If you have decided that an IUD is the perfect option when it comes to your birth control, you need to know everything about the IUD insertion process in order to prepare as much as you can.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small flexible device, shaped like the letter T, made from plastic and copper, and inserted into the uterus to prevent unwanted pregnancy. There are two types of IUDs, hormonal and nonhormonal (copper). The hormonal IUD releases only a small amount of hormone while the nonhormonal IUD offers a different mechanism of action
Before the procedure starts, the doctor may explain further if there are additional questions or concerns. Services of family planning in Pembroke Pines, Florida, are numerous, but having a high-quality service is not that common. At NuWave Women’s Health, you can be sure that you are getting the best quality services, support and direction because our staff is educated and experienced enough to deal with any kind of inquiry.
There are many myths about IUDs, such as them not being safe, causing infertility and inflammation, as well as the inability to use IUDs if you have not had a baby, etc. All these have been proven to be only myths, so it is safe to choose IUD as your birth control option. Below you can find all the necessary information about IUD insertion and needed care after the procedure.
Deciding what type of birth control is best suited for you can be a tedious process. Once you have finally made that decision, it is essential to have all the possible information to make sure your decision is the right one. The IUD insertion process is possible whenever you decide to have it, as long as you are not pregnant.
In the preparation phase for the procedure, an hour or so before, doctors advise taking pain management medication (ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drugs) to decrease any potential cramps and unpleasant sensations during the IUD placement. Alongside this, a pregnancy test might be done to rule out any possibility of pregnancy.
You might get tested for infections as well to be entirely sure that the procedure can be done safely.
Before the procedure starts, the staff is advised to explain it verbally to the patient and be there in case they have any questions or concerns. This usually helps patients feel more confident and calm, so the procedure becomes potentially less painful and unpleasant.
Once the procedure starts, the medical staff does a manual examination of the vagina and the womb to check the womb’s size, position, and consistency. Using an instrument called “the uterine sound,” they also measure the length of the cervical canal to avoid a potential rupture of the uterus by the IUD.
After this, the medical professional opens the vagina with an instrument called a speculum and holds the sides separated and open. During this time, they clean the cervix and stabilize it to avoid any infections. The stabilization is done with the help of an instrument called a tenaculum.
If so agreed with the doctor, some anesthesia might be put on the area to decrease the amount of pain and discomfort during the procedure.
Following all the safety measures in the preparation phase, the birth control IUD insertion starts. The doctor removes the IUD from the packaging, which is sterile, and pushes the IUD into its designated place. When the device reaches its position, the arms of the IUD open into a letter T, and this means that the insertion is done.
The whole procedure does not last longer than 30 minutes, while the IUD insertion lasts only a few minutes.
Regarding pain levels, a very high percentage of women feel just mild discomfort. For women who feel a bigger discomfort, pain medication is recommended and given before the start of the IUD insertion.
Potential reactions to an IUD insertion could include:
- Immediate IUD removal due to complications
- Period-like cramps
- Bleeding for a few days after the procedure
- Pain in the lower abdomen (a potential sign of infection)
- High temperature (a possible sign of infection)
- Strange and foul-smelling discharge (a potential sign of infection)
It is of the utmost importance to share with your doctor who is inserting the IUD if there is anything wrong or you do not feel well during the procedure. Also, it is advised to visit your general practitioner a month or so after the insertion just to have a check-up. If any of the abovementioned reactions last longer than a few days, please contact your doctor immediately.
IUD Insertion Aftercare
After the formal part of the placement is done and all the instruments are removed, the strings of the device will be partially cut off. The staff will then instruct you on how to take care of your IUD. Most women are able to leave the doctor’s office right after the procedure, but it is advised to bring a chaperone just in case you feel unwell after the insertion.
The strings of the intrauterine device are essential for you because they represent one of the ways you can check if your device is still in place (by feeling the strings with your finger inserted into the vagina).
In case any of the abovementioned scenarios occur, contact your general practitioner. Also, it is important to note that your partner is not supposed to feel your IUD during sexual intercourse, and if this is the case, it means that you should have a doctor’s check-up as soon as possible.
In addition to all this, the medical staff who was responsible for the IUD insertion process needs to notify you of the type of intrauterine device they used, so you can calculate when to replace it and follow up on any other potentially important information.
Some additional tips for IUD placement aftercare are:
- There might be spotting and bleeding after the procedure for a few days, so prepare some pads
- The first period following the insertion might be heavy and might come a few days earlier than usual
- It is safe to resume sexual relations as soon as you start feeling comfortable with the IUD
- Schedule your first check up following insertion of the IUD
Schedule Your IUD Insertion!
Our doctors and other medical staff are available to you every working day for consultations and an IUD insertion. The procedure itself might not be very comfortable, but we will make sure you feel as comfortable as possible during the process. We have plenty of experience with birth control topics, and we are here to protect you from any misinformation or negative experiences. Call us!