... I have read that for some people getting it put in is extremely painful, and others say it isn't. I am still on Yaz, does this make a difference? Do you stop having periods? Does it get in the way of anything? Can anyone clear this up? Thanks :)
I'm 22 now but had my Mirena IUD inserted two years ago so I was just a bit older than you. For me, it was painful. That's because I haven't had a child and have never been pregnant. My doctor gave me a prescription to take the night before to soften my cervix and make insertion easier, but it still hurt. It felt like really bad period cramps (which I got every month anyways, this was just slightly worse). That being said, I went to my appointment by myself and drove myself home without a problem, I even went to class later that day. After the first day the pain lessened significantly and after the second day it was mostly gone. I'll have this one removed in three years and another one inserted without any hesitation. The two days of pain was worth it to me, I love my IUD and have recommended it to my friends who also love it.
I'm not sure if being on Yaz will make a difference, you'll have to ask your doctor, but I don't think so. I had NuvaRing before I got my IUD inserted and the doctor said to leave it in like normal and she'd remove it the day of the procedure.
As for periods, I spot every three months or so, but barely need a pantyliner. Even on the heaviest days of my "period" now a single pad is more than enough. I love it! I haven't tried using a tampon since I've had my IUD inserted, but that's because I haven't needed one. I don't imagine it'd be a problem. Also, during sex my parter never said anything about feeling the strings so one day I asked him, he said he couldn't feel it during intercourse and didn't realize there was even anything down there to feel. After I brought it up he said that he felt the strings when he was paying attention for them, but otherwise he didn't even notice.
Hope this helps!
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