Watch me get an IUD – for the planet

Watch me get an IUD – for the planet


I’ve been thinking and writing a lot
about contraception and as much as it’s this social and
economic issue it really can have a huge environmental
impact as well. So right now, the absolute greenest thing
that I can do is to not have a baby until I’m 100
percent ready. So, what’s the most important thing to you
about birth control? I do not want to have any kids right now –
[Okay] – but I do want the option of little Eves in the future. Dr. Prager: Okay, then we should talk about the long-acting reversible methods because they are equivalent to sterilization in terms of
pregnancy prevention. Prager: So those methods are intrauterine devices or IUDs or the contraceptive implant. Eve: You haven’t brought up birth control pills as a long-term kind of birth control option. Prager: You have to take a pill every
single day. When you look at how birth control pills are actually used by women versus how IUDs and implants are actually used by
women, birth control pills are 20 times less effective at preventing pregnancy. They are the most commonly used method
of reversible contraception in the United States. Eight years ago or so that you were first interested in being on birth control
we were just starting to see an increase in the use of IUD’s. I mean I think we
can help with that but women often listen more to their friends and other women and they even do to
their doctors so IUDs are placed again through the cervix into the uterus and they’re these long-term devices but it’s easily removable whenever that person wants. We have IUDs that are medicated with copper. The implant is a four centimeter
kind of rubbery-looking rod – about like that that gets inserted under the skin and
it takes about 30 seconds Eve: Okay. My number one priority
is not having a kid right now Never thinking about my uterus I love my uterus – I don’t wanna think about it.
What would you recommend as the best method for me with me? Prager: With the five-year levenogestrel IUD not only does it work excellently in preventing
pregnancy, but it decreases period significantly Eve: And what are some things to
know about having the IUD in you every day? Prager: Different women react
differently to having an IUD in place. It can be crampy. Complications typically include: Heavy bleeding, risk of infection, and
then risk of damage to the uterus. However that risk is really low. A lot of
women think that they need to come in and have a pre-visit to talk about an
IUD, but we have lots and lots of data to show that it’s perfectly fine to make a
decision about an IUD and have
an IUD all on the same visit. Eve: That’s great! We can do it right now! Daniel: How do you feel right now, Eve? Eve: I’m not gonna lie. I feel a little crampy. But honestly the whole thing took less than 10 minutes. It was a very brief procedure. I know that McDonald’s is the opposite of a
Grist-approved food institution but I just had somebody open up my cervix and put a little piece of plastic inside of it. I just feel like I became a woman – a woman taking control of my reproductive health and reproductive future This is the day – the day my life changed. Eve: I’m gonna consult Dr. Prager for how to
run my affairs, in general. Life affairs – not romantic affairs. Although,
I’d take her advice there, too, honestly. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

100 Comments

  1. So she's not talking about how much that shit HURTS? She didn't do any prep like taking ibuprofen? This woman did not get an IUD.

    I fucking love the IUD, but insertion HURTS because the cervix does not like being moved and the pain of having a tube enter your cervix is REAL. I took 800mg of ibuprofen an hour beforehand and even then, I was tearing up. And according to my doctor, I was handling it all very well, thank you ibuprofen and 4-7-8 breathing. This video painted getting an IUD like nothing. The process is very quick, yes, but come on, the pain is highly memorable.

  2. The copper IUD comes with major risks. Firstly, copper is toxic in the body. Secondly, the copper IUD doesn't prevent fertilisation of the egg by the sperm, but it prevents the fertilised egg from embedding in the uterus. That means miscarriages are common, high-risk pregnancy is still possible, as well as dangerous ectopic pregnancies. This is what they don't want you to know!

  3. Lol. I got McDonald's after I got mine implanted today. let me say, for the people saying it hurts…. I have a low tolerance for pain, and I mean I could pass out from getting blood drawn if I didn't zone out, but the only thing that hurt getting my IUD today was the speculum (the thing that holds your "doors" open.) other than that it didn't hurt.

  4. it hurt me when I got the paraguard iud inserted in my uterus but just for a quick 5-9 seconds and it's was a little uncomfortable I bled a bit my (cervix) not period very crampy drink hot tea and have a hit heating pad available to put novel your lower stomach I had the implant on for 2 years it really sucked horrible migraines and mods swings so got that out and did paraguard

  5. i just had copper coil removed, i would 100% recommend researching into the coil and how much it hurts. Ever since i had it put in I was bleeding and in constant pain. So I went with the implant and its been a dream. If you have really heavy periods and bad period pain without the coil, I would not recommend getting the coil, as it makes it so much more worse.

