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I'm 22, never given birth, and got the Paraguard IUD inserted 15 days ago. I needed birth control with no hormones, since pretty much every type of bc pill gives me really adverse side effects, so my doctor suggested the copper-t. It sounded like a good idea to try, and the insertion wasn't as bad as I thought it'd, but 10 minutes afterward walking out of the hospital, I thought I was going to faint or vomit the pain was so bad. The pain lasted pretty constantly all that first day, and the following days up until now, I will get cramps about 5 minutes apart lasting for about 3 or more hours at a time...with thankfully a few hours a day where I'm pretty ok, as long as I don't twist too crazy or over-exert myself doing yoga or something like that. But most of the time it's too painful to have sex. I've called my doctor and she says everything is normal, just take a few ibuprofen and the pain will go away, but these cramps don't feel normal, and definitely don't go away with ibuprofen, aleve, or midol (or a combination of these...). They are like strong waves, maybe like contractions are? And they are so painful, like someone has grabbed hold of my uterus and won't let go, and I can feel like fire creep down my legs when I'm experiencing them if that makes sense, and I have to stop everything I'm doing. Maybe this is a little dramatic, but I I'm not exaggerating.

All I want to know is...will these cramps ever go away?? If I knew that this first month or two will be hell but then after that I only get them once a month with my periods, I could stick it out because 10 years of protection, I mean come on! But is it possible there are just some girls who can't have this thing until after childbirth?

Any help from girls who've had similar experiences would be muuuch appreciated. Thank you!
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replied November 17th, 2010
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum.
Usually Copper-T or any IUD is never inserted for nulliparous women (who have not had childbirth). The symptoms of cramps and discomfort and pain with intercourse that you describe are not normal. Consider taking a second opinion from another gynecologist. Get an ultrasound scan done to see if the IUD is in correct position or not. Sometimes there can be perforation and migration associated.
Do not delay in taking a second opinion.
Take care.



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replied April 8th, 2011
Same situation
Reading your description was like reading my life story for the past 3 days. Did you stick it out? Did it get any better? If so, how long did it take until the pain was more tolerable?

I have a high pain tolerance but this copper T has been hell so far. I'm taking 600 mg of Ibprofen to cope.
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replied April 11th, 2011
Hi Kendelyn,

I am happy to say they DID get better. It was REALLY rough for almost a month though, definitely was best friends with the ibuprofen and a heating pad. And luckily I only had a part-time job at the time so I could lie around in bed for most of the day. If you have a full-time job, I don't know how you're holding up!

But after about a month, things got sooo much better. My body must have adjusted and everything was fine. Now, 5 months later, everything feels totally normal, even when doing crazy yoga poses. Only thing is what everyone else complains about - heavy and long periods, and cramping during them. Which is a pain, but I'm pretty irregular so it only happens about once every 2 months for me. And now it's like I never have to think about birth control. It's amazing.

I'd say, if you can hold off for about a month, just hang in there. If it's still unbearable by then, it might just not be the right option for you.

Best of luck to you, and please let me know how it goes!
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replied April 11th, 2011
Not quite accurate!
I find this information very misleading, IUD are indeed inserted in nulliparous women quite commonly. The risk of expulsion in the first few months does increases slightly but, it does not mean it is not an option for women who do not want hormonal birth control and have not given birth.
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replied May 25th, 2011
Hi Silly Goose,

Just went for my follow up today and I'm happy to report that despite all the initial cramping, my IUD is in the correct position.

The pain subsided significantly after two weeks. I got through my full time job with lots of help from anti-inflamatories and taking breaks to lie in the fetal position in one of our conference rooms.

I also experienced a bad copper toxcisity issue but am doing much better after taking a zinc supplement and avoiding estrogen.

