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Graphic Video Shows The Painful Reality Of IUD Implants

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Graphic Video Shows The Painful Reality Of IUD Implants

A midwife on TikTok has shared a graphic video demonstrating how an IUD - also known as the contraceptive coil - is fitted.

An IUD is a small T-shaped device made from plastic and copper that is inserted into the uterus. It releases copper into the womb which alters the mucus in the cervix to make it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg.

TikToker @midwifemama shared the clip to her page, which prompted other social media users to discuss their own experiences of having a coil implanted.

You can watch the clip below:

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The video has since been re-shared on Instagram, with one person commenting: "I’ve got a very high pain tolerance and this was one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced."

Meanwhile another said: "Friend who’s in medical school right now said they’re *still* being taught that it 'shouldn’t hurt'."

And a third wrote: "So that's why it f**king hurt so much."

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A fourth added: "This comment section makes me livid. Image the collective medical community doing this shit to MEN and telling them 'there will be some mild discomfort.'"

A fifth simply wrote: "No wonder I was sick."

The video shows how an IUD is inserted (Credit: Shutterstock)
The video shows how an IUD is inserted (Credit: Shutterstock)

The video comes as a petition was launched calling for better pain relief for IUD insertion and removals.

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The petition, launched by Lucy Cohen, details some of the "excruciating", "extremely painful" and "almost unbearable" pain women experience as a result of IUD procedures.

Lucy wrote: "Almost 1500 people have so far shared their experiences with me. On a pain rating scale of 0-10, 43 per cent of respondents rated their pain as a seven or higher.

"I would like to see the following: Better expectation management of what the insertion and removal of an IUD entails. Without fully explaining the real potential pain, how can consent truly be given?

"More pain relief options as standard including gas and air, sedation and muscle relaxants.

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"Not everyone will choose to have additional pain relief, but I strongly feel that for those who want it, it should be administered - and that real consent can only be given once all risks, including that of extreme pain, have been explained."

Women are sharing their own experiences of having an IUD (Credit: Shutterstock)
Women are sharing their own experiences of having an IUD (Credit: Shutterstock)

The petition currently has over 33,000 signatures. You can view it and sign here.

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: Health, Life, TikTok

Lucy Devine
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