  6. Listen, I swear to you, I had an IUD inserted today and told my boyfriend "I feel so empowered, I feel like im taking control of my reproductive health. I feel so womanly." And then we went to mcdonalds. Im seeing a trend here lol.

  7. To those scared of the iud pain, ask if you can receive a cervix dilator (Cytotec) for the procedure at your counsel appointment. You want your cervix to be as relaxed as possible so this will help, an 800mg ibuprofen 30 minutes prior to the procedure and being on your period will help too. Trust me, pain and I don't get along.

  8. I have had a Mirena IUD with hormones for over 8 years. I am having mine removed tomorrow because it has caused intracranial hypertension. This means that my body makes an excess amount of cerberal spinal fluid so there is too much fluid and my brain is responding with severe pressure headaches. It has been great but until know but I don't want to have to go through brain surgery to have a shunt to drain the excess fluid.

  9. I had my inserted 7 weeks ago and I've had bleeding for 6 weeks 6 days only had a day a week break I'm getting it removed as soon as possible and the pain wow and I've had a child I would rather go through labour than go through this and the whole insertion wasnt painful only bit that was uncomfortable was the device to open your cervics but that it was alright

  10. she didnt mention the pain afterward. I had it for about 3 week after the coil was put in. over night I felt like a better woman because it simply fell out. Loved having it but wasnt worth the pain

  11. same same same!
    I felt like a woman too. It hurt so bad when it was inserted. but i had no pain afterwards. i even had sex the same day i got it. I also needed the fatty food after. I LOVE IUDS!

  12. haha, "I feel like a woman" I love that. I have never had birth control before, but I'm having mine placed on Tuesday and I imagine I will feel the same way. hopefully I have someone who will go with me to get comfort food after too.

  13. If you're watching this and don't want to take risks with your birth control then please research the fertility awareness method. Studies show it's 99.6% effective when used properly and it doesn't involve any chemicals or devices being put inside your body. It also gives you greater control to figure out why you might be having any kind of menstrual problems so that you then can seek informed help. The first step is reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility or reading the knowledge base on an app called Kindara. I recently found out I was at risk of having a stroke from my birth control pills (me, a woman that goes to the gym 5 times per week and eats healthily, it seems crazy but its true). I changed to a 'safer' pill (bs, they all have risks like cancer) and had terrible side effects. 2 months ago I quit the pills and learned the fertility awareness method. My boyfriend and I have never been happier. Of course, it's not for everyone but please be informed since doctors will not tell you any of this (reasons being that they make too much money dishing out pills and devices and also that they believe women can't be trusted).

  14. My o.b. injects an anesthetic in the cervix, so I feel nothing at all. Sometimes he even jokes, telling me that he will start the insertion that moment, than laughs and says: just kidding, it s done. But, he is a very, very good gynecologist. He is a specialist on Mirena and inserts about 5 to 10 everyday. You must find someone trained in IUD s. If you experience any kind of pain or feel that there s somethig wrong, call the docter imediatly, and do exactly what she/he tells you. Please, don t try anything on your own. You can seriously endanger yourself and get a bad infection that could end up ruining your health.

  15. Omg i craved Mcdonald's after i got my IUD too haha! My experience wasn't as good. It was very, very painful for me and they had to bust out the vaginal ultrasound because my cervix was more curved.

  16. Holy fuck I had no idea other people listened to Square People. Getting mine next month. I have zero pain threshold so I'm scared to shit I might punch my gyno.

  17. Surprisingly I had mine placed yesterday and there was no pain. Even after an injection and dilation the only part that gave me instant cramps was the measuring of the uterus. It lasted only a second and was even that bad and then I didn't even feel the insertion. Maybe I'm just lucky? But after I had like bad period cramps and wanted junk food lol

  18. WARNING: I had a hormonal IUD it was the most painful thing I've ever been through constant pain for 3weeks after Initial insertion. couldn't do much movement was in excruciating pain. had to get it removed. read into your IUD thoroughly before getting it. the side affects could happen and they are really bad.