Just like you, I tend to have irregular periods and have yet to expereince one with the IUD in my system. How long did it take you until you had your first period with the IUD? Was the craping as bad as the post-insertion cramping?
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replied May 8th, 2012
Copper T discomfort normal?
Just got a copper T put in. Took two myprodol afterwards. Feel nauseous.
Not sure if I should ride this out or not. I definitely do " feel " it.
I am nervous if the pain will get worse. I have had a miscarriage - it feels
like similar cramping. Has anyone had feelings like this - is this unusual.
Should i ride it out, this is totally unexpected.
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replied May 24th, 2012
Having a copper t iud
I have had a copper t put in about 4 months ago due to the fact I'm prone to blood clots and can't use hormones. . It was hell the first month but afterwards it was like normal. I still get wicked pinching cramps leading up to my cycle, but a few Advil does the trick. As far as I know the first month is hell, you just have to grit your teeth and ride it out. I'm happy to say that it's nice not to have to worry about taking a pill anymore. Best of luck for those who just get them done. It does get better!
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replied May 28th, 2012
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I had the copper T IUD put in, and apart from the cramping when it was put in and for that day, I've had no problems.

My GP sent me for an ultrasound to make sure it was in the right position as she had some trouble putting it in. So she said to stay on the pill until the all clear from the ultrasound. The ultrasound said that they Iud was in the right place.

I've had my first period since it was put in and the day before my period arrived I had some cramping, nothing a hot bath and paracetamol didn't relieve. After the inital day before cramping, and the 6 day long period I had no cramps. I've had no problems at all since it was in.

Which is means nothing to worry about for 5 years! Now that can't be bad going for some cramps lol
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replied June 8th, 2012
UGHHHHH PAIN PAIN PAIN
Hey Imasillygoose,

I was happy when i read your post because i realied that i am not alone in this. Had my copper IUD inserted almost a month ago and have have experienced severe cramping like you feeling like im in labour or something going all the way down my legs. Its almost unbearable. I am on my first period after insertion and the past two days have been horrible. I hope that after this period the cramping goes down. I would hate to have gone through all this pain just to take it out after my next ultrasound.
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replied July 21st, 2012
Mid Cycle cramping
I got my IUD inserted at the beginning of May and it was hell for the first month. I had intense contractions/cramps for the first month and had to go in for an early ultrasound. My first period after the insertion was unbearable, easily the worst pain ive ever experienced in my life. Cramping subsided a bit after that but i still get these pinching, stabbing of the uterus cramps (or what feels like contractions) during the middle of my cycle when im not on my period. They are sporatic and will sometimes make me want to keel over in pain. Im going backpacking in less than two months and im worried this will ruin my trip. Im wondering how long these kind of cramps can last for??? Does anyone else experience intense cramping midway through their monthly cycle when they arent menstruating??
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replied July 24th, 2012
jillxxx

I'm currently having the same intense cramping midway through my cycle. I've had my IUD for 5 months. Last month, and this month it starts 10 days before my period and lasts a couple days. It feels like my ovaries/uterus are super heavy or full..I don't know what it is... I wonder if it could have to do with ovulation??
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replied July 25th, 2012
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Apparently the cramps and heavy periods tend to settle after about 6-7 months. Although there are some that dont have problems at all and some that still have problems after this time.

