Elizabeth’s Story


I was pressured by my boyfriend into getting a copper IUD at age 17, before I had ever had a period. After insertion, I experienced severe pain and started bleeding. After confirming that it was correctly placed and not perforating, my health care providers told me this was normal and that it was just my first period. However, the bleeding continued for nearly 6 months with no break. The constant bleeding stopped only after I had the IUD removed. All of this was sold to me as “normal” and I was pressured by my healthcare providers to not remove the IUD.

Submitted on April 30, 2022 


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