It NEVER hurt for me. I never cried, I never even made a sound. I got the epidural bc I was so uncomfortable that I couldn't sleep and wanted to cry but I couldn't bc it did NOT hurt. After the epidural was in I was out. LOL! I got woken up at 8:00 am and started pushing at 8:30 am; I had Kailene at 10:28 am. It went by quick to me LOL. I never had pain or any problems after, I got up and walked around right after. It was a very calm and soothing experience. I loved it.