Some doctors wont take it out til you've had it in for at least 6 months so your body can get used to it, and if you're still having problems they take it out.
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replied January 18th, 2013
copper iud
So glad I read this. I just got my Copper IUD on Monday and was a bit worried. Pain was terrible like someone was trying to rip into me. (Was told everything went well and such. But couldn't remember how long they said the cramping would last) I had woke up the next day. Felt much better until I went to work. Made it all the way till 1pm(Started at 8:30) and my stomach began cramping a little. Not sure if it was because I had to lift heavy things and that messed with me or what. Then the other day was so bad I felt nauseous. Just seems like I get the cramps around the 2:30pm area till whenever they decide to stop. Think about 10pm. What are the best ways that help alleviate the pain. (one of my co-workers made me worry cause she saw a commercial but I forgot to call the clinic and rarely am off when they are open)
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replied May 18th, 2013
I have never given birth and just had the copper IUD inserted 3 days ago. The cramps have been awful. I wish I wouldve known how much pain was involved with this before I did it. My doctor gave me a prescription for hydrocodone which has helped, but it amazes me that after taking two hydros I am still in pain. Is it really worth a month or more of this pain? I work as a CNA and I cant imagine how much it will suck to work with pain like this, especially since I probably should only take ibuprofin if I'm driving/ working. For those of you a few months in, Is it really worth it!? Also, how did you manage work and everyday life with the pain?
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replied August 23rd, 2013
Experience of IUD and sex/orgasm?
I have had a copper IUD for 4 days only, the cramps are gone (doc gave me an anti-biotic and an anti-spasmodic to take for a week until I seen her again, so maybe this is helping). I have a bit of bleeding still and some clear discharge, and I can feel it inside me sometimes. The thing that is worrying me the most now is if having sex and/or an orgasm is going to hurt? The reason I got this is to have worry-free amazing sex with my husband. I have a high sex-drive and want him all the time, I hope the IUD won't affect this. Do any of you ladies a month or more in have cramps or pain during or after sex and orgasm? If that is the case I will really regret my decision of having this inserted. Not to mention the many posts of pregnancies with the IUD in. My doc assures me this won't happen but I'm concerned... I hope someone can put my mind at ease? I know it's still very early days for me, so I'll still have to see how sex goes...
P.S. I've also never been pregnant.
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replied September 13th, 2013
Poking
Hi...Do copper T hurt during periods?? (i.e.) a poking sensation...
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replied September 14th, 2013
First period - Nova-T
I'm having my first period since having mine (Nova-T) inserted. I don't have a poking feeling. For about one afternoon my cramps were slightly worse than usual, but other than that it hasn't been as bad as what I expected. Pretty much just a normal period, expect it seems to be bit longer, which sux.
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replied October 22nd, 2013
I am 28 and have never been pregnant. I have never reacted well to birth control and I decided to get the copper iud because it was hormone-free. I took 2 ibuprofen beforehand, but I have to say I was shocked by the pain I experience when they perforated my cervix to measure before insertion. I am a former athlete and consider myself to have a moderate-to-high pain tolerance but this was like something I have never known. The actual iud insertion was much less painful, but the cramping that began shortly thereafter was severe and if I had known how dizzy I was going to feel I would have had someone pick me up.
I was not offered this, but because it can be more painful for women who have not had a baby, there is the option of local anestetic and I do recommend this if you are getting it.
I have had the iud for a little over a month now- I had it put in right when my period was scheduled and I had normal bleeding. I have had light abnormal spotting but no pain with intercourse. My period is beginning again now and the sudden, short-lived but extremely intense cramps are back. The cramps feel like strong stabs in the lower abdomen with intense heat-like pain that wraps around the hips and tail bone. The sharp pains usually last for 2 minutes or less but it is enough sometimes to double me over. I am going to give the copper iud a good try and wait it out for a few months, but if the cramping doesn't calm down I may have it removed. I find the pain makes it hard for me to go about my normal activities sometimes and I don't like having to take a lot of pain medecine.
The copper iud does have the ability to increase bleeding and cramping, so if you have concerns look into Mirena and the new Skylar- these are both hormonal iuds but are supposed to make period symptoms easier and the Skylar is slightly smaller and designed for young women who haven't had a baby. It has to be replaced a bit more frequently, I believe every 3 years. Skylar wasn't available at my doctor, but I will consider it if the Paraguard doesn't work out for me.
