Insertion I knew when I was deciding on getting an IUD that I wanted to hear first hand experience with the insertion. So I thought I'd share for those who are considering it. I'm in the US, so it may be more pertinent to this side of the pond. I had my appointment today (8 +3 weeks PP) at 8:15am. At 7:30am I took two percocet because I knew I was going to have cramps afterwards. Luckily I had some leftover from after the delivery. I'm sure ibuprofen would work too, I just thought might as well go for the big guns while I'm at it lol. Arrived at the office at 8:10am, definitely was feeling the percocet! Was a bit fuzzy, but that's a good thing right? Got weighed, gave a urine sample (to double check against pregnancy), and stripped from the waist down. My doctor came in and she explained what she was going to do. Insert the speculum, put some iodine on me, numb the area, measure my uterus depth, clamp my cervix back, insert the Mirena, cut the strings and done! I laid back and was kind of nervous so wasn't as relaxed as I should of been. That made the speculum insertion a bit pinch-y, but as soon as I calmed myself it stopped the pain. She let me know exactly what she was doing. The numbing part kind of pinched, but didn't hurt a lot. Then she clamped my cervix back and that didn't hurt at all. When she put in the Mirena and pulled out the insertion tube thing - that's when it started hurting. Not majorly or anything, it just felt like period cramps. Cutting the strings was a bit weird, but again, didn't hurt. And it was done! Lasted maybe 5 mins? She's having me come back in 2 weeks to check on it and to trim the strings if I need it. I have to wait a couple days for sex and I can't wear a tampon until after my next appt, just in case it messes up the strings position. I lay there after she left the room for 5 mins. I was feeling very light headed and a bit nauseous. And cramping, oh was I cramping! I put a pad in my undies, and got dressed, then sat still for a little bit. We stopped at the store and bought me some juice because I was still feeling dizzy. That helped a bunch. On our way home I remembered I was low on pads, so we stopped at another store and I was fine walking around. At home I checked my pad and there was some blood, but not gushing. More like the first day of my period. I'm still having cramps and there is a weird slight pain in my vagina. Maybe my cervix from being clamped? I don't know exactly, but it doesn't hurt that much - just enough to notice. Cramps aren't as bad now, it feels just like my periods do. All in all, it wasn't that bad! I do hope it works out, it'll be nice not to have to bother with remembering pills or condoms. Plus after about 6 months I won't have a period, or it'll be very light, so that will save money on tampons and pads. They last 5 years so I don't have to worry about birth control until 2016! I may have it removed before then if we still want to TTC again.