Your Body On IUD Birth Control


– [Presenter] Let’s talk about IUDs. IUD stands for intrauterine device. It basically means a device
that is inside the uterus. The device is a small
T-shaped, flexible plastic. They’re over 99% effective, making it one of the most
effective forms of birth control. We’ll be looking at the two main kinds of IUDs available; copper and hormonal. The non-hormonal IUD is the one that contains copper wire
which prevents fertilization. They’re effective after insertion and can be used as an
emergency contraception within 5 days of unprotected sex. It is effective up to 10 years. The hormonal IUD contains
the progestin hormone levonorgestrel. It takes approximately
one week for hormonal IUDs to take affect, so it’s not effective as
an emergency contraception. It’s effective for three to five years depending on the brand. – Hi I’m Doctor Allison
Hill and I’m a gynecologist. This is a model of the female pelvis. This is the vaginal canal, followed by the cervix,
the cavity of the uterus, and these are the fallopian tubes. And this model is actually made to be approximately the same
size as a normal uterus. We’re gonna place an IUD which is gonna end up right here in the cavity of the uterus. When we receive an IUD
from the manufacturer, it comes in an applicator and it’s already preloaded in here. We start off by inserting
a speculum into the vagina which is very similar to when
you have a pap smear done. The cervix is then identified and then we slowly guide the IUD through the cervical canal,
into the cavity of the uterus. Once it’s about halfway into the uterus, we pull back on the device here and you can see that the arms
of the IUD start to open, and then we push the IUD all the way to the very top of the uterus. Once it’s there, we then pull back further on the device and this releases the
IUD from the applicator, and then we pull the applicator out. This leaves behind only the two strings in the cervical canal, which we then trim with a pair of scissors to be about a centimeter
from the cervical opening. – [Presenter] While the
IUD’s being inserted, most women feel cramps
or a small amount of pain but many only have mild discomfort. The IUD can be inserted
anytime during a woman’s cycle. Copper IUDs trigger the production of a fluid that includes copper ions, enzymes, prostaglandins, and white blood cells from the uterus and fallopian tubes. This fluid is responsible
for killing sperm. Hormonal IUD’s release a synthetic hormone levonorgestrel. It prevents the ovaries
from releasing eggs and thickens the mucus in the cervix, which prevents the sperm
from reaching the egg. With copper IUDs, possible side effects are abnormal menstrual bleeding and higher frequency of cramps or pain. Women with hormonal IUDs
tend to have lighter periods and have fewer cramps. Some even stop getting periods altogether. IUDs are reversible so
you can still get pregnant after taking it out. – [Doctor Allison] When
it’s time to remove the IUD, we insert a speculum into the vagina, we then identify the strings
coming out of the cervix and we grasp them with
a special instrument. We then pull slightly down on the IUD and as you can see, the
arms of the IUD fold upwards so that it can fit
through the narrow cervix. We then pull it out completely and dispose of it. During an IUD removal, a woman can expect to
feel very small twinge of pain as the IUD comes
through the cervix, but it is very short and after that she should not have any pain. – [Presenter] Note that
IUDs do not protect against sexually transmitted infections. Use condoms to lower the risk of contracting an STI.

100 thoughts on “Your Body On IUD Birth Control

  1. At first i was like "okay an IUD doesn't sound so bad" but after reading through the comments and reading people's pain….. I'm so firggin scared

  2. The pain is based on your tolerance. I am on my second hormonal IUD and have had a great experience thus far. Of course, cramps occur. It's normal, literally BREATHE! Trust me, it helps. Take some pain reliever meds beforehand, & there shouldn't be much of a problem. Insertion process can last up to 10 minutes MAX.

  3. I’m very glad I got an iud (if it behaves itself and stays in place)
    But honestly if I had watched videos or read about the pain it caused I would have chickened out.
    Few women barely feel any pain. But for me and a lot of other women I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO FCKING DIE. It’s honestly barbaric that doctors don’t take any sort of preventive measures for pain. They used to put people to sleep before inserting them. If the doctor has inserted them often they should know better that it causes some people a lot of pain and they shouldn’t knowing subject people to it. My doctor said it might cause “a little cramping”
    But when I was screaming and withering on the table the nurse and doctor didn’t start freaking out as if something was wrong. Because obviously it was a common thing.
    Okay rant over 😂

  4. I had cramps for six months. To the point that I couldn't walk properly and was just told that it was normal. Finally my mum, seeing how much pain I was in, dragged me to a gynecologist who was horrified when he saw how big the IUD I'd been fitted was. He said it was for women who'd just given birth, not a girl in her 20s and no wonder I'd been suffering. He also then spotted cysts on my ovaries and said I should never have had the copper IUD fitted in the first place. I could actually feel my IUD by pressing with my fingers on my lower stomach – that's how small I am and how big the thing was. What gets me is that before being fitted with it I actually SAID it looked too big. Only to be dismissed by the doctor, have it fitted in a horrific experience I hadn't been prepared for, and then to spend six months suffering and being told that my pain wasn't important or relevant.