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replied April 19th, 2015
I am 20 and had my copper IUD inserted at the beginning of December 2014. I was quite unlucky with my experience having it put in (felt v. nauseous, lots of pain, fainting spell) and ended up being at the doctor's for over an hour in total... I have friends who have also had it put in with no experiences like this so pretty sure it's rare..Spent the rest of the day on the sofa with painkillers then cramped mildly for about a month.
I was also coming off the pill (Rigevidon) at the time so I think a lot of my symptoms were also associated with that.
I have had 3 periods since at slightly irregular intervals. The first two were fine - mild cramping, quite light. The latest one has been vey painful! I'm hoping that my cycle will sort itself out over the next few months.
Overall, I do like having the IUD - I was on the pill for over 2 years and can't really remember what my cycle was like before. I know I did get quite bad cramps sometimes so would say it's probably not that different from my 'natural' cycle just quite different to my pill cycle!
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replied September 29th, 2015
I had the copper IUD inserted one week ago. Fortunately I only had a little cramping for about a day and a half. However, about two days ago I was due for my period which started out slow. Today it's in full force, and I have the worse cramps you could ever imagine. I've taken four aspirin at once and it's still feeling like it's ripping into me. Before the IUD my periods were three days at most and cramping was very, very little. Did anyone have this horrible pain during your period? I am also bleeding a ton more than I usually do. This is making me not want to keep it in Sad Does it really get better period-wise?
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replied August 31st, 2016
I am 29, have never had children, but I have had a miscarriage. My mother had a stroke on combination bc pills, so I wanted to try Paragard as a non hormonal bc option. I had the IUD inserted a month ago. Insertion was extremely painful, had cramps for about 24 hours and then pain subsided. for the next 2-3 weeks, I had clear, mucusy discharge mixed with blood, then I started my period as usual. Bleeding is horribly heavy, but my dr said my body just needs time to adjust. I had my IUD checked yesterday, and while it's still in place, the strings have been pushed up inside. He also put me on an antibiotic to help with inflammation. Today, I'm experiencing the most severe cramping I've ever had -- completely doubled over in pain every 5-10 minutes or so, with the only relief coming from Norco I had left over from my miscarriage. I'm relieved to read other people's stories and see that the pain can be fairly common and that there's hope for it going away!
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replied September 3rd, 2016
16 OR 50, IT ALWAYS COMES DOWN TO S.E.X.
Look, I'm not trying to play devils advocate here but why have sex in the first place?
(This comment and personal opinion from what I've seen throughout life does not pertain to emotionally stable and healthy married couples with children).
Yes, we all feel we need sex but is a guy really worth all that? Monogamy is truly amazing with a man who respects it. I do not care if you're 16 or 50 years old. I know this sounds crazy to most of you. The truth is, society is wrong when it comes to sex. IT IS NOT OKAY BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE WHO CONSENT. It is sacred and a marriage vow, time & truly loyal respect are the ONLY way. I'm not religious, these are my life experiences I'm speaking from. It's been proven time and again that this is true. My full awareness of people and their relationships has shown me 'real respect and love' and 'disrespect and low expectations. Pain and low self worth.' Why settle for less than you deserve? It all comes down to SEX.
NOW, on the other hand, this doesn't mean respect after the fact can't be taught. OF COURSE, you can learn to respect each other over time. Problem is, it's much more difficult to learn to respect someone you truly do not respect. Monogamy is key people. Is it hard? Uh yes! Very hard but if he leaves you because you won't give in at 39 years old with two kids. GOOD RIDDENS! A common goal, real respect, love and a real purpose between two human beings are the answer. No man is worth a copper IUD. No dream is worth losing for 10 seconds of pleasure.
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replied May 23rd, 2017
This is insane because this is completely identical to my situation up to the reason you got on it. My pain tolerance I use to think was pretty good until these cramps , they basically immobilize me. I notice any sudden movements cause the "waves". I've had mine inserted for about 3 weeks and the pain is so much that it's impacting my job. I've never really had cramps before this except maybe a couple hours before my period starts. I'm not sure if I'm just being a baby or if I should consider removal. I mean I've tried everything, I literally have a heating pad with me at all times. And the ibuprofen doesn't seem to help at all. I'm at a loss at this point it seems to be causing more trouble and I can't even fathom the thought of dealing with this for months. Any suggestions updates or advice would be HUGELY appreciated.
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