  19. They don't prevent pregnancy. They allow pregnancy to take place, but the uterine lining becomes through purposeful design, hostile via inflammation and cause an early abortion. Whether you're anti or pro, you have the right to know you are aborting your children. Also, it helps to be informed with such facts that IUDs cause pelvic inflammatory disease causing future infertility, uterine cancer, and encourage an environment that welcomes viruses and bacteria. You don't love your uterus, or anything about yourself when you're destroying your feminine wiring. Learning about your body and using something that is 98% effective which is more successful than anything artificial or natural, to avoid (and achieve) pregnancy and do it safely, ethically, and non-carcinogenically, non-abortive, respectful to women, approach. Please look into the Creighton Model Fertility Care System.

  20. there's only a small window of time in the menstrual cycle where the female body is actuallly able to become pregnant
    this is called ovulation, with the help of tracking on a calendar, or using apps designed for this use, you can learn how to protect your body to the best of its ability with self-discipline, control, trust, and education.
    Handing over your ability to procreate is NOT taking responsibility as parents or teens, and taking away the reality of consequences creates a disconnection from society.

  21. omg that's so true when it comes to listening to friends. I found out about IUD from a course i took in high school and then again when i researched it in college. I knew it was perfect for me, and I told my closest friends about it, and they both got IUDs (after getting off the pill)

  22. USC 07. Teens don't need this thing put in them. I had a friend who used one years ago and got pregnant and almost died, she lost the baby and they had to take her uterus out and she was married and she was waiting to have kids. They ended up divorced because of it. He wanted kids later and blamed her for it. So please women if you don't want kids right away use a condom or watch your pills. If you are single keep it in your pants or use condoms and pills. You should be using condoms anyway for STDS if you are not married.

  23. This thing should be outlawed because it not safe. Doctors should not be so stupid as to use them. They don't care about the women they use them on and it is sad. It sounds like they are choosing it to help make women sterile because it can and will happen to some of you. and if you have trouble putting it in then you will be more likely to have something happen bad to you. Praying for all of you to stop doing this to yourselves.

  24. You are adorable. Welcome to the IUD club! LOL But I have to say, I'm finding myself much more fascinated by all these women who have this sudden need for Micky D's after having their IUDs put in! What's THAT about? I did not have this experience. Incidentally, I went to the doctor today to discuss my second IUD. I was very happy with the first one. But the string is MIA. I thought this was very bad news (because I was not looking forward to the doctor having to search around for it….that sounded like torture). But when I brought this up to my doctor, he mentioned that we might do it under some mild anesthesia. So, this may work in my favor!!! As it is, I have fibroids. While I'm under, he will decide if they need to be removed. The anesthesia is also making it possible to "upgrade" from a Skyla (which is what I currently have) to a Mirena, which will help more with the absolutely horrendous periods I would get every month (which is why I got the Skyla in the first place….we went with Skyla because I'd never had children). So, the string getting lost actually benefitted me greatly. Ladies, having that IUD put in was VERY painful. Make no mistake. But it was also VERY worth it. It changed my life. My periods were DEBILITATING. Migraines. Hemorrhaging. Nausea. Cramps that I'm told are closer to labor. And the Skyla changed all of it. Mirena should do an even better job. That's the one IUD that is approved by the FDA for that purpose (to my knowledge).

  25. completely and ironically but not surprisingly goes 100% against… of course including worldly propaganda…TO pervert TRUTH heres what God told us….28God blessed them and said, "Be fertile, increase in number, fill the earth, and be its master. Rule the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that crawl on the earth." 29God said, "I have given you every plant with seeds on the face of the earth and every tree that has fruit with seeds. This will be your food. 30I have given all green plants as food to every land animal, every bird in the sky, and every animal that crawls on the earth-every living, breathing animal." And so it was. 31And God saw everything that he had made and that it was very good. There was evening, then morning-the sixth day.

    GOD'S WORD

  26. completely and ironically but not surprisingly goes 100% against… of course including worldly propaganda…TO pervert TRUTH heres what God told us….28God blessed them and said, "Be fertile, increase in number, fill the earth, and be its master. Rule the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that crawl on the earth." 29God said, "I have given you every plant with seeds on the face of the earth and every tree that has fruit with seeds. This will be your food. 30I have given all green plants as food to every land animal, every bird in the sky, and every animal that crawls on the earth-every living, breathing animal." And so it was. 31And God saw everything that he had made and that it was very good. There was evening, then morning-the sixth day.

