbaric methods of birth control, surgeries, and medications?
Let’s be even more honest…women fought like hell for the right to have birth control – to control our bodies and the number of times we got pregnant. Now that very right is being used against us – as synthetic hormone birth control methods are being inserted, injected, and implanted in our bodies that are out of our control and in many cases without informed consent.
And yes, apparently – we can feel our uterus. Surprise, Surprise.
What Getting an IUD Really Feels Like, According to 13 Women
Like you can feel exactly where your uterus is, apparently.
People don’t tell you this before you go through with an IUD insertion, but it becomes abundantly clear afterward: To get an IUD is to immediately join a thriving coven of women who have taken a commonplace but hardcore measure to prevent pregnancy. Women with IUDs are essentially related, bonded forever by their common experience, because getting an IUD is like participating in an extreme sport, walking on hot coals, and doing your taxes all at once. But then you get to not worry about birth control for up to 12 years, which, YAHTZEE!!!!!!
But don’t just take my word for it. To find out what getting an IUD put in really feels like, Cosmopolitan.com spoke with 13 brave female souls about their IUD insertions.
1. “The minute or so it took to put in my IUD was the longest minute of my life. I have never, ever experienced pain like that before or since. Despite the three Advil I took before, it was so bad that I almost passed out after, and I had to spend an additional 30 minutes in my gynecologist’s office drinking that horrible sugar water they give pregnant women to test for diabetes until they thought I had enough of my color back to leave. If that is what childbirth feels like, I want two epidurals.” —Brenda, 29
2. “For me it felt like a pap smear, but much more intense and concentrated. It hurt, though I don’t think I have a particularly high pain tolerance. On a scale from 1 (paper cut) to 10 (wrist tattoo) it was about an 8. Just remember, you only have to bear it for one minute!” —Veronica, 35
3. “My doctor told me to take Advil about an hour before the appointment, which I stupidly forgot to do until I was sitting in the waiting room. No surprise, it didn’t really help at all. The actual insertion was about five seconds of the most intense pain I’ve ever felt in my life. Once I felt OK enough to stand (it took a minute) I had to go straight back to work, which was terrible — you feel really crampy afterward and it was a bumpy cab ride back to the office. In hindsight, I wish I’d thought to take that day off from work or work from home, so I could have put on sweatpants and called my mom whining about how much it hurt.” —Tina, 29
4. “I knew it was gonna be bad when a nurse came in to hold my hand but ohhhh my god, I underestimated the pain. It felt like someone was shocking my cervix with a taser. I yelled the F-Word super loudly, and felt bad about maybe offending the nurse and said something dumb like, ‘Oh, my mom would be so ashamed.’ My legs were shaking like crazy and I went back to my ex-boyfriend’s apartment and did squats around his bedroom because someone told me that would help the pain??? (It didn’t). But, to be honest, I would do it all over again because I want to marry my IUD and fully plan on making a shrine to it when I have to get it replaced in nine years.” —Molly, 22
5. “I was definitely scared beforehand, but I think the best way to look at it is it might hurt, but definitely not anywhere near as much as having a child so … worth it! That being said, I think it hurt worse than I thought it would. I thought it would be similar to a pap smear — and the first part of it was. I felt the most pain after the IUD had been put into my cervix and I was told to cough. I felt a ton of pressure combined with what I would describe as the worst period cramp I have ever had. I was yelling/wincing/making noises during the whole procedure as a means of coping. The doctor and nursing student assisting her were so great, and we were making jokes back and forth, which definitely helped me feel more comfortable. After they were done, they left me in the room to rest for a moment. I felt very dizzy and was sweating. I ended up sitting on the floor to catch my breath and cool down. Thankfully I didn’t pass out. The rest of the day, I had cramps but the dizziness went away. And now I don’t have to worry about it for another 12 years! Yay!” —Anna, 21
6. “I’d had unprotected sex too recently to be completely baby-free and had to take Plan-B before the insertion. I had a young woman about my age in the room — she was my IUD doula and just chatted with me. I maybe winced once but then it was over! I cried after the insertion, I think from relief and emotional exhaustion. Two weeks later, during my first post-Mirena period, I was trying to take out my Diva Cup (which I had been ASSURED was totally safe) when I felt something a little off. I stuck my hand up there and instead of feeling just strings, I felt the whole dang IUD dangling from my uterus. Pulling out your own IUD is actually not painful, just FYI. I was on a very heavy period on my second insertion, which I think was actually way better for insertion. IUD insertion for me has mostly been a winceworthy pain when the arms of the IUD open up inside your uterus. But if they give you a little heating pad for your tummy and you can hold hands with a doctor hero, then it makes it a lot better.” —Sarah-Grace, 23