  5. Did any girls experience acne around the jaw and cheek area with hormonal iud? I’m on my 5th yr with it and I’ve never struggled with acne until birth control

  6. It is actually a bearable amount of pain, even more if you’ve got some kind of anaesthesia. I got the IUD just yesterday, at a private clinic in Mexico City and here they don’t apply ANY kind of anaesthesia or anything to numb the area, it’s just as plain and simple as “all right, I’m gonna open your vagina with this, then imma just put this tube, and get it out, plain an simple, you’re gonna feel a big cramp but believe me when I say that giving birth is even a worser pain” and there I was just waiting for the pain, until it hit me, I didn’t even have time to think of it, I just saw the doctor’s nurse standing beside me and asked here “IS IT IN?” And she said “yeah, just breath in, breath out” and that was it, pain 8/10 at the worst, longest 3 mins in my life.

  7. I've had the Kyleena for about 5 weeks and I really don't think anyone should be put off by others experiences of pain! Everyone is different, my insertion was fine, the pain only lasted a few seconds and I didn't have any painkillers beforehand. However I would say make sure you do your research as I went in to my appointment expecting to get the copper IUD when the doctor persuaded me to get the Kyleena. Looking back, the reason I came off the pill was because of the hormones in the first place so I should have stuck to my guns and not been swayed 🙁 I've had extreme emotional issues since getting Kyleena and my period has been awful and painful, I've also been having hot flushes, having break outs on my face which I never experienced when on the pill! Do your research ladies and make sure it's the right decision for you! I'm hoping to get my IUD swapped for the copper one as I really want to come off the hormones altogether.

  8. I just had my IUD put in yesterday. It honestly wasn’t a bad experience for me. Getting it put in was a little uneasy, but luckily I was laughing with my gynecologist, which helped sidetracked me from what was going on. However, afterwords I experienced nausea and cramping. Today I am feeling so much better, but I think that is because I am keeping really busy. I think once I settle down, as when I might feel my cramping again

  9. Ladies.. don’t be scared about the pain.. you can either have slight pain from getting the IUD or huge pain from giving birth.. which pain do you want?

  10. SOOOOOOOO dangerous! This is just awful. "Tend to have lighter periods"….yes because it causes pelvic inflammation disease and inflammation to say the least! 🙁

  11. I almost vomited on the table from the pain..three days into having this thing, im in sheer agony every few minutes from the stupid cramping..I do love that i got it, but the after cramping is stupid asf!!

  12. Are mood swings a common side effect of hormonal iud? 🙁 I've been feeling VERY down since I got mine in and it's difficult to concentrate on anything.

  13. Mine was painless and quick. I was still on the bed after the doctor was done thinking he wasn't done yet 😁 different strokes for different focks I guess 🙏

  14. COPPER IUDS CAN CAUSE COPPER TOXICITY WHICH CAN HAVE MAJOR ISSUES ON THE TISSUES AND BRAIN: IE PARANOIA, ANXIETY, FATIGUE, DEPRESSION, IRRATIONAL BEHAVIOR , PERSONALITY SHIFTS, SOMETIMES FATAL. Please be aware and look out for the women in your life.

  15. Okay I'm think about getting an iud cause of cramps but I'm kinda scared too anyone tell me how much it hurts

  16. Please be mindful that the hormonal IUD has in recent years been linked to causing ovarian cysts. I have no history of ever getting cysts and 3 years into getting the 5 year Mirena my PCP found that I now have a lime sized cyst on my right ovary.

  17. This was very educational and clearly explained the whole process. I tried an IUD between children. I had a bad experience with it. Sorry, no details here. For many women it's a game changer, for a small few it's just not meant to be. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  18. I got the Mirena IUD. Before the IUD, my period would come regularly, last a week and I would rarely have cramps. The actual IUD insertion was so painful! After the IUD, for an entire year, my period would come regularly still, but my period would last for 2 weeks at a time and I would have bad cramps. Now two years with the IUD, my period comes regularly and only lasts one week again. The cramps still come, but they are not that bad. The IUD is a pain in the butt, but I wouldn’t trade it for an alternative birth control because this one lasts for 5 years and you never have to think about it.

