Well, hopefully by now you know what an IUD is and why I decided it was the right decision for me, so we can move along to what the actual procedure was like. Hopefully this post can help prepare someone considering implanting the IUD and calm some nerves!
Personally, I was very anxious of the procedure, and I cancelled two appointments before finally taking the plunge and going through with it. Now that it is all done I can barely remember what all the fuss was about!
Of course, before committing to the IUD you should thoroughly discuss it with your doctor and make sure it is the right choice for you, and that it is suitable for your body. If you decide to go ahead with the procedure your doctor will give you a script to collect your IUD. Mine had to be ordered in from the chemist as they are not generally kept on site, after Medicare rebates I believe it cost me around $70 out of pocket for the physical IUD unit. Next you will need to book a procedure length (usually double a standard appointment) appointment with your doctor on day 3-5 of your period cycle.
On the day, they recommend taking two painkillers an hour before the appointment, as there is no anaesthetic administered. My only regret from this whole ordeal is that I skimped out on the painkillers. High dose painkillers, such as codeine, can affect me and I go a little loopy, almost like I’m drunk. I decided to go with plain old Advil instead to try and save face, unfortunately I wish I took the higher dosage… even if it meant that I was singing nursery rhymes in the waiting room (codeine makes me real loopy!).
Once arriving in my doctor’s office, I was greeted by both my doctor and an assisting nurse. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much modesty involved in this appointment, and I can say that she used a myriad of tools, which I refused to look at, to complete the procedure. The whole ordeal took no more than 15 minutes, and the pain was oddly forgettable.
I’m not going to lie, there was pain. I was nearly in tears, and I may have whispered a few curses under my breath, but once it was over the pain was almost instantly gone. It was a very odd pain, because the procedure is operating on your internal soft tissue, your body cannot register where the actual point of pain is. Instead the pain shot through the entirety of my lower half, even my feet hurt, and while it was a sharp pain, it was bearable.
After the procedure was complete there was an internal discomfort for about 5 minutes before the pain began to subside, after which we left the doctor’s office. We then went to reception to pay, after Medicare it cost about $10 out of pocket, however one of the nurses stopped me and took me aside at this point. Apparently, I was going pale and shaking a little, to help me from going into shock they pulled me into a treatment room, made me lay down and fed me jelly beans until colour had returned to my cheeks and I was no longer trembling. Definitely not the worst part of the day. 15 minutes later I was out the door and on my way home.
Upon returning home I was incredibly glad I had the afternoon void of any plans, as the cramping had started. We are women, we all know how it feels, and we deal with it regularly. It wasn’t worse than any regular period cramping, just unpleasant. I took it easy for the rest of the afternoon, and was back to work the next day. I did have some light bleeding that drew my period out by a few extra days, but it was very minimal, and only lasted about a week after the procedure was completed.
A few days after the procedure I had an ultrasound to confirm the placement was correct. I had to drink 1l of water an hour before my appointment, and obviously I wasn’t able to pee until it was complete. That was the hardest part… 1l is a lot of water for me, and I really needed to go to the loo. During the appointment they just guided the ultrasound stick over my abdomen (pushing on my already full bladder), and they also gave me the option for an internal ultrasound, which I gracefully rejected. I wasn’t mentally prepared for an internal ultrasound, so I just said I’d prefer not to go ahead with it, but if the topical ultrasound was inconclusive then I’d agree to it. Thankfully it wasn’t required, and they informed me that the placement was correct, the IUD had been inserted into my uterus.
That was the complete ordeal. While it wasn’t a comfortable experience, it was bearable, and considering it should last five years, I’d do it again (in 5 years)!
Have you undergone this procedure?
Was it the same, or did your appointment vary?
Would you consider getting an IUD?
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