    GOD'S WORD

  27. completely and ironically but not surprisingly goes 100% against… of course including worldly propaganda…TO pervert TRUTH heres what God told us….28God blessed them and said, "Be fertile, increase in number, fill the earth, and be its master. Rule the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that crawl on the earth." 29God said, "I have given you every plant with seeds on the face of the earth and every tree that has fruit with seeds. This will be your food. 30I have given all green plants as food to every land animal, every bird in the sky, and every animal that crawls on the earth-every living, breathing animal." And so it was. 31And God saw everything that he had made and that it was very good. There was evening, then morning-the sixth day.

    GOD'S WORD

  28. completely and ironically but not surprisingly goes 100% against… of course including worldly propaganda…TO pervert TRUTH heres what God told us….28God blessed them and said, "Be fertile, increase in number, fill the earth, and be its master. Rule the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that crawl on the earth." 29God said, "I have given you every plant with seeds on the face of the earth and every tree that has fruit with seeds. This will be your food. 30I have given all green plants as food to every land animal, every bird in the sky, and every animal that crawls on the earth-every living, breathing animal." And so it was. 31And God saw everything that he had made and that it was very good. There was evening, then morning-the sixth day.

    GOD'S WORD

  29. I just got mine done today. Felt literally nothing just discomfort as you would during your PAP. I did however, feel the numbing shot that they gave me. I am bleeding, not sure when it'll stop but no pain.

  30. I got Kyleena inserted yesterday morning and I squeezed my best friend's hand so hard that it turned white! 😅 I'm not going to lie, it was incredibly painful. I was crampy all night until I took a nap, and when I woke up I felt like nothing ever happened. It's only been 24 hours so I haven't yet seen the long lasting effects, but so far I think being unable to get pregnant is TOTALLY worth it.

  31. I too got McDonalds after getting my mirena! Woo lmao. I got mine 2 years ago though, I used to have the copper, but unfortunately it made me bleed way too much, as I already had heavy periods before hand.

  32. I got mine a month ago and it hurt sooooo bad it was the worst thing I’ve ever been through! I passed out! Even though I have a high pain tolerance. I’m never doing this again 😂😩

  33. I’m on my 30s (don’t ask what num) 😩 My son will be 15 March 9th of this year. I’m done with kids. I was nervous as hell after watching a few of these videos! Honey the cramping reminded me of pre-delivery (baby) Honey that cervix is no joke! But guess what? I’m good for 5 years and I don’t have to worry about getting pregnant because carrying a child for me was horrible the first 5mnths and i don’t want to go through that again ever! The entire process lasted about 1min but hours later I’m in bed lying down taking it easy. You get it inserted while on your period and now I see why! Make SURE YOU TAKE IBUPROFEN OR SOMETHING BEFORE YOU GO! IF YOU DONT READ ANYTHING PLEASE REMEMBER THIS:TAKE IBUPROFEN BEFORE YOU GO! The End. 😩😂💀

  34. this video title is misleading. it says "watch me get an IUD" but this is not the case. this video is of the pre-insertion dialogue with the doctor and a brief conclusion conversation with the patient and her driver. it skips the insertion all together and she didn't even talk about how it felt while she was doing it. very disappointing. i'm giving this video a thumbs down.

  35. Hi this is to all of you women out there, I have an IUD put in and it's good for 5 years and know my boyfriend won't be able to worry about me getting pregnant so now it's worth to have it for my own protection too and safety

  36. So when I had my IUD put in I felt a little pressure in the uterus as well it's like a period cramp pain but once the IUD is in I know it will feel weird at first but everyone takes it a lot differently than others as well , once it's done you might feel a bit of cramps but it's normal until your body gets use too the IUD being inside the uterus at first

  37. Got my copper one today. I took half of a pain pill before I went. It was only a pinch/sting! I’ve got some slight cramps right now, but I’m supposed to start my period today anyway. I freaking love this so far oh my goodness!!

  38. The IUD insertion was one of the most painful experiences of my life…I've had it in for a few years now and am getting it removed early. It's great to hear it works well for so many woman, but for me and quite a few others it's been a nightmare. I went from easy, light short periods with almost no PMS to HEAVY practically hemorrhaging monthly's that last for 7+ days and that's not counting the week of spotting I get most months beforehand. I also noticed an very drastic change in my mood…almost PMDD level. Though the doctor told me I wasn't using a hormonal IUD OR Copper as I am highly sensitive to hormonal fluctuations and heavy metal imbalances, something must be very wrong for this to go on so long. I went in naive; I was told it was an easy procedure and that my overall well-being and mood would not be negatively impacted by it (birth control pills made me into a monster). If I could take it back I would never have agreed to it! Fingers crossed I don't discover my uterus is fucked after I get it removed next week. I'm embarrassed I let it go on so long…I thought I should just suck it up.