  19. Small amount of pain? HAHAHA I puked for two hours in the doctors office. I felt like I was having a baby or at least a contraction. Plus, I’ve been on my period for THREE months

  20. Amazing content!
    Hopefully you’ll make other educational videos like this in the future ❤️

  21. This was slightly miss leading… Ladies it is painful and even with hormonal IUD you will get bad cramps sometimes worse you will have heavy periods. My doctor told me that IUD is can give contraction pains because it's a foreign object in your users that is not supposed to.

  22. I love my IUD so much I've had it done twice! At 23 and 28. Wish I would've done it even sooner though. Yea, my first one was a bit painful… but it's scary the first time for anything… the removal of my first one and the insertion of my second was much more bearable. Also, speak up if you have pain, ask for strong ibuprofen, or in the case of my first one I was offered a pain relief shot that goes in the buttocks and I took it. IUD is the right contraceptive for me because I love not having a period, they affected my body and moods so drastically, and I find keeping any routine with a time sensitive medication extremely difficult. IT'S NOT RIGHT FOR EVERYONE THOUGH. So please don't take YouTube comments as medical advice and see your obgyn! This is a great informative video but kinda disappointed in the conversation. I'm personally of the opinion that the momentary pain is worth it for the 5 years of carefree happiness that I get out of it.

  23. “Small amount of pain” lmao I was screaming even having taking naproxen before and I even got the numbing cream.

  24. Everyone saying how painful it was to get their IUD placed makes me feel so blessed. I barely felt mine being placed and only mildly cramped for maybe an hour

  25. So a year ago I commented on this post saying I'll stick to the pill and this week I'm getting an IUD lmaoo

  26. If you’re considering getting an IUD, please DONT read stories on the Internet!!! It’ll make you panic and everyone is different! My insertion was incredibly painful, but very much worth it. You may have a different story. Talk with your DOCTOR about pain, side effects, pros and cons, etc. and decide what is best for you based off of that!!! IUDs are great but it won’t work for everyone.

  27. I have to get the hormonal one and I’m 15 and a virgin , they need to put me to sleep for it , it’s for period regulation and im scared about how the pain will be after

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  29. I had an IUD and it hurt sooo bad getting it done and I cramped so bad after for like a week maybe even longer. My first period with it, it ended up coming out. And it took so long to get pregnant after. I’m not sure if it was from this particular method or other birth controls I’ve tried.

  30. Switched from the pill to copper IUD last year
    My experience was I bled after I got it put in for about a week (had put in at tail end of period) but after that was over I couldn’t be happier with the decision

  31. I’m just reading the comments about how inserting and extracting of iuds are like period cramps but 100 times worse. And I’m here like”I don’t ever have cramps or even pain before, during, or after my period”. At the most I just get gas 👉🏼👈🏼.

  32. For me the pain lasted over a week, actually. Because I did take the painkillers as recommended, it didn't kick in for a while, but was excruciating when it decided to make its grand entrance. I also bled for a month straight after insertion. That was an adventure. I now haven't had a period for 18 months but still get monthly bloating and discomfort and crying. Without the bleeding it always takes me some time to identify why I am in pain, but it is so nice to never really need to think about it. I am grateful that I don't have any bleeding, and I don't consistently need to think about birth control. so despite the physical and mental side effects I am sticking with it. Without this thing I would have so many babies, and anemia.

  33. Everyone’s different. My experience was extremely painful, but I have also never had kids, and my cervix was never dilated like it was during insertion. I was in pretty severe pain that lasted the rest of the day. Just barely made it home driving myself, missed class that night as well. Couldn’t sit up and put pressure on my uterus. I even had my doctor call me because I thought something was wrong, because I was told it shouldn’t be painful at all. The next day I had zero pain, went to work just fine. Over a year later and I love having an IUD. Totally worth it.

  34. I have one and I am debating whether or not to have it taken out. I get such bad periods that last longer than a week and get really bad cramps. But I was so bad at taking my pill I'd always forget. I'm on the Cooper IUD can anyone tell me about their experience with the hormonal IUD?

  35. And this video just confirmed why I will NOT be getting the IUD. This is like the third video that said women may feel a 'slight pain', when in reality, MANY women experience excruciating pain after the insertion of the IUD. A lot of women have had their IUD fall out or become dislodged somewhere in their body. So…nope! No thank you!

  36. Those clamps though… yeah I’ve had cramped that really feel like someone is using actual clamps on me 😭

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