What’s It Like to Get an IUD?

A little inconvenience brings good results

What’s It Like to Get an IUD?

First of all, congratulations for choosing the birth control method with the lowest failure rate! And if you are having an IUD placed for period-control reasons, good for you, too. I think you’re going to love it. Advertising Policy Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. … Read More

First of all, congratulations for choosing the birth control method with the lowest failure rate! And if you are having an IUD placed for period-control reasons, good for you, too. I think you’re going to love it.

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Getting started

When I place an IUD for one of my patients, it usually takes less than five minutes — and often even less than two.

Here are the initial steps:

  • When you arrive at your practitioner’s office, you’ll first discuss risks and benefits.
  • Once you’ve signed off on the procedure, the doctor or nurse will likely feel your uterus to see which way it might be tipping.
  • A speculum is placed, just like you’d have for a Pap, and the cervix is washed off with soap.
  • Placing the IUD

    You can expect to experience cramping three times, but only for a few seconds each time.

    There are three steps:

    Just when you think, “that’s far enough!” the arms will deploy and the straw will be removed. Your uterus may cramp in response to this new intruder, but that usually dies down in a few minutes. Ibuprofen and heat can help with that.

    Then, the string of the IUD is trimmed and the speculum removed. Now you are all set for the next five to 10 years.

    Going home

    Don’t forget that the IUDs can cause spotting for a few months after insertion. Just bear with it, and you will eventually be rewarded with great results.

     

    Source; https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2012/12/whats-it-like-to-get-an-iud/

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