My doctor told me that the pain from the IUD would go away after a few months, but it didn’t. It just got worse. I felt dismissed, and part of me thought that my doctor did not believe that I was experiencing a severe level of pain. There were situations where I felt like I had to call 911 because it was so painful. I didn’t feel that I could have it removed because I didn’t want to get pregnant, and it was unclear if my insurance would cover the procedure. I started to do a lot of research and tried to manage the pain with natural remedies and a heated blanket that I would wrap myself in while I lay on the couch, sometimes for days at a time.
Then I got the Flo app this year and started reading articles and stories about people who were in similar situations. I realized that there might be some other ways to manage what I was experiencing.