IUD insertion is different for everyone—some say it's not a big deal, but studies have shown that for between 10% and 20% of women, pain during insertion can be severe. Unfortunately, a 2013 study found that health care providers often underestimate how much pain their patients experience during insertion.
That's not to say that providers are insensitive to pain during IUD insertion. They've tried lots of tactics to relieve this discomfort, like having women take ibuprofen beforehand, using a drug called misoprostol that makes the cervix relax, and putting lidocaine, a numbing gel, inside the cervix. So far nothing has made a real difference...read more »