The “traumatic” Ipswich Mama contraceptive device
A mother from Ipswich shared her “traumatic” experience with adjusting the IUD.
Bonnie Coe wants all surgeries to routinely offer local anesthetics for coil fitting – and clearer warnings that some women can experience severe pain.
The 29-year-old vet nurse from the Castle Hill area had the coil adjusted at her family doctor’s office 13 months after giving birth.
“Some of my friends recommended the coil after it was installed without complications,” she said.
“After giving birth at home with very little pain relief, I thought it would be fine, so I booked an appointment at my local practice.
“A nurse has gone through a consultation and possible complications like uterine prolapse and infection; things like that.
“But it was the most horrific thing I have ever felt in my life.
“I cried on the table, I kept crying after it finished, and I burst into tears when I got home.”
Ms. Coe said she had no criticisms of the surgery that offered the procedure, which eventually proved too difficult, but by default called for better expectation management and pain relief options.
“Not once was it declared that I could feel so much pain,” she said. “It was only after doing some research online that I found out that I was not alone.
“If someone had told me that the IUD could be so painful, I would have been fine, that’s fine, it’s not for me and I would have found an alternative.
“If a doctor’s office doesn’t offer local anesthesia, then in my opinion a doctor’s office shouldn’t offer the procedure and it should be done in a clinic or hospital.
“My experience was physically and emotionally traumatic.
“I feel so strongly about it – and so shocked that it won’t be spread any further.”
Current NHS guidelines indicate that putting on an intrauterine device (IUD) can be uncomfortable and that some people may find it painful, but women can speak to their GP or nurse about a local anesthetic beforehand.
The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care (FSRH) said the pain associated with an IUD adjustment is similar to that of menstrual cramps in many women.
While the evidence does not clearly show the best option for pain relief to relieve pain, the FSRH has been recommending since July that health care professionals offer or otherwise refer to appropriate analgesics when available.