  39. got my iud a week ago… i can handle large amounts of pain. but that was enough for me to almost cow kick the doctor… and i spent two days at home from work due to it.. luckily those were snow dump days. but if there were a god, damn did it hurt..

  40. Not sure how she was so calm after her IUD insertion. I was in a lot of pain during and after. And I even got the dialator and a numbing shot (not sure if they're the same thing). I was really sore for the next 6 hours. Mind you, I've never had kids and my uterus was on the smaller side. Still, let's be real here…

  41. Really! Well good for you. I could barely walk, breath, think, nevertheless eat after the procedure. I was in so much pain. I have had the paragard for 3 months now, and I do not like it. I feel like I give birth to a child every time I get my period, that also lasts for over a week. So, long story short, I am having that affing thing removed in a week. It is not for very one, ladies. I wish it worked for me, but the pain and long periods is not worth it.

  42. I didn't crave any food.. I was sick for days after mine. I couldn't work. The pain was so unbearable.. All I wanted to do was sleep. I'm getting it removed tomorrow and I'm so scared the pain will be just as bad.

  43. In Australia I was told by my doctor they normally do not recommended IUD devices to woman that have not had children and although I've had 2 kids my doctor was reluctant to put and IUD in me as my kids were born by emergency c section. She only agreed to put in the IUD as I told her I had a full labour and fully dilated cervix during both. So I don't understand why that doctor recommended an IUD to eve

  44. I've had mine in for 4 1/2 years. I had some cramping the same day, but nothing painful. My doctor said i had to be on my period to insert it, didn't everyone else? Maybe that's where all the cravings came from?

  45. bollocks you want to fuck but do not want a baby , thats cool but be honest about it , doing it to be green my arse.

  46. I got my coil in yesterday.. i've had bad cramps since.. but my mum came with me and held my hand and then she got me ice cream 👌

  47. I just had one placed in me. no cervix dialator and no pain medications. I got prescribed a mild sedative to relax myself for the procedure. Big mistake guys. take ibuprophen before the procedure. I was doubled over in pain and shock after the procedure.

  48. Nooo this has serious life changing side effects ESPECIALLY if you have been diagnosed with anxiety or depression. I had 2 over 10 years and developed crippling migraines, ovarian cysts, menopausal symptoms, hot flashes, insomnia, puking in the morning, harmful mood swings and no sex drive. Research before taking this risk there are better options. This video is like an add with no real information. I lived with these symptoms for years I actually wanted to die until a coeworker shared her experiences and encouraged me to have it removed. It has been nine months and I still have to take progesterone, my body may never regulate it on its own again. Don’t listen to the doctors who push it on you BAYER pays them I could rant about that conspiracy or you can look up women who actually have experience. Btw I drove myself and went to work after all three of my surgeries and not once did I fem wine about nonsensical cravings. If you care for environmental impact so much cut your cords and adopt. Don’t sacrifice your health to be BAYERS test subject.

  49. I got pregnant a year after insertion with the iud still in my uterus so I would not say it’s equivalent to sterilization 😏

  50. I don't think I can have these. I'm not sure. I have a weird uterus apparently. Therefore, I have the inplant and I'm on the pill.
    This girl isn't taking any chances.

  51. I was hoping that you would take a video during insertion, at least your face. So many women say it's painful but others say it's not so much!

  52. Remember to check the strings and go in every 6-8 months we forgot to and yeah it moved. Also when you first get even the copper one until your check up use a condom or the pull out method (if your partner knows what em he’s doing and uses the restroom before and in between rounds) if it moves it doesn’t work and if there’s nothing wrong with the iud and it doesn’t move it’s 100%.

  53. Hey, if you all are curious, Eve just did a new breakdown of which birth control is the most environmentally friendly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjZtjTd1-Cg

    (spoiler, it really depends on what you need.)

  54. Just had my IUD inserted today (we had our 1st baby 4 months ago so i told my husband I wanted an IUD) and went to Chick-fil-A right after😁

  55. My iud wennt through my uterus and almost into my intestines and I was dumb enough to get a second one but this one is going much better

  56. My womb area is too arcuate and thus short for IUDs with large frames. I really hope veracept and amphora gel come on the market soon. Skyla was too big that I was in pain constantly. I recommend any IUD your body can handle, although I had a bad experience. Great video!

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