Women share experiences with IUDs after petition demands more pain relief

Three months ago Lucy Cohen, 38, started a petition to offer better pain relief at appointments for the insertion of IUDs.

Since then over 32,000 have signed the petition and a wave of people have come forward with their stories about the insertion of their IUDs.

Naga Munchetty recalled the agonising pain on BBC Radio 5 saying:

“My screams were so loud that my husband tried to find out what room I was in to make it stop.”

Since creating the petition, Cohen has asked for people to share their experiences with her.

Out of 1500 people surveyed, 43% of respondents rated their pain as a seven or higher, on a scale of one to 10.

Associated words included: extremely painful, almost unbearable, and excruciating.

Lucy Cohen and others have pressured the government to take these experiences into account when it develops a new Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy, which is due to be published later this year.

We explored womens experiences of IUD fittings and what kinds of pain relief methods are currently offered.

Read the full story here.

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