But not 'get me valium and an epidural' painful, so that is something.
First there was the "you are going to feel a pinch"part. It was a pinch, if you consider something like getting a tetnus shot in your eye a pinch, for comparison purposes. Only unlike the shot, this pinch lasted for a bit longer than 5 minutes.
Then there was "you are going to feel a cramp" and I most certainly DID feel the cramp (while the pinch was still going on) & had to breathe slowly during it, because it was that sort of cramp.
Last there was "you are going to feel a bigger cramp" and that was no lie either (and the pinch was still there). That part really hurt, but only for about 60 seconds.
Once the pinch was done I had a few cramps but they went away. There were occasional twinges in the evening. I took an Advil last night, had some cramps this morning but it seems to be over now.
The actual procedure was painful. But the cramping agony I was expecting after it never happened.
Now I just have to get around the mental issue I have of being afraid to bend over for fear the IUD will rip through my uterus.
Yes, I know that can't really happen, but it'll take a few days to sink it.